Riverdale fans – the time has come. After almost a year, Jughead and Betty have finally solved the mystery plaguing the series and, quite frankly, overstaying its welcome.
Riverdale Season 5 Episode 2 titled “The Preppy Murders” revealed the identity of the auteur responsible for the disturbing and gruesome videos in town.
But before that happened, it ended up being a two-part mystery as it turns out, the murderer and the auteur are not the same person.
Unsurprisingly, the murderer behind David, Joan, and Bret’s death (okay, that was Chic with Charles’ blessing) was none-other than FBI agent and Jughead and Betty’s brother, Charles.
Charles, much like the mystery, has overstayed his welcome. Fans were suspicious of him the moment he arrived in Riverdale, and when it was revealed that he and Chic we in love, it solidified the theory that he was somehow involved in the overarching mystery.
As Betty and Jughead explained when they broke it down, Charles had the means and access to commit the murders, he knew everything because he had bugged the Cooper/Jones residence, and he even told Betty he had the serial killer gene. Therefore, the reveal that he’s a serial killer wasn’t all that shocking considering it runs in the family.
And much like the Black Hood, Charles thought he was doing the town a favor by killing the people that “deserved” it. So, in short, he’s a copycat and this is now the world’s most boring reveal ever.
Seriously, his only reason for killing Bret (and gouging his eyes out) was because the Stonewall Prep student found out about his connection to Chic! Bret was a menace, but he didn’t deserve what happened to him. RIP!
At this point, the cast and fans are so disillusioned by death on the series that no one was even phased by any of it. Betty was just like “great, another serial killer in the family. Whoopee.”
We didn’t even get any reaction from Alice, who just found out her second son — the real one — is also a mass murderer!
It’s ridiculous, even by Riverdale standards.
And somehow, the Charles reveal is not nearly as lame as the identity of the auteur… Jellybean Jones.
There was plenty of potential for this reveal to be jaw-dropping, especially with a year of build-up behind it, and yet the writers couldn’t do any better than Jughead explaining that Jellybean was making the videos so that he would stay in town so she could have a brother!
How lame is that?
Even the way they revealed it was so anti-climatic as Jughead just sat there and gave FP Jones the play-by-play. I mean he really had to break it down explaining that “Jellybean and her friends made the masks themselves.” I’ll give it to them, at least they’re talented.
But maybe the preteens of Riverdale need to get a hobby or join a club or something?
Jellybean didn’t even suffer any consequences for terrorizing the whole town as they chalked it up to her not fully understanding the implications of her actions.
Seriously, what? She made fake snuff videos that ended up haunting people and leaving some dead in the wake. A pat on the back and a “there, there” is not going to teach her a lesson.
For audiences, the most frustrating part of this is that we spent all this time focused on the auteur for nothing.
Riverdale may be a strange show, but they’ve always excelled at delivering compelling mysteries. Yet this reveal seems like an afterthought that was thrown together for the sake of wrapping up plotlines.
The rest of the episode didn’t make up for the lackluster reveals either even despite the emotions drummed up by Archie re-living his encounter with the Black Hood and being forced to forgive the man that killed his father.
Archie really nailed all the emotional notes when he talked to his father at the gravesite. Riverdale is missing a piece of its soul without Fred Andrews.
However, most of the episode saw Archie in “angry” mode yet again. Unlike Fred Andrews, forgiveness doesn’t come so easily to Archie.
The kid has had so much pent up anger for so many seasons that I’m glad he finally let it all out. Maybe now that he’s forgiven the teen, he can move on and stop sabotaging himself because watching Archie on a destructive path is played out and exhausting.
The whole storyline with Veronica and Hermosa was also beyond odd. Why did Hermosa just shoot a bunch of mobsters and no one even blinked? How did they get rid of the bodies?
And since when does Veronica trust Hermosa? She may not want her father to ruin his second shot at life by being a street brawler and continuing with his mafioso ways, but does she trust Hermosa to take over family affairs?
But also, I don’t really care about this storyline, do you? It seemed inserted simply explain where everyone was heading in the next several years: Hiram would retire to the Caymans, Hermosa would take over the business, Veronica would go to Barnard, and Hermione would finally put her wants, needs, and desires first by divorcing Hiram and becoming a Real Housewife. Alrighty, then.
And that wasn’t even the weirdest family moment this week!
No, that honor went to the Blossom’s as Penelope quite literally poisoned the rest of the Blossom clan (who were a dead ringer for the Voltari on that Zoom meeting) so that Cheryl could run the maple family business and redeem the family name.
Here’s the thing, though. By killing her whole family to get what she wants, Cheryl proves that she’s no better than the Blossom name or their legacy. Of course, if no one figures out her and Penelope’s little secret, maybe this will work to convince Toni’s family that the Blossom’s can be redeemed. But it seems like Cheryl is missing the bigger picture here.
Also, in the midst of everything, Hiram attacked Archie for breaking Veronica’s heart and cheating on her with her best friend. This time, Archie kind of deserved it, but also Hiram is a grown man and needs to stop picking fights with teens!
Hiram came at Archie publicly, which might sabotage Veronica’s plan to keep their last week of senior year normal to protect Bughead’s relationship.
Will Jughead find out about the #Barchie kiss from someone other than Betty? Because that would be disappointing. After all that they’ve been through together, he deserves to hear it from her.
Also, Jughead officially got into the writing program at the University of Iowa. You go, boy!
Next week is the final episode of senior year… and then the time-jump, which will hopefully give the series a much-needed jolt in the right direction.
What did you think of the episode? Were you into the reveals? Let us know in the comments!
KJ Apa Is a Dad! ‘Riverdale’ Actor Welcomes First Child with Clara Berry
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.
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.
Riverdale Review – Dance of Death (5×17)
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.
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!
Riverdale Review – Band of Brothers (5×16)
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.
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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