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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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‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home

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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. 

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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.”

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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. 

Despite all the fan-love, the series was not a rating’s hit garnering a 0.2 rating in the demo with delayed viewing accounted for, per Nielsen. 
 
However, Deadline reports that the studio behind the series, Warner Bros. Television, plans to shop it around to potentially find the series a new home. There’s word that if the series does snag a second season, it will likely be on HBO Max as the streaming platform recently began airing the first season. 
 
We’re bummed about the news here at CraveYouTV as we truly thought Katy Keene was a fun, refreshing sidekick to Riverdale, but for now, we’re hopeful and optimistic that all is not lost. Be sure to check back as we’ll continue to keep you posted! 


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Skeet Ulrich Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘Riverdale’ – 5 Ways The Series Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit

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How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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.”

“I’m leaving Riverdale because I got bored creatively,” Ulrich said. “How’s that? The most honest answer.” Brutal. Honest. It’s what we’ve come to expect from FP.

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.

“Season five of Riverdale will begin with our characters’ final days as students at Riverdale High. From an epic Senior Prom to a bittersweet Graduation, there are a lot of emotional moments and goodbyes yet to come—with some couples breaking up, as everyone goes their separate ways to college—or elsewhere,” The CW said in a release. “Then, we will redock with our gang as young adults, all returning to Riverdale to escape their troubled pasts. And life—and romance—will only be more complicated now that they’re in their twenties…”
 
How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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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.

How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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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.

5. Death

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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Riverdale Season Finale – Killing Mr. Honey (4×19)

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The rise and fall of Mr. Honey played out during the early season 4 finale of Riverdale.

Riverdale Season 4 Episode 19 was not supposed to be the finale, but alas, the coronavirus pandemic had different plans for all of us. 

Still, it was a fitting way to end leaving us on a head-scratching cliffhanger that brings the mystery of the videotapes to the forefront. 

The VHS tapes have been sprinkled in throughout much of the season but larger mysteries like the shenanigans at Stonewall Prep took precedence. 

The episode blurred the line between fact and fiction delivering two very different realities that slightly paralleled each other and offered up some beneath-the-surface commentary about the murderous and twisted town of Riverdale. 

Jughead, who was given a shot at attention the University of Iowa, had to submit yet another story and felt inspired by the group’s collective hatred for Mr. Honey, the principal who set out to ruin their senior year by cancelling the yearbook (gasp!) and senior prom (the horror!). 

I had to dig deep and put myself in the mindset of a senior to fully grasp the motivation here. Admittedly, senior prom is a big deal, but the yearbook, well, a year from now, none of them will even know they chucked the thing.

Prom, on the other hand, was the student body’s treat for enduring a twisted year ranging from psychopaths to murderers, so they weren’t going down without a fight; they deserved this. 

Mr Honey made a lot of enemies during his short-tenure and initially, it seemed almost justified since he’s never given the characters or the audience a reason to root for him. In fact, many of us were convinced he was the season’s villain and the man behind the tapes. 

Alas, Riverdale had other, bigger plans for him. 

Both storylines started off with an epic senior prank only in Jughead’s fictitious story, the prank was darker and involved kidnapping Honey dressed as Stonewall Preppies.

In reality, Honey retaliated to the sticky prank by cancelling prom completely, which is where the seniors brought in reinforcements: the hot moms and dads of Riverdale. The dads, aside from Hiram, were simply there for muscle. But the moms… oh, they meant business. 

They threatened to sue, they threatened to gather the PTA, it was nuts. 

Riverdale Killing Mr. Honey review Season Finale 4x19

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And they got their way until Honey made a copycat video pretending to be the Voyeur to get prom cancelled once again under the guise that it was too dangerous. 

In Jughead’s short story, Mr. Honey was kidnapped and got a good beating from Reggie. Veronica and Archie found him passed out and the group covered up his “accidental” murder by pretending to never speak of this moment again. Sound familiar? Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and Archie have been down this road once before, so Jughead was definitely pulling from his own reality. 

In the story, Reggie’s guilty conscience got the best of him so they killed him too. Ruthless. 

In reality, once the group succeeded in firing Honey in reality and Jughead read the letter of recommendation that the principal wrote on his behalf did he realize that he needed to change the narrative of his story. 

Miss Bell informed them that Honey has been the best principal Riverdale High has ever seen (sure, I guess), and was only trying to protect them. 

At this point, Jughead realized he’s been reveling in the twisted narrative of the town and using it as an excuse. Mr. Honey may not have made a good impression on any of us, but he was right that the murder, mayhem, and manipulation was not normal and needed to be eliminated. 

However, it’s hard to accept that Mr. Honey was truly trying to steer the students towards a new and promising reality since there was never any explanation as to why Honey wanted to cancel prom. He explained he was trying to protect the students and prepare them for the real world, but what did prom have to do with that? Did he know who was behind the tapes?

It didn’t explain why Honey cancelled prom at every other school he worked at or why he was a frequent visitor of the Blue Velvet where all the Voyeur’s tapes were found prior to it getting shut down.

It almost felt like the writers needed to redeem him so they did it without offering up expanations to any of our other questions and we were just supposed to go along with it. 

And let’s say that we did just go along with it, the final moments in the episode were equal parts twisted and confusing.

Whoever is sending the tapes knows about the cabin where Veronica’s mom had an affair. They could’ve picked any place for Betty and Jughead to go, so what’s the significance of that cabin other than its the place Sheriff Minetta was murdered?

The Voyeur also seems to be interested in reminding Riverdale of all its sins while also trying to frame Betty, Jughead, Archie, Veronica, Cheryl, and Reggie for murder as the cliffhanger featured six masked people dressed as them killing “Principal Honey” by stabbing him. 

This, again, paralleled Jughead’s story prior to his re-writing. 

It seems they’ve walked right into the Voyeur’s trap. 

Early on in the episode, Jughead gave away the point of the videotapes as being the rehearsal before the actual murder. 

Everything we were seeing was “the rehearsal” leading up to that final moment where Jughead and Betty were visibly shaken and disturbed by the videotape. 

It’s weird to say that I was glad to see them express such disturbance, but for a moment there, it seemed as though Betty and Jughead were normalizing murder as a way of life because they’ve been exposed to it for so long. The town turned them into monsters and they were okay with it. Thankfully, they diverged from that path rather quickly and their reactions to the tape of a man, a good man, possibly dying, prove it. 

Now, the fact that Honey accepted a job at Stonewall Prep in the first place after everything that happened during Jughead’s time there makes me think he’s not as “good” of a principal as they let on. 

It’s also unclear whether or not Mr. Honey was the man “murdered” in that final scene or if it was just a re-enactment as if the tapes were serving as a “I Know What You Did Last Summer” reminder. 

And then, there’s the question of who is actually behind them.

Jughead focused on writing his story for much of the episode, and aside from his core group of friends, the only other person who knew about it was Charles. 

In my review of Riverdale Season 4 Episode 18, I argued that their half-brother is behind the videotapes because he has time, access, and control of the situation. He’s been privy to every “private” situation, and could have gotten the other tapes when the FBI raided the Blue Velvet.

Think about it — what if Charles, Chic, Ethel, Evelyn, Donna, and Brett are all working together and the ones behind that final video to mess with #Bughead. 

However, with Jughead leaving pages of his short story around the school randomly, it’s possibly its someone else entirely.

The mystery and all the relationship drama (that was completely absent from the episode) would have likely been wrapped up in the final episodes of season 4, but with the current situation, everything is being pushed to season 5.

So, no worries, Riverdale fans, we’ll get our answers soon, we just have to wait a bit longer than expected. 

Other Sticky as Maple Syrup Moments

  • The classic prank of sticking Honey to a chair and phone was an oldie but a goodie. I thought maybe it would foreshadow that he got his hand stuck in the honey jar (aka — he’s the culprit behind the tapes), and I still think that would’ve been cute. 
  • It was fun to see the cast all together in the scenes including Cheryl and Reggie. It adds a new dynamic because their personalities are so distinct. 
  • RIP Midge Klump.
  • As of this episode, Cheryl is going to Highsmith College, Veronica is going to Barnard in New York, Betty is going to Yale in Connecticut, Archie is off to the Naval Academy, Jughead tentatively heading to University of Iowa, and Reggie is hopefully going to attend Riverdale Community College. 
  • I couldn’t help but laugh that they all have experience moving a dead body except for Reggie. Welcome to the team.


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