The CW’s Riverdale Captivates Dimond Teens

After launching into the spotlight of binge-worthy teen dramas, the CW’s Riverdale has started its second season, continuing to capture the attention of Dimond students.

Young adults have been sucked into the show’s murder mystery that surrounds high school teens based off the Archie comics.

With new episodes airing weekly and the entire season one available for streaming on Netflix, many students have become hooked by the dreamy characters and their relatable struggle.

The show follows Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and Jughead Jones as the group navigates the turbulent waters of high school and their crime-ridden town.

Junior Julia Alfano has been binge-watching the first season after hearing all of the hype surrounding the show.

She said, “I heard a lot about it. I just heard everyone talking about it. I wanted to be caught up in it, so I started watching [season] one.”

A lot of the series’ fanbase recognizes one of the show’s actors from their childhood which gives the series a new meaning to viewers.

Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones, and his twin brother Dylan co-starred on Disney Channel’s sitcom “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” that was running while the majority of today’s teens were children.

The plotline from the past and the modern actors create an interesting dynamic for those viewers who can relate to these aspects.

Senior Piper Sato said, “I was going through a little of a ‘Cole Sprouse phase.’ So I was like, ‘Okay he’s in it, so I guess I’ll watch that.’ Also, my mom was watching it because she read the Archie comics when she was younger, so it was like a bonding thing. ”

Senior Madi Horwatt said, “I started watching Riverdale on Netflix because I read the Archie comics when I was a kid and loved them, so I wanted to see it. It doesn’t hurt that [Jughead] is played by Cole Sprouse. Also, it was getting a lot of attention, so I wanted to see what the hype was about.”

The mystery behind the murders, the complicated dating scene and the shroud of strange happenings covering the town keeps fans watching each episode.

Alfano said, “I like the whole murder mystery and the suspense throughout the whole thing. I was sorta getting annoyed that it was 13 episodes, and I still didn’t know who it was, but it was good suspense and kept me watching.”

Horwatt said, “I think the show is popular amongst teens because the cast is full of young and beautiful people, it’s related to the Archie comics and the mystery and drama keeps viewers interested.”

Sato believes that much of its popularity is due to the typical trends of teen dramas that the show follows.

She said, “I think that a lot of people watching it like the attractive guys. I think it also has a lot of the tropes that popular dramatic TV shows have. I think it could be like in a lot of senses very similar to “Pretty Little Liars” or shows along those lines.”

Alfano agreed saying, “I feel it’s like just another one of those teen high school dramas. It reminded me a lot of “Pretty Little Liars.” It’s just good, cliche drama.”

While this show has high approval ratings, such as an 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it has received a decent amount of critique for its plot and misuse of noir themes.

Sato agrees with those critics, saying, “I think that the dialogue was very unconvincing, like I do not know anyone in high school that speaks that same way. They were supposed to be sophomores in high school, but they all looked like they were in their mid-20s. None of them dressed like how I see high schoolers dress, and none of them engaged in the same way that I see high schoolers engage. It’s very superficial.”

Horwatt is not a huge fan of the tone change from the original comics.

She said, “I don’t really like that it’s such a dark theme when the comics were so light and funny.”

While many viewers agree that there are flaws within the series, it cannot be ignored that Riverdale is the hot new drama amongst high school teens.