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Riverdale – The Man in Black (3×07)

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Riverdale continues upping the ante when it comes to Hiram Lodge’s control and obsession with Gryphon’s and Gargoyles.

Let’s just say, more and more signs pointing to them being synonymous.

On “The Man in Black,” which is not a Men in Black move reference, Riverdale tried something new and split up the episode into three separate but cohesive parts.

Each one added something to the overall picture and illuminated a new reality.

Now, the thing that distinguishes Riverdale from other shows that may be a bit more predictable is that Riverdale doesn’t follow a formula.

They’ve told us about the dangers lurking inside and under their maple-syrup town, but everything is fair game.

Basically, they can introduce any narrative or plot-twist and we’ll never see it coming which is why we can’t crack this mystery just yet.

Sometimes, I sit there after an episode for a few minutes just analyzing what I watched. Most of the time, I’m mystified, but still so intrigued.

With all that laid out, let’s address each part on its own.

 

Jughead and Archie

Hiram Lodge is everywhere. Despite their best efforts to escape his grasp by going crosstown, Archie came to the most sensible conclusion — Hiram will continue hunting him down until he gets what he wants. And the worst part is, Hiram has the resources to buy out towns and have spies.

There’s a reason Jughead is assisting Archie on this trip. As he pointed out, Betty has done fine taking care of herself against multiple threats, though I’m not sure that’s true for this season, however, Archie is consistently getting wrapped up in something. His flaw? He’s naive.

The moment Jughead went into town to investigate, I knew Archie was going to slip up. All it took was Laurie planting a kiss on him to make him fess up to who he really was. Oh, Paladin. You cannot be this trustworthy. As I said before, Hiram preys on Archie’s honesty and relies on his predictability. I’m sure he anticipated that they’d flee town before it even happened.

It’s a good thing Jughead convinced Archie to skeddadle instead of staying behind to fight Hiram. Why does he believe he’ll overpower Hiram when obviously he has more people working for him than we could have imagined?

Jughead was also accurate in assessing how empty the town was. If it wasn’t for his journalistic bone, we would have never put together the pieces that the town was so bare because all the men were rallied and working in a prison/ Fizzle rock manufacturing company owned by none other than Mr. Lodge. In fact, Fizzle Rock, which as you may recall, made an appearance when the parents first played Gryphons and Gargoyles back in high school, was brought to the party by Hiram.

All signs point to him having a hand at making people addicted to the game.

We previously assumed that the game only existed within the town of Riverdale, but given the Gargoyle King symbols spraypainted on the buildings and the kids playing in town, it seems Hiram has bigger plans in store. Why does he want everyone addicted to the game?

Jughead said their next stop is his mother’s house in Ohio. We’ve been waiting a minute to meet his mother, played by Gina Gershon, and his little mini-me, JellyBean. Will they know how to defeat Hiram, or at the very least, keep Archie safe?

 

Veronica

Veronica finally did something she should have done a long time ago — she moved out. Granted, living in your bar probably isn’t the best idea, but it will do for now as she tries to figure out her next steps. Unfortunately, being cut-off from daddy’s money has its repercussions and seeing as La Bonne Nuit only caters to teens, she isn’t racking in a whole lot of dough.

With a push from Reggie, she reaches out to Elio about hosting a poker night. However, Ronnie should know better than to get into business deals with corrupt families just like hers. Hiram stops by Pops’ to convince Ronnie to come home to her “family” aka the people who don’t abandon her. Yes, he’s really trying to spin all of this as Archie left her behind out of his own free will. Hiram has no shame.

When poker night begins, Reggie realizes that “the house always wins” isn’t necessarily true since Elio is wiping out the tables. Ronnie steps in swinging big — one play, winner takes all. It’s risky, but the risk works out in her favor much to Elio’s surprise.

Eventually, Veronica reveals that her father got some intel about Elio coming to poker night with bad intentions because he believed she was “weak” without his protection. With his help, she hired a dealer who would help skew the game in her favor thus winning a whole chunk of side-cash and proving that the Lodge’s always come out on top.

