Hmm this is an interesting view on things. I couldn’t stand the temptation to dive a little deeper into what may well be the start of a CW show war.
Let me start off by saying, Riverdale is by far the more superior show as the below blog denies. The captivating Riverdale high school students that we are introduced to in Season one, are quickly faded away. Their perfection and posterior glory is erased when we are introduce to a dark, and corrosive world which is now in Season 3 is Riverdale. I remember starting the show, and thinking that this may be a show that’s just too perfect. It had the right amount of drama and suspense – with the added flirtatiousness of lust and sexuality.
Yes it may be portrayed by superficially perfect individuals. But under their perfection – we have a group of students that are broken and hollow – finding themselves in the same shoes as teens and young adults across the world. The small-town of Riverdale seduces you with its sweet visionary perfection, and captivating cinematography – and glues you into the darkness Archie and the gang find themselves in. The growth the characters have taken, I think portrays something that not a lot of teenage shows today have done. We have seen these perfect students find themselves in various situations, crossing many boundaries of sexuality, race and class. Love conquers all they say? Riverdale has portrayed a perfect picture of what love can do when taken too far, what depth of darkness greed can take you down – but most importantly, what the essence of friendship could mean between individuals that love and care about each other.
Riverdale is not only captivating, but the writers find creative ways for the actors and actresses to perform their part of the story. It’s a gripping and fun show – that will keep us guessing I’m sure till the very end.
But as for Sabrina…I find her somewhat dull. Watching the first episode, I found myself looking at the time to see when it would be over. Forcibly watching more to see if there was something more that the show had to offer than the shock horror of selling her soul to the Darkness.
Viewers were intrigued, as you quickly find out that the thing is Sabrina doesn’t want to submit to her so called dark baptism, and she doesn’t want to sign her life over to the Darkness, she wants a normal life. With her normal friends and her boyfriend dear Harvey. The cinematography is very alike to that of Riverdale – which makes for fantastic viewing. Another plus is that she finds herself in the very next town from Riverdale - Greendale.
Maybe it well flat with casting Kiernan Shipka – she did her best to take on the role as Sabrina, however the deliverance is adequate for the most part. Again, a very large opposite of what we see on Riverdale. The characters you are supposed to hate, you loath (Hiram Lodge UGH), and those you are supposed to love – give you a giddy smile when you see them succeed within the shows four walls. The opposite happens on Sabrina, its lack luster for the most part.
It was un-captivating, and took the world by storm, could it have been better? Absolutely, It may be fun, dark, and twisty – but there is no substance of what I really want to see on my Television. Bring on another episode of Riverdale, maybe do a cross over and who knows maybe I’ll give Sabrina another try.
Two revamped comic book series from the same universe, two totally different Netflix shows.
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:
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a far superior show when it comes down to the flesh and bone. The characters are genuine (and so is the acting), the script has the right amount of cheese without the cringe, and the show’s premise is unique (even though the comic was already turned into a show back in the day with Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina). Above all, (and likely the biggest difference to Riverdale) it lacks superficiality.
I wasn’t expecting the show to be as creepy as it was, but despite a dark vibe resonating throughout season one, it’s evident that there are many shades in between good and evil. I don’t think it’s glamorizing anything “bad”—if anything, it’s highlighting the blurred line of what we automatically believe is good and bad.
Sabrina straight up says that she’s not an evil person, and she struggles with the concept of trading freewill for power, which is an issue that we deal with in our everyday lives. The jobs we do, the choices we make, the relationships we cultivate all have shades of good and bad, light and dark, hurting and helping, and the show does a great job of exploring these topics in an entertaining (and spine-chilling) way. I get a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe from the show in many ways (which suits me fine since I’m a huge fan of Buffy) because it’s dealing with a lot of themes that are subjective and complex, and not just black and white.
At the end of the day, it’s a show—it’s fiction—and it’s a good one.
(A much better show than Riverdale.)
Thanks for reading!
Shane Dawson’s newest docu-series, The Mind of Jake Paul, has made quite the splash in the Youtube community. It has his subscribers tuned in as well as has attracted viewers who wouldn’t normally watch his content. Overall, the newest set of videos seems bigger than the platform and ventures into territory that hasn’t yet been explored on YouTube.
I’m a fan of Shane Dawson, I’m one of his 18 million subscribers, and I’ve watched his videos for the past 7-ish years. I’ve come to know his on-camera personality quite well—I’m used to his quirks, his dark humor, his gasps and his level of energy. Arguably, those characteristics are what I find entertaining and keep me tuning in, but as a consistent viewer I’m also aware of how his newer content (from the past year, not just The Mind of Jake Paul), has reached another level, a better level. Clearly I'm not the only one who's noticed this.
"I strongly believe that no one should be a “Super-fan” of anything because it warps perspective and stifles discussion"
It’s interesting to me to hear and see reactions from outsiders who are unfamiliar with him and are watching his videos for the first time. Overall, his old and new audiences seem to be responding positively, but that’s not to say there isn’t criticism—both constructive and just plain hate—in the mix. I’m by no means a “Super-fan” of Shane Dawson—someone who loves and defends the content no matter what—and I strongly believe that no one should be a “Super-fan” of anything because it warps perspective and stifles discussion, but I do know that my opinion is biased because I generally enjoy his personality and style of video.
Having said that, I’m enjoying the series’ journey so far, flaws and all, although I do worry that the hype is going to be the demise of its potential success. Shane is a dramatic person, he has high-energy reactions to just about everything, but if you are a new viewer and don’t know that, it can come off as over-the-top, which in turn can come off as disingenuous.
People with big personalities are a lot to take in, especially on first impression, and Shane has a big personality. His success is due to this, but again, it’s interesting to gauge reactions from viewers, both new and old, because the series does not have a passive narrator, which is what we generally expect from an interview or documentary voice.
"He’s not taking a submissive, "documentarian" approach to exploring ideas and people, he’s very much being himself"
Shane’s personality has influence and show-stealing qualities, which is probably why his new videos are getting so much attention. He’s not taking a submissive, "documentarian" approach to exploring ideas and people, he’s very much being himself—having large reactions, making jokes etc—which makes the docu-series half about the other person and half about him. As a fan, I’m enjoying the fact that the limelight is on him a lot of the time because, honestly, I probably wouldn’t watch it if he took the back seat and focused it all on the other person. The formula he’s using feels different, in a good way—which, again, is probably why he’s garnering so much attention from subscribers and outsiders alike. He’s not sitting behind the camera, he’s not changing his personality to fit into a “documentary” mold, and he’s keeping the spotlight on him too—it’s his channel after all.
He’s never done such a long series before, but I doubt viewers will get bored or leave it unfinished halfway through. According to his Twitter, Parts 4 and 5 will be released Oct 3rd and Oct 5th, and the rest are TBA.