Now that the series is over, and I’m unsure as to whether or not there will be a new series, I felt I might share my thoughts about the show. I will do my best to avoid any spoilers, but if I accidentally have included one then please let me know so I can remove it!
So for anyone who hasn’t heard of Riverdale, or has heard of it but isn’t sure what it’s about, Riverdale is a small town in which our main characters live. To be honest, I say characters because I’m not sure if there was meant to be one more important than the other or not, but we follow a groups of friends as they try to discover the truth behind Jason Blossom’s death. The story is set in modern time and is apparently based off the Archie Comics characters (I’ve never read or heard of the Archie Comics so can’t comment on them), following Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, along with some of their friends, as the town comes to grips with the fact that Jason Blossom died. We watch as our main characters turn into sleuths (Betty actually made me think of Nancy Drew) and try to maintain their normal lives, balancing school, family, commitments, and relationships, all while trying to find out the truth about the day Jason died.
Being a Netflix Original show, I was somewhat skeptical of how it would work. I recently haven’t been overly enamoured by their productions, excluding 13 Reasons Why and Designated Survivor, and so when I saw Twitter overrun with people talking about this must-see show I decided to give it a try.
I was hooked straight away. The characters were so believable, and I just loved Cole Sprouce’s portrayal of Jughead Jones. Definitely my favourite character. If someone had asked me after watching the first episode if I would recommend it then I would’ve said yes straight away without hesitation.
Then came the mini breaks between episodes. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m used to mid season breaks, and sometimes missing a week of a show due to scheduling things. But there were times when Riverdale really was messing us around a bit, or at least that was how I felt. Thirteen episodes isn’t that many, and the first 7 aired no problem. There was a two week break before they came back for episode 8 and I was beginning lose faith in the show. We seemed to be getting nowhere with the actual mystery, with more plot twists and turns than Pretty Little Liars at some points it seemed! I just was generally losing interest and wasn’t sure if I could be bothered continuing watching. Episodes 8, 9 and 10 were alright, but it felt like the story hadn’t moved forward, like they were giving us more episodes than were necessary. However I hate leaving things when I’m only half way through a series so decided I would keep going and hope for the best. We then had another 2 weeks of a break, and I actually forgot I was watching it. Now that’s when you know you’ve lost interest. However episode 11 popped up on my screen as I scrolled through Netflix looking for a film to watch, and I remembered that actually we still didn’t know the whole truth so put it on while I studied. Things were hotting up again and I found myself somewhat looking forward to the next week’s episode! Episode 12 certainly didn’t disappoint. It was fast moving, questions were answered, and I began to feel happy with the ending. Then I saw there was one episode left. How could there be? My questions had all been answered, I didn’t really care what happened next. So when I sat down to watch episode 13 I was expecting to be let down by the series again. How wrong was I? Here was an episode I never realised we needed but we certainly did! There were tense moments, times of “oh my god I can’t watch this”, and even a few moments where I found myself tearing up. And then it ended. I sat watching the titles roll and just thought wow.
Overall, Riverdale didn’t disappoint. Would I recommend it? Yes. I’d be honest though that episodes 5 to 10 didn’t have me all that interested, but it is worth sticking through, even just to see the brilliance of the acting. My rating for this show would be a strong 7 out of 10.
Now the real question – will there be another series?