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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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Riverdale – Brave New World (2×22)

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And that’s a wrap on season 2 of Riverdale.

The good news is Jughead didn’t die.

The bad news is Riverdale is a complete mess run by the nefarious Hiram Lodge. And he’s unstoppable; immune to any and all feeble attempts to thwart his mastermind of a plan to take over the town.

In fact, his transition is almost complete as he has all of his pawns in place. Those pawns have revealed themselves to be Penelope Blossom and what may be Cheryl’s real father or his twin brother, Penny Peabody, the new (useless) Sheriff, and the Ghoulies.

Man, I hate this group already.

As Jughead put it, the night where all of Riverdale turned on each other was Hiram’s orchestrated mousetrap and he walked right into it when he “surrendered” himself to the Serpents.

While he was unconscious, the Serpents went to battle with the Ghoulies anyway to avenge him but they were outnumbered.

According to FP, many of them joined the Ghoulies, others left town, but basically, the Serpents were “no more.”

Given how dedicated Jug was to the gang, he simply couldn’t accept that. Heck, this is exactly why FP decided to step down and let Jug rule.

And when he found out many of them were living at the Whyte Worm because they had nowhere else to go after losing the trailer parks in the battle, he decided to help them.

But a good leader cannot do it alone and so Jughead got assistance from Archie, the Bulldogs, Cheryl and the most unlikely ally, Veronica. They always say, no bond is stronger than two people who hate the same person.

Veronica did the Serpents a solid and figured out exactly what her father’s plan was — purchasing the remaining property, the Whyte Worm, would make him the owner of the whole Southside.

So, naturally, Veronica purchased the establishment right from under Hiram’s nose. However, when she found out that he fired FP from Pop’s, she decided to make an even change — the Whyte Worm for Pop’s, the last place in town that belonged to her and her friends.

Once the exchange was complete, Veronica revealed her plans to re-open a speakeasy in the basement of Pop’s and offered the manager job to FP. See, when she wants to be, V can do so much good for the right side and so much damage to the opposing team.

And since Archie and Cheryl, the newest Serpent, opened their doors to the Serpents, they didn’t even need the Southside.

It seems that Hiram’s tyrannical ways united unlikely enemies and made the town much stronger.

And when you have an army that’s fighting the same enemy, it’s easier to defeat them.

However, it seems Hiram still has a few aces up his sleeve and he’s not pleased with the defiance he’s getting from Veronica and Archie.

I get that Archie was trying to assert himself and prove to Hiram that he’s no longer his little bitch, but man, why would you go and poke the devil?

He was basically asking for what happened as he was being sworn in as President of the student council!

The worst part is that there’s no way to prove that Archie didn’t kill that guy in the forest.

We know Andre was responsible but he’s conveniently dead so he can’t really defend Archie.

And since the Sheriff, again useless, is on Hiram’s payroll, he won’t be any of assistance.

Will the town of Riverdale be able to save Archie? Is Archie the glue that Hiram said holds Veronica, Jughead and Betty together? It’s comical that he thinks he can dissolve that friendship. They’ve had their moments and turned on each other but just like the town, it’s made them stronger than ever.

We can’t forget that we’re still dealing with the mystery of the Black Hood.

I mean, the Sheriff assures us that they’ve found the second masked killer — Tallboy.

And Jughead believes it because Tallboy has been known for doing Hiram’s dirty work. However, the way he told Archie that “it was Tallboy, no question about it,” made it seem a little suspect.

Also, they just shot and killed him so again, Tallboy has no defense and Hiram gets off scot-free.

Betty may have washed her hands of the family darkness for good, but I doubt this is the last we’ve seen of Hal.

He insisted that she was the only one who shared his darkness but seeing Polly’s face when she tried to convince her mother to “talk to someone” from the farm made me believe otherwise.

What is that girl really up to? Why aren’t we more invested in her life? For all we know, she could be working with Hal which is why he left her out of it completely.

If this was such a family “issue,” why wasn’t she looped in?

