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Riverdale Midseason Finale Review – The Pincushion Man (5×10)

Riverdale -- “Chapter Eighty-Six: The Pincushion Man” -- Image Number: RVD510fg_0073r -- Pictured (L-R): Mӓdchen Amick as Alice Cooper and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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I wish I had some maple mushrooms cause maybe then I’d be able to make sense of what transpired on the midseason finale of Riverdale

Things just keep getting weirder and weirder on this series for absolutely no reason, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t tune in solely to see how absurd things get.

Everyone made some pretty questionable choices during “The Pincushion Man,” which, much to my surprise, is not the name of a new serial killer in town. 

Honestly, the only one who made any reasonable decisions was Archie, who stood up against his General and refused to follow a direct order opting to go with his instinct instead. 

It helped that a reporter for the New York Times made him aware that the mission, which General Taylor wanted to celebrate him for, may have been dirty. 

Once he informed Taylor that he would not accept the Silver Eagle medal, Taylor’s true colors came to the surface as he threatened to make Archie a scapegoat.

Archie stood his ground and said that he was at peace with his decision, even if it meant he had to go in front of a judge and relive the experience.

Archie has faced off against Hiram Lodge on several occasions, so he’s definitely not intimidated by a General. 

In fact, they’re still dealing with Hiram’s wrath as he purposefully freed all of his inmates to cause havoc in Riverdale. He really just cannot let it go. 

At least now we know why Hiram is so hellbent on destroying his former hometown (aside from the fact that he just enjoys it) — he’s after palladium, a precious rare metal that’s more than gold. 

Releasing the inmates interrupted parent-teacher night, and it’s shocking that Riverdale High still has any students enrolled. Then again, Professor Weatherbee said wanted to show the parents that they could protect the kids, and Archie delivered by singlehandedly taking on the inmates.

Two unexpected visitors from the prison — Charles and Chic — also crashed Juniper and Dagwood’s birthday party for absolutely no reason, and the whole thing was kind of bizarre.

Betty and Alice didn’t call the police because, in case you forgot, Riverdale only has a Sheriff who was nowhere to be found while the town was being overrun by criminals, but that’s beside the point. 

The weirdest part was that Alice was accommodating of her guests and still seems to care about Charles despite all the pain he’s caused the family. Plus, she was devastated when she shot him in self-defense. Why? I understand that he’s her son, but stop being naive and putting your family in danger, Alice! What a blindspot! 

I think Chic is finally dead, but I can’t confirm that. 

And the twins definitely have some kind of serial killer gene coursing through their veins. They didn’t even feel remorse for hurting their classmate. The smiles on their faces were beyond creepy. 

I’m glad Betty stood up for them and didn’t allow Juniper to stab Glen because it could’ve triggered something. 

I don’t really understand why Betty gave Glen another chance, almost as much as I can’t comprehend why Veronica would allow herself to get wooed by Chad one last time, but I guess the heart wants what it wants?

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Riverdale — “Chapter Eighty-Six: The Pincushion Man” — Image Number: RVD510fg_0065r — Pictured: Chris Mason as Chad Gekko — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

They both realized the error of their ways almost immediately. Glen revealed that he was more into examining Betty’s family and their predisposition to murder than actually solving Polly’s disappearance and the case of the missing girls along the Lonely Highway. 

This man didn’t see an issue with using his girlfriend’s toxic family for his dissertation! 

I hope this is the last we’ve seen of him.

Betty connected her father Hal aka the Black Hood to “Nedslist,” which is how women and truckers get hooked up on the Lonely Highway. Do the murders have something to do with him? Or was that just Glen’s attempt at learning more about her family history?

As for Veronica, she fell into the “one last night” magic when she visited Chad only to learn the next morning that he wasn’t interested in giving her a divorce and used her jewelry business for some bad investments that caused them to go into debt. 

Additionally, he threatened to testify against her if they divorced and blame her for all the dirty deals, which basically backed Veronica into a corner. 

Again, why would Veronica trust a man who openly blackmailed her with photos of her and Archie? He’s clearly a master manipulator and was never going to let her off the hook that easily. 

Ladies, get it together!

Even worse than hooking up with the husband that you plan on divorcing is cheating on your current boyfriend.

And Jughead… well, he was on quite a trip with those psychedelic mushrooms.

Though Tabitha was initially hesitant to babysit him while he took them, she eventually agreed to do it when she realized he wouldn’t change his mind.

However, she probably should’ve stuck around the whole time. 

Jughead successfully wrote his novel, which was the goal all along, but everything that transpired while he was high was quite a mess.

He hallucinated his ex Jess before having an intense experience with Betty who kept apologizing for the pain she caused him senior year. That paired with Jughead’s confession to Tabitha that he isn’t ready for a relationship cause he never moved on from his breakup with Betty was definitely enough to give Bughead fans hope for the future. And I can’t say I’m not happy that the series won’t be using Tabitha as a tool to reunite Jughead and Betty.

That is if Jughead survives. When Tabitha returned at some point during his drug-induced trip, she found the bunker covered in blood and Jughead nowhere to be found.

It’s unclear what, if anything, Jughead hallucinated was real, but there was a whirring sound that indicated he had an encounter with the mothmen.

Did they abduct him? Did he try to search for them?

Moral of the story: drugs are bad kids.

Hiram didn’t just stir up trouble at Riverdale High, he also tasked Reggie with getting the maple groves from the Blossom family. Apparently, the palladium is nestled right under the trees. 

Nana Rose was all too willing to sell because of the Blossom curse, but Cheryl basically said: “over my dead body.”

So, Reggie went to the extremes and set the groves on fire. We thought Reggie was on the right path when he turned on Hiram and supported the Bulldogs in the previous episode, but he’s right back at being Hiram’s lackey again. 

Penelope, who also broke out of prison, explained that they needed to call upon the wind to redirect the fire, and after they prayed to their satanic altar, a windstorm appeared and spared at least half of the groves. 

Riverdale always does this weird thing where it tries to dabble in the supernatural but never fully crosses the line into that world. It’s annoying. Either you’re embracing the magic or you aren’t. You can’t have it both ways! 

Other Midseason Musings

  • Min-Min and Cheryl are definitely over, right? Minerva had the right idea when she made a break for it because I have no doubt Nana Blossom would try to sacrifice her. 
  • Kevin Keller with a blade? It was a look. 
  • Toni’s absence was explained as bed rest due to pregnancy. I’ll let it slide simply because the series has made it a priority to integrate her into more episodes, and we know she was actually pregnant so maybe she really needed the break. 
  • Betty is now taking Polly’s case into her own hands, but what’s her plan? Is she going to drive the truck and look for clues?

What did you think of the midseason finale of Riverdale? Let us know in the comments below!


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KJ Apa Is a Dad! ‘Riverdale’ Actor Welcomes First Child with Clara Berry

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KJ Apa has welcomed his first child with Clara Berry. 

The model announced the birth of her son with the Riverdale star in an Instagram post on Sunday.

“Sasha Vai Keneti Apa, born on the 23rd of September,” she wrote, adding, “He is a perfect perfection. I am the luckiest to have now two men of my life, filling my heart with this cosmic gigantic vast love.”

In the birth announcement, Berry can be seen holding the baby’s tiny little fingers. 

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Apa has no yet made a statement, however, his CW co-stars quickly weighed in with congratulations. 

“River’s new bestie!! #boymom,” Vanessa Morgan wrote, who welcomed son River in early 2021. 

“such a beautiful name. congrats clara!!” actress Camila Mendes, who plays Apa’s on-screen love interest, commented.

“Congrats mama!!!!” Madeline Petsch wrote. 

Meanwhile, Lili Reinhart noted: “Can’t wait to meet him 😍❤️ congratulations ❤️❤️❤️”

The 24-year-old actor announced Berry was expecting in May. 


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Riverdale Review – Dance of Death (5×17)

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Riverdale Review Dance of Death Season 5 Episode 17

The mystery of the Mothmen finally came to an end, along with the mystery of what happened to Polly Cooper. 

Jughead, Betty, and Tabitha closed in on the truth on Riverdale Season 5 Episode 17 as another young girl named Britta went missing while Lynette Fields aka Squeaky was confirmed dead. 

Is anyone else a bit bummed that the Squeaky mystery didn’t have too much meat to it?

The Mothmen mystery also wasn’t supernatural in the slightest, which isn’t exactly shocking when it comes to Riverdale.

The series always hints at the supernatural before elaborating on a story of serial killers. 

In this case, the serial killers picked up women on the Lonely Highway because they enjoyed the hunt. 

When compared to all the previous mysteries, this one was definitely the weakest. 

Jughead’s former student, the sleepwalker who turned up after a week, is the one who clued them into the location of the Mothmen’s lair. 

Turns out, it was none other than old man Dreyfuss, the one who told Jughead all about the Mothmen in the first place.

Dreyfuss was a Starkweather, a member of a family of Blossom offspring that were given away and raised in the woods. Yes, this is a true story straight from Nana’s mouth. 

Another Starkweather brother included the man Betty captured that bit off his own tongue. 

They were all in cahoots working the Lonely Highway and protecting each other. 

They assumed they were preying on women that no one cared about — that is until Polly came along. 

Eventually, Betty was able to get the location of Polly’s body out of Dreyfuss, and while it provided her family with some closure, it was far from the outcome Betty wanted for her sister. 

Riverdale Review Dance of Death Season 5 Episode 17

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Three: Dance of Death” — Image Number: RVD517fg_0018r — Pictured (L – R): Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Erinn Westbrook as Tabitha Tate — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

And it was even more disturbing that it was an act of crime on Betty’s family by her own family.

On the plus side, it was nice to see Betty and Jughead team up for yet another mystery. There hasn’t been one that these couldn’t solve. 

Toni was back, and she joined the crusade along with Fangs, who is helping her raise baby Anthony. 

There hasn’t been much of a storyline for Toni, but it was sweet that she went to bat for Britta, a student who confided in her about being gay and asked her to be there to come out to her parents. 

But all of this was maple syrup under the bridge because the most shocking moment came when Veronica killed Chadwick and turned on Hiram Lodge. 

I know she’s turned on her father plenty of times before, but this time felt different. 

This time, she took Archie’s side 100%. 

And she didn’t even seem phased to shoot Chad as she zenned out in a tub with Archie just hours after. 

This whole show is bonkers. 

Chad deserved everything that came his way after he plotted to kill Archie and then attacked Veronica in her own home.

Clearly, taking advice from Hiram Lodge wasn’t a sound solution. 

Veronica also realized she could never forgive her father for drumming up a mine explosion to kill Archie. 

It’s honestly insane that this adult is still so hung up over a man half his age. 

Archie may have been collateral damage in Veronica’s beef with Hiram over the palladium, but it was still very a very childish decision on his part. 

Will this be the final straw in Veronica’s relationship with Hiram?

I feel like after all that has transpired, she either abandons her father or faces the consequences of losing Archie. 

Will she pay to price for what happened to Chad? Or will self-defense hold up considering he tried to ambush her?

Cheryl may have found her calling as the divine. 

Though her friends, including Kevin, had little faith in her religion, Cheryl seemed to believe in herself after seeing her prayers to Mother Earth aka Gaia answered as Archie emerged from the mines. 

Will Kevin return to stand by Cheryl’s side?

And am I the only one completely annoyed with this church storyline?

What did you think of Riverdale? Are you enjoying the fact that it gets crazier by the week?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Riverdale Review – Band of Brothers (5×16)

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Riverdale Review Band of Brothers Season 5 Episode 16

Riverdale is slowly trudging along toward some kind of resolution for the varying stories it introduced throughout season 6, including the Moth Men, TBK (Trash Bag Killer), the Trucker Killer on the Lonely Highway, the Church of Cheryl, and Hiram’s obsession with palladium. 

As of right now, none of these things seem to intersect, but we’re all still watching hoping that it all feeds into some bigger picture. 

Otherwise, this may go down as the most random season of Riverdale to date. 

Archie continued to deal with the ghosts of his past by attempting to get justice for his men and putting General Taylor in his place. Seeing how Taylor threatened Archie, I anticipated that we would see Archie and Eric testify at the tribunal. At the very least, I expected to see some form of retaliation from Taylor, but the storyline wrapped up almost as quickly as it ended. 

Are we to believe that Archie finally found peace? And that Taylor went down without a fight?

Jughead was making amends with an apology tour. Mr. Weatherbee made the cut, as did Tabitha, and, eventually, Betty. 

He needed to apologize for the voicemail he left the night of his book release. 

But for Betty, it was all under the bridge as she admitted to willingly choosing her obsession with serial killers over him. 

I’m glad Betty and Jughead worked it out and found themselves on good terms, but I’m even happier that Jughead came clean about the fact that he submitted Cora’s novel as his own. 

While he may have found himself in a tough spot with his writing career hanging in the balance, it’s never okay to pass someone else’s work off as your own. 

Not meeting deadlines is bad, but plagiarism will get you canceled. 

Thankfully, he knew better and took the hit. 

Jughead’s first novel was born from spontaneity, and clearly, forcing another best-seller isn’t how it works. 

Though, if he really wanted to, I’m sure he could find plenty of inspiration right in Riverdale. 

He could always take inspiration from Betty, who admitted that she would rather investigate serial killers than socialize with other people. 

It’s weird, yes, but Betty has always had a darkness about her that made her different from everyone else. It’s not exactly surprising. 

Her work on the Lonely Highway is proving to be fruitless, and that’s probably because word of the truckers disappearance got around. 

Unfortunately, the episode ended with an ominous warning from Jughead about something bad happening to both Betty and Tabitha. 

Cheryl has gone off the deep end, I’m convinced of it. 

Riverdale Review Band of Brothers Season 5 Episode 16

Riverdale — “Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers” — Image Number: RVD516fg_0047r — Pictured: Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

She teamed up with Kevin to gain authority over the church, but while he thought they were simply punking the general public, Cheryl seemed to believe that she was really a gift sent from the divine. 

Kevin’s face when he realized what he’d gotten into was priceless. 

I don’t really understand the storyline with Cheryl, and to be honest, I feel like it’s a wasted character. 

And finally, no one messes with Veronica Lodge. 

In one fell swoop, she freed herself from Chad’s grasp and undermined Hiram Lodge. Win-win! 

I’d expect plenty of retaliation from both parties, but when Chad sent the SEC on her company, she pushed back by stealing the palladium from Hiram Lodge, auctioning it off for a hefty price, and paying back all the investors he screwed over. 

And then, as he celebrated his company going public, she tanked his stocks to ensure that no one ever messed with her again. 

Petty Veronica is my favorite Veronica. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below! 


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