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Briana Cortese, Reporter

Season two of the CW’s series, Riverdale premiered on October 11th; fans waited five months since season one ended for the show to return.

“When I first watched the trailer for Riverdale I was so excited because I’ve been looking for another teenage show to watch and this one had a dramatic and mysterious plotline.” said  NHS student Solei Colon (‘18)

If you are infatuated with the comics and want to see how the show compares to the original content… Here is what has changed from paper to screen.

Archie is a heart throb: The televised version the redheaded hero is not that different from the comic versions: a nice guy who just wants to do the right thing. Though he is missing his iconic freckles, and has gained a six-pack.

Ms. Grundy is young: On TV she is a mysterious music teacher who has a love affair with Archie. The complete opposite of the comic series version; an old woman with grey hair.

Jughead is a loner: In the original comics he serves as the comic relief, the televised Jughead serves as the narrator. He sits in his booth at the diner all hours of the night drinking coffee and writing about the town’s secrets.

Veronica’s dad is missing: Mr. Lodge does not appear at all in season one of Riverdale; he is said to be behind bars and that the family is struggling to keep up with their wealthy New York past life.

Veronica is not the mean girl.: Lodge played the cliche “mean girl” in the comic series. Still a rich girl, but Betty and her team up against the real mean girl, Cheryl Blossom. Veronica and Betty are friends in the TV series, a true shock for all comic fans.

Jason Blossom is dead: In the comics, he plays a mean rich-kid who has a crush on Betty, on TV he has a love affair with Betty’s sister, Polly. His death kicks off season one of Riverdale, and the question of who killed him is the plotline for season one.

Take into consideration these changes and what say about our society now versus when the comic books were first published in 1942. The G-rated goofy comic series has transformed into a dark, mysterious television series with multiple plotlines surfacing as the series unfolds.

 

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