Who killed Jason Blossom? That is the crux on which the entire first season of Riverdale hangs on. And you would think that finding a murderer in a small little town would be easy. But not in Riverdale where everybody is harbouring a deep dark secret. This is a town with a lot of problems but Archie, Betty and Jughead are on the case.
Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters of Archie Comics. Very similar in style to The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina (it's spin-off), the show has one central focus throughout Season 1. Jason Blossom, heir to the Blossom fortune, and twin to Cheryl has been murdered. With the high school and the town closing ranks, it is becoming more and more difficult to find his killer. Solving the mystery is left to Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his band of merry highschoolers, all of whom are facing their own problems.
Archie is having an illicit affair with a teacher. Betty Cooper, played by Lili Reinhart, is trying desperately to get out from under her mother's control. Plus her sister, who was dating Jason Blossom, has been hidden away because she ‘is sick'.
Jughead, also the narrator of the story, is the boy from the wrong side of town, trying to fit in. Veronica is a high society New Yorker whose father is in prison. And then there is Cheryl Blossom. Cheryl is wealthy and privileged and relishes in being selfish and manipulative. She's quite the character and despite all her faults, it's hard not to like her. Madelaine Petsch plays her perfectly.
Between them, they must track down whoever was responsible for Jason's death. Uncovering long-hidden secrets along the way, life is getting more dangerous for our scooby doo gang. But undeterred they risk all to bring the right person to justice.
Riverdale has many layers, and the story moves along at a solid pace. Each of the 13 episodes in season 1 reveals new information about what happened to Jason and by the end, the pieces fit together nicely. So it does have a conclusion which is great. It also ends on enough of a cliffhanger to make you move straight on to Season 2.
The characters are well rounded and the creators have avoided the cliche of making everybody either good or bad. There's a lot to like and as the story unfolds, it's tricky not to get sucked in, to the very end. Seriously, you don't start a ‘whodunnit' and not stick around to find out the answer!