Like a lot of people i’m online now Riverdale almost exclusively to see how ridiculous it can get (and for Choni, of course). But there was a time when, believe it or not, Riverdale sort of meaning.
Here are 21 moments that prove season 1 of Riverdale was actually really good:
Jason Blossom’s murder was the perfect mystery.
They focused on friendships, not just romances.
The characters were actually acting like high school kids.
We got to see the characters hanging out with other people.
Veronica must have some stories that didn’t revolve around her father or Archie.
The Bughead season 1 was actually really cute.
There were still some dramatic moments, but it didn’t feel like it was ridiculous for the sake of being ridiculous. When something wild happens in Season 1, it usually has a purpose.
Archie had an adorable relationship with his father.
The focus was on family relationships – Archie’s parents divorce, Jughead’s issues with her father, Betty’s search for her sister, and Veronica’s struggle to trust her mother.
The episode where Cheryl and the Bulldogs crush Jughead’s birthday party is one of the best in the series – it’s chaotic and entertaining, but still feels pretty believable.
There were some really moving moments that dealt with heavy topics, like Cheryl and Jughead’s suicide attempt being homeless.
The show actually called Archie and Ms. Grundy’s relationship predatory and not good instead of totally romanticizing it like most shows do with student-teacher relationships.
They did a really good job of teasing Betty, Archie and Veronica’s iconic love triangle – you could really see it go both ways.
Veronica and Cheryl had some really sweet scenes together and they seemed to be on the way to a real, genuine friendship.
Les Pussycats Actually got screen time! We got to see Josie’s complicated relationship with her conflicted mother, Josie and Valerie, and their many performances. In addition, remember this scene?!
The cinematography was absolutely stunning and went perfectly with Jughead’s storytelling.
We didn’t know the full story of FP and Alice’s story yet, and there was so much tension and mystery to keep us intrigued.
Hiram was just an offscreen villain, and he was actually a lot scarier that way. There was something really scary about him not doing any good, but not being able to see him.
We had music numbers like “Kids in America” instead of weird pole dance on “Mad World”.
That sequence in the finale where Archie and Veronica meet, Jughead joins the Serpents, and Cheryl burns down her house while Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” plays was * the boss’s kiss *.
And finally, Season 1 ended on one of the best cliffhangers of all time.
Never mind. At least we have some ridiculous times like this to wait now:
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