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Riverdale – Fast Times at Riverdale High (4×02)

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Riverdale is back in its groove in the second installment of season 4.

The series is really embracing the high school vibe with everyone gearing up to go back to school for their senior year.

But for the viewers who have experienced the rollercoaster of G&G and The Farm, it all feels a little juvenile and boring.

The biggest foe in town right now is a man named Mr. Honey who is anything but sweet.

He’s the principal replacing Weatherbee and making it a mission to make Riverdale High a safe place to be.

Except that safe doesn’t exist in this town.

Mr. Honey’s biggest issue right now is with Cheryl Blossom, and when he calls the cops to file a noise complaint against her party, she realizes it’s going to be war.

The only way Mr. Honey can be redeemed is if he’s somehow tied into the mystery of this town.

Is he part of an urban legend? Is he working for The Farm? I’ve learned many moons ago not to trust anyone in Riverdale.

As Veronica dealt with the media fallout of her parent’s incarceration, she realized her Lodge reputation probably isn’t ideal for college applications and decided to change her name to Veronica Gomez.

No telling if the name change is going to affect her person, but if it means she won’t be performing pieces like “All That Jazz” anymore, we don’t want it.

Archie came to the defense of Reggie, who was still getting pushed around by his abusive father.

Reggie didn’t take gently to Archie defending him in front of his dad considering his father frowns upon weakness, but he definitely got his dad’s attention when he smashed up his expensive car.

Betty continued to work with her half-brother Charles, whom I don’t fully trust, to infiltrate The Farm somehow.

Their best bet to get in and check on their mother, who hasn’t responded in days, is Kevin, which should tell you everything you need to know about the operation their running.

Kevin came to apologize to Betty and call a truce, but she wasn’t over the fact that he tried to drag her by her ankles to a lobotomy.

Sorry, you don’t just bounce back from that Kev.

Betty and Charles didn’t fully trust him so they tested him and he failed with flying colors.

But eventually, Betty knew she had to tell him the truth if she wanted him to help, so she told him about his mother being undercover at the Farm.

When he told Fangs about the fake witness, he was able to see where Edgar and his minions are hiding out.

Let’s get mama Alice out of there.

Jughead’s storyline was probably the most interesting because he was recruited to a prestigious (and privileged) school titled Stonewall.

The teacher, Mr. Chipping, came to recruit him personally and despite initial hesitation, Jughead was loving that the school and students dedicated themselves to learning.

If I’m honest, though, the school looks like the kind of place where weird things happen and things go wrong.

When FP said his father went missing while attending the school, it was obvious that Jug’s time at Stonewall wouldn’t be spent discussing Moby Dick.

What are they up to in that school?

Betty’s support meant the world, even if we’re opposed to Jughead transferring. (We don’t mind his uniform one bit, however.)

We can’t have him looped out of the core four.

And lastly, Cheryl seems like she has it all together, but it’s growing increasingly alarming that she’s chatting up her corpse of a brother like it’s no big deal.

Cheryl hasn’t told Toni about it nor does she want anyone to know so at least we know that below the surface she knows it’s wrong.

What did you think of the second episode of Riverdale Season 4?

Are you intrigued yet or are they off to a slow start?

What do you think happens to Jughead?


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‘Riverdale’ Time Jump: Meet Veronica’s Husband (Nope, It’s Not Archiekins)

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'Riverdale' Time Jump Casting: Meet Veronica's Husband (Nope, It's Not Archiekins)

Changes are underway for our favorite Riverdale residents when season 5 premieres and this casting news is not going to sit well with “Varchie” fans.

The CW series cast The Perfectionists Chris Mason to play Veronica Lodge’s husband, Deadline reports.

Now, you might be wondering why Veronica has a husband in high school, but the series is planning to time jump several years once it wraps up the remaining episodes from season 4 that were delayed by the COVID pandemic, which include senior prom and graduation.

