Riverdale Warner Brothers
In many ways, the small town of Riverdale is the perfect ideal of American small town life. The teenagers within this small community hang out at the local diner, flirt, fight, argue, and fall in love. From the innocent hunky dreamboat Archie Andrews and his love triangle between the girl-next-door Betty Cooper and the society debutante Veronica Lodge, to the artistic aspirations of the town outsider Jughead Jones, to the arrogant antics of bully Reggie Mantle, there is something altogether wholesome about life in this small community.
But the town also has a dark side. Old animosities boil forth under the surface, the sins of the parents are visited on the children, and ancient scores need to be settled. All of this comes to a head when the body of Jason Blossom, high school quarterback and scion of the Blossom family’s wealth, is found at the banks of the town’s lake with a gunshot wound in the head.
Thus begins the saga of Riverdale.
Created by playwright and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the show is a reimagining of the long-running Archie comics series crossed with the paranoia and weirdness of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Gone are the more carefree tales of the comics and in its place are stories of sex and murder and secrets. It’s a bold reinvention that has been received positively by critics and audiences around the world. Much of the show’s moody cinematography and storytelling deal with the themes of inherited guilt. The innocent kids are at the mercy of their parents’ old grudges and they make their own mistakes in trying to get free.
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