My love for the CW’s Riverdale was once an ironic, smug kind of love. It was guarded by my shame at embracing something so patently absurd and overwrought. But as Riverdale sustained its fever-pitch emotions and pacing for almost two full seasons, the irony kind of dropped away and I was left with pure admiration for a show that is joyously silly while being one of the most well-crafted shows on TV right now. Most importantly, I admire how despite its exaggerated characters, Riverdale never stoops to squeezing drama out of those characters by letting them get away with inconsistency in their behavior or their relationships.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/kzgaxm/the-teens-of-riverdale-are-some-of-tvs-smartest-characters