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Riverdale – BIG FUN (3×16)

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There are a few things you’ll walk away with following Riverdale’s second musical episode.

Number one, the realization that this cast is insanely, exceptionally, wildly talented. Every single one of them. Even Jughead who refused to sing for the first musical finally but caved in and belted out those high notes. A welcome surprise, I must admit.

But secondly, you’re not going to be able to get any of these catchy songs out of your head. As you’re reading this, you’re probably humming one right now.

With how deadly and gruesome the previous musical, Carrie, ended up being, I went into this one a little bit weary.

Would it live up to the expectations? Would someone else get murdered?

I’m sad to say, it didn’t. Now, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t ‘BIG FUN,’ it just means Riverdale achieved something unique and inimitable the first time around.

And that’s okay.

Maybe it’s because Carrie was our first voyage into the land of singing Serpents and River Vixens or maybe because The Farm, and Evelyn Evernever, simply isn’t as strong of an antagonist as the elusive Black Hood was.

In fact, crafting the musical around Evernever the cult’s vision gave way to some really peculiar moments some of which were probably written to match up with the songs.

Oftentimes, they didn’t even feel real. Were they real? I guess we’ll never know.

Carrie resonated with the characters thematically, but Heathers was a more fluid interpretation offering each cast member a chance to shine and building upon already established storylines and character arcs.

The whole push-and-shove between Toni and Cheryl fell a little flat but maybe it’s because the way they got together and their breakup were so rushed.

The whole impetus for Heather’s the musical stemmed from the breakup, and for Cheryl to shine and get some validation.

When Toni encroached on her sacred stage, Cheryl just about lost it.

But why and more importantly, how, did they go from being lovers to nuclear levels of hate?

Cheryl went from being inseparable with Toni to ordering her to switch schools cause there was only room for one woman wearing red at Riverdale High?

It’s possible that I was disappointed in this storyline simply because of how much progress has made since beginning her relationship with Toni.

She regressed hard and became more vicious than we’re used to. At one point, she even said she needed a chainsaw to end the misery!

Related: Riverdale – American Dreams (3×15)

Cheryl’s known for extremes, but waging a full on war against the woman she loved was slightly ridiculous, as all things are in this town.

But the musical stage gave way to an even higher barrier for ridiculous actions such as Toni’s attempt at insinuating a threesome and ordering Sweet Pea and one of her Pretty Poison members to strip down to their tighty-whiteys via sing-song. I found myself asking ‘what is going on’ way too often.

Most upsetting of all is that the turmoil in their relationship was completely pointless as by the end of the episode, Toni extended and olive branch to Cheryl who accepted it.

And just like that, they were back to being lovers.

All of this would have been aggravating had it not been for Cheryl’s acknowledgment that her take on relationships is so extreme because her upbringing was filled with either feeling adoration or pure hate; there was no in between.

In fact, this moment clears up a lot about Cheryl Blossom.

Usually, I suspend disbelief to embrace all the oddities the Riverdale writers are feeding me, but ‘BIG FUN’ pushed those limits.

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And that was especially true with the characters never fully accepting whatever happened in previous scenes. There were moments where the episode almost felt discombobulated because it didn’t flow gracefully.

The whole hour played out like a dream sequence of even a hallucination.

Are we sure Evelyn didn’t slip whatever she gave Kevin to the viewers? That would explain a lot.

The episode really amped up all the cult shenanigans when The Farm’s Evelyn inserted herself into the squad by co-directing the musical alongside Kevin.

Kevin said he couldn’t handle all the trauma of solely directing Carrie, but again, I think Evelyn’s drugs had a hand in that.

Evelyn used the musical as a way to recruitment tool for The Farm, and no one other than Betty seemed to be aware of her agenda. Not even Betty’s closest friends.

It’s odd that Betty is the only one gunning to bring this alleged cult down and even informing Jughead that even Principal Weatherbee is on it yet he doesn’t seem to care much at all.

Granted, they all have a lot of their plates with Jughead’s mother taking over the drug trade and Veronica’s parents separating, but how was no one suspicious of Evelyn’s relaxation techniques, her ‘in costume’ party, or Kevin and Fangs’ wedding-like initiation?

The real question is, are those two married now? Or what did I just witness?

The evidence against Evelyn has been stacking up against her and staring them all in the face. Betty tried to warn everyone, yet Evelyn’s manipulation tactics worked effortlessly on the broken souls of Riverdale. And there are a lot of broken souls.

Riverdale is filled with a lot of desperate people which is why it’s such a perfect breeding ground for the Farm. Look how quickly they were able to snatch up Polly, Alice, Kevin and even Fangs!

Throughout the whole musical, Evelyn was trying to come between all the friends and get them to tell her their deepest and darkest secrets.

That’s the oldest trick in the book when it comes to cults.

So if that final performance struck you as over-the-top and downright weird, that’s because it was supposed to.

It was supposed to be an emotional number and one that sent a message about the teens wanting to make the world a better place, but instead of gaining praise from the parents, it brought the members of The Farm to their feet.

Including cult leader Edgar Evernever who was beyond proud of his daughter.

