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Riverdale – No Exit (3×09)

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You can breathe a sigh of relief because Riverdale’s hiatus is finally over.

And, to my surprise, so is the quarantine. Given the great lengths Hiram Lodge went to in order to put a quarantine in place, I didn’t expect it to be lifted so quickly. But while Riverdale was once “free,” they residents weren’t necessarily free from the devious Hiram Lodge.

The goal was, and it still is, to eliminate him at any costs.

Post-quarantine Riverdale effects are still plaguing the small town, which now operates more as a police-state. No public displays of affection are allowed in the halls of Riverdale High, and that includes hand holding of any sorts. Since when did Kevin become such a stickler for the law?

As you can imagine, that didn’t sit well with our rebellious group of (mostly) Serpents who have detested Hiram Lodge and everything he stands for since the very beginning of his reign.

Cheryl and Toni were great as standalone characters, but as forces joined together, they are exceptional. I’m digging their “catnapping” actions as a means of survival, even if it did get them kicked out of the gang.

Jughead continues to establish dominance as the leader of the Serpents. Sending off Cheryl and Toni may have seemed like an extreme measure since Toni was a member by birth, but it’s the only way he’ll be able to maintain control in these chaotic times.

Fangs threw himself under the bus by telling Sweet Pea that Jughead gave him a pass for dealing Fizzle Rocks. However, seeing as Juggie gave Fangs a third chance by sending him undercover with the Gargoyle Gang, it’s only a matter of time before Cheryl and Toni rejoin the ranks.

Jughead’s got his smarts about him; I don’t think he’d ever want a situation where Cheryl would become his enemy.

As leaders go, Jughead is on top having the Serpents’ back. He did everything in his power to secure their financial stability so they didn’t have to go do rogue jobs to supply their income.

Working security for Veronica isn’t a bad gig, but at the end of the day, he’s still under the thumb of a Lodge.

And thus, he’s further igniting the feud he already has with Hiram Lodge.

Mr. Lodge is just basking in the glory of having his henchman run things around town.

He’s always been controlling to Veronica but demanding that she pay him 10% of what she makes at Le Bonne Nuit simply to stay open is overexerting his force.

What’s even more twisted is that he’s sending his own gang to threaten her and her employees if she doesn’t pay up.

But while Hiram is really good at manipulating, Veronica can hold her own and doesn’t seem phased by her daddy.

Instead of giving in to his demands, she pushes back, each time harder and harder.

I wonder when she’ll finally cross the point of no return. Hiram has to have some threshold.

No one in town is able to stop him, not even the people that seem to have incriminating evidence against him.

Betty and Sierra McCoy have the nuns, who would be able to testify against him in court, but they are so terrified of disobeying him, they’ve taken a vow of silence.

When Betty finds out the nuns haven’t technically been practicing nuns for some plus years, they miraculously vanish, and Betty finds them silenced forever after sipping on some fresh-aid and ascending to be with the Gargoyle King.

Ah, there it is. When the quarantine went into effect, Hiram cheersed the Gargoyle King, which could have been the person he’s taking orders from, or it could have been his costume.

Regardless, the Gargoyle King is still the one they should fear most as he’s the one that’s running the show in this town.

It’s what all the saved teens from Sisters of Quiet Mercy are fearing as they hide out in Betty’s home.

Taking in that many orphaned children is a huge undertaking, and it was only a matter of time before Edgar, the leader of the Farm, a presumed cult, would get his hands on them.

Polly is aggravating with her self-righteousness, but Alice takes the cake when it comes to repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting different results. That’s the definition of insanity, and I’m this close to saying Alice may be insane.

At certain times, it seems like she’s got her head screwed on straight and understands the gravitas of everything that’s happening in Riverdale, at the SOQM, and with the Gargoyle King, but at other times, it seems like all reason just goes out the door.

Betty was furious that her mother sent away all her brainwashed teens to yet another damaging place, but she was also upset that she’d missed the infamous Edgar by a few short minutes.

