You have probably heard of the new CW TV show that ended its awesome and first season yesterday: Riverdale is based on the Archie comics, but has definitely a darker twist.
Following the death of Jason Blossom, one of the rich and well-known Blossom’s twins, during the town’s Fourth of July celebrations, the town is put upside down as the school year begins bringing old and new friends together. The murder is on everybody’s mouth, in every paper, in every discussion and rumors start as new evidences comes in. The real question is still in need of an answer though: who killed Jason Blossom? And the answer might not be who you think it is…
This season was amazing, as I mentioned before. First of all, let’s talk about the story. What a great idea! We are used to the happy and funny Archie comics, so when the announcement of the series was made, I was really curious how it would turn out. The first trailer definitely showed us the darker side of the story and just made my curiosity for the show bigger. As soon as the first episode came out, I watched it. And, of course, was impatiently waiting for the next episode to be released. The story was well written and it is incredible how many times during this whole season, your thoughts on who is the killer changes.
Sometimes, it can even be ten times during one episode! Every detail, every clue was never left without an answer if they were proved wrong in the case. You always knew where this feeling of « something’s not right with the character » was coming from. As of the ending… you can not finish watching an episode without having a cliffhanger, not even at the season finale; which creates thousands of questions at each credits.
Now let’s talk relationships. If you were and/or are reading the Archie comics, you know that many of the relationships were tensed between the characters. Each character, of course, has its own personality and a possible love interest, but I really loved how their relationships were portrayed in the series.
Even though we have some love triangles, I really enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t a big deal. What I mean by that is that it wasn’t a constant love triangle that keeps the group separated. Also, the fact that they concentrated the series a little bit more on Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Archie (K.J. Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) was perfect in order to tighten the links between them either and showing a realistic evolution inside each individual relationship.
One of the other things that I appreciated in the show was definitely the inclusion of musical pieces played by Josie and the Pussycats and Archie. I found that they were really fitting with the atmosphere of the episodes and were representing pretty well the situation they were in at the moment of the performance.
Now let’s talk cinematography. The shots are beautiful! One of the main thing I loved about them was how much the light choices were representing each family separately. As an example, the Blossoms were often in a darker and colder light as opposite to the Andrews who were often in a warmer one. This helped understanding the status of each at the same time as the way the rest of the town was seeing them. A lot of the shots with Jason Blossom were amazing! It was like we were a little bit scared by the use of the character but fascinated by him at the same time. It was really like we were seeing Cheryl (his sister) and the town’s vision in one apparition.
In brief, as you may think, I recommend the show to every fan of mystery, crime and, of course, Archie Comics. You won’t be disappointed with the series, I guarantee it. Plus, as a bonus, they have confirmed that a new season is on its way! If you want to watch it, it is on Netflix as well as on The CW website! Here’s the trailer!