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
Scariest Horror TV Shows to Watch for Friday the 13th
Happy Friday the 13th.
If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing.
While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares.
Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!
Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening.
Haunting of House Hill – Netflix
There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em.
We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.
Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix
The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.
The Exorcist – FOX
If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.
American Horror Story – FOX
The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.
Black Mirror – Netflix
When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.
Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access
These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”
The Purge – FX
Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?
Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network
When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.
‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom
Did someone say prom?
Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale.
The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.
The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.
“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.
The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count.
Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.
While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.
Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021.
All good things!
‘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.
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