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Who Is Behind Riverdale’s Disturbing and Mysterious VHS Tapes?

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The Riverdale season 5 trailer reveals that we’ll finally be getting to the bottom of the VHS tape mystery… and more specifically, the voyeur behind the increasingly violent and disturbing tapes.

Aside from the prom, the tapes — many of which have featured hours of footage of the exterior of residents’ homes — seem to be the crux of the upcoming season as the writers wrap up all the storylines that were intended for season 4 before it was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

Season 5 was initially supposed to kick-off with a five-year time-jump, which fans are hoping will happen sooner rather than later.

Let’s take a look at some potential suspects who may be responsible for the tapes: 

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Charles (and Chic)

Charles has the time, access, and control of the situation. He’s been privy to every “private” situation since he’s so close to Jughead, Betty, and the inner-circle and eavesdrops on their conversations. He could have gotten the other tapes when the FBI raided the Blue Velvet, plus he’s able to distribute the videos as many keep popping up at his workplace. Charles has been helping the duo investigate the videos and yet, they aren’t any closer to figuring out the truth, which could be his play all along. Maybe he’s manipulating them as part of a larger agenda.

Fans have suspected him from day one since he hasn’t been truly honest about who he is and what his motivations are. And then there’s the fact that he has a secret relationship with Chic, the disturbed man who pretended to be him in previous seasons and also wants revenge on the Cooper/Jones fmailies. He’s a prime-suspect… and for good reason!

 

Bret

We know Bret was using outdated technology — ahem, VHS tapes — for blackmail purposes, but would they be that obvious? Maybe Bret and the Stonies are playing some long game because we know that they truly despised Jughead and Betty. 

They’d obviously want revenge for getting thrown in jail, but if Bret is behind bars, who is doing his dirty work? In the trailer, he also warns Jughead and Betty of what’s coming next, which paints him as a suspect. How else would he possibly know anything unless he’s responsible/in cahoots with someone that’s behind the tapes? There’s only so much he can do behind bars. 

 

Mr Honey

There’s always a chance that Mr. Honey is still alive. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time this show has faked a character death, possibly to further his plans. He took the job at Stonewall Prep (plagued with its own issues) rather quickly!

The Riverdale season 4 finale attempted to redeem him, but Mr. Honey was pegged at the season’s villain when he made it clear he had a vendetta against the students for no reason. And he always had a weird obsession with Riverdale and its residents and was even caught trying to make his own movie, which he explained as an attempt at protecting the students. The person behind the videos is re-enacting Riverdale’s darkest mysteries and moments as to punish and teach those involved a lesson, and who better than someone who has been getting to know the town on a personal level?

 

Evelyn Evernever

It’s wishful thinking to have run Evelyn out of town. She’s crazy enough to be able to pull off anything, as we’ve seen with her dealings with the Farm. She’s also never shied away from her desire to torture Betty and the rest of her friends even while behind bars! Maybe she’s still in cahoots with Donna? The enemy of my enemy is my friend after all. Evelyn has plenty of reasons to want revenge for the murder of her husband, Edgar. Or maybe Edgar is still alive? And they’re both pulling the strings to torture the town!

There were a lot of “Farmies” that were brainwashed, so she could even be getting help from anyone including the likes of Mr. Weatherbee or poor Kevin.

And let’s be honest, she’s never actually cared about the residents of Riverdale — she’s always enjoyed messing with them.

 

Hiram Lodge

I’ll be surprised when there’s a day that Hiram Lodge isn’t behind the creepy happenings in Riverdale. Whoever is making the videos knows personal details about specific incidents such as Jason and Clifford Blossom’s deaths. Hiram knows everything; he has people and eyes everywhere, and he’s not above an evil scheme if it works in his favor. Over the past seasons, he’s become less and less villainous (though, he’s tried), so maybe this is his way of redeeming himself in a final hurrah. 

