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Riverdale Midseason Premiere – Yale, Spirit Week, and Maple Syrup Rum (4×10)

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Riverdale did something wild on this week’s episode – it channeled high school sports as the students acted like, dare I say, high school teenagers.

*Gasp*

It’s totally normal if you forgot that Archie still plays football or that he’s QB.

The series has been trying to return to the high-school setting for one more season, but no episode is more teen drama than “Varsity Blues.”

The championship game between Riverdale and Stonewall Prep, seemingly the only other school in the area, divides everyone.

Betty takes her assignment from Mr. Honey about the Bulldogs making the championship and elevates it by writing a riveting expose about how Stonewall Prep plays dirty. And yet, Mr. Honey nixes it because it stirs up too much trouble and he was eyeing a fluff piece, which he should’ve known is Betty’s style.

It doesn’t deter Betty, however, as she’s determined to bring down Stonewall, and Brett, in some capacity and proposes that they start a quiz team to enter the quiz show competition. What’s this new competitive nature that’s gotten into Betty? She clearly doesn’t like Brett because he’s a pompous, egotistical ass, but is there something else driving her need to beat him? Also, is it a coincidence their names are so similar? The sheer amount of times I wrote “Bretty” right now is sickening.

There’s some tension between Betty and Jughead, though, they do their best to work through it.

Despite not applying, Jughead has landed an interview with Yale, but he’s concerned it won’t sit well with Betty who didn’t get in.

Betty offers the “I wouldn’t ask you to give up this opportunity” response, which seems genuine enough.

And yet, the moment she learns Jughead has joined the Quill and Skull secret society, she can’t help but exude a little resentment.

While it seems like they smooth it over, there’s the lingering knowledge that we all have from a previous episode that showed Betty clobbering Jughead over the head and Archie pronouncing him dead.

And we cannot forget the episode where FP Jones arrests Betty, Archie, and Veronica for Jughead’s murder.

The flashforward offered on this week’s episode adds onto the mystery of what happened with Jughead, but instead of providing any clarity, it raises more questions.

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A month from now, we see Betty cleaning out Jughead’s room and crying as Brett informs her that Jughead will not be attending Yale. “It’s just you and me in New Haven,” he adds, which means that Betty is now going to Yale.

Did dark Betty possess her and take Jughead’s spot? Did Jughead get her in somehow?

The reason “why” Jughead isn’t going to Yale isn’t immediately clear, but if those flash-forwards are any indication, it’s because he’s dead.

If he isn’t dead and this is some evil trick being played on us by the writers, then maybe it’s for the best because Jughead’s admission seems to be hinged on some more shady dealings with Stonewall Prep.

Everything is so cryptic with them, and I just cannot trust Brett when he tells Jughead that maybe they’ll be roomies.

Back in Riverdale, Archie is gearing up for the big game, but after Stonewall’s bullies take out the team’s best player, Mad Dog, by physically assaulting him and injuring his knee, the team loses its best player.

That’s when Archie’s uncle Frank swoops in and offers some pain killers because that’s totally normal — an adult offering a kid drugs. Actually, in Riverdale, it is.

There’s a reason why Mary is so adamant in her hatred for Frank and it’s because he smells like bad news.

Mad Dog is an adult, so he takes the pills and plays the game. Archie breathes a sigh of relief because nothing happens to him and he impressed a recruit, but it could’ve. Now, if Riverdale had better story consistency, I would say that this storyline isn’t over and Mad Dog will suffer some consequences for playing with an injury, but I doubt this will ever be brought up again.

The Lodge wars continue as Veronica and Hiram go battle it out for the best whiskey in town. I wouldn’t have pegged Riverdale for a rum town, it seems more like a draft beer town, but sure. The best part of this whole storyline is that Veronica isn’t even 21 and yet, she’s out here selling off cases of her special blend rum. Girl, you’re not even old enough to try it.

Although, I’m really digging Veronica and Cheryl’s team-up. If she’s going to make a rum, it better be a maple-syrup flavored one.

But those two are definitely not old enough to take those shots.

Cheryl spent most of the episode quibbling with the new HBIC brought on to coach the Vixens. She didn’t know what hit her when Ms. Appleyard stood up to her and wasn’t intimidated by her mean girl demeanor. Newsflash: that’s the real world Cheryl.

Of course, Cheryl staged a coup and got her Vixens back in time for the game, but maybe it would have been for the best if she let Appleyard take the wheel. The pop song they performed was cringe-worthy yet again proving that Riverdale’s strong suit isn’t musical numbers. They are really good at murders, though, if anyone is concerned.

Other Riverdale Musings

  • As part of his initiation, Jughead told the Q&S society his deepest darkest secrets. Did they not learn ANYTHING from The Farm? This is how they get you – this is how cults operate!
  • Brett and Donna’s deepest and darkest secrets reveal they have both endured some trauma. Hurt people hurt people, which explains their behavior towards Jughead, but it doesn’t excuse it.
  • Archie got arrested again. But at least he’s brave enough to own up to the punches he throws rather than hiding under bunny masks. Cough, Brett, cough.
  • A classic B&V brings us to old school Riverdale days. Too bad Jughead ruined everything.
  • Veronica and Reggie keyed Hiram’s car and poured rum into his engine. What is this middle school?
  • Cheryl telling Appleyard that her body is perfection is a 2020 mood.

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Rivervale Review – Deal with the Devil (6×03)

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Riverdale Review Mr. Cypher Season 6 Episode 3

The devil came to Rivervale on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 3… and he was acquiring souls left and right. 

Going by the clever name of Lou Cypher — Lucifer — the devil had his sights set on Kevin Keller, Jughead Jones, the Tate’s,  Betty Cooper, and Veronica Lodge. 

And through his manipulation, he was pretty much able to cash in on all the souls he required, and then some. 

The thing about the devil is that he’s an intriguing figure. 

Everyone wants to know more about such a dark and devious presence. 

And Rivervale hasn’t been spared of its own darkness. All those residents have darkness living inside of them — a sense of unfulfillment and insecurity t that the devil easily preyed on. 

Inspired by the folk lore “The Devil’s Holiday,” the episode also set the ground for a battle between good and evil right in the heart of the weirdest small town. 

I mean, seriously. First serial killers and now the literal devil?

It’s shocking that Rivervale, Riverdale, or whatever the town is calling itself these days still has any residents. 

Mr. Cypher targeted Kevin by promising to give him Broadway and Vegas all wrapped up in one. And if there’s anyone who feels stifled by small-town living on this series, it’s Kevin. He jumped at the opportunity almost immediately. 

And the series, well, they jumped at the opportunity for a musical number. I wish the devil put an end to that, to be honest. 

Next up on the list was Pop Tate, who suffered some kind of cardiac arrest. At the hospital, Tabitha learned that the Tate family made a deal with the devil, but Pop wanted to spare his father, so he offered up his soul instead. 

However, the devil was in the mood for negotiations and offered her a deal — he’d give up Pop’s soul for the diner instead. 

While it seemed like a no-brainer, Pop immediately told Tabitha not to sign the diner over as it’s much more than walls and concrete. 

Pop’s explained that the diner is the soul of Rivervale offering refuge and comfort to all those in need. It’s this crazy town’s safe haven, and without it, who knows what might happen. 

Well, where there’s the devil, there’s also an angel by the name of Rafael, who offered up Tabitha and Pop the Virgin Mary’s tears from the crucifixion to slip into the devil’s drink.

Once he took a sip, he was banished, they were protected, and Pop’s was consecrated and blessed. 

Is it a stretch? Yes. But really, I’m just glad Pop’s is safe and sound to welcome in anyone else who needs a place to seek out shelter. 

Also, word is that it will serve as the battleground for what’s to come… whatever that means. 

Jughead was intrigued by the devil’s arrival that he reached out to snag an exclusive interview. 

Always the writer. 

The devil made him a compelling deal: publish the tell-all and never write again or hear the secrets of the universe but keep them to yourself. 

Obviously, the wise decision was to get the scoop and lock it up, but Jughead needed the world to hear the story, so he hit upload on that bad boy and relished in the glory. 

That is until he put fingers to his typewriter keys and found that the devil wasn’t joking when he said he’d never be able to write again. 

And without being a writer, Jughead was…. no one. 

He signed his soul over to the devil in a jiffy and accepted eternal damnation in exchange for the freedom to write. 

