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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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Fall TV Preview: Riverdale Season 4 Trailer Reveals Jughead is Missing

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The Riverdale Season 4 Trailer is Here & Jughead is Missing

The Riverdale trailer for season 4 is equal parts sexy and mysterious (what the hell happened to Jughead?!)

The series creators promised the season would be more high-school oriented giving it a “season 1” vibe following a dark, twisted, and oftentimes, ridiculous (we still loved it) G&G/ The Farm storyline on season 3.

And while they’re making good on that promise — we see Cheryl and the like prancing around the halls of Riverdale High — the show still capitalizes on the darker undertones and secrets.

This is a town that thrives on murder, and that’s never going to change.

The teens grapple with a pretty daunting realization — they’re going to have to part ways after senior year.

“Isn’t it crazy? In just nine-months, life as we know it will be over,” Veronica (Camila Mendes) muses without realizing the statement is more ominous than she intended.

The trailer reveals that one favorite may not make it through their senior year alive as the whole town embarks on a search mission through the volatile woods of Riverdale.

Who are they looking for? Our very own Jughead Jones.

Fans expected a rocky season for Jug following the cliffhanger of season 3, which saw him missing as Betty, Veronica and Archie cleaned up the blood from their clothes, but this has us officially worried.

Later in the trailer, we hear Jughead’s screams as he begs for “help” and tries to break out of what sounds like a car trunk.

What happened to Jughead? And is his disappearance linked to whatever happened in the final episode?

Other major moments in the trailer include Betty getting clobbered over the head from behind by an unknown figure (she’s after the Farm so it could be Evelyn Evernever), crime scene photos that make Betty gasp “oh my god,” a scantily dressed Veronica performing some pussycat dolls-esque routine on stage as she assures that she’s “no stranger to scandal,” and a bunch of smokin’ sex scenes with our three favorite ships: Choni, Bughead, and Varchie.

Yep, sounds like senior year!

Not spotted in the video: Alice Cooper, who we found out is infiltrating The Farm, anyone from The Farm (Chad Michael Murray, where ya at?), Kevin, also with the damn Farm, and Betty’s real brother, Chic, who was introduced in the finale as an FBI agent working with Alice to take down The Farm.

Riverdale premies October 9th on The CW!

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Riverdale – The Dark Secret of Harvest House (3×21)

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riverdale the dark secret of harvest house Review

I’m going to start this review by echoing the sentiments of my friend who texted me “how the hell did we get here” while watching the penultimate episode of Riverdale.

These writers, they’re good.

They figured out how to hook us just enough to keep us around all season and then, right before the finale, they dropped bomb after bomb on us.

All the weird things that have been happening leading up to this episode have finally started making sense.

There’s still a few mysteries we need to solve, but for the most part, we got all the answers we’ve been searching for all season.

Who is the Gargoyle King?

After a deep dive that led Jughead to Ricky, the Lost Boys, and finally, Ethel Muggs, he finally got the name of the masked creature wreaking havoc on Riverdale: Jason Blossom.

Come again?

The same Jason Blossom who died in season one?

Yes, the very same.

Jughead even dug up homeboy’s grave to make sure this wasn’t some cruel joke and sure enough, the casket was empty.

How many times do I have to remind myself — if you don’t see a body, don’t believe they’re really dead.

It’s unclear how Jason Blossom managed to stay alive — we all saw that video — and how he managed to lurk around Riverdale undetected.

Was he always wearing his GK garb?

It also begs the question: is Jason working directly with The Farm?

After all, Cheryl Blossom swore she was hanging out with her brother again.

Which brings us to The Farm and what they’re really up to.

This one blew my mind slightly more than the Jason Blossom reveal.

Nancy Drew, er, Betty Cooper, discovered that The Farm is harvesting organs! Human organs.

No wonder they’re such a lucrative business.

It all started when she gave herself over to The Farm because she needed protection from the Gargoyle King and the Black Hood aka her dad.

Edgar Evernever opened her with open arms, and I became highly suspicious.

Then, Alice and Polly teamed up to tell Betty that she was a carrier of something called a “serial killer” gene, which sounded made up to me.

Can someone really be tested to see if they’re a potential serial killer? Highly doubt it.

But it was Edgar’s way of getting Betty into one of his hypnosis sessions where she came face-to-face with “Dark Betty.”

Now, for a moment, I truly thought Betty was about to have a split personality meltdown, but thankfully, she outsmarted Edgar by popping some candle wax in her ears so that she wouldn’t “go under” during their next session.

And instead of confronting her inner darkness, she came face-to-face with Polly who was dressed like her and trying to convince her of all these falsities.

Not only is Polly a Farmie, but she’s also willingly messing with her sister!

Betty could have outsmarted Edgar and The Farmies if she wasn’t so vocal about her suspicions.

She thought she was invincible, but when you’re on the inside, you probably should lay low.

Instead, she was walking around telling everyone her theories about hypnosis and figuring out way too much about Evelyn and her dialysis.

