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Riverdale – The Master (3×17)

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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.

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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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