Honestly, the devil was probably laughing at how easy it was to just snatch up souls for any old reason in this town. 

Jughead walked right into his plan and didn’t even know it! 

Betty’s face-to-face meeting with the devil came as a brush with TBK, the Trash Bag Killer. 

It didn’t really make all that much sense, but Betty was triggered by it. And when she called Glen, she realized that she wasn’t actually talking to the serial killer who tortured her, she was confronting the actual devil. 

When she heard the screams of her father, Hal, and Polly suffering in hell, she ended it by stabbing TBK only to realize it was Glen under that mask. 

Riverdale Review Mr. Cypher Season 6 Episode 3

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Eight: Mr. Cypher” — Image Number: RVD603a_0023 V1 — Pictured: Casey Cott as Kevin Keller — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Betty dove headfirst into the darkness and murdered someone… and there’s no coming back from that. Well, I guess that’s the second person she’s killed because Archie’s blood is still on her hands.

Either way… Soul = gone. 

The funny thing that no one seemed to realize is that the devil is a master of illusions. He could’ve told Jughead any grand ole’ story and he would’ve believed it. Same with Betty — the devil clearly manipulated Glen, so he could’ve been lying about Hal and Polly also. 

And finally, there was Reggie and Veronica. 

After hearing that the devil was a silent investor who had come to collect a soul, she confronted Reggie, who asked her to outsmart the devil. 

So, she invited Nick St. Clair over for a glass of fizzy, and as he began to confess all his misdeeds and crimes, he basically handed himself over to the big red guy. 

However, that’s when Veronica found out that Reggie actually sold out her soul instead. 

Rather than get mad — although, she did initially — she got even. 

Veronica beat the devil by offering him a deal from her skimmed profits and one soul from the casino monthly. And the first one was… well, Reggie. 

Sorry bud, you kind of deserved that one! 

In this five-episode event, Rivervale has killed Archie, Toni, Reggie, and Glen. Ouch. 

It’s interesting to see these characters really give themselves over to the folklore because it makes for some ridiculous television and storytelling, but it also feels like a pointless season.

What’s the point of all of this?

It’s so bizarre that it’s hard to make sense of it in Riverdale context. 

Next week’s episode brings the arrival of Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, though, from the looks of it, Kiernan Shipka is not going to be tapping into the half-witch, half-mortal character after all. 

How will she play into the narrative? 

What did you think of the devilish episode? Sound off in the comments below! 


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Riverdale Review – La Llorona (6×02)

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Riverdale Review Ghost Stories Season 6 Episode 2

Did I just watch an episode of Nancy Drew on Riverdale?

It almost felt like “Ghost Stories” was the perfect crossover opportunity to bring our favorite supernatural Horsehoe Bay detective to Rivervale. 

But don’t be fooled — Betty, Toni, and Cheryl did a fine job handling La Llorona. 

You have to give it up for the series for embracing Latin American culture for this one, while also making a poignant point about the sacrifices of motherhood. 

La Llorona was summoned by Darla, a Ghoulie, whose son was accidentally killed by Toni. 

The ghostly spirit, who was drowned in Sweetwater River along with her babes, was coming for the soul of Baby Anthony, however, Toni didn’t think her innocent son should pay the price for her mistakes, so she sacrificed herself by taking on La Llorona’s suffering. 

As she descended underwater, she handed baby Anthony to Betty and urged her to protect him, which is fitting considering La Llorona erased Betty’s pregnancy. 

It’s funny that these women are devoted to finding a murderer when just last week, they willingly sacrificed Archie to make the maple trees more fruitful. 

Honestly, this show gets weirder and weirder. 

And since it’s set in Rivervale, which I’m guessing is simply an alternative universe of Riverdale, it’s hard to really get invested in any of the storylines. 

It seems like a cheat to introduce and get away with the wackiest storylines. 

Admittedly, it did feel weird watching an episode without Archie, but the hour was so jam-packed, he was barely missed. 

The series claimed its second victim with Toni, so it doesn’t seem like many of our favorites will live to see another day by the time the five-episode event is finished. 

Tabitha and Jughead dealt with their own relationship woes as they found out that they were living in the apartment plagued by a couple’s murder-suicide. 

