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Riverdale – A Night To Remember (2×18)

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Welcome to Carrie the musical, bitches.

I’m really not a fan of musicals because let’s face it, they can be a trainwreck but like most things, this horror-musical worked all too well in the quirky, murderous town of Riverdale.

Who knew this town and its resident wholly embodied the thriller’s characters?

There was Alice, the worried and abandoned mother; Veronica, the rich, entitled mean girl; Archie, the hero who lost his way but always did the right thing in the end; Betty, the good girl next door; and of course, Cheryl, the girl who has faced years of abuse from her diabolical mother.

Any mother who doesn’t let her daughter participate in after-school activities is the definition is the worst. 

Part of why the musical worked so well is because the writers found a way to tell the story authentically through the episode.

Strange occurrences started happening around the original Carrie, Cheryl’s brush with death when the sandbag almost took her out, just like in the film.

At first, everyone chocked it up to simple coincidence or a student scorned about not getting the part.

Then, notes from the Black Hood started appearing, although, once again, it was a fake-out because we all know the hooded-figure wouldn’t actually spend time cutting out letters from a magazine. What kind of sicko would emulate the town’s worst killer for their own amusement?

Ethel was the number one suspect and while I can see her going to those lengths, especially as she was vying for Cheryl’s part in the first place, I don’t think she actually had it in her to murder.

Because, of course, this is a horror-movie inspired episode and much like in the musical, things took a violent, dark and unexpected turn except this time, it was Midge as Carrie who became the victim.

Yes, we’ve dealt with murder before but that scene was terrifying; the stuff of nightmares!

Obviously, the question of “who-dun-it” lingers and will carry over into the following episode.

I’m going to put my detective cap on quickly and say that whoever wanted Cheryl out of the picture knew that Midge was her understudy. Cheryl was never the target, they just needed to spook Kevin off enough so that he would replace her. Midge was always the target,

Therefore, it couldn’t have been Ethel because her feud was with Cheryl. I’d see her going to great lengths to punish Veronica but not Midge so I’m eliminating her from my suspect list.

Before the show kicked off, there was a minor but tense moment between Fangs and Midge in the dressing room. It almost seemed as if Kevin had walked it on his boyfriend and Midge hooking up which would give him a motive, but I don’t think Kevin would kill a fly.

However, shortly after, we saw Moose angrily darting through the hallway and pushing Jughead out of the way. Since Moose is Midge’s boyfriend, maybe he found out about the affair and “took care of it.”

We also can’t rule out creepy-as-hell Chic since he was backstage when he wasn’t supposed to be and was the only one who was sitting calmly in the panicked audience at the end of the episode in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

I don’t really think Chic would have anything to gain from crucifying Midge like that but you never know.

If Betty is so spooked by her own brother, why did she invite him in the first place?

Jughead’s terribly-recorded footage will likely play a huge role in finding out who the murderer was. At least all of his hard work will pay off and he’ll even get a good high-school musical turned murder documentary out of it. I’m sure he could sell it to Netflix.

And don’t worry, just cause Midge didn’t get to wear the iconic blood-drenched prom dress doesn’t mean it was completely omitted from the episode.

Cheryl, whose middle name may as well be Carrie at this point, finally took back control of her life. For some time, it seemed like Cheryl had lost her edge, but Toni was there to remind her that she once burned down Thornhill so she could take on a bully like her mother.

And Cheryl marched right in, covered in blood, threatening to set fire to everything again if she didn’t get what she wanted — emancipation and Thistlehouse. Oh, and Nana Rose because obviously, she wasn’t going to leave behind dear old gran with those pigs. Is this the end of Penelope as we know it? I really do hope so.

The episode was jam-packed with storylines, some of them never really got to shine before it was on to the next scene.

In case you forgot, Riverdale is still deeply embroiled in the battle for a new Mayor and the showdown is happening between two former lovers Fred Andrews and Hermione Lodge.

No one is more torn about this than Archie and Hiram hopes to utilize this by making sure ensuring that he drives a wedge between Fred and Archie.

However, it seems Hiram underestimated Archie and his loyalty to his father because after he visited Fred simply to brag and dangle the car he bought his son in his face, Archie finally saw what kind of man he really was.

Shortly after, Archie returned the Thunderbird and told Hiram never to come between him and his dad again because he will lose. There’s the Archie we’ve always loved!

He’s not some spoiled kid who drives fancy cars or can be bribed by expensive gifts — he’s the sensitive jock who fixes up old cars with his dad and supports him effortlessly.

Alice Cooper has finally realized that her overpowering ways have pushed everyone away so she’s holding onto whatever is still familiar by joining the high school play and re-living her glory days.

I guess it would also explain her renewed interest in FP Jones, however, I’m disappointed that after pursuing him, she ended up right back with Hal. Obviously, there is absolutely no love left in their marriage if the man didn’t even know she was allergic to Peonies.

