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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 Review – Mothman (5×06)

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Riverdale Back to School Review Season 5 Episode 6

 

You never truly get over the first day of school jitters, even seven years after you’ve graduated. 

Veronica, Betty, Archie, and Jughead returned to Riverdale High on Riverdale Season 5 Episode 6, but this time, they weren’t students, they were teachers. 

Archie was spearheading the RROTC, Jughead was teaching English, Veronica tackled Economics, while Betty handled Shop Class, which personally, I found to be the most interesting. I would’ve never pegged our sweet FBI recruit for a car gal.

Everyone was there to restore Riverdale to the great town that it once was, well, aside from all the murder.

But in a weird way, it’s almost as though they’ve never really grown up. 

This criticism is specific to Cheryl, who still seems way overly invested and possessive over the Vixens.

It’s a bit strange that she would get upset and jealous over Toni reviving the cheerleading squad when she had seven years to manage the team and hid out in Thornhill. 

But it’s obvious that this is how the show aims to bring back Cheryl to some sense of reality, and it’s better that she’s at least involved in the school functions rather than hiding in her mansion afraid of some made-up Blossom curse. 

If everyone is going to get a gig at the high school, it only makes sense that Cheryl and Toni return as co-HBIC’s.

Riverdale’s success went against Hiram’s plans to destroy the small-town, so he sent his goons from the Stonewall Prep football team to start a fire at the school and send a little message. 

But since Archie is never one to back down without a fight, he decided to revive Riverdale’s football team, the Bulldogs. 

I’ll admit that it was sad to see that the team, which has brought so much pride to town, was a “thing of the past.” However, with the right coach, it could be the town’s pride and joy once again.

Hope can go a long way. Hiram knows that, which is why he’ll do anything to see Riverdale fail.

Interestingly, we’ve yet again returned to the Hiram versus Archie Andrews dynamic. Archie will forever remain a thorn in his side. 

It’s also upsetting to see Reggie side with Hiram; he’s lost sight of everything that’s important. 

Riverdale Back to School Review Season 5 Episode 6

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Archie runs into a bit of trouble securing funding for the football team. He tries to play to “dead brother” card to Cheryl, but it doesn’t go well. 

Why do they think Cheryl has the money to singlehandedly fund the town? Even if she is selling fake art and passing it off as the original, it’s not her responsibility to dole out mounds of cash for the local high school.

He eventually resorts to asking Veronica for help, and if you thought it was weird asking your ex for $20K (even though she was more than happy to contribute to her beloved Bulldogs), just imagine how weird it is to get pushback from her overly jealous husband.

There were some cute moments between Ronnie and Chadwick, but ultimately, he’s a snake that’s controlling and doesn’t have Veronica’s best interests at heart.

He brought up doing nice things for her like singing karaoke and being nice to her friends as if they were some kind of chore or like he was doing her a favor to keep her happy. In a normal relationship, those are acts of love. 

It was the final straw – well, that and finding out that he’s been secretly chatting with Hiram – that convinced Veronica that they needed to take a break. 

Veronica was living a fake life in New York, but by returning to Riverdale, she once again remembered who she was and what mattered to her. 

She and Chadwick simply aren’t on the same wavelength.

However, I don’t want her and Archie to get back together in the near future either. 

Archie’s relationship with Betty is really growing on me; it’s refreshing and fun to watch. (More of my thoughts on that here!)

Of course, sneaking around when you’re in your mid-twenties should be a lot easier, but I’m not going to complain about that Titanic re-enactment in the car either.

Things between them are steamy. 

And if we were just to revert to the previous couples, hitting reset on the show would all be for nothing. 

Plus, there are definitely some sparks flying between Jughead and Tabitha Tate.

While the show never established how old Tabitha was, the fact that she made six-figures in Chicago and could have taken a CEO job at any point alludes to her being around the same age as Jughead. 

Initially, Tabitha was a little weary of Jughead, but he seems to have grown on her as she’s even offering to help him work on his story!

Aside from his brief interactions with Archie, Jughead spent much of the episode secluded from his old friend group and getting more familiar with his new boss. 

He interviewed Tabitha for his small-town story, but she did him a solid and set him up with Dreyfus, a local who told him his story of the Mothman, who kidnapped his friends working the mines and took them abroad some kind of ship. 

Yes, it sounds like folklore, but may I remind you that the mines are near Greendale, and we know that supernatural entities are in abundance there. (It’s a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina reference.)

Jughead’s investigation led him to the realization that all of Dreyfus’ friends that went on the ship passed away from cancer. Coincidence or is there something more awry at play?

He also mentioned that the ship was in the woods in a cave off the Lonely Highway… and you know what else was last seen on the Lonely Highway? Polly… three days ago. 

Is there a chance the mothman is connected to Polly’s (and Freaky’s) disappearance? My gut instinct tells me there is. 

Betty put her FBI training to use as she investigated what happened to Polly. She learned that Polly would frequent truck stops to sell Jingle Jangle and hook up with truckers (boy, did her life really take a turn!) using Nedlist (lol) to set up meetings. 

Betty tracked down the last trucker Polly arranged a meeting with (Truckerboy69… really?!), but he informed her that Polly ran off that night in a panic. 

Betty then turned to Alice for help and together, the sleuthing mom-and-daughter duo located a bunch of Polly’s things on the side of the road. She eventually decided to ping Polly’s phone, which likely should have been her first move. Betty, Kevin, and Alice then took look around the marsh area at night (because waiting till morning would have been too logical) and stumbled upon a corpse’s hand sticking out from the ground. Does it belong to Polly? We’ll have to wait to find out. 

