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Riverdale Midseason Premiere Review – Strange Bedfellows (5×11)

Riverdale -- “Chapter Eighty-Seven: Strange Bedfellows” -- Image Number: RVD511a_0245r -- Pictured (L-R):Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Ryan Robbins as Frank -- Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.



Riverdale is back and meets the level of craziness that we’ve come to expect. 

Riverdale Season 5 Episode 11 picks up right after the prison break at Hiram’s jail, which makes things a bit difficult for the small-town residents.

If Riverdale was struggling to attract newcomers before, it’s even more difficult now that a group of criminals is running around mobbing people and holding the sheriff hostage. 

The one thing that Hiram didn’t anticipate, however, is that his prisoners wouldn’t have any qualms about turning on him right after they broke out. 

Ted, the guy Archie fearlessly fought in the bathroom while protecting Riverdale High, along with Darla and Dodge Dickenson, ambush Hiram for a cut of the palladium. 

Or, at the very least, it seems like an ambush. I definitely wouldn’t put it past Hiram to stage this with the prisoners as part of his plan… whatever that is.

I’ve accepted that Hiram is a true villain in every sense of the word, but I’ve lost sight of his diabolical plans. 

Ted and the DD’s (that’s what I’m calling them) call up Veronica in hopes that she’ll hand over the palladium in return for her father, Mayor Dooney (who surely regrets going into business with Hiram after all of this), and Sheriff Keller. 

Obviously, these criminals seem have no clue that Ronnie and Hiram aren’t tight anymore, but since they do have Veronica’s expensive blue opal (which she planned to pawn in order to pay off her husband Chad and get a divorce so she could finally be with Archiekins again), she agrees to make the trade. 

Thankfully, Ronnie has Reginald by her side, who has an inkling as to where the palladium may be. As the two team up for a split second, we learn that Reggie is working with Hiram to pay off his dad’s debts. Plus, the bad guys pay better. Fair enough.

Ronnie also enlists the help of Archie, Uncle Frank, Kevin, and Fangs, who use their manpower to rip out a safe from Hiram’s office and transport it to the El Royal where the trio is being held hostage. 

And after everything, they know not to trust a criminal, so they cascade through the roof and take down Ted and the DD’s with some roundhouse kicks and uppercuts. 

It’s a ridiculous scene made only more ridiculous with visions of Betty and Tabitha tripping on maple mushrooms and Cheryl joining her mother’s new money-making cult/church. 

Yep, we’ve officially entered bizarro-land. 

While Ronnie and the gang are teaming up to salvage whatever is left of Riverdale and the only sheriff in town, Tabitha turns to Betty when Jughead goes missing following a shroom-induced trip. 

Last we saw, Jughead took drugs to write his next novel, and while he was struggling to distinguish reality from fiction, he broke out of his handcuffs and wandered off. 

The search for Jughead, which my husband hilarious dubbed Drughead, unites three of his ex-girlfriends.

And you know that’s bound to be telling and eventful. 

Tabitha and Betty seem to be on the same wavelength, but Jessica is on a different plane. She knows things about Jughead that honestly surprise Betty. 

Her motivations for helping aren’t clear at first, but it’s obvious that she has a hidden agenda that goes beyond helping them locate Jug. 

Eventually, we learn that she wants his manuscript as she was afraid he’d tarnish her name in his novels the way he did when he wrote about Betty. 

I’m not entirely convinced that she wasn’t trying to steal the pages to pass off as her own, but I guess we’ll see. 

Betty reluctantly handed over the pages after she and Tabitha were drugged by Jessica since, on some level, she understands what it’s like to be the target of Jughead’s rage. 

Riverdale Midseason premiere review strange bedfellows season 5 episode 11

Riverdale — “Chapter Eighty-Seven: Strange Bedfellows” — Image Number: RVD511b_0238r — Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty and Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

In a brutally honest moment, we learn that Jughead called Betty when she skipped his release party and called her fake. It was extreme, and a side of Jughead we’ve never seen. 

Then again, Jessica confirmed that it happened around the same time he put a lot of pressure on himself and spiraled into a dark place. 

New York really messed up our boy. And whatever happened in New York is what convinced him to wander off during his high. 

He can’t escape his past, nor can he make any sense of it, and it’s troubling him. His mind is holding him hostage. 

I’m not sure what the plan is for Jughead this season, but it’s taking him to some dangerous places. 

First, he ended up with an infection on Sketch Alley where he got the wind kicked out of him by some suits. It was initially unclear if this was part of Jughead’s story or if this was really happening. 

Sometimes, I think the whole series is part of Jughead’s fictional writings. 

He was also saved by a man named Doc, who Jughead recalled not helping when he was young. He felt really guilty about it and came to his defense when those same suits returned to beat him up. 

