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Riverdale Review – Aliens and Heroes (5×07)

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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. 

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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! 


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Riverdale Season Finale Review – To Cursed New Beginnings (5×19)

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Riverdale Review RIP (?) Season 5 Finale Episode 19

Now, that’s how you do a season finale. 

Riverdale has been all over the map with its storylines this season, and just when I’d given up hope, the series proved that it can deliver a solid episode when it really wants to. 

Riverdale Season 5 Episode 19 brought the wrath of Cheryl, the wrath of Abigail, and the wrath of Hiram Lodge proving that while the small town can turn over a new leaf, it can never escape the sins of its past. 

At this point, is the town even worth saving anymore?

The episode kicked off with the final straw in the Hiram Lodge saga. Everyone has turned a blind eye through all of his devious and malicious actions, but setting fire to Pops’ Chocklit Shoppe was the point of no return. 

After Toni (who is finally getting her much-deserved storyline) and Fangs got confirmation from a Ghoulie that he was carrying out Hiram’s orders, Ronnie, Archie, and Betty snooped around his office and found out that his plan was to phase out Riverdale with his newly incorporated SoDale. 

It took the attack on Pop’s for everyone to realize that they needed to step up to Hiram once and for all. 

The exile was a pretty solid plan, I’m not going to lie, but it required some follow-through that they didn’t think of. 

Pushing Hiram Lodge out of town is one thing, but when he has so many lackeys to do his dirty work, there’s no guaranteeing he’ll go down without a fight. 

And he didn’t. In what seemed like one of his last acts in Riverdale, he decided to plant a bomb under Archie’s bed. 

What is it this guy and Archie? At this point, it’s just a weird obsession.

Riverdale Review RIP (?) Season 5 Finale Episode 19

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Five: RIVERDALE: RIP (?)” — Image Number: RVD519fg_0050r — Pictured: Madelaine Patsch as Cheryl Blossom — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s a bold move on Hiram’s part considering there was a 50/50 chance Veronica would be at Archie’s at the time. 

I guess his vendetta against Archie is so strong, he doesn’t care if it brings down his own mija. 

I’m sure it hurt when she turned her back on him, but what did Hiram expect? He’s pushed everyone in this town so far that they were bound to push back. 

Though you have to admit, Hiram did look good walking away! 

It’s unclear if there were any casualties from the bomb, but it wasn’t looking good for Archie or Betty, who came back to his place to give their relationship another try. 

Will the Barchie fandom’s happiness be short-lived? I haven’t heard of any of the core cast members wanting to leave the series, so maybe they were able to make a run for it after all?

It wouldn’t be fair to toy with Barchie fans so blatantly. But also, is Archie a serial dater? That man cannot be single for a second!

We know the bomb was Hiram’s doing, but it was conveniently timed just as Cheryl enacted the curse to avenge her ancestor Abigail, who was burned at the sake by the descendants of Archie, Betty, and Jughead. 

I was not a fan of Cheryl’s parish storyline, but I’m definitely interested in exploring a plot filled with magic. After all, Riverdale borders Greendale, which served as the backdrop for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Magic must run through Riverdale’s veins, and there’s no one better to be involved than the Blossom’s. 

The only thing that is troubling about the storyline is that it really pushes Cheryl away from all of her peers even more. 

She’s always so caught up in her witchy woo that she has no connection to anyone else. 

Also, Archie made a good point — why did they have to atone for the sins of their past when they were trying to move forward and build a better Riverdale?

No one has held the sins of Cheryl’s ancestors against her more than she has. She’s been trying to atone because she thought she was cured, not because anyone actually blamed her for anything. 

And well, her direct family members have caused their fair share of havoc in town, so maybe that’s why the Blossom name remains tarnished. 

Archie, Jughead, and Betty had nothing to do with their descendant’s decisions in the 1800s! 

Even so, they could’ve addressed it at the next town hall. Plus, it didn’t call for a curse to be placed on them. Do they really need any more bad luck coming their way? As Jughead noted at the beginning of the episode, they aren’t thriving, they are simply surviving. 

I’d argue that they’ve had curses placed on them this whole time. Archie lost his whole family and came back from a war with severe PTSD. Jughead spiraled into alcoholism after his writing career hit a snag. Veronica has dealt with Hiram Lodge her whole life, plus, she put up with a controlling husband that she ended up killing in self-defense. And Betty spent the whole season working the Lonely Highway to avenge her sister’s death only to be tracked down by the Trash Bag Killer upon graduation from Quantico. 

I mean, how much worse can their lives get?

Oh yeah… the bomb. Turns out, they can get worse. 

Alice seems to have forgotten all about her anger towards Betty, which is fine, I guess. Not much came of the Trash Bag Killer’s call, but he made it certain that he hasn’t forgotten about “Pretty Betty.” I don’t know what’s to come of this storyline, but he looked scarier than all of Riverdale’s villains and serial killers combined. 

Alice will likely be investing all her time in rehabbing Riverdale as part of the City Council, where she’ll work alongside potential future bf Uncle Frank (why does she always go for the men related to Betty’s bfs?), Tabitha Tate, and Toni. Yay, for diversity finally being embraced. 

