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Riverdale – Judgment Night (2×21)

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Riverdale is burning to the ground, people are running amok like zoo animals, everyone is turning on each other and it is everything that Hiram Lodge has always dreamt of.

This week’s episode was borderline too much. Too many reveals, too much violence, too much for this small town to handle. The dark overtones are rapidly increasing, and I fear this show is going to go into a direction that no one expected, one of possibly dark magic? At some point, Betty is going to get so fed up with everything — I have no idea how she’s still processing everything — and will go nuclear.

What happened to a little bit of darkness and mystery intertwined with a normal high school drama and strained parent-child relationships? When did everything get so grim and morbid? Briefly, I forgot I was watching Riverdale and felt like I’d tuned into a slasher flick.

The Black Hood is back in full swing to take on the sinners of Riverdale which at the beginning of the episode is apparently Cheryl Blossom.

Following the popular theory that Hal Cooper is the Black Hood, Cheryl being targeted would make sense considering Betty just informed him that together they broke into his motel.

But Cheryl goes from classic horror movie screaming girl (she’s good at it too) to a devilish Robin Hood in a heartbeat and doesn’t hesitate to shoot the BH in the arm. Supernatural teasings? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

She calls cousin Betty (I crack up every time she says it) to warn her that her father is now an injured animal out for blood who he will hunt down even his own cubs. Yeah, it’s all really bizarre but this is Riverdale so Betty believes it because, on some twisted level, she already knows it’s her dad.

When she finds out that he’s checked into the ER, she rushes over only to find that he’s killed the doctor. If doctors are as scares as cops in this town, he really just messed up. Hal orders Betty to come home and threatens to slit her mother’s throat if she doesn’t. Okay, easy there Hal.

At home, we see a man that vaguely resembles the sweet and unsuspecting dad we’ve come to know. Hal shows a new, more menacing side as her orders them to side down and then plays them some home movies which basically show his mother coaxing him into some shady stuff.

Basically, the Conway’s knew that Papi Cooper killed Papi Blossom so Hal’s father, likely the original Candyman that went on a killing spree back in the day, shut them right up. Then, his mother convinced young Harold to persuade a young Svenson to point out the WRONG man in the lineup so “daddy” doesn’t go to prison. What a messed up childhood.

No wonder Hal has resorted to killing. It’s all he knows.

Throughout the video, his mother keeps repeating that they must do better and talking about sin which explains why BH wants the whole town to be rid of sinners.

He explains that Betty’s speech during a town hall about Riverdale “doing better” inspired him to pick up his father’s old habits which again, is super twisted. How do you misinterpret someone wanting the town to fix itself for “hey, can you kill a bunch of people?”

Hal also acknowledges that “darkness” inside of him which he now transferred to sweet, little Betty. How has he kept it bottled up for so long? And does this mean he believes she’s going to be the next to fall in line with this murdering family? Will she continue his missions? Obviously, she’s exhibited much interest in the case.

Alice really stuck it to him when she said he was always a mommas boy and told him that if he’s ridding sinners, he should start by removing himself first cause he’s not innocent after stepping out with Penelope. Oh, Hal, you hypocrite.

Hal would have definitely killed Alice had it not been for Betty’s decision to knock him over the head. Thank god these two have so much experience cleaning up bloody messes.

Can you even believe Hal would have killed them all in some manic sacrifice? And how offended is Polly right now that her dad doesn’t even care to kill her with the rest of the family? Talk about an outcast. Can you image her reaction when she finds all of this out?

Hal cannot be the only Black Hood because for starters, he was with Betty when some other hooded figure shot up the debate.

Hal acted like he had no idea who that person was but seeing his face in the cab after Archie and Mr. Andrews came walking by made me believe he knew the other person hiding behind the mask.

Does he have a twin? And if so, who?

I can’t imagine that Hal would attack Mr. Andrews simply because he slept with Hermione.

And seriously, I whooped in joy when Fred knocked out the Black Hood only to find myself cringing at at how stupid he was to turn his back on the man pointing a gun.

Thank god for those bullet-proof vests, courtesy of Sheriff Keller. He may not be running things in this town anymore but damn, the new guy isn’t off to a great start either.

