Though I feel like the character development and vision could have been better at the beginning, I do find myself intrigued by the theme and cinematography work in this show. You can tell that the cast had amazing chemistry, and the twisty plot keeps your attention! Can't wait to see what happens next!
If I'm being frank, this show has no substance, and manages to bring an unrealistic, almost laughable level of dramatics to every scene. It is, however, entertaining. Usually I'm into shows with more grit and plausibility, but if you're in a bind for some mindless television, look no further.
I like they made a dark version of the Archie Comics, but the storyline just meanders with no logic behind it. Then there are minor storylines that are started and never go anywhere. What is up with that. Then it might be that I am of the older audience, but while I realize this is fictional I never remember girls looking like that when I went to high school. I basically just watch this show for there is nothing usually on and I probably gave it too high of rating. Though I probably did for this show does have potential.
Okay I created this account just to write this review.. I feel it is my duty to save you all from the horrific mess that is season 2.The first season was decent, and I'll admit that I actually enjoyed the process of discovering who Jason's murdered was. I was happy to see the truth come out in the last episode, and to have all the important questions answered. The final episode was a bit unncessary to be honest, I think the second last episode should have been the finale. Besides the plot though, the characters weren't devoid of their problems, all of which carried over into the second season (which I could only get through half of..) Firstly, the show is incredibly insensitive to serious topics. Granted I've only made it through half of the second season, and won't be continuing, so I'm not sure if they're touched upon, but if they are I think it'll be too little too late. To name a few, Archie being in a sexual relationship with a woman two times his age, and then she just leaves town as if nothing happened. There being only like four black people in the whole town? ALL of the parents in the show are manipulative.. There are no positive role models or relationships for viewers to look to, which is a problem if the show is targeted at teens. Cheryl attempting suicide and then this is never addressed again.. Betty trying SO hard to ditch the perfect girl look and embrace the "darkness within"... Like, what kind of a message are you sending? Not to mention them normalizing whatever she's doing with the webcam as a way to find herself (and what on earth was that pole scene...) All parents are either divorced or toxically trying to keep their lives together.. Joining a gang is romanticized.. Two girls are almost raped and what is advocated for by the show as a solution is vigilantism and accepting hush money.. And not to mention all of the lying!! ! Etc. Etc. Etc. Do not let your kids watch this show.On to the monstrosity that was season 2. There's just so much evil and darkness. That's really it. I remember how fun the first bit of season 1 was when the friends would get together and laugh and have a good time. Now they ALL have dark secrets.. Veronica's working with her mob boss dad, Jughead joined a gang that he's now willing to die for, Archie is helping out his girlfriends crime lord dad and lying to the FBI (???) and Betty is just messed up all around. Seriously? Keep in mind they're all FIFTEEN.So yeah, each episode in the second season is completely unrealistic and paints this depressing, Dostoevskian picture that humans are inherently evil and dark and there's nothing they can do about it. I was so excited for a nice family reunion with Betty's long lost brother, but nope, he had to be someone doing sexual favours for a living and living a creepy immoral life. And then Polly has her twins away from Riverdale, so her family is deprived from that happiness too. It' s as if all goodness is intentionally weeded out in the writing of each episode, to the point where you don' t want to continue watching because you feel icky and hopeless and not entertained in the slightest. Not sure what the creators of this show were thinking.Anyway, I really worked hard to get through half of season 2 because I thought it would get better but I was disappointed. Keep in mind half of season one is still like 12 episodes.. Not sure why they doubled the length of this second season. If you wanna give Riverdale a go, watch the first season but don't waste your time on the second. Bye.