The First Official Trailer For 'Riverdale' Is Here, and You Won't Even Recognize Archie

Monday, 28 November 2016 - 2:18PM
Riverdale
Monday, 28 November 2016 - 2:18PM
The First Official Trailer For 'Riverdale' Is Here, and You Won't Even Recognize Archie
The original Archie was the squarest, campiest, most hopelessly out-of-date comic book series of the past twenty years, second only to Family Circus. The covers were border-line ridiculous and the characters could be summed up in three words each—Veronica: attractive rich girl. Betty: girl next door. Archie: Gee whiz golly. Jughead: lazy hamburger addict.

So it was a pretty big shock when Archie died taking an assassin's bullet for Riverdale's first openly gay mayor in the final issue of the comics. From there, the whole series was rebooted with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the latter of whom worked on the wildly popular Saga. Still, when Riverdale, the live-action TV show adaptation, was announced at San Diego Comic Con, the reaction was a collective "huh?" It was pitched as a small-town murder mystery (ala Twin Peaks) mixed with a teen school drama (ala Dawson's Creek) and just a little bit of 'forbidden romance' between Archie and Mrs. Grundy. We're not joking.

Here's the official trailer, released today:



If you want a little more in-depth look at the show (because that trailer barely scratches the surface of the insanity), you can read our comprehensive spoiler-free review here. Here's the official synopsis, provided by Comics Alliance:

Opening quote
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom - and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer's events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music - not follow in his dad's footsteps-despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn't have anyone who will mentor him - certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It's all weighing heavily on Archie's mind - as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse).
Closing quote


This is only half of the synopsis—there are layers and layers here. The most insane part may be the transformation of Mrs. Grundy from being the semi-satirical incarnation of everything prudish to a hot-for-teacher cougar who sleeps with her underage students. Still, it promises to a melodramatic, angsty, soap opera-style guilty pleasure for all the CW fans who want a break from superpowered teens like Barry Allen (not that anyone could ever get sick of Barry Allen).

Riverdale premieres Thursday, January 26th at 9 PM on The CW.
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