Riverdale is worth seeing
5.0 out of 5 starsThe new series addiction par excellence: "Riverdale" is a surprisingly successful series (not only for teenagers).Reviewed in Germany on December 12, 2017
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Oh ha. A series for teenagers. And I'm out of age for a long time. Let's put it this way: when we ran "Dawson's Creek" in Germany, I was a teenager. The series is completely included in the Netflix subscription, so a look in it didn't cost me anything. And what did I find strange about the first episode. The characters are strange, and everything is far too melodramatic. A bit like "Dawson's Creek" at that time, but of course much more modern. Here, too, the young characters are often wiser and more complex than the adults. "Just like in real life," you want to roll your eyes with a grin. But it's not that simple after all.
"Riverdale" begins with a mysterious murder, but in the first episode mainly with the unrequited love of best friend Betty (Joey) for her best friend Archie (Dawson), and then there is the love triangle with the new girl from town , Veronica (Jen). The cool outsider Jughead (Pacey) should of course not be missing, as well as the gay best friend. So far, so formulaic. I switched off first.
And then watched the other episodes ... and I was there. Binge-watching but something of. You should know: after episode 1, the tension of the first season inevitably, very quickly and continuously picks up pace. Sure, this is also about the melodramatic love confessions of young teenagers, but that is more of a secondary issue. "Riverdale" focuses much more on the very dark tone, and on the murderous secrets of the small town dwellers.
And if, for example, the appearance of one or the other character seems strange: you have to know that "Riverdale" is based on the Archie comics, which are enormously popular in America. The question of whether he will decide for Betty or Veronica is something of a cult over there. In Germany we are less familiar with the comic book. But that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the series. You should just keep in mind that it's a comic book adaptation, albeit a very loose one. But nothing with superheroes or the like.
At the end of the first season, the murder is solved. Until that happens, however, it will remain extremely exciting and surprisingly dark for a series for teenagers and surprisingly brutal for a series for children aged 12 and over. I would have expected an FSK 16. The episodes get more and more exciting and end with very well placed cliff hangers. You always want to know what's going on. And on the one hand I could say now, the characters stay a little pale, but somehow you still hold them in your heart.
After the murder is solved, by the way, I thought so, and how should it go on in season 2, narrative? And if that works ... In season 2, a masked serial killer is up to mischief in Riverdale. Oh man. This is exciting. That is very well photographed. The series has a high production standard and the German dubbing is simply superb. The soundtrack is great too.
The series has a wonderfully dark atmosphere that you certainly wouldn't expect. In addition, the series is certainly also viewable for older semesters. In a way, I have to agree with the previous speaker, a pinch of the mood from "Bates Motel" is also in "Riverdale".
Definitely worth seeing. If you are into thrillers and horror, you should definitely take a look. There are also the obligatory teenage love stories, which, however, actually tend to take a back seat due to the thrill. And certainly you don't have to look for pure realism in a series like "Riverdale". And yes, the teenagers are all almost incredibly attractive and they can also sing ... anyway, "Riverdale" is fun and is a great snack in between meals.
At least I can't remember the last time I saw such an exciting series. Especially since the level is maintained in the second season.
Here are a few more facts:
Riverdale has been running in the US since 2017. Season 1 ran there from January to May 2017. The second season has been running since October 11, 2017. The special thing: just one day after it was broadcast in America, the current episode is running in German synchronization (!) On NETFLIX. Each episode runs for about 40-45 minutes. The series is based on the American Archie Comics. They seem to be part of the cultural heritage there, as they have been around since the 1940s. Incidentally, this universe also includes "Sabrina - Totally Verhext", even if the sitcom cannot be compared with "Riverdale" at all. Much more interesting is that NETFLIX will present a remake of the witch series Sabrina for 2018, which should also go in the horror direction and thus stick more to the tone of "Riverdale".
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