Riverdale delivered one of its strongest musical offerings that adopted the sounds of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to showcase a generation of students fed up with the dealing after crisis after crisis and constantly looking to find themselves and love.
The episode was fitting considering in the real world, we’re dealing with an unprecedented crisis that has left many of us — including Gen Z’ers — scared, numb, and screaming inside.
We’re constantly being bombarded with what we should and shouldn’t do instead of just being encouraged to live an authentic life that makes us truly happy.
In the Riverdale sense of things, coronavirus isn’t a crisis, but murder after murder on top of this mysterious VHS voyeur has a way of taking a toll on people.
In such a short time, these seniors have survived a serial killer walking amongst them, a deranged and addictive game that encouraged suicide, an organ-harvesting cult, and a bunch of rich school preppies that thought murder was some kind of art form.
The least Mr. Honey could do is give them the creative freedom to pursue a variety show that they connect with and that represents them.
Instead, he pushed back at every corner, which forced the seniors to fight back against oppression. They shall not be silenced.
You have to give it to them for being so determined to fight for what’s right and what matters to them.
Each musical number made sense, for the most part, though, admittedly, the fight between Veronica and Archie and Jughead and Betty seemed forced in a blatant attempt to lure us into Barchie territory.
I’m not mad about it, but I also want everyone to be aware that I knew it was happening.
The kiss was a long-time coming, so deeply emotional and powerful that it almost overshadowed the whole musical itself.
It’s also fitting that it comes during an episode inspired by a musical that digs into the origins of love and indulges in themes of self-exploration and sexuality to find your other half. Just saying.
Barchie fans — was it everything you’ve ever hoped for?
It wasn’t just a kiss, there was a whole montage of moments that connected back to season 1. Through song, Archie even acknowledged the he “was a boy, you were so much more.” It’s these moments that felt like some of Hedwig’s words were written for Riverdale and not the other way around. Or, it’s an example of how much the musical, which Honey attempted to say was niche, resonates with our world hetero, homo, and everything in-between.
It didn’t end there for Barchie, oh no. We then got a whole school dance in the same exact outfits that made it clear that these have been longtime repressed feelings.
We knew that was the case for Betty, but it seems to be a new realization for Archie, and one he isn’t going to have an easy time shaking.
The forbidden moment in the window (which was totally a Taylor Swift music video) seemed like it would be their swan song, but those glances during The Archies performance at the variety show at La Bonne Nuit proves that this is only the beginning.
Oh, and if you stuck around for the April 29th episode teaser, you know that these two somehow end up in bed together in the bunker. It’s almost like they’re asking to get caught.
Immediately after the kiss, both Jughead and Veronica apologized and took the blame for the explosive fight, which only intensified Archie and Betty’s guilt.
And look, it’s troubling because it breaks up a core friendship. It hurts Betty and Jughead’s friendship, it hurts Jughead and Archie’s friendship, and it hurts Betty and Veronica’s friendship.
However, if it was ever going to happen, it may as well happen when they’re entering new phases of their life and running off to college.
What do you think will happen between Barchie? Is this the end of Jughead and Varchie as we know it?
I know there are some very passionate opinions here, so sound off in the comments!
The Riverdale High student body proved that where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Mr. Honey pulled the plug on the variety show so they moved it to the club owned by Veronica. Because, newsflash, they have a fellow student who has a club and sells whiskey.
The outpouring of support for not only The Archies but the musical was proof that the town needed something to bring them together and allow them to celebrate.
Mr. Honey was looking real salty as he took in the celebratory crowd. Cheryl was right — he’s so straight-laced and couldn’t fathom exploring anything with a little more flavor.
All the fun didn’t distract Jughead from those videotapes though. Can I point out that it’s alarming how many people in Riverdale still use handheld cameras?
Is there no Apple store in or near Riverdale? Do they not have good camera quality on their Samsungs?
Seeing several people with a camcorder gave Jughead the realization that the person that’s stalking the down is hiding in plain sight.
I’d take this one more step further and say that the person is Charles, the very man who gave Jughead the VHS tapes to investigate.
Why? Well, one main reason is that we were previously clued into the fact that Charles has nefarious intentions and not only in love with Chic but co-conspiring with him.
But it was that final scene in the episode with the creepy Mr. Robot looking Betty and Jughead masks (Halloween costume, anyone?) the re-enacted the “perfect murder” of Betty hitting Jughead with a rock that gave it away.
There’s a handful of people who know what really happened, and aside from the Stonies, none of the would exploit that or use it as leverage.
Charles, however, also knew all the details of what went down that night and would 100% use it to destroy Betty and Jughead.
Plus, he knew Jughead had the tapes so he could’ve easily slipped it in to mess with him.
While it’s an unexpected twist, it gives me confidence that we’ll finally circle back to the “Charles is bad” aspect of the mystery.
