Riverdale a killer show

Riverdale a killer show

Alex Konvalina, Social Media Editor

In just the first episode of the new CW show Riverdale, viewers are exposed to several intriguing storylines. With just the right amount of teenage, high-school drama to get you hooked. Not even halfway through its first season, CW has already renewed the show for season two after rave reviews.

Based off of Archie comics, Riverdale gives it a new and refreshing spin to the outdated series. The characters are thrown into the familiar cartoon gang, but the differences bring the show from 1941 to 2017. In the reboot, they add a murder mystery, allowing for more suspense.

The dark, dramatic plotline is more similar to Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl than a vintage comic book, but, unlike the previously mentioned shows, Riverdale steers clear of the cliché plots and gravitates toward thriller-like episodes.

The show features all of the classic characters: Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). So far, the show follows the four as they try to start the school year after the mysterious death of another student, Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines).

The cast’s dynamic shows through their diverse personalities. Grim characters such as Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) bring in the dark dynamic of the show, and immediately establish her as an enemy. Her portrayal of the stereotypical “queen bee” doesn’t help her reputation with the viewers either. After the startling confession that she might actually know what happened to her brother, Jason Blossom, the viewers become more skeptical of what the characters do or say.

It borders on becoming a stereotypical, small town mystery show, but uses the fiery characters and all their drama to keep it interesting. Also, their incorporation of common high-school issues such as privilege, inequality and double standards, and bringing in characters that different people can relate to enhance the show.

Viewers will have to sit through the first two episodes of pure exposition, which can get boring, but the third episode, “Body Double” shows what the series is really about: mystery and drama. Multiple main characters, including Archie and Cheryl, reveal big secrets.

The twist and turns in each episode compliment the giant mystery-plot of the show, the show frequently ends with cliffhangers, leaving viewers waiting for the next part of the mystery. With the great performances by the cast and a killer plotline, Riverdale has the makings to become the next “it” show.

Riverdale airs every Thursday at 9 p.m. on the CW. Watch a trailer for the show below.