Friday, July 28, 2017

My thoughts on the first season of Riverdale (Part III).

Can we all just agree to quit calling Archie a "Ginger Stallion"?! Like, please y'all that's gross and I still don't understand what it is. The appeal of Archie, that is.... I understand what the nickname is supposed to mean.

Oh,before we begin, let me just let y'all in on the fact that I finished the first season of this show in two evenings and had I not had to be an adult (boring), it wouldn't have taken that long. It really is just a good show.... and kind of dark. Which I like.... don't ask. And then I learned that season two of the show comes out on regular tv on like October 11th, but then it's going to be on Netflix like October 12th? And the second season is around 22 episodes long (the first is 13 episodes), so.... this is pretty damn cool. And I can't quit reading about this show and things connected to it.

Let's pick up where we left off, shall we?! Read Part I here and Part II here.

Episode (Chapter) Seven: In a Lonely Place

Official Synopsis: When a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed, new rumors begin to swirl as to who was really behind Jason’s murder. Tensions build when Jughead’s father returns to the fray and it’s revealed that he and Fred have some unresolved issues between them. Meanwhile, Veronica takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione. Cheryl approaches Betty with an unexpected proposal that leaves Betty torn.

My thoughts: Damn, Juggie.... that is quite a hallucination/nightmare you're having there. Are you at school? Are you sleeping under a staircase at school?! You are.... and Archie knows now. Oh, you don't want Betty to know, because you LIKE HER. Oh, you don't? So there's just no reason that you're singling out Betty then? Ok dude, keep telling yourself that. That's nice of Archie to offer Juggie a place to crash, he should go. Then again, he also just comforted Betty in front of ALL of their friends over Polly escaping(and disappearing from) the Sisters of Quiet Mercy (that still sounds like a cult to me). Ha! Everybody knows this Jughead/Betty thing even before they do. Holden Caulfield? Nice one, Veronica.... THEY HAD A MOMENT, OKAY?! Cheryl needs to calm the hell down right now. Like, I get that Polly disappearing looks guilty as f*ck, but come on, chill crazy. And now everybody has formed a search party look look for her.... yeah, only great things will come out of this. And now Cheryl's icy heart is thawed, because Polly is pregnant with Jason's baby? So. Much. Crazy. Aw, and here's Juggie at FP's trailer asking him to go back to work for Fred Andrews. Quit being proud and go, FP, I want Juggie to have good things, dammit. And he's gonna go back, because he doesn't want Juggie to look at him like he's "a piece of garbage." Hermione better not rat him out to Fred.... a snake doesn't bite unless you give them a reason to. And FP/Juggie are going out to dinner with Archie/Fred? I feel like this is too much good too soon.... and I was right. FP is drunk and he needs to WAKE THE HELL UP BECAUSE JUGHEAD IS TALKING TO YOU. I don't care that Veronica is throwing a baby fit, yes, your mother kissed Fred, but you kissed Archie when you knew Betty liked him (even though, screw Archie now, because clearly Jughead is superior in every way), so calm down moral girl. Hey, Sheriff Keller, back the hell off of Juggie! So he played with matches once and got bullied. He's right, his name is JUGHEAD afterall. And Fred just alibied him out.... I love Dylan McKay Fred. FORGE THAT TIMECARD!!! FP is drunk (shocking), but thankfully he tells Juggie to go with Archie/Fred. It's so cute that Juggie walked Betty home.... and then she figured out where Polly was hiding and kissed him from gratitude (and his general kiss worthiness) and yes.... you two are "what people like us do" and stuff! *insert heart eyes here* But if y'all (Betty & Polly) thought that those Blossoms weren't up to some funny business, y'all are crazy. So, Polly is just gonna hide at Veronica's? Cool. WHY DOES FP HAVE JASON BLOSSOM'S LETTERMAN JACKET?!!?!

Jughead's Input: "What makes a place feel like home? Is it warmth and familiarity? Some idealized, make-believe TV version of the American Dream? Is it love and acceptance? Or is it simply safety?"

Episode (Chapter) Eight: The Outsiders

Official Synopsis: As Fred and his crew are about to start construction, he loses his crew, which could put his livelihood in jeopardy. Wanting to help his dad, Archie and his friends pitch in to help, but after one of them is attacked, the gang comes up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory. With Jughead’s secret revealed, he is worried about how his friends will react. Meanwhile, Veronica and Betty suggest throwing Polly a baby shower to make her feel better, but Polly is hesitant knowing how everyone feels.

