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Riverdale: The Complete First Season coming August 15 to Blu-ray & DVD

Unlock the mystery and dive into small town secrets as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Riverdale: The Complete First Season on DVD on August 15, 2017. Premiering with 2.4 million viewers, The CW’s top new show across all major demos* is created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Big Love), produced by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Blindspot), and stars KJ Apa (Shortland Street), Lili Reinhart (The Kings of Summer), Camila Mendes (Randy Doe), Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Marisol Nichols (Big Momma’s House 2), Madelaine Petsch (The Curse of Sleeping Beauty), Ashleigh Murray (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train), Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks), and Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210). Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also an executive producer, along with Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Blindspot, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and Jon Goldwater (Publisher/CEO, Archie Comics). The release contains all 13 gripping episodes from the first season, and includes new bonus content, and never-before-seen deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Riverdale: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP. Riverdale: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

Riverdale: The Complete First Season will also be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-ray release includes all bonus features on the DVD and is also arriving August 15, 2017. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are found at Amazon.com and all online retailers.

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale gives a subversive take on small-town life. Things aren’t always what you expect in Riverdale. As a new school year begins, the town is reeling from the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. The summer’s events made all-American teen Archie Andrews realize that he wants to pursue a career in music, but his fractured friendship with Jughead Jones, and Josie McCoy’s focus on her own band leaves Archie without a mentor. Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper is not ready to reveal her true feelings for Archie, and new student, Veronica Lodge, has an undeniable spark with Betty’s crush. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale’s queen bee, who stirs up trouble amongst Archie, Betty and Veronica. But is Cheryl hiding something about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there’s so much more to the story.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
  • Riverdale: The New Normal
  • Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin
  • I Got You – musical piece
  • These Are Moments I Remember – musical piece
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

13 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Chapter One: “The River’s Edge”
  2. Chapter Two: “A Touch of Evil”
  3. Chapter Three: “Body Double”
  4. Chapter Four: “The Last Picture Show”
  5. Chapter Five: “Heart of Darkness”
  6. Chapter Six: “Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!”
  7. Chapter Seven: “In a Lonely Place”
  8. Chapter Eight: “The Outsiders”
  9. Chapter Nine: “La Grande Illusion”
  10. Chapter Ten: “The Lost Weekend”
  11. Chapter Eleven: “To Riverdale and Back Again”
  12. Chapter Twelve: “Anatomy of a Murder”
  13. Chapter Thirteen: “The Sweet Hereafter”

DIGITAL HD

The first season of Riverdale is also currently available to own on Digital HD. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital HD is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.

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TV Review: Riverdale S1E13 Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

riverdaleArchie and Veronica continue to grow vloser; Betty confronts her mother; Jughead finds himself in an unexpected situation; Hermione makes Fred an offer that seems too good to be true; Cheryl takes matters into her own hands.

Riverdale wraps up its first season with an episode that’s all over the place in what it touches upon and the soap opera aspects. With the killer revealed last episode, the fallout and what it means for the characters and Riverdale is explored.

There’s both good and bad in the fact the new Scooby Gang is recognized for what they did but the episode also brings up the bad in the fact that the town is up in arms over the Serpents and also Betty’s involvement too. The fact everything isn’t a rah-rah celebration is a good thing. For how over the top the season has been in the drama and mystery, it still keeps some things realistic.

That realism really comes to Cheryl who has to deal with her father committing suicide and murdering her brother. It’s choreographed far ahead as to where she’s going and things are a bit extreme in that aspect but understandable. Still, there’s some issues in the fact she’s left alone during the jubilee. It doesn’t make sense and a weird slip during an interesting episode.

For everything the episode wraps up it sets up a lot for the next season. A revelation that impacts the Coopers and an event surrounding Archie drives the path to the second season of the series. So much is wrapped up and so much is set up for what’s to come and that seems to include a similar story structure with a mystery having to be solved.

Overall, the series is an interesting one using the familiar world and characters but creating a new spin through it all that’s an over the top soap opera. Most importantly, it’s fun delivering solid entertainment that consistently delivered in the story, acting, and plot. It has its issues for sure, but for a beginning, its been a great start.

