Season 1 rating: 97/100
Season 2 rating: 96/100
Season 3 rating: 82/100
TV Series Info
The characters and setting of the long-running “Archie” comic series get a modern, neo-noir update in the premiere season of The CW’s teen drama-mystery series. The events following the murder of a beloved classmate, prompt Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and the rest of Riverdale’s residents to take a closer look at the scandals and secrets lurking under the seemingly wholesome, all-American surface of their hometown. Starring Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, K.J. Apa and Lili Reinhart.
|K.J. Apa||Archie Andrews||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Lily Reinhart||Betty Cooper||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Cole Sprouse||Jughead Jones||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Camila Mendes||Veronica Lodge||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Casey Cott||Kevin Keller||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Marisol Nichols||Hermione Lodge||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Madelaine Petsch||Cheryl Blossom||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Luke Perry||Fred Andrews||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Mädchen Amick||Alice Cooper||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Skeet Ulrich||FP Jones||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Ashleigh Murray||Josie McCoy||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Mark Consuelos||Hiram Lodge||Season 2 and 3|
|Martin Cummins||Sheriff Tom Keller||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Nathalie Boltt||Penelope Blossom||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Lochlyn Munro||Hal Cooper||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Charles Melton||Reggie Mantle||Season 2 and 3|
|Vanessa Morgan||Toni Topaz||Season 2 and 3|
|Robin Givens||Sierra McCoy||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Alvin Sanders||Pop Tate||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Jordan Connor||Sweet Pea||Season 2 and 3|
This was a strong start for a teen drama, lots of detailed comic references, that made it clear what world we were in. The murder was a great way to go, it was realistic and helped us into the supernatural side of the Archie Comics. The mystery and conspiracy in this town was so intriguing, it gave us a story to solve and characters to build upon. The characters are just like the comics, even what they wear is thrown in there. Even the settings stood out, I loved the creepiness of the Blossom farm and the roughness of the Whyte Worm. It all had a purpose and was rememberable throughout.
As I said before, it had strong start with a murder that gave the audience plenty to think about. The character arcs were dynamic and there were plenty of cast to connect with. The struggle between the north and south is a main issue in the season, I loved Jughead as a character because he is stuck in a hard position. Having south side blood running through his veins, but having grown up in the north he has to choose between them and keep the peace, he is the glue of Riverdale. All the younger cast do well to play the 16 year old characters they are, it good to see them deal with other problems than just sexual. Im not saying it perfect, having some slower scenes than others, but it definitely is entertaining for their target audience.
Some good angles that kept tension going, they didn’t reveal too much with shots, which allowed for the imagination to run wild. The scene where Archie punches through the ice was the best because each punch you felt and the camera reacted perfectly to the struggle of trying to save Cheryls life. it was intense and gave the characters one final obstacle to save the people of Riverdale. The recent increase in murder mystery trend has allowed Riverdale to become popular, balances the darkness and drama of life perfectly. What let it down was slight CGI issue, tidying imperfections like tiredness or weird scene effect. But you hardly notice it due to the drama.
A great cast that have more than just looks, they actually play the characters well. All of them understand the problems their characters are facing and act accordingly. K.J. Apa is a character with a heart of gold, having the drive to do whats right. Cole Sprouse is moody and inquisitive, it makes him a great narrator as well as character the audience can fall in love with. The female cast are great, Lily, Camila, Marsol, Madelaine are some of my favourite, they are stand out characters that have depth and have some of the best character arcs. Shout out to Alvin Sanders foe being the most loved character ever, Pop Tate is always there for the main cast whenever they need to escape it all.
Another amazing season of comic references and world building. Giving us another mystery to solve in the form of the Black Hood was a good move. This was a season that introduced us to Greendale again; showing us that this world is bigger than just Riverdale. Multiple murders and a personal vendetta for Archie changed the character, made him harder. It was a season about the characters inner demons, showing the darker side of Archie comics. With the introduction of Hiram Lodge, the new threat had emerged. I liked how the hatred moved from the blossoms to the lodges through the season, by the end you almost forget the awful murder from season 1. I loved the conflict between the north and south; it got really bad in this season that award had started. The idea that the south side was to blame was very good, it shows that discrimination that the people have, being quick to blame the lower level rather than think its someone of their own.
