Riverdale went all out as it celebrated its milestone 100th episode titled “The Jughead Paradox,” which also wrapped up a pretty wild 5-episode event.
I find myself saying this a lot, but the episode was bonkers, even by Riverdale standards.
Anything goes in Riverdale, and once you learn to accept that fact, it becomes a lot easier to digest the ridiculousness that pans out on the screen.
Paradoxes, parallel universes, and comic books — oh my. They all had a hand in crafting the narrative for the finale, which found Riverdale’s fate up in the air.
The same goes for Jughead Jones, the only character to pick up on the fact that Riverdale and Rivervale were twin-versus that were headed for implosion.
Honestly, that storyline wasn’t totally insane considering we’ve seen something similar pan out on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In the final season of the Netflix series, Sabrina and her friends navigated the parallel cosmos and saved the prime one while letting the other one fade into oblivion. CAOS also dealt with paradoxes, so again, it’s been done before.
The events of Riverdale and its pocket universe, Rivervale, seemed to mirror those plots. Turns out Riverdale isn’t much different than Greendale at the end of the day.
A mysterious corpse was found by the town’s limits that was later identified as Jughead Jones. Except that was impossible because Jughead was very much alive. However, his memory of events was skewed by flashbacks of simpler high school memories. He also had no recollection of Betty and Archie’s (he’s alive) upcoming nuptials and couldn’t shake this feeling of utter doom.
His gut turned out to be right. When he fetched Jughead’s personal effects, he found the Archie comics in which his life — and the lives of his friends — were documented on the pages.
He began to investigate these two parallel universes that were seemingly bleeding into each other, and realized that he probably needed to stop it immediately.
His quest for answers brought him to Dilton Doiley (also alive) and his teaching assistant Ethel Muggs. Dilton told Jughead to chill out and stop looking for the answers of the universe, but honestly, does he know who he’s talking to? Eventually, it was revealed that Dilton knew all about the two universes imploding and let it happen because, you know, science. Ethel wasn’t about that, however, so she poisoned Dilton and suggested that they recreate the events that ended Riverdale and created Rivervale: the bomb at Archie’s house.
That was the moment when the the normalcy (a strange way to describe Riverdale, I know) ended.
Of course, since Betty and Archie were otherwise occupied with their wedding, Jughead sought out Veronica to help him recreate the moments prior to the explosion. Surprisingly, Veronica was more than happy to assist, exclaiming: “Let’s make out to save the universe… Here’s to ‘Vughead’ becoming canon.” The saying “in another universe” comes to mind.
Fans hoping for a #Vughead moment sadly never got it. Before Ronnie could come and assist Jughead, she was killed by Rivervale’s big bad — not Hiram Lodge but Archie Andrews.
Although, I’ll be quite honest that Archie, even in his murderous shape, doesn’t hold a candle to Hiram. Archie may have been strangling people left and right, but he knew the rules of the universe, so he knew that their death wasn’t permanent. It’s grim, but it’s not exactly villain-material when you’ve dealt with the the likes of the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, murderous nuns — all of which Jughead was too eager to remind his friends in Rivervale about.
Speaking of the Black Hood, he was alive and well in Rivervale, but it wasn’t Hal under the mask, it was Clifford Blossom. It’s not entirely clear why the change, but maybe it’s because Hal was busy being a husband and father and giving some heartwarming toast at Betty and Archie’s wedding rehearsal?
Also, Jason Blossom was very much alive in Rivervale despite the yearbook dedication mourning his death. And honestly, good for Trevor Stines for finally get some screentime! Though, since Cheryl’s life has been defined by her brother’s death, it would’ve been nice to see them include Jason’s existence a bit more so that we could see if her character would’ve been different had her brother never suffered a grim fate.
Elsewhere, Ronnie — prior to her death — found out that two Reggies were definitely not better than one. After Jughead informed her and Reggie of the parallel universe, Veronica opened the door to find the OG Reggie (played by Ross Butler very briefly in season one before Charles Melton took the reigns) at the door.
There wasn’t much of a point to this storyline, but it was a fun and silly nod to the recasting. Veronica embraced it fully by suggesting a threesome (Veronica!) before she dumped them both because they couldn’t learn how to share. They took her advice to “figure it out” to heart and off’ed each other in a duel. Bye, Reggies!
But back to the whole saving Riverdale from Rivervale situation. Archie, determined to preserve Rivervale so that his father, Fred, could possibly come back to life (how heartbreaking?!), was shot dead by Betty in a wedding dress who wasn’t all that thrilled to be stood up at the altar. In shooting Archie, she saved Jughead’s life and the two of them decided to detonate the bomb while recreating her makeout sesh with Archie.
And boy, Bughead fans — this was your moment. Jughead embracing Betty in a wedding dress while they save the world? This is what dreams are made of!