However, this also proved that Veronica is her father’s daughter and the apple, though less rotten, doesn’t fall far from the tree. Despite how morally corrupt and twisted her father is, she will never be free of him or how he operates because that’s all she knows.

She’s bringing that gangster hustle to Pop’s already tainting a family-friendly place the moment the going gets tough.

Furthermore, she always tries to give her dad the benefit of the doubt even though the evidence always stacks up against him. She really tried to pretend that her father helping her win a poker game somehow made him less of an evil person, but alas, they found Minetta’s body in the river and it was decapitated. Still think Hiram isn’t “all that bad,” Ronnie? That’s basically what he wanted to do to Archie when he found him on the outskirts of town!

 

Betty

If you thought Veronica, Jughead and Archie’s stories were crazy, you clearly underestimated the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. Y’all, what is going on in there?

I don’t even know how to sum up the insanity that progressed as Betty delved further and further into the secrets hiding in the “home for troubled youths.”

Some notable things: they give all the youth “candy” instead of pills in the form of Fizzle Rocks so they basically want to induce your hallucinations, they allow the youth to play Gargoyles and Gryphons, the Gargoyle King apparently resides there, and Hiram Lodge is doing some shady business with Woodhouse and Claudius Blossom.

Yes, I said Blossom. Are they the ones responsible for bringing the game and the drugs to Riverdale and its neighboring towns? What is their ultimate game plan?

And is Hiram’s goal to plan an attack on all of Veronica’s friends and disarm them from going after him?

His initials are even listed on Betty’s chart to up her dosage of Fizzle Rocks!

Betty’s roommate is Ethel who needs to get help from an actual institution ASAP. She loves her one-on-ones with the Gargoyle King and believes that she and Jughead are meant to be together.

She’s also running on a Mean Girls high. Instead of being the loser like she was at Riverdale High, she’s now a Queen B and ready to stick it to Betty.

Everything about Ethel is a warning sign including her devotion to the SOQM and the GK, but she’s also Betty’s only hope at getting answers.

However, Ethel was brought in to make sure Betty stays in line because as well all know, she has a tendency of rebelling.

If she had just taken her time trying to gather intel and escape, she wouldn’t have made the careless mistake of assuming the underground tunnels would still be open after Cheryl Blossom’s escape.

Of course, they closed those down!

Whatever Betty saw after in the Gargoyle King’s lair after they stuffed her with Fizzle Rocks remains to be seen, but it scared her straight.

Now, no one will believe her when she tells them the truth about what is going on inside of the SOQM because she’s going to be so messed up.

I’m rooting for Betty to overcome this because they need her to stop Hiram Lodge once and for all. But man, it’s not looking too good.

Jughead has been concerned with the lack of response from Betty, but how about Veronica? Why hasn’t she caught onto the fact that her best friend has gone missing?

 

So there ya have it? What’s your takeaway? Who else is involved with Hiram’s G&G scheme? What’s the overarching plan? Why does Hiram have all this control over everyone? And what else don’t we know about him still?

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Riverdale – In Memoriam: A Prayer for Fred Andrews (4×01)

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“Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale.”

Cue the ugly crying.

How do you write a goodbye episode to a beloved character and an even better actor portraying that character?

Somehow, Riverdale felt up to the task as the premiere paid a beautiful tribute to the late Luke Perry.

Expectedly, it hit us right in the feels.

Perry, best known for portraying Archie’s father, Fred Andrews passed away suddenly in March after suffering a major stroke.

Riverdale purposefully didnt address Perry’s death last season; since it was so sudden, it didn’t fit the story they were in the midst of telling nor did it allow them to pay homage properly.

But the premiere dedicated a whole hour to honor Perry. The outcome was a heartfelt and beautifully constructed episode that honored Perry’s beautiful soul, Fred, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Characters die all the time on TV shows but it’s usually because they’re getting written off of shows.

It’s sad and moving, but it’s not permanent. This circumstance was different. It was an untimely death of an incredible person who inspired millions.

At the kickstart of Riverdale’s fourth season, Jughead gives fans an update on where things are now in the small town.

