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Riverdale – Manhunter (3×06)

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“Manhunter” may be, no, it 100% is the most outrageous episode in Riverdale’s arsenal, but it’s also the best installment to date.

In fact, despite the supernatural elements, unusual storyline and questionable moments, I’d even say it’s the best and most well-thought-out season yet.

Unlike the mystery of the Black Hood that felt scatterbrained, the mystery of Gryffon’s and Gargoyle’s follows a path and includes everyone in town.

And the game is ridiculously fun. Not only is it being referred to as a literal drug — Jughead, you’re an addict — but it’s an allegory for Riverdale with direct tie-in with the parents.

I think getting to know the parents in the past and as they are now is what I’m enjoying the most.

Unfortunately, said parents are being really cryptic on what they know about the game which isn’t helping their kids out in the slightest.

They keep saying they don’t want to rehash the past to protect the children but it’s having an adverse affect because the less they say, the more Betty and company dig into it and try to figure it out on their own.

The flashback Breakfast Club-inspired episode was only the tip of the iceberg it seems.

Alice said Betty’s in too far, but that’s only because Alice keeps lying to her at every turn. She keeps saying the game is so dangerous yet she abandoned Betty the minute the Gargoyle King showed up at their home.

It seems like she’d had more than one off encounter with the Gargoyle King.

Betty Cooper, persistant little thang that she is, has to trick the parents by sending them game invites in order for them to open up.

What could be so bad that they’d rather ignore it than use it to keep their children from repeating the past?

It seems like a better option than chaining your kid to a fridge so that he’ll “detox.” I’m surprised Jug didn’t just pull off the door handle and pursue Joaquin.

I’m all about satanic rituals in the woods and can understand a master and his disciples meeting in a forest to do whatever it is that they do, but that scene with the Gargoyle King in the Cooper household pushed the threshhold a bit.

Am I really to believe that someone would have gotten into their house with that tree costume fitting through the door and left all those markings upstairs?

And there was something about FP coming through a window and just hugging Alice as she freaked out about the GK being in her living room that made me uneasy.

His reaction almost made me think he knew what was happening down there because he plotted it.

If you didn’t catch it, the scene was a nod to the Scream films in which Skeet Ulrich’s character WAS the killer.

Maybe this is the writers’ way of telling us that history is repeating itself here. Do you think FP  is part of all of this?

I would have been convinced it was a dream-sequence had Alice not acknowlegded that Betty wasn’t having one of her episodes again.

But sending her to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy was a cruel decision. What is with these parents sending their children there and thinking it’s in their best interest?

Didn’t Alice learn her lesson the first few times? Why wouldn’t FP stop her?

And what in God’s name is happening at that place? Why are all the kids painting images of the Gargoyle King when this is supposed to be the “safest” place in Riverdale?

IS this a dream? IS Betty tripping? Honestly, what is happening and why am I enjoying it so much?

There are times when Alice comes off as a normal and caring mother, but then there are times like these where she makes irrational decisions and makes me question her sanity.

It’s almost as if she had a split personality; sometimes she’s open and honest with Betty, other times she’s cryptic.

I do think Penelope was telling the truth about not killing Darryl. You know when someone gives you the low-down on which poison they would have used instead they’re probably being sincere.

And I’m willing to bet Alice played a bigger role in all of this then she’s letting on, once again.

By writing in the paper that it was suicide, she squashed all queries and concerns.

But why would she want people to not know the truth?

What are they hiding?

It’s one thing to try to protect the fact that they murdered the principal, but killing anyone who was willing to talk?

That’s twisted.

Who do you think killed Darryl Doyle? Was he really the one who poisoned the chalices? Did he bring the game to Riverdale?

And what was he threatening that they had to silence him for?

Archie said it best, it’s Hiram, it always is.

Obviously, it makes the most sense that Hiram Lodge is the Gargoyle King even though he denies it saying he’s not some nerd.

If the game is supposed to mimic the town, it would only make sense that the Criminal Kingpin is also the Gargoyle King.

It would explain how his reach spreads so far and wide, and also why he’s been able to contorl everyone and make people do insane things to Archie.

