But before we get to that, I just want to be clear that I was an Archie fan growing up. I was on Team Betty. I begged my mother every time we set foot in a grocery store for another Archie book. We had a pretty healthy and well-loved stack of them at home. So, I may have fangirled a little bit when the new Archie comic series was announced. I enjoyed Afterlife with Archie, but it just wasn’t the same.
I was aware of Riverdale. There’s been talk of it for a while. I don’t have cable so I didn’t think I’d be getting to watch it anytime soon. One of the fellows I work with mentioned it was on Netflix and I could feel the hallelujah chorus! It was three episodes in when I got to it.
Forgive me if I’m offering unorganized thoughts.
The opening reminded me of a Jodi Picoult novel I read years ago (The Pact). It was about a suicide pact gone horribly one sided. And that’s what I thought they were doing with the Blossoms; the white clothes, the river, her sitting on the bank shivering and broken. I really believed she killed him and then chickened out. Even the lines suited the idea that they were going to die together. It would have cut whatever story they’re running off at the knees, but it would have been a good one as well.
Moving on… Archie and Miss Grundy? Really? I heard about this tryst prior to actually watching it and my mind did not go to the sexy teacher and hot, ripped red headed musician. Those are 2 things I would not associate with these characters. When I thought about Miss Grundy I thought about old, skinny as a rake, white haired Miss Grundy ala the old comics. Even Archie is so not what he was in the comics… holy moly. Really appealing to a different, or maybe just the grown up, Archie generation.
Having said that, he does deserve better than her (still rooting for Betty). I yelled at my television when she asked him to keep the secret- a secret that could help lead to a murderer. Yes, it would get her fired and likely jailed, but c’mon! I was super happy when he did the right thing.
Speaking of deserving better… Betty and Veronica. Betty seems pretty classic. Altered only in the ‘her parents are crazy as a bag of hammers and much better off financially’ (same with Archie’s dad- Luke
their cheerleading tryouts). And she has a mom! A caring mom! And a dad on trial for fraud and embezzlement! I would not have thought they would go that route, but hey, all sorts of surprises!
There are tons of other characters I haven’t touched on- Weatherbee, Reggie, Chuck Clayton, Dilton Doiley, Moose, Pop Tate, Josie and the Pussycats, and Jughead (just to name a few).
On the Jughead front- I want to see Hot Dog. I hope he’s coming.
I really would encourage you to watch Riverdale. It’s darker than I would have expected of an Archie production. Archie has grown up with us and it’s refreshing to see what it’s becoming. He’s not a superhero or a freak with powers. He’s Archie and it’s still about growing up.
And if you’re down with Riverdale, check out the Archie comics by Mark Waid! He’s really brought Archie into this century with enough nostalgia to appeal to new readers and those of us who grew up with the most loveable red-head ever!