It’s almost like she was asking to get caught.

Eventually, she realized that the “procedures” to get rid of internal pain that Edgar manifested into physical pain was basically a surgery to steal kidneys and other high-priced organs.

Kevin and Fangs already “donated” theirs and Toni was scheduled next.

Thankfully, Betty made it in time to warn Cheryl who was finally convinced that Betty was onto something.

Unfortunately, it was too late.

Betty was pinned down by Kevin and Fangs who were upset that she was being a “detractor.”

Cheryl and Toni narrowly escaped with Cheryl allowing Toni to make a break for it while she distracted the guards.

Both Betty and Cheryl were taken and based on Betty’s interaction with Edgar, they’re about to lose a kidney!

The good thing is that Jughead, FP and Toni are bound to return to save them all.

Edgar might ensure that Betty doesn’t “know” anything, but Toni most definitely will. And she’s going to know that Betty told the truth.

And don’t even get me started on how he’s going to silence Betty. It’s looking like electroshock therapy to me!

Then, we have Archie and Veronica who tag-teamed to take down Hiram Lodge who was planning to purchase the town of Riverdale and run it as he saw fit.

Archie challenged Hiram to a boxing match in order to distract him while Ronnie convinced Hiram to do illegal bidding on the fight at Le Bonne Nuit.

Since Archie’s mom set them up with an FBI agent, she crashed the whole thing and arrested Mr. Lodge.

“I won,” Veronica told Hiram as she licked off the taste of satisfaction from her lips.

Ronnie and Archie may believe that, but we all know better. Hiram is capable of anything. If the Black Hood can escape from prison, those bars won’t hold Hiram down for long.

And those two just made an even bigger enemy out of Hiram.

I also couldn’t help but laugh when Archie confirmed that “yeah, Ronnie. Your dad sucks.”

Sadly, despite being a dynamic duo once again, Ronnie chose to rekindle her romance with Reggie.

Obviously, this crushed Archie, but something tells me their relationship isn’t over yet.

Veronica didn’t seem too convinced with her decision given Reggie only won her over by beating Archie to the punch.

Reggie may have helped her with the club but Archie took some nasty blows from her dad, again.

Not to mention Hiram was planning on killing Archie in the ring for some clout.

Doesn’t anyone think Hiram should just grow up?

And, of course, we still haven’t dealt with the Black Hood. Why is Hal so hellbent on killing Betty?

Is he working with the Gargoyle King?

Other Riverdale Musings

  • Hiram really kept a straight face when he talked about how worried he was that Riverdale was being overrun by drugs. He’s only mad cause he’s not the one selling them and turning a profit.
  • Why hasn’t the series addressed Luke Perry’s death? Is Fred Andrews just going to be out of town forever?
  • Veronica singing Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons” hit the spot and elevated the scene beautifully.

How insane was tonight’s episode of Riverdale? What do you think is going to happen on the season finale?

Is Jason really alive?

Sound off in the comments!

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Riverdale – Jawbreaker (3×18)

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Is Riverdale trying to convince us the cultish Farm isn’t all that bad?

Nah, they would never.

Betty may have returned her mom to Evelyn and Edgar Evernever, but she doesn’t buy into The Farm’s innocence or their good intentions.

Despite her best efforts to show her mother the truth that The Farm is brainwashing her, Betty simply realized that Alice isn’t ready to accept the truth. And even if she was, she doesn’t want that truth from Betty, who she referred to as “dark like her father” and “angry” on the Farm’s tapes.

Alice doesn’t paint Betty in the best light by saying she’s afraid of her daughter especially now that she pushed and physically threatened Evelyn. The trauma of losing Charles, not once but twice because of imposter Chick, and the realization that she was married to a cold-blooded killer has really done a number on Alice. She believed she was a lost cause, but found guidance in the Farm, a group that can apparently ‘heal’ and fulfills her in way that Betty apparently can’t.

Alice’s desire to erase the pain and mistakes of her past is understandable, but she’s also erasing everything that has made her the strong and independent woman she is today. Especially because she’s “engaged’ to Edgar. I doubt she’s actually in a romantic relationship with him, but making her believe that she shares something special and unique with Edgar ensures her loyalty and their stronghold over her. She’s going to become too reliant on The Farm and by the time she realizes it, it’ll be too late.

But don’t be mistaken – they still prey on emotionally unstable victims, which is exactly how Cheryl became a Farmie Queen B. I think Cheryl’s disillusion is the most frustrating to me because she was always the leader, but it makes sense if you see through the facade. Cheryl has kept up appearances and a brave face, but under that red lipstick is a world of pain and suffering. She never fully recovered from losing Jason or Clifford Blossom and her mother’s always been rather vile towards her. She’s broken by her past and much like with Alice, the Farm is taking advantage of that. Cheryl has also always wanted to ‘fit in’ somewhere which has been depicted by the plenty of cliques — her Vixens, Toni’s Pretty Poison’s and now, The Farm.

