Nope, the horror-movie inspired title isn’t a coincidence. Riverdale tried their hand at the teen-lakehouse-horror niche and well, I don’t think it lived up to the hype.
When a regular dad tells you to go spend a weekend at the lakehouse, you go eagerly. When Hiram Lodge tells you, you question his motives.
What father, especially one that was so skeptical of Archie in the first place, suggests his teen daughter and her boyfriend spend a weekend alone in a cabin? The kind of dad who is up to some shady dealings in town and doesn’t want his daughter and her friends to get in the way.
And yes, the fact that these high-schoolers are Hiram Lodge’s biggest concern is in itself concerning.
The foursome — because I can definitely call them that after they all basically swapped spit (we’re still waiting on you Archie and Jughead) – drive out to Lodge Lodge (clever!) for the weekend and almost immediately, Jughead is convinced it’s a distraction.
Everyone tries to tell him that he’s become “too obsessed with conspiracy’s about Hiram Lodge,” but Jughead seems to be the ONLY one who is seeing things clearly.
Heck, even his father thinks that Hiram buying back the Sunnyside Trailer Park is a show of good faith. Since when does Hiram do anything without an ulterior motive? Never.
When the words “relax” and “unwind” are thrown around so loosely, it’s almost a guarantee that the weekend will be filled with teen angst, which comes immediately in the form of a scorned-Cheryl.
Cheryl has impeccable timing but revealing the Barchie kiss to Jughead doesn’t exact the reaction she had hoped for. Her twisted brain thought everyone was emotionally weak just like her, but Veronica and Archie were never phased by the kiss and Jughead wasn’t mad either, he was more concerned with why Betty didn’t tell him.
Truthfully, if Jughead did get upset about it, he’d be a hypocrite considering he did worse things with Toni, who oddly enough is expressing interest in Cheryl. More on that later.
We can’t even blame Cheryl for deliberately trying to ruin their weekend because she’s so damaged. In addition to being a fill de Joie, her mother is also emotionally abusive! Cheryl is simply lashing out because of her pain.
There were a few moments foreshadowing the horror that was about to go down at Lodge Lodge.
First off, Archie saw Andre’s gun when he dropped them off at the lakehouse. Why would the moment be *so* obvious if it wasn’t going to be relevant later?
Then, while the girls were loose-lipped about their “richness” in town, Jughead made a comment about how close they all were if anything happened, “we’d all blow up.”
The “explosion” came in the form of a couple’s fight – Archie & Veronica vs. Betty and Jughead.
Betty joined Jughead in accusing Hiram of trying to screw everyone over after she found out he bought The Register.
Dude, Hiram is trying to buy all of Riverdale like he bought Veronica’s love but in this case, it’s having adverse effects.
“He’s trying to control the free press,” budding journalist Jughead yelled out. And he wouldn’t be wrong — Hiram has been buying properties for his SoDale project and with his purchase of the newspaper, he ensures no one slanders his name in the press.
And yeah, it doesn’t seem like Riverdale has a local news channel… yet.
Before they can even hash things out, our fantastic four are ambushed by a group of punk-ass dudes wearing ski-masks, which really brings the Black Hood PTSD out of Archie.
Yes, the “robbery” is a traumatic but this Black Hood fake-out kind of negates the purpose of the episode.
The teaser made us believe that the Black Hood, which we know is still out there, was coming back for blood. But it turned out to be some kids who wanted cash, which Veronica gave them while enacting the emergency security button.
Archie sat by idly when his dad got shot, but he couldn’t do that now, which actually put him in more danger.
As he chased down the masked robber, Andre arrived to “take care of it,” which is where his gun came into play.
I can’t even begin to count how many times we’ve heard the sound of a gunshot in the distance on this series on one hand.
Archie now has this guys blood on his hands, but he doesn’t feel guilty because unlike with the Black Hood, he didn’t let him get away.
However, I’d argue these guys weren’t as dangerous nor was the crime as severe as BH’s.
Hiram was oddly proud of Archie for protecting his own and there’s something to be said about him wanting to turn Veronica’s boyfriend into a cold-blooded killer like himself. Does anyone else hate their new bond besides Veronica and I?
I worry that this robbery was yet another set up to test’s Archie’s loyalty, just like with the fake FBI agent.
Now back to Cheryl, who stayed behind in Riverdale and ended up one of the many solo-movie goers on a Friday night. Really, do people actually do that? Small towns are so weird.
The series has dropped hints of a possible bi-storyline for Cheryl first with her relationship with Josie and now with her moments with Toni.
We know Toni is bi and her interest in “taking care and lending a hand’” to Cheryl raises a few eyebrows.
We’ve always assumed Cheryl’s just an entitled child with a strained relationship with her mother, however, we never knew that it was because her mother ripped her first-love away from her.
Or that her first love was a girl named Heather who she was caught in bed with.
Trying to picture Penelope, a woman of questionable morals, calling anyone a deviant is hilarious.
I can bet money that Toni and Cheryl will develop feelings for each other, which will not only infuriate Jughead and also cause friction within the Serpents since Cheryl has always been an adversary.
While we’re airing out secrets, we can add Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller’s relationship to the list.
Surprisingly, Josie knew that her mother was cheating and in an attempt to spite her, informed Kevin, who was not pleased with his father’s affair while his mother was “risking her life.”
Kevin does have a point, this is a pretty low blow for Keller.
It’s not the only dissapointment Kevin is facing this week though, as Moose is also being pretty shady when it comes to their “relationship.” Heck, even their friendship.
Kevin’s been into Moose every since they began hooking up occasionally in the wood and while Moose insisted Midge knew about them and was “open” to the idea, he was actually lying.
Midge clearly picked up on some tension when she asked Kevin to join them at Pops’.
Will she dump him when she finds out of his “deviant” ways? Sorry, the word is just too good.
And poor Betty returned from a crappy trip to her crappy reality as a prisoner in her own home.
As Jughead narrated, sometimes intruders don’t barge in, they creep up quietly after being invited in. We’re obviously referring to Chic, who like Hiram, is playing some larger game with the Cooper’s.
He’s obviously out to destroy them, possibly for putting him up for adoption all those years ago.
I’d say he was the mastermind behind the whole murder because he knew Alice and Betty would cover for him and he would be able to dangle it over their heads and manipulate them in the future.
Must I point out that creepy smile he gave Jughead when he made it a point for him not to say anything or it would be “bad for Alice and Betty”? He seemed all too pleased with himself for pushing them into a corner.
And if my theory about Chic being Alice and FP’s child is true, it means that Chic is also Jughead’s stepbrother.
Is Chic working with the Black Hood?
- Did Dark Betty give up web-caming and is exclusively dressing up for Jughead?
- Veronica’s comment about Betty’s role-playing was cold and also, too much information for Archie.
- I love how Veronica thinks she has any pull in this Hiram-Archie bromance.
- “Is that their response for everything? Can’t they ever just have a conversation.” I love Jughead’s observation of Varchie’s active sex-life.
- Jughead was way too eager to kiss Veronica. Clearly he’s still a guy in high school. Or just a guy, really.
‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom
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.
“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.
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!
‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce
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.
“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.”
Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January.
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
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.
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.”
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.
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