The following Blu-ray set was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I won't lie when I heard they were making an Archie show called Riverdale for the CW I laughed. I mean I've collected comic books for over 35yrs and I didn't read Archie once I passed age 5. When I heard he got shot and murdered a few years ago I didn't buy the issue I just assumed Mr Lodge finally had him killed for always cheating on Veronica with Betty. But I always give something a chance and decided to watch Riverdale. If anything's just to see if Jughead wears a crown. I have to admit I really liked it. It was a cool modern take on things. The first season was good, but the second season is better. In fact it's the show that every horror fan should be watching.
Riverdale season 2 has more sub plots than a daytime soap opera so I'll try and focus on the main one. The Black Hood. The Black Hood is Riverdales resident serial killer. He send letters and at times uses a pistol Son of Sam style. His mission, as he keeps telling Betty is that he is out to clense the town of sinners. He even murders long time Archie character Mrs. Grundy. Oh yeah he shoots Moose as well. Actually he shoots a good handfull of people he even tries to get Betty to bury Archie alive. Now that's some heavy stuff for a CW show.
Season 2 also deals with about a thousand other things. See Riverdales sub plots have sub plots. It's not confusing it's just to much. To write about every one in detail would take longer than watching the season. We learn Reggie is dealing a new designer drug called Jingle Jangle.
Jughead Jones (no crown) was forced into being a drug mule for Penny Peabody while his father was in jail so he could pay off his debt. Jughead comes into his own this season. As he becomes a full fledged South Side Serpent. Throughout the season he is involved in a relationship with Betty.
The other main plot point this year is Fred and Hermoine running for Mayor. The focal point focusing on Hiram and his hold on the Lodge's. We begin to learn more about how the Lodge family controls all the crime in Riverdale. Throw in a cliffhanger and you have a great season
I will say this is not a show to hop into. This season may be a giant slasher film but you need to watch season one first.
All episodes are now presented on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers. The transfer presents it in the same HD quality as the broadcast. The set contains all the episodes from the second season as well as special features
Caught Between Two Worlds: The Darkness Inside
Making the Musical: Riverdale
Riverdale: 2017 Comic-Con Panel
Riverdale Pop Quiz!
22 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
Chapter Fourteen: "A Kiss Before Dying"
Chapter Fifteen: "Nighthawks"
Chapter Sixteen: "The Watcher in the Woods"
Chapter Seventeen: "The Town That Dreaded Sundown"
Chapter Eighteen: "When a Stranger Calls"
Chapter Nineteen: "Death Proof"
Chapter Twenty: “Tales from the Darkside”
Chapter Twenty-One: “House of the Devil”
Chapter Twenty-Two: “Silent Night, Deadly Night”
Chapter Twenty-Three: "The Blackboard Jungle"
Chapter Twenty-Four: "The Wrestler"
Chapter Twenty-Five: "The Wicked and the Divine"
Chapter Twenty-Six: "The Tell-Tale Heart"
Chapter Twenty-Seven: "The Hills Have Eyes"
Chapter Twenty-Eight: "There Will Be Blood”
Chapter Twenty-Nine: "Primary Colors”
Chapter Thirty: “The Noose Tightens”
Chapter Thirty-One: “A Night to Remember”
Chapter Thirty-Two: “Prisoners”
Chapter Thirty-Three: “Shadow of a Doubt”
Chapter Thirty-Four: “Judgment Night”
Chapter Thirty-Five: “Brave New World”
As you can see horror fans most of these episodes are named after classic horror films. One episode is a special Carrie tribute for God's sake. I know Archie is not something a horror fan thinks of but trust me when I say it's a show you should be watching. Season 3 is even rumored to be focusing on a cult. Go pick this up.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!