Aliens have arrived in Riverdale.
Or so Jughead thinks.
I guess the appropriate term would be Mothman, which Jughead and Tabitha Tate investigated on a deeper level after it was first brought up by old man Dreyfuss.
While Dreyfuss’s account may not have been credible, you have to believe it coming from Pop Tate, who said he witnessed the supernatural event 50 years ago.
And the insanity continues when it’s revealed Nana Rose was there too. Then again, she’s been around for so long, what hasn’t she seen?
She even preserved the Mothman body in a barrel of maple syrup (because why wouldn’t she?), which was stolen the evening Jughead had the very same encounter.
If you were skeptical about Pop and Nana’s recollection of that night, Jughead experienced the same exact thing complete with the jukebox playing, the gumballs spilling from the machine, and the light shining over Pop’s.
When Jughead woke up hours later, the Mothman skeleton was gone. But who took it?
Are Jughead’s eyes playing tricks on him? Did he imagine all of this? Or is there really a supernatural presence in town?
Whatever it is, let’s hope it isn’t just forgotten about like that time Polly’s babies floated.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all on Riverdale, the show manages to become even more unhinged.
For now, it seems like Jughead and Tabitha’s storyline is completely disconnected from what I’m calling “the heroes of Riverdale,” which is Betty discovering a pattern of missing young women (including Polly) and trying to solve it, Archie investing in the football team and building up a volunteer fire department, and Veronica boosting Riverdale’s economy with monopoly money with her face on it.
However, I do think that Jughead’s plot will eventually intersect with the missing girls that Betty encountered.
Something sinister is happening off of the Lonely Highway and it involves truckers and dead bodies appearing in the swamp.
Don’t ask me how it connects to Jughead’s findings, but human trafficking seems too basic for Riverdale unless it comes with some twist like organ harvesting a la The Farm.
At this point, Betty has found two missing girls — one of them remains unidentified, while the other was Margaret Harper. All of their stories seem to be similar to Polly’s as they fell into the wrong crowd.
With the help of Sheriff Keller and Toni, Betty is looking for what happened to approximately 21 young women.
There’s also a chance these missing girls connect to Betty’s serial killer The Trash Bag Killer, who Glenn informed her has made a reappearance in Tulsa and snatched up two more victims.
It’s noble of Betty to tackle this case, but she also needs to prioritize her mental health. How can she help anyone if she’s plagued by PTSD from her encounter with the TBK?
I also can’t help but chuckle every time Betty waves around her FBI badge since she hasn’t actually finished any of her training.
Hiram Lodge may be the worst thing to ever happen to Riverdale, but it was hilarious when he called her badge something she got out of a Cracker Jack bag! Nothing gets past that man.
Well, except for the fact that Reggie led Betty to one of the missing bodies. He didn’t want Betty to use his name because he was scared of Hiram’s reaction.
Why? Is Hiram somehow involved in the disappearance of these girls? He didn’t seem sympathetic when Alice mentioned Polly was missing. And he seemed to know that there were more bodies in the swamp.
I guess it does work in his favor because if word got out about the brutal deaths by blunt force trauma, it would make Riverdale an even more undesirable place to live.
However, Hiram seems to have a plan grander than SoDale and the turnpike, which Reggie said were just “necessary smokescreens.”
What is Hiram really up to?
Veronica and Archie are both doing their best to revive the town of Riverdale.
Ronnie decided to teach some real-life economics during her economy class by introducing River Dollars — money that could be spent exclusively in town to bolster the local economy.
In a shocking twist, this actually isn’t her worst idea. River Dollars only have value in Riverdale, so they encourage everyone to invest them back into local businesses. Win-win.
The only downfall? Her class got greedy and decided to print more money than there was collateral, which tanked the market.
But Ronnie always knows how to clean up a mess and this time, she quite literally helped clean up a mess by making her students clear off all the litter from the streets of Riverdale.
In his attempt to drive all remaining residents away, Hiram got rid of waste services and also, the fire department, which obviously, isn’t ideal for residents.
Archie already has a full plate, but he’s spreading himself even thinner by spearheading the fire department.
But taking on too many things won’t be Archie’s downfall — his downfall will be his recklessness.
After Bernardo (guest-starring Ryan Faucett from Katy Keene) told all the recruits that no one runs into a burning building by themselves, Archie did just that the moment they encountered their first fire.
Seriously, I’m rolling my eyes so hard.
Thankfully, he wasn’t badly injured and was back in training the following day.
The group of high school volunteers didn’t seem promising, but with original firefighter Chief Russell leading the charge alongside Fangs, Kevin, and Eric Jackson (Archie’s buddy from the army who is looking for purpose following the war), they may actually have a shot at saving Riverdale from burning to the ground.
Eric already hates Hiram and he hasn’t even met the guy. That’s the kind of attitude Riverdale needs!
And I’m pumped for that firemen calendar Ronnie proposed.
There wasn’t any Betty and Archie interaction this week, which was a little upsetting, but my heart couldn’t help but skip a beat when Veronica donated a fire truck to the volunteers and said “anything for you Archie.”
Am I crazy for still shipping them despite being totally into Betty and Archie?
Also, Veronica and Cheryl are singlehandedly supporting this town with their well of funds.
Speaking of Cheryl, she’s the only one who can’t seem to find a purpose post-high school.
Her “dance-off” with a Vixen was lame and pathetic. There was nothing cute about that call-back to her original dance-off when she was a senior, it just proved that Cheryl hasn’t moved on.
I don’t want to say that Cheryl peaked in high school, so please don’t make me.
It’s beneath Cheryl to claim the Vixen’s are her birthright and compete with Toni over ownership.
Let’s hope Toni somehow got through to Cheryl with her blunt speech about not being a holy terror anymore for no reason.
There’s also the return of Ms. Marple (Agatha from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who confronted Cheryl about the painting of Jason being a skillful forgery. Is she going to want a cut of Cheryl’s profits?
And will we ever find out why Cheryl is doing this?
What did you think of what some might call the most bizarre episode of Riverdale to date? Do you think aliens are real or is Jughead just a sloppy drunk?
Are Veronica, Archie, and Betty in over their heads or do they have an actual shot of saving the town?
Let us know in the comments!
‘Riverdale’ Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially A Couple Again
Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are officially giving it another go.
The Riverdale co-stars, who broke up in the fall of 2019, are dating once again, a source close to the TV show exclusively tells E! News.
“The break was nice for them and they reconnected on set of Riverdale,” the source reveals.
How did their makeup come to be? According to the insider, “Being around all of their mutual friends and hanging out together often made them realize they still have a strong connection and chemistry.”
The source adds, “They care a lot about each other and have a bond from filming together for so many hours each day.”
They’re in no rush to get serious, with the source saying, “It’s going well and they aren’t putting too much stress on the relationship.”
The cast of Riverdale reunited in Canada in the fall to resume filming after the pandemic. At the time, Camila was dating Grayson Vaughan (even kissing him goodbye on the tarmac before taking off).
However, she split with the photographer about four months ago, with a separate source noting that the travel ban did not make their long distance relationship “easy.” The second insider shared, “There was no drama at all, and they are still friends. Their relationship just ran its course.”
That breakup seems to have made room for a take two with Charles, who plays the Reggie to her Veronica.
Last week, Camila, 26, and Charles, 30, were spotted on a night out with their co-star Cole Sprouse, his brother Dylan Sprouseand model Stella Maxwell. On June 4, the group was seen dining at the French restaurant La Poubelle Bistro in L.A., where Charles had his arm around Cami. The couple left together in his car, clueing fans in to their new romance.
Cami and Charles originally started dating back in 2018, but took a break the next year. At the time, a separate source explained, “Their relationship escalated very quickly and they are taking time now to focus on their work and themselves.”
She later acted in Palm Springs, Dangerous Lies and Day by Day, while he appeared in Bad Boys For Life, Mainstream and, soon, American Horror Stories.
Their busy work schedules put “pressure” on the relationship, with lots of “ups and downs,” per the third insider.
Now, it seems, they’re older, wiser and ready to dive back in.
E! News has reached out to their reps for comment.
‘Riverdale’s KJ Apa Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Clara Berry
KJ Apa is going to be a father.
The actor, best known for playing Archie Andrews in the hit TV series Riverdale, is expecting his first child with girlfriend Clara Berry.
The 23-year-old made the announcement on Instagram with a photo showing the 27-year-old’s baby bump.
Berry then confirmed the pregnancy by sharing several maternity photos.
Apa commented: “she’s pregnant btw,” to which Berry responded, “We are ❤️.”
Apa’s co-star, Vanessa Morgan, who recently welcomed son River, commented: “Rivers soon to be bestie ♥️”
Congrats to the parents-to-be.
Riverdale Midseason Finale Review – The Pincushion Man (5×10)
I wish I had some maple mushrooms cause maybe then I’d be able to make sense of what transpired on the midseason finale of Riverdale.
Things just keep getting weirder and weirder on this series for absolutely no reason, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t tune in solely to see how absurd things get.
Everyone made some pretty questionable choices during “The Pincushion Man,” which, much to my surprise, is not the name of a new serial killer in town.
Honestly, the only one who made any reasonable decisions was Archie, who stood up against his General and refused to follow a direct order opting to go with his instinct instead.
It helped that a reporter for the New York Times made him aware that the mission, which General Taylor wanted to celebrate him for, may have been dirty.
Once he informed Taylor that he would not accept the Silver Eagle medal, Taylor’s true colors came to the surface as he threatened to make Archie a scapegoat.
Archie stood his ground and said that he was at peace with his decision, even if it meant he had to go in front of a judge and relive the experience.
Archie has faced off against Hiram Lodge on several occasions, so he’s definitely not intimidated by a General.
In fact, they’re still dealing with Hiram’s wrath as he purposefully freed all of his inmates to cause havoc in Riverdale. He really just cannot let it go.
At least now we know why Hiram is so hellbent on destroying his former hometown (aside from the fact that he just enjoys it) — he’s after palladium, a precious rare metal that’s more than gold.
