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Riverdale 1.01-1.07

(Madchen Amick icon ftw!)

I'm all caught up on this show, and you guys, it is so great. Archie Comics are one of my most hardcore nostalgia fandoms from my preteen/early-teen years, which makes me feel like I'm supposed to be some kind of purist about it. However, I think there are fandoms to be a purist about and fandoms that I just want remixed every which way, and Archie is definitely the latter. And so this campy, trashy soap is EVERYTHING I DREAMED OF.

* Jughead Jones has been my fav of faves for twenty years, and I am positively giddy every single time he's on screen. Is it because of the twenty-year crush? Because I love this Jughead, specifically? Because Cole Sprouse? Because he is the woobiest woobie on the show? IDK, and I judge myself a little, but I love him SO MUCH, and it was probably inevitable.

* Perfect characters: Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Archie's dad, Josie. Lots of racebending in this show. I especially appreciate that Veronica is both 100% NYC rich bitch and also explicitly Latina. I really want more Reggie. I love Betty SO MUCH MORE than I thought I would.

Archie is also fine, although I kinda dgaf about his music vs jock angst. This digging up old Andrews-Jones history is way more interesting.

* No OTPs yet, but I do have a variety of ships I'm intrigued by: Betty/Veronica (Veronica is ELECTRIC every time she's on screen), Reggie/anyone. I am just aching to ship Veronica/Jughead, but the show so far has refused to give me any V/J interactions. :( Betty/Jughead is pretty freaking adorable but not in a way that makes me need more of it. (I also desperately want a B/V/J threesome, possibly with Jughead as a virgin.)

* I love how this show killed the Betty/Archie/Veronica triangle dead by the end of episode two. It's been 76 years of that, guys. We did not need it anymore. B/V friends 5ever.

* The Blossoms are amazing. Cheryl is especially amazing, and most especially to me, who remembers when Jason and Cheryl appeared on the scene in the comics in the mid-90s. Meanwhile the Jason flashbacks are just kind of... lolarious? I think he's definitely serving the narrative best by being dead.

* I'm not imagining the incesty Blossom twin vibes, though, right? I'm not? I mean it's already canon in one Archie universe. (Afterlife with Archie, A++ zombie AU incidentally written by the same guy who's Riverdale.)

* This show is, at its core, about not trusting anyone over thirty. Almost every adult in this town is corrupt, evil, incompetent, or straight-up delusional. Fred Andrews and Hermione Lodge are the best of a bad bunch.

TELL ME YOUR FEELINGS, FRIENDS.

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hypertwink
Mar. 19th, 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
You're not imagining ginger twincest. The next ep has Archie and Cheryl going to a school function together. I commented that if these two bang, I hope there's a flash cut of Jason when she orgasms.

People complain about Archie and why KJ Apa was cast. You just have to wait for the obligatory slo-mo sweaty shirtless Archie shots that have been a staple since the pilot to know why.

Also, Kevin!!!
snickfic
Mar. 20th, 2017 01:51 am (UTC)
The entire Blossom family sees Jason when they look at Archie! I guess this is what happens when you are, apparently one of only two red-headed teenage boys in the entire town.

I don't mind Apa. I just am not super enthused about his character as written, which isn't Apa's fault. But also yes, the degree of gratuitous shirtlessness is really impressive.
gryfndor_godess
Mar. 20th, 2017 12:08 am (UTC)
Jughead is my fave, too! Partly b/c of Cole Sprouse b/c I loved him on Suite Life (he was the well-behaved twin, so I identified) but the woobie factor is also part of it, NGL. I really like him and Betty, way more than I was expecting honestly. I've seen some criticism of it b/c apparently Jug came out as asexual in the comics a few years ago, but as ace/demi person myself, I can't say I really mind at this stage cause the chemistry is there (it would be nice if they could make another character ace in his place though).

especially appreciate that Veronica is both 100% NYC rich bitch and also explicitly Latina. I really want more Reggie.

BOTH OF THESE THINGS. I love that Hermione calls her "mija."

This digging up old Andrews-Jones history is way more interesting.

So much this. I really enjoyed the last episode, not the least of which because of the weirdness of seeing Skeet Ulrich play the dad. Seeing him and Luke Perry makes me feel old b/c LP was Pike in the Buffy movie and Skeet Ulrich was in the original Scream movie. They used to be the "teen" leading men, and now they're the dads!

I love how this show killed the Betty/Archie/Veronica triangle dead by the end of episode two. It's been 76 years of that, guys. We did not need it anymore. B/V friends 5ever.

Seriously. I really didn't like the forced Archie/Veronica closet scene in the pilot, but other than that I've really like how they've handled the so-called triangle. I love that Veronica instantly decided Betty was what mattered and made her the priority.

I'm not imagining the incesty Blossom twin vibes, though, right?

I don't think so. I'm really curious to see what the parents' deal is (if there's something more specific than just general terribleness). I didn't remember the Blossoms from the comics.

My only big issue with the show so far was how they handled Ms. Grundy b/c that was rape, and no one ever used that word, and just because it was an older woman/younger guy doesn't make it less inappropriate and gross than if it had been the other way around. AJ Kapa might look like he's twenty, but if they just started sophomore year (IIRC) then he should only be 15 or 16 at most. UGH.

I didn't expect to enjoy this show that much because I adored the comics and lol they do not actually have much in common. But I think that's why I like Riverdale, because the show is so divorced from canon that I can entirely separate them in my mind.
snickfic
Mar. 20th, 2017 02:05 am (UTC)
See, I had never heard of Sprouse before (had no idea he was a twin until I looked him up!) but yeah, I adore him so far.

I love that Veronica instantly decided Betty was what mattered and made her the priority.

SO MUCH THIS.

The Blossoms showed up in the mid-90s. In the comics they went to a fancy-schmancy private school called Pembroke Academy (see: the name of the Lodges' apartment on the show) that sometimes competed with Riverdale in football and whatever. It was kind of a weird dynamic where Cheryl was like Veronica only even more so, which in some ways felt a little redundant. So it makes sense to me that in the show they would make Veronica more layered and sympathetic from the get-go.

Yeah, I could never decide how to feel about the thing with Ms. Grundy. I do agree that it's hard to appreciate the real gravity of the situation when KJ Apa looks so very much not fifteen years old, and isn't really written like a fifteen-year-old, either. But in general Archie is kind of a non-starter with me, and I look back and am surprised how much time and story he's gotten, because I kind of just forgot all of it, even though I literally just watched the entire show this weekend!`
indiachick
Mar. 20th, 2017 06:37 pm (UTC)
I ADORE Riverdale. I'm actually one of the few people who like Archie as he is in the show, but I do wish that now that we're so many episodes in, they'd give him a bit more personality. Jughead is my favourite, obvs. he's perfect and has that thing about him where he thinks he's wayyy beyond the issues of teenage but he really isn't. Cole Sprouse (who I saw in Suite Life) is so different here. I dig it. But I also really enjoy the Blossoms, and Betty's crazy side. Veronica is such a great character. I'm really into the background score/aesthetics/weird teen show subversion vibe that this show has got going on, including Josie and her struggles with Black Empowerment vs fun/artistry, the whole Hermione/Fred angle and Betty's parents' crazy. The kids are alright, the adults are nuts.

I love that the whole vibe is more Afterlife even without the zombies (though there was that one scene with Jason Blossom which looked like a serious shout out to that AU)
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