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TV Review: Riverdale S1E5 Chater Five: Heart of Darkness

riverdaleThe 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

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TV Review: Arrow S5E14 The Sin-Eater

arrowChina White, Cupid, and Liza Warner escape Iron Heights and set out for Star City; the ACU seeks to arrest the Green Arrow for Detective Malone’s murder.

Arrow is a bit of a dud in a mostly forgettable episode. With villains who we’ve seen before and don’t feel like much of a threat, most of the fireworks happen not in the costume.

Oliver/Green Arrow face two big hurdles. As we saw at the end of last episode, the reporter (and Ollie’s girlfriend) Susan had put two and two together to figure out that Oliver is the Green Arrow. Her career is put in jeopardy due to decisions made by some of Oliver’s allies. That puts his relationship on the rocks and threatens his role as Mayor. Hint, you don’t want to piss off the press.

The second part of the episode is that the police are after the Green Arrow for the murder of Detective Malone. That makes it difficult to do his job and it also is what puts his role as Mayor at risk.

The two plots together makes the whole Ollie as Mayor a much more important plot and makes a lot more sense as to why they went that route. A whole bunch of things are coming together here clashing Oliver’s secret life with his public life a bit more so than it has in the past.

The episode is generally boring, but what happens is really important. The emphasis here isn’t on the villains, it’s the bigger picture of what’s been going on.

Overall rating: 7.00

TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S2E12 Camelot/3000

legends-of-tomorrow-season-2As the Legends continue their hunt for the Spear of Destiny, they must join forces with the Knights of the Round Table.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow goes full on LARP in an episode that sends the team to ancient times to fight beside Arthur and recover a piece of the spear. The episode does come off as a bad LARP at times, but there’s the usual fun of the show that makes it a fun watch.

Where the show succeeds is that it sets up tropes of this sort of story and then spins them in some way. There’s Ray acting like a fanboy while meeting people, Sara seducing yet another person, or who pulls the sword out of the stone, that’s three examples. They’re entertaining twists that keep the viewers on their toes and shows off the usual fun that it feels like is at the heart of the series.

Part of that fun is the humor that’s shown off. Ray’s interactions are classic and nerdy and how that plays off of Nate, who really should be in charge for this mission, is some solid television. None of it really breaks the mold, but it’s more than enough to keep us entertained for the episode.

It’s the details and writing that makes the episode stand out. By challenging the viewers, it makes the show rise above the previous season. The solution of how to defeat mind control for instance, or again who Sara seduces, it’s unique in so many ways.

The episode is perfect fun in a series that has found its groove and giving us comic popcorn entertainment.

Overall Rating: 7.85

TV Review: The Flash S3E13 Attack on Gorilla City

The Flash Season 2Barry, Caitlin, Cisco, and Julian head to Earth-2 on a rescue mission to save Harry from Gorilla City; on Earth-1, Jesse and Kid Flash stop some criminals together as Kid Flash admits his feelings for Jesse.

The Flash takes us to Gorilla City in an all-new episode that’s a hell of a lot of fun as team Flash has to deal with Gorilla Grodd. The last we saw, the classic villain was sent to a different world, in this case Earth-2 where Grodd has settled in to Gorilla City and of course is plotting something. Harry is captured, which is what sets our crew on their mission to save him. Grodd tricks Flash to take on the leader of Gorilla City.

Of course all is not as it seems and the episode does a solid job of doing quite a few things.

One, it takes us to Gorilla City and out of all of the Flash rogues, this is the one I was most interested in exploring more. The city is done really well with CGI that’s pretty good considering this is a television show. In fact, I’d say it’s better than a lot of movies. The action is good. The characters are interesting and it feels like classic Grodd.

The second thing that’s done really well is the episode brings into the episode the bigger mission to change the timeline and save Iris. One of the events is attack by Gorilla City, so the episode focuses on that and handles it in smart ways. The adventurers discuss various options and they’re options that actually make sense. When you find yourself yelling at the tv a simple solution and the show addresses it, that’s a good thing.

The third solid is the show focuses on the humor and heart of the series. There’s lots of laughs and the interaction between Kid Flash and Jesse is cute. It feels natural and though the two’s chemistry isn’t the best, it works.

