On this week’s Riverdale, Jughead dueled with Brett, Betty teamed up with her mother, Alice, to expose Brett for illegally recording people having sex, and Archie thwarted yet another murderer in town, but Riverdale’s spin-off, Katy Keene, which debuted tonight, had no outrageous storylines.
Compared to its sister show, Katy Keene was almost too normal with its hard-to-pronounce fashion designers, glitz, glamour, dreams, and drag.
For those tuning into the series because you wanted it to resemble Riverdale, you– may have been turned off, but those who came for some delightful escapism about following your dreams were likely sold on the message.
It’s hard to believe the series exists under the Archie Comics umbrella because this series exuded “The Devil Wears Prada” mixed with “Gossip Girl” vibes but without all the cattiness and well, gossip.
Katy Keene has arrived at the perfect time when society needs to be reminded that it’s okay to have a dream and even better to follow through on one.
Lucy Hale’s Keene is an optimistic, doe-eyed, aspiring designer who has been selling herself short by trying to fit into a personal shopper position at Lacy’s (you know, like Macy’s)!
Despite being exceptionally good at her job, her Miranda Priestly/ evil-step-mother-like-boss isn’t impressed with the enthusiasm or that she has other interests outside of the department store.
Katy is devasted that she’s passed up for a promotion at first, but it turns out to be a blessing in disguise because she would be accepting a position that doesn’t prioritize helping her tap into her greatness.
Her position with Francois, her fairy-god-mother is a saving grace proving that sometimes, we all need a little push in the right direction and the courage to take a chance.
Most of the characters start off seemingly getting their heart’s desire and quickly learning that a dream isn’t a destination, it’s a journey.
Josie arrives in New York from Riverdale, the murder capital of the world that she somehow survived and escaped, to pursue a music career.
Less than 24 hours after her arrival, she’s met a hunky guy from a record label who thinks she what it takes and wants to sign her. Furthermore, we find out that he’s basically royalty in NYC (think: Rockefeller).
It’s enough to make you say “yeah right” and roll your eyes until they risk popping out of your head, so it’s a good thing that Katy Keene establishes early on that this is too good to be true… sort of.
Alexander was honest about who he was, and he does truly believe in Josie, but the label his family owns isn’t convinced and they “pass” on giving her a record deal.
As they should. This is a city crawling with talent — everyone here has a dream, talent, and ambition to boot, so what makes Josie stand out?
The fact that she made it out of Riverdale alive is impressive, but she needs to get a little dirty; she’s too green now, she’s naive, optimistic, impressionable, and she needs more edge to make it as an artist.
Every success story has humble beginnings and struggles for a reason, and Josie needs that.
Then there’s Jorge aka Ginger Lopez who was told he’s “too gay for Broadway” as if that’s a thing.
Jorge teaches a lesson of perseverance and picking yourself back up after your pushed down over and over (and over) again.
People don’t like things that are different — it’s scary to them because they can’t understand it, and sadly, that’s the world we live in.
People like Jorge don’t get opportunities because of the way they look, speak, or move, but this show is also proof that our landscape is changing and the new generations are welcoming, loving, accepting, and encouraging.
Jorge is equally as great as himself and as Ginger, and we know they will eventually find their place in Broadway, it’ll just take some time.
Pepper is big-time and knows everyone whose anyone, but for now, it’s only talk as we’ve seen her hanging out with Katy, Josie, and Jorge for most of the episode. It’s not unbelievable that someone who does a handful of gigs would have friends who are just scratching the surface of their dreams, but it’s unlikely she’d be spending all her time with them.
There’s also an aura that reminds me of Tahani in The Good Place with all the name-dropping.
For a pilot episode, Katy Keene was chock-full of wisdom, character introduction, and major moments with the biggest coming on towards the end of the episode as KO proposes to Katy.
While all signs pointed to Katy being head-over-heels for KO, it doesn’t look like she’s sure of whether or not she wants to marry him.
There was a look of shock and excitement on her face, sure, but there was also uncertainty, and it’s a little worrisome.
However, the moment may have come too soon in the episode because the outcome bears no emotional weight for the audience.
