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.
Riverdale Midseason Finale Review – The Pincushion Man (5×10)
I wish I had some maple mushrooms cause maybe then I’d be able to make sense of what transpired on the midseason finale of Riverdale.
Things just keep getting weirder and weirder on this series for absolutely no reason, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t tune in solely to see how absurd things get.
Everyone made some pretty questionable choices during “The Pincushion Man,” which, much to my surprise, is not the name of a new serial killer in town.
Honestly, the only one who made any reasonable decisions was Archie, who stood up against his General and refused to follow a direct order opting to go with his instinct instead.
It helped that a reporter for the New York Times made him aware that the mission, which General Taylor wanted to celebrate him for, may have been dirty.
Once he informed Taylor that he would not accept the Silver Eagle medal, Taylor’s true colors came to the surface as he threatened to make Archie a scapegoat.
Archie stood his ground and said that he was at peace with his decision, even if it meant he had to go in front of a judge and relive the experience.
Archie has faced off against Hiram Lodge on several occasions, so he’s definitely not intimidated by a General.
In fact, they’re still dealing with Hiram’s wrath as he purposefully freed all of his inmates to cause havoc in Riverdale. He really just cannot let it go.
At least now we know why Hiram is so hellbent on destroying his former hometown (aside from the fact that he just enjoys it) — he’s after palladium, a precious rare metal that’s more than gold.
Releasing the inmates interrupted parent-teacher night, and it’s shocking that Riverdale High still has any students enrolled. Then again, Professor Weatherbee said wanted to show the parents that they could protect the kids, and Archie delivered by singlehandedly taking on the inmates.
Two unexpected visitors from the prison — Charles and Chic — also crashed Juniper and Dagwood’s birthday party for absolutely no reason, and the whole thing was kind of bizarre.
Betty and Alice didn’t call the police because, in case you forgot, Riverdale only has a Sheriff who was nowhere to be found while the town was being overrun by criminals, but that’s beside the point.
The weirdest part was that Alice was accommodating of her guests and still seems to care about Charles despite all the pain he’s caused the family. Plus, she was devastated when she shot him in self-defense. Why? I understand that he’s her son, but stop being naive and putting your family in danger, Alice! What a blindspot!
I think Chic is finally dead, but I can’t confirm that.
And the twins definitely have some kind of serial killer gene coursing through their veins. They didn’t even feel remorse for hurting their classmate. The smiles on their faces were beyond creepy.
I’m glad Betty stood up for them and didn’t allow Juniper to stab Glen because it could’ve triggered something.
I don’t really understand why Betty gave Glen another chance, almost as much as I can’t comprehend why Veronica would allow herself to get wooed by Chad one last time, but I guess the heart wants what it wants?
They both realized the error of their ways almost immediately. Glen revealed that he was more into examining Betty’s family and their predisposition to murder than actually solving Polly’s disappearance and the case of the missing girls along the Lonely Highway.
This man didn’t see an issue with using his girlfriend’s toxic family for his dissertation!
I hope this is the last we’ve seen of him.
Betty connected her father Hal aka the Black Hood to “Nedslist,” which is how women and truckers get hooked up on the Lonely Highway. Do the murders have something to do with him? Or was that just Glen’s attempt at learning more about her family history?
As for Veronica, she fell into the “one last night” magic when she visited Chad only to learn the next morning that he wasn’t interested in giving her a divorce and used her jewelry business for some bad investments that caused them to go into debt.
Additionally, he threatened to testify against her if they divorced and blame her for all the dirty deals, which basically backed Veronica into a corner.
Again, why would Veronica trust a man who openly blackmailed her with photos of her and Archie? He’s clearly a master manipulator and was never going to let her off the hook that easily.
Ladies, get it together!
Even worse than hooking up with the husband that you plan on divorcing is cheating on your current boyfriend.
And Jughead… well, he was on quite a trip with those psychedelic mushrooms.
Though Tabitha was initially hesitant to babysit him while he took them, she eventually agreed to do it when she realized he wouldn’t change his mind.
However, she probably should’ve stuck around the whole time.