This all means that in those few years, Veronica and Archie called it quits. Maybe it had something to do with his feelings for Betty Cooper?

First Look: ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Trailer Reveals Prom Night, VHS Tape Mystery and More

The casting also reveals that Ronnie will be making her way to the Big Apple following high school as Mason, who will play a Chad Gekko, is described as a Wall Street banker. 

And you know how Archie is all easy-going and artistic? Well, that’s not Chad at all. Veronica’s husband is described as a “controlling and jealous alpha male.” Hmmm, sounds like Hiram Lodge, right?

“Chad is threatened by Veronica’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie,” the official description notes.

With Chad and Veronica’s relationship already on the outs before it even had a chance to thrive, does that mean there’s a chance Veronica and Archie reconcile eventually? 

While it’s unclear what the future holds, we also know that Vanessa Morgan’s real-life pregnancy is being written into the show. Is it a Choni baby? Or has Riverdale’s other favorite couple also broken up?

Mason is set to appear in the fourth episode of the series, which returns on Wednesday, January 20, and while we’re excited to see how senior year pans out and to finally solve the mystery of those VHS tapes, we also can’t wait to see what post-college life looks for everyone!

What do you think of this casting news? Sound off in the comments! 


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Is a #Choni Baby on the Way? Vanessa Morgan Says Her Pregnancy Will Be Written Into ‘Riverdale’

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Vanessa Morgan says her pregnancy will be written into Riverdale. Is a #Choni Baby on the Way?

Toni Topaz is having a baby! 

Vanessa Morgan announced that Riverdale is incorporating her real-life pregnancy into the storyline. 

Officially on maternity leave!!!! Ahh!! Feeling grateful to my showrunner & producers for being so accommodating & writing my pregnancy into the show!🤰🏽Also proud of my body for allowing me to still work almost 9 months preggo. Now time to have a baby,” she captioned an Instagram photo behind-the-scenes of The CW show. 

It seems that Toni’s pregnancy will become part of the five-year flash-forward story arc, which has many fans wondering if she’s still dating Cheryl Blossom. 

Is a Choni baby on the way?

Riverdale Season 5 was supposed to kick off with a time-jump. However, since Riverdale Season 4 was cut short by the COVID pandemic, the time-jump has been slightly pushed back. 

Not much has been revealed about the time-jump as the upcoming season 5 trailer focuses mostly on the VHS tape mystery and senior prom, however, show creator Roberto Aguirre Sacasa gave fans a glimpse at “future Kevin Keller.”

Well, here’s one spoiler for what happened during #Riverdale’s time-jump: Kevin Keller got hella swole. Both Kevin–and @caseycott–are KILLING IT this season. The world is not ready for Episode 8…,” he captioned a photo of Casey Cott’s character in nothing but a towel! 
 

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Morgan’s Riverdale castmates helped her celebrate her baby boy with a Halloween-themed baby shower! 

The actress dressed up with Camila Mendes (Veronica), Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl). She was a skeleton while the trio dressed as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls.


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Who Is Behind Riverdale’s Disturbing and Mysterious VHS Tapes?

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Who Is Behind Riverdale's Disturbing and Mysterious VHS Tapes?

The Riverdale season 5 trailer reveals that we’ll finally be getting to the bottom of the VHS tape mystery… and more specifically, the voyeur behind the increasingly violent and disturbing tapes.

Aside from the prom, the tapes — many of which have featured hours of footage of the exterior of residents’ homes — seem to be the crux of the upcoming season as the writers wrap up all the storylines that were intended for season 4 before it was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

Season 5 was initially supposed to kick-off with a five-year time-jump, which fans are hoping will happen sooner rather than later.