There are other signs pointing to Hiram as the ring leader. He knew the Warden back in his highschool days which would give him the access to manipulate him, he’s the only one that really has it out for Archie, he places the blame on everyone else aka all the other “bad” dads, he’s the only one who knows what went down at the lakehouse that terrible night, and most importantly, he made the call to Minetta to “take care” of the witnesses in the mines when Veronica was getting too close to figuring out the truth.

Though I do wonder why he didn’t try harder to prevent Ronnie from getting her hands on the video which proved coercion? If he thought as far as getting rid of the witnesses to cover up loose ends, he should have taken care of everything.

It seems rather unlikely that Hiram wouldn’t be one-step ahead of her there.

Truthfully, I’m surprised it actually worked and Ronnie was able to clear Archie’s name.

Wouldn’t the video be inadmissable because of the way Veronica got it?

And why wouldn’t she bring a USB drive to grab the video instead of sending it by email? Does Riverdale not have USB drives yet?

For a manhunt as extensive as the one they said was happening for Archie, he sure had no problem getting around town.

How did no one notice a redheaded boy in a cap sitting in the corner of a hospital tyring his best to look inconspicious?

And don’t get me started on Archie and his hero complex. He’s learned absolutely nothing from his time in juvie. Instead of letting Veronica handle it as she said he would, Archie rushed to those mines and almost fell for Hiram’s trap yet again.

Stop following your insticts, Archie. They’re clearly what got him into this mess.

It’s so easy for Hiram to manipulate and do whatever he wants to Archie because Archie is beyond predictable.

That’s how Hiram knew the mines would be Archie’s next target; he’s in his mind.

Archie was right about one thing —  there is no future for him in Riverdale, not if Hiram Lodge is around.

Now, Hiram is a problem that the town should rally to take care of. The parents know exactly what he’s capable of yet they sit next to him in meetings and say absolutely nothing.

It’s kind of absurd.

Same goes for Veronica. She knows her father is a diabolical hitman and she still plays his game and calls him “daddy.”

Sometimes, I feel like she’s addicted to the dysfunction.

It was selfish of her to ask Archie to stay and naive for her to think things would be fine now that she cleared his name.

She’s definitely in denial about her fathers capabilities.

Since Archie has been marked with the “sacrifice” symbol, Joaquin warned that death was imminent.

But with Archie hitting the road, I have to wonder if G&G extends past Riverdale.

And where is Archie planning on going? Is Jughead going with him? Is he not even going to stop by Betty’s place to say goodbye? She’s going to need her Serpent King to get out of the SOQM.

What do you think the ultimate point of G&G is anyway? If Hiram really is the GK then it’s his way of controlling folks in the town.

But why did Joaquin die for talking? What’s the point of the masked rituals? Are the gang’s just hoping to ascend to the highest level?

And how is The Farm wrapped up in all of this.

There hasn’t been much about Edgar or Evelyn Evernever since Betty found out that her mother told them all of their deepest and darkest secrets, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been pulling strings and plotting from behind the scenes.

Josie experienced her first seizure, similair to the ones Betty and Ethel suffered from.

Every single time, Evelyn has been in the area, focusing on the subject at hand.

Is she doing witchcraft?

How is The Farm connected to G&G and the eerieness that plagues Riverdale?

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Riverdale Review – Hereditary (4×06)

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Riverdale Hereditary Review

Riverdale loves messing with our minds.

Everyone fought to get their power back on “Hereditary,” but not everyone was successful. Actually, most of them weren’t successful.

Archie made a deal with the devil, again. You’d think that by now he would know what happens when he trusts Hiram Lodge. Nothing is ever free with him. He took care of Archie’s Dodger problem rather drastically, although, it was nothing compared to Dodger’s goons shooting up Archie’s house. Dodger had it coming, sure, but what does this mean for Archie? Is he working with Hiram now? He may have taken care of one loose cannon by indebting himself to another. As always, Archie’s intentions were in the right place but his solutions were downright questionable. Hiram proved he’s no less of a bully than Dodger.

