Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 4 “Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown”

Resigning upon the fact that ‘Riverdale’ has truly moved away from being a commentary on pop-culture, dramatised delight and soap-opera mayhem, and has instead become what it arguably began by critique, it is also laughable how ridiculous some of the characters are. Archie is nothing more than delusional and extremely isolated from the viewer’s perspective, as while the melodramatic situations may raise the tension, the writing lowers it with cringey decisions and romantic interference. The style and cinematography is undeniably gorgeous, and some of the editing presents an excellent comparison of division in the town, between that of the adults and the children. However, with an anti-climatic ending, and some predictable turns, the show will not be able to rely upon technical wizardry for much longer. It is extremely addictive, but more as an ultimate, superficial escape from reality and logic. 6.6/10


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