Jelly Bean would have been a strong contender in this category. Her arrival was under false pretenses and coincided with the arrival of the tapes. She hasn’t had an easy upbringing, it was upended, and then her mother was sent away, so maybe she’s bored and lashing out. However, all of that seems to be discredited by the clip in the trailer which shows her getting a knife dragged across her face as she sleeps peacefully.

Other possibilities include Betty in a compelled trance, Jason Blossom from beyond the grave, or Polly, who was also easily pulled in by The Farmies. 

I’d like it best if all the “villains” — Charles, Chic, Ethel, Evelyn, Donna, and Bret — were all working together to mess with the rest of the town. 

 

Jellybean Jones

She’s kind of the mouse of Riverdale — she’s quiet, but that means she hears and sees everything that’s going on. Maybe she’s the one sending the tapes to mess with Jughead and Betty because she’s bored. Or maybe she’s not happy being a part of this new family without her mother so she’s lashing out? She’s living with Jughead and FP, two people who weren’t around most of her life, and her new mom and sister, Alice and Betty.

One Redditor even suggested that maybe Charles is manipulating Jellybean into making the videos secretly. We’ve never seen them interact, but Charles is around a lot. Maybe he preyed on her feelings of neglect? After all, we saw her at the auteur’s party in the season premiere and while she didn’t seem like the type to be at an underground rave, it cannot be a coincidence! 

Not to mention she has access to all of Betty and Jughead’s things meaning she could figure out all the private moments and recreate them. 

 

Why do you think the voyeur is doing this? Is it another situation like the Black Hood trying to “wipe out” the sin in town? Is there a darker reason behind the tapes? Or is this just an amateur stalker hoping to get a rise out of the small town residents?

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Walker Season 4 Premiere Review – The Quiet

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Walker returned to The CW for its 4th, and, likely final, season. 

Despite a 5-month time jump, the focus remained on serial killer Jackal, whom Walker and Trey were pursuing at the end of season 3, and the suspect that previously drove Cap. Larry James into a tailspin, effectively ending his marriage to Kelly before fate gave them another shot. 

Only this time around, Larry’s wife, Kelly, asks Cordell not to drag her husband down this road again—a promise he intends to upkeep, though, knowing Larry, he’ll figure out that his rangers are up to something and have no other choice but to get involved, especially since Trey’s tip for a detective reveals that Jackal, whose trail previously went cold for several months, is gearing up for “something big.”

This will be the overarching mystery of the season, while other weekly cases will also see our rangers getting into plenty of shenanigans, as they did with their pursuit of the Delmonico brothers. Also, props to all of them for taking part in a steak-eating competition and then jumping into a raid. It was bold of them, but it’s how Cordell wanted to spend his birthday, so I’m glad that despite the best-laid plans being uprooted, he was still able to feel the love from those around him.

A lot seems to have changed in the past five months, as evidenced by Walker and Geri’s steamy hook-up. Even when everything is going wrong, we can have faith in their love being a constant, which is what fans have been hoping for since season 1. 

There’s also Cassie, who blows back into town after taking a lengthy leave to go work for the FBI. She’s back with a newfound confidence about her abilities on the job, but she’s also struggling with a personal decision as she’s been offered a spot at Quantico, which means further uprooting her life and leaving behind her loved ones, er, Trey. 

Yeah, Trey and Cassie kind of addressed the elephant in the room—their feelings for each other—but neither of them was honest about it, so we’ll likely get something more truthful and heartfelt in the near future. 

Another lingering storyline is the break-in at Geri’s place that rattled Stella to her core. She hasn’t been the same since shooting and killing Witt, and it’s likely because she also lied to the police about having met him before. The officer who called her and Liam in over a “breakthrough in the case” said that the case was closed due to lack of resources, but the way he watched Stella sign the paperwork (and questioned if that’s “all she knew”) makes me uneasy—there’s definitely more to this storyline. What does he know that he’s not letting on?

