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January 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm #1201996351
The Pilot aired tonight. Discuss!January 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm #1201996864
Can’t believe it but I really enjoyed this. Gave it a watch because I used to enjoy some of the CW soapy stuff and it really delivered. It’s not gonna be worthy of any awards as the writing/directing is pure cheese and already each and every actor for me has moments when I completely appreciate the casting and moments when I almost cringe at the way they play it. That doesn’t matter though- this looks to be my new guilty pleasure.
B+January 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm #1201996897
I haven’t watched a scripted series on the CW regularly since “Charmed” and I am SO GLAD I took the chance to watch this pilot. There was a lot to like here. First off, I think the casting was spot on for every single role. I especially like the idea of casting Luke Perry as the father of Archie. Talk about a full circle moment; the actor who once starred as the heartthrob on the teen drama that started the teen drama movement now stars as the father on a teen drama!
I think that overall this is a fantastic way to reimagine a beloved and iconic franchise for a new audience. I think that the darker tone will work out perfectly in the long run. I think that Veronica and Archie right now are the strongest characters in the series; and I’m going to grow bored of Betty. Honestly, watching this pilot I was reminded a lot of the pilot episode of “Dawson’s Creek”; specifically in reference to the Veronica/Archie/Betty triangle; I am getting Dawson/Joey vibes from Archie and Betty, meaning I don’t think they’ll be the end game. I think Archie and Veronica will turn out to be the Pacey/Joey of this show.
I am very interested in how they are writing some of the supporting characters like Jughead and Moose. I can’t wait to see how those characters develop over time. I’m especially interested in learning about the Archie/Jughead friendship and what happened between the two of them. And on the plus side, unlike many teen dramas I feel like the parents are well developed characters and will provide some interesting scenes. I was honestly cringing when the scene between Archie and his father on the porch started, figuring it was going to go in the “you must play football route”, and I was pleasantly surprised to see them totally reverse the idea and have the dad be more upset that Archie didn’t want to work for his company than he was about Archie not playing football.
And may I say I’ve been dying for a soapy drama to sink my teeth into. And I think this will fit the bill nicely.
My overall grade: B-January 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm #1201996924
Finally, Cole Sprouse. I loved the suite life of Zach and Cody. I was so excited for Sprouse. And he was so amazing. His role was small, but he had such depth, and was almost hilarious even though it wasn’t supposed to be. EMMY EMMY EMMY EMMY. I know he would never get an Emmy nomination, but imagine Cole Sporuse and an emmy nominee. It would be amazing.
Glad to see another Suite Life fan. I would like to see Cole get nominated but I seriously doubt it, also need to see how he does as Jughead to judge for myself.
FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)January 28, 2017 at 7:56 am #1201997168
This was kind of fun and definitely more enjoyable than it’s timeslot counterpart “Scandal” so I might watch live weekly at this point. I’ve actually grown to really trust The CW’s pilot selection in recent years and they do a good job of taking wacky premises that sit left of center and making it something special. That could happen here for sure. Lots of threads set up for the season and good minor character development that points to what’s coming down the road. I’m in.January 28, 2017 at 12:44 pm #1201997291
I am not a huge fan of the Archie comics, but I learned about them through osmosis from my sister being a fan of them and owning like 80 of the comics at one point.
After catching the first episode, I am not really sure what to think. It is pretty interesting so far how different it is from the comics. I liked parts of it, but other actors I simply didn’t buy as the characters. The principles of Archie, Betty and Veronica are done well, and the situations are decently well written. Jughead was oddly miscast IMO, even though I was a fan of Cole Sprouse ever since Suite Life. That being said, Sprouse was probably the MVP for what little scenes he’s in. The odd anachronisms of them obviously having hairstyles and dress that look a lot older than the modern setting was pretty jarring for me.
Overall, I think it is an interesting if imperfect start and I will probably catch more episodes done the line. We’ll see how this goes.
FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)January 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm #1201997336
I saw the 67 on Metacritic and thought that it was not a bad score for the CW. Then I must have gotten it into my head that this was actual good show, probably aided by some of the praise above. Nope, it is just not a bad show for the CW. My god, all of that exposition. Also, they kissed why?
I made a couple of brief appearances.January 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm #1201997398
I saw the 67 on Metacritic and thought that it was not a bad score for the CW. Then I must have gotten it into my head that this was actual good show, probably aided by some of the praise above. Nope, it is just not a bad show for the CW. My god, all of that exposition. Also, they kissed why? I made a couple of brief appearances.
I am confused? Did you like it or not?January 28, 2017 at 6:39 pm #1201997441
lol at mentioning this and Emmys in the same sentence…Cole Sprouse did absolutely nothing in his 2 scenes, though very serviceable. And yeah, why exactly did the girls kiss? It was hot, though.
Never read the comics and don’t really care for this but I’m slightly intrigued by the murder plot. If they drag it out too long, i’ll lose interest. If they wrap it up early, i’ll lose interest, too. I’m also interested in seeing Shannon Purser (Barb from Stranger Things), hopefully she shows up early enough so i don’t have to watch the whole thing.
6/10…being a CW show shouldn’t warranty bumping up the grade.January 28, 2017 at 7:23 pm #1201997455
lol i know this doesn’t have an Emmy chance but I would be so happy if Sprosse became an Emmy nominee, but he Was very good with the limited screen time he has.February 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm #1202015232
It’s quite promising show but I have a huge problem with it. They basically raped the characters I’ve been growing with. They were all innocent and lovable but this show made them all so filthy and I don’t like it. If it was a show about different characters then I’d consider it to be one of the best new shows this season. But they took Archie characters and made them so fucking dirty.
Btw the cast is really good, especially young actors but Lili Reinhart is so freaking great she’s already making my line-up for Best Leading Actress in Drama Series. Trust me, when I see the next best thing I see it. The girl is gonna go places.March 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm #1202031492
This just got a second season: http://tvline.com/2017/03/07/riverdale-renewed-season-2-the-cw/
Also, this is totally a guilty pleasure but I’m really enjoying it. It’s so cheesy and over-the-top, but god it is so much fun. Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes are great.March 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm #1202031524
It’s super campy, but I’m into it. I really love Betty and Veronica — both are them are really charming on TV.November 8, 2017 at 11:47 pm #1202405820
I couldn’t find a season 2 thread so I’m commenting here. I’ve been binging season 1 today and I really like this show, it’s definitely underrated.November 9, 2017 at 8:45 am #1202406088
Last night’s episode had me laughing out loud at how bad it was—the worst of the series so far.
This show is coming for an ASC nomination, assuming that they actually submit it unlike at the Emmys.
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