Jughead successfully wrote his novel, which was the goal all along, but everything that transpired while he was high was quite a mess.
He hallucinated his ex Jess before having an intense experience with Betty who kept apologizing for the pain she caused him senior year. That paired with Jughead’s confession to Tabitha that he isn’t ready for a relationship cause he never moved on from his breakup with Betty was definitely enough to give Bughead fans hope for the future. And I can’t say I’m not happy that the series won’t be using Tabitha as a tool to reunite Jughead and Betty.
That is if Jughead survives. When Tabitha returned at some point during his drug-induced trip, she found the bunker covered in blood and Jughead nowhere to be found.
It’s unclear what, if anything, Jughead hallucinated was real, but there was a whirring sound that indicated he had an encounter with the mothmen.
Did they abduct him? Did he try to search for them?
Moral of the story: drugs are bad kids.
Hiram didn’t just stir up trouble at Riverdale High, he also tasked Reggie with getting the maple groves from the Blossom family. Apparently, the palladium is nestled right under the trees.
Nana Rose was all too willing to sell because of the Blossom curse, but Cheryl basically said: “over my dead body.”
So, Reggie went to the extremes and set the groves on fire. We thought Reggie was on the right path when he turned on Hiram and supported the Bulldogs in the previous episode, but he’s right back at being Hiram’s lackey again.
Penelope, who also broke out of prison, explained that they needed to call upon the wind to redirect the fire, and after they prayed to their satanic altar, a windstorm appeared and spared at least half of the groves.
Riverdale always does this weird thing where it tries to dabble in the supernatural but never fully crosses the line into that world. It’s annoying. Either you’re embracing the magic or you aren’t. You can’t have it both ways!
Other Midseason Musings
- Min-Min and Cheryl are definitely over, right? Minerva had the right idea when she made a break for it because I have no doubt Nana Blossom would try to sacrifice her.
- Kevin Keller with a blade? It was a look.
- Toni’s absence was explained as bed rest due to pregnancy. I’ll let it slide simply because the series has made it a priority to integrate her into more episodes, and we know she was actually pregnant so maybe she really needed the break.
- Betty is now taking Polly’s case into her own hands, but what’s her plan? Is she going to drive the truck and look for clues?
What did you think of the midseason finale of Riverdale? Let us know in the comments below!
Riverdale Review – Destroyer (5×09)
And we’re back to the old Riverdale.
You know, the one where weird, unexplainable things happen as Betty and Jughead work a case together.
There was a rush of endorphins as the former couple teamed up to get some much-needed answers. In my previous Riverdale reviews, I said that it was only a matter of time before the duo’s cases crossed paths.
There’s too much overlap when it comes to the mothmen/mothman (I really can’t tell if it’s one entity or multiple anymore) and Polly’s disappearance. The main connection is the Lonely Highway, which is where the mothmen seem to be located, where Polly and other girls have gone missing, and now, where Lerman, Jughead’s student, was drawn to while sleepwalking.
Lerman’s story was very similar to what Old Man Dreyfus told Jughead previously, so while it seems unlikely that aliens would be inhabiting this small town, all signs are pointing in that direction.
He wouldn’t recount being operated on in a spaceship unless it happened… and why did Principal Weatherbee get so upset that Jughead questioned whether a student was in distress? Isn’t that a teacher’s job?
Though, I’d likely agree that these aliens are sort of like the Gargoyle King where it’s someone dressed up as supernatural entities.
It’s unfortunate that Lerman’s parents moved him out of Riverdale before Jughead and Betty had a chance to ask him any concrete questions.
I don’t think Polly is dead. She could’ve been injured, which would explain why her blood was smeared all over the telephone booth, but if she was dead, they likely would have found her body right next to it. I kept thinking Betty would walk into the house and Polly would be there with no recollection of what happened.
Betty’s decision not to tell Alice the truth about Polly was partially because she didn’t want her mom to crack, and partially because she’s holding out hope and still believes Polly is out there somewhere.
Also, who missed Dark Betty? She almost killed John for preying on these innocent girls. Thankfully, she was saved by the bell.
Now, Glen… that dude is a problem.