Releasing the inmates interrupted parent-teacher night, and it’s shocking that Riverdale High still has any students enrolled. Then again, Professor Weatherbee said wanted to show the parents that they could protect the kids, and Archie delivered by singlehandedly taking on the inmates.
Two unexpected visitors from the prison — Charles and Chic — also crashed Juniper and Dagwood’s birthday party for absolutely no reason, and the whole thing was kind of bizarre.
Betty and Alice didn’t call the police because, in case you forgot, Riverdale only has a Sheriff who was nowhere to be found while the town was being overrun by criminals, but that’s beside the point.
The weirdest part was that Alice was accommodating of her guests and still seems to care about Charles despite all the pain he’s caused the family. Plus, she was devastated when she shot him in self-defense. Why? I understand that he’s her son, but stop being naive and putting your family in danger, Alice! What a blindspot!
I think Chic is finally dead, but I can’t confirm that.
And the twins definitely have some kind of serial killer gene coursing through their veins. They didn’t even feel remorse for hurting their classmate. The smiles on their faces were beyond creepy.
I’m glad Betty stood up for them and didn’t allow Juniper to stab Glen because it could’ve triggered something.
I don’t really understand why Betty gave Glen another chance, almost as much as I can’t comprehend why Veronica would allow herself to get wooed by Chad one last time, but I guess the heart wants what it wants?
They both realized the error of their ways almost immediately. Glen revealed that he was more into examining Betty’s family and their predisposition to murder than actually solving Polly’s disappearance and the case of the missing girls along the Lonely Highway.
This man didn’t see an issue with using his girlfriend’s toxic family for his dissertation!
I hope this is the last we’ve seen of him.
Betty connected her father Hal aka the Black Hood to “Nedslist,” which is how women and truckers get hooked up on the Lonely Highway. Do the murders have something to do with him? Or was that just Glen’s attempt at learning more about her family history?
As for Veronica, she fell into the “one last night” magic when she visited Chad only to learn the next morning that he wasn’t interested in giving her a divorce and used her jewelry business for some bad investments that caused them to go into debt.
Additionally, he threatened to testify against her if they divorced and blame her for all the dirty deals, which basically backed Veronica into a corner.
Again, why would Veronica trust a man who openly blackmailed her with photos of her and Archie? He’s clearly a master manipulator and was never going to let her off the hook that easily.
Ladies, get it together!
Even worse than hooking up with the husband that you plan on divorcing is cheating on your current boyfriend.
And Jughead… well, he was on quite a trip with those psychedelic mushrooms.
Though Tabitha was initially hesitant to babysit him while he took them, she eventually agreed to do it when she realized he wouldn’t change his mind.
However, she probably should’ve stuck around the whole time.
Jughead successfully wrote his novel, which was the goal all along, but everything that transpired while he was high was quite a mess.
He hallucinated his ex Jess before having an intense experience with Betty who kept apologizing for the pain she caused him senior year. That paired with Jughead’s confession to Tabitha that he isn’t ready for a relationship cause he never moved on from his breakup with Betty was definitely enough to give Bughead fans hope for the future. And I can’t say I’m not happy that the series won’t be using Tabitha as a tool to reunite Jughead and Betty.
That is if Jughead survives. When Tabitha returned at some point during his drug-induced trip, she found the bunker covered in blood and Jughead nowhere to be found.
It’s unclear what, if anything, Jughead hallucinated was real, but there was a whirring sound that indicated he had an encounter with the mothmen.
Did they abduct him? Did he try to search for them?
Moral of the story: drugs are bad kids.
Hiram didn’t just stir up trouble at Riverdale High, he also tasked Reggie with getting the maple groves from the Blossom family. Apparently, the palladium is nestled right under the trees.
Nana Rose was all too willing to sell because of the Blossom curse, but Cheryl basically said: “over my dead body.”
So, Reggie went to the extremes and set the groves on fire. We thought Reggie was on the right path when he turned on Hiram and supported the Bulldogs in the previous episode, but he’s right back at being Hiram’s lackey again.
Penelope, who also broke out of prison, explained that they needed to call upon the wind to redirect the fire, and after they prayed to their satanic altar, a windstorm appeared and spared at least half of the groves.
Riverdale always does this weird thing where it tries to dabble in the supernatural but never fully crosses the line into that world. It’s annoying. Either you’re embracing the magic or you aren’t. You can’t have it both ways!
Other Midseason Musings
- Min-Min and Cheryl are definitely over, right? Minerva had the right idea when she made a break for it because I have no doubt Nana Blossom would try to sacrifice her.
- Kevin Keller with a blade? It was a look.
- Toni’s absence was explained as bed rest due to pregnancy. I’ll let it slide simply because the series has made it a priority to integrate her into more episodes, and we know she was actually pregnant so maybe she really needed the break.
- Betty is now taking Polly’s case into her own hands, but what’s her plan? Is she going to drive the truck and look for clues?
What did you think of the midseason finale of Riverdale? Let us know in the comments below!
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