I love that Jughead will be leading the Serpents, but I hope that doesn’t mean FP won’t be in the picture at all. Jughead may be ride-or-die for the gang but he also needs guidance from the man that’s been doing it the longest.

Also, does anyone find it odd that Betty is never there for his major events? Maybe when she officially joins the Serpents and becomes his Queen, it’ll change.

Other Thoughts

  • Hermione won the mayoral race which is fine considering she’ll be on Team Fred, Archie and Veronica. Given that Hiram has left her out of his shady town folk meetings, it’s likely he senses that she’s no longer his blind follower.
  • Was the election rigged? If all of the Southside came out to the polls, how did he lose?
  • Loved seeing all of Riverdale High unit and support the Serpents by rocking their attire.
  • How long do you think Veronica will last without her legacy, her credit cards, her money? This finally means Hiram doesn’t have a hold over her anymore.
  • Jughead and Betty babysitting was probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
  • Are Reggie and Josie dating?

Thoughts on the finale? What do you think will happen?

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Riverdale – Shadow of a Doubt (2×20)

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The Black Hood is back in full force on Riverdale and at this point, I’m not really sure who it is anymore. Or what his motive is. Or if it’s still one person.

Actually, there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to this town and what’s happening here.

Betty is so sure her father is the Black Hood, she confides in Cheryl, obviously, because she thinks that her history with a murderous father could possibly shed some light on what she should do next.

Cheryl is surprisingly forthcoming for her “dear cousin” and assures her that without concrete proof, a confession or both, she should “tread lightly” and pretend everything is normal.

Regardless of whatever transpires next, the Betty & Cheryl team-up is one I never thought I needed but am so grateful for. There really isn’t anything like family.

Cheryl helps Betty break into her father’s secret rental where they find Betty’s childhood book/ the one the Black Hood used to sent her the message she had to decipher way back when.

Betty believes this is a surefire guarantee that her father is the masked killer especially since after she confessed to sort of being in cahoots with the Black Hood, sending Chic his way, and not feeling any remorse, Hal told her that he too felt the “darkness.”

What even is this darkness we’re talking about? And what normal family responds to their daughter possibly admitting to murderous tendencies with, “I don’t know what to say.” Alice didn’t even seem phased.

Eventually, Betty did confront her father and he assured her that her theory was ridiculous.

But shortly after, Betty is seen sitting in front of her makeup mirror with the book and the black ski mask. She looks slightly unhinged and she calls her dad to “finish their convo” alone just like “he always wanted.” It seems like she’s convinced he’s the Black Hood and he acknowledges it. Though, he never shows up. Instead, the Black Hood goes knocking on Cheryl’s door and this is me praying that she doesn’t end up the next victim.

Also, I know people have been floating around the theory that Betty has multiple-personality disorder and I never really noticed it until now. Something is definitely wrong with this girl.

While Betty was confronting her true self or whatever, the rest of the town was rioting about Fangs’ release from prison.

Before I get to that, I have to back it up just a little and say that I was right about Midge having an affair with Fangs. However, neither Fangs nor Moose are the killer which means it has to be Black Hood. That didn’t stop the new Sheriff in town, who is in Hiram Lodge’s pocket, from arresting Fangs in front of everyone.

What ever happened until innocent until proven guilty? People clearly don’t believe seeing how everyone ganged up on him.

Jughead and the Serpent’s decided to get him to his getaway car by uniting and pushing through the mob but Reggie had other plans.

Now, Reggie is a whole separate story because he’s Hiram’s brand new lackey. Mr. Lodge has realized that he’s quickly losing control over Archie and decided to undermine him by telling Reggie that he needs to take control of the situation since the law can’t handle it.

Unlike Archie, Reggie is really impressionable and isn’t able to think for himself. He’s a follower not a leader so when Hiram overstepped Archie, Reggie was willing to do whatever necessary to make Fangs pay.

I don’t know if Archie has supersonic vision but he noticed that Reggie had a gun in his pocket while pushing through that sea of people. He was able to tackle him to the ground but someone took the shot anyway — was it Reggie’s gun? — and Fangs collapsed on the ground and bled out in the arms of his Serpents. Is he dead? Was it Joaquin who came back at FP’s request?