Veronica was also having a Hiram Lodge problem, but it was Hermione who fell for his old ways. Veronica thought she was hitting Hiram and Hermosa where it hurt them by aligning with her mom and helping her score a job to become independent, but that all went to hell when Hermione let Hiram right back into her life, her bed, and her house. Honestly, Hermione, do you have no backbone? Hermione proved that she’s never wanted to do any of the heavy lifting because she’s comfortable lying for her husband.

After all the crap that Hiram pulled and how he tried to destroy her and make her rot in prison, all it took was a graze on the shoulder and a whisper in her ear to convince Hermione to take him back.

She not only took Hiram back, but she agreed to renew her vows immediately. If I knew Hiram at all, he’s plotting something where he either needs Hermione to support him or to be his scapegoat. Either way, she doesn’t deserve Veronica’s mercy anymore. It almost seemed like Hermione was drugged into being obedient when Veronica confront her.

Hermosa cannot be trusted either. She claims there’s good in Hiram, and that may be true since he has always protected his family, but that doesn’t give him a free pass or erase the truly terrible things he’s done. Hermosa is up to something, I just cannot figure out her plan yet.

Betty made a move in an attempt to figure out who Charles really was. Mainly, she wanted to see if she was right about him being a serial killer. Sadly, her whole plan backfired. Why? Because she never stood a chance. Charles is a complete psychopath as we all suspected.

Betty questioned Chic who told her that Charles killed a man during their threesome. When Betty confronted Charles and made him do a lie detector, he blamed Chic for the murder explaining that it forced them to break up. But obviously Charles knows how to rig a lie detector test, he’s the FBI for crying out loud.

Shortly after, Charles claimed Chic reported the murder of the shady man at Alice’s house, which seemed suspicious. If he reported it, why weren’t there other FBI agents at the house? Because Charles lied to his family so that he could locate the body, move it, and then get into everyone’s good grace. And it worked. Betty felt indebted to her brother and ignored her gut feel, which has been right all along.

Charles and Chic are still in love and have some kind of plan for the Cooper family. If you weren’t interested in yet another fake brother, the fact that they’re both working together and in love makes this juicy even by Riverdale standards.

Things at Thistlehouse are getting a wee bit out of hand.

Cheryl still won’t bury Jason’s rotting corpse, she believes she’s being haunted by Julian’s unsettled spirit and attempts to drown him in a tub, oh, and she and Toni killed her Uncle Bedford after he snuck into the chapel and saw Jason’s body.

Normally, I would argue that Cheryl’s family is money-hungry and trying to undermine her to sell the not-profitable maple syrup business, but there’s some truth in Bedford pointing out that Cheryl is deranged and should seek treatment.

At this point, we have to stop hoping that Toni will be the beacon of hope because she’s just as messed up in all of this craziness as Cheryl. Though, she did have a valid point about selling Thistlehouse and all the bad luck it brings to start over somewhere fresh. Preferably somewhere where Penelope doesn’t have access. She has to be behind the torment being caused by Julian, right?

I don’t know how the ladies covered up the murder, but Aunt Crickett isn’t going to go down without a fight.

Jughead definitely had it the worst out of everyone, but maybe that’s just because I know his endgame finds him in a morgue.

There’s either two ways this plays out: either Jughead fakes his death to write the “perfect murder” for the Baxter Brothers series or someone at Stonewall Prep kills him.

Both options are looking pretty possible at this point.

Jughead completed an analysis of the Baxter Brothers text (this is why we love him) and realized that the first book had a significantly different tone than the remaining five. Therefore, he doubted that Mr. DuPont was the ghostwriter for all of them.

Needing some proof before he made his findings public, Jughead did some digging and found a very similar story in a Riverdale newsletter written by Frosty Pajamas, his grandfather’s pen name, a few years before he transferred to Stonewall Prep.

The findings were impressive and proved that Jughead was superior to everyone else in the class.

However, Mr. DuPont was not having any of it and threatened Jughead, which definitely proved he had something to hide like the fact that he’s not the actual ghostwriter of the first book.

Jughead took up his concerns with Mr. Chipping, who agreed that the situation needed to be remedied.

