“Betty’s ponytail is iconic & beyond reproach”

It’s Riverdale Season 2!

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Seriously if you do not watch this show, cancel all your weekend plans, borrow your neighbor’s Netflix password, and don’t leave your couch until you’ve watched the first season. Then, find the CW app and binge the first four episodes of the second season. It’s worth it.

So much has changed from the first season, yet so much remains the same so let’s dive right in!

Archie Andrews is still awful …

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I would say the first two to four episodes of season one, I really rooted for Archie. Even though he broke my heart when he broke Betty’s heart, I figured I’d still give him a chance because at least he was honest. But then he got so whiny about Ms. Grundy, then Val from the Pussycats, to finally ending up with Veronica (and I don’t ship them; sorry I just don’t). Plus his dye job is so horrendous, that adds to my loathing.

Skip ahead to season two and I hate him even more! I know Luke Perry got shot and he should be worried for his dad but come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! This Red Circle, buy a gun, fight the Serpents in the rain (which I will discuss in a bit) is such nonsense. Like, go to school, play football, & lock your doors at night like the rest of the town. He’s actually insufferable; I don’t want to blame KJ Apa or the Riverdale writers for possibly trying to hard (are they this season?). I’m just going to put the blame all on Archie. Here you are again being whiny, yet outwardly trying to be tough and I’m done with it. The reason Archie feels the need to be so tough brings me to my next discussion point …

The “Black Hood” …

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So last season’s storyline was all “Who killed Jason?” and this season is all “Who shot Luke Perry?” but then that chester molester Grundy died pretty gruesomely, and then (what the heck!) Moose & Midge get shot; next thing we know we have a serial killer on the loose in Riverdale known as the Black Hood. We found out last night he’s (or she I guess) is doing it all for Betty … because of some speech she made? What speech? I don’t remember this. Anyhoo, this black hood character claims he’s getting rid of all the bad things in town (an adulterer, child abuser, & drug fiends).

Sidebar: How did Archie’s dad commit adultery? I thought they were divorced …? Anyway, I’m sure this is now the driving force for season two … who do you think the Black Hood is?

Serpents vs. Northside, aka, “The Rumble” …

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If you know anything about classic literature, you should have read The Outsiders (or you probs read it in 7th grade). That huge fight between the Serpents & Archie’s clan had to be a shout-out to the big rumble that happens between the Socs and the Greasers. Leather jackets vs letterman jackets, poor vs rich, no weapons … I MEAN COME ON THEY EVEN MADE IT RAIN LIKE IN THE MOVIE!

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Can anyone confirm if this scene really was supposed to pay homage to The Outsiders? And, if you’re sitting there scratching your head thinking “Outsiders?” then as soon as you’re done binging Riverdale, FIND THIS BOOK AND THE MOVIE AND READ IT THEN WATCH IT!

Afterdale …

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You know how I’m absolutely obsessed with The Morning Breath hosted by Jackie & Claudia Oshry? Well, they started a show (via Youtube and the Podcast app) where they recap each episode.  God’s gift to Riverdale fans + Breathers.

Additional questions, comments, concerns, & theories …

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  • It took me two episodes to realize Veronica’s dad was Kelly Ripa’s husband and I can never look at him the same again.
  • I forget why Jughead’s dad is in jail; is he taking the fall for Cheryl’s dad and if so, why again?
  • Speaking of Cheryl, where the F has she been this season?!
  • I think the Jingle Jangle drug will become more of a focal point of the plot this season — possibly with Veronica’s dad as the drug lord? (shout out to Claudia & Jackie for this theory)
  • Why does Veronica want to get into the family business & why should I care … so she can keep “an eye” on her dad? Ugh I’m getting sick of that family real quick.
  • Jughead is def going to cheat on Betty with the loser Serpent girl Tommi Tommi … Toni Tommi … Tonnie Tomlen … whatever I’m getting cheese fries.
  • I. NEED. MORE. JOSIE. AND. THE. PUSSYCATS. ON. MY. SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Find me and let me know all your thoughts on this season of Riverdaleand if you’re not watching, go now. Seriously go … shut your screen, turn off your phone and go. I’ll wait.