It’s proof that it’s always these two against the world.
Their romantic moment was interrupted by… Jughead Jones. Yep, Archie wasn’t lying when he said his victims come back to life.
It seems as though this was the Parallel Jughead, who informed the duo that there was definitely another way to save Riverdale aside from destruction.
Parallel Jughead explained that he was enlightened while visiting the Pops Chocklit Shoppe in the sky, which obviously had all you can eat burgers.
The heavenly Pops also embraced a 50s retro vibe that allowed the series to celebrate the origins of the Archie Comics including the iconic outfits!
That’s where PJ picked up a comic about Riverdale and Rivervale and found that the former could be fueled with a new power source: imagination.
Honestly, it all gets a bit hazy and complex here, but essentially, Jughead could save Riverdale by writing in an isolated room in a bunker.
Betty wasn’t convinced, but Jughead assured her that he needed to save the universe, and thus, took his place in the bunker writing away. I guess it makes sense why Riverdale always feels like it’s Jughead’s novel, and why he’s always serving as the narrator.
Meanwhile, Betty and Parallel Jughead (I think?) recreated the bomb scene… except that the bomb never went off once it hit zero.
Instead, Betty and Jughead walked downstairs to find their friends waiting for them. They couldn’t remember a thing, but it does seem like everything went back to how it was prior to Rivervale’s creation as Jughead embraced Tabitha and Betty kissed Archie.
We got another glimpse of Jughead’s time in the bunker, and it’s revealed he isn’t alone as Ethel is down there feeding him burgers, which admittedly, is very strange.
And then… we see Archie and Betty in bed together. He hears ticking as she picks up a call that warns her to get out of the house because there’s a bomb under the bed.
At that very moment, we see Jughead typing in the garage as a bomb goes off.
Jughead said that Riverdale would stay the prime universe as long as no one in Rivervale messed with the narrative, but it doesn’t seem like this bomb explosion was supposed to happen.
Plus, if the real Jughead is trapped in an isolated bunker, does that mean that Parallel Jughead is out there living it up with his friends?
Is that why Betty and Jughead aren’t getting back together? Because it isn’t her Jughead?
Or will these two worlds somehow merge in the future?
It was a bonkers episode, but the unknown of it all is even more confusing. It’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t anymore, so while it might be fun to play with these characters and put them into random situations, it’s becoming very difficult for the audience to keep up and keep track.
What did you think of Riverdale’s 100th episode? Did you enjoy seeing familiar faces like OG Reggie, Jason Blossom, Clifford Blossom, Ethel Muggs, and Hal Cooper? Who else would you have liked to see?
Did you like seeing Archie in the role of a villain rather than a hero?
How do you think the series will continue in 2022? Will Riverdale and Rivervale collide? Will everyone survive the explosion? Who warned Betty?
Share all your thoughts, concerns, and critiques in the comments below! Till next year, Cravers!
Riverdale Review – Biblical (6×18)
Percival Pickens is stoking the fire and pressing the gas on his plans to destroy Riverdale.
And, unfortunately, his plans were on a collision course with Toni and Fangs’ wedding.
It’s unfair that the one and only true wedding we’ve ever gotten on the series ends with the death of all first born’s in town, but it’s also quite fitting for the wicked town.
And the group had to have known that something was bound to go wrong as Percival continuously cursed them with various Biblical plagues leading up to the “I do.”
I don’t think it’s entirely justified to say that they underestimated Percival because they were all very much aware that he’s a powerful and dark sorcerer, but on some level, I think they just assume this is the kind of threat that they’ve faced before and overcome, which is absolutely not the case.
The residents of Riverdale have a lot going for them, but they have absolutely no idea of the kind of forces they are dealing with.
They are sharp and skilled, I’ll give them that, but it’s no match for the powers that Percival possesses. I mean, the guy is building a ghost train for crying out loud, why would they ever assume that his only ability was mind control? The guy has a whole arsenal of powers that he’s just waiting to use when the time comes.
It was clever to use Cheryl and Heather’s powers of invisibility to plan an ambush on Percival and put him in the stockade that rendered his powers useless, but why did they think it was a good idea to take their eyes off of him? They should have been taking turns watching Percival to ensure that he wasn’t up to anything.
Instead, they all decided to pretend that everything is fine for a night and enjoy themselves, and while they did briefly, the good times were fleeting as they resulted in one of the direst plagues: the death of their loved ones.
With Archie, Fangs, and most of the town dead, including Jughead, it’s up to the women + Kevin and Moose, to put Percival in his place and save Riverdale.
Heather, however, realized that the scope of the situation was far above her pay grade, so she suggested looping in a Necromancer (no, The CW fans, not that one) — Sabrina Spellman.
Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and Tabitha in a coven of their own run by Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka)? Pinch me, I’m dreaming.
