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Riverdale Review – The Witches of Riverdale (6×19)

Riverdale -- “Chapter One Hundred and Fourteen: The Witches of Riverdale” -- Image Number: RVD619b_0075r -- Pictured (L - R): Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman and Caroline Day as Heather – Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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In the wise words of Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale Season 6 Episode 19 is “cuckoo bananas.”

While Sabrina Spellman’s arrival was a pure delight, as was the update on the realms, the dark magic just hits different in Greendale.

In Riverdale, however, it still feels out of place no matter how bonkers this season has been thus far. 

Sabrina arrived in town to help Cheryl, Betty, Veronica, Tabitha, and Heather resurrect the fallen following Toni and Fangs’ wedding. 

There’s strength in numbers, and they need everyone on board to defeat Percival if the final battle.

Before they began doing anything, Sabrina explained that she needed a coven of six witches, which meant that Betty, Veronica, and Tabitha had to cross over to the dark side. The plan included signing their names in the dark book, pledging allegiance to Hecate, a dance party (which was cute but questionable), and shots of Veronica’s absinthe (liquid courage, duh). 

Once that was accomplished, Sabrina was able to move forward with Plan A, which involved attempting to lure back one soul from the Sweet Hereafter. She chose Jughead as the first test subject, but the comic book lovin’ hero wasn’t interested in returning to Earth. He seemed to understand, more than anyone, that he was living in a false reality but the allure of his perfect Riverdale — with all the hamburgers he could eat — was enough for him. He wasn’t even swayed when Sabrina informed him that Tabitha missed him because he knew he’d “see her soon.” Obviously, his hopes for his friends winning the battle against Percival were rather slim. And truthfully, who would want to go back to a world where they were stuck in an underground bunker with no hearing and a losing battle staring them in the face? You can’t really blame Jughead. Did I mention all the hamburgers from Pop?

Sabrina realized two things: she wasn’t strong enough to bring back the loved ones because she has no emotional pull with them. And secondly, with Jughead’s permission, she resurrected Nick Scratch in Jughead’s body. The decision was partially selfish and partially to do with her first realization because in order to convince these souls to return to Earth, she needed Nick’s powers of necromancy to help temporarily kill Cheryl, Veronica, and Tabitha before bringing them back to life along with all the others. Betty was going to be Archie’s anchor, but Sabrina picked up a darkness in her energy because of the whole “Harlot of Babylon” thing, which may prove that what happened in Rivervale is affecting them in Riverdale.

This was also a good time for Sabrina to fill in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina friends about what was going on in Greendale. Sabrina may specialize in necromancy, but those who watched the Netflix show know she died at the end, so how is she still here able to help the witches of Riverdale (also, if they made this into a show, I would absolutely watch it). Well, the secret is that Sabrina was resurrected. Remember when Nick Scratch sacrificed himself and met Sabrina in the Sweet Hereafter? It was only so to take her place while she was sent back to earth to be there for her aunties, the covens, her friends, etc. 

So, naturally, when Sabrina stumbled upon the opportunity to reunite with her lover for a brief moment, she jumped at it. Cole Sprouse does a hell of a job as Jughead (in all the iterations of the character) but he’s no match for Nick Scratch. He attempted to give off the effortlessly cool vibe but Gavin Leatherwood simply worked miracles to bring that warlock to life. The duo had a mini-date while the trio of newly anointed witches stepped into the afterlife to find their loved ones.

Veronica took one for the team, briefly dying in hopes of saving her ex-boyfriend, Archie, whose perfect world was living a simple life with Betty and their children, little Polly and little Fred. I mean, I thought it couldn’t get cuter, but then I saw them both wearing wedding rings as Archie informed Ronnie that he was never going to leave this utopia to go back to a lesser version of Riverdale. That poor man just wants peace and love, can everyone just leave him alone?!

Cheryl ventured in for her T.T and Fangs (she had no choice, okay?) who also weren’t easily convinced as they were living up the married life along with an adult baby Anthony, which was odd considering Fangs and Toni barely aged. Cheryl then went to find Nana Rose, but stumbled upon a bustling Thornhill with Jason Blossom, Polly, and the twins. The happy couple, who finally got their shot at a real relationship, were also expecting triplets. The genes in that family, right!? 