The mayhem has sad settled, the events of the farm have all but been forgotten, and G&G was the stuff of (sub)urban legends.

In fact, the town was gearing up for their first 4th of July celebration in the nearly 3 years that Jason Blossom was murdered.

But celebrations aren’t a thing that Riverdale does well.

The event that rocked Riverdale this time cut far deeper than any derange cult leader, murderous black hood, or addictive brainwashing game ever could.

It was the death of one of their own – their hero – a bright light amongst the darkness.

A man who loved Riverdale through the good and the bad and helped build the city from the ground up with his bare hands.

In a town filled with corruptness and evil, Fred Andrews was one of the good guys; he was the heart and soul of Riverdale.

He even died a hero in a hit and run accident while helping a woman change her tire in neighboring Cherry Creek.

Now, if you weren’t in tears almost immediately after Riverdale began, you were when Shannon Doherty (Perry’s on-screen love interest on 90210, the show that made him an 80s hearthrob) graced the screen.

As a Catholic but not overly religious person, this was the first time I’ve ever seen someone pray on television and do so in such a simple, unifying way.

And on Riverdale of all shows — they had demonic monsters as part of their last season.

Yet, death brings people from all walks of life and beliefs together. Religious preferences or lack-there-of didn’t matter at this moment. All that mattered was the collective grieving over a man who spanned generations and equally earned the title of “heartthrob” and “dad.”

Archie’s grief presented a rollercoaster of emotions from shock to disbelief to anger to the eventual breakdown that usually signifies acceptance of reality.

It was painful to watch Archie work through his grief, but it meant that KJ Apa was doing the role justice.

It probably helped that all the emotions he was portraying were real.

This episode hit home to all of them.

First Archie questioned whether it was really his dad who was killed and sent Veronica and Betty to double check.

Denial is a common emotion, but this is so very Riverdale of him.

Anything is possible in Riverdale, and Archie knows you always have to confirm a body.

When FP called and told Archie they caught the guy who did it, Archie was filled with rage and went to the house to get some revenge.

But that didn’t make him feel any better. In fact, he felt worse because he realized that it was a father protecting his son who pulled a classic Archie move and stole the car without having a license.

Archie remembered just how self-less his father’s love was and immediately felt like a bad son.

Eventually, Veronica convinced him that if anyone was half as good as Fred, it was him. He was his father’s son, after all.

So, Archie got it together and finished what he came to do.

As he drove Fred’s body home, he was led by a police escort from FP.

And much to his surprise, as he drove his dad through his hometown one last time, he was greeted by a unified town all gathered to pay their respects.

It was a moving scene and probably the 15th time I cried within the 45-minute span.

The parade, initiated by Cheryl, took place instead of the 4th of July celebration proving that Riverdale is a town that needs to show that they can continue to rise up from tragedies that seem to always fall on a long weekend.

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It also proved that despite her bitchiness and possible unstableness, Cheryl understood loss more than anyone else in town and never wanted the Andrews family to feel the pain and loneliness she felt.

As heartbreaking as that is, I find solace in her acknowledgment that Jay Jay is actually dead. One could get the wrong idea from that quick snippet of Cheryl reading the paper to Jason’s mummified corpse.

The show barely touched upon any last season leftovers, but it does need to be explored in the coming episodes. Maybe this is how we’ll get roped back into The Farm?

Fourth of July will now be a day of remembrance in Riverdale — to remember Jason Blossom and to remember Fred Andrews.

In some way, Fred reignited hope in a town that wanted to honor him and live up to his expectations.

Even villains and enemies like Hiram Lodge put aside their differences as he paid for Fred’s funeral in full.

This moment and Betty’s scene where she visited her disgraced father (his tombstone was covered in graffiti calling him a murderer) only highlighted Fred’s inherent goodness.

After the funeral, everyone came together to watch a beautiful fireworks display that Fred would’ve undoubtedly loved.

Riverdale makes it clear that it’s always necessary to find the light amongst the darkness.

At its core, that’s what Riverdale is —  under all the mystery and darkness its just a show about a small town of heroes and friends navigating this thing called life together.