The episode packs in a lot in the episode and absolutely delivers what is an “iconic” reveal in some ways. Gorilla City and the return of Grodd is a big moment for the series and it pays off tying in the bigger storyline in a fun filled, action packed episode.

Overall Rating: 8.05

Supergirl Gets Sentimental in S2E13 “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzpltk”

Supergirl -- "Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk" -- SPG213a_0018.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara and Peter Gadiot as Mr. Mxyzptlk -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

A week after the fact Valentine’s themed episode, Supergirl kicks it Silver Age style when the 5th dimension imp and classic Superman villain, Mxyzptlk, rolls into town. In a meta-casting twist, he is played by Peter Gadiot, who played a genie in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and wants to marry Supergirl because he thought she was beautiful while traveling between dimensions. Writers Sterling Gates and Jessica Queller definitely go for broke on the goofy side with Mxyzptlk’s havoc culminating in an homage to Hamilton, but the real meat of “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk” is in the romantic relationship depart where Maggie and Alex spend their first Valentine’s together, Winn takes a chance at love with the alien Lyra, and the ball is dropped yet again in the Mon-El/Kara department.

Mxyzptlk is a fantastic villain of the week, and Gadiot plays him with unbridled energy while director Stefan Pleszczynski shoots some inventive set pieces featuring him. However, the solution to beat him is pretty low budget and word for word faithful from the comics showing Mort Weisinger zaniness can co-exist with real human feelings. It’s a nice change to have a villain that is an intellectual challenge for Supergirl and not one that she can defeat by punching, using heat vision, or the DEO armory/MacGuffin closet. She defeats Mxyzptlk in a sly way not unlike the covers of the Weisinger-era Superman comics that involved him being more of a trickster than a Big Blue Boy Scout to drive sales. Kara also fights Mxyzptlk on her terms, her turf (The Fortress of Solitude.), and without Mon-El or anyone’s help driving home her agency as a character.

James gets the week off as both Guardian and in his day job at Catco, but Gates and Queller give Winn a solo subplot of his own and an adorable, yet sexy bond with Lyra, an alien whose martial arts skills help save him at the Alien Bar. In an episode where men are trying to do “rescuing” some way, Winn’s lack of toxic masculinity is refreshing. Winn is a fan of the literature of Lyra’s home planet, Starhaven, and he immediately falls for her forward approach to romance, including asking him out and kissing him first. Except their bond isn’t just physical, and they share a nice scene where Winn talks about the pain of heartbreak and getting hurt in a romantic relationship that is relatable to anyone in the dating scene. Their storyline didn’t have much to do with the main plot, but presented some nice counterprogramming to the machismo and posturing of Mxyzptlk and Mon-El, who fight over Kara like she’s not even in the room.

Exactly how I feel about Kara/Mon-El.

Exactly how I feel about Kara/Mon-El.

I think the writers of Supergirl, including Gates and Queller, are going for an aggressive bickering leads to romance kind of vibe, like Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in Empire Strikes Back or Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally… Except those couples had chemistry (Or at least great dialogue from Larry Kasdan and Nora Ephron respectively.), and Kara and Mon-El don’t have that even though Melissa Benoist are charming actors. Mon-El reaches new levels of ridiculousness in “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk” by treating Kara, who taught him to be a superhero, like a damsel in distress and being patronizing towards her. Also, he’s jealous of an imp from another dimension, who has major issues with boundaries and thinks that Mxyzptlk will “take” him away from her. Most of the episode is spent by Kara rescuing Mon-El from his own stupidity when he tries to go mano a mano with Mxyzptlk and lecturing him about forcing the issue in their relationship. But they still end up smooching at the end of the episode after Kara basically walks back everything she said over the past episode as not wanting to lose her “cover” when pretending to marry Mxyzptlk. It’s the silliest thing in an episode that features a teleporting, reality warping Aaron Burr cosplayer.

The message of “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk” is simple and true. Romantic relationships should be organic and selfless with both parties caring about each other instead of doing ridiculous things to impress the other person, like Mxyzptlk and to a lesser extent, Mon-El. Except Gates and Queller walk that idea back by having Kara instantly being okay with Mon-El as a romantic partner even after she has constantly said that they aren’t good for each other, and that she is tired of his rescues and stunts on her behalf. The extended make-out between Kara and Mon-El is tacked onto the verbal equivalent “I’m sorry” as the product of all the non-existent sexual tension between them. It will be interesting to see their relationship develop in a car running a red light on a busy intersection and getting majorly totaled kind of way.