After Archie found out that Hiram went behind his back, he stopped being as loyal and put his own father, who has a Black Hood-sized target on his back, first much to Hiram’s dismay.

So yeah, Hiram Lodge is meddling with everything and using high school boys to do his bidding. I really didn’t see the point of Veronica hosting the son’s of Lodge’s enemies and listening to them propose her with a business opportunity that could unite the two families.

That seemingly made way for Ronnie to grow passionate about opening a legit casino in Riverdale because yes, that’s just what they are missing in this murderous town. However, Hiram didn’t even care to entertain the idea which again, made the whole thing pointless.

The good thing is that she finally saw her father for who he really was — an opportunistic monster, one that was willing to put her mother in the face of danger for money and business.

After that wretched debate, Veronica stopped by to tell Fred Andrews he had her full support because she “wholeheartedly” couldn’t support her father anymore.

Given Veronica’s loyalty to daddy, will this Andrews-siding be shortlived?

As for the debate, the Black Hood seized the opportunity to unload a bunch of bullets into the crowd with a specific aim at Fred. He did get that threat, remember?

Somehow, by the grace of God, no one was injured which leads me to believe that this wasn’t actually the Black Hood but rather some imposter. From what I remember, the Black Hood’s aim is beyond accurate.

Hal was also in the audience during the shooting which put a nail in Betty’s theory, however, there could be two Black Hood’s or Hal realized Betty was onto him and had to pay someone off to take on the role for a night.

Part of me really thinks that FP was the man shooting at the debate because of the shirt he was wearing, but I can’t be certain.

Other Thoughts

  • Betty and Cheryl went to the morgue to I.D a body but it wasn’t Chic. He has to be dead though, right?
  • Hiram really tried to manipulate Archie into putting together the Dark Circle so it would look like Fred couldn’t control his city. What an asshole.
  • I miss Sheriff Keller and all but Sheriff Minetta is a HOTTY!
  • The Ghoulies are out of prison and gunning for blood. I dare say there are too many twisted storylines to follow along without a second set of gang enemies!
  • And all of this happened during a Full Moon which proves my theory that people simply lose it during that astronomical time.

Is Cheryl going to die? Will Hal reveal himself as the Black Hood? Is he working with someone?

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Riverdale – Prisoners (2×19)

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Why hasn’t anyone come up with the idea to just move away from Riverdale?

The episode kicked off on a rather grim note; Midge’s funeral was gutted everyone in town and also made it clear that the Black Hood was back.

At least, that’s what Archie thought. Sheriff Keller was convinced that they “got” the original Black Hood when they captured Svenson because all the evidence stacked up against him — he was wearing the ski mask!

If that’s the kind of logic Keller has been operating with this whole time, I’m not surprised that there have been so many bodies and that Cheryl herself, manipulated by Hermione, wrote a scathing op-ed calling for Keller to step down. You had one job, Keller. One job. I can’t say I even feel bad for him at this point because maybe bringing a fresh set of eyes will help this town become less murderous.

However, if we’re thinking what Betty is thinking, maybe finding out the identity of the Black Hood isn’t such a bad idea.

I’ll cut to the chase here: all signs point to Hal Cooper being the Black Hood.

Now, I’m not saying that’s disappointing, but it also is too easy. We’ve all speculated it was Betty’s dad from the beginning since they shared the same eyes. How did Archie not make the connection? For a man who keeps saying “it’s in the eyes,” he should have done better.

Betty’s facial expression when she realized her father was actually the mastermind this whole time while they thought they were being so slick was priceless.

It’s entirely possible that Hal really did go look for her and the Black Hood is someone else but tell me, why has the Black Hood forged such a camaraderie with her? How does he know SO much about her? How would he have known about the murder that happened in the Cooper household and about how they covered it up? It makes sense.

