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Riverdale

The CW‘s dark spin on the Archies, Riverdale, was much better than it had a right to be, even according to crusty bitter old critics like the guy that covered Riverdale for Nerd Bastards. The first season left things on a helluva cliffhanger, a beloved member of the main cast who no one really should have had any beef with, was shot, and laid dying on the floor of Pops. As Jughead observed, the last shred of Riverdale’s innocence died that day, so where does the show that bares the town’s name go next?  (more…)

The murder mystery of Jason Blossom came to a sudden, unceremonious end last week with the revelation that the murderer was close to home so far as the Blossoms were concerned. Aside from Jughead’s unfortunate pun about the matter being “the ultimate Cliff-hanger” it seems that all’s well that ends well, right? Not so fast. There’s a sense of dread in this season finale of Riverdale. There’s a rift forming through the town, where on one side there are those well off and on the other there is the underclass. But first, we have to get down to what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity.  (more…)

The killer of Jason Blossom was finally revealed on this week’s Riverdale, putting to rest the driving mystery that has propelled the storylines both frontwards and back in this inaugural season of the Archies reboot. The resolution was not especially shocking, not that it ever is in these cases, but the story unfolded in this highly consequential hour at what felt like a lightening pace as the gang blew through each red hearing and clue on a collision course to the final unmasking of the villain. The only question now is what will the series do for an encore in season two? (more…)

After a week off, presumably to prolong the agony, Riverdale returned this week with a highly consequential episode, one that seemed to set up the final revelation of Jason Bloom’s killer. To get there though, we had to indulge in more suspicion of F.P. Jones, more creepiness in the Blossom household, and more drama in the Andrews home as Archie dealt with the return of his mom, and growing feelings of desire for Veronica. Guess which one was more the priority for the red-headed scamp? (more…)

It took 10 episodes, but they finally did it: A Riverdale ragger! Where was the debauchery? Where was the revelry? Where were the forced errors from drunken escapades and the sober regret? Well, it just turns out that we had to wait for Jughead’s birthday, the bizarro confluence of the capped one’s hatred of birthdays, his girlfriend’s desire to put on a perfect facade, and his best friend’s deep seeded need to forget that his parents are divorcing and he doesn’t know what to do. Yes, this was a consequential Riverdale, and not just because that girl from Sixteen Candles appeared at the end. (more…)

It’s time again for another episode of Riverdale, or as I like to call it, “Archie is the Worst.” This week on “Archie is the Worst,” our red-headed teenage scamp couldn’t see what was right in front of him as the Blossoms crafted him into the perfect tool to prove that they were not a fading dynasty. This is unlikely to be the last time that “Archie” and “tool” will be used in the same sentence, because it took him about 50 minutes longer than it should have to realize that’s exactly what he was being groomed to be, and now it looks like he will pay the price. (more…)

Welcome back to Riverdale, where skies are always gloomy, your neighbours are ready to stab you in the back, and where Pop’s still open 24 hours a day for damn good coffee and cherry pie… Wait, wrong murder mystery. The mysteries on this first new Riverdale after a two week break had more to do with the parents then it had to do with the still dead Jason Blossom, which is okay because the storyline gave us an opportunity to be reminded of a very important point: Archie is the worst. (more…)

It’s hard to say who’s in a lonelier place, as the title of this week’s Riverdale refers to. Poor Forsythe Pendleton “Jughead” Jones III, living under the stairs of the school like a poor man’s Harry Potter, is certainly in a lonely place, struggling to keep his family drama under wraps, and hoping that his father, living hopelessly and nearly always half-drunk in the family trailer, will pull his act together. Betty is also in a lonely place, wanting to desperately to help her sister but caught in the competing demands of two families that hate each other. Hey, someone give these two kids a break. (more…)

If there was a word to describe this week’s episode of Riverdale it’s “peak”. It was “peak Archie” it terms of the characterization of our comic book friends and how we remember them. It was “peak teen soap” in terms of the romantic melodrama and friendship dysfunction. It was “peak mystery” in terms of new revelations and long simmering confrontations. And it was “peak deconstruction” as the writers throw in some compelling hiccups in terms of the relationship dynamics of the show. Let’s just come out and say: Jughead kissed Betty! Passionately. And our lives will never be the same again. (more…)

Nice day for a white funeral… Not quite how the song goes, but that’s the way Jason Blossom’s funeral ended up going thanks to Cheryl in this week’s Riverdale. The intrigue factor was ratcheted up to 11 this week, perhaps in no small part because the setting moved to Thorn Hill, Riverdale’s own house on the hill, and a location ripe for Agatha Christie-like sleuthing and skullduggery. Some big pieces of the mystery were filled in this week as we discover things about secret romances, an ancient blood feud, and and maybe the scariest family this side of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and it kind of centres around our girl next door, Betty. (more…)