Sunday, January 29, 2017

Riverdale Pilot Review - Chapter One: The River's Edge

Network: The CW

Genre: Mystery, Drama

Airs: Thursdays at 9/8c

My Rating: ★★★☆

Synopsis: Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie comics characters, "Riverdale" is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead Jones, Josie, and their friends exploring the surrealism of small town life -- the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.

My Thoughts: Overall, I really enjoyed the pilot episode of this show. The tone is eerie and dark, which is perfect for the murder mystery aspect that the plot presents. The city of Riverdale felt vintage and classic; presenting a refreshing aesthetic for viewers. As someone who is an Archie comics amateur (I am more familiar with the characters themselves than any of the actual storylines), I quickly learned that is actually all you need to know in order to follow this show with ease. The shows main characters fit all of the stereotypical high school roles in the best way: The boy who got hot over summer (Archie Andrews), the good girl (Betty Cooper), the mean girl (Cheryl Blossom), the sophisticated new girl in town (Veronica Lodge), the gay best friend (Kevin Keller), the artist (Josie McCoy), and the outcast (Jughead Jones - who also happens to be our narrator). With that said, this show certainly grabbed my attention and has me interested to see where the story will go.

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