We just met Katy and KO, and we only know what Katy has told us about their relationship, which isn’t much.
We like KO, but if he wasn’t around, we wouldn’t miss him because we’re not invested in his character yet.
It’s almost strange that the series decided to pull out the big guns so quickly, but maybe it’s purposeful.
Maybe the series wants us to know that we’ll never expect what’s coming next. If they can’t bring in all the craziness of Riverdale, at least they can bring in shocking twists that we never see coming.
In that regard, it’s established its tone and its purpose effectively.
- Josie made a comment that made it seem like they weren’t in high school anymore. Is the series set in the future?
- And if so, why isn’t Veronica a part of it since she said she was accepted to Bradford College in New York.
- Another indication that the show is set in the future is the death of Katy’s mother. On the Riverdale episode, she said her mom was gravely ill, but in the pilot, it seems like she’s passed.
- Considering Riverdale does flash-forwards, maybe the shows will catch up to each other by the end of the season?
- Errol the Prince and his “commoner” girlfriend are totally going to be Katy’s first clients, right?
The most exciting part about Katy Keene is that it allows for Riverdale crossovers. I’m always excited to see characters from Riverdale function in the real world.
What did you think of the Katy Keene premiere?
Katy Keene Review – Did Katy Make a Mistake Breaking Up with KO (1×08)
Why is it that a guy always moves on faster than a girl?
KO revealed that he was in a relationship with Xandra on Katy Keene and even said things were getting pretty serious.
It was obvious that something was brewing between KO and Xandra in prior episodes, but KO himself said that he wasn’t to jump into anything serious.
Fast-forward one episode and he’s in a full-blown relationship. You can’t blame Katy for being surprised.
Sure, she had a little rendezvous with Prince Erroll and sparks may have flown between her and Guy, but she’s still picking up the pieces from the breakup and hasn’t jumped into anything new yet.
Katy tried to make a friendship between her and KO work, which is understandable — he was a huge part of her life and essentially, the only family she had left.
But clearly, Katy never heard that you can’t be friends with your ex. If you are, you were either never in love with them or still are.
Katy is still very much in love with KO, and the more she’s around him and sees him moving on not only personally but professionally, she’s going to have regrets and think of “what ifs.”
It doesn’t help that KO’s naked Calvin Klein-esque ad is driving around New York City reminding her of what she gave up. That’ll get to anyone.
It’s hard to watch your ex flourish the moment he’s no longer in a relationship with you, but that was the very reason why KO and Katy broke up in the first place.
They both had different dreams and wanted to pursue them without anything getting in the way.
Xandra may not be a great person to Katy and friends, but she’s good for KO. She pushed him out of his comfort zone and gave him a modeling career. He shouldn’t let those good looks go to waste. And I love that eventually, Katy acknowledged that even if it hurt like hell.
Similarly, Ko is helping Xandra become a kinder person who values others over herself. Giving Katy the dress that was dry-cleaned was the first step.
There’s nothing wrong with Katy and KO being in each other’s lives, but they need to have boundaries. KO telling Katy that he should’ve had Xandra’s back instead of Katy’s at Pepper’s birthday was the first step towards establishing a line.
Katy’s personal life tends to have a huge impact on her professional one, but I hope she can try to steer clear of that in the future.
Her personal may have helped her make a good impression on Guy and landed her the apprenticeship, but she needs to start separating the two.
And that includes keeping things strictly professional with Guy.
Sadly, while I’d like to see her stand on her own without a romantic tie-in, it seems rather impossible since he’s already seen her puke in her purse and helped her avert a royal crisis, plus, the fact that he stated, “let’s keep things professional,” seems like foreshadowing that they will be anything but.
Pepper got conned by someone she thought she could trust.
Mrs. Freesia didn’t seem too pleased that Pepper wanted out of the game and crashed her birthday party. Pepper spent a whole night schmoozing Chad so he would invest in The Pepper Plant, and Freesia took his investment and ran off with it!
She worked too hard to get that money, so it’s a shame to be betrayed by someone close to you. But, she’s also experiencing being on the other side of a con, which seems to be something she’s done her whole life.