Overall Rating: 8.35

The CW’s Riverdale’s Real Mystery is Ignoring Its Diverse Cast

The CW hit, Riverdale, has a major representation problem and it’s being severely overlooked. Despite being one of the most diversely casted teen dramas on the air, their representation of people of color and the LGBTQ+ community, is seemingly unimportant to the writers, this despite Kevin Keller and Josie McCoy being prominently mentioned and shown in the promotional material. While there is no arguing these characters are present in the show, they are primarily seen and not heard. The few characters who are given lines either disappear from the story altogether, are used to prop up the core four’s storyline, or simply ignored.

Josie and the Pussycats (Ashleigh Murray, Hayley Law, Asha Bromfield) have shown viewers musical talent and promise. Josie (Murray) is the only person of color who has been given significant screen time, dialogue, and backstory. Viewers are pulled in when they learn about her overbearing father pressuring her to follow his footsteps and supportive mayoral mother, but then only give the first eight episodes and disappears for the rest of the season. Not even a single line has been introduced to explain where she has gone. Even an “I can’t believe Josie gets to record a single in Los Angeles” would suffice.

Valerie (Law), has been Archie’s love interest, and seemingly the only thing that makes his character even remotely interesting. The show appeared to be on the right track, gradually building their inevitable relationship when they finally come together after the talent show, but then she quickly becomes a sounding board for Archie’s ridiculous rants and nothing more until she finally leaves him for ignoring her. Many viewers felt as though it wasn’t just Archie who ignored Valerie, but the writers, since fan are given virtually nothing about her other than she is a musician who won’t take any of his nonsense.

Melody’s character (Bromfield) is virtually non-existent. I’m pretty sure the actress hasn’t even had more than a single line in the entire first season. Josie and Valerie are given minimal agency, while Melody is given absolutely none, completely ignored. As of right now, Melody’s character serves no other purpose than completing the infamous trio of rocker women. That being said, my favorite fan theory is that Melody killed Jason and the motive was simply because everyone ignored her.

Other characters being blatantly ignored like this include Ginger Lopez and Tina Patel (Cheryl’s “minions”). You may have no idea who these characters are, as they are never properly introduced, but they are definitely there. Cheryl kicked them off the River Vixens because they didn’t vote for her during the infamous Veronica vs. Cheryl dance off. I’m supposed to believe these two girls just stood there without emotion while their alleged livelihood is being taken away from them? The lack of focus also took away any emotional impact from the scene. Without knowing them, it’s hard to care if they’ve been booted from the clique.

Kevin Keller is another character being treated unfairly. He is by far a fan favorite and one of the only LGBT+ characters with a major role. He gets some of the funniest lines and viewers are never disappointed with his hilarious reactions. We learn a minimal amount of his backstory—he’s the son of the sheriff who is accepting of his son’s sexuality—and I do give credit where credit is due, I appreciate the fact Kevin’s sexuality is a non-issue, only used to further drive a complicated plotline. What’s bothersome is the fact he is only given an implied storyline.

For example, viewers see Kevin connect with Joaquin and an exciting, new storyline is introduced. Then Joaquin is dropped and doesn’t appear again until a couple of episodes later, where it’s revealed that he and Kevin are now full-fledged dating. When did this happen? Viewers don’t get to see the relationship progress in the slightest. We only get to see them make out one more time at Jughead’s birthday party. It’s very possible the development of this relationship was cut and left on the cutting room floor, but the crew completely lost an opportunity to appease fan’s needs for a well-rounded gay character with his own storyline.

Another example is that it’s implied the infamous character Moose, is in the closet and is willing to hook up with Kevin as long as no one knows. This is a new piece of information for long-time Archie Comics fans, as he has previously been known purely for being the stereotypical “dumb” jock. This small piece of information makes a previously dull character, more complex and interesting, but it’s never mentioned again. The writers had an opportunity to expand here and dive deeper into this character but chose to only use him again several episodes later, as a punching bag to a gang of thugs. There was no character development at all.

