Oh, have I missed Chad Michael Murray’s sweet face on my TV screen.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the real shocker from tonight’s episode: The Farm brings back dead people.
After sending Cheryl undercover, which sadly backfired, Betty found out what The Farm’s hook is on all these impressionable and lost souls in Riverdale.
Cheryl went in with an agenda but came out completely enveloped with The Farm’s teachings much like Alice, Polly, and Kevin.
She told Betty that The Farm gave her back her brother, Jason. Betty, just as confused as we were, questioned this statement.
Did Cheryl hear Jason? See a picture of him? Nope. According to Cheryl she was reunited with her brother.
For a moment there, I truly believed that maybe The Farm had faked Jason’s death this whole time, but when Alice Cooper admitted to seeing her dead son Chic, it became evident that The Farm is manipulating their member’s thoughts and showing them what they want to see.
Are they being slipped some hallucinogenic drug to make them see their dead loved ones? Is it the Fizzle Rocks like the Sisters of Quiet Mercy used to have?
There’s a slight possibility that somehow, someway both Jason and Chic are alive and that they aren’t lying about everything. How crazy would it be for Betty to realize she’s been wrong this whole time?
Maybe the reason no one is seeing just how creepy The Farm is is because they aren’t and it’s all just in Betty’s head?
I can’ t wait to find out more about how they are accomplishing this, but it explains why they need to know everyone’s deepest and darkest secrets before accepting them into the Cult.
I have to point out that Betty and The Farm may not be all that different. Betty said The Farm preys on “emotionally vulnerable” people, but that’s exactly what she did with Cheryl. And to further parallel the Farm, she also got Cheryl on board by dangling Jason in front of her.
Is it a coincidence that Betty’s tactics are much like The Farm’s? Maybe that’s why she’s able to see through all their bullshit?
Cheryl’s dabbling with The Farm got us closer to the elusive Edgar Evernever, played by WB/CW heartthrob and the aforementioned Chad Michael Murray.
Edgar isn’t what I imagined him to be, but you have to admit there’s a charm about him that explains why all the ladies and gay guys are falling for The Farm’s agenda.
In what may be the most self-aware moment, Cheryl counts Edgar amongst the “Hot Dads of Riverdale.”
How old does it make you feel that CMM is considered a ‘dad’ of a high school student on a teenage show? Same.
Upon finding out that Farm members can see dead people, Betty asks her mother to set up a meeting between her and Edgar.
I half hoped she would have asked to meet her brother just to see what Alice and Cheryl were really referring to, but poking the belly of the beast seems just fine for now.
In her first sit down with Edgar, he asks Betty what she wants to know and she responds with, “everything.”
Betty is one brave soul. She’s basically infiltrating a dangerous cult, one that has managed to get a hold of those she holds dearest, all by herself.
No one came with Betty to make sure Edgar didn’t try anything funny.
No one was there when Betty utilized hilariously outdated technology to tap into Cheryl’s conversation with Edgar.
She’s on her own here, which worries me because taking down a huge organization with a lot of reach isn’t going to be easy.
While we’re finally getting all the answers to our pressing Farm questions, there are a few other subplots happening in the background.
Jughead vowed to take down his mother’s drug operation and he’s not going to let anything stand in his way, including his father.
His relationship with his mother is strained because he tried to cross her, and he’s in a conflict with FP after he deemed the Serpent’s unprepared to hit the ground running in his operation.
Can we focus on this for just one second? The Serpents being police deputies is ridiculous and may be the most unrealistic thing to happen in Riverdale thus far. And I promise you, things have gotten weird.
Honestly, is FP even properly trained to be a Sheriff? Why doesn’t Sheriff Keller take over his job again?
Jughead isn’t one to follow rules so instead of taking a step back and letting his pops figure it out he rallies the Serpent’s to sniff out the spots from which the Gargoyle’s are dealing.
They’re able to clean up every corner except for the last one which botches FP’s plan to finding Kurtz, the drug cook.
FP is pissed that Jughead ignored him and orders him and the Serpent’s to stay away from all things related to drugs.
Why doesn’t Jughead just come clean to his father? He’s not doing him any favors by withholding who the drug dealer is and there isn’t much of a relationship to salvage with Gladys. Just pull the bandaid off, boy.
For a while now, Jughead has been leading the Serpent’s but the appeal of a badass gang that they had has been lost.
But when Archie’s friend Mad Dog figures out the drug lab is in his grandmother and baby brother’s building, the Serpents team with the freshly acquitted L&L prisoners to take down the Gargoyle’s.
Unfortunately, despite their massive team, the Gargoyle’s outnumbered them and came in guns a blazing.
Juggy may have gotten his hands on Kurtz, but he lost him after he “ascended” out the window using Jug as his landing pad.
After seeing just how messed up the Gargoyle’s are now, I have to ask why Gladys is still using them for her drug operation.
Gryphons and Gargoyle’s is still a popular game though now it represents the battle between the two gangs.
After their raid, the Serpents receive a Quest Card with Baby Teeth’s tooth inside. And sure enough, FP finds Baby Teeth as deep in the forest as a sacrifice to the Gargoyle King.
My biggest takeaway from all of this is that there are other cops and possibly agents in Riverdale aside from FP Jones. That’s comforting.
I’m ready to put this G&G/ Fizzle Rocks story to bed, Riverdale.
Archie gets a collect call from Mad Dog who is worried that they are all going to be transferred to Hiram Lodge’s new prison where they’ll be forced to fight again.
How is it that Hiram didn’t learn his lesson the first time?
Archie is always ready to stick up for his friends so he briefly reunites with Veronica to bribe Governor Dooley into signing their pardon or else they’ll take the story to the press.
At this point, I was just shocked they knew of towns outside of Riverdale that they could contact. It doesn’t seem like Alice Cooper and The Register would be willing to write the expose!
Archie brought all the guys who had nowhere to go to his gym, gifted to him by Hiram Lodge, and shooed away Elio who was looking for prospective fighters.
Sadly, Mad Dog fell into Elio’s trap and sold his soul for a nice home in the Northside for his family. Let’s see what he’ll be required to do to pay up.
After proving that exes can still work together, Veronica pulled all the strings to get her mother and father back together. She even went as far as sending her mother dead fish so Hiram would stay with his wife and protect her from the mafia.
Hiram didn’t give into Ronnie’s demands, but he did annul the marriage instead of going for a divorce which makes it less public and ensures Hermione will remain under his protection.
In another self-aware moment, Veronica finally admitted that her father tried to kill Archie and was the reason for their breakup.
Her outlook on ‘family’ would be sweet if her family cared about each other at all, but instead, she just looks like an idiot telling Hiram she mistakenly chose him and the family over Archie.
Hiram’s response when she called him out for attempted murder on the man she loved was “it’s water under the bridge.”
Seriously, who even says that?
Veronica has a lot of emotional baggage she needs to work out. For starters, she needs to stop romanticizing her toxic family environment and get her head on straight.
She’s holding onto beliefs she held in high regard when she was a child, but she’s no longer a child and she should see that some people just aren’t good for each other.
Reggie did the right thing by giving her space. I’d say she never even got over Archie she just accepted their Romeo and Juliet situation for what it was.
Overall, there are a lot of moving pieces in Riverdale and it’s difficult to dissect all the things the writers are throwing at us.
Heck, I’m struggling to figure out what’s real and what’s fake at this point.
The entertainment factor is there, but I’ll be damned if I know what Riverdale is doing or what their game plan is.
So, instead, I’ll go back to fawning over Chad Michael Murray.
‘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.
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
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.
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.”
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.
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