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Riverdale: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
Lee Toland Krieger, Jesse Warn, Steven A. Adelson, David Katzenberg, Allison Anders, Lee Rose, Dawn Wilkinson, Kevin Rodney Sullivan, Rob Seidenglanz

Writer:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Yolanda E. Lawrence, Ross Maxwell, Tessa Leigh Williams, Nicolaas Zwart, Aaron Allen, Julia Cohen, James DeWille, Britta Lundin, Brian E. Paterson, Michael Grassi

Starring:
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Casey Cott, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Lochlyn Munro, Marisol Nichols, Nathalie Boltt, Barclay Hope, Skeet Ulrich

Other notable appearances:
Molly Ringwald, Alvin Sanders, Sarah Habel, Trevor Stines, Asha Bromfield, Hayley Law, Martin Cummins, Peter Bryant, Rob Raco, Robin Givens, Tiera Skovbye

Running time:
41-46 minutes

Number of episodes:
13

 

When Jason Blossom (Stines) is murdered in the small town of Riverdale, the adults have no idea who did it so it falls to Archie (Apa) and his friends to solve the mystery.

and it falls to Archie (Apa) and his friends to solve the mystery.

I’ve never read any of the Archie comics, so I don’t have any frame of reference to compare Riverdale with its source material. However, as a teen mystery show Riverdale does a great job.

The plot and subplots are quite complex and have lots of moving parts, so it would have been easy for Riverdale to get convoluted. Instead it stayed on track and tied up all of the loose ends as far as I remembered.

There is a lot of melodrama in Riverdale but it’s a television drama about teenagers so it’s par for the course. When asked midway through the series, I likened Riverside to The Vampire Diaries meets Scooby Doo but without supernatural creatures or villains pretending to be supernatural creatures.

Despite their melodrama Riverdale’s characters are well structured. The despicable characters are truly loathsome and the protagonists have you wanting everything to turn out okay in the end.

If you enjoy a good murder mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat and don’t mind some teenage melodrama with your entertainment, then Riverside is well worth checking out.

Rating:

“What? Sardonic humour is just my way of relating to the world.”

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