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.
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!
Riverdale Season 7 Premiere Review – Don’t Worry Darling
It’s the beginning of the end for Riverdale. After an 8 months hiatus, The CW series kicked off transporting the Riverdaleans (Cheryl said it!) smack dab into the middle of 1955.
Jughead was seemingly the only one from the group to remember that they were actually from the future, but his attempts at jogging everyone’s memory using a time capsule were fruitless, nearly backfiring as Archie, the picture of an all-American boy, suggested people were going to think he was a “loony” and warned him not to get sent to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Remember how good it was when that place no longer existed?
Much of the episode focused on Jughead wondering if the cataclysmic event of Bailey’s Comet simply brought them to the past or if this was a past from another alternate universe, while the rest of Riverdale’s finest lived their best lives… or as good as they were going to get in the ’50s.
Veronica Lodge arrived in town from sunny Los Angeles where things were anything but. After a deep heart-to-heart with Archie, who was goo-goo gaga over her the minute she walked into the classroom, she revealed that her parents abandoned her because of their devotion to their hit series, Oh Mija! Is it giving anyone else Live with Kelly! vibes? Veronica hid behind red lipstick and thick-framed spectacles, but in reality, she was just covering up that she’s a lonely girl who wants to be loved.
It was nice seeing the characters in the “original” Archie Comics versions, though I don’t think anyone is actually buying that Archie can pass for a junior in high school, not even KJ Apa. There were times when it almost seemed like he was trying to stifle a laugh over the material, but I chalked it up to Archie’s go-lucky attitude.
Betty spent most of the episode helping Toni and Tabatha spread the message of what they witnessed in Mississippi during the Emmett Till trial. Riverdale has always steered from addressing current events, but you can’t really tap into the fabric of the ’50s without acknowledging one of the most appalling events of the era. There was so much more to the time that would shape the future other than rock n’ roll, hot rods, and poodle skirts—though that was a vibe.
As Jughead put it, anyone who considered the ’50s to be the greatest decade needed their head examined. I’m sure you could say that about any decade, but the focus on Till’s murder lent itself to a point that the real Tabitha made toward the end of the episode about ensuring that the moral arc of this universe bends toward justice. Even without that knowledge, the ladies of ’50s Riverdale went above and beyond to ensure that Till’s story was told, deciding to deal with whatever consequences may come at a later time. They were determined to make a stand, be heard, and make a change, kickstarting important discussions. It was also nice to see Toni get some powerful material to work with.
All of their actions in this timeline ensure that, at some point, they can make it back to a Riverdale that’s not on the verge of moral and societal collapse as it was right before Bailey’s Comic struck. It’s a situation of the past impacting the present.
Riverdale has never been a series that’s forthcoming with answers, so it was nice that the real Tabitha—the one from the present and Riverdale’s Guardian Angel—clarified what happened to not only Jughead, who was kind of spiraling, but also the audience. We don’t have to wait several episodes to get some clarity!
In short, Cheryl wasn’t successful in stopping Bailey’s Comic from extinguishing Riverdale, and the trip to the ’50s was Tabitha’s last-ditch effort to save everyone by throwing them into a timeline where she would have enough time to reverse the effects and hopefully find a way to get everything back sorted and everyone back to their timelines. It’s a tall order, and one she needs to embark on knowing that Jughead isn’t running around causing ripples and corrupting the timeline by asking too many questions. Essentially, there’s no Riverdale to get back to, so why would she let Jughead suffer in the ’50s by holding onto all of his memories, especially when no one else had any recollection of the past-future? It would be torture for him. And thus, she made the conscious choice to erase his memory, which actually might be more torturous for him as now he’ll go on trying to remember what it is that he forgot.
Maybe he’ll figure it all out with time. He did write all those comics logging what happened to them while chowing down a 30-cent burger and fries at Pops! All I know is that his makeout session with Veronica in the teaser trailer makes a lot more sense if Jughead has absolutely no idea what’s going on just like the rest of them.
It’s a different dynamic for Riverdale, but somehow, it feels like the most grounded and normal season… for now, at least. I know things are about to take a wild turn as everyone fully embraces the ’50s and new relationships start forming, but it also feels like the closest we’ve ever gotten to the most authentic Archie Comics characters. It’s a refreshing twist for the final season, that’s for sure.