He didn’t care enough to get involved in the case before, but after Betty chewed him out, he took it upon himself to come to Riverdale, tell her mom, and remove Betty from the case.
He clearly doesn’t know her as well as he thinks he does.
Also, can Alice ever learn from previous mistakes of trusting “agents” over her own family?
She barely knows Glen, so why isn’t she wearier about his sudden involvement?
Betty and Jughead worked well together, even if she did think his alien-theory was a little too far out there at first. And who could blame her? In Jughead’s defense, weirder things have happened in this small town.
What’s problematic is the teaser for next week showing Jughead and Tabitha getting close as she’ll likely only be a plot device to bring Jughead and Betty back.
If that’s the case, Tabitha deserves better.
As usual, while Betty and Jughead were dealing with the oddities in Riverdale, Archie and Veronica were hoping to inspire a little town spirit in a place that had absolutely none.
The Bulldogs, despite Archie’s best attempts, weren’t winning games, which meant that the town wasn’t rallying behind them.
If they stood any chance at saving Riverdale from Hiram’s grasp, they needed the team to step it up.
Veronica did plenty to incentivize the team including offering $10,000 to the first person to score and bringing a professional football player to give them a pep-talk. She also organized a pancake breakfast at Pops. Meanwhile, Cheryl came out of retirement to entertain the masses.
I’m never a fan of musical numbers on Riverdale, but Cheryl’s still got it. Also, where was Toni? I hate when shows don’t explain a character’s absence.
With a little help from Archie’s Friday Night Lights approach, the Bulldogs managed to score once during the game, which was more than enough to inspire confidence in the team and the town.
You can just see that Archie has his students’/players’ best interests at heart, while Hiram is just out there for himself.
Archie didn’t get mad at Derek for switching to Stonewall Prep’s team because he understood that it was better for college applications. Though, you better believe Derek would’ve probably have benefitted from staying on the Bulldogs and having a coach who cares about him.
Hiram only cares about himself and his own interest. Look how quickly he turned on Reggie, who, in turn, threw in his support behind the Bulldogs.
It just goes to show how weak alliances are when they’re only superficial and surface-level.
Also, why is Hiram such a toddler? He’s a grown man who literally picks on children. Even Reggie realized there was a line he wouldn’t cross.
Kevin dealt with the fallout of calling it quits with Fangs, which meant that he had to get very honest with himself.
While he couldn’t talk about his issues with Fangs, after hitting on a man in the steam room and getting beat up, he finally confided in his father about being ashamed to be gay.
It was a heartbreaking talk, especially as he blamed his mothers’ offhand comments about his sexual orientation for his desire to cruise.
Kevin has hidden his emotions for quite some time, but until he really confronts them and deals with them, he’s probably right in putting off the wedding and having a baby.
And while I think these storylines are important to address, Kevin does feel a bit forced simply to break up a couple that was standing on solid ground.
Personally, I think it would be awesome to see Kevin, Fangs, and Toni raise a modern, unconventional family, so I’m hoping Kevin eventually arrives at a place where he feels comfortable and secure.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?
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Riverdale Review – Lock & Key Party (5×08)
Cheryl was responsible for a little chaos on Riverdale Season 5 Episode 8 that put into question plenty of relationships.
While a lot can change in seven years, a lot can also stay the same.
At the top of the hour, Kevin and Fangs made a huge announcement – they were engaged. And not only that, but they were also expecting a baby with Toni as part of their nontraditional family.
The fact that Kevin and Fangs turned out to be Toni’s baby daddies was probably the least surprising thing about the episode. The trio has formed such a close-knit bond that it only makes sense.
When Cheryl found out about it, she was furious and decided to throw a “Lock and Key” party to meddle in the relationship.
And everyone was down for one last hurrah where they get a free pass to do whatever they want.
However, the party turned out to be quite the dud. Cheryl tried to make amends with Toni by showing her a nursery at Thornhill, but Toni has matured past this type of behavior.
She didn’t want to be manipulated by Cheryl again, and after so much time apart, she saw how toxic things with Cheryl were when they were younger.