Again, I’m not sure if this is going to factor into a bigger storyline, but it felt like a pretty random connection to his past. 

Jughead realized that he couldn’t go home until he worked through his trauma, so he set his sights back on New York City. 

Unfortunately, I worry that he’s never going to get there as he hitched a ride on the Lonely Highway with the same trucker that picked up poor Polly, who is still missing. 

Look, Betty is only one person, and she can’t track down everyone! 

Will her investigation into Polly lead her back to Jughead?

Cheryl’s storyline has always felt the most stagnant to me. It’s as if they have absolutely no idea what to do with her character, so they keep her cooped up at Thistle House. 

Now, she’s joined by her deranged Mumsie, who escaped Hiram’s prison and found ministry as her Calling.

When Cheryl calls it out for the scam that it is, she explains that she finally realized her beloved Jason died for the sins of Riverdale. 

Why can’t they let JJ just rest in peace?!

Cheryl was so against joining her mother on this new venture, yet that all changed without any explanation after they had a chat about believing in something greater. 


And where is our girl Toni? I want to meet the baby!

And that concludes the wacky Riverdale season 5 midseason premiere.

What did you think? Are you excited about the Tabitha and Betty partnership? Is Jughead in danger?

Will Hiram ever be stopped? At least we’re getting his villain origin story! 

Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Riverdale Review – Biblical (6×18)



Riverdale Review Season 6 Episode 18 Biblical

Percival Pickens is stoking the fire and pressing the gas on his plans to destroy Riverdale.

And, unfortunately, his plans were on a collision course with Toni and Fangs’ wedding.

It’s unfair that the one and only true wedding we’ve ever gotten on the series ends with the death of all first born’s in town, but it’s also quite fitting for the wicked town.

And the group had to have known that something was bound to go wrong as Percival continuously cursed them with various Biblical plagues leading up to the “I do.”

I don’t think it’s entirely justified to say that they underestimated Percival because they were all very much aware that he’s a powerful and dark sorcerer, but on some level, I think they just assume this is the kind of threat that they’ve faced before and overcome, which is absolutely not the case.

The residents of Riverdale have a lot going for them, but they have absolutely no idea of the kind of forces they are dealing with.

They are sharp and skilled, I’ll give them that, but it’s no match for the powers that Percival possesses. I mean, the guy is building a ghost train for crying out loud, why would they ever assume that his only ability was mind control? The guy has a whole arsenal of powers that he’s just waiting to use when the time comes. 

It was clever to use Cheryl and Heather’s powers of invisibility to plan an ambush on Percival and put him in the stockade that rendered his powers useless, but why did they think it was a good idea to take their eyes off of him? They should have been taking turns watching Percival to ensure that he wasn’t up to anything.

Instead, they all decided to pretend that everything is fine for a night and enjoy themselves, and while they did briefly, the good times were fleeting as they resulted in one of the direst plagues: the death of their loved ones. 

With Archie, Fangs, and most of the town dead, including Jughead, it’s up to the women + Kevin and Moose, to put Percival in his place and save Riverdale.

Heather, however, realized that the scope of the situation was far above her pay grade, so she suggested looping in a Necromancer (no, The CW fans, not that one) — Sabrina Spellman.

Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and Tabitha in a coven of their own run by Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka)? Pinch me, I’m dreaming. 

I don’t want to celebrate the death of the men, but if there’s anyone that can save Riverdale’s soul, it’s the women who make it a worthy place to save, to begin with.

Sabrina Spellman would also be the only witch strong enough to stand a chance against Percy. Dark magic recognizes dark magic. And he likely didn’t foresee this ace up their sleeves. I was going to say that she already dealt with thwarting the implosion of two universes, but I believe the timeline is off here and that hasn’t happened just yet.

It’s important to note that all the events of the last Rivervale implosion also took place at a wedding, though Archie and Betty’s, so maybe this is just history repeating itself only in a slightly altered? 

The women on Riverdale have always been powerful, but we can’t discredit the men entirely.

Prior to their deaths, Archie and Jughead played a significant role, and without them, pieces of the puzzle are missing.

Archie was more so the muscle of the operation, but Jughead was critical in connecting with the other author, another version of himself — our Jughead — to write the stories that needed to be written. 

It’s kind of confusing to explain, but as the worlds continue to bleed into one another, it seems Jughead’s writing was essential to saving the universes. He was told “keep writing” via a message through the portal in the bunker, just like we know that our Jughead was writing to save Riverdale. Maybe it’s the same idea that this Jughead must write to save Rivervale?

