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Riverdale – Prisoners (2×19)

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Why hasn’t anyone come up with the idea to just move away from Riverdale?

The episode kicked off on a rather grim note; Midge’s funeral was gutted everyone in town and also made it clear that the Black Hood was back.

At least, that’s what Archie thought. Sheriff Keller was convinced that they “got” the original Black Hood when they captured Svenson because all the evidence stacked up against him — he was wearing the ski mask!

If that’s the kind of logic Keller has been operating with this whole time, I’m not surprised that there have been so many bodies and that Cheryl herself, manipulated by Hermione, wrote a scathing op-ed calling for Keller to step down. You had one job, Keller. One job. I can’t say I even feel bad for him at this point because maybe bringing a fresh set of eyes will help this town become less murderous.

However, if we’re thinking what Betty is thinking, maybe finding out the identity of the Black Hood isn’t such a bad idea.

I’ll cut to the chase here: all signs point to Hal Cooper being the Black Hood.

Now, I’m not saying that’s disappointing, but it also is too easy. We’ve all speculated it was Betty’s dad from the beginning since they shared the same eyes. How did Archie not make the connection? For a man who keeps saying “it’s in the eyes,” he should have done better.

Betty’s facial expression when she realized her father was actually the mastermind this whole time while they thought they were being so slick was priceless.

It’s entirely possible that Hal really did go look for her and the Black Hood is someone else but tell me, why has the Black Hood forged such a camaraderie with her? How does he know SO much about her? How would he have known about the murder that happened in the Cooper household and about how they covered it up? It makes sense.

We’ve always thought of Hal as the quiet one but he went and had an extramarital affair with someone as evil as Penelope Blossom. Of course, he’s capable of killing those he believes to be committing sins and ruining the town, a town he’s so intertwined with.

I cannot wait to explore this storyline further and find out what’s been fueling his fire. And most importantly, why did he target Archie’s father? Will he deny it if Betty brings it up?

It’s definitely odd that the Black Hood is advocating for a sin-free Riverdale and yet the man behind the mask was committing adultery and sleeping with a courtesan. Talk about morality, huh?

And even creepier is the fact that an adult man is targeting teens!

Did anyone catch the moment when Betty was on the phont with the Black Hood and Jughead asked her if it was her mother and she replied, “no it’s my dad.” Like, literally.

Then we have the second major reveal that actually made me breathe a sigh of relief — Chic is not Betty’s brother! Whew. But if he isn’t Betty’s bro, who the hell is he?

He was friends with the real Charles Smith, however, when he “lost control” one night, he accidentally killed him. Betty selling him out to the Black Hood to make him pay for deceiving the family, killing her brother and to keep their murderous secret, was what the writers really meany by Dark Betty coming out to play. That was ruthless but well deserved. Will her decision to basically lead a man to his death haunt her? Does it make her no better than the Black Hood?

And if Hal really is BH then that means he knew Chic was an imposter this whole time and just let it play out.

I’m a bit disappointed that we’ll never get to meet the real Charles but at least we’re done seeing Chic’s creepy face at every turn.

Another reveal that we already knew but still rejoiced in hearing Alice say it — Charles was her love child with FP! It’s a little tiresome to see her run to FP with every single problem and when she found out her child had reached out to her twice and ran right to FP’s trailer, it was a little pathetic.

Feeling guilty is a normal human reaction but why did he have to know all of a sudden? I’m glad FP marched in there to tell Jughead this was not his battle. Look, the Cooper ladies can handle this all on their own and sometimes, they need to clean up their own messes.

Plus, he has to prep for that awkward conversation that will surely follow all of this. With Hal being BH and FP being the original baby daddy, are we finally making room for a Serpent reunion? Are there any rules in the book that you cannot date the father of your son’s boyfriend?

So many storylines and reveals that had you in a tizzy and we didn’t even touch what went down with Archie and the Lodges.

Archie was on high-alert following the Black Hood’s return and he kept spotting the killer at every turn. I’m not sure who is worse at this point, the Black Hood or Nick St. Claire. He just can’t stay away from Riverdale, can he?

Nick brought a few of his boys with him for a payback mission;  they tied up Archie and called Ronnie for a million dollar ransom. In case you don’t remember, Archie paid Nick a little visit following his stint of roofing girls and trying to rape them and broke his legs leaving Nick with a permanent limp and a bad rep in the family business.

Veronica turned to her father for help but given that the St. Claire’s were also in the mob business, he couldn’t do much without setting a precedent. Not that Veronica needed his help, she’s a Lodge after all and perfectly equipped to handle an extortion.

She scrambled together some money for Nick and arranged a meeting. but when that wasn’t enough, he propositioned that she pay up by finishing what they started, in other words, finally sleeping with him.

Ronnie agreed and he rented out a suite which had a live-stream for Archie to watch while he was beaten and tied up.

However, Archie was able to set himself free and arrived at the suite to find Veronica had played Nick’s own game against him — she roofied him and then used him to get ransom money from his own family.

Hiram was upset but it wasn’t like he was going to do anything to save Archie because “he wasn’t blood,” which is complete bullshit considering they made a blood pact that put the Lodges first in Archie’s life.

You can make a blood pact with your girlfriend’s boyfriend, but you won’t treat him like family when it hurts your personal interests or becomes a liability.

Archie should have run far from Hiram after this but instead, he wanted to prove his loyalty further by getting his bones and promising to kill the Black Hood.

Seriously, can the teens in Riverdale just be teens? They should not be in cahoots with mafias and making deals about murders.

