Archie Adaptation Riverdale Hooks Viewers

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Gracelyn Stanton, Staff Writer

 

We have all been to Riverdale before. Dark secrets, love triangles, high school factions and small-town mysteries all create a familiar setting for a captivating teen soap opera.

In this adaptation from the “Archie Comics,” directed by Lee Toland Krieger, Archie Andrews and his friends are involved in the murder investigation of Jason Blossom — football jock, twin of Riverdale’s redhead meangirl and son of the richest man in town. Just as Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Archie’s best friend, plans to profess her love for Archie, New York socialite Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) enters town with her gaze fixed on our prized football star who doubles as a musician.

 

As romances are on the rise and suspects are considered, emotional turmoil ensues. With all high school clichés represented, “Riverdale” is an intriguing blend of “Gossip Girl” drama and “Pretty Little Liars” mystery. Not to mention, ladies, Archie (KJ Apa) does not disappoint with his newly furnished six-pack from a summer’s work at his father’s construction company.

The town of Riverdale and all its unrealistic, intensified drama has me hooked. In season one, I binge-watched all thirteen episodes until I was left impatiently awaiting the release of season two after a shockingly fatal cliffhanger.

 

Season one of “Riverdale” can be found on Netflix. Season two will premiere on Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. on CW.