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Riverdale Review – Nighthawks (2×02)

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Riverdale saw a small, molecule-sized win for the good guys this week, but that was immediately tainted by darkness, death and shady deals.

Riverdale is a small town and everyone seems to be in each other’s business. That business tends to circulate through Pops, which is why Betty and friends were devastated to find that someone had written “Death Diner” on the outside and Pop was closing up shop. I get that someone was almost killed in there, but really, this isn’t the first murder this town has seen!

Betty released her inner “stone cold bitch” as Cheryl put it in order to save her BFs dad and the local milkshake shop that was home to memories, traditions and first kisses. Not to mention milkshakes – does this town really need a liquor store to influence bad decisions?

Since Betty isn’t really dealing with any family drama – I mean, who knows where Polly and Hal are at this point – she’s focused more on charitable efforts.

She organizes a retro night at Pops and the milkshakes bring the River Vixens, Pussycat Dolls, Southside Serpents, and the local Scarface aka Hiram Lodge to the yard. Seriously, how incredible was that sultry rendition of Kelis’ “Milkshake” performed ON THE ROOF of Pops’. Like, is that even considered safe? If I was Mayor, I’d be more upset my daughter was shaking it up the roof and less concerned that she was trying to save a diner.

The event turned out to be a success, or so Betty thought. According to her mother, it was filled with illegal drug deals of Jingle Jangle (the best drug name on the market, to be honest) and a shady business deal from Hiram. But if that’s the least of their problems, I’d say it’s a good day.

Veronica, who has been pretty skeptical of everything concerning her father lately, finally gave him the benefit of the doubt when he offered to make a charitable donation to save Pops. What she didn’t know is that he actually purchased the family-owned business and allowed Pop to stay on in exchange for silence. He’s literally been out from prison for less than 48 hours and he’s already being a snake.

Hermione couldn’t be more pleased to have him back; anything that was redeemable within her is long gone. I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to move back to New York pretty soon.

Archie is really starting to lose it – he looks like he hasn’t slept in a few days – and he thinks that passing around fliers with a drawing of a dude in a ski mask is going to help the cops find his fathers’ shooter. You have to give him credit for trying right?

He’s even more floored when he hears that Ms. Grundy, his teacher friend, was murdered on the other side of Sweetwater River the night after the shooting. After Alice finds out that the murder weapon was a cello, he’s convinced both the killers are the same person. We know he’s definitely onto something but the cops inform him that the murder was one of passion and thus, there’s a slim chance these two events are related.

Archie hits his breaking point when he attacks Reggie, who stupidly comes to his house wearing a ski mask as a “prank” (high school boys are so dumb). “You don’t bring a baseball bat to a gunfight,” Reggie tells him, which probably isn’t the best idea to put into a paranoid kids head.

Of course, Archie goes and illegally buys a gun so he can protect his whole family but like, can he even shoot it? I’m just concerned about his course of action when the masked killer actually comes back.

Meanwhile, Jughead is slowly creeping into Serpent territory after desperately looking for a way to help his father cut down his 20-year sentence. He’s pointed in the direction of Penny Peabody, a fellow Serpent and lawyer, who tells him to convince the victims to forgive his father. Jughead shakes on the “deal” promising to return a favor next time she needs it, which just screams bad news.

After failing to convince Cheryl and her mother, Jughead almost gives up all hope. But Betty comes back fighting and threatens to release the video of Cheryl’s dad shooting Jason to the public if she doesn’t testify in favor of FP. Cheryl finally agrees, impressed by Betty’s new attitude and when the judge says it isn’t enough, swears that she overheard her father threaten to hurt Jughead. It’s a win for Team Juggy as his father’s case is delayed. Seriously, not only are the police terrible in this town but so are the lawyers.

Unfortunately, the win isn’t something FP is eager to celebrate after he finds out that Jughead made a deal with the snake charmer. Look, I’m not exactly sure what a snake charmer is but it doesn’t sound good. Especially if FP is terrified.

And if all Riverdale wasn’t haunted enough, the masked killer targeted Moose and Midge, two characters we really didn’t care about.

This changes up the whole concept of “motive.” At first, it seemed like the killer was going after Archie and his loved ones – as he was led to believe. But these two, they are just some randos that go to the same high school. It seems like this guy is killing just for the sake of it.