The problem seems to lie in the story of Riverdale not being fully realized yet. The writers need to decide if this is a story about the core four or the town of Riverdale as a whole. With a focus on the parents, it would seem the writers have decided the whole. If this is correct, then they need to give their diverse cast’s characters more substance and agency. If the story’s goal is to center around the core four, then random, deep insights to other character’s past that were once introduced and then forgotten (i.e. Josie), need to be dropped. Once this is sorted out, many of these issues won’t be as prominent and the storyline will seem more consistent, although many viewers are hoping to see more of these forgotten characters, so let’s hope they don’t choose the latter.

In interviews, writers have mentioned one might consider the first season of Riverdale as a prequel to where we meet them in the original Archie comics. Where we meet the characters now, aren’t necessarily where they will end up, and there is a chance they might become closer to who their characters are in the original canon. Perhaps that means we will finally see an asexual Jughead (which is a whole other issue entirely), the epic love triangle that is Betty, Archie, and Veronica will finally rear its ugly head, and so on. That being said, this gives viewers hope that the character’s currently being mistreated or overlooked might have a bigger role and impact in future episodes to come.

TV Review: Riverdale S1E11 Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

riverdaleAlice wants Betty to help with the Jason Blossom investigation; Jughead wonders if it’s the right time to give his father another chance; Fred and Mary attend the homecoming dance.

Riverdale is bright lights and music with the homecoming dance as the first season begins to wind down with just a few episodes left and that means we still need to find out who killed Jason.

This episode is focused on that with various characters doing their best Scooby Doo to try find out who killed Jason and maybe we’ve gotten an answer by the end of the episode? Or, is someone setting him up?

There’s lots of feints in this episode, especially for the ending, and we as viewers still wonder exactly what’s up. What’s interesting though is this episode emphasizes the history of everyone’s parents and that at one point they too were in the same positions as their sons and daughters and were friends and dating. We get more of that here and what I think is one of the strongest aspects of the series is that layering reminding us of the history of everyone.

The episode is a good one. It’s entertaining. There’s good acting. The plotting is solid in its pacing and how things play out. The episode hits all the beats and does what it needs to do which is throttle us towards the final few episodes of the series in the coming weeks. This is the set up before the series ending spike and in that sense and as a part of the whole, it’s a great addition to this series.

“To Riverdale and Back Again” is a fantastic episode in that it has an almost complete focus on the bigger murder mystery but throughout it reminds us that the parents of Riverdale are as much stars and vital parts of the story as their kids.

Overall Rating: 8.55

TV Review: Riverdale S1E10 Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

riverdaleArchie hides his true feelings about his parents’ divorce; Betty decides to throw Jughead a surprise birthday party; Veronica contemplates whether to participate in the deposition to help get her Dad released.

Riverdale brings the tension to a boil in a party that goes off the rails. It’s Jughead’s birthday and a party is thrown against his wishes and that eventually leads to confrontations as lots is brought out into the open as Chuck and Cheryl hijack it with a game of truth (without the dare).

But through all of that, the episode really focuses on Jughead and Betty and how not different they really are. The episode really comes to a head in a scene after the party between Jughead and Betty. The details here is what makes the series so solid. Jughead’s hat is off, which he specifically references earlier about never taking it off, and we see how Betty isn’t so perfect herself (you know beyond almost killing Chuck).

The series has built in how imperfect the parents of Riverdale are, but this episode really focuses on how imperfect the kids are too. Jughead. Betty. Archie. Veronica. Even Kevin and Ethel in a way. It all has slowly built in the series and here’s where we get to see the kids flaws on full display.

What’s also interesting is as all the kids’ flaws come out FP becomes a father in some ways giving Jughead some good advice and being the adult. It’s an interesting twist for the character and something we haven’t seen in full display but it’s been building to happen at some point.

And finally through all of the partying and flaws revealed, the episode is about relationships. Jughead and Betty, Veronica and Archie, Veronica and her parents, Jughead and his. Archie’s parents, Archie and Jughead, and Veronica and a budding friendship with Veronica. There’s heart on display here and situations that teenagers experienced in some ways.

The episode again shows that through all of the drama and soap opera elements, Riverdale delivers a series with a shocking amount of depth. It also makes its case as being one of the best comic adaptations on television.