And do I really have to remind everyone that he’s been finding comfort with charlatan Penelope? Gross.

Last we checked, Hal thought being free of Alice was a blessing so why the change of heart?

It truly broke my heart to see FP show up at the play to support Alice before seeing her back in Hal’s arms. Come on, we were so close!

Other Thoughts

  • Betty and Veronica sounded angelic when they harmonized. They should do that every episode.
  • Archie’s dancing should win some award. He can pull off so much but dancing is not one of those things.
  • How are they all such good singers? Was that a casting requirement? Even fricking Barb can sing! Yes, she will always be Barb to me.
  • Do they really have a Lovers Lane in Riverdale?
  • Archie’s face when Alice broke down via sing-song should probably also win an Oscar or something.
  • Whose blood did Cheryl have smeared all over her? I rooted for our girl, but I was also terrified of her. Hey, that’s what you get for succumbing your daughter to conversion therapy!
  • Betty was a bit of a hypocrite for calling out Veronica for being a terrible friend when like Archie said, V forgave her for all the stuff Blackhood made her do. However, I have no remorse for Veronica who stands by idly and watches her parents manipulate everyone and only do what’s in their best interest.

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Riverdale – In Memoriam: A Prayer for Fred Andrews (4×01)

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“Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale.”

Cue the ugly crying.

How do you write a goodbye episode to a beloved character and an even better actor portraying that character?

Somehow, Riverdale felt up to the task as the premiere paid a beautiful tribute to the late Luke Perry.

Expectedly, it hit us right in the feels.

Perry, best known for portraying Archie’s father, Fred Andrews passed away suddenly in March after suffering a major stroke.

Riverdale purposefully didnt address Perry’s death last season; since it was so sudden, it didn’t fit the story they were in the midst of telling nor did it allow them to pay homage properly.

But the premiere dedicated a whole hour to honor Perry. The outcome was a heartfelt and beautifully constructed episode that honored Perry’s beautiful soul, Fred, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Characters die all the time on TV shows but it’s usually because they’re getting written off of shows.

It’s sad and moving, but it’s not permanent. This circumstance was different. It was an untimely death of an incredible person who inspired millions.

At the kickstart of Riverdale’s fourth season, Jughead gives fans an update on where things are now in the small town.

The mayhem has sad settled, the events of the farm have all but been forgotten, and G&G was the stuff of (sub)urban legends.

In fact, the town was gearing up for their first 4th of July celebration in the nearly 3 years that Jason Blossom was murdered.

But celebrations aren’t a thing that Riverdale does well.

The event that rocked Riverdale this time cut far deeper than any derange cult leader, murderous black hood, or addictive brainwashing game ever could.

It was the death of one of their own – their hero – a bright light amongst the darkness.

A man who loved Riverdale through the good and the bad and helped build the city from the ground up with his bare hands.

In a town filled with corruptness and evil, Fred Andrews was one of the good guys; he was the heart and soul of Riverdale.

He even died a hero in a hit and run accident while helping a woman change her tire in neighboring Cherry Creek.

Now, if you weren’t in tears almost immediately after Riverdale began, you were when Shannon Doherty (Perry’s on-screen love interest on 90210, the show that made him an 80s hearthrob) graced the screen.

As a Catholic but not overly religious person, this was the first time I’ve ever seen someone pray on television and do so in such a simple, unifying way.

And on Riverdale of all shows — they had demonic monsters as part of their last season.

Yet, death brings people from all walks of life and beliefs together. Religious preferences or lack-there-of didn’t matter at this moment. All that mattered was the collective grieving over a man who spanned generations and equally earned the title of “heartthrob” and “dad.”

Archie’s grief presented a rollercoaster of emotions from shock to disbelief to anger to the eventual breakdown that usually signifies acceptance of reality.

It was painful to watch Archie work through his grief, but it meant that KJ Apa was doing the role justice.

It probably helped that all the emotions he was portraying were real.

This episode hit home to all of them.

First Archie questioned whether it was really his dad who was killed and sent Veronica and Betty to double check.

Denial is a common emotion, but this is so very Riverdale of him.

Anything is possible in Riverdale, and Archie knows you always have to confirm a body.

When FP called and told Archie they caught the guy who did it, Archie was filled with rage and went to the house to get some revenge.

But that didn’t make him feel any better. In fact, he felt worse because he realized that it was a father protecting his son who pulled a classic Archie move and stole the car without having a license.

Archie remembered just how self-less his father’s love was and immediately felt like a bad son.

Eventually, Veronica convinced him that if anyone was half as good as Fred, it was him. He was his father’s son, after all.

So, Archie got it together and finished what he came to do.

As he drove Fred’s body home, he was led by a police escort from FP.

