Archie Andrews starts the school year with the world weighing on his shoulders. He’s decided he wants to pursue a future in the music business, but his recently ended clandestine relationship with the music teacher has left him without a mentor, and his friendship with Jughead Jones is in a bad place. Things look like they might be turning around when Veronica Lodge, a new girl, arrives. Despite the instant chemistry, Veronica is hesitant to risk a friendship with Betty — who has a crush on Archie — to pursue anything. Amidst all the small-town banality lurks a mystery: the recent tragic death of Jason Blossom, the twin brother of the beautiful and popular troublemaker, Cheryl.
Network: The CW
Rating: 3.5 Stars
But seriously, in all honesty, it wasn’t that bad. I did find myself growing bored in the middle of the season, and I forced myself to finish because it was only thirteen episodes and I could finish it if I tried.
Although, throughout watching the show, I have a few different opinions on some of the characters.
Archie (asshole) Andrews: Seriously dude? You think I can’t see right through you? Of course, you like Betty now! Because it’s the end of the season and they need to set up a love triangle for season two. I totally get it. What I don’t get is why you slept with Veronica when you were obviously conflicted about your feelings. I hereby knight thee, Sir Asshat.
Moving on, I also really don’t like Archie because of the many things he did throughout the season that proves even further that he is an asshole. Like how he went out with Cheryl while he had a girlfriend so the Blossoms would do some favors for him. He did come to his senses later, but it does prove that Archie can be bought. Second, he and Veronica said that they would perform at the Variety Show. Apparently, Archie didn’t see it as a big deal when he dropped Veronica and let someone else sing with him because he thought she was better. I really don’t like this Archie fellow and am not rooting for him in any way until he gets his act together.
Betty (all I care about is forcing the truth) Cooper: Betty, Betty, Betty. I don’t much like you either. You act all high and mighty about how everyone should tell the truth and trying to force your mother to tell you about something she was obviously ashamed of because you wanted to know. You didn’t care about the toll it would take on her for admitting to what she did. I get that you’re supposed to be the golden girl and always do the right thing, but you don’t really think about what’s best for other people, do you? All you care about is the truth.
And when you saw Jughead put on the South Side Serpent jacket (she is now dating Jughead) you looked like you were so ashamed of him for making the best out of a horrible, terrible, no-good situation. Honestly, I think it was a good call for Jughead to join the Serpents, even if that isn’t how motorcycle clubs operate (I’ve researched them extensively). He will need protection with all this new crime going around town and since his dad is now in prison. Get over yourself, Betty. You aren’t the best.
Veronica (still a bad bitch) Lodge: We see Veronica struggle throughout the season with the troubling thought that her father might have been behind the death of Jason Blossom since the Blossom’s sent her father to jail. But even with all of this flying around her head, she still manages to be a good person. She’s a friend to Cheryl even though Cheryl isn’t really nice to her, she helps out Ethel when her family is going through a rough time, and she waits to officially begin her relationship with Archie until she gets Betty’s blessing (I don’t understand why she likes Archie, but anyway).
Veronica is one of the few characters I actually like on this show because she is someone who doesn’t do much wrong. Yes, she did break into Jughead’s dad’s trailer to see if he was the killer and that was wrong, but everyone should’ve been weighing out all the options and not just saying he didn’t do it because he was Jughead’s dad. Veronica is a strong, fearless woman and she is awesome!
Kevin (still just a gay guy) Keller: Throughout the whole season, Kevin didn’t do much. Most of the time, we only saw him when he was with his boyfriend, Joaquin as if they were trying to remind us that he’s gay because it’s the only character trait they gave him.
I don’t have anything against gay or bisexual people. You do what makes you happy. But they are also people with personalities and hobbies and ambitions. They aren’t just gay which is why I feel the writers missed the mark on Kevin’s character.
Cheryl (I’m still annoying but in a better way) Blossom: Yes, Cheryl is still the mean girl of the story, but we now see how hard her life is. At home, her parents are super strict on her and say how she isn’t fit to run the family business. Not to mention they forbid her to speak at her brother’s funeral and didn’t stand by her when she was arrested. She slowly becomes a better person towards the end of the season, but then she goes full psycho in the last episode where she tries to drown herself in the river where her brother died (Archie saves her, don’t think that this makes me like you) and then burns down her house for a fresh start because her father was the one who killed Jason and hung himself. This girl has major issues but now that I know her a little better, I feel like she’s doing the best she can with the cards that she’s been dealt and I hope she keeps getting better in season 2.
Jughead (still don’t know why your name is Jughead) Jones: He is a quiet kid who likes to be an observer as opposed to a participator. Which is cool, it’s nice to see a new type of character in shows every now and then. And Jughead is also one of the few characters in this show that I do not hate. We see him from the very beginning try to figure out who killed Jason Blossom and while he wasn’t the one who cracked the case, he was there when the killer was revealed. Unfortunately, his dad is still behind bars because of his involvement in the cover up, but you can’t win everything.
Now, there were a few things I did like about this show, like those few characters, Veronica, Cheryl, and Jughead. And then there were a few things that I didn’t enjoy, like how they revealed the killer. What was the point of showing us the faces of the kids as they watched the video that revealed the killer but not showing us the video and then showing it again literally a few seconds later with the same clips, but this time showing us the video? I’ll tell you why: suspense. But I didn’t feel suspense, I felt annoyed. There was no fucking point in doing that other than the stupid directors wanted to keep it a secret a few seconds longer. Was it worth it? Were those few seconds worth knowing that you degraded that scene into something that could’ve been a big reveal into something childish that someone would write in a fanfiction?
I don’t think it was.
Another thing that bothered me, ironically, was Jughead’s narrating. Yes, I did enjoy his character, but I don’t like narrating in tv shows or movies. It feels so out of place and breaks the bubble of realism that you tried to create. Especially because Jughead was trying to sound so intelligent and profound but he came across arrogant and immature. I felt like they just shouldn’t have had narration at all.
One last thing, I remembered why Archie Comics sounded so familiar. They were the people who created Sabrina the Teenage Witch as well. And the writers have said Sabrina may or may not show up, and it’s an even smaller chance that she’ll be a witch opposed to a normal mortal. If that’s the case, I don’t want her in the show. She wouldn’t be Sabrina Spellman if she wasn’t a witch. Yes, I understand that I’m going against the point I made that she is her own person with a personality and hobbies and ambitions, but still. Sabrina is a witch. And if they don’t make her a witch, it would be really disappointing.
Okay, I recommend this show for people who prefer more drama in their mysteries than an actual mystery (seriously, I knew the Blossom’s did it from the beginning).