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Back to School: ‘Riverdale’ Recap

Finally. Here we go again. Back to school means back to absolute complete nonsense that I look forward to every week.

Ah, the last night of summer before senior year- how shall we celebrate? Oh, yes, let us all hang out as foursome for twenty seconds before we split up by couple to go have sex. Immediately after agreeing that Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead need to slow down and enjoy life more. Why spend time with your friends when you can make out with your boyfriend while your friends make out in the other room.

We are introduced to a new character- the new principal named Mr. Honey. How sweet. Except, he is not sweet. He is indeed very mean. Especially to Cheryl and Toni who just want to throw a back to school dance even though multiple students go murdered at last year’s dance. Here at Riverdale High, murder does not affect our school functions and it never will!

Archie decides to take his prison buddy, Mad Dog, to high school with him with this year. No paperwork is signed. Mad Dog does not meet with the new principal, Mr. Honey. We do not know how much schooling Mad Dog has had in the past. However, he just waltzes into school with Archie at his hip and everyone is okay with it, except now he goes by Munroe Moore. How classy.

 

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Ugh, why doesn’t anyone at my school ever do their assigned reading?! I just want to make literary references all day long that people actually understand! This was my impression of Jughead, especially after he was scouted to attend a new school, Stonewall Prep, following his remarkable short story submission (which did not win). Jughead and Betty go to visit this new school and they IMMEDIATELY insult Betty’s intelligence based on her…overalls? These snobs have gone too far. Still, they actually care about symbolism and metafiction so Jughead is sucked into their scheme. Did I already know that Jughead was going to transfer schools before I started this season? Yes. Am I still crushed at Betty and Jughead being separated? Absolutely.

 

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Since Cheryl and Toni cannot throw another murder dance, they throw a party at Thistlehouse. Don’t go in the basement though because Cheryl’s dead brother is hanging out down there and does not want to be disturbed. If you have attended any number of high school parties in your lifetime, you know that this is the norm.

 

 

Now that Munroe has joined Riverdale High and the football team of course, Reggie and Archie’s bromance is in jeopardy. In an effort to make Reggie relevant and sympathetic as a character after Veronica broke up with him, they introduce an abuse plot point from Reggie’s father. Archie and Reggie make up after Archie stands up for Reggie in front of his father. No jokes can be made on this subject.

Now, it’s time to spend a little time thinking about Kevin⁠—something the Riverdale writers have never said. Arguably the best character on Riverdale, Kevin gets screwed over again and again on this show and it will never stop saddening me. I don’t care about fighting bears or singing Milkshake on top of a diner or cheering for a football game at a jail. The worst moment in Riverdale was when the writers allowed Kevin to be happy for ten minutes when Moose came out to his father and then by the end of the episode, make him move away. In the course of forty minutes, Kevin had his happiness handed to him and stolen away just like that. It angers me to this day.

Now, Kevin, fresh from a cult, has no friends and his “boyfriend” is still a member of said cult and the two must mingle in the forest to exchange pleasantries. Throughout the episode, Kevin starts to mend his relationship with Betty, which we all miss, and even joins Betty and Charles’ investigation into taking down The Farm. What started as Kevin feeding Fangs information in the woods turned into Kevin leading Betty and Charles straight to the source where Alice still remains undercover, working from the inside.

Maybe this season will come Kevin’s redemption arc. I just want him to be happy. And to sing more.

 

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Veronica is under duress because her parents’ trial is beginning and she must choose a side. Instead, she chooses herself, of course, and invites the press to her secret speakeasy to make an official statement about the court case. In true Veronica Lodge fashion, she has to perform for the press first. She sings “All That Jazz” from Chicago and it’s…not bad. I hate to say it but I did not hate it. Was it necessary? Absolutely not. Oh, and then she changes her last name to Gomez because I wouldn’t want to be a Lodge either.

 

 

If this episode wasn’t stressful enough, the ending again alluded to that fateful day where Jughead goes missing and the entire town searches through the woods for him. Now that we know he will be attending prep school every week, more possibilities arise as to what could have happened to him. Maybe he’s just at his new school and everyone forgot.

I don’t claim to be SparkNotes for Riverdale episodes. But, if that does exist, please hire me. I feel as though I may use a little too much snark for SparkNotes though. SnarkNotes, if you will. I really hope you will.

 

 

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Will We Ever Know the History of Toni Topaz?

Toni Topaz waltzed into the Riverdale world in Season two. From the moment she stepped on screen she caused some controversy, since she came in between everyone’s favorite ship, Betty and Jughead. Then all was well when Toni fell in love with the HBIC, Cheryl Blossom. Now Choni, is a ship all of their own, and as much as the fans love them together, they would still like to know the backstory of Topaz.

 

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In season two, we got to meet her grandfather, and then in season three we got a little snippet, during an argument with Cheryl. Toni revealed her uncle kicked her out when she came out as a lesbian, and that’s when the serpent became her family. That’s all we know so far, and according Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, the show’s creator, we will definitely be getting some backstory to Toni, but right now the first half of season four will be on Cheryl and the fact that she has the dead body of her twin brother now. So, unfortunately Toni has to wait a bit longer. Fingers crossed for the next half of season four!