Since seeing Edgar is a rare sight if you’re not high-up the cultish totem pole, it raises concern that he personally came to get these teens to “safety.”

And I’m betting it’s no coincidence that Edgar’s Farm operates in a similar fashion to G&G. Is there some connection we’re missing?

Archie is hiding out in a Canadian forest and scouting the trail for bears. You know, as much as I think I’ve grasped this show, they always throw in some storyline that just completely derails me.

This is one of those storylines.

It’s unclear what we’re supposed to make of the scene, but the key question we’re all asking ourselves at the end… is Archie DEAD?

After Archie was warned about said bears, he went out to scope out the trail and got attacked by one.

Somehow, he survived the attack, but he didn’t come out unscathed. As he waited for help, Archie began drifting away into hallucination-land where he first imagined Cassidy Bullock and the other boys, then of Warden Norton, and lastly, of his three best friends.

Each round of the G&G game called for him to go back to a time and do something he was meant to get done. The first round – kill the black hood. The second – kill Hiram. The third – kill the “weak” part of himself that allowed all of this to transpire.

It was a deeply confusing scene, which ultimately blamed Archie for this whole mess instead of everyone else. He’s always been sort of a martyr, but this hallucination outdid itself in terms of guilt trips.

As Archie killed himself in the dream-state, the rangers arrived at his cabin and found him unresponsive.

The rangers seemed to give off the impression that Archie was dead, but it doesn’t seem likely that Riverdale would kill off their Red Paladin. Despite his flaws, he’s the core of Riverdale; the one believing in the goodness of people even when they show you their true colors.

If he is alive, though, will he be completely different because of what he went through in his dream-state? Will the part that we love so much about Archie be gone?

And while Archie is lying on his deathbed, Veronica is seeing Reggie in a new light. I know KJ Apa, who plays Archie on the show, shared his excitement about the relationship shake-up, but I can’t help but feel a bit betrayed that the writers gave up on Varchie simply because Camila Mendes is dating Charles Melton, Reggie, in real life.

For someone who was so in love with Archie and distraught when he left, she moved on rather quickly. I can’t deny the chemistry between them is palpable.

Although, in a police state where everything is uncertain and your father is out to get everyone, maybe you make the best of what you have in that very moment.

All I know is, Reggie really does not want to get involved with Ronnie and find himself in a similar mess to Archie. Let’s face it, Hiram will never approve of anyone dating his “mija.”

Lastly, the writers really need to find a use for Josie that extends beyond her residency at Veronica’s club. I enjoy her seductive performances, but Ashley Murray is capable of way more artistically.

What did you think of the premiere? Things in Riverdale are looking pretty grim, but I have no doubt that these teens will find a way to restore order and find their way back to “Eldervair,” unless the pressure gets to them.


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Scariest Horror TV Shows to Watch for Friday the 13th

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Chilling TV Shows to Watch on Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th. 

If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing. 

While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares. 

Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!

 

Riverdale – The CW 

Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening. 

 

Haunting of House Hill – Netflix

There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em. 

 

Scream – MTV/ BET

We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.

 

Nancy Drew – The CW

Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix 

The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.

 

The Exorcist – FOX 

If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.

 

American Horror Story – FOX 

The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.

 

Black Mirror – Netflix 

When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.

 

Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access

These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”

 

The Purge – FX

Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?

 

Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network

When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.

 


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‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom

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Riverdale Back in Production as Creator Teases Prom Photo

Did someone say prom?

Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale

The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.

The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.  

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“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.

The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count. 

‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.

While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.

Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021. 

All good things! 


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‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

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Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan and Michael Kopech Expecting First Child

Updated: July 27

Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce. 

Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.

No hearing has been scheduled.

Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement. 

Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.

The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating. 

It’s unclear what led to the split. 

 

 

Original post July 25:

Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.

The CW actress is expecting her first child! 

The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal. 

If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!

While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump. 

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“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”

She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”

We Need to Acknowledge Vanessa Morgan’s Comments About Black Characters Being Portrayed as ‘Sidekicks’

 

Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January. 


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