Review: Riverdale, Season 1

Posted June 8, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Starring: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Case Cott
Creator: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Release Date: January 26, 2017
Rating: TV-14
Run Time: 45min
TV Type: Crime, Drama, Mystery

After the death of one of the rich and popular Blossom twins on 4th July, the small town of Riverdale investigates the murder. The series starts in September, the beginning of a new school year that brings new students, relationships and reveals the mysteries of the past 4th July.

Riverdale is the show that took the slot that Vampire Diaries had for the longest time. For the last eight years I was all about the Salvatore brothers, Stefan mostly, but there were times when I had mad Damon love so when that show ended, I had to find another show to fill that spot. Riverdale started making the promo rounds and I started looking up the characters, and after watching the trailer, I was sold. Riverdale is a darker version of the Archie comics. It’s the Archie comics come to life, in a darker town with loads and loads of secrets.

I’m so glad that I started this show because it’s the perfect replacement for Vampire Diaries. The whole show is ripe with teen angst, sexy characters and mysteries to solve.

This season’s mystery is trying to find out who killed Jason Blossom. Every week, there was a new suspect and every week, I thought the killer was someone new. The only person that I never thought was guilty of killing Jason was the stupid pedophile teacher, Miss Grundy. I’m glad her relationship with Archie didn’t last long because I hate the teacher and student love match storyline. Hate it, hate it, hate it. But I liked the way that this story played out over the course of the season. Everyone was a suspect and my jaw literallly dropped when we found out who it really was.

There was a lot of bombs that are dropped each week and I really liked how the writers did that. There was plenty to keep us guessing, keep us invested and I’m so glad that I watched it. I have loads of questions that need answering and I’m hoping Season 2 will supply the answers.

I want to know why the killer killed Jason. I want to know how the gun got into FP’s trailer. I want to know if Kevin’s Dad is a bad cop. I want to where Jughead will go and what happens to him now after his world imploded. What happens now for Cheryl? How are things going to change with Veronica’s father coming back? So many different questions for next season.

Favorite Episode: The pilot. The whole freaking episode was just one shocking revelation after one shocking revelation and in the end, you were still left with so many questions.

Favorite Character: Jughead. I love his ornery, hates to be around other people but so stinkin’ smart ass. Jughead is loyal and he’s conflicted but at his core, there’s a goodness in him that nobody else on the show has. My heart hurt for him at every turn. He had every opportunity and reason to be that bad kid but not Jughead. He’s grumpy and a smart mouth but he’s so much more than that too. Honorable Mention: Cheryl Blossom. Nobody serves bitchy clap backs the way that Cheryl does. She’s a classy bitch and I’m so here for everything that comes out of her mouth.

Favorite Ship: Archie and Betty = Barchie. I’m probably the only person that ships these two together but as great as the couples going on right now are, none of them hit me right in my feels the way that Archie and Betty did in this scene:

I’m a sucker for that unrequited love storyline and I can’t wait to see how this ship sails…

Overall, season 1 of Riverdale was compelling and it was shocking and just everything that I love in a teeny bopper drama. I loved all of the relationship drama between everyone and I loved Dark Betty and every day Cheryl and I really loved that in this version of the comics, Betty and Veronica are great friends. I’m super thrilled that there will be a Season 2 and I’ve got high hopes for it.

If you’re looking for a new ansty teen drama, you should give this one a go. It’s good, I promise.

TV Trailer

My Rating

4 out of 5

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4 responses to “Review: Riverdale, Season 1

  1. I’m on episode 6 right now and although it gives me that Gossip Girl vibe (super angsty, full of drama and unrealistic) I’m liking it so far. It’s addicting. I like Jughead too but I’m not a fan of Archie. He’s kind of a dumbass I think…

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