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This show is weird. It's basically the CW trying to do Twin Peaks, except with Archie characters. And like I said, it's weird. Like, if Sabrina showed up with actual magic powers, I would be like "Sure! Makes sense!" and just go with it.

 

Basically, this season seems to be set around the mystery of who murdered Jason Blossom, with Jughead as a pretentious would-be hard-boiled narrator writing a book about this (which makes me seriously hope that the ultimate twist is that he did it in a Murder of Roger Ackroyd-style reversal. That, or the killer is the Punisher).

 

Meanwhile, in terms of the classic Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle, this show seems to be putting way more emphasis on Betty and Veronica actually being friends, while (aside from an unconvincing "Seven Minutes in Heaven" scene) Archie is way more into... Miss Grundy. Yeah. Who is a much younger (and hotter) character than in the comics, but again, this show is weird.

 

I straight-up guffawed with laughter multiple times - both ironic and not. Betty, Veronica, and Kevin Keller are all fun. Cheryl Blossom is fucking crazy and that actress gets points for commitment. Josie and the Pussycats show up long enough for me to hope that they'll do the songs from the JATP movie (and that any random character, when asked why they're even there, will respond "I'm here because I'm in the comic"). There's a goofy metatextual element with all the parents being played by former teen show stars (including Sideshow Luke Perry). I'll keep watching because I'm certain it's going to fly off the rails in spectacular fashion, and that will be delightful.

 

And, also, hoping that the Punisher is revealed to be the killer. Because fuck it, go whole hog.

post #2 of 19

The comics have gotten pretty strange in recent years. And oddly progressive. But every time I see these commercials I can't take it seriously.

post #3 of 19
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This show is weird. It's basically the CW trying to do Twin Peaks, except with Archie characters. And like I said, it's weird. Like, if Sabrina showed up with actual magic powers, I would be like "Sure! Makes sense!" and just go with it.

 

 

I've been trying to clarify what I liked about the first two episodes and "it's weird" while still being recognizably Archie is good enough for now. Personally I think the Ramones will be the killer(s).

post #4 of 19

This is probably intentional, I'm thinking

 

 

 

 

 

However,  near as I can figure it, no one in this show is stalked by invisible sex monsters! 

They nearly had me there.

post #5 of 19
I just stepped into this thread and I'm wondering if I've gone completely insane or if somebody seriously just said that somebody is seriously making a Twin Peaks-inspired Archie TV show. I'm leaning toward the "I've gone completely insane" theory.
post #6 of 19

It is and it's GOOD!

post #7 of 19
Just watched the first episode on the netflick

Promising!
post #8 of 19

What does Jughead even look like?!

DOES HE LOVE BURGERS?!

post #9 of 19
not yet

jughead is played by one of the sprouse brothers and looks like skeet ulrich
post #10 of 19

I'm so offended by the notion that Jughead doesn't wear his hat and scarf burgers that I'm livid with anger.  THAT'S HIS ENTIRE THING!

post #11 of 19
he does wear his hat
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I will be the first to admit, the entire premise of this show just sounded like the stupidest thing that has ever happened, but this show works. It knows exactly the level of camp and ridiculous to play, and its super addictive sleaze. Jughead the brooding loner from the wrong side of the tracks falling in love with good girl with a crazy family Betty, Gay moose, PTSD Archie, Hot Mrs Grundy, I  love this show

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I will be the first to admit, the entire premise of this show just sounded like the stupidest thing that has ever happened, but this show works. It knows exactly the level of camp and ridiculous to play, and its super addictive sleaze. Jughead the brooding loner from the wrong side of the tracks falling in love with good girl with a crazy family Betty, Gay moose, PTSD Archie, Hot Mrs Grundy, I  love this show

 

Man, I don't want to be that guy going on about the purity and sanctity of fucking Archie comics...

 

But if the show is really THAT divorced from the source material...why even bother being an adaptation at all? Sounds like it could have just worked as well (if not better) being it's own thing. There's certainly room for a YA Twin Peaks knock-off to stand on its own merit. 

 

Does being an Archie adaptation bring ANYTHING to this show that it couldn't have without being an adaptation? 

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Man, I don't want to be that guy going on about the purity and sanctity of fucking Archie comics...

 

But if the show is really THAT divorced from the source material...why even bother being an adaptation at all? Sounds like it could have just worked as well (if not better) being it's own thing. There's certainly room for a YA Twin Peaks knock-off to stand on its own merit. 

 

Does being an Archie adaptation bring ANYTHING to this show that it couldn't have without being an adaptation? 

Ohh man then you really aren't going to be happy about that Sabrina the Teenage Witch spin off. And no, im not kidding.

post #15 of 19
I mean, wouldn't the whole point of doing a bizarro Archie take on Twin Peaks be to juxtapose the goofball "comically wholesome '50s throwback" iconography of the comics with the twisted surrealism of Lynch's own temporally-unmoored take on small-town America? Why reinvent all your material until that compare-and-contrast no longer compares or contrasts?
post #16 of 19

Riverdale dropped one helluva treat for Lovecraft fans last night...

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Riverdale dropped one helluva treat for Lovecraft fans last night...

 

It was...

 

S P O O K Y

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Warning: don't do it. (Click to show)
CANDYMAN!
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It was...

LOOK AT THE CRATE.

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LOOK AT THE CRATE.

 

 

Speaking of Greendale and Sabrina

 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/riverdale-shoot-sabrina-moves-netflix-2-season-order-1060852

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