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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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TV Review: Riverdale S1E4 Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

riverdaleJughead fights to keep the local drive-in open after hearing an anonymous buyers’ plans to tear it down; Betty finds startling information about Miss Grundy’s past; Veronica confronts her mother; Alice finds an opportunity to destroy Archie’s image.

Riverdale answers so many questions in this episode full of so many plotlines it’s impressive. And the impressive part is that even with so much going on everything feels like it has more than enough time devoted to it.

As I said, there’s a lot packed into the episode and all of it’s quality. The revelation that Miss Grundy has a secret past is not only explored, but answered, and the situation between her and Archie goes through a hell of a lot. There’s also a secret with Veronica’s mother that’s explored and answered in one episode. Things not being dragged out? Mysteries being solved! Instead of dragging things out Riverdale is impressively delivering on mysteries instead of just building on them. It feels like a novel idea when it comes to television (when it really shouldn’t be).

But, the episode isn’t just about Betty, Veronica, and Archie. There’s some great moments involving Kevin Keller and Jughead. We get more info on Kevin’s world beyond just what we’ve seen as he hangs out with Betty. That includes an interaction with his father that’s really honest in a way I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on television before. Then there’s Jughead, a character that’s been woefully underused in the series so far. When it comes to characters this episode delivers the most as far as him as his home life situation is fleshed out with some twists I didn’t see coming until the final scenes. The series has shown it can keep us on our toes while delivering at the same time.

Riverdale is absolutely my new guilty pleasure of the tv season and it has delivered with every episode so far and is making its case as the best comic adaptation on tv.

Overall Rating: 9.65

TV Review: Riverdale S1E3 Chapter Three: Body Double

riverdaleCheryl is under a cloud of suspicion when new information about Jason’s death is revealed; Archie makes a decision that strains his relationship with Miss Grundy; Betty decides to revive the school newspaper.

Riverdale goes from a guilty pleasure of a show to one with one hell of a message. The third episode of this shockingly good series gives us girl power as the girls of Riverdale band together to take on the football team who are demeaning the girls with rumors about sex. The episode takes on harassment, much earlier than I thought it would and does it in a way that doesn’t come off as an Afterschool Special.

There’s more girl power packed into this episode than some entertainment has their entire season as Veronica really steps forward defending and going on the attack to correct wrongs. But, at the same time, through this plotline the show also explores Betty’s trauma involving her sister. We get strength, vulnerability, and depth, all in the same plot. To achieve so much is impressive and a hell a hat trick.

The big picture story of the death of Jason is still a major plotline. Archie reveals his hearing a gunshot with consequences from that revelation. Who fired a gun is revealed. There’s a lot packed in the episode in an entertaining hour that’s full of mystery, intrigue, and kick-ass women.

Riverdale is absolutely my new guilty pleasure of the tv season but with episodes like these it’s becoming must watch tv.

Overall Rating: 9.65

Josie and the Pussycats Sing “All For Me” in Tomorrow’s Episode of Riverdale on The CW

Riverdale‘s rising stars Josie and the Pussycats are set to rock the ‘Taste of Riverdale‘ event tomorrow with an original performance of “All For Me.”

Debuting in “Chapter Three: Body Double” Thursday on The CW at 9/8c and previewed in the above YouTube clip, “All For Me” features lead vocals by Riverdale series star Ashleigh Murray (Josie) and backing vocals by guest stars Asha Bromfield (Melody) and Hayley Law (Valerie), who play the Pussycats.

“Chapter Three: Body Double” debuts on February 9th at 9/8c on The CW and February 10th on Netflix for viewers outside the United States.

Riverdale Chapter Three: Body Double Trailer

Riverdale is new Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW, and available next day on The CW App.

TV Review: Riverdale S1E2 Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil

riverdaleArchie pleads with Ms Grundy to come forward with what they heard; Cheryl deals with the pressure of Jason’s death; Jughead stumbles upon Archie’s secret.

The second of Riverdale builds on the first quite well upping the teen drama as the death of Jason swirls around. With the main introductions and set up out of the way, the second episode does a good job of balancing so many characters and none feel like they’ve been neglected at all. And I think that’s partially what impresses me the most of this second episode. There’s so much going on with so many characters and it all naturally flows. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, it’s really impressive and stands out. Instead of segments brought together in an episode everything just naturally leads to the next thing.

The episode itself still has a so much going for it. There’s a lot of set up of teenage drama as things circle around the murder mystery. The perspective of the show still comes from Jughead’s perspective in a way and that take is interesting in that while so much revolves around Archie, the show really doesn’t. The drama is high as fights break out and the depravity ratchets up. I don’t even know where to begin. From Kevin Keller’s comments to Betty and Veronica jockeying against one another, Moose, Reggie, it’s all here in an hour that’s fun in a really twisted way.

While the acting isn’t going to win awards, but it’s all at a touch above soap opera level, something I’d expect from a network drama show. But, what really makes it stand out is each actor really has their character down and play off each other’s personalities. The show has clearly learned a lot from what’s come before, not just in Archie’s history, but also all of those teenage movies and shows that paved its way.

The end of the episode is a bit of a shocker as we possibly find out who killed Jason. A quick twist that’s beyond fascinating creating an even greater mystery for the show. Where you think things are going to play out, clearly that’s not the case setting the series up as one that’s really going to keep you on your toes.

Riverdale is absolutely my new guilt pleasure of the tv season.

Overall Rating: 8.35

Josie and the Pussycats Spice Up Classic Archies Song ‘Sugar, Sugar’

Josie and the Pussycats add a little spice to the sweet classic pop song “Sugar, Sugar” with the performance of a newly recorded cover version airing during the Thursday, February 2, episode of The CW’s acclaimed new drama series Riverdale (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Review: Riverdale S1E1 “Chapter One: The River’s Edge”

riverdale I remember Archie and the gang from when I was younger; my uncle had a few Archie books on his shelves and I would go through them every time I was over there.  They were light and funny, showing a simpler time. Riverdale, a more modern take on Archie and the gang, is anything but light and funny.

The town of Riverdale has been shaken by the death of Jason Blossom, twin brother to Riverdale high’s queen bee Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), over the summer break. This casts a dark cloud over the return to school, but as we are introduced to the characters in this show, we soon find out that there is a lot more going on with the residents of Riverdale.

Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa) has had an awakening over the summer, and wants to pursue his new found passion in music, rather then work for his father (Luke Perry) in the family business.  Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) has come to the realization that her feelings for her best friend Archie have grown into more, and she is struggling to let him know. And new girl in town Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is trying to shake off the person she used to be and start a new life away from New York and the problems following her after her father was arrested for fraud.

We also get introduced to supporting players that will bring out the mysteries hidden in this sleepy town; Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is Betty’s good friend, nudging her to Archie; Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) is the no-nonsense lead singer of the Pussycats, and isn’t going to let anyone take focus of her journey to stardom.  We also get quick nods to other known characters Reggie Mantle (Ross Butler) and Moose Mason (Cody Kearsley). Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel) has been radically changed from the original comics and plays an interesting role in the life of Archie Andrews. And the whole story is being laid out by Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), working on a novel of the events of over the summer. He is seen as being more of a loner, not really being part of any group, or the best friend of Archie as most know him to be in the books.

For a premiere episode, Riverdale does a good job of introducing us to the characters, but as mentioned, this is not the Archie many of us remember. This is a more dark and brooding rendering of these characters, dealing with more grown up issues. I haven’t read the revamped Archie comics that have been released, so to those who read them, this may be more true to the characters they know.  But to someone new to this ‘new’ Archie, it took a little getting used to.

About 15-20 minutes into it, part of me was thinking “oh yeah, just another teen drama”, but as the episode went on, and plot lines were established, I was like “ok this is going somewhere”.  I really enjoy the cast and their portrayal of their characters. It was hard to shake away what I thought of them originally, but I think that played into me getting more drawn into it. Archie having a secret romance?  Veronica and Betty kissed? A murder mystery in Riverdale? Not the Archie I remember…but one that I am looking forward to seeing again.

Overall Rating: 7.5

Riverdale Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil Trailer

Riverdale is new Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW, and available next day on The CW App.

Riverdale Gets a Mysteries of Riverdale Trailer

Riverdale is new Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW, and available next day on The CW App.

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