I couldn’t help but notice that lately there are so many new horror/thriller series out there in the US, and as an aficionado of those genre, I am psyched! Now with most of my favorite thriller series being on a hiatus or a break, the premier of Riverdale this January definitely quench my thirst.
Riverdale is a teen thriller series that is based on the long-running comicbook called Archie. Now, as a non-American and a non-comic reader, I’m not that familiar with Archie, though I do know that it is one of the oldest comic books in America and many people love it.
I’ve read the first volume of the comic online and turns out it was a pretty light read although the series itself has been revamped into somewhat a darker and more broody version of it. I think of it as Gossip Girl meets Teen Wolf meets Pretty Little Liars, which couldn’t be more awesome!
Now, the characters! Besides being filled with, like, SUPER HOT casts, it just couldn’t get more classic American than this. There’s Archie the All-American Football Jock, Betty the sweet girl Next Door, Jughead the emo nerd, and also Veronica the Type A rich girl. All in all, it’s a pretty interesting and diverse casting. There’s Kevin who is the GBF and Veronica who is a Latina, then they also cast a black girl to play a character named Josie, and an Asian guy to play a character named Reggie, both were white in the comicboks. (yay, diversity!) For me, of course the most interesting characters would be Kevin and the antagonist, Cheryl because they throw so much shade and pop culture reference and I friggin live!!
Now the story, it will revolve around the town of Riverdale and the people who live in it. I haven’t got much from the first episode, but so far there are two main plots in the story. There’s a murder mystery-solving involving the main antagonist, Cheryl, and of course, a teenage love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica.
If you love Pretty Little Liars, Wayward Pines, or Twin Peaks, I think you will enjoy this series because it has that same eerie atmosphere in it. I personally love this kind of show. Murder-mistery story arch, sullen and gloomy visual, couldn’t get any better. Even if you’re like me in the way that I don’t care that much about the whole teenage love triangle story, you can probably still enjoy the mystery aspect of the show.