They may have lost their bright light, but he will live on in the town’s buildings, their hearts and most importantly, our memories.

RIP Fred Andrews. RIP Luke Perry.

Riverdale will never be the same, and that’s thanks to you.

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Fall TV Preview: Riverdale Season 4 Trailer Reveals Jughead is Missing

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The Riverdale Season 4 Trailer is Here & Jughead is Missing

The Riverdale trailer for season 4 is equal parts sexy and mysterious (what the hell happened to Jughead?!)

The series creators promised the season would be more high-school oriented giving it a “season 1” vibe following a dark, twisted, and oftentimes, ridiculous (we still loved it) G&G/ The Farm storyline on season 3.

And while they’re making good on that promise — we see Cheryl and the like prancing around the halls of Riverdale High — the show still capitalizes on the darker undertones and secrets.

This is a town that thrives on murder, and that’s never going to change.

The teens grapple with a pretty daunting realization — they’re going to have to part ways after senior year.

“Isn’t it crazy? In just nine-months, life as we know it will be over,” Veronica (Camila Mendes) muses without realizing the statement is more ominous than she intended.

The trailer reveals that one favorite may not make it through their senior year alive as the whole town embarks on a search mission through the volatile woods of Riverdale.

Who are they looking for? Our very own Jughead Jones.

Fans expected a rocky season for Jug following the cliffhanger of season 3, which saw him missing as Betty, Veronica and Archie cleaned up the blood from their clothes, but this has us officially worried.

Later in the trailer, we hear Jughead’s screams as he begs for “help” and tries to break out of what sounds like a car trunk.

What happened to Jughead? And is his disappearance linked to whatever happened in the final episode?

Other major moments in the trailer include Betty getting clobbered over the head from behind by an unknown figure (she’s after the Farm so it could be Evelyn Evernever), crime scene photos that make Betty gasp “oh my god,” a scantily dressed Veronica performing some pussycat dolls-esque routine on stage as she assures that she’s “no stranger to scandal,” and a bunch of smokin’ sex scenes with our three favorite ships: Choni, Bughead, and Varchie.

Yep, sounds like senior year!

Not spotted in the video: Alice Cooper, who we found out is infiltrating The Farm, anyone from The Farm (Chad Michael Murray, where ya at?), Kevin, also with the damn Farm, and Betty’s real brother, Chic, who was introduced in the finale as an FBI agent working with Alice to take down The Farm.

Riverdale premies October 9th on The CW!

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Riverdale – The Dark Secret of Harvest House (3×21)

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I’m going to start this review by echoing the sentiments of my friend who texted me “how the hell did we get here” while watching the penultimate episode of Riverdale.

These writers, they’re good.

They figured out how to hook us just enough to keep us around all season and then, right before the finale, they dropped bomb after bomb on us.

All the weird things that have been happening leading up to this episode have finally started making sense.

There’s still a few mysteries we need to solve, but for the most part, we got all the answers we’ve been searching for all season.

Who is the Gargoyle King?

After a deep dive that led Jughead to Ricky, the Lost Boys, and finally, Ethel Muggs, he finally got the name of the masked creature wreaking havoc on Riverdale: Jason Blossom.

Come again?

The same Jason Blossom who died in season one?

Yes, the very same.

Jughead even dug up homeboy’s grave to make sure this wasn’t some cruel joke and sure enough, the casket was empty.

How many times do I have to remind myself — if you don’t see a body, don’t believe they’re really dead.

It’s unclear how Jason Blossom managed to stay alive — we all saw that video — and how he managed to lurk around Riverdale undetected.

Was he always wearing his GK garb?

It also begs the question: is Jason working directly with The Farm?

After all, Cheryl Blossom swore she was hanging out with her brother again.

Which brings us to The Farm and what they’re really up to.

This one blew my mind slightly more than the Jason Blossom reveal.

Nancy Drew, er, Betty Cooper, discovered that The Farm is harvesting organs! Human organs.

No wonder they’re such a lucrative business.