And then, the wildest thing to ever happen on Riverdale happened. And yes, I do remember that Edgar Everner wore an Evel Knievel suit and attempted to escape on a self-built helicopter.

Mr. Chipping walked into glass normal as can be, took a deep breath, told Jughead he tried to help and JUMPED OUT OF THE FRICKING WINDOW.

Just like that. And what’s worse is that no one in the class even flinched.

Brett later made a comment about Mr. Chipping’s “fall from grace,” as if everyone is in on something except for Jughead.

Now, this has me convinced that something truly awful happens to Jughead. He clearly hasn’t made a good name for himself at the school and Mr. DuPont, who is taking over Chipping’s class, doesn’t even think Jughead belongs there.

There’s a longstanding hatred for the Jones men and it’s unclear why, but I don’t think Jughead was brought to the school on accident.

What I cannot figure out is why the Baxter Brother’s novels are so important to Stonewall Prep. And why is keeping the secret of the first ghostwriter a life or death matter?

What is DuPont hiding?

What do you think happens to Jughead?

What’s Hiram Lodge’s next big plan?

And what are Chic and Charles plotting against the Cooper-Jones’?

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Riverdale – Witness the Prosecution (4×05)

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Riverdale Witness for the Prosecution Review

Dear Riverdale, you keep getting crazier, and I just can’t quit you.

I’m addicted to the dysfunction… that’s the only logical explanation.

Riverdale delivered another wacky episode in which Jughead almost quit Stonewall Prep (should have followed through), Betty learned a lot about serial killers (and, in turn, about herself), and Archie assumed a role as the town’s vigilante (noble but a wee-bit over the top).

Oh, and we met a second Lodge daughter. Surprise!

I’m going to start with the jaw-dropping ending in which Betty, Archie, and Veronica got pulled out of class and arrested for Jughead’s murder by his father, FP.

But let’s call it out for what it really is — a red herring.

None of them looked shocked that they were caught nor did any of them look truly guilt, which leads me to believe that this is all a hoax and they are helping Jughead fake his own death.

Why? It’s unclear, but it likely has something to do with the secrets that are buried within the confines of Stonewall Prep.

Nothing about that school is normal, and when Jughead suggested dropping out, I was hoping FP would be like “yeah, kid, do it.” Riverdale has killers and all, but the scariest thing is prep school kids with money. Shudder.

The kids at that school, specifically Bret, are hellbent on chasing Jughead away, the teachers are shady (yes, even the ghostwriter behind those Brooks Brothers novels), and Jughead’s getting in over his head with his Stonewall Four investigation.

My theory is that he either uncovered the truth about what happened to those missing students, which now include Moose.

There’s no way in hell the picture Donna showed him of Marmaduke at training was legit.

The other theory focuses on Jughead’s desire to become the next ghostwriter of his beloved mystery franchise.

Jughead’s an extreme person. That’s a quality specific to writers, but especially writers that hail from a messed up town like Riverdale.

It also cannot be a coincidence that the theme of the novel is “perfect murder.”

Faking your death in order to write the best novel is something Jughead would do.

Though, I’m not entirely convinced that there isn’t a twin twist that’ll bring Cole Sprouse’s real-life twin, Dylan Sprouse, into the fold.

There’s no denying that it was Jughead’s body in the morgue… or someone that looked strangely like Jughead.

We also have to submit that final season of Riverdale Season 3 in which Betty, Archie, and Veronica are covered in blood, burning Jughead’s beanie, and vowing to NEVER speak of this moment again.

No one could ever find out about what they did meaning how they helped Jughead “die.”

When you take that clip into consideration and what it’s alluding to, the arrest for Jughead’s murder only makes sense.

As the season goes on, we’ll be filling in all the blanks in between as we try to piece the story together and unravel what really happened to Jughead.

Still, I remain optimistic that he’s alive somewhere because the writers wouldn’t dare kill off a fan favorite.

Betty’s timing to worry about the fact that she might be a killer because of her serial killer genes and because she once put her cat out of her misery was convenient.

Having her responsible for her boyfriend’s murder in the same breath as she explored worries that she might be a murderer seemed almost too coincidental. They wanted you to believe that she was capable, but none of us believe Betty’s responsible of killing people in cold blood, not even Kevin.