Freesia didn’t just steal her money, she also almost exposed her in front of her friends. It’s only a matter of time before Katy, Jorge, and Josie begin to piece it together and realize Pepper has lied to them about who she is this whole time.
She even lied to Josie about her father being a wealthy businessman who cut her off — he’s a doorman at a ritzy hotel.
We know Pepper is living a largely fabricated life, but the question is why? And why doesn’t she know her exact birthday? Is Freesia her mother?
Jorge was trying to bounce back from the attack on the LGBTQ community. It was heartbreaking to see him walking around with the bruises, but it finally allowed him to be honest with his dad about who he is.
Sometimes, our freedom has to be threatened to remind us how much we want it.
His father was angry, to say the least, and ordered Jorge to stop dressing like a woman immediately. I’m going to say that a good rule of thumb is to read the room. If you’re the only one upset in a room full of supportive and understanding people, you’re the problem.
He had valid concerns as he didn’t want Jorge to get killed, but he didn’t understand the deeper meaning behind Ginger.
He chalked it up to Jorge enjoying to wear “cute dresses,” but to Jorge, this is was him finally being himself.
It was worth the fight and nothing could take that away from him. Violence stems from haters wanting to control you and wanting to take your power. It’s a reflection of fear and insecurity, and the fact that Jorge didn’t let it define him and owned his truth was beautiful.
In fact, he wasn’t just reactive, he was proactive by throwing a celebration of the LGBTQ community in the very spot that he was attacked.
There’s absolutely no better way to take back your power than to show those who tried to steal it that you aren’t afraid and you won’t back down.
It was even better seeing the outpouring of love from his found family, friends, and community. Even Buzz came out and literally told Jorge/Ginger that they inspired him to come out.
Do we smell a love triangle? Maybe, but Bernardo wins this one hands-down. He’s always been proud of Jorge/Ginger.
As for Josie, her relationship with the Cabots is proving to be detrimental to her career. She seems to have signed a contract with Mr. Cabot without reading it or understanding the caveats like that she cannot put out low budget music videos because her music is now owned by Cabot Entertainment.
Mr. Cabot didn’t like her EP, but he was a fan of The Pussycats, Josie’s Riverdale girl group. He seemed to be eager to make a girl group a thing again, which isn’t exactly the direction Josie was hoping for.
Will she take it because she wants a career so badly? Will she break the contract? She can always call up Archie’s mother for legal advice.
And if she does move forward with it, will the OG Pussycats come along for the ride?
This may not have been the strongest episode when it came to every single character’s individual storylines, but it tackled some pretty meaningful and heavy topics, which I never expected from Katy Keen’s bubbly and perky teasers.
It has staying power.
Even if your family by blood can’t be supportive, there’s nothing greater than being surrounded by the people you’ve chosen to be in your life. Katy Keene has proven that found family’s — best friends, fashion co-workers, ex-boyfriends, a bohemian mix of eclectic individuals, and the LGTBQ community — all fit under that umbrella.
I’m proud to be part of the extended Katy Keene family.
With coronavirus messing up everything including the entertainment world, The CW has released a new schedule for next week and Katy Keene will not be airing a new episode. Hang tight, Katy Kats. We’ll work through this together.
Katy Keene Review – One Unhappy Queen (1×07)
Katy Keene always knows how to provide an escape from reality.
From the costumes and fashion to the romance drama to the musical numbers, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” was exceptional and managed to deal with real issues while never dulling its sparkle.
Jorge wowed as both Molina and the Spider Woman but the stark reality was that while he may have been ready to take on both characters, the public, and most importantly, the investors, weren’t.
In order to get the Cabot’s to hand over their probably-not-hard-earned money, Pepper had to do what I’m going to call “schmooze-manipulation.” She’s incredibly savvy at getting what she wants and findings ways to convince people to see her way or no way.
Of course, it’s going to become an issue as she over-promised to Xandra, Alex, Josie, and even Jorge to get the show off the ground and eventually, people are going to expect her to keep her end of the bargain.
Overpromising seems to be how Pepper has gotten into most of her “situations.”
