Riverdale: First thoughts..

Archie Comics.

I haven’t read them.

I’ve always been aware of them, they’ve been part of pop culture for more than half century. The characters, Betty, Veronica, Sabrina and that Ginger guy have always been in the public consciousness even without picking up an issue.

Of course we do live in a time of comic book adaptations so it was only a matter of time before the most iconic one of all time came into being. It’s not the first TV adaptation of Archie Comics, with a cartoon version happening, a one off live-action special and the 90s icon Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

But this is the first real go anyone has given of an Archie adaptation and you can check out the trailer right here…

First thoughts..

The CW fascinates me. It’s formula of putting beautiful people into a show that follows a certain trend has been doing pretty well for the past ten years. Gossip Girl being inspired by the OC, Vampire Diaries inspired by Twilight and all their superhero shows being inspired by all the superhero movies (pick one any one)

So what’s the Riverdale inspiration? Well firstly it’s a comic book adaptation, so I assume they’re hoping to draw interest from that built in audience. It’s modernising something relatively outdated, like Teen Wolf. There’s a love triangle, which has always served TV ratings and the makers of ‘Team’ t-shirts pretty well.

The description of the show being…

A subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

And it’s vaguely Stranger Things poster Riverdale could potentially be taking a new concept and turning it on it’s head. After all the CW has finally moved into the award winning television with the likes of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, both shows marked by the subversiveness of their traditionally overlooked genre Riverdale may be a step into a new playing field for the CW.

Mark this along with it’s twelve episode first season Riverdale could be showing us a tight and creepy high school story with a grounding in reality. Hell either that or I’ll buy my ‘Team Veronica’ t-shirt right now.

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