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Riverdale Review – La Llorona (6×02)

Riverdale -- “Chapter Ninety-Seven: Ghost Stories” -- Image Number: RVD602c_0205r -- Pictured (L-R): Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz, Barbara Wallace as Nana Rose, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper -- Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Did I just watch an episode of Nancy Drew on Riverdale?

It almost felt like “Ghost Stories” was the perfect crossover opportunity to bring our favorite supernatural Horsehoe Bay detective to Rivervale. 

But don’t be fooled — Betty, Toni, and Cheryl did a fine job handling La Llorona. 

You have to give it up for the series for embracing Latin American culture for this one, while also making a poignant point about the sacrifices of motherhood. 

La Llorona was summoned by Darla, a Ghoulie, whose son was accidentally killed by Toni. 

The ghostly spirit, who was drowned in Sweetwater River along with her babes, was coming for the soul of Baby Anthony, however, Toni didn’t think her innocent son should pay the price for her mistakes, so she sacrificed herself by taking on La Llorona’s suffering. 

As she descended underwater, she handed baby Anthony to Betty and urged her to protect him, which is fitting considering La Llorona erased Betty’s pregnancy. 

It’s funny that these women are devoted to finding a murderer when just last week, they willingly sacrificed Archie to make the maple trees more fruitful. 

Honestly, this show gets weirder and weirder. 

And since it’s set in Rivervale, which I’m guessing is simply an alternative universe of Riverdale, it’s hard to really get invested in any of the storylines. 

It seems like a cheat to introduce and get away with the wackiest storylines. 

Admittedly, it did feel weird watching an episode without Archie, but the hour was so jam-packed, he was barely missed. 

The series claimed its second victim with Toni, so it doesn’t seem like many of our favorites will live to see another day by the time the five-episode event is finished. 

Tabitha and Jughead dealt with their own relationship woes as they found out that they were living in the apartment plagued by a couple’s murder-suicide. 

When they discovered a hidden room, they seemingly unleashed the couple’s spirits and began turning on each other. Tabitha wanted to bash Jughead’s head in on a few occasions, but thankfully, she stopped herself and realized that their relationship was stronger than murder. 

Good for them, I guess?

As for Ronnie and Reggie, well, their storyline felt pretty forced. Reggie bought back the car he had in high school in hopes of reliving the glory days. 

That was fine and dandy until Veronica realized that Bella was a tribute to his driver’s ed teacher who was fired for having inappropriate relations with students. 

Reggie denied the whole thing, and Ronnie felt terrible for smashing his car considering his father just died. 

However, it turns out Reggie lied about the abusive relationship? Or, at least, it seems like it.

It’s unclear why this was such an important storyline to tell, but I’m also at the point where it doesn’t seem like any of these storylines hold any merit at all. 

Did Riverdale sell you on its ghost stories? Or do you think it should be left to the professionals?


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Riverdale Review – Venomous (6×14)

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Riverdale Review Venomous Season 6 Episode 14

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

Choo-choo. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riverdale Review Venomous Season 6 Episode 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Musings

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

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


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Riverdale Review – Is a Barchie Baby on the Way? (6×12)

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Riverdale Review In The Fog Season 6 Episode 12

The fog is coming, and while that line should probably be reserved for horror movies, it allowed Percival to make some key advancements on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 12. 

Before I dive into this review, I have to point out that I think the creators and writers overly enjoy teasing with fan emotions, and likely got so much pleasure by leaving us all hanging when it came to the result of Barchie’s pregnancy test. 

With how things are shaping up in the series, it’s unclear which way the series will go with this storyline. However, it’s also kind of tracking along with the events of Rivervale, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Betty and Archie were holding a positive pregnancy test in the end. 

It’s one of the more positive linings of the series as the imminent next event on everyone’s radar is the apocalypse; a showdown between the good guys of Riverdale and Percival Pickens, who is now the Mayor. 

If it walks like Hiram Lodge, and it acts like Hiram Lodge… 

Percival got word from Alice that the group was planning to stage a coup, so he used a weather disaster to distract everyone and keep them locked inside while he pulled some strings, manipulated some minds, and poof — became the town’s new Mayor. 

But while he was able to pull one over on them, I think Percival sorely underestimates the town and the people in it, especially those he can’t manipulate and who exhibit some serious powers. 

By forcing everyone to stay inside, he not only brought relationships closer but also allowed for some characters to gain some much-needed clarity. 

Archie and Betty discussed their future and possible child. They both established that they were “ride or die” for Riverdale even with all the bonkers developments lately. And Betty finally opened up about her experience escaping TBK. I couldn’t shake the feeling that she was lying somehow because if TBK really set her free because he felt as though she was a kindred spirit, why does he continue to torment her and stalk her? It doesn’t make any sense.