Other Thoughts

  • Hiram may be good to look at but he legit got rid of Smither’s because he was turning Veronica against her dad. And probably because he knew too much. So upsetting. When people call your dad the devil incarnate, you should probably believe them.
  • Alice Cooper is the definition of helicopter parents and then some.
  • I still cannot figure out Cheryl’s character. And since when can she even sing?
  • Dark Betty is fun. I need more dark Betty.
  • Does Archie remind anyone else of Lucas Scott? He makes all that brooding look so damn good.
  • There was a moment in the beginning of the episode where Archie and Juggy left Bee and Vee to go to the police station. I made the observation that Archie kissed his girl, but Jughead didn’t even acknowledge Betty. It may be nothing, but it may be a whole lot of something. Are they headed towards splitsville?

Thoughts on this week’s episode? Who do you think is going on a killing spree and why? Are Bughead safe? Will Archie eventually crack unleashing some superpowers?

 


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Riverdale Review – Things That Go Bump in the Night (6×15)

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Saving Riverdale goes hand-in-hand with saving Pop’s. The friendly neighborhood ghosts ensured that Tabitha Tate was well aware of that on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 15. 

As the small but mighty town prepares for a full-on good versus evil with Percival Pickens at the helm of the bad team, Tabitha attempted to salvage her family’s business first and foremost.

But every time they tore down Pop’s iconic facade, something went awry. When she saw a ghostly flashback, she tapped Cheryl and Heather, a self-proclaimed witch schooled by a coven in Greendale (hmm sound familiar) for help communicating with the spirit. It was then that she clued into the fact that the diner has been a refuge not only for the living but also for the dead, who were also very much aware of Percival’s plans.

Percival also knew that the spirits were standing in his way by bearing witness to the eldritch evil that they referred to as a ghost train.

It was complicated, even by Riverdale standards, but it confirms that Percival is some kind of evil entity that knows all too much. And the eldritch terrors, well, we’ve come across those in Greendale, so it’s a good thing that they have Heather on hand for intel and information.

The introduction of Heather also bridges the gap between Cheryl and the supernatural. She’s dabbled in it, but the fact that she’s a witch has never been established out loud until now. Heather’s confession about herself prompted Cheryl to be very open about her involvement in the supernatural. Cheryl has pretty much been guiding her powers of pyrokinesis all on her own — sans a few texts from her robust library — so it’ll be nice to have a guide who can help her lean into those powers. 

And, of course, Heather is a librarian, so she’ll be able to lend a hand with Cheryl’s idea of expanding Thornhill into a local library. After all, plenty of people already use the location as a source of information. 

Am I shipping Heather and Cheryl? I’m not convinced just yet, but maybe it’s because I’m still holding out hope — like many fans — that a Choni reunion is coming. However, I do think that Heather and Cheryl’s interests align better than Choni’s ever have, so that’s an exciting shakeup. 

Toni has her hands full in her fight for custody of baby Anthony. She and Fangs are going up against Kevin, and since they are open “gangbangers,” there isn’t much working in their favor. But when the lawyer informed Toni that a healthy family front could persuade the judge, Toni decided to propose to Fangs despite being more and more aware that they aren’t soulmates.

As a mother, I totally understand where Toni is coming from. A mom would do anything for her child, and if that means she has to see eye to eye with Fangs and make him believe that they are destined to be together, so be it. 

Fangs is trying his best. I can’t say I agree with his choice to go work for Percival knowing the danger that he poses to the town, but his actions are coming from a place of love, just like Toni’s. He wants to be there for baby Anthony and provide for his family, and Percival’s offer is allowing him to do it. The idea seems to be that he’s selling his soul to take care of his loved ones, but it’s possible having a personal tether can keep him safe from any mind control. 

We should all be blaming Kevin for starting this mess to begin with. 

We rarely see Jughead and Veronica team up, but boy was it incredibly fun. Veronica came up with a brilliant plan to bring in more revenue to the casino and stick it to the shareholders that were doubting her. 

Listen, when you have a friend that can read minds, why not exploit it for profit? And thus, Forsythe the Fantastic — The Seer of the South Side was born. Everyone loves a good magic trick, and this act surely delivered.