Interesting turn of events, this narrative has gotten a lot darker from the first season. I love the the idea of removing the the mask of innocents that everyone carries, Betty’s story is one of the weirdest, she tackles her darkness and discovers she is a lot like the black hood. However, I found it is less dark than she thinks, mainly just a kink than evil. The biggest problem for me was the twist, I already predicted it a couple of episodes before. It does lose it mystery by then as you already know and you find the characters just wasting time. I did like Hal as the Black Hood, his quest to purge the town really shook the characters. Whilst that was going on, another threat was lurking, Hiram Lodge was taking slowly taking over and Archie is now on the same path. Both characters have a sense a of dominance, and you can really see that when both characters meet and stare each other down. Its a lot of different stories to follow, but somehow they manage it. The weirdest of all the stories is Cheryl Blossoms, she turns into a threading teenager who likes blood, eventually getting trapped in the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. The one thing that bugged me was how rather than escape with Toni, she decides to kiss her and waste time, I’m surprised that the sisters didn’t catch them. Overall a great thrilling story that had some downs, but a lot of ups.
Let just get this out of the way… Hal’s eyes… that is some poor CGI. We all know they weren’t green and yet they try and fool us. Now thats out the way we can say how the rest of it was good. The effects have got better from the first and they still have kept the same high level of shots. Nothing major has changed from the first season, it has however improved upon its mistakes from the first season.
Firstly, a warm welcome to Mark Consuelos, Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan, they did very well to fit into the cast and become rememberable characters. It was another great season for the cast, with the change in problems, the actors did well to change emotions and focus of the characters. The one problem I had was that there were many awkward and cheesy lines in this season, it made me cringe rather than smile or cry. Its becoming so big that they need to take a step back and have a long look at what they have made. Hal was one of my favourites, dark, cunning and no remorse by the end, Lochlyn was a good choice for the role.
Now this is what Archie Comics is all about. The mythical side is now coming to the screen, the Gargoyle King was a good idea to use, with the recent release of Sabrina, it ties the world in very nicely. Now that the Black Hood behind bars, the town now has to regrow and cope with the past. I loved how they involved the Sisters of Quiet Mercy more, it helps tie up loose ends that the show has left. It cleverly tackles mental health and how the magic is just a front for the Fizzle Rocks. This brings back in the true villain of season 2, Hiram Lodge, who is has managed to buy/acquire key location in Riverdale. Its another great representation of the comics and has lots to offer.
It has a great start with the suicides caused by the new evil the Gargoyle King and Archie being being charged with murder. It keeps the pace and drama from the second season very well. However, 3/4 of the way through the season the pace seems to slow and it flops sometimes. I find some scenes pointless, like Archie running away and the whole Gargoyle King dreams. But the ideas were great, and having the twist of villains, by Hiram getting shot was very good.
After more than half of the season it just gets more and more ridiculous, I get that the show is trying to experiment and be more creative with their episodes. But, it just has lost the plot, episode 16: Big Fun is another sing along that is just lost what made Riverdale season 1 so good. They attempt this musical styled episode every season and it never works. I find it is a chance for characters who have fallen under the radar to be relevant again. Like Cheryl Blossom, she has completely changed as a character as is now so annoying and pointless they put her as many star in the musical for no reason. It seems they think an episode like this will get people interested, it doesn’t. Its a shame because I’ve been a committed watcher to the show and have had some enjoyable moments throughout, but they just need to have a long hard think of where they’re going next and make an episode that has some real back bone.
Dark and dim lighting that made the Gargoyle King look evil. They have put the same effort in this season like the others. Its fantastic to see them increasing the effects, getting more supernatural means they need to make changes. Its been another series of dramatic close ups and weird hallucination effects, the clever story telling about quests was helped by the montage of shots (The quest to save Archie). Continuing with what I said about episode 16: Big Fun in the story section, its episodes like this that are on the wrong path compared to other episodes. The biggest problem is the auto tuning, it is so obvious that it ruins everything and makes whatever they are doing so cheesy. Normally, the sound and effects are great and do what a teen drama should do, but now and again they seem to miss the mark by a mile. Some of the sets seemed really cramped also and it shows when they start dancing and they are unable to move probably.
With new mythical beings, the cast do well to react and cope with the ever changing scenes. They have great emotion and most characters have good chemistry between one another. Audience members can definitely connect with the character and follow their journeys. Of course there are still some cheesy lines that need to be fixed, but they still give it 100%. Now, every actor in this show has their own unique skill and stands out in different ways. However, recently Cheryl Blossom who is played by Madelaine Petsch has lost her relevancy, this is mainly due to having no good story arc after season 2. Its sad because Cheryl has been a good character so far but now its seems she relies on cheesy one liners or arguments to keep up with the rest. I’m not giving up on hope though, her character does still have time to become something worthwhile. Its not just her though, many others have started to struggle, its just Cheryl is the most noticeable.