Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scandals, Secrets, and Subversion: Why I'm hooked on CW's Riverdale

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Die hard fans of Archie and Betty and Veronica Comics will either love or hate the CWs new series Riverdale. Aside from the characters names and appearances, pretty much the only thing that is consistent with the old school comic series is the setting--the small, idyllic, East coast, town of Riverdale. Most everything else everything is different and way more scandalous. The series pushes the boundaries for sure and, as a die hard vintage Archie Comics fan, I'm here to say I love it.
**Spoiler warning: from here on out I will tell you some things about the story-line. Not enough to ruin it, only enough to entice you.
The series starts with the death of Cheryl Blossom's brother, Jason Blossom. A suspicious death isn't scandalous but the near incestuous relationship between the twins it. Its hard to ignore the did they or didn't they questions the relationship provokes. Don't believe they'd put that on mainstream  TV? Check out this picture.
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Many of the relationships go beyond what you typically see in a teen series. All-American high school football player, Archie Andrews, and Mrs. Grundy, the music teacher, are making music. But not in the classroom.
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The characters are awesome too.
Moose, a stereotypical dense jock in the 1950's Riverdale, is a more realistic, complex, and actualized human in this new version. He has a brief  fling with Kevin Keller who quickly moves on to the town's bad boy.  Who could blame Kevin? We've all fallen for the bad boy. At least in our minds.
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Is it wrong of me to think the brooding writer Jughead is hot?
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Vixen Veronica provides a continual vintage-inspired fashion show.
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Want more of the scoop? Check out the trailer for next week's episode:
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