And naturally, the haters wanted a piece as well. Reggie immediately hit up Veronica and attempted to blackmail her if she didn’t give him a cut of the profit. 

Reggie dangled the fact that Veronica ordered the hit on her father against her, which isn’t entirely fair considering he was only privy to that information on a personal level. 

Veronica wasn’t here for any of it, so she called up Jughead to see if his abilities extended to memory wipes as well. Sure enough, Jughead was eager to strengthen his powers, and before Reggie could even say “blackmail,” he forget exactly what he had against Veronica.

Unfortunately, he was aware that he lost a crucial bit of information, so he told Percival, who is now aware that Jughead’s powers are intensifying. 

And based on what went down with Frank and Archie, he’s also aware that Archie figured out a way to become invincible. 

Having Frank try to undercut Archie clearly underscores just how dangerous Percival’s manipulations are. Frank was always Archie’s biggest cheerleader, so there’s no way he would willingly try to sabotage his nephew’s business. And despite Archie’s best efforts, Frank wasn’t strong enough to use Fred’s memory as a tether.

Archie wouldn’t even know Frank was pulling a fast one on him if it wasn’t for Betty’s ability to see people’s auras. When Betty saw Frank glowing in a red hue, she knew that he wasn’t being truthful about his decision to call a truce. 

Betty tried to hone in on her abilities so that she could determine why she was able to see some dangerous auras and not others.

She confided in an FBI agent — Drake — who was definitely helpful, but her help was also slightly concerning. Why didn’t she question anything Betty was saying? Why did she ask Betty if she’s happy living with her boyfriend? It was strange. Why didn’t Betty see any red flags there?

Betty initially thought that her blindspot was anyone with the serial killer gene, but when she tested Dagwood and Juniper, she realized that one of the twins had the gene, but it wasn’t the one glowing in red. I’m glad they are incorporating the twins into the mystery, but I truly don’t want them to be the inhabitants of evil. And I’m really glad Betty saved that cat before Butterscotch met the same fate as Caramel.

Alice dug into Betty when she realized she took the twins from her, and her tirade ended with her informing Betty that she was the villain and has always been bad. 

Betty definitely seemed shocked and hurt by the outburst, but it was also leaning into her own biggest fear as she saw a red aura around herself in the mirror. 

Who does Betty pose a threat to? Herself? Her loved ones? Juniper and Dagwood? The town? And does Drake know more than she’s letting onto?

Overall, it was an intense night of Riverdale that laid a lot of the groundwork for the final battle. 

It’s pretty clear that Percival is going to come for Veronica and Jughead for their little “act,” and will likely take a stab at Pop’s new setup at the El Royale, but if they keep being one step ahead of him and keeping him on his toes, maybe they have a shot at winning this after all?

What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Is Moose the TBK on ‘Riverdale’?

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Riverdale loves itself a good serial killer/villain.  
 
We’ve had the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, Edward Evernever, the Stonies, the Auteur, and season 6 ushered in the Trash Bag Killer (referred to in short as TBK). 
 
Yeah, it’s a funny name, but there’s nothing funny about his obsession with stalking and tormenting Betty Cooper. 
 
His identity was somewhat revealed as Archie’s construction worker Dennis in one of the episodes, but that was clearly a fake out. Why would a man like Dennis care about Betty and Archie? Neither of them really questioned TBK’s identity or motives either, so it stands to reason that they know the real TBK is still out there somewhere keeping his identity tucked away in his pocket. 
 
On Riverdale Season 6 Episode 12, a fog spread across the murderous town forcing people to actually talk. Betty opened up to Archie about how she escaped TBK. It wasn’t much of an escape, however, as she reveals that he let her go after she passed his test. 
 
The test? Betty was tasked with helping him dismember a dead body. She seems only mildly torn up about it — chalk it up to being the daughter of a serial killer, I guess — while Archie shrugs it off at her attempt at survival. When there’s a murderous psycho standing behind you, there isn’t anything you won’t do, which is fair. 
 
Except there’s also a clue hidden in this story. Betty reveals that TBK let her go because her actions proved that they were kindred spirits. Alike. The same. Bonded forever. He also thinks that the world would be better with her in it. 
 
