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There are enough pieces for Riverdale to pass the midtown replacement test - even if the pilot perhaps killed the wrong ginger boy.
Riverdale, CW's bold reimagining of the long running Archie comics, brings all the contradictory, lurid aspects of adolescence to the surface with a dark edge.
Knowledge of previous teen dramas certainly makes Riverdale feel more complete, but outside of that, Riverdale succeeds just by being different from The CW's current programming and even Freeform's or MTV's.
The CW's version of the bratty, elitist rich girl from the comics is that [Camila] Mendes has been given the green light to fully humanize Veronica. Where she was once evil and manipulative in the comics, now she's empathetic.
We've seen this formula before and when it's done right, it works great. Riverdale is doing it right. So far.
"Chapter One: The River's Edge" taps into ... feelings of promise, anxiety and hopeful soul-searching, and that's a solid foundation for Riverdale to build on.