Riverdale Review The Witches of Riverdale Season 6 Episode 19

Riverdale — “Chapter One Hundred and Fourteen: The Witches of Riverdale” — Image Number: RVD619b_0524r — Pictured (L – R): Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge , Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Erinn Westbrook as Tabitha Tate — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It was easy for Cheryl and Veronica to understand why their loved ones didn’t want to return. Even Tabitha didn’t have the heart to pull Jughead away from his adoring fans as he signed comic books at Pops. She did, however, have an interesting heart-to-heart with Raphael, her angel, and though we weren’t privy to the full conversation, she did reveal some of the most notable things to Toni and Fangs later on. For starters, baby Anthony did not die when all the first born’s did because he’s immortal. The “how” and “why” is still out on that one. Secondly, Tabitha is Riverdale’s guardian angel, which is sweet, but part of me thinks it should have been Heather, who blew into town and has been aiding in the fight against Percival despite having no stake in the battle. She hasn’t even flinched when Cheryl has made it abundantly clear that there’s residual feelings for Toni there. 

When all the three witches returned home empty-handed, Sabrina moved into plan C, which was informing Cheryl that she’s a Phoenix who can tap into her own powers of necromancy to help the deceased rise from the ashes. Again, it’s far-fetched, but at this point, why not? It’s weird that Sabrina, who knew that they were running out of time, didn’t just try plan C to begin with. I know it’s risky since the subjects might return incomplete, but it would’ve saved them all so much time and energy.

By the time Cheryl unleashed her Phoenix powers, those in the Sweet Hereafter seemed to be on board with returning to Riverdale. Archie, clad in uniform for battle because he’s the purest of hearts, kissed faux Betty goodbye and told her he has to heed Veronica’s warning, while Toni found no pictures past her and Fangs’ wedding, alluding to the fact that Cheryl was likely telling the truth. 

Cheryl was a natural reciting the spell and bringing home those who died too soon, but she also may have upset the delicate balance between life and death when she chose to resurrect Polly, Jason, and their children — both born and unborn. It’s not entirely clear how Cheryl was able to complete the spell without their bodies (if it was possible, don’t you think Sabrina would do it?), but it’s also Cheryl, the woman who visited her brother’s corpse that she kept in her house, so are we really that surprised?

For now, Cheryl lives in a delusion thinking she gave herself and her family a second chance, but I’m going to assume this is going to turn rotten rather quickly. At the very least, it’s a fun way to incorporate the C-level characters and allow Cheryl to finally get a chance to exist alongside her brother. Maybe she’ll finally be whole if she gets a proper goodbye.

Sabrina’s warning about death not taking kindly to being cheated came a bit too late, but hopefully, it won’t cost them the final battle.

Because as it stands, Percival has no clue that the witches have managed to resurrect their army, which is giving them the upper hand.

Not only that but Jughead returned with his hearing in-tact alongside the ability to hear a person’s inner thoughts. Archie has something to fight for if he ever wants to make his perfect life with Betty a reality. Tabitha has been given some fun-facts that will aide in their efforts, and even Veronica is likely rejuvenated by the revelation that Archie’s “endgame” is up for grabs. Personally, I’d be deterred that he chose a future with Betty as his heaven, but there was once a time where Archie only loved Veronica, so anything is possible. Could we see #Varchie resurrect once again before the final battle? Especially if the teaser alludes to Betty being “bad” and “dark” against her wishes.

There’s also the “other Jughead” in the bunker that will likely give them even more ammunition.

And Percival may have his old, powerful trinkets, but he doesn’t have that many allies in town. Aside from Tom Keller and Frank, both of whom seem to be under his spell still, he lost the devotion of Reggie Mantle, his final right-hand man. Reggie was the last person that was being mind controlled, but when Percival ordered him to behead Kevin for betraying him, no money, power, or even a new heart for his dying father could convince Reggie to go through with it. At the end of the day, free-thinking and a conscience forced Reggie to plan an escape, which was unsuccessful. Reggie, his father, and Kevin are all locked up at the moment, but I think they’ll be just fine! 

What did you think of the episode? Is all the magic and colliding world’s, realities, and realms just a bit too much to keep up with?

I’m hoping that the upcoming final season hits reset and we get back to the odd Riverdale that also just makes sense. Like maybe we’ll just go back to right before that bomb went off and this season will become a distant memory?

Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Riverdale Season 7 Premiere Review – Don’t Worry Darling

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It’s the beginning of the end for Riverdale. After an 8 months hiatus, The CW series kicked off transporting the Riverdaleans (Cheryl said it!) smack dab into the middle of 1955. 

Jughead was seemingly the only one from the group to remember that they were actually from the future, but his attempts at jogging everyone’s memory using a time capsule were fruitless, nearly backfiring as Archie, the picture of an all-American boy, suggested people were going to think he was a “loony” and warned him not to get sent to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Remember how good it was when that place no longer existed?

Much of the episode focused on Jughead wondering if the cataclysmic event of Bailey’s Comet simply brought them to the past or if this was a past from another alternate universe, while the rest of Riverdale’s finest lived their best lives… or as good as they were going to get in the ’50s. 

Veronica Lodge arrived in town from sunny Los Angeles where things were anything but. After a deep heart-to-heart with Archie, who was goo-goo gaga over her the minute she walked into the classroom, she revealed that her parents abandoned her because of their devotion to their hit series, Oh Mija! Is it giving anyone else Live with Kelly! vibes? Veronica hid behind red lipstick and thick-framed spectacles, but in reality, she was just covering up that she’s a lonely girl who wants to be loved. 

It was nice seeing the characters in the “original” Archie Comics versions, though I don’t think anyone is actually buying that Archie can pass for a junior in high school, not even KJ Apa. There were times when it almost seemed like he was trying to stifle a laugh over the material, but I chalked it up to Archie’s go-lucky attitude. 

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Riverdale — “Chapter One Hundred Eighteen: Don’t Worry Darling” — Image Number: RVD701fg_0028r — Pictured: Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper — Photo: The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Betty spent most of the episode helping Toni and Tabatha spread the message of what they witnessed in Mississippi during the Emmett Till trial. Riverdale has always steered from addressing current events, but you can’t really tap into the fabric of the ’50s without acknowledging one of the most appalling events of the era. There was so much more to the time that would shape the future other than rock n’ roll, hot rods, and poodle skirts—though that was a vibe. 

As Jughead put it, anyone who considered the ’50s to be the greatest decade needed their head examined. I’m sure you could say that about any decade, but the focus on Till’s murder lent itself to a point that the real Tabitha made toward the end of the episode about ensuring that the moral arc of this universe bends toward justice. Even without that knowledge, the ladies of ’50s Riverdale went above and beyond to ensure that Till’s story was told, deciding to deal with whatever consequences may come at a later time. They were determined to make a stand, be heard, and make a change, kickstarting important discussions. It was also nice to see Toni get some powerful material to work with. 

All of their actions in this timeline ensure that, at some point, they can make it back to a Riverdale that’s not on the verge of moral and societal collapse as it was right before Bailey’s Comic struck. It’s a situation of the past impacting the present.

Riverdale has never been a series that’s forthcoming with answers, so it was nice that the real Tabitha—the one from the present and Riverdale’s Guardian Angel—clarified what happened to not only Jughead, who was kind of spiraling, but also the audience. We don’t have to wait several episodes to get some clarity! 

In short, Cheryl wasn’t successful in stopping Bailey’s Comic from extinguishing Riverdale, and the trip to the ’50s was Tabitha’s last-ditch effort to save everyone by throwing them into a timeline where she would have enough time to reverse the effects and hopefully find a way to get everything back sorted and everyone back to their timelines. It’s a tall order, and one she needs to embark on knowing that Jughead isn’t running around causing ripples and corrupting the timeline by asking too many questions. Essentially, there’s no Riverdale to get back to, so why would she let Jughead suffer in the ’50s by holding onto all of his memories, especially when no one else had any recollection of the past-future? It would be torture for him. And thus, she made the conscious choice to erase his memory, which actually might be more torturous for him as now he’ll go on trying to remember what it is that he forgot. 

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Riverdale — “Chapter One Hundred Eighteen: Don’t Worry Darling” — Image Number: RVD701a_0716r — Pictured (L – R): Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller and Nicholas Barasch as Juilian Blossom — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Maybe he’ll figure it all out with time. He did write all those comics logging what happened to them while chowing down a 30-cent burger and fries at Pops! All I know is that his makeout session with Veronica in the teaser trailer makes a lot more sense if Jughead has absolutely no idea what’s going on just like the rest of them.

