By Jackie Lyons
Based on the iconic Archie Comics, the new show from The CW that premiered on January 26, Riverdale, has taken the teen world by storm with its seven episodes. This new murder mystery changes the theme of the Archie Comics from formerly family friendly and all inclusive to deadly and mysterious.
In the town of Riverdale, everything is perfect until star football player Jason Blossom is mysteriously killed and his body found in the lake. In the wake of all the chaos, the main protagonist, Archie Andrews, and his friends, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones, try to find out the truth behind Jason's death and who they can and cannot trust.
In my opinion, this show is an incredible tribute to some classic characters. The character development is superb, giving the characters different personalities that are more relatable to today's teenage viewers. Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead, is so believable playing a brooding, enigmatic writer it's so easy to forget that he was once one of the biggest Disney Channel stars not too long ago. Junior Maria Salandra says, "I think it's kinda cool that he's still playing the awkward, nerdy kid but now he's better." Glenelg students like Salandra feel like they can relate to the struggles Jughead and other characters face.
Unlike many comic books that have been adapted into shows like The CW’s The Flash, Riverdale is not about a superhero, but ordinary teenage life. While Riverdale may sound like another typical teen show, it really holds more. According to Junior Mayuri Albal, "It showcases high school and family life and the hardships some people face on a day to day basis. Also the characters aren't the typical stereotypes. Betty is more than just the girl next door while Cheryl isn't just the typical mean girl who lives the perfect life." Even if murder mysteries aren't your thing, it's worth giving it a shot and will leave you wondering: Who killed Jason Blossom?