Riverdale Murder Mystery, Teenage Drama All In One

Katarina Hoech and Emily Baros

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Murder, mystery, and romance, are all woven into the dark tale of Riverdale. With each episode it brings new characters, adding to the suspect list for Jason Blossom’s murder. Together Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica work to shed light on the dark secrets in the town of Riverdale.

On January 26th, 2017 the CW Network released Riverdale. A highly anticipated teen romance crossbred with a classic “Who dun it?” case. This Netflix Original provides endless cliffhangers that keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens next.

After being told to watch this show for weeks by our friends we finally decided to give it a try this summer and were immediately entranced with the story. The twists and turns brought us deeper and deeper into the small and seemingly quiet town of Riverdale. The story begins with the murder of Jason Blossom. A death which bleeds through the vicious halls of Riverdale High, as Cheryl Blossom, his twin sister frantically tries to find out who killed her other half.

Even if you are unfamiliar with this show, it might seem familiar to Archie Comics, which have been in print for 78 years. This show is loosely based off of the comics, sharing characters names and appearances. While some characters like the infamous Veronica Lodge and mean girl Cheryl Blossom haven’t strayed much from their comic book appearance, others have had some drastic changes.

Riverdale, like any show has its downfalls. KJ Appa who plays Archie Andrews, a lovable jock who is noticeably different from his comic book counterpart, isn’t as convincing as the other characters and shows very little emotion. While this may be on purpose, it leaves the viewer wanting more. Another character who’s changed for the worst is Ms. Grundy, a teacher at Riverdale High school who had a forbidden a romance with Archie, her music student. Pity shouldn’t be wasted on this forgettable character,however, because she doesn’t add more than a quick moment of drama in the big picture. Riverdale is plagued with stereotypes and overused tropes, but it is easily redeemed with the otherwise loveable cast and new perspective on the ‘teen drama’ genre.

Riverdale is an amazingly written and truly interesting show. It boasts a striking plot with an entire city of villains, where no one is completely innocent. The woeful tale of Riverdale and the unfortunate lives of the high schoolers is played excellently by a diverse cast of actors. Jughead Jones is played by the recognizable Cole Sprouse and the show brings out the ex-Disney stars dark side. With actors like the current cast, the show makes you want to hate the characters so badly, but no one’s innocent in Riverdale.

Despite it’s few flaws, Riverdale has instantly become a cult classic with many viewers awaiting its next episodes for season two. Make sure you’re all caught up for the next episode on Wednesday at 8 pm on the CW.

  Riverdale: 8 Arrows/10

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