I don’t want to celebrate the death of the men, but if there’s anyone that can save Riverdale’s soul, it’s the women who make it a worthy place to save, to begin with.
Sabrina Spellman would also be the only witch strong enough to stand a chance against Percy. Dark magic recognizes dark magic. And he likely didn’t foresee this ace up their sleeves. I was going to say that she already dealt with thwarting the implosion of two universes, but I believe the timeline is off here and that hasn’t happened just yet.
It’s important to note that all the events of the last Rivervale implosion also took place at a wedding, though Archie and Betty’s, so maybe this is just history repeating itself only in a slightly altered?
The women on Riverdale have always been powerful, but we can’t discredit the men entirely.
Prior to their deaths, Archie and Jughead played a significant role, and without them, pieces of the puzzle are missing.
Archie was more so the muscle of the operation, but Jughead was critical in connecting with the other author, another version of himself — our Jughead — to write the stories that needed to be written.
It’s kind of confusing to explain, but as the worlds continue to bleed into one another, it seems Jughead’s writing was essential to saving the universes. He was told “keep writing” via a message through the portal in the bunker, just like we know that our Jughead was writing to save Riverdale. Maybe it’s the same idea that this Jughead must write to save Rivervale?
That said. I do think our Jughead saved Parallel Jughead in some way. The Pop’s burger couldn’t have been just a peace offering. I think our Jughead knew what was going to happen, so he gave PJ some kind of anecdote early on (which is why he got so sick after eating it) so that he will wake up ready to do his part in destroying Percival once and for all. But our Jughead also seemed pretty puzzled by what was happening to his counterpart, so maybe he didn’t anticipate any of this at all?
I could’ve sworn that we’ve seen the scene about the cast discussing baby Anthony’s fate mirrored the ones in Rivervale and trying to protect the child from La Llorona, which is further proof of the twin-versus. There was a lot of mirroring going on, quite frankly, and while I can’t remember everyone who died in the Rivervale timeline, it seems as though the same is happening now as they prepare for the big fight. Even Sabrina’s arrival mirrors her arrival in Rivervale to help Cheryl and Nana Rose before the final battle.
We’ve seen all of these moments, again slightly altered, before.
And the characters are beginning to realize it to.
Everyone is having dreams, memories, vision — you name it, they’re having it. It’s clearer by the minute that something very strange is happening, and no one is able to deny it any longer.Just like Betty’s vision of being the Harlot, something she vividly remembers the TBK calling her. Who knew the TBK would somehow be connected to whatever Percival is planning?
Also, we still have no indication of TBK’s identity despite Betty vanquishing him, so that’s a little frustrating.
The mystery of this season has been gripping, albeit confusing, but the slow pace of the answers has always been one of the show’s biggest flaws.
It’s truly a shame that all of this took away from Toni and Fangs’ wedding because again, it was a sliver of happiness that this town so desperately need.
Furthermore, Toni and Fangs deserved a moment where they could just bask in their happiness without a care in the world with baby Anthony by their side. I hate when promising character moments are overshadowed by a show’s darkness almost as if the wedding is just a plot device to bring on the reckoning or what not.
Both Cheryl and Toni are very mature in how they are handling this new phase in their relationship. It was bold of Toni to ask Cheryl to marry her and Fangs, but even bolder of Cheryl to say yes. There’s still so much love between them, and they are both able to recognize it and be happy for each other regardless.
It also seems like #Varchie isn’t over just yet. While #Barchie looked totally smitten with each other, Veronica, who was totally in her feels about being single, seemed to admit that maybe she’s not quite over her ex just yet. While everyone seemed to know what they were fighting for, Veronica felt lost and confused. Eventually, she realized that she was fighting for her friends, but it might just be that she was fighting to be more than friends with Archie.
And naturally, this would complicate everything. When she asked Tabitha about who is “endgame” since she’s seen the future, she was about to find out if Archie’s future heart pines for her or for Betty when everyone started collapsing and dying.
My thing is — if Tabitha has seen that far into the future, why didn’t she see this plague coming? Or that Jughead was going to have this experience with his other self? It doesn’t track.
At least going into the upcoming episode (which will air July 10), we have some hope with Sabrina’s arrival. If she’s able to resurrect the rest of the squad, they might just beat Percival at his own game.
- Baby Anthony, despite being an only child, is still very much alive, but that’s a very bad sign because it means Percival has big plans for him.
- Is Nana Rose gone for good? I can’t believe Percival just snuffed her like that after everything the poor lady has been through.
- Kevin finally came to his senses when he saw just how dark and twisted Percival truly is. And that convinced him to put an end to the custody battle over baby Anthony. Of course, now, with Fangs and Toni gone, he’s baby Anthony’s sole caretaker. Funny how that worked out.
- Jughead’s love for burgers knows no bounds.