As for the actual purpose of those creepy VHS tapes, it may just be a “he’s always watching” symbolic move. I’m not sure, but I can’t wait to find out.
Other Thoughts About the Wicked Little Town:
- This was the first musical where everyone sang and everyone was involved even Hiram and FP!
- Hiram’s illness is coming for him hard. Does anyone else still feel like he’s lying? And will his deteriorating condition cause Ronnie to stay in Riverdale to continue his legacy rather than going away to college?
- She also tried to shame Archie that he didn’t go above and beyond to save Hiram. She does recall how much hell Hiram put Archie through and that he tried to kill him on several occasions, right?
- Archie was making out with everyone including Kevin as Hedwig. That scene when they went rogue and staged a rebellion looked like so much fun. Everyone was feeling the moment.
- You always need a classic sleepover with a makeover or two!
- They can all sing but Cole Sprouse has the voice of an angel/rockstar/Disney prince. Why has he been holding out on us in previous musicals?
What did you think of the musical episode? Did they do Hedwig justice?
What are your thoughts on the love square (Riverdale has evolved past the love triangle)?
Riverdale Hedwig Musical Song List
1. Wicked Little Town
2. Random Number Generation
4. Tear Me Down
5. Wig in a Box
6. Sugar Daddy
7. Exquisite Corpse
8. The Origin of Love
9. Wicked Little Town Reprise
10. Midnight Radio
‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce
Updated: July 27
Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce.
Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.
No hearing has been scheduled.
Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement.
Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.
The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating.
It’s unclear what led to the split.
Original post July 25:
Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.
The CW actress is expecting her first child!
The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal.
If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!
While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump.
“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”
She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”
Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January.
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season.
The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2.
Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays.
Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”
Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”
Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”
Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip.
Skeet Ulrich Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘Riverdale’ – 5 Ways The Series Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit
When Riverdale announced Skeet Ulrich’s exit in February following season 4, the fandom began to worry.
Ulrich plays FP Jones, the father of Jughead Jones, a former Serpent gang leader who has managed to turn his life around, become a Sheriff, and snag the love of his life.
He’s become an instrumental part of the series as he helps Jughead and his friends navigate normalcy in the fictitious murderous town.
In an Instagram Live in May, Ulrich elaborated about his departure explaining that he was “bored creatively.”
At first, fans thought FP’s exit might confirm Jughead’s death, however, now that we know Jughead survived staged “perfect murder” with his father’s help, it’s unclear how the show will tackle the departure.
We have some thoughts about how Riverdale can explain the exit of one of the show’s finest dads:
1.Kids go off to college
In the “most obvious” lane, the kids go off to college and the parents are no longer a focal point of the series. Jughead and his buds are currently in their senior year and will be going to college in just a few months, pending they actually graduate.
Expectedly, the role of the parents will dwindle as the teens leave town and begin their “adult” lives. If this is the avenue they take, Riverdale might not even have to explain FP’s exit because he’ll simply still be there just not as frequently as when Jughead was living at home. And if Ulrich agrees to some guest appearances, they can very easily break him out of his contract while keeping the character and his relationship with his son in tact.
It’s now been confirmed that season 5 will have a time jump when it returns in 2021, and thus, FP existing off-screen seems like the most obvious avenue for the series to pursue.
2. New Job Opportunity
After Jughead’s death, FP spiraled slightly (despite being in on the whole thing) and it led to a confrontation with Hiram Lodge. Hiram suggested that maybe FP was too close to the case, and FP straight up resigned as Sheriff.
With nothing tying him to this town any longer and Jughead gearing up to fly the coop, FP might look for job opportunities in other towns. FP deserves happiness and a fulfilling career, so we’re on board with this 100%.
3. Living It Up with Alice
Much like the teens of Riverdale, the parents have lived a life that could only be described as small-town hell. They were involved with the Gargoyle King since they were teenagers, Alice’s husband turned out to be the Black Hood, they’ve endured so much mayhem and suffering, and the one ray of hope has been that Alice and FP have found their way back to each other and allowed their romance to blossom.
If anyone deserves a vacation, possibly even a permanent vacation, it’s these two love-birds. They need to leave Riverdale and never look back as they ride off into the sunset together.
4. Fed Up with Riverdale
For all the reasons listed above, FP might just be done putting up with Riverdale’s insanity. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was just fed up and done with Riverdale and using this opportunity now that his son is off to college and he doesn’t have a job to pursue a better life somewhere, anywhere else.
I hate to say this, but if Ulrich never wants to return to Riverdale, there is a permanent solution. It would break fans’ hearts, but they don’t call it the murder capital of the world for nothing, right?
Turning it over to you, Cravers.
How do you think that Riverdale will write off FP? Will his exit be permanent?
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