It’s a different dynamic for Riverdale, but somehow, it feels like the most grounded and normal season… for now, at least. I know things are about to take a wild turn as everyone fully embraces the ’50s and new relationships start forming, but it also feels like the closest we’ve ever gotten to the most authentic Archie Comics characters. It’s a refreshing twist for the final season, that’s for sure.

The slate has basically been wiped clean, and anything can happen, but the innocence of the season likely won’t stick around for much longer either, if the teasers are to be believed. Tabitha mentioned that the timelines have been knotted, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that means that strange things are about to start happening—stranger than we’ve ever seen before.

Other Musings

  • Jughead telling everyone where they end up in the future was comical as he really had to hold back for Kevin and Cheryl, simply suggesting that one of them joined an organ harvesting club and the other became a witch. I wouldn’t believe Jughead either. 
  • Jughead suggesting Betty and Archie make out on his bed while they blow up a bomb underneath wasn’t his best moment… I know that’s how they got into this mess in the first place, but it was pretty desperate. 
  • It’s strange to see Betty’s whole family back together again as one big happy unit, including Hal Cooper. 
  • I’m hoping we get to see an appearance from Hiram Lodge this season—he’s a crucial part of Riverdale. 
  • Jughead owning a dog named Hot Dog truly is so fitting.
  • Cheryl’s twin isn’t Jason Blossom, it’s Julian, which might be the hardest change to wrap your head around, especially because her relationship with Julian is the complete opposite of the bond she had with Jason!
  • Tabitha and Jughead truly are endgame. Their kiss at the end was mesmerizing, and such a heartbreaking moment for her to give up the love of her life for the greater good. 
  • “Awesome… I mean swell.”  The writers are having a lot of fun here already. 

I can’t wait to see how the series comes back from an extinction-level event and reverses all of this. It’s been—and continues to be—a wild ride. 

What did you think of the episode? Did you like the reset or do you miss old, tortured Riverdale?

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Riverdale has seen its fair share of psychos, serial killers, and murderous villains. After all, it didn’t get the nickname ‘the murder capital of the world’ for no reason.

Find out which villain you’d be by taking our quiz below. Share your results in the comments or on social media at @CraveYouTV!

 

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Lili Reinhart Claps Back at ‘Riverdale’ Haters Ahead of Final Season Premiere

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The wait for the seventh and final season of Riverdale is almost over, but not everyone has nice things to say about it. 

While it’s true that The CW series has gone off the rails the last few seasons, it’s undoubtedly one of the reasons why fans continue to tune in. In fact, I’m personally looking forward to seeing how unhinged things actually get in their final hurrah. 

On March 2, the network gave fans a look at all the madness, revealing that 1955 might be the craziest time period yet, as all of Riverdale’s finest revert to high schoolers after Cheryl Blossom destroyed a comet and somehow, accidentally caused everyone to travel back in time

Anyway, the point is, things are all over the place in the trailer as Archie and Cheryl are dating and planning on getting married, Jughead—reportedly the only one who actually remembers the present-day and knows what’s really going on—making out with Veronica for some reason, Betty trying to have sex with Kevin (who is in the closet because it’s the ’50s), zombies… maybe?, the return of Ethel Muggs covered in blood, a possible orgy, and honestly, so much more that I can’t even wrap my head around. 

Riverdale is going out with a bang, pushing the boundaries to where they haven’t gone before—and they’ve gone far. 

Most fans, like myself, are thrilled, but one comment didn’t sit well with Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper. 

“oh my god….. those poor actors are finally gonna be free,” one user on Twitter wrote, likely prompting the scathing response from Reinhart on Instagram Story.

“Assholes saying “can’t wait for this show to end,” like, babe, why does the show have such an impact on your life that you feel the need to make a public comment about it? Run along now,” she wrote. 
 

And honestly, that’s the Betty Cooper energy we need. The cast may have spoken out about their willingness to pursue other projects after seven seasons, but there’s no denying that this is the show that put them on the map and catapulted them into stardom.

There’s also the fact that we’ve all, fans included, invested an enormous amount of time into the series, so no matter what, we’re going to be sad when it ends. 

As one comment pointed out, the show prides itself on being “weird” and that isn’t news. 

We—and the cast— know what we’re getting into with Riverdale…. and we’re doing so willingly. 

Riverdale’s final season kicks off on Wednesday, March 29 on The CW! You can catch up on all of our previous content and reviews right here! 

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