New enthusiasts and die-hard fans are in for a Riverdale kind of treat!
Some Riverdale Fun Facts for the Fans Out There!
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Riverdale Joins the Netflix A-List
Now we have a show coming from out of the blue! Many have not heard of the word Riverdale before. A select generation knows that it was a famous comic strip in the 90s. Riverdale burst into the scene giving us a taste of some thrilling drama! Know more about the characters and some interesting trivia in our must-know Riverdale fun facts here!
Did You Know These About Riverdale?
Some Acting and Casting Tidbits
Cole Sprouse, the actor who plays Jughead, was initially asked to audition for the role of Archie. He wanted to read for Jughead instead when he found out he was the narrator, because that means he can’t be killed off.
Cheryl, played by Madelaine Petsch, was brought in to audition for Betty, although the casting directors knew they wanted her for the role of Cheryl all along.
Setting and Inspirations
Did you notice? If you compare the two opening credits, the river, the trees, the creepy mist and the town signpost all give a throwback to the early show called Twin Peaks, this is one of the shows that served as an inspiration for Riverdale.
The set they used for Pop’s Diner is very real. The set is so convincing that a bunch of truckers once pulled up to get a meal there. They were surprised to find that it was actually a set for the show!
One of the main plotlines of the comics was the famous love triangle. The Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle isn’t happening for now. The creators didn’t want to introduce it too early on, in case the storyline needed a bit more drama. They are ready for a new twist.
The writers decided not to have Jughead regularly mention his love of food. If you remember the comics, he LOVED food and would be seen regularly chomping a burger or anything. But this comic twist might be contrasting to the tone of the show and they opted to cut it off instead.
What Critics Are Saying
We gathered a bit of news and noise about the new Riverdale series. Get a load of what some of the staunchest allies and biggest critics of the show are saying!
Some Choice Critics
According to The New York Times’s James Poniewozik, “The terrific art direction warps the bubble-gum iconography into something haunting and lurid. Take Archie and the Blossom twins’ hair — so red that it’s clownish, like dyed cotton candy. What the original comics drew as milky and wholesome, ‘Riverdale’ dials up to ghostly and unnatural.”
The L.A. Times critic Robert Lloyd writes that the show “presents as a kind of ‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘Dawson’s Creek,’” adding that, “Styled with referents to the 1950s and early ’60s, it exists out of conventional time, evidently now (with nods to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘True Detective,’ Netflix and HBO) but also then.”
John Doyle of The Globe and Mail describes the show as having “the look of a drama set in the recent past — that period to which Donald Trump refers when he brays about making America great again — but it is emphatically set in the present. A present in which Veronica can be designated as looking like Betty Draper in a certain season of ‘Mad Men.’”
“Much of ‘Riverdale’’s success boils down to the nuts and bolts of character development,” writes Sonia Saraiya of Variety. She adds, “Betty and Veronica become plausible friends, each with a peculiar relationship with the unbelievably attractive Archie (whose interpersonal failings are plausibly made up for by his frequently displayed six-pack).”
“Archie himself feels like an afterthought,” writes Dan Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter.“Making Archie brooding, even if he’s also ripped, was the least interesting choice imaginable.”
Positive or Negative?
As Vulture’s Jen Chaney sees it, the show is “paying homage to the various entries in the teen canon while simultaneously asserting its own place within it.”
“With its wiseass, pop culturally savvy dialogue — in the first episode, the term ‘too season five Betty Draper’ is used to accuse someone of being overweight — ‘Riverdale’ often calls to mind movies like ‘Clueless’ or ‘Mean Girls,’” Chaney continues, “while its mix of mystery and clique clashes (and, yeah, the wiseass dialogue, too) carries a whiff of ‘Veronica Mars.’”
“‘Riverdale,’ in fact, is the sum of all trends: franchise extension, comic-book adaptation, theory-baiting crypto serial, edgy Y.A. romance, and densely ironic deconstruction,” writes Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen. “‘Riverdale’ is keenly aware of this: within its solidly satisfying juvie pulp is a sly spoof of itself and the business of reinvention.”
But for The Times’s Poniewozik, all that self-awareness could become a bit exhausting: “‘Riverdale’ is very conscious of its influences — too much so at times. It’s a blizzard of knowing references and characters talking about one another as characters. ‘You may be a stock character from a ’90s teen movie,’ Cheryl snipes at Veronica, ‘but I’m not.’”
Do you agree? What do you think about these critics’ reactions?
A Riverdale Throwback to Those New to the Archie History
Just to let you know, we have prepared a blow-by-blow of who the characters were in the original comics and what they look like now in the show!
Archie is the original boy next door. He is the cute and nice redhead that everyone is talking about. Archie is less dashing and more of a comic in the original strip than he is in the show. Archie is the centerpiece of the comics. This show will try to put that in. If there is an actual protagonist in the show, it would be Archie. Let us hope he is not the killer eh?
Betty is the cute, wide-eyed, good girl. She is light and bubbly and all sorts of likeable. She is the fun-loving and joyous counterpart to her arch-rival…Veronica.
The character of Veronica is the sultry and sensuous of the two. She brings the high-class, high-heeled and classy touch all day everyday. Make no mistake, what Veronica wants, Veronica gets.
Jughead was the original bestfriend. Aloof. Funny. This guy loves to eat. The showrunners transformed Jughead in this new rendition of Riverdale into the narrative voice of the show.
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