The Badger On: Riverdale (TV)

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Two in one week, I am not sure if I have done this before and if I have it is definitely been a while. Admittedly my writing motivation/inspiration has been waning a bit. I think my depression for the first time is overtaking my anxiety. Hopefully I will kick both in the ass and my need to write whether it be reviews, my regularly blog, general writing or return to Harry Potter RP will return.

 

Well any who, todays review is on the Archie comics TV series Riverdale which is shown here in Australia as a Netflix original series though in America it is shown on the CW, the network responsible for all those wonderful DC related shows that I do love so much. I can’t say that Archie is a big thing here in Australia, I mean I am aware of who the characters are and their character tropes, if that is the right word to use. I think though it is more through cartoons and such and not the actual comics that I am aware of who they are.

 

This show has come as a little surprise to me as I expected that I would treat it very much like I did the Shadowhunters TV show, a guilty pleasure, but it is so much better than that. The characters are well defined and that acting is generally very good and the writing is also very good and the show seems to be run well but then Greg Berlanti and his crew generally do a good job.

 

This show is narrated by Jughead (Cole Sprouse of the Sweet Life of Zack and Cody from Disney TV fame) and tells the story of the mystery of high school football star Jason Blossom murder and the general goings on small town Riverdale. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) a normal boy who is/was having an affair with his music teacher Miss Grundy and was on the riverbank when they heard a shot fired. Jason Blossom was reported missing and then found dead from gunshot. Due to their illicit relationship they did not report hearing a shot, though Archie wanted to due to guilt.

 

The story follows the various relationships in town and what involvement if any they might have on the death of Jason. Surprisingly enough it is not so much Archie that it is the most interesting character of the show but the females of Riverdale and Jughead. Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) though is still the girl next door and in love with Archie is stronger than I thought her to be. Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is strong and not as bitchy and more vulnerable than I thoughts she was.  Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) and Valerie Brown (Hayley Law) make up the other interesting and strong girls of the show.

 

All the parents in this show are horrible except for probably Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) Archie’s dad and Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) Veronica’s mum, though admittedly Hermione can be questionable unlike Fred. All the other parents seem to be more interested in themselves and their image than actually anything beneficial to their children.

 

Even if you are not a fan or overly aware of Archie comics I would recommend this show as it is enjoyable and dramatic and well-acted.

 

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The Badger On: Shadowhunters (TV)

 

Finally something not a movie!! Though admittedly I have started a post related to a book series.

 

I have bene wanting to write about this show for a little while now but the thing is every time I go to watch it I get distracted by the people in my household asking for me to do something for them which takes me out of the show entirely. Last night was the first time in about 3 or maybe 4 weeks that I was able to watch an episode without being distracted.

 

First off I would like to say that I have read/listened to the source material, written by Cassandra Clare, though I have not seen the movie. I do own it and I am pretty sure it is available on Netflix or the other streaming service here in Australia called Stan. The series is available on Netflix as an original series.

 

If you don’t know anything about the show or the source material here is a little synopsis. Clary Fray is a ‘normal’ teenage girl living in New York with her single-mother Jocelyn but everything changes when she sees three other teenagers kill another teenager in a nightclub. Clary, however, is the only one that can see them though. The three teenagers are Shadowhunters and the other is a demon. It turns out that Clary, along with her mother, are too though Clary was unaware of this as her mother had brought her up as a mundane (human) to protect her from her father, Valentine Morgenstern, who is the big bad.

 

After her mother is kidnapped, Clary and her best-friend Simon enter the world of Shadowhunters as they search for her mother and the Mortal Cup, one of three Mortal Instruments, that is able to make more Shadowhunters and control demons. Jocelyn had stolen the cup to keep it away from Valentine who wants it control the demons and rid the world of down-worlders (vampires, werewolves, warlocks and faeries) whom he hates as a werewolf apparently killed his father.

 

 

I consider the show a guilty pleasure as the acting in general is rather atrocious, especially the two out of the three male leads in Dominic Sherwood (Jace Wayland) and Matthew Daddario (Alec Lightwood) who are rather wooden though I guess Alec as a character is supposed to be a little repressed. Jace however isn’t and I just don’t get that from Dominic’s portrayal at all. Emeraude Taubia (Isabelle Lightwood) isn’t much better and Katherine McNamara’s (Clary Fray) is only just passable.