The slate has basically been wiped clean, and anything can happen, but the innocence of the season likely won’t stick around for much longer either, if the teasers are to be believed. Tabitha mentioned that the timelines have been knotted, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that means that strange things are about to start happening—stranger than we’ve ever seen before.
- Jughead telling everyone where they end up in the future was comical as he really had to hold back for Kevin and Cheryl, simply suggesting that one of them joined an organ harvesting club and the other became a witch. I wouldn’t believe Jughead either.
- Jughead suggesting Betty and Archie make out on his bed while they blow up a bomb underneath wasn’t his best moment… I know that’s how they got into this mess in the first place, but it was pretty desperate.
- It’s strange to see Betty’s whole family back together again as one big happy unit, including Hal Cooper.
- I’m hoping we get to see an appearance from Hiram Lodge this season—he’s a crucial part of Riverdale.
- Jughead owning a dog named Hot Dog truly is so fitting.
- Cheryl’s twin isn’t Jason Blossom, it’s Julian, which might be the hardest change to wrap your head around, especially because her relationship with Julian is the complete opposite of the bond she had with Jason!
- Tabitha and Jughead truly are endgame. Their kiss at the end was mesmerizing, and such a heartbreaking moment for her to give up the love of her life for the greater good.
- “Awesome… I mean swell.” The writers are having a lot of fun here already.
I can’t wait to see how the series comes back from an extinction-level event and reverses all of this. It’s been—and continues to be—a wild ride.
What did you think of the episode? Did you like the reset or do you miss old, tortured Riverdale?
QUIZ: Which ‘Riverdale’ Villain Are You?
Riverdale has seen its fair share of psychos, serial killers, and murderous villains. After all, it didn’t get the nickname ‘the murder capital of the world’ for no reason.
Find out which villain you’d be by taking our quiz below. Share your results in the comments or on social media at @CraveYouTV!
Coffee Table News
Lili Reinhart Claps Back at ‘Riverdale’ Haters Ahead of Final Season Premiere
The wait for the seventh and final season of Riverdale is almost over, but not everyone has nice things to say about it.
While it’s true that The CW series has gone off the rails the last few seasons, it’s undoubtedly one of the reasons why fans continue to tune in. In fact, I’m personally looking forward to seeing how unhinged things actually get in their final hurrah.
On March 2, the network gave fans a look at all the madness, revealing that 1955 might be the craziest time period yet, as all of Riverdale’s finest revert to high schoolers after Cheryl Blossom destroyed a comet and somehow, accidentally caused everyone to travel back in time.
Anyway, the point is, things are all over the place in the trailer as Archie and Cheryl are dating and planning on getting married, Jughead—reportedly the only one who actually remembers the present-day and knows what’s really going on—making out with Veronica for some reason, Betty trying to have sex with Kevin (who is in the closet because it’s the ’50s), zombies… maybe?, the return of Ethel Muggs covered in blood, a possible orgy, and honestly, so much more that I can’t even wrap my head around.
The year is 1955. The final season of #Riverdale premieres Wednesday, March 29th on The CW! pic.twitter.com/3skiIutOEW
— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) March 2, 2023
Riverdale is going out with a bang, pushing the boundaries to where they haven’t gone before—and they’ve gone far.
Most fans, like myself, are thrilled, but one comment didn’t sit well with Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper.
“oh my god….. those poor actors are finally gonna be free,” one user on Twitter wrote, likely prompting the scathing response from Reinhart on Instagram Story.
@lilireinhart I love you for this, Riverdale is living in their heads rent free pic.twitter.com/YVoNrvbCRF
— no context riverdale (@nocontextrvd) March 3, 2023
And honestly, that’s the Betty Cooper energy we need. The cast may have spoken out about their willingness to pursue other projects after seven seasons, but there’s no denying that this is the show that put them on the map and catapulted them into stardom.
There’s also the fact that we’ve all, fans included, invested an enormous amount of time into the series, so no matter what, we’re going to be sad when it ends.
As one comment pointed out, the show prides itself on being “weird” and that isn’t news.
We—and the cast— know what we’re getting into with Riverdale…. and we’re doing so willingly.
Riverdale’s final season kicks off on Wednesday, March 29 on The CW! You can catch up on all of our previous content and reviews right here!
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