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But, on a happier note, Gates and Queller spend a little time with Maggie and Alex, who are celebrating their first Valentine’s together. There is a big, sad emotional beat when Maggie reveals that she was outed to her parents as a lesbian by a girl that she had a crush on in high school on Valentine’s Day. They didn’t respond well, and she had to live with relatives. From personal experience, being outed against your will is a painful, trust destroying, and agency removing experience. Maggie’s first reaction is to be alone, but she runs into Kara, who tells Maggie about how much Valentine’s means to her because this is her first one as a couple. And the ending is beautifully romantic and slightly cheesy as Maggie and Alex dance like they’re at prom together. Maggie and Alex’s relationship is pretty emotionally volatile, but through Floriana Lima and Chyler Leigh’s long glances and soft tones to each other, they truly care about each other and are Supergirl”s best romantic coupling so far in two seasons.

“Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk” has a plot and villain that indulges in some true Silver Age silliness as Sterling Gates, Jessica Queller, and Stefan Plesczynski embraces Superman and Supergirl’s past canon with open arms while still having some insightful things to say about the nature of relationships. The Mon-El subplot continues to be an eyesore, but this episode of Supergirl is filled with romance, whimsy, and a touch of truth.

Rating: 8.0

TV Review: Riverdale S1E4 Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

riverdaleJughead 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

TV Review: Arrow S5E13 Spectre of the Gun

arrowAn attack on City Hall brings back painful memories for Rene; flashbacks reveals Rene’s transformation from family man to a hero named Wild Dog; Oliver realizes the best way to find the attacker is to do so as Mayor Queen.

Arrow goes “very special episode” with this entry that focuses on gun violence and the debate over gun registration. The topic feels about a year too late to be relevant and the actual politics of the show is muddled and summed up with “it’s a complicated issue” and “we need to do something.” About the one thing that the show does get right is the need to enlist gun supporters to figure out what an actual solution might be and make it happen.

At its core, the episode is about Rene and why he became Watch Dog. He represents the pro-gun side of the argument, but the story presented is a pretty tragic one. We learn about his wife, his kid, and his origin in many ways. It’s a pretty average origin, but as presented it adds some depth to a character that was lacking one.

Most of the other characters are in the anti-gun crowd or are used to give information about weapons and throw out stats about the increased likelihood they get shot, the police perspective, the military information, or more. It touches on “Blue Lives Matter” as well as “Black Lives Matter” without really saying much. It’s all pretty by the numbers.

And that by the numbers makes the episode both a success and a failure. It presents the difficulties of the situation. The shooters in the episode are white men. Some of the dialogue though is stilted and feels like stats just being thrown out, exactly like an Afterschool Special. The fact this episode airs today as opposed to a year or two ago is puzzling.

I went in hoping the series would take an interesting stand, but by the time it was through, it really said very little. Even issues like “Black Lives Matter,” though touched upon, isn’t given much play. There’s a lack of depth and emotion that fits such an issue.

The episode goes through the motions but in the end says very little.

Overall rating: 7.05

Recap: Supergirl S2E12 Luthors

supergirl-luthors-featuredThe latest episode of Supergirl dove deeper into the Luthor clan and their alien envy complex. We were treated to a meet up at the alien bar where Maggie gets to meet more of the DEO Scooby gang. Lena Luthor is having a huge PR problem thanks to her mom’s trial and Kara is stepping up her friend game. Lena unfortunately, isn’t handling all of the family legacy blowback very well and is having a bit of an emotional crisis of faith dealing with her mommy issues.

Lena visits her mom in jail and there is no love lost between the two of them. Mamma Luthor drops some family secrets into the mix and lets Lena know she’s not her real mom and they only took her when she was four to keep her from foster care. She blames papa Luthor for her estrangement from her and pretends to make amends. Things continue to go left as Metallo testifies at the Luthor trial using the witness stand as a pulpit for his anti-alien thinking he then breaks free and takes Lillian Luthor along with him.

The escape means that Lena is in the crosshairs and after Supergirl and the Metallic menace go toe to toe, Supergirl chooses to save the people in danger rather than go after the bad guys. Her act of heroism scores her more human fans but, Supergirl has more questions about how the bad guys gained access to Kryptonite. Kara has a heart to heart with Lena so she can get ahead of the rumors that she helped with the escape putting their friendship at odds when Maggie shows up to arrest her.