Seeing her work the investors gave us a little more insight into how Pepper operates, and honestly, color me impressed. Despite finding herself back into multiple corners, Pepper’s confidence in her ability to get what she needs never wavers.
Imagine how much we could all get accomplished it we had her confidence.
Jorge wasn’t pleased with sharing the stage with Josie at first as it meant he had to give up playing the part of the Spider Woman as Ginger Lopez. It was a bummer for his as he wanted this musical to be what pushed him to become his trues self and finally show his father Ginger.
While Josie remained in the role, there was a compromise that ensured she’d be able to perform in front of talent scouts and he’d be able to have his big moment — they could both be Spider-Woman.
The ending was a powerful demonstration of how two people can play the exact same character and not only own it but make it their own and true to themselves.
Jorge’s father was taken aback but was proud, surprisingly, and even said that his “son was a star.”
Unfortunately, his pride couldn’t overcome his prejudice. Jorge’s father was proud of his son, but he wasn’t accepting of him, and that’s a real problem. Jorge’s boyfriend stood up for him immediately and told Jorge “never to change,” which you could see affected his father.
Truthfully, it was a lot to spring on his father. I’m not saying his actions were right, but Jorge and his mother kept from him because they didn’t think he would be accepting of it.
His reception was better than expected, and while Jorge was slightly disappointed, he understood that even getting a compliment from his father was a huge accomplishment. I mean, this is the same father who stopped talking to Jorge after he found out he was gay. They’re huge strides.
Realistically, there are many parents just like Jorge’s father, and Katy Keene has a huge opportunity to open the conversation and show all sides — Jorge who just wants his parents to love him for him, his accepting mother, and his hesitant father.
We can all come out of this better.
Josie got what she wanted from the night as an agent came by to field her an offer to perform a gig at The Apollo.
Francois is the fairy god queen that dreams are made of. He didn’t just help Jorge find his voice and get the production successfully off the ground, but he also stepped in when Katy was struggling with her Prince Erroll dilemma.
Though I try not to like Erroll, I really can’t help myself. What he’s doing to both Katy and Patricia is complete trash, but I wish that he was a better person cause I love the dynamic between him and Katy.
A part of me also feels terrible for him because he’s forced into a marriage he doesn’t want because it would embarrass the royal family.
Though, he told Katy he’d call it off if she admitted to wanting to be with him, which is bold because it means his feelings are so real, he’s willing to get shunned by his family.
He also gets a few brownie points because he wasn’t lying to Katy about breaking off the engagement and thus, when they slept together, neither of them was betraying anyone, but his actions going forward have been problematic.
He either didn’t tell Patricia or he did tell Patricia and she simply didn’t care. If it’s the latter, well, that’s a completely different issue and that means she’s only in it for the claim to fame, but I don’t think that’s the case cause when we met her, she was completely thrown off by the idea of being a royal.
So, it seems that Erroll is keeping his rendezvous a secret and putting Katy in a very awkward position. Patricia trusts Katy, but Katy couldn’t in good faith make that wedding dress.
It wouldn’t be a good start to her career, and it would haunt her forever. Gloria tried to argue that Katy shouldn’t give up the opportunity of a lifetime because of a man, and while that may be true, her motivations were selfish. She wanted the win for Lacy’s and she didn’t care how it made Katy feel. However, had that kind of scandal gotten out — Patricia is new to the royal family so she could have publicly attacked Katy and not cared — it would’ve ruined her brand before it even got off the ground.
Erroll also isn’t helping the situation by still pursuing Katy, telling her he’ll call the wedding off, and sending her “I miss you” notes. Does anyone else think Patricia is going to find them and call off the wedding herself because of the betrayal?
Katy found a perfect compromise that pleased both Gloria (and Lacy’s) and Patricia while sparing her from designing the dress.
The fact that Katy understands what Patricia likes so well is because they’re so similar.
Erroll, you have a type, my man!
Gloria found out about Erroll and Katy’s affair, but she was hardly surprised because she saw the way Erroll “looked at her.”
It seems everyone saw it — Gloria, K.O. Guy — except for Katy and Patricia.