Riverdale airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c on the CW

 

 

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A Touching Tribute: ‘Riverdale’ Recap

My relationship with Riverdale started out pretty innocently. I had loved the comics as a kid and begged for each one I saw in the check out aisle of the supermarket. With a cartoonist for a father, my desires were usually fulfilled and I quickly fell in love with Archie and his friends.

After watching the first three seasons in their entirety, I can ashamedly admit that I am completely upset. Yes, I can acknowledge the bad writing and ridiculous story lines, but I just cannot escape the sheer enjoyment of sinking in the insanity of that show (and I also since have determined that Lili Reinhart is the greatest actor of our generation).

As a resident Riverdale fanatic, I think it is time that I have declared my allegiance with the drama publicly—and what could be more public than a column on the internet where I rant, rave, recap and review each episode of Riverdale as it comes out?

Season Four premiered last night, so this makes our first installment, but be warned: spoilers ahead.

The cast and crew made it very clear that the first episode would be a tribute to the late Luke Perry who played Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews in the series. With that being said, the episode opened the same as any classic Riverdale episode would—with Jughead sitting at Pop’s typing away on his laptop.

 

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The episode begins with the show’s expected nonsense with glimpses of Jughead and Varchie as they relish in the summer before their senior year of high school. One of my favorite things that Riverdale does is make fun of itself. In this case, the core four bring up the idea of going camping. When the prospect of encountering bears is proposed, Jughead eases the group’s minds with the reminder that Archie has indeed fought a bear or two in his day. Just normal high school things.

Archie then gets a call about his father and here is where the main subject of the episode comes up. Speaking generally, the cast and the writers dealt with the death in a very touching and graceful way. The lines between the characters and the actors mourning blurred—very reminiscent of “The Quarterback” episode of Glee, where they honored Cory Monteith.

In one particularly touching scene, the children sit around and share their favorite moments they shared with Fred. Betty, Jughead and Veronica then accompany Archie to retrieve his father’s body from where he was hit by a car that killed him. The entire time, Archie is supported utterly by his friends and his mother. What begins as a Fourth of July parade for the town soon becomes a memorial parade for Fred, as the camera recognizes every character in Riverdale as they mourn and celebrate Fred’s legacy, even focusing on Hiram and Hermione in prison.

 

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Fred died a hero in the show, honoring Perry fittingly with an entire town behind him. Other touching moments include Josie’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” at the funeral and Jughead’s obituary in the town newspaper.

When faced with the unimaginable cast of having to unexpectedly plan a character’s death, the Riverdale cast and crew succeeded. They handled the situation beautifully and I can’t say that I didn’t well up a few times. After the final scene, the screen showed those words we all saw coming but dreaded, “In loving memory of Luke Perry 1966-2019.” It was made very clear that Perry impacted every person he came into contact with and his death was felt was many.

Now, as Perry’s legacy permeates through the entire show, the sneak peek for next week promises the same antics we are used to seeing on Riverdale. The break from the madness, though beautiful, was short lived. We now look forward to senior year adventures for the Riverdale gang—but will they act like normal students this time? Never.

 

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‘Riverdale’ Star Lili Reinhart Writing A Book Of Poems

Many people know Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper on The CW show Riverdale, but she is also an avid poet. Most of her works are shared on her public Tumblr profile, but fans of her posts can now take some of her poems home.

 

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Reinhart will be publishing a small book of poems and illustrations titled Swimming Lessons. The poems will focus on themes of young love, fame, and anxiety, all topics that Reinhart already discusses in her other poems.

 

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The book is described as “relatable yet deeply intimate, provocative yet comforting, bite-sized yet profound, Lili’s poems reflect her trademark honesty and unique perspective.”

The book will be available on May 5th, 2020. It is available for pre-order now.

 

 

 

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The Real Reason Why Jughead Wasn’t in Riverdale’s Season 3 Finale

The Riverdale season three finale cliffhanger left fans with a roller coaster of emotions, but why wasn’t Jughead isn’t that crazy last scene?

 

 

After months of waiting on the edge of our seats, with just a week away from the season 4 premiere, we can rest assured that Jughead, played by Cole Sprouse, wasn’t in that final scene because he was cold.

If you are new to the Riverdale fandom, then you should know the show is based off the Archie comics. The show follows the core four, Betty, Archie, Veronica, and Jughead in their town, Riverdale where everything isn’t as it seems. With constant mysteries surrounding murderers such as the Black Hood and recently, the Gargoyle King, and other jingle jangle going on, nothing ever stays quiet for long.

 

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At San Diego Comic Con, during a Cast interview the core four, KJ Apa, Camilla Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and Cole Sprouse shared the truth behind that cliffhanger. According Apa in the original script all four of them were supposed to be around the fire throwing in their clothes. Then Sprouse didn’t want to do it because he was cold so that left

Archie(Apa), Betty (Reinhart), and Veronica (Mendes), in the scene and fans around the world went nuts when Betty threw Jugheads famous beanie into the fire. We all thought that was the end of Jughead, and now we just have to wait and see where the writers take the show next.

 

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What’s going to happen to Jughead? We’ll find out on Wednesday, October 9, at 8/7c on the CW when season four premieres.

 

 

 

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