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Riverdale – The Watcher in the Woods (2×03)

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Without much faith in the cops, Archie has assembled his own watchdog group who call themselves the Red Circle. If you were waiting for hero the Archie, here he is.

Most of the episode takes place in Fox Forest because everyone thinks hanging out in a dark forest while there’s a killer on the loose is a good idea. Newsflash, it isn’t so stop doing it.

Let’s talk about the biggest moments from last night’s episode!

  1. The Red Circle – Archie thankfully decided against using a gun on an intruder and formed a non-violent group to assist the cops in keeping Riverdale safe from Black Hood instead. But during their first-night watch, he realized that they need a new tactic if they were actually going to save anyone. Hiram Lodge gives him a piece of advice over a glass of rum (wait, how old is Archie even?) Black Hood’s biggest weapon isn’t his gun, it’s the fear he instills in people. Archie takes the advice to heart and sends the killer a message: Red Circle is watching and they will protect Riverdale at all costs.
  2. Black Hood’s motive – Black Hood has attacked 3 people so far and at first, it was hard to see a connection between them until he sent Mrs. Cooper a letter explaining his motives. Fred was an adulterer, Grundy was a child predator and Midge and Moose were druggies. Basically, BH thinks that Riverdale needs to get rid of all the corrupt and bad people. But who is he to judge what defines a corrupt or bad person? And also, this town is going to be quite empty if he gets his wish; basically everyone there has done something shady. And if he really wants to be effective, he needs to work on his aim as Juggy pointed out. Obviously, this dude is a novice because he’s only successfully killed Grundy and that’s because he physically chocked her. Or did he want to keep them alive? It’s not like I believe Moose or Midge should have died either but it your a realist, there is absolutely no way that either of them would have survived from that many shots and that close proximity. Let alone have Moose be coherent and flirting it up with Kevin the next day. 
  3. Why the Cooper’s? – The most logical explanation is because Betty’s mother runs the town newspaper and she’d be able to get his letter out in the most effective way, even though the Mayor and Sheriff Keller warned against it as to not incite feat. But there has to be another reason right? I’m guessing it’s because Black Hood is Betty and Polly’s father. It’s not confirmed but this is the first time we’ve seen Hal and he has the same piercing green eyes as the killer! But what would his motive be?
  4. Polly Said Peace Out – It took Polly about 3.5 seconds to get the hell out of Riverdale. I mean, she was not wasting any time. If Black Hood is going after the “bad people” then she’s at the top of the list; single and pregnant with her cousin’s babies. Well, if you put it like that I guess she has a point. But why would they let Polly leave by herself? What if the cab driver was the murderer? 
  5. Hiram Lodge – What’s going on with Veronica’s mom?Is it just me or is Veronica’s mom seriously scared of her husband? She’s trying to play the perfect wife role and acting cruel to Veronica, but deep down, she hates that he’s back. There is a lot that’s unsaid between these two but their body language says everything. Hermione wasn’t a saint in season 1 but she was present, did her best to take care of her daughter and even worked at Pop’s and with Fred to support them. Since then, her personality has changed vastly. has really changed. It seems like she’s forgotten all that they’ve been through in season 1 because Hiram, the provider, is back. She’s more like an evil stepmother, jealous of Veronica who can do no wrong in her father’s eyes. She ping-pongs between being protective and trying to warn her daughter not to get her hopes up to downright cruel. Why? It’s obvious that Hiram isn’t a good man and Veronica’s hunch about him was right. It’s also obvious that Hermione is scared of him and that he’s been abusive in the past. So why did she just welcome him with open arms? Why is she happy to be part of his inner dealings? The Lodge house is now worse than the Blosson household. Veronica is basically living in a prison and playing with fire by asking to be involved in the family business. I don’t trust Hiram for a minute; he was too eager to meet Archie and then way to eager to give him advice on how to handle this masked killer and finally too eager to see Archie put a target on his back by  taking his advice. Is he behind all of this?
  6. Give Cheryl Something to Do – Aside from eavesdropping! She’s devilish and sees it all, but since wrapping up Jason Blossom’s storyline, they haven’t really figured out how to utilize her. She’s too much of a bad girl to be left in the shadows!
  7. Looking Hot Kevin – Cheryl was right about one thing, Kevin is a smoke show. I mean, he’s buff as hell! Unfortunately, he’s wandering into the woods to find his next thrill. His reasoning makes sense – it’s not easy being a gay man in Riverdale. The love story Betty has with Jug is not something he can have in the open. But Betty also has a point: with a killer on the loose, it isn’t necessarily safe for him to be wandering around and meeting up with random men. Black Hood would probably see that as a “reason” to kill. Kevin was in the forest when he first heard the gunshots go off, similar to season one when Grundy and Archie were fooling around and heard Jason get shot. These kids really need to find new hook up spots.  Eventually, Kevin encounters so agitated and creepy dude (who might have been Black Hood) and runs home, clearly realizing Betty was right. Really, nothing good can come of being in the woods in the dark. When he finally gets home, he finds out Betty told his DAD about what he’s been doing, which is just lame. Betty, you have a dark side too and I’m sure you wouldn’t like it someone snitched on you to your mom. Kevin has every right to be mad at her. And me, I’m mad at the series for thinking that I would believe has a known culture of gay sex in the forest.
  8. Southside Juggy – Jughead’s new school is basically hell, even his teacher said so. Jughead was an outcast at Riverdale high and he’ll definitely be one here unless he joins the Serpents. Apparently, if you’re born into it, they don’t really appreciate someone turning down the offer. Nor do they appreciate someone working at the school newspaper and trying to expose the Ghoulies for dealing Jingle Jangle (seriously, best drug name ever)! I can’t figure out if The Ghoulies were the ones who beat Jug up after they discovered the story he was writing or if it was the Serpents, who are supposed to have his back but felt betrayed? I assumed it was the latter, which is why he later returned to sit with them, knowing he didn’t really have a choice. Toni Topaz seems to be his best ally at the school but of course, you know they are going to develop feelings working so closely on the magazine. It was painful to watch Betty ask her to “take care of him” knowing that this girl would willingly steal him from her. 

