TV Review: Riverdale S1E5 Chater Five: Heart of Darkness

riverdaleThe Blossom family’s preparations for Jason’s funeral include a secret agenda; an opportunity to work with a music mentor derails Archie’s attempt to refocus on football; Veronica befriends Cheryl; Hermoine seeks Fred’s help.

Riverdale goes deep into the rabbit hole as the mystery over who killed Jason is the bulk of the episode and things get into some weird gothic horror territory through it all.

The funeral for Jason is still to happen with a goal of possibly finding out who murdered him, but Cheryl also brings herself into the center of it all with a display that’s not unexpected. The show keeps hinting at something more than brother and sister between the two, but I’m still not sure the show is willing to go there. But, there’s revelations that the connection between the Coopers and the Blossoms is deeper and more complicated than originally thought.

And that focus on this episode really is interesting because the investigation driven by Betty and Jughead feels like Veronica Mars or the Hardy Boys, or Nancy Drew, as opposed to Archie. But, even with that genre mash-up, the series has a heavy dose of teenage drama. That is what the show is at its heart, a soap opera featuring Archie Comics’ teens.

Archie must decide where his heart is, with football or music? And what’s up with Archie’s father and Veronica’s mother? There’s a battle for football captain, just a nice smattering of soap opera schmaltz.

The episode veers more towards the mystery of it all with an aesthetic at times that feels like a horror film, but even with that, it doesn’t lose focus or heart as to what it is at its core. Riverdale has done an excellent job of mixing a murder mystery with teenage drama and it all works in a guilty entertainment sort of way. Defying my expectations Riverdale has become my favorite comic adaptation currently on tv.

Overall Rating: 9.05

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