While Katy turned down Erroll, there’s definitely some chemistry between her and Guy. It’s always a good sign when you can be completely honest with a guy, and Katy has been honest with Guy — she even told him about her romp with Erroll. Or more like he figured it out, but still, the honesty was there.
Guy proposed an apprenticeship for Katy, who expressed interest, and while they usually say it’s not wise to mix business and pleasure, that seems to be the way of the world in Katy Keene’s New York City.
If Alex and Josie can make it work, so can Katy and Guy.
However, I have a hunch that we haven’t seen the last of Erroll just yet.
Other Dazzling Musings
- As someone who has arachnophobia, the number of spiders in this episode was revolting. I can still feel them crawling on my skin. Katy’s reaction is 100% what I look like when anyone tells me “not to move.”
- Can Amanda just stop?
- Xandra also needs to stop moving in on K.O. and preying on his heartbreak and also cluelessness. He can have anyone, anyone but Xandra.
- The musical number with Katy, Francois, and Jorge was hands-down my favorite part of the episode.
Despite the uplifting vibe of the episode, it ended on a rather upsetting note as Jorge and Bernardo got attacked in a string of LGBTQ attacks. The moment was foreshadowed when Jorge’s mother warned him to be vigilant after learning of the attacks, but it didn’t make the moment less upsetting. Especially since Jorge was on a high and feeling like he could finally be himself.
Again, Katy Keene finds a way to bring the glamour aesthetic pizzazz of shows such as Sex and the City and Gossip Girl while also providing poignant commentary about our society.
What did you think of the episode, Cravers? Let us know in our comments section below! And chat with us on Twitter at @CraveYouTV!
Katy Keene Review – Katy Keene Is Royally Screwed (1×06)
Katy Keene has a unique way of finding herself in messy situations especially as she navigates life post-K.O.
Her friends gave her some sound advice: to get over someone, you need to get under someone else.
And usually, that rings true. Katy, however, wasn’t ready until she saw K.O around town with Xandra.
The worst thoughts began whizzing through her mind as she assumed he had moved on and her friends were right.
So, Katy did her best to put herself out there and she didn’t just find one mediocre prospect, she found two seemingly great ones.
Katy’s experiences as a single New York woman have been less-than authentic on “Mama Said.”
I’ve never been to New York, but I imagine it’s similar to the dating scene in Chicago which consists of swiping right and going on some terrible dates with some loser dudes.
Will Buckingham may have been a bad kisser, but he was also a Vogue photographer, so that has to count for something.
And the second dazzling man — a prince! — fell right into her lap.
Prince Erroll and Katy always had chemistry, and once he called things off with Patricia — who was letting the royal lifestyle getting to her head — he came looking for the girl he just couldn’t shake.
It’s impossible to blame Katy for being smitten because here I was, sitting on my couch, completely gunning for this Princess Diaries part 3. I was all in.
Erroll put on a baseball cap a la You’s Joe Goldberg to remain incognito (whatever you say!) and assimilated himself into Katy’s life without any problems.
It was the perfect date as he gave Jorge some uplifting advice and then Katy the royal treatment, if you get my drift.
But unfortunately, the allure of Prince Charming caused both the audience and Katy to overlook all the red flags.
What kind of decent man would hit on the woman who has shown him nothing but kindness in front of his soon-to-be-bride?
That was the first red flag. The second one was that he didn’t want to be noticed.
We thought it was because he was a Prince and didn’t want to cause a scene, but it was actually because he didn’t want to be noticed cheating on his bride.
It’s unclear how Erroll thought this was going to play out, but he clearly didn’t think with his head.
The morning after, Katy was called into Gloria’s office and while it seemed like Patricia was going to chew her out, she asked for Katy to design her wedding dress instead.
Katy was understandably befuddled as Prince Erroll sat there embarrassed by his actions, and rightfully so.
He used Katy, lied to her about the break-up, and put her in an uncomfortable predicament that could cost her a job.
And worst of all, he knows she’s not going to say anything or rat him out because he’s a client and it would reflect poorly on her while also damaging his budding fashion career.