In addition to that cliffhanger, Hiram also sent Archie yet another message by setting a fire all around the perimeter of his home. I guess the message was “don’t play with fire,” and look, I get that Hiram goes to extremes to get what he wants, but almost killing someone is a bit much, don’t you think?

Overall, it was an interesting episode that set up plenty of new mysteries for audiences while also taking a sentimental trip down memory lane by focusing most of its events around Riverdale High. 

Other Small Town Musings

  • Hiram loves Doritos… who knew?
  • It’s hard to do justice by “Shallow” but Veronica and Chadwick killed it!
  • Nana has really upped her fashion game! Also, how is she still alive?
  • There was a brief Chilling of Adventures crossover when Dorcas made an appearance as Cheryl’s art appraiser Minerva Marble.
  • Doris Bell is one little snitch! Keeping Cheryl informed about what happens at Riverdale High is one thing, but giving intel to Hiram? Not cute. 

What did you think of tonight’s episode of Riverdale? Are you enjoying the post-time jump reality?

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New Couple Alert: ‘Katy Keene’s Lucy Hale and ‘Riverdale’s Skeet Ulrich Spotted Kissing

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This is one couple you didn’t see coming! Who would’ve thought we’d ever see a liar dating a serpent?

Pretty Little Liars and Katy Keene alum Lucy Hale was spotted packing on the PDA with Riverdale star Skeet Ulrich on Sunday, February 21!

Photos of their romantic outing were captured by Page Six.

You can see the 31-year-old star leaning in for a kiss with the 51-year-old actor. 

The duo were also spotted holding hands at the table.

Once they finished their meal, they put on their masks and the “Scream” alum embraced the actress from behind. 

Ulrich previously dated Megan Blake Irwin and were criticized for their 20-year-age difference, which she defended. 

While Ulrich and Hale starred in sister-show’s on the CW, they never crossed paths. Ulrich recently wrapped up his five-season arc as Forsythe Pendleton Jones II (FP Jones) on Riverdale, while Hale starred in the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene as the titular character for one season before it got canceled.

Neither Ulrich or Hale have commented on the relationship.


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Let’s Talk About What #Barchie’s Steamy Shower Scene on ‘Riverdale’ Means for the Ship

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It finally happened, #Barchie fans!

If you’re a #Bughead fan, you might want to stop reading at this point because this is a full post dedicated to the Betty and Archie hook-up!

After several seasons, Riverdale finally gave fans the Betty and Archie moment they’ve been waiting for.

This moment has been a long time coming.

There were some close calls through the years, though mainly, fans were left disappointed and wondering if the pairing would ever see the light of day.

At the end of season 4, the duo shared a romantic kiss but ultimately decided to bury their feelings out of respect for their significant others. 

But you don’t just write a love ballad for someone and forget about them!

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated moment finally came via a steamy shower sex scene following a seven-year time-jump. It was so hot, I found myself wondering if this is even allowed on The CW. That steam wasn’t from the hot shower, that’s all I’m going to say! 

Archie, who survived a war, and Betty, who has been catching serial killers while training to be an FBI agent at Quantico, reunited and fell right back into their old feelings without even realizing it. 

Post hook-up, when Archie questioned what just happened between them, Betty informed  him that it’s something “we’ve been wanting to do since high school but never got around to it.” And you have to appreciate her honesty here. 

Since they’re both mature and single adults — Archie’s ex Veronica is “happily” married, while Betty hasn’t been with Jughead for years — they decided to keep the moment of passion under wraps. 

Riverdale can be a bit ridiculous at times, but this was the smartest decision these two ever made. They don’t owe anyone, including Veronica and Jughead, anything. 

This moment singlehandedly changed the Betty and Archie relationship forever. 

And when I tell you fans were thrilled, I mean they were straight geeking out on Twitter. 

But what does this mean for #Barchie moving forward? Was it a one-time thing that they needed to get out of their system?

Based on the glowing aftermath, methinks not. The chemistry and sexual tension is there, and they’re clearly into each other. And for the first time, they’re both in a place where they can pursue a relationship. 

Well, there is the small issue of Betty’s boyfriend, Glen, back in Virginia, but I doubt that will pose much of a problem since she seemed to forget all about him. She didn’t even call him to inform him she decided to stick around for a while and teach at her old high school, which tells you everything you need to know! 

And while Archie and Jughead’s new roomie situation may make things a bit more complicated and awkward, I think Archie and Betty owe it to each other to explore these longtime feelings. 

They’ve never been given the opportunity to figure what these feelings truly mean — is it love or is it just lust? — because they’ve always repressed them out of respect for others. 

There’s no better time like the present to put them to the test.

Though, if I’m being completely honest, I don’t see it lasting long. I’d love the idea of #Barchie babies, but with the core four back in each other’s orbits, they’re bound to fall into old habits. 

Jughead and Betty don’t seem like they’re going to get back together anytime soon, but based on their conversation, they never got closure following their abrupt breakup. With a new mystery in tow, I see their paths merging again, though, I am really digging that Betty and Archie have been working together on the “Polly mystery.”

As for Ronnie, she may be married, but it’s not going to last long. She and Chadwick are already having marital issues that stem mainly from his insecurities and jealousy. I wouldn’t rule out a post-divorce reunion for Archie and Veronica. 

She’s always wanted someone who can handle her Lodge independence, and Archie has always been that man. 

So, while Betty and Archie might not be able to keep their hands to themselves in the short-term, I don’t think that there’s potential for them in the long run. And that’s okay too.

Sometimes the best thing before settling down is the fling you’ve always fantasized about!

At the end of the day, I’m rooting for the ships that will bring each other happiness — whoever that may be!

Don’t forget to check out our full review of Riverdale Season 5 Episode 5 now!  


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