Friday, February 24, 2017

Riverdale: the Show that Never Was

Every corpse has a tale to tell. This one has a touch of evil.
Foreboding Coroner on the CW's Riverdale


Well, it's that time of year... midterms! The time of year when my best blogging intensions give way to evaluating exams and essays. But, I couldn't let the month go by without telling you about the Riverdale that I imagined and the Riverdale that I actually saw.

The Riverdale I imagined (based on the trailer): a moody, mystical take on the classic (wholesome/boring? traditional/sexist?) Archie comics. In this series, we get a grittier take on the ostensibly idilic small town. We also get a Twin Peaks-esque murder mystery complete with weird, supernatural plot twists. We get three main characters (Archie, Betty, Veronica) who subvert the typical love-triangle plot lines and negotiate their relationships with one another in surprising and insightful ways. It was a great show (in my mind!).

The Riverdale I saw (based on the pilot): a mild, fairly silly soap opera that includes a murder mystery and mean-girl negotiations (a la Pretty Little Liars) between Betty, Veronica and a really awful Queen Bee named Cheryl. Much less Twin Peaks. Much more 90210 (complete with Luke Perry!). Not bad. But not great either. Very vanilla. Very Betty.