Ever since Archie comics shook off the Hays comic code they've been doing some interesting
things, chiefly Afterlife with Archie, but now also Riverdale. I have some small thoughts about episode 1 - river's edge:
- I like the casting! Veronica (Camila Mendes) is an excellent pick, for sure and she has the best material this episode. Archie (K. J. Apa) looks like a slightly younger Andrew Garfield and Betty (Lili Reinhart) looks like Heather Morris from Glee
. I guess it's worth mentioning the cast diversity, relatively speaking. On paper everyone (except Chuck and Nancy) look white as mayo, but Josie and the Pussycats are clearly set up as Destiny's Child, Reggie and Dilton are now the Cool (douche) Asian and Asian Nerd
respectively, and Veronica is now Latina. So, this is very cool!
- That being said I still think it's very weird for actors in their 20s (... Cole Sprouse) to play 15 yr olds. Is it normal
for 15 yr olds to be ripped?
- It's also very odd that Miss Grundy looks nearly the same age as the students... and I can't believe she's in that
romance subplot. Squick. What the hell?
- the dialogue is pretty stylized, but after all, Riverdale
is more Brick
than Mean Girls
. This is not a bad thing.
My personal predictions, which i will update as time goes on:
- Betty is going to go completely off the chain by the end of the season, out of stress, and... extenuating plot factors that force her to grow a backbone. Also, I can't see her accepting what Archie was up to that summer.
- Miss Grundy is going to die.
- It's jarring that Kevin acts so flamboyant in an adult way at the tender age of 15. IDK it felt a lot more subdued when Kurt in Glee
was camping it up. I wouldn't be surprised if they reveal that Kevin did the wild thang for the first time when he was 13, is extremely traumatized on the inside, and pulls a Brandon from Easy A
. And dies.
- Cheryl didn't commit the murder. That's too obvious. But they're definitely incest twins. That's a known fact. She is going to survive and be very unhappy.
- Veronica is going to die, because she's currently my favourite character. And she's not really
reformed right now.