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
Order another round of burgers at Pop’s because Archie and the gang are back for a second season of Riverdale on The CW! Archie Comics made the announcement today.
The live-action Riverdale series offers a bold, compelling take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his best friend, Jughead Jones.
The series looked like it was likely to be renewed averaging about 1 million viewers and about 0.40 in the coveted 18.49 demographic.
Valerie and Josie have a major fallout; Betty and Jughead’s probe into Jason’s death bring them to a home for troubled youth; an unexpected betrayal sends Veronica spiraling; Josie’s overbearing father appears; Hermione and Fred grow closer.
Riverdale gets deep into the mystery of Jason’s death and Polly’s incarceration in an episode full of reveals and twists and turns.
Betty and Jughead continue their best Scooby impersonation first sleuthing to figure out where Betty’s sister Polly was and then following up on a clue mentioned by Polly. Polly’s in an institution and it turns out Betty’s parents have been leaving some information on the table. It’s interesting stuff and not too shocking when revealed, but it emphasizes have dysfunctional the Cooper family really is. The two also stumble upon something else which hints Polly and Jason were into some deeper shit than anyone knew or is willing to admit, leaving more hints as to why he was really killed. It’s a lot of clues and hints packed into an hour and fantastic to see the show dive deeper into the mystery presented.
But, it wouldn’t be a CW show without lots of drama and this episode still has time for that. First, it’s talent show time! Archie wants to perform, but has some stage freight issues when it comes to that. The Pussycats are also performing at the show and things aren’t going so great with them with some artistic arguing within the ranks. That leads to a member quitting, a new member joining, all sorts of drama. There’s also Archie’s dad trying to get a contract and Veronica’s mom being able to make that happen with some duplicity.
All of that adds a bit of fun to what would be weird mystery. The revelations of what’s discovered and how that ends mixed with the talent show drama create a weird balance of a show that works and works really well.
And that’s what’s impressed me with Riverdale. The show is able to balance such different genres and still seem like a coherent vision. Part teen drama. Part murder mystery. This is a key episode that shows Riverdale is able to pull that off and then some.
Overall Rating: 9.35
The Blossom family’s preparations for Jason’s funeral include a secret agenda; an opportunity to work with a music mentor derails Archie’s attempt to refocus on football; Veronica befriends Cheryl; Hermoine seeks Fred’s help.
Riverdale goes deep into the rabbit hole as the mystery over who killed Jason is the bulk of the episode and things get into some weird gothic horror territory through it all.
The funeral for Jason is still to happen with a goal of possibly finding out who murdered him, but Cheryl also brings herself into the center of it all with a display that’s not unexpected. The show keeps hinting at something more than brother and sister between the two, but I’m still not sure the show is willing to go there. But, there’s revelations that the connection between the Coopers and the Blossoms is deeper and more complicated than originally thought.
And that focus on this episode really is interesting because the investigation driven by Betty and Jughead feels like Veronica Mars or the Hardy Boys, or Nancy Drew, as opposed to Archie. But, even with that genre mash-up, the series has a heavy dose of teenage drama. That is what the show is at its heart, a soap opera featuring Archie Comics’ teens.
Archie must decide where his heart is, with football or music? And what’s up with Archie’s father and Veronica’s mother? There’s a battle for football captain, just a nice smattering of soap opera schmaltz.
The episode veers more towards the mystery of it all with an aesthetic at times that feels like a horror film, but even with that, it doesn’t lose focus or heart as to what it is at its core. Riverdale has done an excellent job of mixing a murder mystery with teenage drama and it all works in a guilty entertainment sort of way. Defying my expectations Riverdale has become my favorite comic adaptation currently on tv.
Overall Rating: 9.05
Jughead fights to keep the local drive-in open after hearing an anonymous buyers’ plans to tear it down; Betty finds startling information about Miss Grundy’s past; Veronica confronts her mother; Alice finds an opportunity to destroy Archie’s image.
Riverdale answers so many questions in this episode full of so many plotlines it’s impressive. And the impressive part is that even with so much going on everything feels like it has more than enough time devoted to it.
As I said, there’s a lot packed into the episode and all of it’s quality. The revelation that Miss Grundy has a secret past is not only explored, but answered, and the situation between her and Archie goes through a hell of a lot. There’s also a secret with Veronica’s mother that’s explored and answered in one episode. Things not being dragged out? Mysteries being solved! Instead of dragging things out Riverdale is impressively delivering on mysteries instead of just building on them. It feels like a novel idea when it comes to television (when it really shouldn’t be).