And much to his surprise, as he drove his dad through his hometown one last time, he was greeted by a unified town all gathered to pay their respects.

It was a moving scene and probably the 15th time I cried within the 45-minute span.

The parade, initiated by Cheryl, took place instead of the 4th of July celebration proving that Riverdale is a town that needs to show that they can continue to rise up from tragedies that seem to always fall on a long weekend.

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It also proved that despite her bitchiness and possible unstableness, Cheryl understood loss more than anyone else in town and never wanted the Andrews family to feel the pain and loneliness she felt.

As heartbreaking as that is, I find solace in her acknowledgment that Jay Jay is actually dead. One could get the wrong idea from that quick snippet of Cheryl reading the paper to Jason’s mummified corpse.

The show barely touched upon any last season leftovers, but it does need to be explored in the coming episodes. Maybe this is how we’ll get roped back into The Farm?

Fourth of July will now be a day of remembrance in Riverdale — to remember Jason Blossom and to remember Fred Andrews.

In some way, Fred reignited hope in a town that wanted to honor him and live up to his expectations.

Even villains and enemies like Hiram Lodge put aside their differences as he paid for Fred’s funeral in full.

This moment and Betty’s scene where she visited her disgraced father (his tombstone was covered in graffiti calling him a murderer) only highlighted Fred’s inherent goodness.

After the funeral, everyone came together to watch a beautiful fireworks display that Fred would’ve undoubtedly loved.

Riverdale makes it clear that it’s always necessary to find the light amongst the darkness.

At its core, that’s what Riverdale is —  under all the mystery and darkness its just a show about a small town of heroes and friends navigating this thing called life together.

They may have lost their bright light, but he will live on in the town’s buildings, their hearts and most importantly, our memories.

RIP Fred Andrews. RIP Luke Perry.

Riverdale will never be the same, and that’s thanks to you.

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Fall TV Preview: Riverdale Season 4 Trailer Reveals Jughead is Missing

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The Riverdale Season 4 Trailer is Here & Jughead is Missing

The Riverdale trailer for season 4 is equal parts sexy and mysterious (what the hell happened to Jughead?!)

The series creators promised the season would be more high-school oriented giving it a “season 1” vibe following a dark, twisted, and oftentimes, ridiculous (we still loved it) G&G/ The Farm storyline on season 3.

And while they’re making good on that promise — we see Cheryl and the like prancing around the halls of Riverdale High — the show still capitalizes on the darker undertones and secrets.

This is a town that thrives on murder, and that’s never going to change.

The teens grapple with a pretty daunting realization — they’re going to have to part ways after senior year.

“Isn’t it crazy? In just nine-months, life as we know it will be over,” Veronica (Camila Mendes) muses without realizing the statement is more ominous than she intended.

The trailer reveals that one favorite may not make it through their senior year alive as the whole town embarks on a search mission through the volatile woods of Riverdale.

Who are they looking for? Our very own Jughead Jones.

Fans expected a rocky season for Jug following the cliffhanger of season 3, which saw him missing as Betty, Veronica and Archie cleaned up the blood from their clothes, but this has us officially worried.

Later in the trailer, we hear Jughead’s screams as he begs for “help” and tries to break out of what sounds like a car trunk.

What happened to Jughead? And is his disappearance linked to whatever happened in the final episode?

Other major moments in the trailer include Betty getting clobbered over the head from behind by an unknown figure (she’s after the Farm so it could be Evelyn Evernever), crime scene photos that make Betty gasp “oh my god,” a scantily dressed Veronica performing some pussycat dolls-esque routine on stage as she assures that she’s “no stranger to scandal,” and a bunch of smokin’ sex scenes with our three favorite ships: Choni, Bughead, and Varchie.

Yep, sounds like senior year!

Not spotted in the video: Alice Cooper, who we found out is infiltrating The Farm, anyone from The Farm (Chad Michael Murray, where ya at?), Kevin, also with the damn Farm, and Betty’s real brother, Chic, who was introduced in the finale as an FBI agent working with Alice to take down The Farm.

Riverdale premies October 9th on The CW!

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Riverdale – The Dark Secret of Harvest House (3×21)

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I’m going to start this review by echoing the sentiments of my friend who texted me “how the hell did we get here” while watching the penultimate episode of Riverdale.

These writers, they’re good.

They figured out how to hook us just enough to keep us around all season and then, right before the finale, they dropped bomb after bomb on us.

All the weird things that have been happening leading up to this episode have finally started making sense.

There’s still a few mysteries we need to solve, but for the most part, we got all the answers we’ve been searching for all season.

Who is the Gargoyle King?

After a deep dive that led Jughead to Ricky, the Lost Boys, and finally, Ethel Muggs, he finally got the name of the masked creature wreaking havoc on Riverdale: Jason Blossom.

Come again?

The same Jason Blossom who died in season one?

Yes, the very same.