Kara tries to come to her friend’s defense when the paper wants to put Lena on the cover and James takes Snappers side and runs the article as is. James makes it his mission to prove Kara wrong, while Kara is having feelings about Mon-Els new alleged love interest. But, it turns out his date was a bust because all he did was talk about Kara leaving Kara to again rethink her feelings for him. Mamma Luthor sends her minion to free Lena and Metallo ends up going toe to toe with Guardian. Metallo defeats Guardian and escapes with the newly freed Lena.

Kara continues to defend her friend Lena and faces some harsh criticism for that choice from an injured Jimmy. Kara is still ticked off about Jimmy continuing to fight crime and she’s not sure if she should be mad about the Lena treatment or Jimmy getting hurt. Jimmy uses the Clark and Lex parallel to try to prove to Kara wrong about Lena and about him as Guardian. Mon-El shows up as a  surprise voice of reason and takes her side in the whole Lena situation. They attempt to have the hard talk about Mon-El and Eve dating and how it made her feel and Mom-El tried to understand in his clunky alien emotion manner. Lena is being held captive by her mom as she tries to bring her to the dark side but Lena just wants to be free and prove her innocence. Metallo is suffering from some really bad Kryptonite poisoning as they all hide out in one of Alex’s secret facilities. Mamma Luthor is ready to go to war and Lena appears to be playing possum while she tries to figure out her mom’s plan. Lena realizes that she mom is only using her for her DNA to open Alex’s vault. Winn cracks the footage and finds out that Lena is innocent and the raw footage proves it. They find out the synthetic Kryptonite stockpiles are unstable and Kara rushes to save her friend from the impending explosion with minutes to go despite the danger to her own safety.

Lena wants no part of mommy dearests anti-alien war games and Supergirl gets trapped with Lena trying to assist with her release. She warns them about the coming explosion with his Kryptonite heart starting to decay but, he chooses to fight her with his last breath. Lillian takes Lena along on her escape and J’onzz shows up to help her fight but, it’s beyond a close call and she isn’t able to find and rescue  Lena. But, it all turns out well because Lena escapes her mom’s clutches but, Lillian and OG Hank manage to get away and, Kara is sent by Snapper to get an exclusive. Jimmy and Kara have a heart to heart and decide to go back to being friends for real and start it off with a game night. Kara writes a glowing pro-Lana article and they reconnect over a nice chat. But,  there’s a bit of shade in the mix as Lana appears to be playing chess with Kara’s friendship and she might know more about the Kara / Supergirl relationship than she’s been letting on.  Mon-El and Kara make it officialesque and have a real talk before this episode closes and realize the differences between them might not be so bad. Unfortunately, this conversation comes as another mystery alien shows up to claim her heart.

I am loving the way that the show weaves the previously on info into the first few minutes of conversation between the characters. It makes it easier for those new to the show to catch up without missing a beat. I am also digging how they are handling Kara’s love life by giving her agency and her own life outside of the men who inhabit her world. There is no room for shipping from fans because the writers make her motivation known and the writers are keeping it about Supergirl coming into her own and not making it a live story or having her life be incomplete without a man. It makes for interesting tension and a deeper understanding of the idiocy behind the need for a love story or becoming a couple just because. But, the connection between Kara and Mon seems to be genuine and coming from a place of genuine emotion and not from a place of filling a couple void. So, while I’m not sure how this will all shape up with Kara’s love triangle becoming a love square but, I hope they continue making Kara a person and not an object to be won by a man or existing to be claimed by a man.  I’m also glad that the writers are so good at emphasizing female relationships with each other as friends, lovers, and sisters.

Overall: 8.9

Supergirl S2E12 “Luthors” Unwraps the Enigma that is Lena Luthor

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Wow, Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers have amazing chemistry. And on the other hand, Kara and Mon-El don’t really except as a goofy friend/superhero apprentice and master deal even though they excel at lobbing insults at each other. Luckily, writers Robert L. Rovner and Cindy Lichtman in “Luthors” in which the main conflict is almost every character writing off Lena as just another villain even though she hates her mother Lillian. In the fighting front, Lillian sends a dying of synthetic kryptonite poisoning Metallo and Cyborg Superman to rescue her so her campaign against extraterrestials can continue. Plus there are plenty of flashbacks featuring a young Lex Luthor and Lionel Luthor to show Lena’s twisted life, and why she leans on Kara so much.