The very fact that she worries about being consumed by the darkness and giving into these “darker” urges means she’s nothing like her father.

The gruesome scene of her stoning her cat isn’t even a good example because she didn’t just decide to kill her cat, she was coaxed into it by deranged father.

It’s not a reflection of her mind, it’s a reflection of his and how twisted he was to convince a little girl to do something so grim.

Not to mention there’s the aspect where killing the cat is actually the best course because she put it out of its misery; she did him a favor.

Watching Betty question herself wasn’t as exciting as her finally getting it together to ask the real question: it’s not about whether she’s a serial killer but rather is Charles?

My gut is telling me Charles started this FBI training academy to mess with Betty’s head and to convince his sister that she’s evil.

I don’t know what the motivations are behind it, but everything he’s saying aligns with Betty and he knows it would trigger her.

Charles then one-upped Betty and told her he too carried the serial killer gene, which would have made sense if they shared the same father, but they don’t.

How does he have the gene?

We’re assuming that Betty’s serial killer gene stemmed from Hal, but what if it really comes from Alice?

Regardless, there’s definitely something off about Charles and something that’s worth investigating.

Betty can now go back to her detective roots and figure it out — what does he do all day? Why is he still in Riverdale? What are his true intentions?

Archie made good on his decision to become a vigilante and protect Riverdale, but he should probably rethink the black mask. Running around town with a mask that resembles the Black Hood isn’t going to make people feel safer.  But it is a surefire way to get killed.

His dedication to eliminating Dodger and making the town a safe place for the younger generation but it’s almost too out there.

Archie loves being the hero, but the kids pose a great question: what happens when they all go away to college?

Will Archie stick around simply to babysit everyone?

There wasn’t anything on the Cheryl and Toni front, and though I love both characters, I was grateful. I need a break for Cheryl and her zombie brother, Jason.

Veronica did her best to get her mother out of jail and that included bribing Governor Dooley… again.

Oh, Riverdale — a town where high school seniors get away with blackmailing government officials. Hermione’s case kept taking wrong turns because she was constantly being framed by Hiram Lodge.

When will she and Veronica learn that they don’t stand a chance against him? He has friends in high places.

But while Veronica was in her mother’s corner, Hiram had his other daughter in his corner.

This is a turning point in the Hiram and Veronica relationship.

Up until now, Veronica always had Hiram’s backing and even when she did him wrong, she could do no wrong because she was his only child.

Now, the realization that there is another Lodge daughter means that Veronica’s upper hand is no longer as strong. Hiram has someone else that he can scheme with and use to his advantage and Hermosa is more than willing to play her father’s game; they’re like two peas in a pod.

Could she be more dangerous than Hiram?

It’s safe to assume that she isn’t Hermione’s daughter considering how much she resents both her and Veronica.

Shortly after getting out of prison, Hiram announced his biggest move yet — a run for Mayor, which proves that he’s never going to stop attempting to gain control of Riverdale.

With everything happening in town already, this storyline seems excessive, but they’ll likely find a way to tie it all in so that it makes sense.

Meeting Ronnie’s sister adds a new layer of drama and will really test Veronica’s limits. She wanted to be free of the Lodge name, but now she’s going to see what it truly means to be replaced and not have the protection that comes with that privilege. How do you think she’s going to react?

Other Musings:

  • Jughead was so cute whenever he geeked out about meeting his favorite writers!
  • His grandfather, Forsythe, is alive, right? We’re going to meet him eventually and get the truth about Stonewall Prep?
  • Bret is the biggest douchebag on the planet.
  • I didn’t need the imagery of baby Betty killing Caramel.

What did you think of the episode?

Is Jughead really dead on Riverdale?

 

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Riverdale – Halloween (4×04)

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Riverdale Halloween Review

Riverdale is one town where I’d avoid Halloween like the plague.

It’s bad enough that creepy and terrible things happen there on a daily basis, but a day dedicated to spookiness brings out the worst in the mysterious town.

Some of the storylines, like Veronica’s, were done purely for entertainment value.

