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Title: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 20, 2017, 05:56:10 pm
Trailer #1

Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on February 20, 2017, 06:10:15 pm
Episode 1 & 2
Chapter One: The River's Edge / Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil


I've been meaning to check this out for awhile but I totally forgot that it had already started airing. I'm 4 weeks behind schedule, but I managed to knock out the first two today and I gotta say, this is damn good so far. I remember the Trailer dropping awhile back, but I wasn't really paying attention to the characters. Had I paid attention, then it wouldn't have been a huge surprise to learn that everyone in Riverdale comes straight from the pages of Archie's Comics. Yes, THAT Archie's Comics. Now I'm not a history buff and I don't know all that much about the comics itself. Sure, I read a handful of issues, but that was when I was in Elementary School. So, as you can guess, my knowledge of any and all past story-lines is beyond limited going into the series.

At face value, Riverdale has some subtle and not so subtle stylistic influences. On the surface what comes to mind is that a big chunk of what I've seen so far reminds me a lot of Veronica Mars (a series that I still love to this day), as well as some Mean Girls, Friday Night Lights and even Disturbing Behavior seems to have it's imprint here. You all know that the High School genre is one of my favorite genres to write personally. So I have been itching find a High School series that was and is worthy of my time and investment. Riverdale right now is hitting the marks I like. The first two episodes were fantastic. Right from the very start with the VO narration from Jughead, I was hooked. The rest of the cast that makes up Archie, Betty, and Veronica are perfectly cast. I'm definitely on board till for the rest of this season.
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 17, 2017, 10:00:31 am
I think I'm up to Episode 10 now and so far every episode has been super fun to watch. Great characters, great actors and very well written. I give all the episodes 4-5 Stars. Why am I posting this one today? Well, the last episode...more specifically the final shot of the episode is what made me grin from ear to ear and slap myself on the forehead and say "D'oh!" Whenever I watch a show or a movie that centers around High School....I ALWAYS compare it to The Breakfast Club. So when Archie's mother was finally revealed to be portrayed by Molly made perfect sense. I can't believe I didn't see this coming since bother Archie and Mom have Red Hair and made the casting even more obvious. So yeah, loving the show. It's easily my Favorite New Series of the year. FYI, the person I thought they were going to have as Archi'es Mom: Jennie Garth for obvious reasons given that the Father is played by Luke Perry. Figured they would just go for broke and make it a true nostalgia kick and have the 'It' couple from Beverly Hills: 90210 as parents.
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 14, 2017, 07:05:36 pm
Episode 12 and 13
Anatomy of a Murder / The Sweet Hereafter


So, overall this season and the series itself has been a great surprise...a true guilty pleasure. But there was one minor hiccup that kinda took it down a notch from being a truly great series and that was the revelation that Clifford Blossom was the murderer. I don't know what it is, but having him be the one just seemed contrived and not really thought out all that well by the writers. Sure, he may have been the one they decided on before they ever shot a single frame of Season 1....but it still doesn't take away from the fact that this was just a little too obvious of a choice to lean an entire season on. Since the revelation came before the season finale, I knew that The Sweet Hereafter would have to kick-start another murder mystery to hold us over until Season 2 and sure enough, that's exactly what we got. He good episode, but the fact that they just killed off Luke Perry's character does suck. I liked the mix of new and old actors carrying this show. Well, that's one less old. I'm still sticking with the series no doubt. Why couldn't they have killed off Robin Given's character of Mayor. That would seem to be a better and more reasonable choice since they could have made it "politically" motivated. But then again, everyone would have applauded this instead of feeling the sting of a cool character as Fred.
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Neumatic on May 26, 2017, 09:54:53 pm
I totally forgot that this was already added to Netflix.  Starting the first episode now (I also noticed Twin Peaks is on Amazon Prime, I've gotten a hankering to see it but I don't have time).

BTW, I have to repeat myself.  Chip, if you love the high school genre, you gotta check out the rebooted Archie comics.  Archie itself is more of a comedic drama...


...but I have to give Jughead the edge because it's a little more cartoonish and comedic... it's rather like The Simpsons meets John Hughes.  There's two trades of each out at least, as well as a collected TPB called "Road To Riverdale" that's a sampler of each, out as a tie-in to the show.
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 27, 2017, 06:10:20 am
Thanks for the heads up. Because of the show, yeah, I'm definitely interested in checking out the TPB. Looking forward to your thoughts on the series.
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Neumatic on May 27, 2017, 09:14:41 pm
There was a scene where Reggie (hey, Asian Reggie!) is making fun of Archie and Jughead, and when they're in the same shot, I just thought '...this is SO f'ing weird, that's Archie and Jughead on TV being taken seriously.  What the f*ck?"  It's kind of unreal.

The show is reminding me of Bates Motel, what with the taking of an iconic property and telling a different type of story with it that's not necessarily what the original was.

It is throwing me that Miss Grundy isn't older, though.  She doesn't have to be 60 or whatever, like in the books, and to be fair, I can't tell how old she is, but it feels like a Diane Lane-type would be a better fit.  Nothing against the actress playing Grundy, though.

(less than ten minutes after I wrote that, I see the result of Betty and Veronica's web search, including that picture of old Mrs Grundy who looks shockingly like the one from the comics!)

edit: Ohmygod, the credits list the "young" version of the characters as "Li'l."  That's AMAZING.
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 28, 2017, 07:41:36 pm
I take it you're digging Riverdale so far?
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Neumatic on May 28, 2017, 11:15:29 pm
It's making me want to do a "dark, twisted take" of my current high school characters.  Except I'm sh*t at subterfuge.  I would love to parody the Cover Girl product placement, it just keeps getting so blatant.

Here's one thing I don't get: I know it's all about "who killed Jason Blossom?" but I find myself thinking " the heck hasn't CHERYL been murdered by this point?  That'd be like Who Shot Mr Burns, EVERYONE would be a suspect.  And I don't think there'd be that much of a manhunt for the killer.

Speaking of which...


I also thought "..why doesn't anyone LEAVE?  That would solve most of their problems" but then I realize that's technically how this whole thing started.  Maybe it's just impossible to leave the town, horror movie style.
Title: Re: Riverdale (Season 1 - 2017)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 22, 2017, 05:20:46 pm
RIVERDALE Comic Con Panel Part 1 - News, Season 2 & Highlights