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Sardonic humor is just my way of relating to the world.” This is one of Jughead Jones’ sardonic (grim mocking or cynical) lines in the show “Riverdale”. I think it’s important for new watcher to understand beforehand that Jones’ character is based a lot on his jokes and his sarcasm is not meant to be taken too seriously.
“Riverdale” recently released the second season of the series on Oct. 11. The series is based on comic books that were released in the mid-1900s and is now a drama that airs on the CW that is based around the comic books characetrs. The main character in the books that appears in the show is Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) a quarterback for Riverdale High. Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), recently moved to Riverdale in the first season, where she soon develops strong feelings for Archie. While Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), also had a lot of mixed feelings for Archie. Other important characters include Jughead Jones, (Cole Sprouse) and Cheryl Blossom, (Madelaine Petsch).
What makes this show so interesting – for teens especially-  is its combination of different genres. The conflicts in the show are a love triangle between three of the characters, there was a murder in the first season of Cheryl Blossom’s (Madelaine Petsch) twin brother, Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines), and Andrews struggling with finding a balance between playing quarterback for Riverdale High and exploring his music. This show definitely seems to be all over the place with the different conflicts making the genre of the show difficult to determine but it does include teen drama and mystery.
Overall a definite plus to the second season of the show is that it features twenty-two episodes compared to the first season which only has thirteen, which is a pretty good thing for the binge watchers out there. I think that they did a good job with the second season and leaving off with a cliffhanger in the first season, they do tie up some loose ends and keep the audience interested and engaged.
Something else I really enjoyed was the continuation of  naming the episodes as chapters which adds the feel of the comic book vibe. What is really interesting about the second season is they add another anonymous character from season one that adds more tension. So far the only thing that I think could have improved is in the second season there isn’t really any more than the drama that was already was talked and argued about in the first season, as it seems they could have added more to bring more tension. Also for new watchers there is an unknown murder, but unlike other shows that had an anonymous character for example “Pretty Little Liars” had A, and even “Gossip Girl” had Gossip Girl and I feel like if “Riverdale” added more tension it would make it a lot more interesting.
I would recommend this to anyone that is into mystery, drama, or realistic fiction type of shows, and I would also recommend this to anyone who has watched the shows listed above as it is very similar with the anonymous character.

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