As for change, I think that in the midst of all the “I’m Walker, Texas Ranger, you’re under arrest” in case you needed the reminder, we’re also continuing to see Cordell as a flawed human and a father coming to terms with the fact that he’s about to be an empty nester. It’s the next phase of his life—and one that brings about plenty of concern over the “quiet” that will allow his dark thoughts to flourish. Hopefully, Geri will be the light to cut through all of that. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

I meant to write this post when Wild Cards first premiered on The CW, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the season finale of the series was upon us! 

I’m not a huge fan of The CW’s decision to axe some of our favorite shows in its rebrand, but what does ease the pain of losing the likes of Nancy Drew is the addition of promising shows like Wild Cards

To be quite frank, Riverdale never did Vanessa Morgan much justice. She amassed a huge number of fans, who were mostly hoping to see her character Toni reunite with on-screen love interest Cheryl (played by Madeleine Petsch) in the later seasons, and while she was seemingly considered one of the “core” characters, she rarely got the storylines she deserved.

We knew she could act—but Wild Cards shows us the depth of Morgan’s talents. It lets her shine, dominate, lead,  and even carry the series, opposite her on-screen partner and potential future love interest, Giacomo Gianniotti’s Ellis. 

Morgan delivers with the role of Max, a whip-smart and very charismatic con artist who utilizes her special skillset to help a “down in the dumps” maritime officer get his mojo back—and, spoiler alert if you’ve watched the season finale, his badge and desk back. 

Despite his initial hesitation with the idea of her joining the force as a consultant, even Ellis comes around, amazed by her abilities and the way she’s able to navigate every crime scene and follow the leads to produce results.&nbsp

The two grow very close over the course of the season’s 10 episodes, largely due to Morgan’s delightful on-screen persona and presence. Even when it’s not clear whose side she’s really on (is she fully on board with helping the cops or does she have a larger-than-life plan up her sleeve to pull off her greatest con yet and help her dad George—90210‘s Jason Priestley—snag a “get out of jail free” card), you find yourself drawn to her and rooting for her because of her likable personality. 

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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The series not only gets us invested in Max’s character—learning about her past—and what it entails for her future, but we also find ourselves rooting for Max and Ellis to finally get together… or even test the boundaries of that electric chemistry that they share (a moment that is, sadly, ruined when her husband Olivier (Dewshane Williams) blows into town). 

And it’s the mystery of Max that has all of us begging The CW to renew the series for a second season. We need more Max. We need more Ellis. We need more Morgan and Gianniotti. And we need answers. The good news is that Morgan told TVLine that season 2 of the quirky crime procedural is “very likely,” and trust that we put all our faith in her. 

As for the answers I mentioned we need, well, we need to know who killed Ellis’ brother, a murder that was the catalyst for him to get knocked down from his detective responsibilities in the first place. When he met Max, he was in a hard place, still trying to pick up the pieces of his brother’s death. And though he’s come a long way, surely, the fact that he can crack this specific mystery is one that he won’t be able to pass up. 

At the end of the finale—spoiler alert, again—Max convinced the authorities to help her pull off a heist that was two years in the works, hoping to frame her estranged husband Olivier after he steals a $33 million egg (he’s the one who betrayed her dad and landed him in prison), lessen her father’s sentence, and restore Ellis’ badge. However, there was a piece of the plan she didn’t share with Ellis—she swapped the real egg for a fake egg, and hatched a plan to disappear forever alongside Ricky and her millions. 

She didn’t expect Ellis to figure it out, though, this was one of the weaker points in the episode because she should’ve known him better than that by now, but she figured she’d be halfway across the country and it wouldn’t matter. What she didn’t anticipate in her plan is that Ricky, who was transcribing incriminating recordings from the mob as part of their safety-net policy, would find something on the drive about Ellis’ brother, namely, who murdered him. 