Look, I’m always going to be a #Choni fan, but I have to admit, Cheryl is not okay these days. She’s cooped up in Thornhill with absolutely no sense of reality, while Toni is out there in the real world thriving. She has a career, she’s helping women, she’s running a bar, and she’s about to become a mother.
Her priority now is to protect her baby at all costs, and a life locked up in Thornhill is not the life she wants for her child.
The series has done quite an overhaul with this time jump, and I wish they would have picked a better path for Cheryl.
After being rejected by Toni, Cheryl found solace in the arms of Minerva, who is sticking around cause she wants a Cheryl Blossom original after figuring out that she’s been selling forgeries as the real deal.
Personally, I don’t trust Minerva, but I’m also not quite sure what her angle truly is.
Betty and Archie delivered a rollercoaster of emotions. As she experienced night terrors connected to the TBK, she called her hook-up buddy Archie for comfort.
But sadly, #Barchie fans had to give up on that dream by the end of the hour because Archie was developing feelings for Veronica again. And Betty was scared that the closer she and Archie got, the more her darkness would consume him.
In blatant terms: the clock was running out on being friends with benefits, and they decided it was better to just be friends.
I know it’s upsetting for many fans, but at least their short-lived romance was smoking hot while it lasted.
By the end of the hour, Ronnie and Chadwick agreed to a divorce and she was back in Archie’s arms… just like the good old days.
Does it seem too easy? Absolutely. Chadwick was a manipulative and jealous husband, so the chances of him just surrendering and agreeing to a divorce are slim.
And bringing Veronica and Archie back together feels like the show is falling back on its crutches and undoing all the progress it tried to make with a time jump.
Maybe it would’ve made sense if Archie and Ronnie remained friends for at least half a season before giving in to their feelings.
The good thing is it doesn’t seem like Betty and Jughead are going to get back together anytime soon as they’re both battling their inner demons.
Betty’s dealing with the trauma of the TBK, which she kind of pushed aside by coming back to her hometown, but it’s resurfacing as she deals with another serial killer/ kidnapper who has taken hold of Polly.
Something tells me, however, that Betty and Jughead’s paths will cross as they are dealing with the same monsters.
Polly’s frantic phone call gave Alice hope as it means her daughter is still alive, but Polly’s description of her captor and her surroundings don’t give off the vibe that she’s dealing with something human.
Firstly, she said “they’re coming” as in a plural suspect. Secondly, Alice mentioned that the place she was being held captive sounded like a spaceship.
I wouldn’t think twice of it if Jughead wasn’t seeing aliens and contemplating whether or not he’s going “crazy.”
Maybe Polly has been captured by the Mothman, the rumored legend in Riverdale.
After Jughead had his “encounter,” he’s been haunted by images of aliens. Sure, it could be repressed trauma, but where’s the fun in that?
And it would just make sense for Betty and Jughead’s paths to cross as they both investigate these eerie cases.
After all, they always did some solid detective work.
Tabitha makes for a good sidekick, but she’s no Betty. Though, I’m not opposed to Jughead pursuing a relationship with Tabitha for now because she seems good for him.
Veronica and Chadwick and Archie and Betty weren’t the only couples/friends with benefits to call it quits. Following Cheryl’s party, Kevin, who was clearly having doubts about this next step in his life, informed Fangs that he wasn’t ready to get married. As Fangs said, he basically imploded their relationship of eight years because he got cold feet. I’m not pleased with this decision considering Fangs and Kevin always made it work in a way that worked for them. Fangs was even willing to remain in an open relationship if that would make Kevin happy! What happened?
Though, I guess it’s better to be honest about your feelings than pretending everything is okay and leading someone on. Good on Kevin for doing the right thing even if it hurt like hell.
- That Reggie and Fangs kiss almost knocked me off the couch!
- We finally got a quick peek at Juniper and Dagwood!
- Katy Keene lives to see another day! While I’d rather see Lucy Hale reprise her character, it was great to hear her voice on the other end of the line!
- Are Betty and Veronica even friends anymore? I miss the B&V bond!
What did you think of the episode? Is Riverdale headed in the right direction?
Are you into the Mothman storyline?
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