A foggy small town surrounded by woods. A young person found murdered by the river. A town gripped by feelings of shame and grief as a result. No, this is not Twin Peaks or its upcoming continuation we’re talking about, this is Riverdale, the improbable new CW show based on the safe as houses comic book series where nothing remotely horrifying has ever happened. It’s hard not to get a Twin Peaks vibe from this new teaser, but next month, Riverdale will premiere and give you a look inside the world of the Archies that repeated listening of “Sugar, Sugar” never prepared you for…
So hey, want to see a dead body? When Jason Bloom, Cheryl’s twin bother, is found at the bottom of the river, it sets off a chain of secret of events where every secret in the town of Riverdale threaten to be exposed, up to, and including, Archie’s own affair with Ms. Grundy. (That’s still difficult to digest). But seriously, watching the teaser, all that’s missing is the Angelo Badalamenti score to make this almost completely like Twin Peaks. Wonder if Pop Tate’s serves damn good coffee and cherry pie? Let’s watch the teaser, shall we?
And check this out, a very Peaksian inspired poster to go along with the Peaks-inspired trailer.
The detailed plot synopsis (in case you’re interested):
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music and not follow in his dad’s footsteps despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Now Archie has no one to mentor him, certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse).
Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves, which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick), aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between Veronica and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows.
Archie and the gang return in Riverdale, premiering on January 26, 2017 on the CW.