Riverdale 2017 TV Series
Riverdale is a 13-episode TV series that was launched on January 26, 2017 and ended its first season on May 11, 2017. It was certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an average episode score of 93% and audience rating of 84%. Out of 49 season reviews, 42 were positive with Critic Consensus declaring that "Riverdale offers an amusingly self-aware reimagining of its classic source material that proves eerie, odd, daring, and above all addictive."
The TV series features the main characters from Archie comics with Archie Andrews played by KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Cole Sprouse as Jughead, who is also the narrator of the show.
Contrary to Archie's character in the comic book, who is immensely prone to accidents and unintentionally causes harm despite his good intentions, Archie in Riverdale is not clumsy at all and definitely not accident-prone. In fact, the spin off developed a very manly, popular and mostly a-hero-to-his-friends type of Archie. He also isn't interested in Betty, his next-door girl neighbor because he only sees her as his best friend, unlike in the comics books where he is torn between Betty and Veronica. Who knows? Maybe this will change in season 2.
The only similarity that I can see on Archie's character both in comics and the TV series, is his love for girls. He gets easily infatuated. He practically kissed all the girls in Riverdale --- Miss Grundy (his music professor), Veronica, Cheryl and Valerie (from Josie & the Pussy Cats). It is crazy and I'm not sure if I am ticked off by it or if it is actually charming but I guess I got used to it as I watched all 13 episodes.
The thing I like about Archie is the fact that he tried his best to juggle sports and music, knowing that football will help him get a scholarship in college though his real love is writing and singing songs.
Betty preserved the comic character as the motherly type who is always after the sake of others and ready to lend a helping hand. She's still a good student and despite being the emotional type, she can open a car door without a key just like in the comics where she is known as an auto mechanic. In Riverdale, Betty's character was upgraded by showing a mysterious side and though she was in love with Archie, she isn't the same romantically obsessed girl unlike in the comics books. She also plays a big role in solving the mysteries in Riverdale, for her good logic and analytical skills. She's a detective in the making and I wouldn't be shocked if she eventually becomes one in the 2nd season.
Aside from being the billionaire daughter of Hiram Lodge, Veronica Lodge isn't anything like her character in the comics books. Her character in Riverdale was built as someone who wanted to make a big change in her life so she isn't the spoiled, vain and spender type though she still has her dark side which is mostly exercised for her good intentions. Also, she is not romantically obssesed with Archie and did not show interest in Kevin, the gay guy. Veronica Lodge in Riverdale is a complete transformation of the spoiled bratt in the comics books.
Jughead Jones is the complete opposite of the character in the comic books. A different persona has totally materialized in Riverdale. He's no longer the pitiful high school kid who's always begging for food and money from his friends. In fact, his character in the TV series has a lot of pride despite that he isn't well-off and that his dad is referred to as a serpent. He is Betty Cooper's boyfriend and soulmate, both having the passion to write. He doesn't have his trademark which is a gray crown beanie though he always wears a bonnet in the TV series. He remains to be Archie's best friend though.
On the 4th of July, a body with a whole in the head is found by the river's edge. It is Jason Blossom's corpse, the twin brother of a manipulative and spoiled rich bratt named Cheryl. The townsmen gets shaken up by the thought of Riverdale becoming an unsafe place. That same day, Archie and Ms. Grundy (his music teacher), hears a gun shot. Though Archie wants to tell the police, Ms. Grundy is hesitant because it will reveal their love affair. Upon investigating the crime, anyone who knows or has connection with Jason Blossom becomes suspects, including Cheryl, Jughead, Polly (Betty's sister and Jason's fiance) and even F.P. Jones (Jughead's dad). Veronica decides to investigate F.P. with Archie's help and for Jughead's sake. They wanted to make sure that he is safe from his own father. The killer remains a mystery until F.P. gets framed. The police executes a search warrant and finds the gun in his place. Archie and Veronica are 100% sure that he didn't commit the crime of killing Jason because they looked everywhere in that small apartment and there was no gun. They communicate this information to Jughead and Betty and heads towards the police station, only to find out that F.P. admitted the crime. Archie, Betty, Jughead and Veronica teams up to find out who the real killer is and why F.P. is protecting that culprit.