Understandably, Toni wasn’t happy with Cheryl’s involvement and tried to place the blame on Betty. But Betty was in the same boat with her mother and instead of fighting, the two ended up working together to save their loved ones. Betty’s been trying to find the perfect person to infiltrate The Farm, but Toni is the most unsuspecting because she’s loyal to Cheryl. Almost to a fault.

Evelyn and Edgar, beware.

Since there’s no cracking the exterior of The Farm and digging up their secrets, Toni has a tall order ahead of her to bring them down from the inside. One major hold that The Farm has over Alice and Cheryl is that they give them the ability to talk to their dead loved ones. Since Betty isn’t wooed by their false promises, they aren’t afraid to be transparent with her.

Edgar admitted that Cheryl and Alice don’t actually see the dead, but rather, a hallucination that allows them to heal. Evelyn has also made it clear that they’ve made copies of the tapes in case they have to blackmail them. They blatantly admit to being just as manipulative and shady as Betty calls them out to be, yet still attempted to hold themselves in a high regard when Edgar was explaining the origins of The Farm. Apparently, he’s always wanted to help people and using their deepest, darkest secrets against them if one way to do it.

However, The Farm may be the least of Riverdale’s worries with the rise of the new Gargoyle King. Baby Teeth’s gruesome murder (they pulled out his TEETH!) was just the first step in the Gargoyle King’s plan according to Kurtz. Jughead and FP joined forces to stop the GK once and for all, but they may be in way over their heads. 

Not only does the GK have a dedicated following, but he’s also dishing out tainted Fizzle Rocks, and has his sights set on Jellybean Jones. The moment I saw her playing the game with Ricky, Joaquin’s brother who tried to kill Archie, I knew it was bad news. Why does the Gargoyle King want with Jellybean? Why does he want to meet her? And who is the Gargoyle King now?

The Fizzle Rocks Kurtz was dealing was laced with something reminiscent of bath salts, causing people to foam at the mouth and become dangerously violent. Great, just what Riverdale needed. Given that Jughead’s mother, Gladys, is the drug kingpin in Riverdale, I’m surprised Jughead remained loyal and protected her secret instead of outing her to FP. Why is he protecting her? Wouldn’t FP knowing that Gladys may be the source of their problems help them stop it? Once FP finds out Jughead knew more than he was letting on, he’s going to be furious.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Kurtz was slanging tainted stuff, working for the GK, and made Jellybean a target. Could it be that Gladys is the new Gargoyle King also?

The Gryphons and Gargoyle’s storyline has dragged on for most of the season infiltrating almost every plotline, yet, I don’t see the point anymore nor does there seem to be a resolution. What started off as something so promising in terms of storytelling has fallen flat and become a thorn for not only the audience but the characters.

The tainted Fizzle Rocks aren’t just a problem on the streets, they’ve even made their way into Elio’s elite boxing match. Elio is the scummiest of characters because he has no honor; he’ll do anything to win, but he doesn’t even play the game well. Archie scored a rematch with Ronson after Ronnie promised to help him get his boys into Elio’s elite match.

Elio allowed Ronson to fight Archie but only because he saw it as an opportunity to get back at Ronnie and get rid of Archie by doping up Ronson with the tainted drugs. Mad Dog tried to warn Archie that Ronson was taking something that put him in full rage mode, but even with that fear, Archie fought and won with honor. He’s never been one to cave to temptation or cheat to win, and that’s what I respect about Archie most of all.

Admittedly, I did expect Archie to either end up in the hospital or call the fight. I have no doubt he’s a skilled boxer with professional technique, but I don’t think he’d be able to beat someone hyped up on angry pills.

Archie’s good at a lot of things, but he’s exceptionally good at making himself a target. Only recently was he cleared of the Red Paladin burden, but it seems like Elio is going to want some revenge. Riverdale seems to be a bit confused about which relationships it wants to nurture.

Is anyone else slightly concerned that Ronnie and Archie are once again “Bonnie & Clyde-ing” it up? She not only helped him with his boxing studio, she even gave him a Pops sponsored robe and cheered him on from the sidelines. The lines between professional and personal will blur quickly — they almost kissed after working together for a few hours!

Josie and Archie just got together and he was so into making things work despite their circumstances, but this week, it almost seemed like Josie didn’t exist. And despite Archie’s relationship with Josie, it seems like he’s still harnessing some feelings for his ex. Even Josie picked up on it and noticed Veronica was way too invested in Archie and his match.

Will Archie and Ronnie get back together? And is it a good idea? Archie deserves better unless Veronica has done away with her blind loyalty to Hiram Lodge. Remember, that’s what almost got Archie killed last time.

Week to week, Riverdale remains entertaining, but when I look back at the season, I feel like we’re constantly rehashing the same Gargoyle King, Farm and Fizzle Rocks storyline without any real outcome. There better be some major resolution and revalations by the time the season finale airs.

What do you think, Cravers?

Will Toni and Betty find a way to take down The Farm?

Will Jughead and FP save Jellybean?

Will Archie stop being the most hated person in Riverdale?

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