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The CW’s bizarre, subversive drama based on the characters in the Archie comics airs weekly on Netflix in Canada and it is a substantial cult hit. Much talked about the day after a new episode airs. Little wonder.
The CW calls it “The O.C. meets Twin Peaks,” but it often leans more into David Lynch territory rather than staying in place as a high-school show. Written with sublime wit and the sort of references that stick in your mind for ages, it is adult, yet vastly entertaining on multiple levels.
Its strange gothic quality adds a spice to its take on the Archie universe. The love triangle of Archie, Betty and Veronica is a twisted, almost entirely new storyline now, with Betty and Veronica not enemies but seriously best friends forever. Where this puts Archie remains to be seen. The dialogue is so rich it is of baroque construction. At one point, Veronica says to Betty and Archie: “Can’t we just liberate ourselves from the tired dichotomy of jock, artist. Can’t we, in this post-James Franco world, be all things at once?”
And at one point, Archie is referred to as “the teen Outlander.” It’s unnerving how ambitious this concoction can be. You can catch up with existing episodes on Netflix in Canada.