It all started when she gave herself over to The Farm because she needed protection from the Gargoyle King and the Black Hood aka her dad.

Edgar Evernever opened her with open arms, and I became highly suspicious.

Then, Alice and Polly teamed up to tell Betty that she was a carrier of something called a “serial killer” gene, which sounded made up to me.

Can someone really be tested to see if they’re a potential serial killer? Highly doubt it.

But it was Edgar’s way of getting Betty into one of his hypnosis sessions where she came face-to-face with “Dark Betty.”

Now, for a moment, I truly thought Betty was about to have a split personality meltdown, but thankfully, she outsmarted Edgar by popping some candle wax in her ears so that she wouldn’t “go under” during their next session.

And instead of confronting her inner darkness, she came face-to-face with Polly who was dressed like her and trying to convince her of all these falsities.

Not only is Polly a Farmie, but she’s also willingly messing with her sister!

Betty could have outsmarted Edgar and The Farmies if she wasn’t so vocal about her suspicions.

She thought she was invincible, but when you’re on the inside, you probably should lay low.

Instead, she was walking around telling everyone her theories about hypnosis and figuring out way too much about Evelyn and her dialysis.

It’s almost like she was asking to get caught.

Eventually, she realized that the “procedures” to get rid of internal pain that Edgar manifested into physical pain was basically a surgery to steal kidneys and other high-priced organs.

Kevin and Fangs already “donated” theirs and Toni was scheduled next.

Thankfully, Betty made it in time to warn Cheryl who was finally convinced that Betty was onto something.

Unfortunately, it was too late.

Betty was pinned down by Kevin and Fangs who were upset that she was being a “detractor.”

Cheryl and Toni narrowly escaped with Cheryl allowing Toni to make a break for it while she distracted the guards.

Both Betty and Cheryl were taken and based on Betty’s interaction with Edgar, they’re about to lose a kidney!

The good thing is that Jughead, FP and Toni are bound to return to save them all.

Edgar might ensure that Betty doesn’t “know” anything, but Toni most definitely will. And she’s going to know that Betty told the truth.

And don’t even get me started on how he’s going to silence Betty. It’s looking like electroshock therapy to me!

Then, we have Archie and Veronica who tag-teamed to take down Hiram Lodge who was planning to purchase the town of Riverdale and run it as he saw fit.

Archie challenged Hiram to a boxing match in order to distract him while Ronnie convinced Hiram to do illegal bidding on the fight at Le Bonne Nuit.

Since Archie’s mom set them up with an FBI agent, she crashed the whole thing and arrested Mr. Lodge.

“I won,” Veronica told Hiram as she licked off the taste of satisfaction from her lips.

Ronnie and Archie may believe that, but we all know better. Hiram is capable of anything. If the Black Hood can escape from prison, those bars won’t hold Hiram down for long.

And those two just made an even bigger enemy out of Hiram.

I also couldn’t help but laugh when Archie confirmed that “yeah, Ronnie. Your dad sucks.”

Sadly, despite being a dynamic duo once again, Ronnie chose to rekindle her romance with Reggie.

Obviously, this crushed Archie, but something tells me their relationship isn’t over yet.

Veronica didn’t seem too convinced with her decision given Reggie only won her over by beating Archie to the punch.

Reggie may have helped her with the club but Archie took some nasty blows from her dad, again.

Not to mention Hiram was planning on killing Archie in the ring for some clout.

Doesn’t anyone think Hiram should just grow up?

And, of course, we still haven’t dealt with the Black Hood. Why is Hal so hellbent on killing Betty?

Is he working with the Gargoyle King?

Other Riverdale Musings

  • Hiram really kept a straight face when he talked about how worried he was that Riverdale was being overrun by drugs. He’s only mad cause he’s not the one selling them and turning a profit.
  • Why hasn’t the series addressed Luke Perry’s death? Is Fred Andrews just going to be out of town forever?
  • Veronica singing Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons” hit the spot and elevated the scene beautifully.

How insane was tonight’s episode of Riverdale? What do you think is going to happen on the season finale?

Is Jason really alive?

Sound off in the comments!

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