Riverdale, Sea­son 2

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New episodes ev­ery Thurs­day THERE are a few ques­tions we seem to ask our­selves over and over while watch­ing Riverdale. For in­stance, “why did they think that jin­gle jan­gle would be a good name for hard drugs”; “who is the An­gel of Death?” and the most con­fus­ing of all: “why is Archie An­drews such a ter­ri­ble mu­si­cian?”

Maybe it works be­cause he’s cute and has that hair­cut. Or maybe it’s be­cause with a darker, wit­tier take on some clas­si­cally cheesy source ma­te­rial — the Amer­i­can comics — the show has be­come one of the most ad­dic­tive guilty plea­sures of the binge-watch era. In some ways the se­ries more re­sem­bles glossy teen hits like Gos­sip Girl or The Vam­pire Di­aries, but the show also ex­plores Jug­head’s trau­matic home life, with much of the first sea­son re­volv­ing around the dis­ap­pear­ance and mur­der of Riverdale High’s wa­ter polo team cap­tain.

The show has man­aged to strike a chord with both those who re­mem­ber the whole­some source ma­te­rial and those who were too young to have heard of it. The lat­est episode takes in­spi­ra­tion from the movie Broke­back Moun­tain and ev­ery­one’s fear and para­noia in­creases.

Un­der ar­rest: Grace (Sarah Gadon) feels the weight of the law

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