One of the things that immediately stood out in these flashbacks was how buff TBK is. The dude is ripped! (Last I remember, Dennis was not that ripped!)  When does someone that deranged have time to go to the gym? Or is it from lugging all the bodies around? I hate that this show forces me to have these disturbing thoughts, and yet here we are. 
 
The point is, TBK is much younger than we expected, and he’s into physical fitness. 
 
It’s likely not a coincidence that Moose shows up in town at the same exact time looking equally as buff. If you don’t believe me, this Twitter account did a little side-by-side, and it’s hard to argue with bulging biceps. 
 
Moose’s presence seemed innocent enough as he simply wanted to reconnect with Kevin, but there were a lot of sus moments that audiences likely overlooked. 
 
For starters, how did he get to the school when everyone was sheltering in place because the fog was so thick you couldn’t see a thing outside? We know TBK was in town because Betty saw a figure lurking in front of her house, though, Archie never ventured out to confirm the lurkers identity so it could’ve been anyone. 
 
Secondly, why did Kevin suddenly start having nightmares? Did Moose spike his drink?
 
And it’s all too convenient that Moose now has a job as a PE teacher, which means he cares about physically fitness and has time to workout. 
 
Moose then goes on to inform Kevin that he was fired from his trucking job when the Lonely Highway shut down and now he’s living with his dad, who recently got out of jail. We know that only sketch people are involved with the Lonely Highway.
 
And Moose isn’t impervious to the darkness as — reminder —  his father was the Gargoyle King who interrupted Moose’s first time with Kevin in the woods. Something like that has the potential to leave a scar, especially as Marcus Mason was clearly not supportive of his son’s lifestyle. Not to mention all that he went through while at Stonewall Prep (blackmail and manipulation) and the Army, where he enlisted at the behest of Mr. Chipping. 
 
 
It’s not fair to Moose who has consistently been getting terrible character arcs and deserves some happiness, but it’s hard to argue with the fact that the timing of his return to Riverdale is all too convenient and suspicious. 
 
Then again, Moose could be a red herring considering his motives remain questionable. Why Betty? Are serial killers simply attracted to her because of the serial killer gene? Or is she an easy target?
 
Hopefully, we’ll get more insight into the TBK as the season progresses because, as of now, he’s been the least compelling villain on Riverdale.
 
At this point, the only way to make TBK a worthy serial killer is to unmask him as someone we know. Someone we’ve all trusted. And someone who has a reason to cling to Betty. Wouldn’t it be crazy if Kevin ended up being TBK. He’s been so focused on criticizing Toni and Fangs for their gang lifestyle and trying to keep baby Anthony safe, but what if the fact that he’s constantly seeking out danger means he’s actually subconsciously Riverdale’s new threat?
 
And then there’s always Percival Pickens, though, that would be kind of lame, wouldn’t it?
 
Who do you think is behind the trash bag mask? And why! Sound off in the comments! 


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Riverdale Review – Venomous (6×14)

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I have no idea where Riverdale’s crazy train express is heading, but I do know that I’m fully on board. 

Choo-choo. 

Honestly, once you embrace that mess that Riverdale is, you start enjoying the episodes for every sliver of ridiculousness. 

There were some grade-A moments on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 14 as the sad superhero squad attempted to wield their powers against Percival. A battle for Riverdale’s soul is imminent, and while they’ve all been graced with superpowers, none of them have been able to see them as a true blessing. Until now. 

The episode also reunited some old couples — and yes, there’s definitely some nostalgia about those OG romances, even if you are a present-day Barchie fan. 

Archie’s attempt at eliminating palladium as his weakness wasn’t working at first. In fact, it was killing him. He turned to Cheryl for some help in making himself immune to the palladium, but micro-dosing was actually killing him even quicker. 

Eventually, Cheryl turned to the ancient alchemists for a solution and decided that the best option was to forge Archie. I didn’t really catch onto what the plan entailed, but basically, it boiled down to Archie chanting a Latin alchemical spell while Cheryl used her powers of pyrokinesis for the foraging. 

It was — dramatic, to say the least, but it seemed to do the trick. 

Archie was forged, and he became the most powerful being in Riverdale. And hopefully, more impervious to anything that Percival could conjure up on his end. 

