Riverdale: The Complete Second Season DVD Review: The Archie Gang Finds Their Groove

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided us with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions shared are the writer’s.

There are very few overly dramatic shows that I will devote anytime to these days. However, Riverdale has earned my full devotion. Growing up reading the comics is a huge reason for it. It was my guilty pleasure every summer and it is the same now.

The second season has given us more of what we loved in the first and is even better. Now that the characters have been established, they have found their groove. Season One ended with the shooting of Archie Andrews’ (KJ Apa) dad Fred (Luke Perry) which leads right into the new season. The solving of this mystery was the first priority for Archie, which leads him down a dark path.

Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) is still reeling from his dad (Skeet Ulrich) being sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit while Jughead is forced to move to Southside High and accept his place with the Serpents. Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) tries to comfort her mom (Madchen Amick) after her sister runs away from home to give birth to twins by finding her long-lost brother who is extremely suspicious and much more than he seems.

Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) welcomes her father (Mark Consuelos) home from jail. She uses the opportunity to invest her time in the family business, learning more than she wants. Cheryl Blossom (Madeleine Petsch) is trying to heal from the murder of her brother and the death of her father while attempting to control her mother who starts an interesting new venture to keep the family afloat.

The DVD release contains all 22 episodes along with deleted scenes, a pop quiz, and a gag reel. There is also “Making the Musical: Riverdale” and “Riverdale Vocal Warm-Ups“ which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the “Carrie the Musical” episode. “Caught Between Two Worlds: The Dark Inside” focuses on the dark turn the main characters take in the new season. Lastly, they have the best moments from the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con panel.

What continues to be the success of this show is the balance between the teenage drama and the interactions with their parents. They develop engaging storylines for both groups. Consuelos was a perfect addition to the show as the ruthless Hiram Lodge. At times, it’s over the top with al the murder, sex, and scandal but then they will have some real moments about teenage friendships, learning to find your way, and the interactions between teenagers and their parents.

My only complaint about the second season of Riverdale is the number of episodes. The first season was 13 and this season was expanded to 22, causing it to feel spread out too thin.

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Lorna Miller

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