Somehow, the season finale managed to squeeze quite a lot into one hour, so I’ll just bullet point some other notable moments:

  • Archie isn’t the only one moving on from his relationship. Veronica seems to have realized that her ambitions and goals align more with her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Reggie, so the two are 100% on-again and opening up a casino in Riverdale… illegally, I think? 
  • Her dreams of returning to NYC were shot down when she was informed she’s no longer the She-Wolf of Wall Street but rather The Black Widow of Wall Street. Rough. 
  • Tabitha called Pop Tate to inform him about the fire, and he came back rocking his very best “I retired in FL” look. He also realized retirement is pretty boring (and likely missed the thrill of the small-town drama), so he asked her to come back and work at Pops! Pop is back! 
  • Jughead and Tabitha are dating, and they burned down Hiram’s fake news magazine “Lodge Ledger” with a Molotov cocktail. Who said the Serpents were boring?!
  • Jughead also revived and renamed the “Blue & Gold” to “Free Press.”
  • Poor Britta has been sucked into Cheryl’s whole situation. 
  • Fangs and Toni are oddly cute. She’s one bad momma, and at least they have a plan for the Serpents! 
  • I couldn’t help but laugh at how quickly Reggie confirmed that he was the one that gave them footage of Hiram killing his father’s killer. 

What did you think of the season finale of Riverdale?

Did it remind you that much like the small-town, the series has what it takes to be great again? 

Sound off in the comments, and see you on November 16 for the 5-episode event! 


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KJ Apa Is a Dad! ‘Riverdale’ Actor Welcomes First Child with Clara Berry

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KJ Apa has welcomed his first child with Clara Berry. 

The model announced the birth of her son with the Riverdale star in an Instagram post on Sunday.

“Sasha Vai Keneti Apa, born on the 23rd of September,” she wrote, adding, “He is a perfect perfection. I am the luckiest to have now two men of my life, filling my heart with this cosmic gigantic vast love.”

In the birth announcement, Berry can be seen holding the baby’s tiny little fingers. 

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Apa has no yet made a statement, however, his CW co-stars quickly weighed in with congratulations. 

“River’s new bestie!! #boymom,” Vanessa Morgan wrote, who welcomed son River in early 2021. 

“such a beautiful name. congrats clara!!” actress Camila Mendes, who plays Apa’s on-screen love interest, commented.

“Congrats mama!!!!” Madeline Petsch wrote. 

Meanwhile, Lili Reinhart noted: “Can’t wait to meet him 😍❤️ congratulations ❤️❤️❤️”

The 24-year-old actor announced Berry was expecting in May. 


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Riverdale Review – Dance of Death (5×17)

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Riverdale Review Dance of Death Season 5 Episode 17

The mystery of the Mothmen finally came to an end, along with the mystery of what happened to Polly Cooper. 

Jughead, Betty, and Tabitha closed in on the truth on Riverdale Season 5 Episode 17 as another young girl named Britta went missing while Lynette Fields aka Squeaky was confirmed dead. 

Is anyone else a bit bummed that the Squeaky mystery didn’t have too much meat to it?

The Mothmen mystery also wasn’t supernatural in the slightest, which isn’t exactly shocking when it comes to Riverdale.

The series always hints at the supernatural before elaborating on a story of serial killers. 

In this case, the serial killers picked up women on the Lonely Highway because they enjoyed the hunt. 

When compared to all the previous mysteries, this one was definitely the weakest. 

Jughead’s former student, the sleepwalker who turned up after a week, is the one who clued them into the location of the Mothmen’s lair. 

Turns out, it was none other than old man Dreyfuss, the one who told Jughead all about the Mothmen in the first place.

Dreyfuss was a Starkweather, a member of a family of Blossom offspring that were given away and raised in the woods. Yes, this is a true story straight from Nana’s mouth. 

Another Starkweather brother included the man Betty captured that bit off his own tongue. 

They were all in cahoots working the Lonely Highway and protecting each other. 

They assumed they were preying on women that no one cared about — that is until Polly came along. 

Eventually, Betty was able to get the location of Polly’s body out of Dreyfuss, and while it provided her family with some closure, it was far from the outcome Betty wanted for her sister. 

Riverdale Review Dance of Death Season 5 Episode 17

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Three: Dance of Death” — Image Number: RVD517fg_0018r — Pictured (L – R): Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Erinn Westbrook as Tabitha Tate — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

And it was even more disturbing that it was an act of crime on Betty’s family by her own family.

On the plus side, it was nice to see Betty and Jughead team up for yet another mystery. There hasn’t been one that these couldn’t solve. 

Toni was back, and she joined the crusade along with Fangs, who is helping her raise baby Anthony. 

There hasn’t been much of a storyline for Toni, but it was sweet that she went to bat for Britta, a student who confided in her about being gay and asked her to be there to come out to her parents. 

But all of this was maple syrup under the bridge because the most shocking moment came when Veronica killed Chadwick and turned on Hiram Lodge. 

I know she’s turned on her father plenty of times before, but this time felt different. 

This time, she took Archie’s side 100%. 

And she didn’t even seem phased to shoot Chad as she zenned out in a tub with Archie just hours after. 

This whole show is bonkers. 

Chad deserved everything that came his way after he plotted to kill Archie and then attacked Veronica in her own home.

Clearly, taking advice from Hiram Lodge wasn’t a sound solution. 

Veronica also realized she could never forgive her father for drumming up a mine explosion to kill Archie. 

It’s honestly insane that this adult is still so hung up over a man half his age. 

Archie may have been collateral damage in Veronica’s beef with Hiram over the palladium, but it was still very a very childish decision on his part. 

Will this be the final straw in Veronica’s relationship with Hiram?

I feel like after all that has transpired, she either abandons her father or faces the consequences of losing Archie. 

Will she pay to price for what happened to Chad? Or will self-defense hold up considering he tried to ambush her?

Cheryl may have found her calling as the divine. 

Though her friends, including Kevin, had little faith in her religion, Cheryl seemed to believe in herself after seeing her prayers to Mother Earth aka Gaia answered as Archie emerged from the mines. 

Will Kevin return to stand by Cheryl’s side?

And am I the only one completely annoyed with this church storyline?

What did you think of Riverdale? Are you enjoying the fact that it gets crazier by the week?

Let us know in the comments below!


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