The decision to pan from a fiery-red, potentially deathly spell over to a product placement for Smartfood popcorn was quite hilarious. 

It was yet another subtle reminder that Riverdale can get away with anything and none of us will even question it. 

There seems to be a lot of product placement going on this season — don’t worry, Canva, we see you! — and I wonder if that’s how the series was able to secure another season at The CW amid mass cancellations. I’m not complaining in the slightest. 

Also turning to Cheryl for some wisdom was Veronica, whose “power” was the kiss of death. It definitely didn’t present as a power at first, but once she got a handle on her abilities and knew that if she kept her chill, she wouldn’t accidentally kill anyone with her venom, she was able to turn it into her power.

The Kiss of the Spiderwoman — any Katy Keene fans here?

The raven-haired goddess — as Cheryl referred to her — rocked those goth looks, and as someone who despises musicals, I quite enjoyed her dark rendition of “Toxic.” Hopefully, Britney Spears enjoyed it as much as Archie did. When have we ever seen him let loose like that? Immortality looks good on him. 

Archie’s new power was also able to help Veronica get back to her main character energy. If I’m understanding correctly, he sucked the venom out of her when he kissed her? Betty’s quip was also a subtle way of acknowledging fans who have been slightly peeved that Veronica, a former main character, was sidelined this season. They see you, they feel you. 

Since Archie and Veronica fell back into old ways, so did Betty and Jughead as they teamed up once again to solve a mystery. 

Riverdale Review Venomous Season 6 Episode 14

Riverdale — “Chapter One Hundred and Nine: Venomous” — Image Number: RVD614a_0226r — Pictured (L-R): Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Seeing them back in action reminded me of how much I missed these two working cases together. I love Tabitha, don’t get me wrong, but Jughead and Betty are the OG’s. 

Anyway, Betty wanted Jughead to use his powers to get into her subconscious and help her answer any lingering questions about her father. 

Jughead sifting through Betty’s mind was cleverly presented as him looking through the Betty comics — it’s always sweet to see the show acknowledge its roots. 

Upon entering the darkest abyss of her mind, he unearthed that Hal Cooper was grooming Betty to be a killer since birth. He also found out that Alice has the serial killer gene and knew all about her husband’s penchant for killing. In one specific instance, he threatened to kill her if she didn’t help him bury the body of a deputy who came to investigate his crimes. 

Admittedly, I’m not really interested in exploring Betty’s darkness anymore. I feel like most of the characters have moved on from their previous storylines, but they keep pushing this aspect of Betty down our throats. I’d love for her to fully grow into who she is now because honestly, it almost feels like two different characters and personalities sometimes. The Betty we see grabbing drinks with Vee and having a romantic night with Archie is not the same woman we see exploring this darkness. They have to pick one and stick to it. 

Throughout the episode, particularly with Jughead and Betty, flashes of previous memories kept flickering through what seemed to be the fabric of the universe. Is this proof that the memories of the characters in an alternate reality are blending with the characters of this reality?

Even Archie experienced somewhat of deja vu when Jughead said “I contain multitudes” in reference to his comics. Was the multitudes a slight nod to multiverses?

And finally, Cheryl reconnected with Heather, who blew into town in spectacular fashion. She’s a librarian in Greendale now, and from the promo, seems to be dabbling in magic of her own, which isn’t surprising considering our dear friend Sabrina Spellman also resides in Greendale. 

I know the consensus among fans is that Cheryl and Toni have to get back together, but I’m not opposed to exploring Cheryl’s past if it allows us to make a full circle and reunite the soulmates down the line. 

Other Musings

  • Cheryl has the power of pyrokinesis and yet she trusts a Magic 8 Ball to make decisions about her love life. 
  • I love the shade Cheryl and Nana continuously throw at each other. There’s love there somewhere.
  • Betty telling Jughead that he “banged around” in her subconscious had to be a bone that the writers threw Bughead fans. 
  • It almost seemed like the cast had fun with this episode and just basked in the insanity of their characters. 

What did you think of the episode? And where do you think we’re heading this season? Does the Riverdale four (+ friends) have what it takes to stop Percival now that they are fully in control of their powers?


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