Let’s take a look at some potential suspects who may be responsible for the tapes: 

First Look: ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 Trailer Reveals Prom Night, VHS Tape Mystery and More

Charles (and Chic)

Charles has the time, access, and control of the situation. He’s been privy to every “private” situation since he’s so close to Jughead, Betty, and the inner-circle and eavesdrops on their conversations. He could have gotten the other tapes when the FBI raided the Blue Velvet, plus he’s able to distribute the videos as many keep popping up at his workplace. Charles has been helping the duo investigate the videos and yet, they aren’t any closer to figuring out the truth, which could be his play all along. Maybe he’s manipulating them as part of a larger agenda.

Fans have suspected him from day one since he hasn’t been truly honest about who he is and what his motivations are. And then there’s the fact that he has a secret relationship with Chic, the disturbed man who pretended to be him in previous seasons and also wants revenge on the Cooper/Jones fmailies. He’s a prime-suspect… and for good reason!

 

Bret

We know Bret was using outdated technology — ahem, VHS tapes — for blackmail purposes, but would they be that obvious? Maybe Bret and the Stonies are playing some long game because we know that they truly despised Jughead and Betty. 

They’d obviously want revenge for getting thrown in jail, but if Bret is behind bars, who is doing his dirty work? In the trailer, he also warns Jughead and Betty of what’s coming next, which paints him as a suspect. How else would he possibly know anything unless he’s responsible/in cahoots with someone that’s behind the tapes? There’s only so much he can do behind bars. 

 

Mr Honey

There’s always a chance that Mr. Honey is still alive. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time this show has faked a character death, possibly to further his plans. He took the job at Stonewall Prep (plagued with its own issues) rather quickly!

The Riverdale season 4 finale attempted to redeem him, but Mr. Honey was pegged at the season’s villain when he made it clear he had a vendetta against the students for no reason. And he always had a weird obsession with Riverdale and its residents and was even caught trying to make his own movie, which he explained as an attempt at protecting the students. The person behind the videos is re-enacting Riverdale’s darkest mysteries and moments as to punish and teach those involved a lesson, and who better than someone who has been getting to know the town on a personal level?

 

Evelyn Evernever

It’s wishful thinking to have run Evelyn out of town. She’s crazy enough to be able to pull off anything, as we’ve seen with her dealings with the Farm. She’s also never shied away from her desire to torture Betty and the rest of her friends even while behind bars! Maybe she’s still in cahoots with Donna? The enemy of my enemy is my friend after all. Evelyn has plenty of reasons to want revenge for the murder of her husband, Edgar. Or maybe Edgar is still alive? And they’re both pulling the strings to torture the town!

There were a lot of “Farmies” that were brainwashed, so she could even be getting help from anyone including the likes of Mr. Weatherbee or poor Kevin.

And let’s be honest, she’s never actually cared about the residents of Riverdale — she’s always enjoyed messing with them.

 

Hiram Lodge

I’ll be surprised when there’s a day that Hiram Lodge isn’t behind the creepy happenings in Riverdale. Whoever is making the videos knows personal details about specific incidents such as Jason and Clifford Blossom’s deaths. Hiram knows everything; he has people and eyes everywhere, and he’s not above an evil scheme if it works in his favor. Over the past seasons, he’s become less and less villainous (though, he’s tried), so maybe this is his way of redeeming himself in a final hurrah. 

Jelly Bean would have been a strong contender in this category. Her arrival was under false pretenses and coincided with the arrival of the tapes. She hasn’t had an easy upbringing, it was upended, and then her mother was sent away, so maybe she’s bored and lashing out. However, all of that seems to be discredited by the clip in the trailer which shows her getting a knife dragged across her face as she sleeps peacefully.

Other possibilities include Betty in a compelled trance, Jason Blossom from beyond the grave, or Polly, who was also easily pulled in by The Farmies. 

I’d like it best if all the “villains” — Charles, Chic, Ethel, Evelyn, Donna, and Bret — were all working together to mess with the rest of the town. 
 

Why do you think the voyeur is doing this? Is it another situation like the Black Hood trying to “wipe out” the sin in town? Is there a darker reason behind the tapes? Or is this just an amateur stalker hoping to get a rise out of the small town residents?


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