Veronica and Reggie fell into some old feelings — courtesy of a strip poker match — and the whole scene was an emotional rollercoaster. One moment they were talking about getting back together, the next minute they realized they had to break this toxic cycle and parted ways for good. It’s definitely for the best because there wasn’t any more love left between Ronnie and Reggie. She treated him like her lackey and, well, like second best. And it’s clear she’s not over losing Archie, though, I don’t really know what that means for the series. 

There was a lot of talk about looping in Veronica, Reggie, Toni, Fangs, Cheryl, and even Kevin into the fight against Percival, and I can’t wait for everyone to be clued in once and for all. It’s been difficult seeing Veronica pushed aside and away from the core four just because she’s no longer dating Archie. 

Tabitha and Jughead worked together to power up Pops so that it could remain a beacon of hope and light for all those that needed it. 

There were some key moments from their scenes that are definitely going to play a major role in what’s to come. 

For starters, Tabitha was using an old radio to try to gain any info on the fog/get a message out. She briefly connected with someone, and though the message was staticky, the person on the other end was definitely talking about a bomb under the bed. It sounded like a warning… from the other Jughead. This continues to lend itself to the belief that they are all stuck in yet another alternate reality. 

Later, Tabitha confessed that she attempted to use her time travel abilities to stop the bomb from going off, but the outcome would’ve had dire consequences for everyone in Riverdale. When she ran all the scenarios, without Jughead’s mind-hearing powers, they never defeat Percival. The powers are crucial to the war, particularly Jughead’s as they are the most similar to Percival’s manipulation abilities. 

The other takeaway was that they have a slim chance of winning, but in every scenario, Jughead dies. It’s a pretty bleak outlook, but again, may I remind you, he’s not the only Jughead, and my guess is that whole alternate reality situation with Jughead as the writer is going to come into play here at some point. 

Though Jughead took the news of his looming death pretty well, all things considered. 

If Tabitha can see into the past and the future, why wasn’t she able to figure out that Percival was going to beat them at their own game by becoming Mayor? It seems like that should’ve been something she picked up on!

Cheryl’s storyline continues to be absolutely ridiculous, and I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. 

Penelope returned to make amends for all the cruel things she’s done to her daughter in the past, which is fine and dandy, but she also found redemption within the Catholic church as a nun. Cheryl was hesitant about trusting anything her mother said, and when she assumed that she was going to release Abigail, she flipped a switch and showed her mother her pyrokinesis powers. 

They finally saw eye-to-eye when Penelope informed Cheryl about the letters that her old friend and lover Heather wrote her in junior high. 

She handed over all the letters she intercepted as a peace offering and promise that she had actually changed. The moment pretty much destroyed Cheryl emotionally as she’d wondered all these years why Heather abandoned her and why her mother was so cruel to her. 

I hope that after this, Cheryl is free to finally find some peace and move forward with her life. She deserves it after all the abuse she suffered because of Penelope. 

Can someone tell me why all the parents on Riverdale are so batty?

Penelope has reinvented herself several times throughout the course of the season, so it’s hard to take anything she says seriously. 

Alice is conspiring with Percival and singlehandedly acting as though her life is fine and dandy when she’s suffered so much heartache and loss in life. 

I know the show loves to embellish the characters, but they don’t even seem like real people anymore. 

And it’s shocking that the kids aren’t any loopier because of the parents. All things considered, Veronica, Archie, Betty, and Jughead all have a pretty good head on their shoulders. 

And finally, Kevin and Moose reunited in a moment that definitely seemed sus. Almost immediately after reconnecting with Kevin in the high school, Moose made a move on him that caused Kevin to miss his custody agreement talks with Toni and Fangs. 

The whole scene moved rather quickly, and it was definitely strange that Kevin saw the devil in his slumber, which made it harder for him to distinguish reality from the dream world. 

Did Percival send Moose here to keep Kevin busy?

As for Toni and Fangs, they aren’t on the same page about what’s best for baby Anthony or how to raise him, so it’s not entirely fair that they make demands of Kevin or shame him for his lifestyle. 

Honestly, Kevin’s willingness to have a lawyer-less talk about how to raise the child with Fangs and Toni was likely the best option on the board, but Fangs had to go and squash any potential of having a working relationship when he told Kevin he didn’t think he had the integrity to raise his son. Why is Fangs so hot-headed lately?

At this point, I think it would be best if Toni got sole custody and both Fangs and Kevin got visitation rights. There are too many cooks in the kitchen, and while they all love baby Anthony, it’s not going to end well for him when there’s so much coming at him from every direction,

Again, I’m really nervous for Kevin because of the whole Percival connection along with Moose’s return, so it’s possible that Toni and Fangs might have to come to his rescue sometime soon anyway. 

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


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Riverdale Review – Angels in America (6×11)

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Pop’s is much more than a chocolate shoppe. 

As evidenced by Riverdale Season 6 Episode 11, it’s also the heart, soul, and anchor of Riverdale, the place for the resistance to gather, and Tabitha’s personal anchor. 

There have been many absolutely bonkers episodes of Riverdale, but “Angels in America” isn’t one of them despite the whole time-traveling with a guardian angel aspect of it. 

With several different and distinct timelines, the episode was actually the most cohesive, driving home a point and a mission that will guide the episodes to come. 

The whole season has seemingly been building up to this moment that, indirectly, gave us all the answers we’ve been combing for. 

Tabitha proved to be much more powerful and resourceful than Jughead, Betty, and Archie combined, and though she’ll need them for the war to come, she’s also faced off against the many faces of Percival three times over in different timelines. 

Her takeaway from all of them is that he’s a great evil always hoping to destroy all the good in Riverdale in hopes of bringing destruction. 

But throughout everything, she has always remained his biggest obstacle. Tabitha has the power to defeat the personification of evil, and she knows it. 

That confidence may be the most dangerous weapon yet. 

Her time-traveling journey started in the present-day when Percival decided he needed to eliminate Tabitha in order to get his railroad plans pushed through so that it could run through the heart of Riverdale.

One of his goons came and shot her. In the present, she was on life support in the hospital, but in reality, she traveled all the way back to 1944. 

Naturally confused, she found solace in a familiar face — Jughead. Only he wasn’t Jughead at all; he was her guardian angel, Raphael (who we’ve actually met before in a previous episode), there to guide her towards her mission.

In 1994, she stopped Percival from successfully turning Riverdale into a sundown town while helping a young family, Tracy (Toni), Flynn (Fangs) and baby Annie, get back to safety. 

And Raphael showed his true form and literally made Percival and Kevin Keller go insane. 

When Percival shot her again, she jumped to 1968, the night before Martin Luther King Jr.’s shooting. 

This was one of the best moments of storytelling on the series, and Erinn Westbrook acted with her whole soul. 

She was everyone’s shoulder to cry on when the inevitable happened — Raphael, manifesting as Toni, informed her that she couldn’t stop this moment in history because it was too critical to the fabric of time. 

She fought for Pop’s to be a place for those who were grieving to come and gather to pray, to sing, and to find comfort in the togetherness. 

When Percival threatened to shut it down by banning gatherings, Tabitha managed to connect to Director Hoover and used her knowledge from the present to blackmail him into “muzzle” the FBI agent and fire him. 

When she found a bomb placed at the diner, she jumped just before she could get injured and landed in 1999 where she realized Percival was hypnotizing children to commit hate crimes in order to push an agenda of hatred yet again. 

At this point, her angel, this time appearing her friend and confidant, Betty, suggested that Tabitha try to find a tether to return to her reality. 

And what better a tether than the actual Holy Grail, which she was able to steal from Percival’s “curiosity shop” right outside of town. 

They came to a face-to-face there, and there was an unnecessary terrifying scene the showcased what Percival looks like in his true form. 

And we were right — he’s a demon! 

At this point, Percival knew that Tabitha wasn’t going to be easy to defeat, but she gained the confidence that she always needed. 

Betty the angel then poured a milkshake into the literal Holy Grail and I’ll be damned if this isn’t the greatest show on television sometimes. 

Tabitha made it back to the present where she was able to anticipate the goon before he shot her and knocked him out with a can of tomato soup. Fitting!

Jughead was understandably confused, and this time, it was Tabitha who had some explaining to do… mainly that she’s a chrono-kinetic who is able to turn time into a weapon. And that has to be the coolest power amongst the group. 

She then shared her secret with Archie, Betty, and Cheryl, who are all going to play a huge role in brining Percival town and saving Riverdale. 

Pop’s is important because it always has been and always will be a safe place to defeat the forces of evil. If it is eliminated or destroyed, any chance of saving Riverdale goes with it. 

The episode provided a good way to bring everyone up to speed and into each other’s orbits, I just wish the Veronica was also involved in this. Why doesn’t she have a power? She’s one of the core four, so it doesn’t feel right without her! 

She’s always been ride-or-die for Riverdale, so she would make the perfect ally in this war. 

Plus, she’s been able to dodge Percival’s manipulations throughout, so it doesn’t make sense that she isn’t even included. 

Let’s hope she gets roped in soon because Tabitha’s jump to the future revealed that the town will be an empty shell — completely destroyed — if Percival gets his way. 

And we know he’s relentless and won’t let up. It’s not a coincidence that a fog is coming to cover Riverdale in the upcoming episode.

With Tabitha’s abilities, we’re now more center than ever that any apocalypse is coming and it’ll boil down to a battle between the forces of good and evil.

What did you think of the episode? Did you enjoy an episode fully dedicated to Tabitha’s personal evolvement? Are you happy she’s right in the thick of everything?

And did you like a little historical trip through time through the confines of the diner?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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