- Veronica’s solo was… well, it definitely wasn’t wedding-appropriate.
- Things got so biblical that Sweet Water River turned blood red. The strangest things happen in Riverdale and the citizens don’t even seem phased half the time.
- We know the bomb explosion between Riverdale and Rivervale wasn’t supposed to happen, so is that the catalyst for the world’s bleeding into each other?
- Or are these characters two halves that are going to morph into one fully realized version?
It’s all confusing, but hopefully, the answers aren’t too far off. It’s hard to fully comprehend what’s going on or where the show is headed when Rivervale feels like it aired so long ago and our recollections of those events are choppy at best.
What did you think of the episode? Do you have any theories as to what’s happening to Riverdale? The curse of the first born’s was to be the last plague, but what next? What’s Percival’s ultimate chess move is going to be?
Sound off in the comments below!
5 Hottest Moments Between Betty and Archie on ‘Riverdale’
There are a handful of ships on Riverdale that make fans go wild, but when it comes to Betty, you’re either team #Bughead or team #Barchie.
While #Bughead had some really fantastic moments, many fans will argue that #Barchie was always meant to be — I think the proper term for that is “soulmates”!
In celebration, we’re looking back on a few of Betty and Archie’s steamiest moments on Riverdale!
Season 4 Episode 15 — “To Die For”
Fake dating? Don’t have to ask them twice. When Jughead fakes his death in order to solve the Stonewall Prep mystery, Betty and Archie pretend to be a couple. And in order to sell it to everyone, they share a kiss in the music room. But the only people they seem to be fooling are themselves because there’s so much chemistry and feelings wrapped up in that one moment that they begin to question everything.
Season 4 Episode 17 — “Wicked Little Town”
Okay, so fake kissing almost always leads to real kissing. Betty and Archie learned that the hard way when they locked lips for real in the musical episode. While practicing a song together — a ballad that Archie wrote for Betty, nonetheless — they share a passionate smooch (one of television’s finest!), but since they are both in committed relationships, (er, Jughead and Veronica, anyone?) the guilt consumes them and they decide that being friends is the best course of action… for now. That’s the perk of knowing the future, you know that they will end up together when the time is right. And timing, as they say, is everything.
Season 5 Episode 5 — “Homecoming
Okay, this may have been the absolute hottest scene between Archie and Betty like… ever. After several seasons, Riverdale finally gave fans the Betty and Archie moment they’ve been waiting for. The long-awaited and frankly highly-anticipated moment finally came via a steamy shower sex scene following a seven-year time jump. It was so hot that I found myself wondering if this kind of thing is even allowed on The CW. That steam wasn’t from the hot shower, that’s all I’m going to say! When these two reunited, sparks flew and caught fire.
Season 5 Episode 6 — “Unbelievable”
The Titanic hook-up that’s worthy of its very own Oscar! While things may not have ended so well for Jack and Rose, the odds are faring slightly better for Betty and Archie (aside from the whole bomb going off under the bed and creating some alternate dimension that has given them superpowers thing). The couple finally gave romance a try as adults, and since then, they haven’t been able to keep their hands off of each other. The video is a lot, but hey, that’s why you’re here, right?
Season 6 Episode 17 — “American Psychos”
Okay, hear me out — passion and intimacy don’t always have to be physical. It can be in the emotional, in the exchange of “I love you’s” and the realization that the person you’re with sees the parts of you that you don’t see in yourself. All six seasons have been building up to this moment!
As Betty questioned whether her darkness was too consuming to allow her to be in a happy relationship with Archie, he reminded her that he knows exactly who she is and has always loved her for it. She’s been so focused on the incident with her cat that she totally forgot about the time she saved a bird with Archie. Not only is it a reminder that darkness doesn’t define her, but it’s a reminder that they were friends before they were lovers, which ensures that they have an intimate and unbreakable bond. The relationship has been a long time coming, but it was always the right one. Even Veronica acknowledged it.
"I love you Betty."
"I love you too Archie."
Six seasons and one hundred and twelve episodes later and Archie Andrews finally told Betty Cooper he loves her!
— BarchieScenes (@barchie_scenes) June 13, 2022
What scenes would you add to the list?
Riverdale Meets Rivervale in New Promo – Will Jughead Figure Out The Parallel Universe?
Is the veil between Riverdale and Rivervale merging?
The new promo for Riverdale Season 6 Episode 18 is definitely giving off vibes that a return to the supernatural parallel universe isn’t too far off. And that means… all hell is bound to break loose.
Rivervale was first introduced in a five-episode event that ultimately ended up with Archie waking up from a strange dream when a bomb in his house was set off. However, the events from that alternate reality have been bleeding through into the “real world,” and it seems like we’re about to find out why!
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a bit to see how Archie and friends will weather this storm as the episode Riverdale Season 6, Episode 18 will air on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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