Not Just Another Reboot

Archie comics revamped as TV show Riverdale


The very first thing audiences are introduced to in Riverdale, the CW’s newest drama, is the sudden death of the star quarterback.
This is a far cry from the 1940s original Archie comics, also set in the town of Riverdale, that chronicled the entertaining life of Archie and his two love interests, Betty and Veronica.
And yet this version of Archie is modern and exciting; it offers the plot twisting mystery of a town murder, a self-awareness about current social issues and standards, and multifaceted and complex characters.
Of course, Riverdale is every bit the teen drama as Archie is introduced as the ridiculously attractive aspiring musician/football player who, over the summer, began a secret affair with Ms. Grundy, his music teacher.
This is my least favorite part of the show, as the naive sincerity of Archie’s desire to have a normal relationship with his teacher is painful to watch, as well as Ms. Grundy allowing it to even happen throughout.
Betty and Veronica are what initially save Riverdale from becoming another easily forgotten, destined to fail show about teens; because despite having contrasting personalities and liking the same guy, Betty and Veronica form a friendship built on celebrating each other’s strengths, while lending unflinching support in moments of weakness.