It’s at this moment that we see the biggest change in Max. She’s not the same person she was when the series first started. Her skills have become more valuable to helping than stealing, and she’s grown to care about someone other than herself and her father. She can’t, in good faith, leave with this knowledge and leave Ellis hanging. 

And that’s where we leave off—a promising cliffhanger on a promising series with two very promising leads. 

Your move, The CW.

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 6 Review – I Told Myself That I was Done With You” Episode

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 6 Review - I Told Myself That I was Done With You" Episode

Chicago Med zeroed in on some personal situations for the doctors working in the ED, including Ripley (hey, Rip!), who treated an old friend from his past life, and Sharon, who was forced to come to terms with Bert’s diagnosis. 

Ripley’s past continues to haunt him, but it’s actually illuminating for audiences who are trying to get to know him on a deeper level. I feel like I know more about him than some of the other docs who have been here for years. When a drunk man waltzed into the emergency room, Ripley didn’t expect to have a run-in with an old friend he used to hit the streets with. However, while treating his friend, he also found the beginning signs of lung cancer, which was a diagnosis that he didn’t take too lightly. When Ripley pressed him to seek out treatment, things got tense, and a fight broke out in the ED, with Ripley’s impulsive behavior rearing its head. Eventually, Dr. Charles, without casting judgment, came to save the day, informing Ripley that his friend didn’t need a doctor in a white coat but rather a friend to look out for him. He wasn’t ready to accept his diagnosis now, but hopefully, after feeling supported, he’ll come around and get the necessary treatment. 

Zola is still finding her footing at Med, but what we’re seeing is that it’s not necessarily a bad thing because she feels strongly and passionately about taking down the corrupt system around her and fighting for her patients. She’s been told that jumping headfirst is a bad thing, but acting on instinct has proven to be beneficial, even if it does seem reckless at first. She’s prioritized her patients at every turn, she’s confident in the diagnosis she makes, and she saves lives, despite some unconventional methods. When the drug that she recommended was finally shelved, she viewed it as a win until Archer tore her up about it because it was replaced with a very expensive drug that would burden patients. It’s an odd approach considering a doctor should be happy if a drug that’s harming people or has adverse effects is taken off the market, right? Archer also didn’t stop to think about the consequences of his actions—bashing Zola and making her feel like she can’t trust her gut in situations where she’s seeing things clearly. It’s a skill to have. But her tenacity proved even more useful when she did a little more research and found the person who helped pull the drug was working for a company that produced the pricier one—thus piecing together that it was a sweetheart deal. It’s not exactly illegal, but being as perceptive as Zola is can be really useful to the hospital. 

Also, the chemistry between her and Crockett is getting heavier and heavier, especially as he begins to realize how much of an asset she is. Let’s get this romance going! 

Archer and Maggie teamed up amid Hannah Asher’s absence, and while he can rub people the wrong way, his advice about not holding on to a reality that didn’t exist anymore was crucial in helping Maggie move on from her divorce. She was avoiding going home and confronting the fact that Ben was gone, but it was necessary for her to move into the next phase of her life. Maggie was also inspired by a patient, who she helped convince to get her son a needed surgery so that they could both move into a more promising future together. It was sweet how the writers connected their stories—although they were so different, they both learned a great deal from each other.

And finally, Sharon Goodwin learned the truth about Bert’s diagnosis, and it was as everyone feared—he had Alzheimer’s dementia. The news is always difficult for everyone affected, from the patient all the way to his family, who will now be responsible for taking on the care. In this case, the burden was going to fall on Sharon, even though she was his ex-wife, and she knew it would take a toll on her personal life. Trying to navigate a new relationship while getting pulled into an old one is tough, but hopefully, her new partner will understand that this is something she has to do for her former spouse. The good news is that she has Charles, who has a history with Bert, and will be a good source of support as not only a friend but a therapist. This is going to be a long road for Sharon, but hopefully, a storyline that brings more awareness to the heartbreaking disease. 

What did you think of this week’s Chicago Med?

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