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Rivervale Review – Deal with the Devil (6×03)

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The devil came to Rivervale on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 3… and he was acquiring souls left and right. 

Going by the clever name of Lou Cypher — Lucifer — the devil had his sights set on Kevin Keller, Jughead Jones, the Tate’s,  Betty Cooper, and Veronica Lodge. 

And through his manipulation, he was pretty much able to cash in on all the souls he required, and then some. 

The thing about the devil is that he’s an intriguing figure. 

Everyone wants to know more about such a dark and devious presence. 

And Rivervale hasn’t been spared of its own darkness. All those residents have darkness living inside of them — a sense of unfulfillment and insecurity t that the devil easily preyed on. 

Inspired by the folk lore “The Devil’s Holiday,” the episode also set the ground for a battle between good and evil right in the heart of the weirdest small town. 

I mean, seriously. First serial killers and now the literal devil?

It’s shocking that Rivervale, Riverdale, or whatever the town is calling itself these days still has any residents. 

Mr. Cypher targeted Kevin by promising to give him Broadway and Vegas all wrapped up in one. And if there’s anyone who feels stifled by small-town living on this series, it’s Kevin. He jumped at the opportunity almost immediately. 

And the series, well, they jumped at the opportunity for a musical number. I wish the devil put an end to that, to be honest. 

Next up on the list was Pop Tate, who suffered some kind of cardiac arrest. At the hospital, Tabitha learned that the Tate family made a deal with the devil, but Pop wanted to spare his father, so he offered up his soul instead. 

However, the devil was in the mood for negotiations and offered her a deal — he’d give up Pop’s soul for the diner instead. 

While it seemed like a no-brainer, Pop immediately told Tabitha not to sign the diner over as it’s much more than walls and concrete. 

Pop’s explained that the diner is the soul of Rivervale offering refuge and comfort to all those in need. It’s this crazy town’s safe haven, and without it, who knows what might happen. 

Well, where there’s the devil, there’s also an angel by the name of Rafael, who offered up Tabitha and Pop the Virgin Mary’s tears from the crucifixion to slip into the devil’s drink.

Once he took a sip, he was banished, they were protected, and Pop’s was consecrated and blessed. 

Is it a stretch? Yes. But really, I’m just glad Pop’s is safe and sound to welcome in anyone else who needs a place to seek out shelter. 

Also, word is that it will serve as the battleground for what’s to come… whatever that means. 

Jughead was intrigued by the devil’s arrival that he reached out to snag an exclusive interview. 

Always the writer. 

The devil made him a compelling deal: publish the tell-all and never write again or hear the secrets of the universe but keep them to yourself. 

Obviously, the wise decision was to get the scoop and lock it up, but Jughead needed the world to hear the story, so he hit upload on that bad boy and relished in the glory. 

That is until he put fingers to his typewriter keys and found that the devil wasn’t joking when he said he’d never be able to write again. 

And without being a writer, Jughead was…. no one. 

He signed his soul over to the devil in a jiffy and accepted eternal damnation in exchange for the freedom to write. 

Honestly, the devil was probably laughing at how easy it was to just snatch up souls for any old reason in this town. 

Jughead walked right into his plan and didn’t even know it! 

Betty’s face-to-face meeting with the devil came as a brush with TBK, the Trash Bag Killer. 

It didn’t really make all that much sense, but Betty was triggered by it. And when she called Glen, she realized that she wasn’t actually talking to the serial killer who tortured her, she was confronting the actual devil. 

When she heard the screams of her father, Hal, and Polly suffering in hell, she ended it by stabbing TBK only to realize it was Glen under that mask. 

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Betty dove headfirst into the darkness and murdered someone… and there’s no coming back from that. Well, I guess that’s the second person she’s killed because Archie’s blood is still on her hands.

Either way… Soul = gone. 

The funny thing that no one seemed to realize is that the devil is a master of illusions. He could’ve told Jughead any grand ole’ story and he would’ve believed it. Same with Betty — the devil clearly manipulated Glen, so he could’ve been lying about Hal and Polly also. 

And finally, there was Reggie and Veronica. 

After hearing that the devil was a silent investor who had come to collect a soul, she confronted Reggie, who asked her to outsmart the devil. 

So, she invited Nick St. Clair over for a glass of fizzy, and as he began to confess all his misdeeds and crimes, he basically handed himself over to the big red guy. 

However, that’s when Veronica found out that Reggie actually sold out her soul instead. 

Rather than get mad — although, she did initially — she got even. 

