Did anyone watch last night? I enjoyed it. The first episode introduces the characters and how they are connected. I must say, some of the elements are a far cry from the Archie of yesterday. His encounter with Miss Grundy, the revelation about Moose, murders, and Lord knows what else is going on in Riverdale. The actors look a bit old to be sophomores, but no big deal there. I did not like how Josie and the Pussycats were portrayed, especially Josie. She is very much set on becoming a huge star and is already a diva. The interactions with Veronica, Betty, and Archie--good stuff there! Wish Reggie had been in it more, but I imagine he will as the series progresses. Not a bad start, but room to improve. As a long time Archie fan, it was nice to see these characters brought to life and I believe CW is the perfect place for them.
Post by Michael James on Jan 27, 2017 10:08:18 GMT -5
Well that was interesting...still not sure how I feel about it. I understand TV is a different medium than a comic book. Some things I liked. Mostly the portrayals of Archie, Betty, Veronica & Reggie. I really liked the way they handled the friendship of Betty & Kevin. They had some of the best lines. Some things were too jarring for me like the encounter with Miss Grundy. The way Josie was portrayed. And hardly any Jughead. I guess the biggest difference for me is I would want to live in comic book Riverdale but not in TV Riverdale. I will try a few more episodes. I am guessing the first season is only 13 episodes?
I noticed that about Jughead, barely in it at all. I am guessing as the show goes on and the murder mystery deepens, he will play a bigger role. Not sure I'd want to live in TV Riverdale either. They kept referencing it was the first day of school (typically at the end of summer) but it looked very cold there and all the trees were dead. Maybe that was to create the uneasy atmosphere (or an unfortunate shooting schedule, haha!) It did take me back to high school though (minus all the social media references). I don't remember our school having a Queen B like Cheryl, but there were definitely "mean girls". I wasn't the most popular, but wasn't unpopular either. I hung out with everybody. It was nice to see Veronica sticking up for Betty and I liked seeing Kevin and Betty too (they played well off each other). Yes, I think 13 episodes.
Post by Roquefort Raider on Jan 29, 2017 9:12:28 GMT -5
Yay, it's on Netflix too, meaning I can watch it!
What AfterlifewithArchie is to thewalkingdead and The chilling adventures of Sabrina is to Rosemary'sbaby, Riverdale is to TwinPeaks (with a direct reference right at the beginning). And as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing!
This is not a TV version of the venerable comics series; this is an engrossing mystery that uses characters we are already familiar with. The advantage is that we don't have to spend a lot of time establishing who is who and what is what, and on top of that we have a keen interest in discovering just how different these new avatars are from the original characters. I was glad to see Veronica depicted the way she was, since I really expected her to be cast as Betty's opposite and rival (which would have been the lazy way to go at it) rather than the friend she turned out to be.
The huge surprise was Archie's love interest... Talk about unexpected!!!
Jughead's depiction was perfect (as far as I'm concerned). Reggie could use some fleshing out, though, as he was just used as "another jock". Hopefully he will be developped more fully later on.
Excellent start, and I'll be there for the next episodes!
Post by Arthur Gordon Scratch on Jan 31, 2017 19:13:37 GMT -5
It was alright... I just wish every single line didn't feel "written". It's like there is no time for character development unless it moves the plot forward, and in the long run, that tends to bore me, we'll see.
Post by Michael James on Feb 2, 2017 22:16:27 GMT -5
Episode 2 was better (IMO). Jughead was in this episode more. I like how they are developing Betty & Veronica's friendship. I felt they fleshed out the characters a little more. I even like the mystery of Jason's death. I liked the twist at the end but obviously there is much more to the story of what happened during the summer in Riverdale. I really liked the scene with Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica at Pop's.
What I didn't like this episode: Reggie was too one dimensional. In the comics at least Reggie isn't a total jerk. I still don't like Josie for some reason. And I really dislike how Betty's Mom is portrayed.
Overall I am enjoying Riverdale more than I thought I would.
Episode 2 really picked up and had lots of elements from the Archie comics....the Little Archie reference, the last scene at Pop Tate's..... Does it seem like Veronica's mom and Archie's dad may have a past? Also agree, don't like portrayal of Betty's mom. I want to know what happened to Polly! Not on board with Josie, but it was cool to see Robin Givens as her mother and the mayor of Riverdale. Agree about Reggie as well. He was more mischievous in the comics. This Reggie comes across as a bully. I do like the actor playing him and I liked the Mantle the Magnificent reference as well as the passing reference to Midge. The last scene at Pop Tate's was my favorite.
Post by Caped Crusader on Feb 3, 2017 11:10:22 GMT -5
I just watched it and I like the scene at Pop's and the four characters that played Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty. Outside of that realms, I felt the other characters weren't that memorable and I wasn't in tune with them if they don't develop them to the point of making them more real to me the series won't hold dear to me. I don't care for Josie and I felt that Reggie is a bit overblown and that's one of the only other character that I can relate to. For the Record, I did not see the opening show and this is my first time that I seen it. It is that all that bad, but they needs to be a little bit more real to me. The sets and the background atmosphere is good; but the secondary characters needs to be better.
Post by Michael James on Feb 9, 2017 22:09:59 GMT -5
Episode 3: Well I'm hooked. Yes the characters are not the wholesome characters in the comics. Yes I am not crazy about some of the changes. But they sealed it tonight with the cliffhanger ending & next week's preview.
What I liked: how they are unraveling the mystery slowly. The deepening of Betty & Veronica's friendship. The portrayal of Jughead. Ethel Muggs. What I didn't like: I still hate the way Josie & Betty's Mom are portrayed. I also didn't like the creepiness of Chuck Clayton. And I'm not sure about Betty's "meltdown". That was a little too weird.
I loved episode 3 and I want to see more Ethel! I thought the episode was very current with the topic of the internet shaming, however I was a bit dismayed at the way Chuck Clayton was portrayed. I liked Jughead working on solving the mystery and his "interrogation" of Dilton Doily. Still not on board with Josie. Last night we saw that she is a bully to the Pussycats and a very annoying diva. I like Robin Givens as the mayor of Riverdale. Betty's meltdown: I'm wondering if that is a result of her mother trying to manipulate her and an after effect of whatever happened between Jason and Polly. Veronica's mom is really cool. Kevin annoys me. Looking forward to next week--I want to know what is up with Miss Grundy!
I like the relationship between Archie and his dad. His dad clearly loves him very much and wants what is best for his son. Oh Mr. Andrews, if you only knew what Archie has been doing!!
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