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Archie's Weird Mysteries DVD review

The fun-loving teens of the Archie Comics universe go paranormal in “Archie's Weird Mysteries”
by Matthew Price Published: April 27, 2012
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‘Archie's Weird Mysteries'

The fun-loving teens of the Archie Comics universe get a paranormal twist in “Archie's Weird Mysteries,” a cartoon series that originally ran from 1999-2000.

Animation has advanced a lot in the decade-plus since the show originally aired, and the stories are of its time. While the show might recall “Scooby-Doo” with its premise of teens investigating supernatural events, “Weird Mysteries” posits that these strange events actually are happening. The plots seem like kid-friendly versions of things that might have appeared on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “The X-Files.”

In each episode, high school newspaper reporter Archie Andrews digs into strange events that have been taking place in Riverdale since an experiment in the high school physics lab went awry. A parade of B-movie style monsters finds its way to Riverdale, with spooky specters that include vampires, zombies, swamp creatures and more.

In addition to the ghostly goings-on, the cartoons continue the themes from the comics: Red-haired Andrews continues his eternal love triangle between pleasant blond Betty Cooper and glamorous but spoiled brunette Veronica Lodge. His best friend is the odd Jughead Jones, who never met a hamburger he didn't like; his main rival for Veronica's affections is the arrogant Reggie Mantle. The science nerd Dilton Doiley often finds himself at the center of the oddball occurrences in the episodes.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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