TV Review: Riverdale S1E7 Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place
New rumors circulate as to who was really behind Jason’s murder after a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed; Jughead’s father returns to the fray; Veronica takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione.
Riverdale has a bit of a theme tonight of messed up parents exploring both Jughead, Cheryl, and Veronica’s in different ways.
When it comes to Veronica, which is the simpleist of plots, the episode picks up from the previous episode where Hermione forged her signature to award Fred a contract. Veronica threatens her mother, her mother cuts off her credit card. It’s all rather interesting and playing out a family where things are spiraling out of control.
Then there’s Cheryl’s parents. Polly is on the loose and Cheryl’s parents know she’s pregnant letting that information get out. They then offer support and money if Polly comes out of hiding and they’ll help care for the child. They also set the ground of a custody battle down the road. There’s something really creepy about it all, especially as Polly’s choice on what to do with the child seems to be taken away from her. It emphasizes the crazy on that side of things which matches the Cooper’s crazy. Seriously, shrinks must be cashing in when it comes to work in this town.
Finally, there’s Jughead and his father who attempts to go straight and agrees to work with Fred again. We get a lot of history about Jughead’s family and his father’s history and it fleshes out the two characters adding lots of depth. I’m not quite sure where all of that’s going, but clearly there’s a clash coming in some way.
Multiple families each dealing with issues when it comes to parenting in different ways and each showing their skeletons in different ways. The episode does a lot adding depth to the characters through their actions and in some cases fleshing out the characters more in this one episode than has occurred for the entire season so far.
And that’s what’s impressed me with Riverdale. The show continues to add depth to characters and shake things up in a way with a focused episode exploring a specific aspect of the town and its characters. Another solid episode that makes the case that this is the best comic adaptation on television.
Overall Rating: 9.45