When they discovered a hidden room, they seemingly unleashed the couple’s spirits and began turning on each other. Tabitha wanted to bash Jughead’s head in on a few occasions, but thankfully, she stopped herself and realized that their relationship was stronger than murder. 

Good for them, I guess?

As for Ronnie and Reggie, well, their storyline felt pretty forced. Reggie bought back the car he had in high school in hopes of reliving the glory days. 

That was fine and dandy until Veronica realized that Bella was a tribute to his driver’s ed teacher who was fired for having inappropriate relations with students. 

Reggie denied the whole thing, and Ronnie felt terrible for smashing his car considering his father just died. 

However, it turns out Reggie lied about the abusive relationship? Or, at least, it seems like it.

It’s unclear why this was such an important storyline to tell, but I’m also at the point where it doesn’t seem like any of these storylines hold any merit at all. 

Did Riverdale sell you on its ghost stories? Or do you think it should be left to the professionals?


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

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Riverdale Season 6 Premiere Review Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale

Curses, babies, and a shadow town — that’s how Riverdale Season 6 kicked off. 

Or should I say Rivervale

Embracing the vibe of the Twilight Zone influence, the season tapped into some folklore horror for the first of its five-episode event that promises to do what Riverdale does best — deliver the most outrageous and outlandish storylines. 

We’ve seen it all on this show, and admittedly, I’ve grown to be pretty fond of not knowing how crazy things will get when I tune into an episode. 

However, the episode was weird, even by Riverdale standards. 

The “shadow world” of Rivervale seems far removed from Riverdale, but the plot also echoes what we’ve already seen set up in Riverdale Season 5.

Jughead kicked things off with a tour that set the scene. 

He and Tabitha are taking the next step in their relationship by moving in together, Ronnie and Reggie are the town’s power couple as they plan for the build of their casino, and Betty and Archie are planning to start a family. 

Like Betty couldn’t help but emphasize just how much she wanted to have Archie’s baby. 

And by the end of the hour, she was, as she put it, “with child.”

Unfortunately, it was all part of Cheryl’s plan to crown Archie as the Maple King and then sacrifice him to appease the ancestor Abigail Blossom so that the maple trees would be fruitful. 

Yes, I said sacrifice.

Riverdale Season 6 Premiere Review Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale” — Image Number: RVD601a_0427r — Pictured (L – R): KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Cheryl somehow managed to convince everyone in town to join in on the ritual by giving them what they wanted.

Baby Anthony has colic and is driving Toni and Fangs bonkers? Cheryl has some herbs for that.

Fred and Alice can’t get to the next step in their relationship? She has a remedy.

And so on, and so forth. 

It almost seemed as though Cheryl cursed everyone just so she could swoop in and be the savior.

And in turn, everyone gave her their loyalty. 

Archie has always had everyone’s best interests at heart, but in one weak moment, everyone in town turned against him and let him die a grim death as a human sacrifice. 

In what may be Riverdale’s craziest scene to date (and again, the series has explored aliens), Cheryl stabbed Archie, who was clad in an antler crown, before pulling out his still-beating heart and holding it up for the town to see.

Rest in peace, Archie. You truly didn’t deserve any of that. 

Archie will seemingly remain dead for the remainder of the five episodes, which kind of puts a dent in my theory that Rivervale is just a terrible nightmare he’s having while in a coma following the explosion at his house. 

After all, the fifth season ended with Hiram Lodge’s planted bomb exploding under Archie’s bed as he lay with Betty. 

The fact that Archie referenced the ticking and the bomb as part of a bad dream makes me think that this is all just part of his imagination while he recovers. 

Therefore, it makes sense that the plot echoes what’s already been established — Cheryl’s wrath and removal from Riverdale, the casino, Jughead and Tabitha’s relationship, etc. Archie’s mind is taking what he already knows and exaggerating it as many nightmares tend to do in a way that doesn’t really make sense but leaves you scarred regardless. 

It’s also an interesting move on Riverdale’s part to kill off the main character and explore the next few episodes without Archie as the anchor. 

Will the other characters thrive without Archie around?

And who else will be added to the body count as the series continues to draw inspiration from classic horror?

Let us know what you about the premiere in the comments below!

Are you digging the revamped Riverdale? Or do you think the series has gone totally off the rails?


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