Jughead even dug up homeboy’s grave to make sure this wasn’t some cruel joke and sure enough, the casket was empty.

How many times do I have to remind myself — if you don’t see a body, don’t believe they’re really dead.

It’s unclear how Jason Blossom managed to stay alive — we all saw that video — and how he managed to lurk around Riverdale undetected.

Was he always wearing his GK garb?

It also begs the question: is Jason working directly with The Farm?

After all, Cheryl Blossom swore she was hanging out with her brother again.

Which brings us to The Farm and what they’re really up to.

This one blew my mind slightly more than the Jason Blossom reveal.

Nancy Drew, er, Betty Cooper, discovered that The Farm is harvesting organs! Human organs.

No wonder they’re such a lucrative business.

It all started when she gave herself over to The Farm because she needed protection from the Gargoyle King and the Black Hood aka her dad.

Edgar Evernever opened her with open arms, and I became highly suspicious.

Then, Alice and Polly teamed up to tell Betty that she was a carrier of something called a “serial killer” gene, which sounded made up to me.

Can someone really be tested to see if they’re a potential serial killer? Highly doubt it.

But it was Edgar’s way of getting Betty into one of his hypnosis sessions where she came face-to-face with “Dark Betty.”

Now, for a moment, I truly thought Betty was about to have a split personality meltdown, but thankfully, she outsmarted Edgar by popping some candle wax in her ears so that she wouldn’t “go under” during their next session.

And instead of confronting her inner darkness, she came face-to-face with Polly who was dressed like her and trying to convince her of all these falsities.

Not only is Polly a Farmie, but she’s also willingly messing with her sister!

Betty could have outsmarted Edgar and The Farmies if she wasn’t so vocal about her suspicions.

She thought she was invincible, but when you’re on the inside, you probably should lay low.

Instead, she was walking around telling everyone her theories about hypnosis and figuring out way too much about Evelyn and her dialysis.

It’s almost like she was asking to get caught.

Eventually, she realized that the “procedures” to get rid of internal pain that Edgar manifested into physical pain was basically a surgery to steal kidneys and other high-priced organs.

Kevin and Fangs already “donated” theirs and Toni was scheduled next.

Thankfully, Betty made it in time to warn Cheryl who was finally convinced that Betty was onto something.

Unfortunately, it was too late.

Betty was pinned down by Kevin and Fangs who were upset that she was being a “detractor.”

Cheryl and Toni narrowly escaped with Cheryl allowing Toni to make a break for it while she distracted the guards.

Both Betty and Cheryl were taken and based on Betty’s interaction with Edgar, they’re about to lose a kidney!

The good thing is that Jughead, FP and Toni are bound to return to save them all.

Edgar might ensure that Betty doesn’t “know” anything, but Toni most definitely will. And she’s going to know that Betty told the truth.

And don’t even get me started on how he’s going to silence Betty. It’s looking like electroshock therapy to me!

Then, we have Archie and Veronica who tag-teamed to take down Hiram Lodge who was planning to purchase the town of Riverdale and run it as he saw fit.

Archie challenged Hiram to a boxing match in order to distract him while Ronnie convinced Hiram to do illegal bidding on the fight at Le Bonne Nuit.

Since Archie’s mom set them up with an FBI agent, she crashed the whole thing and arrested Mr. Lodge.

“I won,” Veronica told Hiram as she licked off the taste of satisfaction from her lips.

Ronnie and Archie may believe that, but we all know better. Hiram is capable of anything. If the Black Hood can escape from prison, those bars won’t hold Hiram down for long.

And those two just made an even bigger enemy out of Hiram.

I also couldn’t help but laugh when Archie confirmed that “yeah, Ronnie. Your dad sucks.”

Sadly, despite being a dynamic duo once again, Ronnie chose to rekindle her romance with Reggie.

Obviously, this crushed Archie, but something tells me their relationship isn’t over yet.

Veronica didn’t seem too convinced with her decision given Reggie only won her over by beating Archie to the punch.

Reggie may have helped her with the club but Archie took some nasty blows from her dad, again.

Not to mention Hiram was planning on killing Archie in the ring for some clout.

Doesn’t anyone think Hiram should just grow up?

And, of course, we still haven’t dealt with the Black Hood. Why is Hal so hellbent on killing Betty?

Is he working with the Gargoyle King?

Other Riverdale Musings

  • Hiram really kept a straight face when he talked about how worried he was that Riverdale was being overrun by drugs. He’s only mad cause he’s not the one selling them and turning a profit.
  • Why hasn’t the series addressed Luke Perry’s death? Is Fred Andrews just going to be out of town forever?
  • Veronica singing Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons” hit the spot and elevated the scene beautifully.

How insane was tonight’s episode of Riverdale? What do you think is going to happen on the season finale?

Is Jason really alive?

Sound off in the comments!

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