1) Focus More On The Looming Mysterious Death
I know… there is a demographic to make happy and satisfy but does there really have to be so much high school romance and teenage angst.
It’s really distracting from the artistic style and original plot that they seem to have worked out. It’s like they’ve satisfied the fact that they have the creative freedom to do what they want artistically with the show, but couldn’t really be bothered with mapping out original plots and unexpected storylines so they just added cheesy filler into the writing and lines like it’s a cheap sub sandwich at a backlot takeaway. I want more focus on Jason’s mysterious death.
I want to see more of his sister and her motives, and maybe we will see this and then i can respond as such, but until then, i’m seeing a lot of angst and serious looks. It’s been done, many times, and I know it satisfies a younger audience with little demand, but if they want longevity as a series, I really would invest some writing time into getting away from the angst like this is a remake of every stereotypical high school television series ever. Get away from that, and you will be successful.
2) We need comic relief
If i’m not mistaken, there are rarely any laughs. Its so serious. Even the most scary thrillers and horror movies tend to have a character placed into the story to provide comic relief, a stereotype or a bit of light irony. Its the basis of successful entertainment and i’m sorry but i’m just not seeing it. Has anyone else found themselves watching River-dale and getting the feeling that something is missing.
Well, i’m a little behind but i’m up to episode three at the moment and I have yet to find that comic relief. Is it Jughead, Oh… is he the character who provides this in River-dale. I hope not, he’s a serious person. Much like Archie, betty, Veronica, The pussycats. Which leads me onto the next point nicely.
3) Whats with all the lectures??
I’m all for television series or any form of entertainment with a substantial audience using it as a mode to promote fair living and equality, but sometimes the way the characters get these messages across is slightly over the top.
They are so in your face I tend to think i’m being shouted at. I’m watching an entertainment programme, you don’t need to be educated about a different subject at every point. My advice, and something I would do if writing River-dale would be to calm it down a little.
Plan out how to get the messages across about young LGBT, body image, women's rights and white priviledge across in a more lighter tone and at a slower pace. People nowadays are for the majority of the time quite open to listening to justifications for fair rights, but if they are spoken down to, especially through an entertainment programme, it won’t really get the message across that efficiently.
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