My thoughts: What exactly are those two boys doing in that room that makes it smell so bad? Like, I've seen that you both shower.... what the hell?! Fred's ENTIRE crew just up and quit, because of that stupid Blossom dad (Clifford)?! So much for loyalty. And the boys all have his back?!! Whoop whoop!! Let's get Archie, Juggie, Kevin (YAY, KEVIN!), Moose, and that there dude to work. Don't go out there Moose.... it's dark.... something bad is about to happen. TOLD YOU. Damn you, Clifford Blossom! Don't go to that bar, Archie! That's a bad idea and quit giving Juggie lip over it, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. I love that not only did FP have to save their asses, but that he also called Fred.... he really is trying to be an adult. Don't you yell at Jughead, Archie, especially at Polly's baby shower that he's totally only there because of Betty for! Asshole. And now Juggie is embarrassed, because he didn't want everybody knowing his dad was a gang leader.... but Betty wants to know everything if they're going to be together, because YOU GUYS ARE TOGETHER and I love the cuteness. Here we go with a Juggie/Archie reunion, y'all are brothers! And FP got guys together to help Fred out with his crew problem?! Like and they're getting through this and having a real heart-to-heart moment and shit?! Damn y'all, I love it. I mean, I get that Polly is still angry at their mom (Alice) for sending her away.... but with the dad kicked out (kick that piece of crap out, Alice!) and everything more accepted she's gonna go home, right?! Nope, she's going to Thornhill mansion.... what. the. f*ck.

Jughead's Input: "The Coopers. The Stepfords of Riverdale. High school sweethearts, who got married, and had two beautiful daughters, Polly and Betty. Until Jason Blossom happened."

Episode (Chapter) Nine: La Grande Illusion

Official Synopsis: Archie reluctantly agrees to escort Cheryl to her family’s official start of maple syrup tapping, because he gets an offer that could help his future. Archie starts to become skeptical of the real reason the Blossoms are so eager to help him, however he gets some helpful information for Betty about her sister. Veronica is trying to be nice and unbeknownst to her, befriends a classmate that her father’s illegal doings has hurt. Hermione is conflicted about telling Fred the truth. Meanwhile, Alice is ready to get revenge on the Blossoms once and for all with the help of her two daughters.

My thoughts: I may never eat maple syrup after watching this. Those people take Stepford to a whole new level. How do they not see how creepy they all are at this point?! Cheryl wants Archie to take her to her family's annual tree tapping? Also, her family has an annual tree tapping ceremony? Ok, I'm just gonna let that one go. Of course, Archie is going to take Cheryl to that ceremony shit, like, y'all are offering him acceptance to one of the most prestigious music academies ever.... bitch is going. And Betty is all for it so Archie can talk to Polly for her. Damn Barb Ethel Muggs, sad shit: "they put me in a wooden box... as I desperately opposed.... but all my screaming was for naught.... my mouth had been sewn closed." Like, somebody get this girl a friend.... insert Veronica. I don't think Ethel's family is gonna take it too well once they figure out that their daughter's friend is the daughter of the guy that caused all of their problems.... and now Ethel's dad tried to kill himself. Yep, definitely not going to take that good. Hermione told Fred about the land owner?! AH!! He's gonna stick with this shit, but y'all are DONE. Archie, I know you're trying to be nice to Cheryl and all.... but that girl has been through alot and if you can't see that she likes you, you're dumber than I thought.... yep, definitely dumber. Now you gotta go "make up" with Valerie and she ain't having it. Good thing that whole night wasn't a total bust, go tell they guys what you heard the Blossoms talking about. Damn Cheryl, back to coloring over people's faces with markers, huh? A little overreaction if you ask me. Polly is a spy?! Alice through a brick through the town newspapers window and now she's gonna go write with Betty and Jughead at the school newspaper.... this isn't going to end well.  

Jughead's Input: "Thicker than blood, more precious than oil. Riverdale’s big business, is maple syrup. Since the town’s founding, one family has controlled its lucrative syrup trade: the Blossoms. They were a part of the fabric of our daily lives. Rich or poor, old or young, we consumed Blossom syrup by the bucket. That sickly sweet smell was inescapable. The death of Jason Blossom precipitated a crisis, with the heir apparent gone, who would inherit the family business one day? Certainly not Cheryl. It was a question that brought the wolves to Riverdale, and now, the Blossoms were circling the wagons against possible attack, from within their own ranks."