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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.

Riverdale Heathers Musical BIg Fun

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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.

Riverdale Heathers Musical BIg Fun

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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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‘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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‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home

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After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season. 

The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2. 

Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays. 

QUIZ: Which ‘Katy Keene’ Character Are You?

Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”

Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”

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Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”

Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip. 

Despite all the fan-love, the series was not a rating’s hit garnering a 0.2 rating in the demo with delayed viewing accounted for, per Nielsen. 
 
However, Deadline reports that the studio behind the series, Warner Bros. Television, plans to shop it around to potentially find the series a new home. There’s word that if the series does snag a second season, it will likely be on HBO Max as the streaming platform recently began airing the first season. 
 
We’re bummed about the news here at CraveYouTV as we truly thought Katy Keene was a fun, refreshing sidekick to Riverdale, but for now, we’re hopeful and optimistic that all is not lost. Be sure to check back as we’ll continue to keep you posted! 


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Skeet Ulrich Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘Riverdale’ – 5 Ways The Series Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit

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How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

When Riverdale announced Skeet Ulrich’s exit in February following season 4, the fandom began to worry.

Ulrich plays FP Jones, the father of Jughead Jones, a former Serpent gang leader who has managed to turn his life around, become a Sheriff, and snag the love of his life.

He’s become an instrumental part of the series as he helps Jughead and his friends navigate normalcy in the fictitious murderous town.

In an Instagram Live in May, Ulrich elaborated about his departure explaining that he was “bored creatively.”

“I’m leaving Riverdale because I got bored creatively,” Ulrich said. “How’s that? The most honest answer.” Brutal. Honest. It’s what we’ve come to expect from FP.

At first, fans thought FP’s exit might confirm Jughead’s death, however, now that we know Jughead survived staged “perfect murder” with his father’s help, it’s unclear how the show will tackle the departure.

We have some thoughts about how Riverdale can explain the exit of one of the show’s finest dads:

1.Kids go off to college

In the “most obvious” lane, the kids go off to college and the parents are no longer a focal point of the series. Jughead and his buds are currently in their senior year and will be going to college in just a few months, pending they actually graduate.

Expectedly, the role of the parents will dwindle as the teens leave town and begin their “adult” lives. If this is the avenue they take, Riverdale might not even have to explain FP’s exit because he’ll simply still be there just not as frequently as when Jughead was living at home. And if Ulrich agrees to some guest appearances, they can very easily break him out of his contract while keeping the character and his relationship with his son in tact.

It’s now been confirmed that season 5 will have a time jump when it returns in 2021, and thus, FP existing off-screen seems like the most obvious avenue for the series to pursue.

“Season five of Riverdale will begin with our characters’ final days as students at Riverdale High. From an epic Senior Prom to a bittersweet Graduation, there are a lot of emotional moments and goodbyes yet to come—with some couples breaking up, as everyone goes their separate ways to college—or elsewhere,” The CW said in a release. “Then, we will redock with our gang as young adults, all returning to Riverdale to escape their troubled pasts. And life—and romance—will only be more complicated now that they’re in their twenties…”
 
How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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2. New Job Opportunity

After Jughead’s death, FP spiraled slightly (despite being in on the whole thing) and it led to a confrontation with Hiram Lodge. Hiram suggested that maybe FP was too close to the case, and FP straight up resigned as Sheriff.

With nothing tying him to this town any longer and Jughead gearing up to fly the coop, FP might look for job opportunities in other towns. FP deserves happiness and a fulfilling career, so we’re on board with this 100%.

3. Living It Up with Alice

Much like the teens of Riverdale, the parents have lived a life that could only be described as small-town hell. They were involved with the Gargoyle King since they were teenagers, Alice’s husband turned out to be the Black Hood, they’ve endured so much mayhem and suffering, and the one ray of hope has been that Alice and FP have found their way back to each other and allowed their romance to blossom.

How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

Riverdale — “Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm” — Image Number: RVD407b_0319.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones and Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW– © 2019 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.

If anyone deserves a vacation, possibly even a permanent vacation, it’s these two love-birds. They need to leave Riverdale and never look back as they ride off into the sunset together.

4. Fed Up with Riverdale

For all the reasons listed above, FP might just be done putting up with Riverdale’s insanity. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was just fed up and done with Riverdale and using this opportunity now that his son is off to college and he doesn’t have a job to pursue a better life somewhere, anywhere else.

5. Death

I hate to say this, but if Ulrich never wants to return to Riverdale, there is a permanent solution. It would break fans’ hearts, but they don’t call it the murder capital of the world for nothing, right?

Turning it over to you, Cravers.

How do you think that Riverdale will write off FP? Will his exit be permanent?


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