The Archie comics have been around since the early 1940s. While the comics started off with the wholesome tale of a high school boy who has two girls vying for his attention (sweet girl-next-door Betty and spoiled rich Veronica), it has matured over the years. In 2014, Archie was killed when he dove in front of a bullet meant for his friend, gay politician Kevin Keller. Another recent storyline in the comics involved Archie’s friend Jughead, know for primarily being lazy and obsessed with hamburgers, coming out as asexual. Needless to say, Archie comics has changed over the years, and maybe is not so wholesome anymore.
That also leaves the comic ripe for an adaptation. On January 26, The CW will premiere Riverdale, based on the comic, but with a very dark tone. The new series revolves around the murder of Jason Blossom, and how it affects his classmates. The classic characters such as Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead will all be there, and the love triangle at the core of Archie’s story will remain too. However, the TV series itself, according to Archie Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa (who wrote the pilot), will be ‘Archie meets Twin Peaks.’ A new promo for the TV show certainly backs up that idea.
The latest Riverdale promo (see above) focuses almost entirely on Jason Blossom’s death. Apparently some of his fellow classmates know more than they appear to. and even start questioning each other about the night that Jason was killed. The promo opens with a shot of the sign welcoming people to Riverdale, ‘The town with pep!’, which is actually a bit of an easter egg, since the first Archie stories were published in Pep Comics. The promo then quickly turns dark, with the voices of some of the kids admitting to hearing gunshots and not telling the police.
As the newest Riverdale promo reveals more and more of what is under the surface with the teenagers of Riverdale, the promo reminds us of two things: ‘Not every suspect is guilty’ and ‘Not every story is what it seems.’ While much of this footage has been seen in previously-released promos for the show, some of it is definitely new. That includes a kiss between Betty and Veronica, in a pretty public location; a new possible witness to the crime making an accusation of “seeing something nobody else saw'”(though it is not clear who is being addressed there); and Jason’s trouble-making twin sister Cheryl Blossom saying “I’m in the mood for chaos.” Certainly not the typical way to behave when someone looses a sibling.
This new promo certainly paints Riverdale itself as being a dark and dangerous place. It’s a far cry from the Riverdale that the original Archie comic writers came up with in 1941, but certainly one that could make for an exciting and compelling new addition to the Archie legacy.
Riverdale premieres on The CW on January 26th, 2017.
Source: Television Promos