But, the episode isn’t just about Betty, Veronica, and Archie. There’s some great moments involving Kevin Keller and Jughead. We get more info on Kevin’s world beyond just what we’ve seen as he hangs out with Betty. That includes an interaction with his father that’s really honest in a way I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on television before. Then there’s Jughead, a character that’s been woefully underused in the series so far. When it comes to characters this episode delivers the most as far as him as his home life situation is fleshed out with some twists I didn’t see coming until the final scenes. The series has shown it can keep us on our toes while delivering at the same time.
Riverdale is absolutely my new guilty pleasure of the tv season and it has delivered with every episode so far and is making its case as the best comic adaptation on tv.
Overall Rating: 9.65
Cheryl is under a cloud of suspicion when new information about Jason’s death is revealed; Archie makes a decision that strains his relationship with Miss Grundy; Betty decides to revive the school newspaper.
Riverdale goes from a guilty pleasure of a show to one with one hell of a message. The third episode of this shockingly good series gives us girl power as the girls of Riverdale band together to take on the football team who are demeaning the girls with rumors about sex. The episode takes on harassment, much earlier than I thought it would and does it in a way that doesn’t come off as an Afterschool Special.
There’s more girl power packed into this episode than some entertainment has their entire season as Veronica really steps forward defending and going on the attack to correct wrongs. But, at the same time, through this plotline the show also explores Betty’s trauma involving her sister. We get strength, vulnerability, and depth, all in the same plot. To achieve so much is impressive and a hell a hat trick.
The big picture story of the death of Jason is still a major plotline. Archie reveals his hearing a gunshot with consequences from that revelation. Who fired a gun is revealed. There’s a lot packed in the episode in an entertaining hour that’s full of mystery, intrigue, and kick-ass women.
Riverdale is absolutely my new guilty pleasure of the tv season but with episodes like these it’s becoming must watch tv.
Overall Rating: 9.65
Riverdale‘s rising stars Josie and the Pussycats are set to rock the ‘Taste of Riverdale‘ event tomorrow with an original performance of “All For Me.”
Debuting in “Chapter Three: Body Double” Thursday on The CW at 9/8c and previewed in the above YouTube clip, “All For Me” features lead vocals by Riverdale series star Ashleigh Murray (Josie) and backing vocals by guest stars Asha Bromfield (Melody) and Hayley Law (Valerie), who play the Pussycats.
“Chapter Three: Body Double” debuts on February 9th at 9/8c on The CW and February 10th on Netflix for viewers outside the United States.
Riverdale is new Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW, and available next day on The CW App.
Archie pleads with Ms Grundy to come forward with what they heard; Cheryl deals with the pressure of Jason’s death; Jughead stumbles upon Archie’s secret.
The second of Riverdale builds on the first quite well upping the teen drama as the death of Jason swirls around. With the main introductions and set up out of the way, the second episode does a good job of balancing so many characters and none feel like they’ve been neglected at all. And I think that’s partially what impresses me the most of this second episode. There’s so much going on with so many characters and it all naturally flows. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger, it’s really impressive and stands out. Instead of segments brought together in an episode everything just naturally leads to the next thing.
The episode itself still has a so much going for it. There’s a lot of set up of teenage drama as things circle around the murder mystery. The perspective of the show still comes from Jughead’s perspective in a way and that take is interesting in that while so much revolves around Archie, the show really doesn’t. The drama is high as fights break out and the depravity ratchets up. I don’t even know where to begin. From Kevin Keller’s comments to Betty and Veronica jockeying against one another, Moose, Reggie, it’s all here in an hour that’s fun in a really twisted way.
While the acting isn’t going to win awards, but it’s all at a touch above soap opera level, something I’d expect from a network drama show. But, what really makes it stand out is each actor really has their character down and play off each other’s personalities. The show has clearly learned a lot from what’s come before, not just in Archie’s history, but also all of those teenage movies and shows that paved its way.
The end of the episode is a bit of a shocker as we possibly find out who killed Jason. A quick twist that’s beyond fascinating creating an even greater mystery for the show. Where you think things are going to play out, clearly that’s not the case setting the series up as one that’s really going to keep you on your toes.
Riverdale is absolutely my new guilt pleasure of the tv season.
Overall Rating: 8.35
Josie and the Pussycats add a little spice to the sweet classic pop song “Sugar, Sugar” with the performance of a newly recorded cover version airing during the Thursday, February 2, episode of The CW’s acclaimed new drama series Riverdale (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT).