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Private School Problems: ‘Riverdale’ Recap

So I know I have been complaining about the lack of ensemble scenes we have gotten so far in this season of Riverdale. This has been rectified slightly…even if it is not in the way that I would have wanted. We have a wonderful Thanksgiving night dinner at Pop’s featuring all of the parents (except Molly Ringwald because she is busy saving Archie’s life- more on that later). We get a lot of Falice (FP and Alice) content in this episode, which I am not mad at except that it could possibly hinder Jughead and Betty’s relationships, which is not ideal. In another amazing moment, FP almost murders Hiram with a broken bottle after Hiram ordered FP to close down Archie’s community center. Oh yeah, Hiram is the mayor now. That happened fast. The only resolution from this little parent soiree was FP realizing that he can be both a gang leader and the sheriff of a town. The best of both worlds, if you will. 

 

 

While their parents were getting it on, ironically so were their children. Betty visits Jughead at Stonewall Prep making for some much deserved Bughead content. They plan to spend the weekend doing what they do best—kissing and solving murders. Jughead wonders whether Mr. Chipping actually killed himself or was coerced to do so by an outside force. He finds evidence of Mr. DuPont and Mr. Chipping belonging to the same secret society. As with most secret societies, secrets are shared and could potentially be used as blackmail. In Jughead’s mind, this could lead to DuPont blackmailing Chipping enough to cause him to commit suicide. 

 

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While the two sleuth around the supposedly empty school, someone approaches Jughead in a bunny mask holding an axe, and because Betty and Jughead are seasoned in serial killers dressed in strange costumes, Betty does the rational thing and hits the bunny with a gold club. It turns out to be Brett and Donna (shocking, I know) and Jughead becomes determined to find out if they had anything to do with Mr. Chipping’s murder suicide. Jughead notices a suicide note fall out of Brett’s pocket, but he brushes it off as some kind of “secret assignment.” The gang plays never have I ever as a way to find some answers. All we learn is that Betty is a badass and we are reminded of that legendary scene where Betty and Veronica kiss. Betty has to sneak around Donna’s room to find any clues and ends up finding Mr. Chipping’s pin. In a frenzy of emotion, Donna reveals that she was having an affair with the teacher, so that complicates things.

This saga ends with Donna telling the headmaster that Mr. Chipping had pressured and harassed her and his guilty conscience led to his death. Oh, and someone places a camera in Betty and Jughead’s room as they get it on during the night. Contrary to popular belief, I had nothing to do with this, but it does make me nervous about the prospect of a sex tape plot because I am not sure I can handle that.

 

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After Dodger’s near death incident, his family start to target Archie and show up to the community center on Thanksgiving night to wreak havoc. And wreak havoc they do. They pull a gun on him and all the kids gathered there for a free, hot meal. Luckily, Molly Ringwald saves the day (as always) and surprisingly, Veronica helps. The group copes with their first Thanksgiving without Fred and honors him with a plague on the community center walls, which Archie refuses to shut down for good reasons. 

 

 

After murdering her girlfriend’s uncle, Toni and Cheryl have to devise a plan to stop their lurking Aunt Cricket from finding out the truth while they dispose of the body. To do this, they tell the legend of cannibalism in the Blossom family at the Thanksgiving table and insinuate that they too participate in the ritual, claiming the meat pies they serve are garnished with Uncle Bedford’s insides. It succeeds in freaking out her family members, who should be familiar with the strangeness of the Blossoms by now. Either way, the girls complete their mission and can spend a relaxing weekend at home. For now at least. 

 

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Of course, the last thirty seconds of this episode shows all the characters together—something I have been wishing for all along. It is also our only glimpse at Kevin for the whole episode, which is sinful. I would guess that Jughead’s teacher drama has not reached its climax yet, but any excuse for Betty and Jughead to work together is good with me. No ominous Jughead death scene this time around, which may be a good sign. Next week promises all of the characters talking to a therapist—something very, very long overdue. Hopefully, after that we can get some wholesome senior year normal student content. It’s a long shot, I know. 

No Riverdale next week means a much needed breather from the chaos and some time to develop theories and escape from the confusion and stress that this show causes.

 

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Bad Family: ‘Riverdale’ Recap

The Riverdale writers have clearly not been reading my articles because they still don’t understand that the show succeeds when all of the characters interact. They have a great ensemble cast, so why not use it? This is why the musical episodes are so fun- they are all forced to actually go to school and participate in the same things. And it promises at least one group number so everyone is at least on screen at the same time. But, no. Instead, we get subplots for each individual character. Yet again. 

