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Riverdale – The Wicked and the Divine (2×12)

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Season one introduced us to the syrupy sex-infused strange small town. So many S’s.

The only way you could describe it was “Riverdale.” It had this essence about it; this quirkiness found in ghastly horror comedies.

And that’s why we loved it. But there comes a point when something becomes “too much.” Season 2 is the perfect example of Riverdale crossing the line into weirdly, funky, unenticing Riverdale.

These teens aren’t simply attending school and attending cheer/football practice. They’re juggling way too much for any 16-year-old. Betty is webcaming before school, Veronica is dipping her hands into the dirty family business, Archie is assisting an FBI agent, Jughead is trying to sink his fangs further into the Serpents, Kevin is probably still frequenting the woods and Cheryl is missing in action. Like I said, a lot is happening.

And I didn’t even touch the adults, who are by far worse than the teenagers.

Let’s see, Hiram Lodge is literally caring more about what Archie thinks of him than about anything else. No one knows what Fred’s really up to these days, but it seems business is churning. As for Betty’s parents, well, Hal gave Alice an ultimatum and she chose Chic so he packed up his bags and went to some generic version of AirBnb. Poor Hal. At least now he has a place to hide out with Penelope Blossom. Still gross.

Bizzare occurrences are the norm in this town, however, nothing was weirder than Veronica denouncing Satan without actually shunning Hiram Lodge and partnering up with Josie to sing Bittersweet Symphony at her confirmation. It does NOT get more Riverdale than that.

Well, unless you take into consideration Veronica’s weird confession, where she tried to confess all her sins. And really, she didn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg here.

The event was an excuse to gather the Lodge’s closest family + all of Hiram’s mafia boys under one roof. Obviously, mayhem was inevitable and that FBI agent, who is slowly convincing me that he’s a real person, couldn’t be more thrilled. Especially when he found out that Archie scored an exclusive invite to Hiram’s poker game at Pop’s. Is there really no other lowkey place to do pull off illegal shenanigans than the place were innocent souls come for a milkshake and some murder?

Hiram wanted someone he could “trust” to help out with the poker game, which to me was a red-flag that Hiram doesn’t trust Archie at all. And Archie wants the scoop so he obliged.

This time around, Archie wasn’t a complete fail in snooping. While unclogging toilets — that’s the kind of tutelage Hiram’s shepherding provides — he overheard some mobsters talk about how Hiram’s gone soft “post prison” in this town. Their plan is to take him out after Veronica’s confirmation.

Obviously, as Veronica was flaunting her innocence in church, Archie couldn’t help but focus on the mobsters, who were conspiring THE WHOLE TIME. Don’t they know it’s rude to talk during a service?

While Archie’s been rubbing elbows with Hiram and the likes, Veronica has been stressing out about corrupting Archie, who is her beacon in the night. Too late girl, he’s already in too deep. She initially objects to Archie attending to the poker game, but Archie assures her he’ll simply be serving water. Sweet little naive Archie-kins.

During the reception, Veronica orders Hiram not to bring Archie into family business…. ever. He agrees to honor his daughter’s wishes but soon, she seems them slipping into the elevator and into his study.

Archie’s alliances seemingly shifted when he overheard that Hiram’s guys were turning on him so he let him know before it was too late. This is further proof that Archie hasn’t been getting close to Hiram simply because the FBI agent ordered it but because he really wants to impress his girlfriend’s dad.

I don’t really know what Archie thought would happen after he told Hiram the truth. Obviously, he would send his goons to take out the problem, right? I think Archie realized the severity of the whole situation at that point and decided to lie to the FBI agent. If Hiram found out that he’s been working to take him down, he would be next in line for a beheading. Not even the FBI could protect him… especially not this ghostly excuse for an agent!

Archie isn’t the only one to see Hiram Lodge for who he really is. Jughead also sees the light while trying to get to the bottom of who really cut off General Pickens’ head.

The Serpents really have no respect in this town; I’m surprised they still stick around.

First, their school gets shut down to silently make room for Hiram’s SoDale project. Then, they’re ordered to vacate their trailer park because of outstanding rent and what not. It’s illegal Betty tells us and Juggy agrees, but there’s not much they can do considering Mayor McCoy has been compromised by the Lodge’s. Basically, Hiram is running this town.

The Serpent’s blame Jughead for all of their bad fortune because his expose, which got him and Betty suspended from the paper, riled everyone up. Penny returned with a vengeance but before she could offer her legal services, she needed an eye-for-an-eye. Basically, to have Jughead booted for breaking Serpent Law and the removal of his tattoo, with a dirty blade.

All of this even led FP to declare that “Jughead would be the end of them,” which is fair, honestly. Jughead has been pretty hypocritical this season. When living with Archie, he was anti-Southside, but all of a sudden, he thinks he can rule the Serpents. Still, he knows that the town turning their backs on them isn’t because of anything he’s written; it’s been a long time coming.

Betty suggests they find the source of the problem and cut off the snake’s head. Someone graciously replies to their poster and they find the head in a dump. The owner even confirms that the person who brought it in was Tall Boy, the one causing this mess in the first place.

FP, Jughead and Betty confront Tallboy in front of everyone and he admits that he beheaded the statue to get rid of Jughead and FP and claim ownership of the gang with Penny. The tables turn and everyone casts their vote to eliminate Tallboy. I was convinced Tallboy was the Black Hood, but his sloppy work proves that it definitely isn’t him.

Betty feels so liberated and decides to go all the way with Jughead finally. It bothers me that she expects him to be honest and he is, admitting that he’d “done stuff” with Toni since they broke up, but she lies straight to his face about the kiss with Archie and the Dark Betty coming out to play.

Her bliss is shortlived because when she arrives home, she finds Northsider Alice Cooper trying to remove a dead body. Y’all, the Coopers are out of control. Here’s what we know: Alice and Chic were spending some “family time” together when some random dude came to the door and asked for Chic. The next thing we know, he’s bleeding out on the kitchen floor and momma bear is cleaning up the mess. I’m pretty sure, this is the stuff the Black Hood wanted to eliminate.

Betty and her family just went full “dark” mode. And Alice definitely has to have Serpent blood in her to be so calm after committing a murder.

So yeah, lot’s going on including two murders! Why did Alice kill rando dude? Will Jughead and Archie quarrel about Hiram Lodge? Why did Betty lie about kissing Archie? Are there still feelings there? Why was it a thing only to not be a thing? Will Veronica and Archie continue seeing each other? Will the FBI agent ever prove that he’s legit?!

And where the hell was Cheryl? So much was going on in this town, you would think she’d have some bitchy one-liners to throw our way!


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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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