LOL I have so many Riverdale questions, if that's ok. Are you worried about B*rchie in season 2? What are your favorite parts about Bughead, or them as individuals? What are you hoping to see overall in season 2?
it’s definitely ok! it’s nice to get riverdale questions.
i’m not worried about b*rchie, though i mean, i’ll admit i haven’t been super on the interview patrol like i was in the earlier days of ouat, so there may be some information i don’t have? but from what i have seen, that’s been pretty shut down. narratively it doesn’t make sense for where the show left off, so i wouldn’t stress about that.
for s2, i hope the show explores a lot more of it’s tension with classism. one of my favorite elements of riverdale is the fact that it’s first season really explored the confines/limits of privilege told from the POV of a pretty disadvantaged kid, and the town turning against jughead (ipso facto, the southside) because it was an easy scapegoat.
the original comics were def born from american obsession with isolationist suburban utopia, so i really like seeing the tv show use that as a jumping off point. i think thus far it’s been on/off with subtlety, but i’d like to see it more overtly.
riverdale, i think, functions best when it plays up it’s aesthetic timelessness, so i’m hoping it turns the dial up on that. from what i’ve seen of filming spoilers, we’ll be seeing more of that, so that’s exciting!
i also personally am really curious to see where the serpents storyline goes too. i’m hoping it’s going to be complicated!
as far as bughead, i really like the internal/external presentations of darkness, thematically. but honestly what drew me towards them, beyond being an “opposites attract” trope that explores the way they’re not actually so different, was the conscious decision to have open communication. it’s a really healthy relationship, and one that isn’t often seen, let alone on teen-geared television.
as individuals, i think their family stories are complex and appropriately balanced. and my favorite part of betty is something i’ve spoken to before, so i’ll just repeat:
characters are most compelling when their greatest strength is also their greatest flaw. betty is defined by a sense of justice that is as powerfully motivating as it is inhibiting to her personal life.
the season began with betty consciously deciding to not be a passive figure in her own life. she began questioning and confronting for the first time in her life, and so she’s still fresh to it. she doesn’t always understand when fighting for the greater good has a negative impact on the individual, but i think that’s going to be a large part of her character exploration next season.
as far as jughead, i think the search for identity while also grappling with the belief that he has a strong sense of self is really interesting.
this is kind of the same for betty, but it’s more pronounced for jughead, who sees himself a certain way (who will ever forget the weirdo monologue) while also grappling for identity and a place where he feels accepted/relates to others
but his relationship as well as external forces (like going to southside) force him to question that, and i’m excited to see how that comes to fruition.
i’m really curious to see how his desire to be accepted/knee jerk defense that he has no such thing will play out, now that he’s joining the serpents.
anyway i’m cutting myself off because this is getting so long. but thanks for asking, this was fun!