Veronica beat the devil by offering him a deal from her skimmed profits and one soul from the casino monthly. And the first one was… well, Reggie. 

Sorry bud, you kind of deserved that one! 

In this five-episode event, Rivervale has killed Archie, Toni, Reggie, and Glen. Ouch. 

It’s interesting to see these characters really give themselves over to the folklore because it makes for some ridiculous television and storytelling, but it also feels like a pointless season.

What’s the point of all of this?

It’s so bizarre that it’s hard to make sense of it in Riverdale context. 

Next week’s episode brings the arrival of Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, though, from the looks of it, Kiernan Shipka is not going to be tapping into the half-witch, half-mortal character after all. 

How will she play into the narrative? 

What did you think of the devilish episode? Sound off in the comments below! 


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Riverdale Review – Biblical (6×18)

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Riverdale Review Season 6 Episode 18 Biblical

Percival Pickens is stoking the fire and pressing the gas on his plans to destroy Riverdale.

And, unfortunately, his plans were on a collision course with Toni and Fangs’ wedding.

It’s unfair that the one and only true wedding we’ve ever gotten on the series ends with the death of all first born’s in town, but it’s also quite fitting for the wicked town.

And the group had to have known that something was bound to go wrong as Percival continuously cursed them with various Biblical plagues leading up to the “I do.”

I don’t think it’s entirely justified to say that they underestimated Percival because they were all very much aware that he’s a powerful and dark sorcerer, but on some level, I think they just assume this is the kind of threat that they’ve faced before and overcome, which is absolutely not the case.

The residents of Riverdale have a lot going for them, but they have absolutely no idea of the kind of forces they are dealing with.

They are sharp and skilled, I’ll give them that, but it’s no match for the powers that Percival possesses. I mean, the guy is building a ghost train for crying out loud, why would they ever assume that his only ability was mind control? The guy has a whole arsenal of powers that he’s just waiting to use when the time comes. 

It was clever to use Cheryl and Heather’s powers of invisibility to plan an ambush on Percival and put him in the stockade that rendered his powers useless, but why did they think it was a good idea to take their eyes off of him? They should have been taking turns watching Percival to ensure that he wasn’t up to anything.

Instead, they all decided to pretend that everything is fine for a night and enjoy themselves, and while they did briefly, the good times were fleeting as they resulted in one of the direst plagues: the death of their loved ones. 

With Archie, Fangs, and most of the town dead, including Jughead, it’s up to the women + Kevin and Moose, to put Percival in his place and save Riverdale.

Heather, however, realized that the scope of the situation was far above her pay grade, so she suggested looping in a Necromancer (no, The CW fans, not that one) — Sabrina Spellman.

Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and Tabitha in a coven of their own run by Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka)? Pinch me, I’m dreaming. 

I don’t want to celebrate the death of the men, but if there’s anyone that can save Riverdale’s soul, it’s the women who make it a worthy place to save, to begin with.

Sabrina Spellman would also be the only witch strong enough to stand a chance against Percy. Dark magic recognizes dark magic. And he likely didn’t foresee this ace up their sleeves. I was going to say that she already dealt with thwarting the implosion of two universes, but I believe the timeline is off here and that hasn’t happened just yet.

It’s important to note that all the events of the last Rivervale implosion also took place at a wedding, though Archie and Betty’s, so maybe this is just history repeating itself only in a slightly altered? 

The women on Riverdale have always been powerful, but we can’t discredit the men entirely.

Prior to their deaths, Archie and Jughead played a significant role, and without them, pieces of the puzzle are missing.

Archie was more so the muscle of the operation, but Jughead was critical in connecting with the other author, another version of himself — our Jughead — to write the stories that needed to be written. 

It’s kind of confusing to explain, but as the worlds continue to bleed into one another, it seems Jughead’s writing was essential to saving the universes. He was told “keep writing” via a message through the portal in the bunker, just like we know that our Jughead was writing to save Riverdale. Maybe it’s the same idea that this Jughead must write to save Rivervale?

That said. I do think our Jughead saved Parallel Jughead in some way. The Pop’s burger couldn’t have been just a peace offering. I think our Jughead knew what was going to happen, so he gave PJ some kind of anecdote early on (which is why he got so sick after eating it) so that he will wake up ready to do his part in destroying Percival once and for all. But our Jughead also seemed pretty puzzled by what was happening to his counterpart, so maybe he didn’t anticipate any of this at all?