That said. I do think our Jughead saved Parallel Jughead in some way. The Pop’s burger couldn’t have been just a peace offering. I think our Jughead knew what was going to happen, so he gave PJ some kind of anecdote early on (which is why he got so sick after eating it) so that he will wake up ready to do his part in destroying Percival once and for all. But our Jughead also seemed pretty puzzled by what was happening to his counterpart, so maybe he didn’t anticipate any of this at all?

I could’ve sworn that we’ve seen the scene about the cast discussing baby Anthony’s fate mirrored the ones in Rivervale and trying to protect the child from La Llorona, which is further proof of the twin-versus.  There was a lot of mirroring going on, quite frankly, and while I can’t remember everyone who died in the Rivervale timeline, it seems as though the same is happening now as they prepare for the big fight. Even Sabrina’s arrival mirrors her arrival in Rivervale to help Cheryl and Nana Rose before the final battle. 

We’ve seen all of these moments, again slightly altered, before. 

And the characters are beginning to realize it to. 

Everyone is having dreams, memories, vision — you name it, they’re having it. It’s clearer by the minute that something very strange is happening, and no one is able to deny it any longer.Just like Betty’s vision of being the Harlot, something she vividly remembers the TBK calling her. Who knew the TBK would somehow be connected to whatever Percival is planning?

Also, we still have no indication of TBK’s identity despite Betty vanquishing him, so that’s a little frustrating.

The mystery of this season has been gripping, albeit confusing, but the slow pace of the answers has always been one of the show’s biggest flaws.

It’s truly a shame that all of this took away from Toni and Fangs’ wedding because again, it was a sliver of happiness that this town so desperately need.

Furthermore, Toni and Fangs deserved a moment where they could just bask in their happiness without a care in the world with baby Anthony by their side. I hate when promising character moments are overshadowed by a show’s darkness almost as if the wedding is just a plot device to bring on the reckoning or what not.

Both Cheryl and Toni are very mature in how they are handling this new phase in their relationship. It was bold of Toni to ask Cheryl to marry her and Fangs, but even bolder of Cheryl to say yes. There’s still so much love between them, and they are both able to recognize it and be happy for each other regardless.

It also seems like #Varchie isn’t over just yet. While #Barchie looked totally smitten with each other, Veronica, who was totally in her feels about being single, seemed to admit that maybe she’s not quite over her ex just yet. While everyone seemed to know what they were fighting for, Veronica felt lost and confused. Eventually, she realized that she was fighting for her friends, but it might just be that she was fighting to be more than friends with Archie. 

And naturally, this would complicate everything. When she asked Tabitha about who is “endgame” since she’s seen the future, she was about to find out if Archie’s future heart pines for her or for Betty when everyone started collapsing and dying.

My thing is — if Tabitha has seen that far into the future, why didn’t she see this plague coming? Or that Jughead was going to have this experience with his other self? It doesn’t track.

At least going into the upcoming episode (which will air July 10), we have some hope with Sabrina’s arrival. If she’s able to resurrect the rest of the squad, they might just beat Percival at his own game.

Other Musings

  • Baby Anthony, despite being an only child, is still very much alive, but that’s a very bad sign because it means Percival has big plans for him.
  • Is Nana Rose gone for good? I can’t believe Percival just snuffed her like that after everything the poor lady has been through.
  • Kevin finally came to his senses when he saw just how dark and twisted Percival truly is. And that convinced him to put an end to the custody battle over baby Anthony. Of course, now, with Fangs and Toni gone, he’s baby Anthony’s sole caretaker. Funny how that worked out. 
  • Jughead’s love for burgers knows no bounds. 
  • Veronica’s solo was… well, it definitely wasn’t wedding-appropriate. 
  • Things got so biblical that Sweet Water River turned blood red. The strangest things happen in Riverdale and the citizens don’t even seem phased half the time.
  • We know the bomb explosion between Riverdale and Rivervale wasn’t supposed to happen, so is that the catalyst for the world’s bleeding into each other?
  • Or are these characters two halves that are going to morph into one fully realized version?

It’s all confusing, but hopefully, the answers aren’t too far off. It’s hard to fully comprehend what’s going on or where the show is headed when Rivervale feels like it aired so long ago and our recollections of those events are choppy at best. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you have any theories as to what’s happening to Riverdale?  The curse of the first born’s was to be the last plague, but what next? What’s Percival’s ultimate chess move is going to be?

Sound off in the comments below! 

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5 Hottest Moments Between Betty and Archie on ‘Riverdale’



5 Hottest Moments Between Betty and Archie on 'Riverdale'

There are a handful of ships on Riverdale that make fans go wild, but when it comes to Betty, you’re either team #Bughead or team #Barchie.

While #Bughead had some really fantastic moments, many fans will argue that #Barchie was always meant to be — I think the proper term for that is “soulmates”!

