Say goodbye to sockhops and diner malts. This ain’t your mama’s Archie. He’s gone rogue. And come January 26th on the CW, we’ll find out what that exactly means. Riverdale has been described as a noir mash-up of Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars and maybe even Wayward Pines. Judging by the brooding mood of the trailer and low-light color scheme, it may be all that and then some.
As Betty Cooper recites in the trailer, “Every corpse has a tale to tell, and this one has the touch of evil,” we’re shown an image of body bag. The person zipped inside is Jason Blossom–brother to Cheryl Blossom. The once sleepy and proclaimed safe town of Riverdale battle to cope with the murder and its unraveling secrets. Who killed Jason Blossom? Was it Archie?
The very sound of that last question makes me giggle. I mean, come on, Archie the sinister? Archie the football hunk with ripe abs? It’s hard to fathom. However, it’s hard to not feel tempted and swayed to watch. Gossip Girl has left so many viewers with a giant-sized hole. Will Riverdale capitalize on this and make its own way?
For those of you not familiar with Riverdale and its inhabitants, the show is a modern take of the popular and iconic Archie Comics series. The brand has birthed many other beloved characters as well–Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats. Hint Hint: we do get regular appearances from all the Pussycats on the new CW series.
A staple fans will be relieved to see is the infamous Betty, Veronica, and Archie love triangle. We need that. The tug of love war is the foundation of Archie comics. You can even say it’ll be a love square, as Archie will engage in a steamy affair with…Mrs. Grundy!
The creators and cast of the show insist that the root of teenage gripes will not be absent. There will be growing pains and dances and academic pressure. There will even be bits of humor.
What are your thoughts on this Archie and friends comics reboot?