 

Not the Archie & Jughead I Knew Growing Up: Riverdale Recap

“This story’s about a town, once wholesome and innocent, now forever changed by the mysterious death/murder of Jason Blossom on the 4th of July.”

Each summer vacation I ask myself “What will I binge watch this time?” The struggle is real to find a show where you won’t get caught in the crosshairs of only two seasons on a streaming site, but the fourth season will premier in the fall and OMG WHERE DO I FIND THE THIRD SEASON?! Plus, I’m cheap and don’t want to have to pay to binge watch. Thus, the CW’s Riverdale seemed like a perfect fit because Netflix had all thirteen episodes from Season 1, and Season 2 doesn’t premier until later this October.

The show is basically a live action version of the Archie Comics. If you didn’t read these growing up, go to a grocery store right now and purchase one. Go now. I’ll wait.

The show, however, is a much darker twist on the comics. The very first episode starts with the body of Jason Blossom washing ashore in the town river. Jason is the twin brother of Cheryl Blossom.  If you don’t remember Cheryl Blossom from childhood, she’s the red-headed vixin who makes all the boys’ eyes bug out of their heads.

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And boy does Madelaine Petsch play the part flawless. She’s my favorite character. Even though Cheryl has the biggest storyline of the season because we all want to know who murdered her twin Jason (spoiler, you find out in episode 12!),  she’s not the namesake of the series. That would probably be Archie & Betty. 

If you think these two end up together (I always shipped them growing up), they don’t. I mean, in the very first episode Archie tells Betty he’s not interested. While we’re on the topic, Archie is one of my least favorite characters. He is SO WHINY! He’s gorgeous, has abs, has girls (even older woman – subplot!) falling for him, is a star athlete, can sing & play the guitar, has supportive family & friends … and yet, he still is whiny and screws people over easily. Not a fan. Betty on the other hand, is great. Lili Reinhart is great. The fact that she has a dark side (episode 3) is great. The character she ends up falling in love with is great.

Speaking of characters, we are forgetting two other major players in the Archie gang: Jughead & Veronica.

Yes, you are seeing correct. That is Cole Sprouse from Big Daddy and Suite Life of Zach and Cody. ZACH AND CODY! HA!
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Not that Cole Sprouse isn’t a good Jughead. I just always thought of Jughead as a quirky goofball and Cole Sprouse portrays Jug as pretty cynical. But, as more comes out about Jughead’s past while you watch the show, one can see why he’s cynical. And, I guess he does have some funny one-liners. And, he’s a loyal friend. Okay, okay Cole Sprouse is not a terrible Jughead; once you get past the fact he’s one-half of Adam Sandler’s pretend son from 1999.

If you were caught off by Cole Sprouse, you’ll be caught off guard by a few other appearances including Luke Perry, Molly Ringwald, Barb from Stranger Things (she’s alive!) and Josie and the Pussycats.  (Anyone remember the 2001 film version? Eeek!)

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If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, or any recent teen drama, I think you’d enjoy Riverdale. “Why aren’t you giving us more MHH?” Honestly, because I don’t want to spoil anything. But trust me, you can binge this fast (only 13 episodes) & experience plenty of shocks , twists, turns, & omg moments. Especially involving the parents. Okay, I need to just go on a rant for a second. Whether you’ve watched the show or not, I must say the parents are absolutely the worst human beings on the planet. NO PARENT in the universe should ever act they way this group of adults act; I mean no wonder you kid is messed up. No, your kid isn’t even messed up. Your kid is the one acting more like an adult than you are. Get it together!

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All in all, watch this show. It’s mindless entertainment worth your time, especially because you’re left with a major cliffhanger going into Season 2 in October.

“Every town has one, the spooky house that all the kids avoid. Ours was Thornhill, the Blossom family’s mansion, with it’s very own graveyard. And trapped within its walls, like some Gothic heroine, was Cheryl Blossom, who’s still grieving for her beloved brother Jason. Linked in death even as they were in life.”

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