In celebration, we’re looking back on a few of Betty and Archie’s steamiest moments on Riverdale!


Season 4 Episode 15 — “To Die For”

Fake dating? Don’t have to ask them twice. When Jughead fakes his death in order to solve the Stonewall Prep mystery, Betty and Archie pretend to be a couple. And in order to sell it to everyone, they share a kiss in the music room. But the only people they seem to be fooling are themselves because there’s so much chemistry and feelings wrapped up in that one moment that they begin to question everything


Season 4 Episode 17 — “Wicked Little Town”

Okay, so fake kissing almost always leads to real kissing. Betty and Archie learned that the hard way when they locked lips for real in the musical episode. While practicing a song together — a ballad that Archie wrote for Betty, nonetheless — they share a passionate smooch (one of television’s finest!), but since they are both in committed relationships, (er, Jughead and Veronica, anyone?) the guilt consumes them and they decide that being friends is the best course of action… for now. That’s the perk of knowing the future, you know that they will end up together when the time is right. And timing, as they say, is everything. 

Betty and Archie Kiss on Riverdale! Do you ship it?

Credit: The CW/ Riverdale


Season 5 Episode 5 — “Homecoming

Okay, this may have been the absolute hottest scene between Archie and Betty like… ever. After several seasons, Riverdale finally gave fans the Betty and Archie moment they’ve been waiting for. The long-awaited and frankly highly-anticipated moment finally came via a steamy shower sex scene following a seven-year time jump. It was so hot that I found myself wondering if this kind of thing is even allowed on The CW. That steam wasn’t from the hot shower, that’s all I’m going to say! When these two reunited, sparks flew and caught fire.


Season 5 Episode 6 — “Unbelievable”

The Titanic hook-up that’s worthy of its very own Oscar! While things may not have ended so well for Jack and Rose, the odds are faring slightly better for Betty and Archie (aside from the whole bomb going off under the bed and creating some alternate dimension that has given them superpowers thing). The couple finally gave romance a try as adults, and since then, they haven’t been able to keep their hands off of each other. The video is a lot, but hey, that’s why you’re here, right?


Season 6 Episode 17 — “American Psychos”

Okay, hear me out — passion and intimacy don’t always have to be physical. It can be in the emotional, in the exchange of “I love you’s” and the realization that the person you’re with sees the parts of you that you don’t see in yourself.  All six seasons have been building up to this moment!

As Betty questioned whether her darkness was too consuming to allow her to be in a happy relationship with Archie, he reminded her that he knows exactly who she is and has always loved her for it. She’s been so focused on the incident with her cat that she totally forgot about the time she saved a bird with Archie. Not only is it a reminder that darkness doesn’t define her, but it’s a reminder that they were friends before they were lovers, which ensures that they have an intimate and unbreakable bond. The relationship has been a long time coming, but it was always the right one. Even Veronica acknowledged it.


What scenes would you add to the list?

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Riverdale Meets Rivervale in New Promo – Will Jughead Figure Out The Parallel Universe?



Riverdale Meets Rivervale in Season 6 Episode 18 Promo - Will Jughead Figure Out The Parallel Universe?

Is the veil between Riverdale and Rivervale merging?

The new promo for Riverdale Season 6 Episode 18 is definitely giving off vibes that a return to the supernatural parallel universe isn’t too far off. And that means… all hell is bound to break loose. 

Rivervale was first introduced in a five-episode event that ultimately ended up with Archie waking up from a strange dream when a bomb in his house was set off. However, the events from that alternate reality have been bleeding through into the “real world,” and it seems like we’re about to find out why! 

There’s speculation that the alternate reality has to do with Percival’s — who some believe is a resident of Rivervale — plans to build a ghost train where Pop’s used to be — in order to utilize the celestial properties of Bailey’s comet. 
Some characters have also experienced vague flashbacks to Rivervale events, but no one has actually made any sense of it. 

Related: Riverdale Season Premiere Review – Welcome to Rivervale (6×01)

But Jughead just might. 
When he began to hear voices in his mind, he secluded himself in the bunker in order to silence them, which is when he heard his own conversations with the alternate reality versions of his friends
Now, the promo finds him coming face to face with La Llorona, a legend from Mexican folklore that appeared in a Rivervale episode. The episode ended with Toni becoming the vengeful ghost in order to save Baby Anthony, so it’s possible her appearance in Riverdale is a warning about the child. 
There are other monsters and supernatural attacks on the horizon likely as part of Percival’s promised “biblical punishment” against Archie, Betty, and friends for standing in his way of destroying Riverdale. 
As Betty herself notes, “it’s another plague” with rivers running red, flies, and frogs. 

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a bit to see how Archie and friends will weather this storm as the episode Riverdale Season 6, Episode 18 will air on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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