Two lovers, torn apart by neighborhood rivalries; the Northside vs. the Southside.
Sounds a lot like Romeo and Juliet, doesn’t it? I hope Jughead and Betty’s love story has a happier ending, but with all the chaos that ensued this week, it doesn’t seem likely.
The Black Hood continues to reign terror down on the stick town of Riverdale. But a small town has a different version of “terror” because if you think about it, Black Hood has only actually killed one person.
Instead, he’s veered into playing mind games with Betty, who really needs to let that terrifying “Lollipop” ringtone die a slow death.
Everything that took place between Betty and BH, as I like to call him, cemented my theory that the masked killer is actually her father Hal. Black Hood called her up to tell her that he’s pretty much obsessed with her and wants her all to herself. Then, he threatened to kill everyone she cared about, including Polly, unless she removed them all from her life.
Disturbed? Yes. But think about it – how would he know so much about Polly unless he was living under the same roof as Betty. Hal sees all because he is a Cooper. Now, we must establish his motive.
First, let’s start with Veronica. Obviously, the Cooper’s have a lot of bad blood with the Lodge’s so having Betty be best friends with Veronica probably isn’t ideal. BH forced B to cut ties with her V in order to prove her loyalty and Betty did so in the meanest way possible by belittling Ronnie and basically saying she’s no better than her criminal father.
V was tripping hard on some Jingle Jangle so thankfully, she didn’t really take it to heart. But Archie witnessed it, as did most of Riverdale’s finest, and knew that Betty wasn’t acting in the right mindset. Sure enough, she revealed that BH was still making calls and testing her loyalty. It wasn’t enough that she outed her mother as a Serpent in The Register. Also, can we just say Alice is the biggest hypocrite there ever was? Yet, I’m intrigued; what did she do in her heyday, when and how did she cut ties with the serpents, who was she sleeping with, is Betty’s mystery brother actually FP’s son!?
Next up on Black Hood’s list is Jughead. Obviously, there’s some tension between them already since he’s officially transferred schools. Anyone else notice that he still hasn’t been placed with a foster family and is just living all by himself in the trailer and joining a gang? Not that it matters because we know Juggie is capable of taking care of himself, even though his decision-making skills aren’t the best.
While Betty kept her dealings with the Black Hood a secret from him because she thought she was protecting him, Jughead kept his decision to join the Serpent’s officially from her. They were both going through their own initiations; Betty to establish loyalty with BH, Jughead to establish loyalty with the Serpents.
He kept telling himself that he would join the gang to keep the peace like his father had done, but something tells me Jughead’s interested in just “fitting in” and having a group that’s ride or die for him. And that’s no joke; after you make the decision to join, you can have to be willing to die for them because they will die for you.
The final portion of the hazing includes getting the shit beat out of you by your so-called “brothers and sisters.” It’s definitely hard to see Jughead go down this path but the change has been happening for weeks now, we just didn’t want to believe it. And seeing him rep his Southside attire made him really hot.
Since BH ordered Betty to break up with Jughead, she sent in Archie to do her dirty work. He warned her that they might lose Jughead forever but she was certain that this was irreversible. After seeing him be so cold to Archie, I don’t think it’ll be that easy. Understandably so because in his eyes, Betty didn’t even have the nerve to break up with him herself. I just hate to think that the two strongest characters on the show, who trusted each other completely, are going to be feuding now.
Betty didn’t follow BH’s orders without getting something in return. Each time she did what he asked, she was able to ask a question. So while his identity is still a big question mark, at least we know Betty would recognize his face. If that doesn’t scream “Hal Cooper” to you, I don’t know what does. BH says he was at the town hall meeting but we never saw Hal there. He knew that Betty’s favorite childhood book was Nancy Drew.
Instead of revealing his identity in the final phase, BH led Betty to an abandoned house where he forced her to put the mask on and face herself. He wanted to prove to Betty that they are “the same,” and not only did she look just like Hal in the mask but it would make sense why they’d be “similar.” Although once again, what is his motive?
When BH realized or finally admitted that he knew that Betty was telling Archie everything, he once again threatened to kill Polly, in a gruesome way. As she begged to spare her sister, he asked for another name of someone who deserved what was coming. At first, Betty was hesitant — how could she just lead someone to their death to pay for their sins. But when pressured she offered up Veronica’s friend Nick St. Clair.
Now look, Fred, Midge and Moose might have been up to no good, but it was never at the level of seriousness that rape is. Nick was basically the TV version of every man in Hollywood right now. He came to town with his parents and Veronica’s initiation into a role at Lodge industries required her to butter him up so his parents made the deal.
Except things took a turn for the worse when Nick began showing his true colors. Drugs were the first warning sign, him coming on to V and calling her a tease even when she said ‘no’ was a major second sign. And it all led to him drugging Cheryl and leading her stumbling body into a room where he was going to take advantage of her.
Thankfully, Veronica and the Pussycats saw it happen and stormed into the room just in time to kick some ass. I’m usually not a proponent of violence but in this case, he had it coming. So in a sense, he was just BH bait this whole time.
Why is Veronica hanging out with these kinds of people? We know she has a bad-girl past but drugs and skeezy dudes? Come on Vee!
While I’m glad Cheryl got a storyline, I still need them to find a way to utilize her a little better.
And of course, the final nail in the Bughead coffin was when Jughead revealed that Betty broke up with him and Toni swooped right in and kissed him. I tried to hate her, I really did but she’s not a bad person. She’s a different breed than Betty; she grew up tougher and she connects with Jughead on a mental level. It’s obvious that she’s been very attracted to him since day one but respected his relationship. Seeing him become one of her own and finding out he was single finally opened the door to make her move. Do I hate that Jughead is in the arms of another woman right after breaking up with Betty without even calling her to clarify her motives? Of course but can you blame the guy? He’s been forced to become the very thing he tried so hard not to be.
Thoughts on this week’s Riverdale? Who do you think Black Hood is? If it isn’t Hal, another theory is that the masked killer is Betty’s brother Chic and she’s part of it as Dark Betty, her dissociative personality alter ego, which was saw in season 1. Remember when she told Jughead that there was this evil inside of her and she didn’t know how to control it? Well, this might be why; she doesn’t even remember switching to this alter ego! But everything that BH knows is what Betty would somehow know or things she’d have access to. And it would really explain the “we are the same” part.
I also wonder if BH ships Betty and Archie. He seemed rather upset that she was telling Archie everything they’d talked about but he didn’t really punish her for it. Therefore, maybe he wanst Jug and Vee out of the picture so these two could be?
Are you a fan of the darker, and often times, spookier Riverdale? Are you rooting for Toni and Jug?
Riverdale – Labor Day (3×01)
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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Come Riverdale Season 3, the writers are finally giving the people what they want — more screen time for the aforementioned hot parents.
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