Rovner, Lichtman, and director Tawnia McKiernan strike gold in “Luthors” by centering much of the plot, relationship drama, and suspense around the characters of Lillian and Lena Luthor, who are played with maternal rancor and a potent mix of strength and vulnerability by Brenda Strong and Katie McGrath respectively. McGrath has a talent for body language visibly shirking away from Metallo when he busts her out of prison where the guards constantly insult and mistreat her. And when Supergirl comes to stop Metallo and Lillian, she instantly runs for her. This open vulnerability that she shares with Kara, who brings her donuts in a super cute scene, is immediately replaced by combativeness as it is revealed that she is the daughter of Lionel Luthor and his mistress, which wasn’t great for Lillian and Lena’s relationship growing up. But the manipulation is counterbalanced by the paradigm challenging friendship (With heavy romantic subtext.) between Kara and Lena, who feels safe and happy around Kara, and isn’t afraid to hug her when she is mostly distant around her mother and the people in the courtroom early on.

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Brenda Strong has been sorely missed the past few episodes, and her ability to turn from wannabe nice mom to goal oriented anti-alien fanatic is on full display in “Luthors”. Lillian plays Lena like a musical instrument as McKiernan instantly cuts to her daugher’s teary face when she talks about finally having a good mother/daughter relationship now that Lex and Lionel are out of the picture. But she really just needs Lena’s Luthor DNA to unlock a special vault filled with all kinds of goodies like Lex’s classic battlesuit, some sonic bombs, and more Easter Eggs that will likely pop up in episodes to come as Cadmus continues their war against Supergirl and her alien friends. And even when Lena puts two and two together, Lillian continues to try to soothe and comfort her like mother while leaving Metallo behind to burn out while she’s off to survive another day.

Metallo is decently well-used this episode as pure, if flawed muscle as his kryptonite blaster gives Supergirl serious problems and leads to a well-staged close quarters between him and J’onn, who channels his sadness over Miss Martian leaving into a fun last minute save. His core going nuclear is a boring action movie trope, but the fact that he has kryptonite after J’onn gave Superman the rest of his supply is a clever hook for most of “Luthors”. It’s also good to have a villain who can go toe to toe with Supergirl because you can’t win all the fights even if it looks like Metallo won’t be fighting any battles after this one. Metallo is just a plot device in “Luthors”, but works well as a distraction from Kara Danvers’ attempts to vindicate Lena as innocent because of their friendship.

And finally, we make it to our favorite part of each Supergirl review: where I continue to chronicle why the Kara/Mon-El relationship doesn’t work out on a romantic level. First, Robert L. Rovner and Cindy Lichtman have Mon-El talk about his failed date with Eve Teschmacher instead of reveling in all its awkward, disgusting glory with Chris Wood mooning all over Kara. This leads to some awkward dialogue throughout “Luthors” about Mon-El and Kara caring about each other dating other people, Kara choosing being Supergirl over having a boyfriend, and there’s no real bond between them or even story elements that show why Kara’s feelings have changed towards him. It’s like they’re looking for a reason to keep Mon-El, who does have a little bit of goofy charm thanks to Chris Wood, around, and the spinner landed on romance, not friend or hero-in-training. Luckily, their smooch is interrupted by a classic supervillain

“Luthors” puts some meat on the bones of the greatest villain in Supergirl Season 2 and one of Supergirl’s most unexpected confidants, Lena Luthor. Their backstory complete with low lighting and chess imagery from Tawnia McKiernan taps into the supervillain iconography implicit within the Luthor name, and she even leaves Lena’s true allegiance ambiguous even though she hates Lillian and loves Kara. (Yeah, I used the L word, deal with it.) The other plotlines featuring Mon-El and James Olsen seem a little forced although it’s nice to Kara and James as friends after their fantastic chemistry in Supergirl Season 1, but a comic book deep cut cliffhanger promises that next week’s will be more on the experimental and comedic side.

Overall Rating: 8.0

TV Review: Riverdale S1E3 Chapter Three: Body Double

riverdaleCheryl 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

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