For starters, Riverdale is clearly so messed up, they need more than one sheriff and a few patrolmen. Y’all need the National Guard to come in or something.

Cause as of right now, it’s just the town’s hottest dads teaming up to restore order. Not that I’m complaining or anything but still they probably need reinforcements.

They are out here braving the streets and looking like a damn snack. Can we have a show about just the dads? Please and thank you!

The Logde’s are completely ruthless but also, complete wimps.

On the most dangerous night in town, Hermione was at the Chronicle continuing to campaign while Veronica was turning over Mrs. Clump to the police for killing Fangs.

Yeah, Fangs died and despite the Southside/Riverdale feud going down, Reggie wasn’t responsible for his death. See, I knew that gun didn’t actually go off.

The whole feud was incited by Mr. Lodge himself who wanted there to be rioting so that everyone would turn a blind eye to his maniacal plans.

But seriously? You start riots and then skip town?

And when Reggie turned to him for help after being used as his lackey, his response was, “you’re on your own.”

Gee, thanks.

You know who is on their own? Hiram. For the first time ever, Hermione has finally accepted the reality that her husband is a monster who uses her as a shield and won’t ever take care of business himself.

Veronica helped her mother get there because man, Hermione really lost herself this season, moreso than any other character. Gone was the independent, no-bullshit woman we knew in season 1.

It also occurred to Ronnie that things with her father will never change when she found pictures of her affair with Fred in her father’s desk. He had no qualms about ruining two good people for his own personal gain. That’s all he’s been doing there since he came to town, she was just too busy being the doting daughter to realize. And she got Archie all messed up in it, as well.

But enough is enough. No one can stop Hiram except his own family and realistically, things have gotten way out of control.

When Papa Poutine’s crazed son came for revenge for his father’s death, he went after Hermione and Ronnie, not Hiram.

Hermione took shot him without hesitation, which again, how bold of her. Welcome back, girl. Though this likely isn’t the end of their mafia troubles!

Also, Andre is dead because no one comes out from working for the Lodge’s safely. How did they only have one measly bodyguard?

And don’t even get me started on all the Southside drama. Sometimes, when it rains it pours. Not only were they getting messy with the Northside, the Ghoulie’s came back to get revenge and they were spearheaded by #1 enemy, Penny Peabody.

At first, Penny kidnapped Toni to lure Jughead in because she’s still pissed about how he treated her. Cheryl was also there with her bow-and-arrow to save her girlfriend which may have been one of the weirdest moments of the night. And that’s saying quite a lot.

Since Jughead felt like everything that transpired as of late was his fault (kind of is), he decided to strike up a deal with Hiram, who was paying off the Ghoulies and Penny so that he could take control of Serpent land. Instead of the whole Southside gang, he would show up and take a beating.

And boy, did he.

I don’t know why Jughead thought being a martyr was better than being outnumbered with a full gang? Where is the logic?

If Hiram wanted to Southside so badly, why did he settle for just taking out Jug? Is one kid really such an obstacle? Even his own daughter is beginning to see right through him.

Penny even told him “this sacrifice is for nothing” — he foolishly believed Hiram would just let it go.

After he called to tell Betty goodbye, she informed FP who immediately realized what hs son was doing.

When they all arrived, FP came out distraught, holding a beat up, bloodied Jughead who, in turn, had his serpent tattoo sliced right off.

Oh, Jughead. You thought you had this whole gang thing figured out.

I’m surprised the Ghoulies had every chance to end him and just left him alive.

So yeah, like I said, lots of darkness to unpack here. And going into the season finale, I just don’t know where any of us stand.

It’s almost like we need some supernatural entities to stop Riverdale from combusting.

What happened to Penelope and Clifford and their whole plan? Who is the second Black Hood? Is Hal innocent and just pretending because the BH will kill him otherwise? Why is Hiram so gosh-darn evil even to his own family? Will Jughead survive?

Other Thoughts

  • Cheryl’s horror scream is perfection!
  • Archie throwing Molotov cocktails from the roof of Pop’s was comical.
  • The Ghoulies really need to get over their KISS obsession. It’s not cute.
  • There was apparently a bounty for the Black Hood’s head. Does that mean Betty and Alice are $1 million richer?

 

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