I could’ve sworn that we’ve seen the scene about the cast discussing baby Anthony’s fate mirrored the ones in Rivervale and trying to protect the child from La Llorona, which is further proof of the twin-versus.  There was a lot of mirroring going on, quite frankly, and while I can’t remember everyone who died in the Rivervale timeline, it seems as though the same is happening now as they prepare for the big fight. Even Sabrina’s arrival mirrors her arrival in Rivervale to help Cheryl and Nana Rose before the final battle. 

We’ve seen all of these moments, again slightly altered, before. 

And the characters are beginning to realize it to. 

Everyone is having dreams, memories, vision — you name it, they’re having it. It’s clearer by the minute that something very strange is happening, and no one is able to deny it any longer.Just like Betty’s vision of being the Harlot, something she vividly remembers the TBK calling her. Who knew the TBK would somehow be connected to whatever Percival is planning?

Also, we still have no indication of TBK’s identity despite Betty vanquishing him, so that’s a little frustrating.

The mystery of this season has been gripping, albeit confusing, but the slow pace of the answers has always been one of the show’s biggest flaws.

It’s truly a shame that all of this took away from Toni and Fangs’ wedding because again, it was a sliver of happiness that this town so desperately need.

Furthermore, Toni and Fangs deserved a moment where they could just bask in their happiness without a care in the world with baby Anthony by their side. I hate when promising character moments are overshadowed by a show’s darkness almost as if the wedding is just a plot device to bring on the reckoning or what not.

Both Cheryl and Toni are very mature in how they are handling this new phase in their relationship. It was bold of Toni to ask Cheryl to marry her and Fangs, but even bolder of Cheryl to say yes. There’s still so much love between them, and they are both able to recognize it and be happy for each other regardless.

It also seems like #Varchie isn’t over just yet. While #Barchie looked totally smitten with each other, Veronica, who was totally in her feels about being single, seemed to admit that maybe she’s not quite over her ex just yet. While everyone seemed to know what they were fighting for, Veronica felt lost and confused. Eventually, she realized that she was fighting for her friends, but it might just be that she was fighting to be more than friends with Archie. 

And naturally, this would complicate everything. When she asked Tabitha about who is “endgame” since she’s seen the future, she was about to find out if Archie’s future heart pines for her or for Betty when everyone started collapsing and dying.

My thing is — if Tabitha has seen that far into the future, why didn’t she see this plague coming? Or that Jughead was going to have this experience with his other self? It doesn’t track.

At least going into the upcoming episode (which will air July 10), we have some hope with Sabrina’s arrival. If she’s able to resurrect the rest of the squad, they might just beat Percival at his own game.

Other Musings

  • Baby Anthony, despite being an only child, is still very much alive, but that’s a very bad sign because it means Percival has big plans for him.
  • Is Nana Rose gone for good? I can’t believe Percival just snuffed her like that after everything the poor lady has been through.
  • Kevin finally came to his senses when he saw just how dark and twisted Percival truly is. And that convinced him to put an end to the custody battle over baby Anthony. Of course, now, with Fangs and Toni gone, he’s baby Anthony’s sole caretaker. Funny how that worked out. 
  • Jughead’s love for burgers knows no bounds. 
  • Veronica’s solo was… well, it definitely wasn’t wedding-appropriate. 
  • Things got so biblical that Sweet Water River turned blood red. The strangest things happen in Riverdale and the citizens don’t even seem phased half the time.
  • We know the bomb explosion between Riverdale and Rivervale wasn’t supposed to happen, so is that the catalyst for the world’s bleeding into each other?
  • Or are these characters two halves that are going to morph into one fully realized version?

It’s all confusing, but hopefully, the answers aren’t too far off. It’s hard to fully comprehend what’s going on or where the show is headed when Rivervale feels like it aired so long ago and our recollections of those events are choppy at best. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you have any theories as to what’s happening to Riverdale?  The curse of the first born’s was to be the last plague, but what next? What’s Percival’s ultimate chess move is going to be?

Sound off in the comments below! 


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5 Hottest Moments Between Betty and Archie on ‘Riverdale’

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5 Hottest Moments Between Betty and Archie on 'Riverdale'

There are a handful of ships on Riverdale that make fans go wild, but when it comes to Betty, you’re either team #Bughead or team #Barchie.

While #Bughead had some really fantastic moments, many fans will argue that #Barchie was always meant to be — I think the proper term for that is “soulmates”!

In celebration, we’re looking back on a few of Betty and Archie’s steamiest moments on Riverdale!

 

Season 4 Episode 15 — “To Die For”

Fake dating? Don’t have to ask them twice. When Jughead fakes his death in order to solve the Stonewall Prep mystery, Betty and Archie pretend to be a couple. And in order to sell it to everyone, they share a kiss in the music room. But the only people they seem to be fooling are themselves because there’s so much chemistry and feelings wrapped up in that one moment that they begin to question everything

 

Season 4 Episode 17 — “Wicked Little Town”

Okay, so fake kissing almost always leads to real kissing. Betty and Archie learned that the hard way when they locked lips for real in the musical episode. While practicing a song together — a ballad that Archie wrote for Betty, nonetheless — they share a passionate smooch (one of television’s finest!), but since they are both in committed relationships, (er, Jughead and Veronica, anyone?) the guilt consumes them and they decide that being friends is the best course of action… for now. That’s the perk of knowing the future, you know that they will end up together when the time is right. And timing, as they say, is everything. 

Betty and Archie Kiss on Riverdale! Do you ship it?

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Season 5 Episode 5 — “Homecoming

Okay, this may have been the absolute hottest scene between Archie and Betty like… ever. After several seasons, Riverdale finally gave fans the Betty and Archie moment they’ve been waiting for. The long-awaited and frankly highly-anticipated moment finally came via a steamy shower sex scene following a seven-year time jump. It was so hot that I found myself wondering if this kind of thing is even allowed on The CW. That steam wasn’t from the hot shower, that’s all I’m going to say! When these two reunited, sparks flew and caught fire.

 

Season 5 Episode 6 — “Unbelievable”

The Titanic hook-up that’s worthy of its very own Oscar! While things may not have ended so well for Jack and Rose, the odds are faring slightly better for Betty and Archie (aside from the whole bomb going off under the bed and creating some alternate dimension that has given them superpowers thing). The couple finally gave romance a try as adults, and since then, they haven’t been able to keep their hands off of each other. The video is a lot, but hey, that’s why you’re here, right?

 

Season 6 Episode 17 — “American Psychos”

Okay, hear me out — passion and intimacy don’t always have to be physical. It can be in the emotional, in the exchange of “I love you’s” and the realization that the person you’re with sees the parts of you that you don’t see in yourself.  All six seasons have been building up to this moment!

As Betty questioned whether her darkness was too consuming to allow her to be in a happy relationship with Archie, he reminded her that he knows exactly who she is and has always loved her for it. She’s been so focused on the incident with her cat that she totally forgot about the time she saved a bird with Archie. Not only is it a reminder that darkness doesn’t define her, but it’s a reminder that they were friends before they were lovers, which ensures that they have an intimate and unbreakable bond. The relationship has been a long time coming, but it was always the right one. Even Veronica acknowledged it.

 

What scenes would you add to the list?


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Riverdale Meets Rivervale in New Promo – Will Jughead Figure Out The Parallel Universe?

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Riverdale Meets Rivervale in Season 6 Episode 18 Promo - Will Jughead Figure Out The Parallel Universe?

Is the veil between Riverdale and Rivervale merging?

The new promo for Riverdale Season 6 Episode 18 is definitely giving off vibes that a return to the supernatural parallel universe isn’t too far off. And that means… all hell is bound to break loose. 

Rivervale was first introduced in a five-episode event that ultimately ended up with Archie waking up from a strange dream when a bomb in his house was set off. However, the events from that alternate reality have been bleeding through into the “real world,” and it seems like we’re about to find out why! 

There’s speculation that the alternate reality has to do with Percival’s — who some believe is a resident of Rivervale — plans to build a ghost train where Pop’s used to be — in order to utilize the celestial properties of Bailey’s comet. 
 
Some characters have also experienced vague flashbacks to Rivervale events, but no one has actually made any sense of it. 

Related: Riverdale Season Premiere Review – Welcome to Rivervale (6×01)

But Jughead just might. 
 
When he began to hear voices in his mind, he secluded himself in the bunker in order to silence them, which is when he heard his own conversations with the alternate reality versions of his friends
 
Now, the promo finds him coming face to face with La Llorona, a legend from Mexican folklore that appeared in a Rivervale episode. The episode ended with Toni becoming the vengeful ghost in order to save Baby Anthony, so it’s possible her appearance in Riverdale is a warning about the child. 
 
There are other monsters and supernatural attacks on the horizon likely as part of Percival’s promised “biblical punishment” against Archie, Betty, and friends for standing in his way of destroying Riverdale. 
 
As Betty herself notes, “it’s another plague” with rivers running red, flies, and frogs. 

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a bit to see how Archie and friends will weather this storm as the episode Riverdale Season 6, Episode 18 will air on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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