When Katy said she was royally screwed, she meant it in every sense of the way.
Erroll’s an ego-maniac who only thought out himself here, and man, I’m just peeved we fell for the charms and the sob-story of never being “able” to be himself. Please.
He essentially preyed on a broken woman who was recovering from a breakup.
And now, she’s going to have to suck all of that up and design the perfect wedding dress for his bride.
I don’t know how Katy is going to pull it off, but I hope she destroys Erroll for what he did while preserving herself in the process. After all, he said it himself, she always has an answer for everything.
It didn’t help that K.O. casually came over the morning after she may have regretted her royal romp and then informed her he was Xandra’s bodyguard and not ready to get into a new relationship.
K.O. is too good for this world — he’s too good for New York — and he’s 100% too good for Xandra.
Xandra was up to her typical meddling when she informed Alexander about Josie’s contract stipulation mere hours before Josie’s listening party debut.
It was an event that was very special to her because she was trying to prove to herself, her friends, and most importantly, her mom, Sierra McCoy that her singing career is more than just a hobby. She wanted to show her mom that she wasn’t wasting her time in New York while also proving that she’s an adult who can handle her own business arrangements.
Alexander ruined all of that when he showed up to the party drunk and called Josie out for agreeing to be his babysitter in exchange for a record deal.
It proved to Sierra that Josie was getting mixed up as a pawn in some toxic family dynamics and lord knows Sierra didn’t want to see another Riverdale Hiram Lodge situation pan out.
The former Mayor knew how to play her cards and threatened Mr. Cabot if he even thought about messing with her daughter, but in this case, I think Josie had it handled.
She proved that she wasn’t going to give in to Alex’s drama by refusing to follow him or ruin her big night (and thankfully, her friends reminded her of it), and when she began to sing, she proved she had what it takes to get a record deal all on her own.
Josie’s going to to make it big one day, y’all.
She patched things up with her mother who worried that Josie was going to find herself in a toxic relationship like she previously did, and I’m not so sure Josie understands the gravity of Alexander’s addiction.
He says he’s doing better and meeting with his sponsor, but he’s relying too much on Josie to be his lifeline. That’s an immense amount of pressure to put on someone, especially someone with dreams and passions of her own.
I would have to see Josie’s career hit a snag because she prioritizes a man.
Jorge may not know who Ginger Lopez is just yet, but he damn well knows what Jorge stands for.
While Jorge lost the Miss Washington Heights pageant and his prime-time spot at Molly’s Crisis to mean girl Deveraux (who also tried to sabotage him! what a drag-off!), he won something much bigger — a fairy God Mother.
Vee Vee aka Francois offered to be Jorge’s fairy drag mother because he was the only real queen up on that stage.
Jorge, baby, I’ve never been prouder.
A partnership between Francois and Jorge is going to be fun to watch, especially as Jorge gets the mentorship he needs and climbs his way to the stardom that will allow everyone to see him shine. Plus, it intermingles Katy’s two worlds in a fun way!
Other Dazzling New York Musings
- Pepper is lying to herself about Raj being just a casual thing. They’re compatible and great together and he keeps her in check. He’s the only one she hasn’t been able to fool, which says a lot.
- She was also called out for being a con-artist, which made me question the story she told Josie about her father cutting her off. As she begins to teach DiDi the ropes, we’ll likely get a lot of insight into who Pepper is at her core.
- Does anyone else think Patricia is a dead ringer for Blair Waldorf?
- It seemed like Gloria was warming up to Katy initially, but after the interaction where she dug up Katy’s mother’s file and then didn’t tell her the truth about why she was fired, she’s definitely hiding something. Did she know Katy’s mother? Is she L.L? Were they in love? Did she get Katy’s mother fired because she hated her and she’s taking it out on Katy? I have so many questions.
- Why wasn’t Jorge’s hunky boyfriend at the pageant supporting him? Was he putting out fires? That must be it.
- Chubby singing with Josie made me so happy.
What did you think of tonight’s episode of Katy Keene?
Do you want to punch Erroll in the face for what he did or are you ready to hear his side of the story?
Should Josie break up with Alexander?
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