Overall Rating: 9.55

TV Review: Riverdale S1E9 Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion

riverdaleArchie gets an offer from the Blossoms, which could help his future; Veronica befriends a classmate who was hurt by her father’s illegal actions; Hermione is conflicted about telling Fred the truth; Alice seeks revenge on the Blossoms.

Riverdale shows off that the parents of Riverdale are the ones who are completely out of their minds in an episode that feels like it shifts the focus of the show a bit from Archie, Veronica, Jughead, and Betty, to their parents. And while you might expect teenage drama, the show has more than enough drama from the parents alone.

There’s two main stories for the episode with a third thread. One is Archie getting closer with Cheryl, the next being Veronica getting closer with Ethel, and Fred dealing with Hermione and the attacks on the project he’s working on.

Most of it has an air about it that feels like it’d be perfectly in place in the movie Cruel Intentions which this show more and more feels like it’s riffing from when it comes to the creepiness of family.

And that creep is turned up to 11 as the episode revolves around the ginger Blossom family. I mention the ginger part as red is a striking color used in various shades throughout their scenes. That red is often contrasted against a winter white as snow falls around them creating an almost Red Riding Hood motif to it all. The main story is who will take over the Blossom clan with Cheryl looking to be the heir, but she’s not exactly liked. Enter Archie, who is used by her parents in hopes of making her look stable. There’s also Polly and Archie wanting to see how she’s doing for Betty. It’s an interesting plot and shows we have yet to see an adult in Riverdale that’s sane and has their act together.

Then there’s Veronica and Ethel. Veronica wants to do some good, but she also realizes that her father has screwed over Ethel’s family. It’s an interesting twist to Veronica, and character in comics that isn’t exactly the most altruistic. It adds some depth to her here but as a viewer, I knew it wasn’t going to go well. I winced at every instance.

All of this ties into the ongoing storylines for the series and it’s one of the greatest strengths of the series in that it’s able to focus on different things like the Blossom clan but still tie it into the greater storyline. And, when doing so it seems to strengthen the characters adding depth every chance it can.

Again, Riverdale is able to give us solid stories that drive the ongoing plotline while focused on other aspects and add layers to the world, characters, and more. It’s impressive storytelling and super entertaining. Riverdale continues to be some of the most entertaining television on today.

Overall Rating: 9.45

TV Review: Riverdale S1E8: Chapter Eight: The Outsiders

riverdaleWhen Fred loses his crew just as they’re about to start construction, Archie and his friends try to help, making them targets for an attack; Jughead worries how his friends will react when his secret comes out.

Riverdale is interesting for this week’s episode as it goes a different route than focusing completely on the murder mystery. Instead of that plot we get a few different ones including the construction project of Fred Andrews and the Coopers’ family relationship.

Fred’s construction story runs into an issue in that someone decides to rough up the site in hopes he’d stop. It’s pretty clear as to who’s behind it all to viewers but Archie is convinced it’s the Serpents behind it which leads him to go to a bar they hang out at in hopes of trying to find the people behind the attack. It’s a decent plot in that it feels appropriate and something Archie would do, but primarily it’s a way for Archie to find out about Jughead’s father and get the fact he’s in the gang out into the open. That leads to all sorts of clashes and also opens up Betty and Jughead to talk to his dad about the death of Jason. That deepens the overall mystery, but is interesting too in that there’s the familial aspect of it all.

This plot highlights a strength of the show in that it’s able to drive the murder mystery narrative while also expanding other plots and stories too. Things tie together but not in a way that feels forced. Through all of the above it’s rather organic and flows really nicely.

Then there’s the Blossoms and Coopers and the pregnancy which leads to a baby shower. That too is a driver to set up a conflict and revelations on the Cooper end of things with Betty and Polly’s parents having a confrontation with some interesting twists and turns. It brings out some interesting history that puts things in perspective and sets up conflict there. It also allows their mother, Alice Cooper, to really vent and show off her acting chops. She’s played a rather constricted Stepford wife for the show, but to see her blow up against Hal is a new aspect and feels like it’s going to allow her to stretch as a character. As an actress she’s amazing in this episode and this absolutely expands her character on the series adding aspects that I wasn’t expecting and cracking the perfect exterior.

