Show/Episode: Riverdale Season 1, Episode 1, “Chapter One: The River's Edge”
Ship(s): So many possibilities! But mainly: Betty/Archie, Veronica/Archie, Betty/Veronica
“It presents itself like so many other small towns all over the world: safe, decent, innocent. Get closer though, and you start seeing the shadows underneath. The name of our town is Riverdale, and our story begins, I guess, with what the Blossom twins did this summer.”–Jughead
Some of my fondest memories as a kid are of reading Archie comics. Every time my mom and I went to the drug store, the only place near me that carried them, I’d scour the magazine rack for the latest Archie’s Digest. The simple, sweet, funny stories of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie charmed and delighted me, always leaving me happy and hopeful.
Yeah. This ain’t that Archie.
Where we start:
The first 10 minutes of the show are chock full of dramatic exposition. Here’s everything that happens before they even show the title sequence: