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Riverdale – A Night To Remember (2×18)

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Welcome to Carrie the musical, bitches.

I’m really not a fan of musicals because let’s face it, they can be a trainwreck but like most things, this horror-musical worked all too well in the quirky, murderous town of Riverdale.

Who knew this town and its resident wholly embodied the thriller’s characters?

There was Alice, the worried and abandoned mother; Veronica, the rich, entitled mean girl; Archie, the hero who lost his way but always did the right thing in the end; Betty, the good girl next door; and of course, Cheryl, the girl who has faced years of abuse from her diabolical mother.

Any mother who doesn’t let her daughter participate in after-school activities is the definition is the worst. 

Part of why the musical worked so well is because the writers found a way to tell the story authentically through the episode.

Strange occurrences started happening around the original Carrie, Cheryl’s brush with death when the sandbag almost took her out, just like in the film.

At first, everyone chocked it up to simple coincidence or a student scorned about not getting the part.

Then, notes from the Black Hood started appearing, although, once again, it was a fake-out because we all know the hooded-figure wouldn’t actually spend time cutting out letters from a magazine. What kind of sicko would emulate the town’s worst killer for their own amusement?

Ethel was the number one suspect and while I can see her going to those lengths, especially as she was vying for Cheryl’s part in the first place, I don’t think she actually had it in her to murder.

Because, of course, this is a horror-movie inspired episode and much like in the musical, things took a violent, dark and unexpected turn except this time, it was Midge as Carrie who became the victim.

Yes, we’ve dealt with murder before but that scene was terrifying; the stuff of nightmares!

Obviously, the question of “who-dun-it” lingers and will carry over into the following episode.

I’m going to put my detective cap on quickly and say that whoever wanted Cheryl out of the picture knew that Midge was her understudy. Cheryl was never the target, they just needed to spook Kevin off enough so that he would replace her. Midge was always the target,

Therefore, it couldn’t have been Ethel because her feud was with Cheryl. I’d see her going to great lengths to punish Veronica but not Midge so I’m eliminating her from my suspect list.

Before the show kicked off, there was a minor but tense moment between Fangs and Midge in the dressing room. It almost seemed as if Kevin had walked it on his boyfriend and Midge hooking up which would give him a motive, but I don’t think Kevin would kill a fly.

However, shortly after, we saw Moose angrily darting through the hallway and pushing Jughead out of the way. Since Moose is Midge’s boyfriend, maybe he found out about the affair and “took care of it.”

We also can’t rule out creepy-as-hell Chic since he was backstage when he wasn’t supposed to be and was the only one who was sitting calmly in the panicked audience at the end of the episode in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

I don’t really think Chic would have anything to gain from crucifying Midge like that but you never know.

If Betty is so spooked by her own brother, why did she invite him in the first place?

Jughead’s terribly-recorded footage will likely play a huge role in finding out who the murderer was. At least all of his hard work will pay off and he’ll even get a good high-school musical turned murder documentary out of it. I’m sure he could sell it to Netflix.

And don’t worry, just cause Midge didn’t get to wear the iconic blood-drenched prom dress doesn’t mean it was completely omitted from the episode.

Cheryl, whose middle name may as well be Carrie at this point, finally took back control of her life. For some time, it seemed like Cheryl had lost her edge, but Toni was there to remind her that she once burned down Thornhill so she could take on a bully like her mother.

And Cheryl marched right in, covered in blood, threatening to set fire to everything again if she didn’t get what she wanted — emancipation and Thistlehouse. Oh, and Nana Rose because obviously, she wasn’t going to leave behind dear old gran with those pigs. Is this the end of Penelope as we know it? I really do hope so.

The episode was jam-packed with storylines, some of them never really got to shine before it was on to the next scene.

In case you forgot, Riverdale is still deeply embroiled in the battle for a new Mayor and the showdown is happening between two former lovers Fred Andrews and Hermione Lodge.

No one is more torn about this than Archie and Hiram hopes to utilize this by making sure ensuring that he drives a wedge between Fred and Archie.

However, it seems Hiram underestimated Archie and his loyalty to his father because after he visited Fred simply to brag and dangle the car he bought his son in his face, Archie finally saw what kind of man he really was.

Shortly after, Archie returned the Thunderbird and told Hiram never to come between him and his dad again because he will lose. There’s the Archie we’ve always loved!

He’s not some spoiled kid who drives fancy cars or can be bribed by expensive gifts — he’s the sensitive jock who fixes up old cars with his dad and supports him effortlessly.

Alice Cooper has finally realized that her overpowering ways have pushed everyone away so she’s holding onto whatever is still familiar by joining the high school play and re-living her glory days.

I guess it would also explain her renewed interest in FP Jones, however, I’m disappointed that after pursuing him, she ended up right back with Hal. Obviously, there is absolutely no love left in their marriage if the man didn’t even know she was allergic to Peonies.

And do I really have to remind everyone that he’s been finding comfort with charlatan Penelope? Gross.

Last we checked, Hal thought being free of Alice was a blessing so why the change of heart?

It truly broke my heart to see FP show up at the play to support Alice before seeing her back in Hal’s arms. Come on, we were so close!

Other Thoughts

  • Betty and Veronica sounded angelic when they harmonized. They should do that every episode.
  • Archie’s dancing should win some award. He can pull off so much but dancing is not one of those things.
  • How are they all such good singers? Was that a casting requirement? Even fricking Barb can sing! Yes, she will always be Barb to me.
  • Do they really have a Lovers Lane in Riverdale?
  • Archie’s face when Alice broke down via sing-song should probably also win an Oscar or something.
  • Whose blood did Cheryl have smeared all over her? I rooted for our girl, but I was also terrified of her. Hey, that’s what you get for succumbing your daughter to conversion therapy!
  • Betty was a bit of a hypocrite for calling out Veronica for being a terrible friend when like Archie said, V forgave her for all the stuff Blackhood made her do. However, I have no remorse for Veronica who stands by idly and watches her parents manipulate everyone and only do what’s in their best interest.

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Riverdale – The Midnight Club (3×04)

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This is how our parents came to be.

It all goes back to a dangerous and unexpected game that has weaseled its way back into the halls of Riverdale high and forced Alice, FP, Ciara, Hermione, Fred, Hiram and Tommy to re-live what was known as the age of “The Midnight Club.”

Understanding the origins of Griffins and Gargoyles simultaneously answered many questions we had about the parents’ past.

For starters, Alice was already pregnant with FP’s baby when they all landed in detention, FP was a jock with a promising future but his father was abusive, and much like Archie, Fred carried the burden of the world on his shoulders since his father was gravely ill.

However, the most surprising revelation was that Penelope isn’t actually a Blossom. As the teens were all sharing secrets, she revealed that she grew up at The Sisters of Quiet Mercy before getting adopted by a couple who groomed her to go from being Clifford’s sister to his life companion.

Gross, right? I never thought I’d say this but you actually have to feel bad for Penelope.

As for Hermione, we’re more understanding of her decision to spend the rest of her life with Hiram Lodge because she didn’t want to clean toilets like her mother. She thought Hiram had it all figured out, but little did she know, she’d have to give up her freedom for this life of luxury.

I had my expectation set pretty low for this episode, but I’ll gladly admit that it exceeded them all and then some!

Everyone did such a phenomenal job getting into the roles of the parents. Yes, there were moments where I had to remind myself that I was watching Alice Smith and not some dark version of Betty again, but otherwise, it was great fun seeing them in these reimagined roles.

Biggest props go to Cole Sprouse for really nailing FP’mannerisms and swag. Also, the wardrobe department definitely knew what they were doing!

As G&G spreads through the halls of present-day Riverdale High, Betty becomes increasingly curious about what her mother knows about it. Especially since she and FP were so triggered by Jughead having the rule book.

It’s going to take a lot more than Hermione making a plea for everyone not to play the game to stop them from playing the game.

Doesn’t she know that telling someone they can’t do something only makes them want to do it more? That’s like psych 101.

Therefore, Hermione just ensured that all the kids were going to be playing it.

After a call from the morgue, Betty finally had concrete proof that someone died with blue lips when her mother was in high school and so Alice has no choice but to fess up to what really happened during a year that “smelled like teen spirit.”

Cue the flashbacks.

The game was found in a teacher’s secret drawer and served as their escape from a grim reality.

What started out as innocent fun soon turned into a full-on addiction. Before they knew it, they had ditched the board and began role-playing characters and quests, even joining forces with an opposing team which included Hiram and Tommy. Who knew those two would ever be on the same team?

Eventually, they received mysterious invites to an ascension party which turned into a Fizzle Rocks induced party.

It’s important to note that none of them fessed up to organizing the event nor did any of them know ascension meant “dying for the cause.”

Alice was the only sober one the whole night because, you know, she was pregnant.

Therefore, she’s the only one who saw the chalices filled to the brim with blue liquid, which they later found out killed Principal Featherhead, and she was the only one who saw the terrifying Gargoyle King in the flesh.

Fearing that someone would blame them for the crime if they knew they were doped up and trespassing, they made a pact never to talk about what happened.

Those of you that guessed the parents’ secret would be a darker take on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” you were pretty accurate.

That night is also what changed them and formed them into the people — the strangers — they are today.

Fred gave up music after his father died to work at the fam business, the Catholic school girl went against her mother’s wishes and began a lifetime of compromises with petty criminal Hiram Lodge, Romeo and Juliet aka Tom and Ciara took their curtain call because they were too “different,” game master Penelope became a pawn and grew a liking to Thornhill and Clifford (hey, Jason!), high school MVP FP became a greaser gang member, and Alice traded in her Serpent jacket for a Betty pink blazer and a jock named Hal Cooper.

Ah, so many decisions they were going to regret one day! Don’t you wish you could go back and try to stop them?

While the G&G backstory is illuminating, it still doesn’t tell us who is responsible for resurrecting the game in the present day nor does it reveal who tried to poison one of their own when Featherhead became an unintentional victim.

Based on Betty’s assumptions, someone from the Midnight Club had to be responsible then and could very well be responsible now.

This brings us to our latest mystery — who is the Gargoyle King?

I have to point out that in the flashbacks, I didn’t see much of FP Jones running amok in the halls. However, given how terrified he was of the game returning, I don’t think he’s responsible.

However, Hiram Lodge was a petty criminal then and he’s certainly only gotten worse. Not to mention, he was the one who brought the drugs in the first place.

For someone who is constantly trying to keep his reign on Riverdale and incite fear, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was behind the resurrection of a game that preys on impressionable minds and induces paranoia, delusions and violence.

How is any of that different than what he did to Archie last season?

Not only are we trying to figure out who is behind the game, but as we see, Betty now has a problem with Jughead being addicted to the game.

If the scene we saw towards the end was real and not a hallucination on her part then Jughead is a goner.

The deranged look in his eyes paired with talk of getting to the third level, ascending and beating “him” shows us that he’s in too deep.

Will Betty be able to save him?

And let’s not forget that The Farm is still in Riverdale and could very well have played some part the spreading of the game.

Other Thoughts

  • Fibes instead of Forbes. Riverdale’s twists on everyday objects and places is always hilarious.
  • I need adult FP and Fred to recreate that streaking scene. Pretty please.
  • I really love that what’s old is new again. I didn’t know Ciara and Tommy dated back in the day but the revelation makes their relationship so much more logical now.
  • FP tries to hook up with Hermione! Weird.
  • Fred and Alice hooked up while she was pregnant! Scandalous!
  • The old school version of the game allowed the cast to become versions of their comic book characters! Did you see Juggie’s crown?

What did you think of the flashback episode?

Did it give you some insight and a better understanding of the parents? Were you hoping for more? Are you a fan of the G&G storyline? Were the parents always monsters? Did the game turn them into monsters?

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Riverdale – As Above, So Below (3×03)

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The Farm and a deadly game of Griffins and Gargoyles have to be connected in some way.

And, although, it might take Jughead and Betty a little longer to prove it, one thing is for certain: Evelyn Evernever is not to be trusted!

Betty pointed out that game started around the same time that the Farm rolled into town, a farm she believes to be a cult.

She wouldn’t be too off the mark either as The Farm operates just like other famous cults including Scientology.

In an effort to find out more about the connection, and Evelyn’s newfound relationship with Ethel Muggs, Betty decided to express her interest in The Farm, which opened up a chapter on campus.

Evelyn immediately assumed that Betty was ready for her first session which included confessing your deepest darkest secrets so they could, without a doubt, use them against you in the future.

Betty wasn’t into it, but it didn’t really matter because Alice had already told The Farm everything including how they murdered Shady Man and buried the body.

Alice assures Betty it’s alright because The Farm would never use her testimony against her which further proves just how brainwashed she really is.

She trusts The Farm more than her own daughter and believes they have her back on everything when, in fact, she’s now their prisoner.

She’s given them enough ammo to use against her so she never leaves.

They also want to cut off Betty because she’s the voice of reason — the only logical person who might throw a wrench in their plans.

It’s infuriating that in a fit of rage, Betty revealed exactly what she thought about The Farm thus not being able to dig deeper into them.

There’s also something to be said that Betty and Ethel both having seizures in the presence of Evelyn that they will hopefully delve into further.

Furthermore, both The Farm and the game of G&G operate in similar ways in terms of prospects proving trustworthiness.

Betty had to share her secrets to earn her way in while Jughead needed to prove his worthiness by playing the game and drinking a chalice filled with Gargoyle’s blood aka the Fresh Aid mixed with the poison. Yep, exactly the kind that killed Doiley.

Jughead’s desire to secure the rulebook was greater than rational thought so she drank the chalice and hoped for the best.

His was poison free, thankfully, but Ethel drank the remaining juice thus ingesting the poison purposefully.

Jughead rushed her to the hospital where they successfully reversed the effects and put her on suicide watch. It’s necessary because Ethel has those “victorious” crazy eyes.

The one good thing about this dark storyline is that dear old Ethel is guaranteed more screentime.

At this point, I don’t know who is more brainwashed Ethel or Alice. It’s disturbing that a young woman would be so brainwashed she’d willingly kill people in the name of the game, think that her death will ascend her to some greater level and leave her fate in the hands of some coin.

However, whatever or whoever this Gargoyle King is — he looks pretty real — he’s proven to be stronger than any psych hold because, in the end, Ethel is freed from the straps and bows down to the tree-like figure assuring him she’s already somehow spread his gospel.

Did she have help?

The addition of G&G not only makes for an unpredictable season, it forces the parents to pay for their sins. There’s a reason FP and Alice are so adamant about Betty and Jughead not digging into this game any deeper; it implicates them!

When FP found Jughead with the manual and noticed his blue lips signifying that he played the game, he freaked out which in turn proved Betty’s point that the parents aren’t being upfront with information.

Don’t they see how dangerous this has become and that they need the full story to stop it?

I’m disappointed in FP for being oblivious about the dangers of The Farm, as well. Has he not seen a change in Alice’s attitude?

Their sex scene, hot as it was, was also bittersweet because it was a recommendation from The Farm. What do they want from FP? Are they hoping Alice recruits him eventually?

I wonder how FP would feel if he found out Alice was going around airing out her business, business that would implicate him, Jughead and even Betty.

Elsewhere, Hiram continued declaring war on Archie and Veronica.

He’s after Ronnie’s speakeasy by sending the Ghoulies and Minetta to do his dirty work.

There’s no easy way to defeat Hiram because he’s stacked with supporters at every corner.

His gang-like presence in the city ensures that he’s untouchable.

It doesn’t matter that the Serpents and Ronnie were able to break into the Whyte Worm and prove he’s running a rogue Jingle Jangle operation when the minute she told him, he moved it to a different location.

And even if he hadn’t, what would Ronnie do? Take the pictures to the authorities? Minetta wouldn’t care, and while the FBI may seem menacing, he probably has someone on his payroll there too.

Therefore, while her chic speakeasy opening went off without a hitch, it probably won’t be that seamless every time.

As for Archie, he basically became the Warden’s new bitch.

Regardless of Archie’s strategy for human cage fighting, he was constantly shooting himself in the foot because the Warden is Hiram’s man which means there is no winning.

When he ended the fight with one punch, he found out that the Warden didn’t like short fights because there was no entertainment factor.

When he extended the fight and took all the punches before finally nailing down the last hit, he found himself impressing the Warden so much he inadvertently did what Mad Dog warned him not to do.

And apparently, he didn’t come to the realization beforehand that Hiram is the mastermind behind his lock-up and he has everyone, including the Warden, in his pocket.

I bet Archie is really regretting thinking that Juvie would make him repent for his sins. All of his decisions let the Lodge’s win; he was doing exactly what Hiram wanted him to.

Little did Hiram know, everything that transpired between him and Archie last season was actually preparing and toughening him up for this very test. Archie is way stronger than anyone believes.

Instead of feeling defeated, Archie devised a plan to help all of his cage fighting teammates, Joaquin included, escape.

Will they get away with it?

Obviously, Fred knows something is awry especially when the Warden told him he couldn’t visit his son.

What are your thoughts? Will the Ghoulies prove to be a problem for Ronnie?

Will Archie find a way to escape? He doesn’t even know about the darkness that is G&G looming over Riverdale right now.

We’re really missing him at all the school-related functions.

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Riverdale – Labor Day (3×01)

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Riverdale has a knack for finding an even balance of light and darkness within every episode.

Following the summer hiatus, the series picked things up with Archie’s arrest for the murder of Cassidy Bullock, the lakehouse teen we presume (cause we never saw a body) was murdered by Hiram Lodge’s lackey, Andre.

Mary returned from Chicago to defend her little boy from the monster that is Hiram Lodge. Basically, everyone in Riverdale knows that Hiram is framing boy-next-door and yet, they can’t do anything about it. Sounds like what’s happening in our country right now.

