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Riverdale Musical Episode Review – Wicked Little Town (4×17)

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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


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‘Riverdale’ Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially A Couple Again

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Riverdale Co-Stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Are Officially Back Together

By LINDSAY WEINBERG 

Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are officially giving it another go.

The Riverdale co-stars, who broke up in the fall of 2019, are dating once again, a source close to the TV show exclusively tells E! News. 

“The break was nice for them and they reconnected on set of Riverdale,” the source reveals.

How did their makeup come to be? According to the insider, “Being around all of their mutual friends and hanging out together often made them realize they still have a strong connection and chemistry.”

The source adds, “They care a lot about each other and have a bond from filming together for so many hours each day.”  

They’re in no rush to get serious, with the source saying, “It’s going well and they aren’t putting too much stress on the relationship.”

The cast of Riverdale reunited in Canada in the fall to resume filming after the pandemic. At the time, Camila was dating Grayson Vaughan (even kissing him goodbye on the tarmac before taking off).

However, she split with the photographer about four months ago, with a separate source noting that the travel ban did not make their long distance relationship “easy.” The second insider shared, “There was no drama at all, and they are still friends. Their relationship just ran its course.” 

That breakup seems to have made room for a take two with Charles, who plays the Reggie to her Veronica. 

Last week, Camila, 26, and Charles, 30, were spotted on a night out with their co-star Cole Sprouse, his brother Dylan Sprouseand model Stella Maxwell. On June 4, the group was seen dining at the French restaurant La Poubelle Bistro in L.A., where Charles had his arm around Cami. The couple left together in his car, clueing fans in to their new romance.

Cami and Charles originally started dating back in 2018, but took a break the next year. At the time, a separate source explained, “Their relationship escalated very quickly and they are taking time now to focus on their work and themselves.”

She later acted in Palm SpringsDangerous Lies and Daby Day, while he appeared in Bad Boys For LifeMainstream and, soon, American Horror Stories.

Their busy work schedules put “pressure” on the relationship, with lots of “ups and downs,” per the third insider.

Now, it seems, they’re older, wiser and ready to dive back in.

E! News has reached out to their reps for comment.

Watch a brand new episode of Nightly Pop Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m., only on E!

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‘Riverdale’s KJ Apa Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Clara Berry

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KJ Apa is going to be a father. 

The actor, best known for playing Archie Andrews in the hit TV series Riverdale, is expecting his first child with girlfriend Clara Berry.

The 23-year-old made the announcement on Instagram with a photo showing the 27-year-old’s baby bump.

Berry then confirmed the pregnancy by sharing several maternity photos

Apa commented: “she’s pregnant btw,” to which Berry responded, “We are ❤️.”

Apa’s co-star, Vanessa Morgan, who recently welcomed son River, commented: “Rivers soon to be bestie ♥️”

Congrats to the parents-to-be. 


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

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Riverdale Review The Pincushion Man Season 5 Episode 10

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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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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