I squealed when he stood up clapping in the audience not because I was excited to mee the elusive cult leader, but because I was thrilled to see Chad Michael Murray finally dig into this role.

It’s good to see him back on our TV screens and still looking scrumptious. I’m not surprised Alice is eating up everything he’s telling her.

Riverdale has been keeping Edgar purposefully off the radar, so I wonder what his arrival means for the town.

Will the Farm’s appeal heighten?

It’s incredible that Betty even found the time to spy on Evelyn and the Farm while helping Jughead burn down his childhood home and all of its memories.

It was deeply upsetting to see Jughead’s trailer burn; it felt like we were saying goodbye to that part of him as a character.

Though, I am concerned that their first instinct after torching a home-turned-drug-lab and all of its memories was to hook up.

Gladys needs to be handled.

Initially, Jug was going to let it all go for the sake of having his family together again, but when his father got injured on the job by some Fizzle Rocks junkie, he knew he had to put a stop to it.

Obviously, Gladys will know that her son destroyed her product and seeing how infuriated Hiram was when Ronnie pulled a similar stunt, it looks like he declared full on war.

But how is he going to keep a semblance of a normal life at home in front of his father?

He’s bound to tell FP the truth and personally, I think he should.

Gladys made Jughead believe that telling him would ruin his father and make him spiral, but finding out what was happening behind his back and facing the betrayal will do that to him.

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Seeing Gladys brush off FP’s injury knowing damn well she was contributing to it was frustrating.

Can she take her paws off of him already?

Both Veronica and Archie found themselves in awkward places in their relationship though only one of them has a happy ending in store. For now.

Sweet Pea outed Archie and Josie as a couple which didn’t pan out as he’d expected. Josie, who was very much against a relationship with Archie because their connection stemmed from a place on loneliness, opened up to the possibility of Jarchie!

Their love ballad was surface-level cute, but they really did Archie a disservice by having him sing alongside a vocal powerhouse like Josie.

Veronica and Reggie patched things up briefly — and by patched things up I mean they had sex again — but things took a sour turn when he assumed she only ran back to him because she found out Archie moved on.

The truth was, Veronica was feeling alone and lost after her parents announced their divorce.

Veronica’s dynamic with her parents is strange. Hiram and Hermione despise each other and only work together when it’s mutually beneficial from a business standpoint. They purposefully hurt each other on a daily basis, and Veronica has even encouraged her mother to screw over her father countless times yet somehow, she’s disheartened because they’re splitting.

Is she delusional? Maybe. I believe it’s more of a false sense of security.

Her family, unconventional as they might be, gave her hope that despite all the craziness, they’d weather any storm.

Sadly, that wasn’t the case.

Coming from such a broken family has set Veronica up for failure. She’s never going to be able to have a normal relationship if she puts Hiram and Hermione relationship on a pedestal.

We’re seeing the effects of that already.

And especially after Hiram admitted that the reason they’re splitting is because he found out Hermione tried to have him killed not once but twice.

Veronica didn’t even stop to think that there was something deeply wrong with that narrative.

However, she rocked “Lifeboat” and really gave us all the emotions in her rendition. Great job, Cami!

Other Observations

  • Hermione being concerned about Heather’s being violent and encouraging teen suicide was laughable. Does she know who she’s married to and how much worse Hiram is for the student body than a musical?
  • Even funnier was Hermione’s legitimate question: “are you all this miserable?” Again, is she not aware of what her husband has done to these teens with his Fizzle Rocks and his game of G&G?

Heathers may have been a strange choice because of its dark subject matter, but it embodied Riverdale at its core.

The movie turned musical, is described as a “high energy dark comedy” that addresses issues of bullying, teen suicide, and violence in schools.

If you didn’t know what I was describing, Riverdale would surely come to mind.

But these teen are strong and have proven time and time again that they’ll overcome whatever is thrown their way.


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Scariest Horror TV Shows to Watch for Friday the 13th

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Chilling TV Shows to Watch on Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th. 

If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing. 

While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares. 

Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!

 

Riverdale – The CW 

Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening. 

 

Haunting of House Hill – Netflix

There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em. 

 

Scream – MTV/ BET

We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.

 

Nancy Drew – The CW

Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix 

The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.

 

The Exorcist – FOX 

If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.

 

American Horror Story – FOX 

The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.

 

Black Mirror – Netflix 

When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.

 

Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access

These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”

 

The Purge – FX

Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?

 

Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network

When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.

 


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‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom

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Riverdale Back in Production as Creator Teases Prom Photo

Did someone say prom?

Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale

The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.

The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.  

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“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.

The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count. 

‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.

While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.

Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021. 

All good things! 


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‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

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Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan and Michael Kopech Expecting First Child

Updated: July 27

Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce. 

Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.

No hearing has been scheduled.

Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement. 

Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.

The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating. 

It’s unclear what led to the split. 

 

 

Original post July 25:

Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.

The CW actress is expecting her first child! 

The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal. 

If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!

While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump. 

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“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”

She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”

We Need to Acknowledge Vanessa Morgan’s Comments About Black Characters Being Portrayed as ‘Sidekicks’

 

Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January. 


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