Thoughts on the episode? Is Archie feeding right into Hiram’s hand?


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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When Will ‘Riverdale’ Air Hedwig Musical Episode?



Riverdale Postpones Hedwig Musical Episode

Coronavirus is effecting the upcoming schedule on The CW.

And Riverdale fans might not be pleased because the musical episode has been postponed as the series goes on an indefinite hiatus.

The teen drama has been on a break since March 11 and was set to return with a musical episode focusing on Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 8.

Unfortunately, that’s not happening. The musical episode is being moved to April 15 instead!

A schedule update for the first week of April (April 6th) reveals that the network will air a re-rerun of its DC’s crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” instead of the episode “Wicked Little Town.”

No Worries, KJ Apa Will Star As Archie on ‘Riverdale’ For At Least 3 More Years

The 5-part crossover which brought together The CW’s biggest superheroes into one 5-hours episode in 2019 and the beginning of 2020 is filling a few voids in the schedule including Sunday’s time-block of Supergirl and Batwoman. It’s also stepping in to fill Thursday’s time slot, which usually went to Legacies. The series is set to air a premature season finale on March 26 after production shuttered due to the outbreak and they couldn’t finish filming the season.

Riverdale was forced to shutter production this season after a member of the crew tested positive for coronavirus. All shows followed suit shortly after.

Roswell, New Mexico, Nancy Drew, Charmed, and Dynasty will all air new episodes next week!

Check out the CW’s new revised schedule and keep your eyes peeled for updates as many networks will be making changes !

Sunday, April 5
8 pm Batwoman (rerun)
9 pm Supergirl (rerun)

Monday, April 6
8 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (new)
8:30 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)
9 pm Roswell, New Mexico (new)

Tuesday, April 7
8 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 1 (rerun)
9 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 2 (rerun)

Wednesday, April 8
8 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 3 (rerun)
9 pm Nancy Drew (new)

Thursday, April 9
8 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 4 (rerun)
9 pm “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Part 5 (rerun)

Friday, April 10
8 pm Charmed (new)
9 pm Dynasty (new)

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No Worries, KJ Apa Will Star As Archie on ‘Riverdale’ For At Least 3 More Years



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Riverdale has at least three more seasons in its tank.

How do we know? Because KJ Apa said so in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times while promoting his Christian film, I Still Believe. 

The actor, who plays our beloved Archie on The CW teen drama, revealed he signed a multi-year deal to star on the series.

While he didn’t get into the nitty-gritty of his contract, he explained that he’ll be on the series for at least the next three years.

And thus, that means we’ll get at least three more seasons.

The series was already renewed for a fifth season in January, but this new intel means we can rest-assured the series will likely continue on until season 7.

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And if you’re a fan of the show, set in the murder capital of the world, you know that so much can happen in the span of three years.

Following season 4, the teens including Apa’s Archie and his besties Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinahrt), and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) will graduate Riverdale High and go to college.

It’s unclear how the dynamic will change the series, but maybe it’ll give the show a more adult-vibe.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Skeet Ulrich (FP Jones) and Marisol Nicholas (Hermione Lodge) will be departing the series.

Currently, production on the remainder of the series has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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5 Ways ‘Riverdale’ Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit



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

When Riverdale announced Skeet Ulrich’s exit 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.

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.

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

Credit: Riverdale/ The CW

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

Riverdale — “Chapter Sixty-Four: The Ice Storm” — Image Number: RVD407b_0319.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones and Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW– © 2019 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.

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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