 

Alberto Rosende (Simon Lewis) and Harry Shum Jr (Magnus Bane) are pretty much the only reason why I am still watching the show as they both are superb as Simon and the out there warlock Magnus. Harry seems to be having a blast with this role and Alberto is just perfectly cast as the geeky and lovelorn Simon.

 

The only other characters of note are the vampires Camillie and Raphael which they seemed have swapped over from the source material. In the books Camillie is not introduced until the fifth book and is supposed to me a little more sympathetic than the horrible Raphael. In the show Camille is there from the beginning and is the one that turns Simon instead of Raphael. The last character of note is Luke Garroway who is a former Shadowhunter, who at one time was best-friends with Valentine, who was bitten by a werewolf and is now the head of the New York pack. He is also Clary’s father-figure and a policeman (though in the book he was a rare book and antiques dealer). To be honest he hasn’t made much on an impression on me in the show, unlike in the book/s who I really did enjoy. However that may have been more from the interruptions that I have had while watching the show than the actual actor.

 

Finally something not a movie!! Though admittedly I have started a post related to a book series.

 

I have been wanting to write about this show for a little while now but the thing is every time I go to watch it I get distracted by the people in my household asking for me to do something for them which takes me out of the show entirely. Last night was the first time in about 3 or maybe 4 weeks that I was able to watch an episode without being distracted.

 

First off I would like to say that I have read/listened to the source material though I have not seen the movie. I do own it and I am pretty sure it is available on Netflix or the other streaming service here in Australia called Stan. The series is available on Netflix as an original series.

 

If you don’t know anything about the show or the source material here is a little synopsis. Clary Fray is a ‘normal’ teenage girl living in New York with her single-mother Jocelyn but everything changes when she sees three other teenagers kill another teenager in a nightclub. Clary, however, is the only one that can see them though. The three teenagers are Shadowhunters and the other is a demon. It turns out that Clary, along with her mother, are too though Clary was unaware of this as her mother had brought her up as a mundane (human) to protect her from her father, Valentine Morgenstern, who is the big bad.

 

After her mother is kidnapped, Clary and her best-friend Simon enter the world of Shadowhunters as they search for her mother and the Mortal Cup, one of three Mortal Instruments, that is able to make more Shadowhunters and control demons. Jocelyn had stolen the cup to keep it away from Valentine who wants it control the demons and rid the world of down-worlders (vampires, werewolves, warlocks and faeries) whom he hates as a werewolf apparently killed his father.

 

I consider the show a guilty pleasure as the acting in general is rather atrocious, especially the two out of the three male leads in Dominic Sherwood (Jace Wayland) and Matthew Daddario (Alec Lightwood) who are rather wooden though I guess Alec as a character is supposed to be a little repressed. Jace however isn’t and I just don’t get that from Dominic’s portrayal at all. Emeraude Taubia (Isabelle Lightwood) isn’t much better and Katherine McNamara’s (Clary Fray) is only just passable.

 

Alberto Rosende (Simon Lewis) and Harry Shum Jr (Magnus Bane) are pretty much the only reason why I am still watching the show as they both are superb as Simon and the out there warlock Magnus. Harry seems to be having a blast with this role and Alberto is just perfectly cast as the geeky and lovelorn Simon.

 

The only other characters of note are the vampires Camillie and Raphael which they seemed have swapped over from the source material. In the books Camillie is not introduced until the fifth book and is supposed to me a little more sympathetic than the horrible Raphael. In the show Camille is there from the beginning and is the one that turns Simon instead of Raphael. The last character of note is Luke Garroway who is a former Shadowhunter, who at one time was best-friends with Valentine, who was bitten by a werewolf and is now the head of the New York pack. He is also Clary’s father-figure and a policeman (though in the book he was a rare book and antiques dealer). To be honest he hasn’t made much on an impression on me in the show, unlike in the book/s who I really did enjoy. However that may have been more from the interruptions that I have had while watching the show than the actual actor.

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