Also, can Archie really kill someone? Especially if that someone is Betty’s father?

Riverdale is full of monsters… some scarier than others.

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Riverdale – In Memoriam: A Prayer for Fred Andrews (4×01)

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“Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale.”

Cue the ugly crying.

How do you write a goodbye episode to a beloved character and an even better actor portraying that character?

Somehow, Riverdale felt up to the task as the premiere paid a beautiful tribute to the late Luke Perry.

Expectedly, it hit us right in the feels.

Perry, best known for portraying Archie’s father, Fred Andrews passed away suddenly in March after suffering a major stroke.

Riverdale purposefully didnt address Perry’s death last season; since it was so sudden, it didn’t fit the story they were in the midst of telling nor did it allow them to pay homage properly.

But the premiere dedicated a whole hour to honor Perry. The outcome was a heartfelt and beautifully constructed episode that honored Perry’s beautiful soul, Fred, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Characters die all the time on TV shows but it’s usually because they’re getting written off of shows.

It’s sad and moving, but it’s not permanent. This circumstance was different. It was an untimely death of an incredible person who inspired millions.

At the kickstart of Riverdale’s fourth season, Jughead gives fans an update on where things are now in the small town.

The mayhem has sad settled, the events of the farm have all but been forgotten, and G&G was the stuff of (sub)urban legends.

In fact, the town was gearing up for their first 4th of July celebration in the nearly 3 years that Jason Blossom was murdered.

But celebrations aren’t a thing that Riverdale does well.

The event that rocked Riverdale this time cut far deeper than any derange cult leader, murderous black hood, or addictive brainwashing game ever could.

It was the death of one of their own – their hero – a bright light amongst the darkness.

A man who loved Riverdale through the good and the bad and helped build the city from the ground up with his bare hands.

In a town filled with corruptness and evil, Fred Andrews was one of the good guys; he was the heart and soul of Riverdale.

He even died a hero in a hit and run accident while helping a woman change her tire in neighboring Cherry Creek.

Now, if you weren’t in tears almost immediately after Riverdale began, you were when Shannon Doherty (Perry’s on-screen love interest on 90210, the show that made him an 80s hearthrob) graced the screen.

As a Catholic but not overly religious person, this was the first time I’ve ever seen someone pray on television and do so in such a simple, unifying way.

And on Riverdale of all shows — they had demonic monsters as part of their last season.

Yet, death brings people from all walks of life and beliefs together. Religious preferences or lack-there-of didn’t matter at this moment. All that mattered was the collective grieving over a man who spanned generations and equally earned the title of “heartthrob” and “dad.”

Archie’s grief presented a rollercoaster of emotions from shock to disbelief to anger to the eventual breakdown that usually signifies acceptance of reality.

It was painful to watch Archie work through his grief, but it meant that KJ Apa was doing the role justice.

It probably helped that all the emotions he was portraying were real.

This episode hit home to all of them.

First Archie questioned whether it was really his dad who was killed and sent Veronica and Betty to double check.

Denial is a common emotion, but this is so very Riverdale of him.

Anything is possible in Riverdale, and Archie knows you always have to confirm a body.

When FP called and told Archie they caught the guy who did it, Archie was filled with rage and went to the house to get some revenge.

But that didn’t make him feel any better. In fact, he felt worse because he realized that it was a father protecting his son who pulled a classic Archie move and stole the car without having a license.

Archie remembered just how self-less his father’s love was and immediately felt like a bad son.

Eventually, Veronica convinced him that if anyone was half as good as Fred, it was him. He was his father’s son, after all.

So, Archie got it together and finished what he came to do.

As he drove Fred’s body home, he was led by a police escort from FP.

And much to his surprise, as he drove his dad through his hometown one last time, he was greeted by a unified town all gathered to pay their respects.

It was a moving scene and probably the 15th time I cried within the 45-minute span.

The parade, initiated by Cheryl, took place instead of the 4th of July celebration proving that Riverdale is a town that needs to show that they can continue to rise up from tragedies that seem to always fall on a long weekend.

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It also proved that despite her bitchiness and possible unstableness, Cheryl understood loss more than anyone else in town and never wanted the Andrews family to feel the pain and loneliness she felt.

As heartbreaking as that is, I find solace in her acknowledgment that Jay Jay is actually dead. One could get the wrong idea from that quick snippet of Cheryl reading the paper to Jason’s mummified corpse.

The show barely touched upon any last season leftovers, but it does need to be explored in the coming episodes. Maybe this is how we’ll get roped back into The Farm?

Fourth of July will now be a day of remembrance in Riverdale — to remember Jason Blossom and to remember Fred Andrews.

In some way, Fred reignited hope in a town that wanted to honor him and live up to his expectations.

Even villains and enemies like Hiram Lodge put aside their differences as he paid for Fred’s funeral in full.

This moment and Betty’s scene where she visited her disgraced father (his tombstone was covered in graffiti calling him a murderer) only highlighted Fred’s inherent goodness.

After the funeral, everyone came together to watch a beautiful fireworks display that Fred would’ve undoubtedly loved.

Riverdale makes it clear that it’s always necessary to find the light amongst the darkness.

At its core, that’s what Riverdale is —  under all the mystery and darkness its just a show about a small town of heroes and friends navigating this thing called life together.

They may have lost their bright light, but he will live on in the town’s buildings, their hearts and most importantly, our memories.

RIP Fred Andrews. RIP Luke Perry.

Riverdale will never be the same, and that’s thanks to you.

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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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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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