My biggest gripe is with Veronica because her father basically confessed to doing all of it to spite her because she disobeyed him and chose Archie over family. Why is she still sticking around the house? Doesn’t she own Pops? Doesn’t she have an inheritance? Can’t she move in with Betty?

Ronnie confronted her mother for staying by her father’s side and finally, Hermione admitted to what we’ve all known — she’s stuck in a loveless marriage and she’s terrified of her husband.

Hiram may be punishing Ronnie by putting Archie behind bars, but he would never hurt her; the same cannot be said for Hermione.

We knew Hiram was dangerous, but for his own wife to fear for her life is she doesn’t obey him? That’s a new level.

How long before she joins Fred, Sheriff Keller, and FP Jones in the takedown of Hiram? There’s strength in numbers.

Can we talk about how great that team-up is? The hot dads of Riverdale coming together to free Archie may be the most exciting revelation of the season. Don’t worry Mary, ya boys got this.

Archie taking the lawyer’s plea deal may have seemed stupid on the surface because, you know, he’s not actually guilty, but of all people in this town, he knows how Hiram operates.

He knows that there’s no winning against Hiram without outsmarting him. Hiram wouldn’t stop until he got what he wanted and he has the means to get away with it so taking this cop-out may have been the only way out.

Plus, his guilty admission now allows us to experience a new, edgier side of Archie in lock-up.

At least the teens spent the last few moments of Labor Day being carefree together.

Archie being framed for murder also united the Southside Serpents with the Northside. There’s nothing like going against a common enemy which in this case is Hiram and the Ghoulies.

The gang wars are intensifying but again, there is strength in numbers and the Southside Serpents are no longer the outcasts thanks to Betty becoming the Serpent Queen and Cheryl and Toni becoming the new “it couple.”

Wherever Archie is going, it has a tie-in with the new mystery enveloping Riverdale: a real-life Dungeon’s and Dragon’s game called Griffins and Gargoyles.

Jughead was immediately drawn into the new big bad when Dilton Doiley inadvertently came to him for help.

When the writers said the new season would be much darker, I didn’t expect the new mystery to be ritualistic in nature. Though after having a masked murderer terrorize the town, what else is there to explore?

Jughead followed the devilish symbols to a human sacrifice, but who is responsible for this game?

It’s only a matter of time before he loops in real-life Nancy Drew, Betty.

Does this also mean the mystery of the Black Hood is completely over? Are we to accept that her father was the masked murderer?

The devilish symbols also appeared when Archie was on the bus to lock-up so it’s to be expected that somehow, his arrest and this new town mystery are somehow connected.

And if that wasn’t enough weirdness for you — hey, at this point, it’s expected — there’s Alice’s new Farm-like outlook on life.

After finding out her husband is a serial killer, Alice has been seeking out therapy from Edgar Evernever, the man Polly credits with helping her cope with Jason Blossom’s death.

The farm hasn’t really been explored but it’s definitely some kind of cult that poison’s a person with their beliefs.

Off the bat, Betty realizes that her mother is feeding into what this cult leader is telling her and she’s having one of it.

On a certain level, Alice is right telling Betty that she has to “deal” with what happened instead of trying to pretend it didn’t which is what she’s been doing by throwing herself into Archie’s defense team and popping Adderall like it’s Smarties.

Polly has never seemed too menacing and she’s always had a sisterly bond with Betty but during this episode, it seemed like she was out to get Betty. Like the Farm taught her the “you’re either with us or against us” mentality.

Based on Polly selling her sister out for making up the therapy sessions, the Farm doesn’t appreciate when members form their own opinions.

Polly didn’t tell Alice about Betty’s lies because she worried, she wanted to strain their relationship.

It’s only a matter of time before Polly and Betty have a falling out.

However bad “not dealing” with your father’s murderous ways may be, satanic circles and human sacrifices are way worse.

Or at least that’s what Betty thought she was seeing right before she fainted.

This storyline can go one of three ways: Betty is really going overboard with the Adderall and she imagined Polly and Alice sacrificing twins Juniper and Dagwood, Alice is a witch who is tapping into her powers, or Betty is a witch whose powers enacted when she almost saw her nieces die in the fire.

Knowing Riverdale, it will probably be the more extreme version.

There have been rumors of more supernatural occurrences in Riverdale and with the addition of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in Greendale, the next town over, I wouldn’t even question it.

Riverdale is now a town that’s much more than it’s maple syrup and murders.

What are your thoughts on the premiere season 3 premiere?

Will FP save Alice from Edgar? Will Betty finally be forced to confront her inner demons? Will Archie be okay?

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