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. Each new episode brings new characters which adds 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.

In January 2017 the CW Network released Riverdale. This highly anticipated teen romance story is mixed with the elements of mystery found in 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, which is a death that bleeds through the vicious halls of Riverdale High as Cheryl Blossom, Jason’s twin sister, frantically tries to find out who killed her other half.

Even if you are unfamiliar with the show, it might sound familiar due 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 counterparts, other characters have undergone drastics changes. 

But like any show, Riverdale 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. 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 lovable cast and new perspective on the ‘teen drama’ genre.

Riverdale is an amazingly written and truly interesting show. It boasts a striking plot and 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 star’s dark side. With the current cast, the show makes you feel strong emotions, but it’s important to remember: no one is innocent in Riverdale.

Despite a few flaws, Riverdale has become a fan favorite with many viewers eagerly awaiting Season 2. Make sure you’re all caught up for the next episode on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CW.

  Riverdale: 8 Arrows/10

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