Again, Riverdale is able to give us two really solid stories that drive the ongoing plotline while focused on other aspects and add layers to the world, characters, and more. It’s impressive storytelling and super entertaining. Riverdale continues to be some of the most entertaining television on today.

Overall Rating: 9.65

TV Review: Riverdale S1E7 Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

riverdaleNew rumors circulate as to who was really behind Jason’s murder after a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed; Jughead’s father returns to the fray; Veronica takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione.

Riverdale has a bit of a theme tonight of messed up parents exploring both Jughead, Cheryl, and Veronica’s in different ways.

When it comes to Veronica, which is the simpleist of plots, the episode picks up from the previous episode where Hermione forged her signature to award Fred a contract. Veronica threatens her mother, her mother cuts off her credit card. It’s all rather interesting and playing out a family where things are spiraling out of control.

Then there’s Cheryl’s parents. Polly is on the loose and Cheryl’s parents know she’s pregnant letting that information get out. They then offer support and money if Polly comes out of hiding and they’ll help care for the child. They also set the ground of a custody battle down the road. There’s something really creepy about it all, especially as Polly’s choice on what to do with the child seems to be taken away from her. It emphasizes the crazy on that side of things which matches the Cooper’s crazy. Seriously, shrinks must be cashing in when it comes to work in this town.

Finally, there’s Jughead and his father who attempts to go straight and agrees to work with Fred again. We get a lot of history about Jughead’s family and his father’s history and it fleshes out the two characters adding lots of depth. I’m not quite sure where all of that’s going, but clearly there’s a clash coming in some way.

Multiple families each dealing with issues when it comes to parenting in different ways and each showing their skeletons in different ways. The episode does a lot adding depth to the characters through their actions and in some cases fleshing out the characters more in this one episode than has occurred for the entire season so far.

And that’s what’s impressed me with Riverdale. The show continues to add depth to characters and shake things up in a way with a focused episode exploring a specific aspect of the town and its characters. Another solid episode that makes the case that this is the best comic adaptation on television.

Overall Rating: 9.45

Riverdale Gets Renewed for Season 2 at The CW

Order another round of burgers at Pop’s because Archie and the gang are back for a second season of Riverdale on The CW! Archie Comics made the announcement today.

The live-action Riverdale series offers a bold, compelling take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his best friend, Jughead Jones.

The series looked like it was likely to be renewed averaging about 1 million viewers and about 0.40 in the coveted 18.49 demographic.

TV Review: Riverdale S1E6 Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

riverdaleValerie and Josie have a major fallout; Betty and Jughead’s probe into Jason’s death bring them to a home for troubled youth; an unexpected betrayal sends Veronica spiraling; Josie’s overbearing father appears; Hermione and Fred grow closer.

Riverdale gets deep into the mystery of Jason’s death and Polly’s incarceration in an episode full of reveals and twists and turns.

Betty and Jughead continue their best Scooby impersonation first sleuthing to figure out where Betty’s sister Polly was and then following up on a clue mentioned by Polly. Polly’s in an institution and it turns out Betty’s parents have been leaving some information on the table. It’s interesting stuff and not too shocking when revealed, but it emphasizes have dysfunctional the Cooper family really is. The two also stumble upon something else which hints Polly and Jason were into some deeper shit than anyone knew or is willing to admit, leaving more hints as to why he was really killed. It’s a lot of clues and hints packed into an hour and fantastic to see the show dive deeper into the mystery presented.

But, it wouldn’t be a CW show without lots of drama and this episode still has time for that. First, it’s talent show time! Archie wants to perform, but has some stage freight issues when it comes to that. The Pussycats are also performing at the show and things aren’t going so great with them with some artistic arguing within the ranks. That leads to a member quitting, a new member joining, all sorts of drama. There’s also Archie’s dad trying to get a contract and Veronica’s mom being able to make that happen with some duplicity.

All of that adds a bit of fun to what would be weird mystery. The revelations of what’s discovered and how that ends mixed with the talent show drama create a weird balance of a show that works and works really well.

And that’s what’s impressed me with Riverdale. The show is able to balance such different genres and still seem like a coherent vision. Part teen drama. Part murder mystery. This is a key episode that shows Riverdale is able to pull that off and then some.

Overall Rating: 9.35

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