Busted families, broken hearts, secrets and corruption are the lifeblood of The CW’s gothic horror series Riverdale.
The show is based on the original Archiecomics, but this sinister town is a far cry from the wholesome, anyplace USA depicted in 80 years of the teen adventures featuring Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the gang. This Riverdale is an other-worldly, ominous place whereenigmatic parents and cunning town leaders hide wicked secrets while teens struggleto survive.
The Riverdale gang face the definitive dilemma: good vs. evil. They fight ghouls, a cult leader, a serial killer, and each other—all while sporting inspiring outfits and photo-ready hair. Great music, the occasional Vixens cheer dance-off, and too-steamy-for-high-school sex scenes add an undeniable layer of watchability to the fan-favorite show.
This Binge Watcher’s Guide to Riverdale will get you through the first four seasons. Keep the book beside you while you binge; the trivia,quotes and episode commentaries will inform and entertain. Want more? The literary analysis, connection to the comics, and resources have you covered.
In the midst of the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, binge-watching became an acceptable pastime. No more did we bingers have to discuss our hours in front of the screen with a sheepish attitude. Time spent ‘binging’ was no longer considered ‘wasted.’ Now, that time represented a connection to other humans. Sections of the ‘stay at home’ time are marked by which show we ‘were on.’ What did I binge? Riverdale. I rewatched each of the Riverdale episodes three times. All four seasons...all seventy-six episodes. That's A LOT of teen gothic drama.
The end result, my non-fiction book of quizzes, sassy summaries, and trivia, that was just released yesterday!
My Binge Watchers Guide will structure and intensify your Riverdale viewing. It’s meant to keep you company and inform you, make you laugh and make you ponder. And it will connect you to the compelling and spirited piece of the Archieverse that is Riverdale. I’m here to guide you, and lucky for us, I’ve been here in the Archieverse for a long time.
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Riverdale Binge Wacthers Guide...The Zeitgeist
Ask ‘old’ people about comics, and there’s a fair chance they have a story to tell. They collected them, their neighbor read them, or maybe they remember walking to the drugstore to buy the latest issue of their favorite title. Maybe that favorite was one of the Archie titles. ‘Young’ people, whatever age you think that is, may have never cared much about comics. They might not have ever seen an Archie comic, but there’s a fair chance they’ve seen or at least heard of the show Riverdale. Things get complicated when you put a classic Archie comic alongside a scene from The CW’s hit teen drama Riverdale. How did that divergence happen?
As noted earlier, in early 2011, Archie Comics abandoned the moral protections of the Comic Code Seal. In early 2014, Archie Comics appointed lifelong Archie fan, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer. Prior to becoming the CCO of Archie Comics, Aguirre-Sacasa had experience in both television as a writer for Big Love, Glee, and Supergirl, and comics with Nightcrawler, The Stand,Archie Meets Glee, and Afterlife with Archie. No doubt that background was something Archie Comics Publisher & Co-CEO Jon Goldwater wanted to use to the publisher’s advantage. Marvel and DC Comics were expanding beyond printed pages, making live-action films and television shows. Why not Archie? Clearly, the publisher was itching to grow with the times.
In late 2014, Archie Comics announced the upcoming celebration of the comic’s 75th anniversary, and soon things began to change. The publisher relaunched Archie. The comic relaunched with the kick-ass debut issue from Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. The vibe of Archie Vol. 1 was edgier than the recent issues, but not yet simmering with Gothic wickedness like the show. It was the gateway. Around the same time Archie was relaunched, Archie Comics also announced the upcoming live-action show Riverdale, the development of which was already well underway.
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aged, smoked Manhattan
Pour aged cocktail, for example this wonderful aged Manhattan, into glass.
Place glass on wood tray, set small pile of smoking wood chips beside the glass.
Ignite smoking chips, place dome over both glass and ignited chips.
Wait a minute or so.
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