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Riverdale Review – Betty and Archie Catch Feelings, Mr. Honey Is Shadier Than Ever (4×18)

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No other show is able to squeeze in two twisted mysteries into one season except Riverdale.

It’s the kind of content we’ve come to expect from them, and there’s nothing more enjoyable than Jughead sinking his teeth into yet another mystery, this time, one that benefits the whole town.

The case of the voyeuristic tapes left behind on everyone’s doorsteps took a more sinister turn when Jughead was given a tape recreating his “death” aka when Betty bludgeoned him over the head with a rock. 

There’s one thing to stalkerishly film people’s front doors for hours on end, it’s another when you try to expose their deadliest secrets. 

Jughead didn’t take too kindly to being this psychos new muse and jumped headfirst into the mystery. 

Betty understandably decided to sit this one out because she’s met her quota of psycho mysteries but also, she couldn’t stop googling little hearts of the “i” in Archie’s name and reading her fifth grade diary. More on that in a minute.

With Betty out, Jughead teamed up with his brother Charles and found a surprising connection to Ethel Muggs. 

Alright, maybe it wasn’t that surprising since Ethel has been the crux of nearly every murder mystery in Riverdale. 

Except Ethel truly seemed to be in a better place after all that went down with the Gargoyle King. What went down is precisely the reason why she shouldn’t be trusted at her word, but Ethel echoed most of the senior’s sentiments: she just wants to make it out of Riverdale alive. 

Sure, she’s watching some weird homemade video tapes and just so happened to have Brett’s copy of Jughead and Betty’s sextape, but she didn’t watch it so it’s all good. Honestly, what?

If you think about it, it’s a small town and people need to entertain themselves somehow, right?

Ethel may be into some weird stuff, but I don’t think she’s the one trolling (for lack of a better word) her classmates. 

I’ve mentioned this before in my Riverdale reviews, but I think Charles is the one leaving the videotapes. 

There’s a few things that support my theory: he’s one of the only people who knows the details of what happened the night Betty “killed” Jughead with a rock, he has the means to pull it off, and he has the perfect cover because no one will ever suspect an FBI agent. His position also ensures that he can keep tabs on how far everyone gets to solving the mystery. 

We also know he’s in cahoots with Chic, and there are always two people in the deranged videos. 

The second video was delivered to Cheryl’s house and disturbingly recreated Jason Blossom’s murder mere moments after Jughead found the snuff tape being sold at Blue Velvet video store’s Scarlet Suite. 

Plus, the twisted filmmaker seems to be hellbent on exposing Riverdale’s sins just like Black Hood, which Chic and Charles could be pulling inspiration from. 

Charles also pursued Ethel when Jughead wasn’t around and it seemed like he wanted her to be guilty of something.

Riverdale has always been good at crafting a hard-to-solve mystery, so it’s no surprise that there are more than a few suspects good for the VHS tapes. Also, could this stalker not invest in DVDs?

Mr. Honey has been a pain in every student’s side this season with his “vanilla” approach to life. He thrives on discipline and hates when anyone steps out of line. He’s been bothered by Cheryl’s sex appeal and Kevin’s desire to be understood and represented. 

And frankly, he’s just creepy. 

But those are the people you have to be the most wary of. Honey is so uptight because he’s suppressing that he’s a nasty freak who frequents the Scarlet Suite more times than we’d probably like to know. 

The house videos are creepy because it’s as if someone is always watching you, and maybe that’s Honey’s fetish. 

He seems to have it out for all of his students, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he spent his free time trolling all of them with disturbing videos for his own pleasure. 

And then, there’s Terry who is straightforward in his voyeuristic hobbies of filming young men tickling each other for a buck or two. 

For now, Terry doesn’t have a motive for tormenting the whole town, but we also don’t know anything about him or who he’s dealing with. For all we know, he could be in cahoots with Honey or Charles.

When it comes to a guy who is making money off some weird fetish tapes, there is always more than meets the eye. 

Reggie should have known that but he let his macho, tough-guy attitude and his greed get the best of him. 

His business acumen is on point because yes, technically it did make sense to cut out the middleman and post tickle videos (??) on your own, but you also have to know that it’s a very limited and niche industry, so it was bound to get back to Terry who wouldn’t take kindly to his livelihood being threatened. 

Not only did Reggie cost them a lucrative gig, but now they all have a target on their backs. And in a town like Riverdale, you literally don’t want to keep pissing people off!

Not to mention, Reggie missed the point of the videos being anonymous. 

There were a lot of murder motifs in the episode as Riverdale established that even when Hiram Lodge is feeling under the weather, he’s still a deliciously villain. 

There’s a reason Hiram never takes a merciful approach — it costs him too much. 

He learned the hard way by being “weak” and allowing himself to get jumped by a Molloy thug. It’s surprising he walked away when the man begged for his life considering Hiram said the Molloy family is the most “ruthless” one in the liquor business.

I’m surprised he was conscious after that brutal beating. Which makes me wonder if he’s lying about his deteriorating condition. 

Hiram is not one that accept defeat, so he made things right by killing the Molloy father without any hesitation. 

Hiram is Riverdale’s most stable villain; he never disappoints. Did he just start a maple-infused liquor war between two of the most dangerous families?

However, he kept his murderous tendencies a secret from Veronica because it put him in her good graces again. Since she lost Cheryl Blossom as a partner in the maple whiskey business, she was more likely to work with her father again if she thought he was turning over a new leaf. 

Poor Veronica will never learn. 

For an episode filled with gruesome murders and sex tapes, I was most disturbed by Betty and Archie’s willingness to cheat on their significant others. Thank god it didn’t go too far. 

Betty and Archie’s attraction was strong and they wanted to give into that forbidden love so badly.

Hanging out, snuggling up, and thinking back on what used to be were all “gateways” to cheating. 

If it wasn’t for Cheryl, I think Betty would’ve gone through with hooking up with Archie. 

Cheryl may not always be the most level-headed, but she put things into perspective for Betty — she wasn’t in love with Archie, she was in love with the idea of Archie. 

And while that may be true, it doesn’t exactly stop the feelings. 

Betty has the perfect relationship with Jughead, but it’s also all she’s ever known. There’s nothing wrong with seeing what else is out there. 

Yes, they both may be drawn to each other because things are changing at a rapid pace, the life they’re used to is being threatened, and they want to cling to what feels comfortable and safe, but it’s also not safe if you think about it. 

The very idea of breaking up a stable relationship to pursue feelings for a person you’ve known your whole life and that might ruin all the friendships you’ve ever deemed important is the opposite of safe. 

It’s risky, it’s bold, and it’s stepping into the unknown without a safety blanket. 

Archie was never Betty’s safety blanket — it was always Jughead, which is why she agreed to put things with Archie behind her and jumped back into solving mysteries with her beau instead of having an honest conversation with him about how they should maybe see other people.

Betty used the excuse Cheryl fed her, and while she wanted to believe it, she didn’t.

It’s very clear things between #Barchie aren’t over. By burning her diaries Betty is compartmentalizing her feelings for Archie. Similarly, Archie is running away by signing up for the Naval Academy. 

The feelings will eventually bubble up to the top and become impossible to repress until they explore them. 

It may be nothing, it may be everything, but they’ll never know unless they try. 

However, if they consciously choose to explore #Barchie, they have to do what’s right by their significant others and break up. 

For Betty, breaking up with Jughead means she’s preserving the possibility of getting back together in the future. 

For Archie, a life without Veronica once seemed unimaginable, but it’s clear that his feelings for her are dwindling and the spark might no longer be there. When is the last time he was inspired by his love for her to write tender and heartfelt song for her? Exactly…

What did you think of the penultimate episode of Riverdale?

Are things shaping up to end on a promising, albeit premature, season finale? Or have the writers been drinking too many White Claws, er, Maple Claws?

Let us know in the comments, Cravers! 


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

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Riverdale Review Mr. Cypher Season 6 Episode 3

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. 

Riverdale Review Mr. Cypher Season 6 Episode 3

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Eight: Mr. Cypher” — Image Number: RVD603a_0023 V1 — Pictured: Casey Cott as Kevin Keller — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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 – La Llorona (6×02)

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Riverdale Review Ghost Stories Season 6 Episode 2

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

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Riverdale Season 6 Premiere Review Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale

Curses, babies, and a shadow town — that’s how Riverdale Season 6 kicked off. 

Or should I say Rivervale

Embracing the vibe of the Twilight Zone influence, the season tapped into some folklore horror for the first of its five-episode event that promises to do what Riverdale does best — deliver the most outrageous and outlandish storylines. 

We’ve seen it all on this show, and admittedly, I’ve grown to be pretty fond of not knowing how crazy things will get when I tune into an episode. 

However, the episode was weird, even by Riverdale standards. 

The “shadow world” of Rivervale seems far removed from Riverdale, but the plot also echoes what we’ve already seen set up in Riverdale Season 5.

Jughead kicked things off with a tour that set the scene. 

He and Tabitha are taking the next step in their relationship by moving in together, Ronnie and Reggie are the town’s power couple as they plan for the build of their casino, and Betty and Archie are planning to start a family. 

Like Betty couldn’t help but emphasize just how much she wanted to have Archie’s baby. 

And by the end of the hour, she was, as she put it, “with child.”

Unfortunately, it was all part of Cheryl’s plan to crown Archie as the Maple King and then sacrifice him to appease the ancestor Abigail Blossom so that the maple trees would be fruitful. 

Yes, I said sacrifice.

Riverdale Season 6 Premiere Review Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale” — Image Number: RVD601a_0427r — Pictured (L – R): KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Cheryl somehow managed to convince everyone in town to join in on the ritual by giving them what they wanted.

Baby Anthony has colic and is driving Toni and Fangs bonkers? Cheryl has some herbs for that.

Fred and Alice can’t get to the next step in their relationship? She has a remedy.

And so on, and so forth. 

It almost seemed as though Cheryl cursed everyone just so she could swoop in and be the savior.

And in turn, everyone gave her their loyalty. 

Archie has always had everyone’s best interests at heart, but in one weak moment, everyone in town turned against him and let him die a grim death as a human sacrifice. 

In what may be Riverdale’s craziest scene to date (and again, the series has explored aliens), Cheryl stabbed Archie, who was clad in an antler crown, before pulling out his still-beating heart and holding it up for the town to see.

Rest in peace, Archie. You truly didn’t deserve any of that. 

Archie will seemingly remain dead for the remainder of the five episodes, which kind of puts a dent in my theory that Rivervale is just a terrible nightmare he’s having while in a coma following the explosion at his house. 

After all, the fifth season ended with Hiram Lodge’s planted bomb exploding under Archie’s bed as he lay with Betty. 

The fact that Archie referenced the ticking and the bomb as part of a bad dream makes me think that this is all just part of his imagination while he recovers. 

Therefore, it makes sense that the plot echoes what’s already been established — Cheryl’s wrath and removal from Riverdale, the casino, Jughead and Tabitha’s relationship, etc. Archie’s mind is taking what he already knows and exaggerating it as many nightmares tend to do in a way that doesn’t really make sense but leaves you scarred regardless. 

It’s also an interesting move on Riverdale’s part to kill off the main character and explore the next few episodes without Archie as the anchor. 

Will the other characters thrive without Archie around?

And who else will be added to the body count as the series continues to draw inspiration from classic horror?

Let us know what you about the premiere in the comments below!

Are you digging the revamped Riverdale? Or do you think the series has gone totally off the rails?


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