When I sat down to watch the first three episodes of Riverdale – Netflix’s new drama series based on characters from the Archie comics – I was confused.
Upon the credits rolling for the third episode (unlike other series, Netflix only releases one episode of Riverdale per week) I sat up in my almost-pitch-black lounge room to audibly ask “Wait, what?” to a room of precisely no one.
Don’t get me wrong, this show is great in some moments – it’s witty and progressive and aware. But in others? It’s frustratingly obvious, outdated and stale, like a bad nineties hangover.
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The most obvious example of this is the relationship between “boyish high school sophomore” and adorable red head, Archie Andrews, and his music teacher, Miss Geraldine Grundy.
Yep. A teacher-student relationship.
Given we saw a similar storyline over a decade ago in Dawson’s Creek, something about this plot line in Riverdale feels old and tacky, particularly considering the way the relationship is depicted.
Raunchy, naked, hot sex in a car during a storm. Lingering moments of desire in the dimly lit music room. A romantic morning spent on a rug by the lake. Physical chemistry. Lustful glances. Sexy librarian-esque outfits.
Abs, teacher glasses, a lacy bra and underwear.
By all accounts, this illegal relationship is alluring and intoxicating.