The CW's “Riverdale” managed to impress critics and viewers alike with its premiere last week, despite uncertainties about mixing the usually low-key tone of the comics with a full-on murder mystery. As it turns out, love triangles can still bloom among teen detectives. Titled “Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil,” the show's second episode is looking to expand both the drama and the conspiracies.
As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie (KJ Apa) pleads with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel) to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes an effort to mend her friendship with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is trying to make up for her actions. With rumors around her brother’s death running rampant, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) deals with the pressure in true Queen Bee fashion, while tensions boil over when Jughead (Cole Sprouse) stumbles upon a secret Archie was hoping to keep hidden. Finally, plans for the annual fall pep rally move forward with a performance by Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats and a special appearance by Mayor McCoy (guest star Robin Givens.)
Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry also star in the episode, which is directed by Toland Krieger. Along with its episode description, The CW also released numerous on-set photos teasing the second episode. The photos show Archie and the gang in a science lab, attending a football game and moodily conversing at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
“Riverdale” stars characters that have appeared in Archie Comics publications since 1941. While the show remains true to the love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica, the show has also taken liberties with numerous characters, such as Jason Blossom, the murder victim around which the show’s central mystery revolves. Jason was merely a minor character in the original “Archie” run who appeared infrequently, though never murdered.
Archie Comics has recently been taking a more serious, modern approach to its characters, spurred on by a reboot of the in-fiction universe back in 2015. The reboot was helmed by writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples and has largely been met with widespread praise. The updated series, which is ongoing, features a modern art style and is aimed at teen and young adult readers.
The second episode of “Riverdale” looks to build up the mystery surrounding Jason’s death, as well as the greater mysteries lurking in the town’s shadows. “Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil” will debut February 2, 2017.
Starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, “Riverdale” will debut Thursday, January 26 at 9 pm on The CW. The series also stars Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle and more. “Breakfast Club” alum Molly Ringwald will also recur as Archie’s mother Mary.