“Our story is about a town, a small town, and the people who live in the town. From a distance, it presents itself like so many other small towns all over the world: safe, decent, innocent. Get closer though, and you start seeing the shadows underneath. The name of our town is Riverdale. And our story begins, I guess, with what the Blossom twins did this summer…”

This episode kicks off with the Blossom twins, Jason & Cheryl who go for a boat ride just after dawn on the 4th July. Later, we see only Cheryl on the river’s edge, soaked to the bone and no sign of Jason. The police are swarming the scene along with the residents of Riverdale, some look pretty damn suspicious, others look like they couldn’t care less for the disappearance of Jason Blossom. From the onset, I believe that Cheryl had something to do with Jason mysterious ‘disappearance’. At first I honestly believe that she had killed him or at least helped him disappear for whatever reason. Cheryl keeps referring to her brother as her ‘soul-mate’ which began to hammer home this creepy incest type vibe, let’s hope it’s not true!

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New girl Veronica Lodge and her mother, Hermione move from New York back to Riverdale following her father’s incarceration for fraud and embezzlement. Meanwhile, we are introduced to another one of our main characters, Betty Cooper, who exhibits the classic girl-next-door. She has major crush on her BFF Archie Andrews (who is super hot!) and is encouraged by her gay best friend Kevin Keller to finally tell Archie how she feels about him. Betty particularly gets the heart in eyes emoji anytime she sees Archie now with a six pack and as Kevin remarks “That’s 6 more reasons to take that Ginger Bull by the horns!”.

She seems just like any other girl with a crush on her best friend- WRONG! Behind the perfect image that Betty and the rest of the Coopers uphold to the rest of the Riverdale residents- they have more cracks in their mirror than I’m willing to count! Betty has enough emotional baggage for a therapist add an overbearing mother who pressures her into to things she doesn’t want to do and her older sister who is now living in a group home following her broken relationship with the infamous Jason Blossom.

But Archie isn’t the innocent boy from the summer before, no soiree. In fact, while discovering his love for music which he thinks may be a potential career for him, he also has a keen interest in the young, hot Ms. Grundy who he has an illicit affair with her all summer long. Nobody knows of their sordid affair, but that could soon change. Archie is struggling on whether to come forward with crucial information of what he heard on the morning of the 4th July, when he was having a bit of “alone time” with Ms. Grundy.

Now, Jason has been found with a bullet hole in his forehead, there’s no way Archie believes he can keep quiet now about what he heard, even if it means the other residents of Riverdale knowing of his sordid affair. Will Archie do the right thing? With Jason’s body now found that means there’s a killer on the loose? Who is it and will they strike again? The ending hints at the arrest of someone next episode who could it be? Archie? Betty? Cheryl?

I found the pilot enjoyable and exciting. I had watched the trailer for Riverdale about a week before the release on Netflix and it gave me a throwback feel, when I first started watching Pretty Little Liars. Now that I’ve watched the first episode, it’s like the hybrid child of Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, mystery meets scandalous story telling. I’m happy to see my favourite Sprouse twin (Cole) has a part in the show, although we haven’t seen him much in this episode, he is the narrative voice we hear, where his character will appear more next episode as Jughead. I like all the charters introduced so far, even Cheryl because they all have their own unique characterisation which I believe can be developed on in the up and coming episodes. This show has a cool 1940’s vibe with the diner, with mystery and drama added to the mix. I think that this show has real potential to become a people’s favourite of 2017. Bring on the next episode!

Rating: 4 out of 5

-T

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