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The Reflection

CW’s Riverdale takes Archie and the gang down a road of mystery, murder and more

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Riverdale, a reboot of the Archie comics, features all the original comic characters. At the start of 2017, many new television shows premiered on all different channels, but the one that’s gaining lots of attention features the adventures of Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Becky Cooper and Veronica Lodge.

This new television adaptation is darker and mysterious, not to mention the sex, murder and a forbidden romance that the series offers.

The reboot follows Archie in high school, specifically during the time that a classmate of his, Jason Blossom, is murdered. The whole town is thrown into a panic as there is a killer on the loose in their town. Archie and his friends try to find Jason’s murder while dealing with their own personal problems. For example–Archie has to decide if he wants to pursue football or music, or how he truly feels about his best friend, Betty.

The show so far has received  rating with an 8 out of 10 on IMDB and an 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though the show has only been on for a little over a month, the series has gained lots of popularity among viewers, especially because of its diverse cast.

One of the star cast members is Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones. Riverdale is Sprouse’s return from acting since he and his brother decided to take a brief hiatus to attend college. Jughead is his first role after playing Cody Martin on Disney Channel’s popular series,  The Suite Life of Zack and Cody  as well as its spin-off A Suite Life on Deck.

The costumes in the show accomplish the cliche high school look, and others reminiscent of the 60s. Riverdale also boasts exemplary cinematography.

The actors adopt to their roles  and give convincing performances of high school teenagers, despite most of them being in their early twenties. The story itself intrigues the viewer, as it focuses on different characters throughout the episode instead of one central protagonist.

The show could improve on its casting choices. Although the casting of certain people like KJ ALpa as Archie and Cole Sprouse as Jughead were spot on, not so for the casting choice of Ms. Grundy. In the comics, Ms. Grundy is perceived as an old, fraile school teacher with white hair and a grandma’s blouse. The person who plays Grundy on the television show is Sarah Habel, who is 32-years-old in real life. Not only is her an extreme age gap a huge jump, but in the new series, Ms. Grundy also has an affair with (oh, my gosh) Archie.

While viewers who had never read the comic didn’t mind as much, fans of the original comics were angered by Grundy’s drastic change. Another problem with the show is its pacing. Certain episodes seem to take focus away from the central story and often don’t seem to have any impact to the story overall. Plus, the series feels over romanticised and the relationships change too rapidly–so much so, that it gets confusing who is friends with whom.

Overall, this adaptation of the Archie comics has proven to be a great addition to the CW channel and will probably become a regular on the channel, as it has already been renewed for a second season. The series, like many others, is a prime example of a transition from book or comic to the screen, and does well with giving a new generation an opportunity to explore what parents (and in this case, grandparents) got to enjoy as teenagers.

Samuel Tilbury

Hi, my name is Samuel Tilbury and I'm a Junior at Gull Lake High School. This will be my second year on the newspaper staff and I primarily like to write reviews or opinion articles. My favorite topics to talk about are movies, television, politics, and the environment.


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