We’ve always thought of Hal as the quiet one but he went and had an extramarital affair with someone as evil as Penelope Blossom. Of course, he’s capable of killing those he believes to be committing sins and ruining the town, a town he’s so intertwined with.

I cannot wait to explore this storyline further and find out what’s been fueling his fire. And most importantly, why did he target Archie’s father? Will he deny it if Betty brings it up?

It’s definitely odd that the Black Hood is advocating for a sin-free Riverdale and yet the man behind the mask was committing adultery and sleeping with a courtesan. Talk about morality, huh?

And even creepier is the fact that an adult man is targeting teens!

Did anyone catch the moment when Betty was on the phont with the Black Hood and Jughead asked her if it was her mother and she replied, “no it’s my dad.” Like, literally.

Then we have the second major reveal that actually made me breathe a sigh of relief — Chic is not Betty’s brother! Whew. But if he isn’t Betty’s bro, who the hell is he?

He was friends with the real Charles Smith, however, when he “lost control” one night, he accidentally killed him. Betty selling him out to the Black Hood to make him pay for deceiving the family, killing her brother and to keep their murderous secret, was what the writers really meany by Dark Betty coming out to play. That was ruthless but well deserved. Will her decision to basically lead a man to his death haunt her? Does it make her no better than the Black Hood?

And if Hal really is BH then that means he knew Chic was an imposter this whole time and just let it play out.

I’m a bit disappointed that we’ll never get to meet the real Charles but at least we’re done seeing Chic’s creepy face at every turn.

Another reveal that we already knew but still rejoiced in hearing Alice say it — Charles was her love child with FP! It’s a little tiresome to see her run to FP with every single problem and when she found out her child had reached out to her twice and ran right to FP’s trailer, it was a little pathetic.

Feeling guilty is a normal human reaction but why did he have to know all of a sudden? I’m glad FP marched in there to tell Jughead this was not his battle. Look, the Cooper ladies can handle this all on their own and sometimes, they need to clean up their own messes.

Plus, he has to prep for that awkward conversation that will surely follow all of this. With Hal being BH and FP being the original baby daddy, are we finally making room for a Serpent reunion? Are there any rules in the book that you cannot date the father of your son’s boyfriend?

So many storylines and reveals that had you in a tizzy and we didn’t even touch what went down with Archie and the Lodges.

Archie was on high-alert following the Black Hood’s return and he kept spotting the killer at every turn. I’m not sure who is worse at this point, the Black Hood or Nick St. Claire. He just can’t stay away from Riverdale, can he?

Nick brought a few of his boys with him for a payback mission;  they tied up Archie and called Ronnie for a million dollar ransom. In case you don’t remember, Archie paid Nick a little visit following his stint of roofing girls and trying to rape them and broke his legs leaving Nick with a permanent limp and a bad rep in the family business.

Veronica turned to her father for help but given that the St. Claire’s were also in the mob business, he couldn’t do much without setting a precedent. Not that Veronica needed his help, she’s a Lodge after all and perfectly equipped to handle an extortion.

She scrambled together some money for Nick and arranged a meeting. but when that wasn’t enough, he propositioned that she pay up by finishing what they started, in other words, finally sleeping with him.

Ronnie agreed and he rented out a suite which had a live-stream for Archie to watch while he was beaten and tied up.

However, Archie was able to set himself free and arrived at the suite to find Veronica had played Nick’s own game against him — she roofied him and then used him to get ransom money from his own family.

Hiram was upset but it wasn’t like he was going to do anything to save Archie because “he wasn’t blood,” which is complete bullshit considering they made a blood pact that put the Lodges first in Archie’s life.

You can make a blood pact with your girlfriend’s boyfriend, but you won’t treat him like family when it hurts your personal interests or becomes a liability.

Archie should have run far from Hiram after this but instead, he wanted to prove his loyalty further by getting his bones and promising to kill the Black Hood.

Seriously, can the teens in Riverdale just be teens? They should not be in cahoots with mafias and making deals about murders.

Also, can Archie really kill someone? Especially if that someone is Betty’s father?

Riverdale is full of monsters… some scarier than others.

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