Luckily, in this episode we get to see Betty and Jughead together a little more than usual (and Veronica and Archie, who have been kept very separate opposed to their usual constant makeout sessions). Jughead is rampaging because he believes that his grandfather actually wrote the first Baxter Brothers book and not Mr. DuPont. Betty and Jughead do their usual investigating and pretty much confirm that they are correct. When Jughead presents his findings to DuPont, he freaks out and basically threatens him. It can be assumed that Stonewall Prep had something to do with his grandfather’s downfall that they love to talk about so much. 

Even worse, Jughead’s teacher, Mr. Chipping, confirms Jughead’s beliefs about his grandfather, but cannot work up the courage to confront him. Instead, Mr. Chipping jumps out of the window in front of his students. While Jughead freaks out like a normal person, the rest of the class sits there humbly as if they are in on some sort of joke. This insinuates Stonewall Prep is hiding a lot of sinister secrets. DuPont then becomes Jughead’s new teacher which should be super fun for him. I wonder if Moose will ever come back…

Now, I am beginning to think that Stonewall Prep is going to have something to do with Jughead’s “death” later in the season. It appears that the other students and faculty at Stonewall are trying to target Jughead the way they did his grandfather so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the cause of Jughead’s actual death or the reason why he needs to fake his death. 

Speaking of death, Betty decides to test her theory about Charles being a serial killer through a polygraph test after visiting Chic in prison to hear a story about Charles going mad and stabbing someone to death with scissors. The only thing she learns is that Charles is a recovering addict, so she feels pretty bad about the whole thing. She feels even worse, however, when following Betty’s visit, Chic decides to call the police and report a murder at the Cooper household. A murder that Chic committed, which he then pinned on Alice. FP and Charles go to cover the evidence that they had hit all that time ago and everything seems to be fine. That is until we see Charles visit Chic at jail, call him babe, and relate how FP brought him right to the body. Don’t you hate when your fake brother and your half brother start dating?

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Speaking of siblings, Hermosa is still in Riverdale for some reason and she is causing a lot of drama for Ronnie. Despite her father being a maniacal murderer, Veronica still craves his approval. Thus, she becomes very jealous at the prospect of another daughter in on her turf. Unfortunately, Hiram moves back in with Veronica and her mother when Hermoine falls victim to Mark Consuelo’s abs. Can you blame her? 

Once Hiram replaces the creep painting of Veronica over his death with an equally creepy one of Hermosa, she decides she is done with her parents and refuses to attend their vow renewals. Way to go, Ronnie. 

Instead of attending her parent’s second wedding, Veronica uses her riches to help her boyfriend spruce up his community center so young boys would stop working for Dodger. Veronica buys some sick arcade games and offers free burgers and they draw a huge crowd. Of course, Dodger shows up to wreak some havoc. Veronica’s threatening glare and Archie’s huge biceps drive him away, luckily, but that doesn’t stop him from turning up at the end of the episode wrapped up in a rug and bleeding from the head. Looks like a classic whodunit to me. 

Oh, I should mention they find Dodger half dead after he pulls a drive by at the Andrews household. As if that family hasn’t been through enough. All I can say is I hope Molly Ringwald put him in that rug. 

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We already know that Cheryl has a crazy family, but they just keep getting bigger and bigger. Some aunts and uncles come to Thistlehouse to try to convince Cheryl to sell the maple business. For some reason, this involves seeing the chapel (where dead brother Jason sits) so Cheryl banishes them from her house. They keep coming back because they are Blossoms after all and Uncle Bedford actually discovers Jason. He begins to get physical with Cheryl. It’s a good thing that she has a girlfriend in a gang. He gets knocked out. She diverts her other aunt. Everything is settled for now. Oh, and she drowned the haunted doll that has been terrorizing her and the babies. Should be good now, no?

Is it too much to ask that anyone on this show have a normal loving family? Except for Archie of course. And they’re being targeted with guns. I think Jughead needs to get out of Stonewall Prep once and for all. Betty needs to trust her intuition because she clearly knows what she’s doing. Veronica needs to continue dissing her parents. Archie needs to protect his mother at all costs. And Kevin needs to be in the show more. 

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What the New ‘Riverdale’ Trailer Reveals About Season Four

Last night, Riverdale creator and writer, Roberto Acquirre-Sacasa released the trailer for season four of the hit teenage drama. The cast soon starting sharing the trailer, each on their own social media profiles, as fans anxiously sift through the short video to try to figure out the fates of their favorite character. After the shocking and ambiguous end to season three, the trailer hints at a few plot lines we can look forward to when the angsty, beloved show returns on October 9th.

 

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If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, watch it here now.

 

 

The trailer opens with a gaggle of characters walking through the woods screaming “Jughead!” This shouldn’t come as a surprise since the season finale wanted to make us believe that Jughead was dead and Betty, Archie and Veronica killed him. It appears now he has gone missing. Oh Jughead, always getting yourself into near-death situations. Nothing new.

 

 

The trailer then jumps back presumably to the core four looking ahead to their senior year of high school. The year promises to be filled with dark secrets, crime scenes, Betty getting hit in the head and Veronica dancing in lingerie. So far, everything appears just as it should. We get glimpses of Toni and Cheryl looking happy as normal (thank god!). The trailer hints at sex scenes between Archie and Veronica, which was to be expected despite no one asking for them. We even see Betty and Jughead getting it on a few times. At least Jughead hasn’t gone missing just yet. We also barely see any of Kevin. Again, nothing new.

 

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The trailer ends the same way as it begins- with a manhunt to find Jughead. This new season seems to remain true to the beloved Riverdale troupe of following one dark storyline while littering sex and relationships alongside. This new horror storyline seems to take a true crime approach with an unknown female gunmen stalking Betty at one moment.

 

 

The season promises a build-up to Jughead’s disappearance followed by that chilling scene that ended season three with Betty, Archie and Veronica burning their clothes and Jughead’s hat. In true Riverdale fashion, we have a lot more shocks, songs and sex to look forward to from the beloved comic book characters that writers and producers molded and mutilated. Whether you love to hate watch or truly just want to know what happens next, season four will struggle to set itself apart from past seasons of Riverdale, yet keep the same themes and drama that we cannot help but love to indulge in.

 

 

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5 Things to Look Forward to in ‘Riverdale’ Season 4

Everyone’s favorite trashy teen drama is getting ready for season four and the show’s panel at San Diego Comic Con last weekend teased fans with exciting tidbits about the upcoming season, which is set to premiere October 9th on the CW.

 

1. There will be a Halloween episode.

 

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It may come as a shock that this teen-driven thriller/ drama/ horror/ crime/ mystery montage of a television show has never celebrated Halloween on screen. Luckily, writers have confirmed a Halloween special, bound to include revealing costumes (I’m looking at you, Cheryl), exciting party scenes, and real life horror elements thrown in.

 

2. The first episode will honor Luke Perry.

 

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Following the tragic news of Luke Perry’s passing, fans were left wondering how the show would cope with such a loss. Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed at the panel that the first episode of season four will honor Perry and his character, Fred Andrews with a special guest star of Perry’s 90210 costar, Shannen Doherty. There is no doubt that the premiere will be a tear-jerker as fans say goodbye to the character and the actor alike.

 

3. Choni, Choni, and more Choni

 

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Confirming the presence of Cheryl and Toni’s rocky relationships allowed many fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Aguirre-Sacasa also revealed that the show will explore Toni’s backstory further. Taking a deeper dive into the pretty poison will undoubtedly add depth to her character and her relationship with Cheryl. This is one relationship and character arc we can all be happy to see persist.

 

4. More musical episodes 

 

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Thankfully, the cast and creator also confirmed the continuation of the now infamous musical episodes. Riverdale High’s favorite director, Kevin Keller, will be back to direct yet another musical. There are no talks yet on what musical the gang will be putting on as their final senior year performance, but at least we always have KJ Apa’s dance moves to look forward to.

 

5. Jughead will be spending his senior year elsewhere.

 

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The sad news that Jughead will be attending a prep school for his final year of high school surfaced during the show’s panel. This will definitely cause problems for his and Betty’s relationship. Between learning they share a new half-sibling and things between their parents heating up, Bughead’s relationship will be tested greatly in the new season. But, after surviving serial killers, drug dealers, gargoyles, and cult leaders- the couple can get through anything…right? 

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Archie Comics Get Revamped Thanks to Spotify!

It was only recently that I’ve become a Spotify user. And yes, I am late to the party, but what can you do? Listening to awesome playlists has been my thing, but now Spotify is promising more, especially for comic-lovers.
 

 

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Although Riverdale has become a hit TV adaptation of the Archie Comics, the sales for the actual printed books haven’t shown as much success lately. Now, Archie Comics have a brand new plan and we’re loving the idea. According to Entertainment Weekly, the publisher is pairing up with Spotify in order to create their original comics with motion and sound tailored into the panels. There will be movement, music, and even actors giving a voice to each character.
 
 

 

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The first few episodes will bring to life the first six issues and ongoing comics. The writer and artists will translate them and group them on a playlist called “Spotlight: Archie- The New Riverdale”. Publisher and CEO of Archie Comics, Jon Goldwater, explains his feelings towards the new project:

 

 
“Archie has always been about trying to find new ways to get comics to fans and readers… And when the opportunity to work with Spotify arose, it was a perfect match. Being able to reposition these modern classics for new readers in this unique, motion comic format makes perfect sense and we can’t wait for fans to experience these beloved Archie stories in a new way.”

 

We’ll have to wait and see how the fans react to this new way of reading the classic comics. It may only be a one time deal, but so far it sounds great. DC Comics is also doing something similar by giving readers the ability to scroll through panels on their phone. Even if it’s through technology, this might get comics back in readers’ hands.

 

 

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