There may have been more to the story when it came to her getting attacked by a serial killer while closing up shop at Pops, but since she lit the guy on fire, it’s unlikely that he’ll have a bigger impact on the storyline.

Don’t think for a second that I missed that the man escaped from the same institution, Shady Grove Treatment Center, that Polly’s currently in.

Cheryl’s obsession with Jay Jay took on a life of its own after she tried to fight Toni against burying him.

Toni figured it was better to just have a mummified corpse sitting around Thistlehouse than to continue getting haunted by a doll, who Nana claims is Cheryl and Jason’s triplet whom Cheryl ate in the womb.

But after retrieving Jason, Julian kept popping up and by that time even Cheryl was convinced that Thistlehouse was being haunted.

I wonder where this triplet storyline will go or if, like Veronica’s story, it was used solely as a Halloween plot.

Toni must really love Cheryl to stick around through all this craziness.

If a mummified corpse brother and a vindictive dead brother don’t scare her away, nothing will.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular costumes in Riverdale for the Halloween season drew inspiration from the Gargoyle King and the Black Hood.

As you’d imagine, that wasn’t so great for Betty’s PTSD.

And neither was receiving calls from someone claiming to be the Black Hood. I wouldn’t put it past Riverdale to somehow bring Hal back from the dead, but Charles swung by the house and offered up another explanation: the comments were coming from inside Shady Grove Treatment Center, which meant it was likely Polly playing a sick joke on her sister.

However, when Betty called her sister, Polly didn’t seem to know what she was talking about.

Seeing how suspicious Charles is — he definitely has some nefarious motivations if he’s bugged Betty’s phone — I’d say it was probably his twisted joke.

Is he being serious about having her come on-board for the junior FBI program? Is that even a real thing?

Archie spent his Halloween fighting crime like the superhero he was channeling.

I’ll never complain about Archie in tights.

Spending the night protecting the neighborhood kids from Dodger and his gang gave Archie the inspiration to become Riverdale’s vigilante.

Yep, we’re on our way to having a full-blown crossover with Arrowverse.

Jughead had the worst Halloween of them all after he was drugged by one of the students in his writing club (I knew that was going to happen the moment she handed him that coffee), and buried alive in a coffin as a part of some twisted initiation.

My palms were sweating profusely watching all of his scenes. I’m pretty sure that tops everyone’s “biggest fears” list.

There’s no way in hell the professor wasn’t in on that otherwise, he would have been fuming.

Though while Jughead may have survived this vanishing, it’s not looking too good for him in the future.

A flash-forward revealed FP Jones and Betty at the morgue identifying Jughead’s body.

As yes, a quick glance at the body reveals our author friend meets a grim fate soon probably because of the shadiness that engulfs Stonewall Prep.

I wish he’d never gone to that school.

Usually, it’s fun to see a mystery unfold on Riverdale, but it’s not going to be as exciting when we know the outcome is the loss of our beloved Jug.

There’s also a new mystery plaguing Riverdale which involves everyone receiving strange VHS cassette tapes with hours of footage of their house recorded on them.

Who is going through all this trouble to “stalk” people in town? And why?

Other Observations

  • Kevin is a straight-up snitch.
  • There’s something so very strange about Principal Honey. He’s exploiting Kevin’s weakness while making an enemy of Reggie and Cheryl.
  • Alice and FP are living together now, which was haste development, but it seems like they’re all getting along just fine, especially Betty and Jellybean.
  • Riverdale is slowly exposing its fanbase to Katy Keene. This is the first time Veronica has mentioned her gal pal in New York, but maybe this means that Josie won’t be the only one crossing over to the spinoff.
  • Uber exists in Riverdale. Shocking.
  • Poor Polly is going to need a lot of therapy. Did you hear how excited she got when she thought Edgar reached out to her? Poor girl.
  • Moose vanished from Stonewall Prep. While the teacher said it was an urban legend and most of the victims simply dropped out of school, it doesn’t seem like the case with Jughead’s roommate. What happened to Moose?

Did you enjoy the Halloween episode of Riverdale?

For a series that thrives on thrills, a Halloween episode was overdue.

Do you think Jughead is going to die?

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