Two revamped comic book series from the same universe, two totally different Netflix shows.
*originally posted on Unlocked Lips blog (<-- click the lips to go there)
When Riverdale first aired, it had me tuning in out of pure curiosity. I had stacks of Archie comics when I was a kid and I wanted to see how they were going to make the cheesy, G-rated skits into a show that would captivate the jaded teens and young adults of today. Well, I guess the producers realized they needed to up the sex, scandal and simple storylines to get the attention of viewers. And they succeeded, I guess.
However, for me, I found my eyes rolling many times throughout season one, especially the first episode. The behaviors of the characters were unnatural and over-the-top. Plus, I despise shows that have teenagers acting like 25-year-olds. It’s painfully unrealistic and so cringy.
Season one was by far the best out of the three, but that’s not saying much because I think it’s a bad show with bad characters and a bad script.
It’s tedious to go through the reasons why Riverfail is awful. Besides, this YouTube channel does a great job of highlighting the cringe:
My partner and I have lived together for 7 out of the 12 years we’ve been together. We waited a long time to move into a place because we decided years before that we wanted to buy and not rent. Obviously moving in with each other is a massive step—moving in with each other and sharing a mortgage is even bigger. But it worked from day one because we were 100% on the same page. Everything was discussed and agreed upon and double checked and then discussed some more. We got a few strong reactions when we announced we had found a place—shock, apprehension, the unwarranted warnings of “what if you break up” (because we’re not married, and obviously married people never “break up” *eye roll*)—but we were certain that 5 years of building a solid foundation was sufficient for this huge step. And it was.
Below are pieces of “advice” or concepts that tend to come up for couples who live together. They’re also pieces of “advice” or concepts that we dodge.
I’ve been with my partner for 12 years. We met when we were both 19 years old, in person, mildly intoxicated, at a bar. He was a complete stranger to me—he wasn’t a friend of a friend, I hadn’t seen him at school or extra-curricular events and I hadn’t been exposed to his social media persona. At the time there was no Tinder, no Instagram, and Facebook was barely a thing. We met the old-fashioned, awkward sort of way where one friend pushes the other onto the dance floor.
We went from being strangers to going on one date to declaring our status as boyfriend and girlfriend. It was fast but it felt good, however that doesn’t mean we didn't have problems. We fought a lot in the first year, because going from strangers to a committed relationship at such a capricious age was like going from point A to Q—there were many letters that needed to be pronounced in the middle. We learned about each other, especially about what bothers the other person, we communicated our deal-breakers, and learned how to love each other as well as like each other.
Twelve years later and our relationship is stronger than ever … and it’s no help to these common pieces of advice that float from peoples’ lips whether they’re said in earnest or as a casual comment. These pieces of “advice” have never helped our relationship, and they never will, and yet I see them grace the covers of magazines and pop up in random conversations. They don’t make sense to me, and I offer them up with a word of warning to those looking for help starting a relationship or “relationship goals” by which to abide.