Scandals, Secrets, and Subversion: Why I’m hooked on CW’s Riverdale

14 Apr


Die hard fans of Archie and Betty and Veronica Comics will either love or hate the CWs new series Riverdale. Aside from the characters names and appearances, pretty much the only thing that is consistent with the old school comic series is the setting–the small, idyllic, East coast, town of Riverdale. Most everything else everything is different and way more scandalous. The series pushes the boundaries for sure and, as a die hard vintage Archie Comics fan, I’m here to say I love it.

**Spoiler warning: from here on out I will tell you some things about the story-line. Not enough to ruin it, only enough to entice you.

The series starts with the death of Cheryl Blossom’s brother, Jason Blossom. A suspicious death isn’t scandalous but the near incestuous relationship between the twins it. Its hard to ignore the did they or didn’t they questions the relationship provokes. Don’t believe they’d put that on mainstream  TV? Check out this picture.


Many of the relationships go beyond what you typically see in a teen series. All-American high school football player, Archie Andrews, and Mrs. Grundy, the music teacher, are making music. But not in the classroom.


The characters are awesome too.

Moose, a stereotypical dense jock in the 1950’s Riverdale, is a more realistic, complex, and actualized human in this new version. He has a brief  fling with Kevin Keller who quickly moves on to the town’s bad boy.  Who could blame Kevin? We’ve all fallen for the bad boy. At least in our minds.


Is it wrong of me to think the brooding writer Jughead is hot?


Vixen Veronica provides a continual vintage-inspired fashion show.

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Already checked out Riverdale? Love gritty, scandalous YA stories? Tell us about it in the comments.

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4 Responses to “Scandals, Secrets, and Subversion: Why I’m hooked on CW’s Riverdale”

  1. Madeline Iva June 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

    You’re SOOOOOOOO right! OMG! It’s utter catnip. Jughead. Jughead. Jughead. Just omg. This show had me in it’s sweet spot where I’m just whispering to the screen “Kiss her. Kiss her. Tell her you love her.” WOW. And what I appreciated is that though there was drama, it actually did wrap stuff up instead of pulling it out and around and down and up like taffy to the point where we’re getting drama, drama, drama, instead of some worthwhile plot to chew on. Also, I loved what they did with Betty. Her flip side, etc–hope there’s more to that later. I loved Kevin — and his hot hook-up. Yow. I loved the appearance of Skeet Ulrich. Eep! How Veronica’s mother or even Betty’s mother didn’t trip him and beat him down to the ground I just don’t know…

    I liked the creepy twin stuff too, and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS!!!!
    Thanks so much for suggesting this show….

    But most of all, I loved the outsider writer character of Jughead. (How could we, as writers, not?) How he stands for the ‘weird’ and


    • Isabelle Drake June 6, 2017 at 8:27 am #

      I’m so glad you loved it! Now we have to wait for next season ):


  2. Madeline Iva April 14, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    And AGAIN another blog post proving why this is the perfect blog for me. I was literally JUST thinking last night about how someone should do a post on Riverdale — and here it is! Wow. It looks yummy…can’t wait to check it out!

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