Riverdale Season 2 Finale: All the questions we have ahead of Season 3

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And so Riverdale Season 2 has concluded. It wasn’t with a bang, nor with a whimper, but rather, something that’s a little bit in between.

This deliberately understated final episode didn’t quite deliver all the twists and turns we’ve come to expect from Riverdale, nor the explosive cliffhangers of Season 1, but there’s more than enough to set up next year’s third season.

Here, then, are five questions we have after watching the Riverdale Season 2 finale, Brave New World.

My final Riverdale article of the season! Quite possibly my final Riverdale article (of this type) full stop, actually – I’ve got no idea if this ongoing, week-to-week coverage is something I’ll be continuing at Metro for Season 3.

Hopefully, it will (I say, months after I’ve actually finished it, when the week to week stresses are a faint memory), because I do like the show, but if not, that’s not the end of the world: I’m sure I’ll have some other Riverdale, and maybe Sabrina, content at some point anyway.

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Riverdale season 2: Who is the second Black Hood? What is the darkness?

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Every so often, Riverdale brings up the idea of ‘the darkness’ – the darkness in Betty, or in Chic, and in the Black Hood, now revealed to be Hal Cooper. It’s what prompts Hal to kill people, Chic to be creepy, and Betty to occasionally wear a black wig. But what is it? 

The truth is, though, it’s deliberately vague: a hinted at but not explicitly defined mental illness that can be used as a broad motivator, without any of the responsibility to present a real mental illness with care. It’s a bit of a weak offering from Riverdale; the sooner ‘the darkness’ is forgotten about, the better.

I’ve finally worked out how to balance genuine theories with loving sarcasm and critique, just as the series is coming to a close. Ah well. Next year.

In any case, here’s my Metro article discussing Riverdale season 2, episode 21 Judgment Night, and the five questions we have now – concerning the identity of the second Black Hood, Hermione Lodge, and more.

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Riverdale Season 2: Five things we need to know after The Hills Have Eyes, which was a particularly odd episode

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After a few weeks off because of the Olympics, we’re back to the town with pep. In this episode of the quirky teen drama, the gang went on holiday, Cheryl had an emotional moment, and there was a lengthy advert for showrunner Greg Berlanti’s new film Love, Simon

As ever, we’ve got a lot of questions after this week’s episode of Riverdale – is Betty in danger because of Chic? What is Hiram Lodge doing? Will Riverdale ever be the same again? Here’s everything we need to know about The Hills Have Eyes, the 14th episode of Riverdale’s second season.

At this point, these are mostly just exercises in snark. Which is fun, I guess.

Also, my gosh, wasn’t the Love, Simon advert in this one ridiculous? Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty pro Love, Simon – I’ve not seen it, but I enjoyed the book a lot, and it seems like a fun and important movie for all the obvious reasons. But, oh man, the product placement here was insane. I’m not sure if I’m affronted or impressed by the way they took it and made it pivotal to Cheryl’s character development.

Of course, this is also the one where they went to a cabin in the woods for a weird sex holiday, which apparently is going to be pivotal to the season 3 plot, so maybe the Love, Simon advert isn’t the most important thing. It’s an odd show, is Riverdale.

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we have after episode 11, which has the worst ending of any episode of Riverdale ever, seriously, I’m not kidding, it was staggering

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This week’s episode of Riverdale was an engaging, if particularly strange one. It was full of the unconventional teen drama’s usual quirks, twists and turns. We saw the fallout of the return of Chic Cooper, the next stage of the conflict between Archie Andrews and Hiram Lodge, and an ending that will undoubtedly have a lot of repercussions across the rest of the series.

See, right now, I’m updating all the old posts for the new wordpress site, and I’m doing it in reverse chronological order, which is sort of creating the false impression that I initially had quite creative titles for Riverdale articles before giving up, as opposed to the reality that is me just becoming increasingly done with it all, just going backwards.

Anyway. The funny thing about that little excerpt is that the ending didn’t have a lot of repercussions across the rest of the series. Outside a brief scene at the top of the next episode, it was pretty much entirely ignored – for the best, frankly, because an ongoing plotline that could be described as sexual abuse of a minor isn’t really something this show can deal with. (As evidenced by the last ongoing plotline they had about the sexual abuse of a minor, which was pretty disastrous.)

But, yes, the ending of The Wrestler was pretty staggeringly bad, with Chic initiating Betty into the world of webcam sex shows. Just… no! No! Honestly. Just such a misstep on every level, and I can’t believe it got to the point where it was scripted, let alone shot.

(The most annoying thing is that, since you know Riverdale is going to continue until at least like 2024 or something, when they get to series four or five or so and start running out of ideas, they will go back to this and do an episode about someone blackmailing Betty. Just, honestly, god above. Do not. What a bad idea. Aaaargh.)

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we have after The Blackboard Jungle

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And we’re back. After a short break, Riverdale has returned, and it’s like it was never gone. As ever with the quirky teen drama, there were a lot of twists and turns in this episode – it raised a lot of questions, and now we need a lot of answers. 

Here are five questions we need to have answered after Riverdale season two’s tenth episode The Blackboard Jungle.

You know, looking back on all these old Riverdale posts, the thing that’s standing out to me is how much the show struggled to properly fill a 22 episode season? I mean, consider the number of plotlines that were raised and dropped and flirted with but not pursued – there’s a real sense that it was massively quite difficult for them to spin the number of plates that they had to.

That seems like it shouldn’t be that difficult, though? I mean, obviously, it’s going to be difficult. But surely there’s a point at which… I mean, I don’t know, if you need a little breathing room, or you need a filler episode, or a cheap episode, why not work with what you’ve already got? Do an episode focused just on Kevin and Josie and so on, with the core four as peripheral figures. Slow down, break it up a bit, don’t worry about going at a relentless pace burning up 12 different plotlines an episode. I can’t imagine anyone would mind?

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we have after House of the Devil, like do the writers even know what the male gaze is?

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So, this episode sees a lot of the cast, quite literally – Veronica topless at the start, a pretty superfluous scene where Cheryl and Josie have just got out of a shower (one of their only two scenes in the episode), and even managed to contrive a pole dancing sequence where Betty strips down.

They keep name-checking ideas like misogyny and sexism – Cheryl calls out the male gaze while clearly subject of it – but that doesn’t really account for much when you’ve got these over the top sequences for no particular reason at all.

This one, actually, I very nearly span off into its own article: “Just because Riverdale mentions the male gaze, doesn’t mean it’s free from it.” Or something like that. I never did, in the end, because… well, a couple of different reasons, I guess. In part because I’m generally less confident in my knowledge of camera techniques and stuff, so I didn’t want to go immediately into a big polemic about something I didn’t quite understand; thing is, though, the shelf life on articles about any one episode of Riverdale is short, so the content cycle moved on quickly.

Anyway, this episode contained the most egregious examples of Riverdale finding reasons to get the cast to take their clothes off, which was made all the more ironic by the fact that this was the one that actually namechecked the male gaze! Totes, as the kids would say, ridic. (That’s not “as the kids say”, kids don’t say totes ridic anymore, but I say it constantly.)

So, yeah, I think there’s a bit of criticism to be issued there. I wouldn’t be surprised, perhaps, if that male gaze comment was an attempt to lampshade things, or someone critiquing the rest of the episode from within it. Thankfully, Riverdale toned things down a bit going forward – as above, this episode (and the one immediately prior, if I recall correctly) was the most egregious example of such. But if ever it comes up again, I’ll be sure to revive this article. In the meantime, I’ll go and read about the male gaze and the female gaze and such.

(This is still a five questions we have after piece, incidentally; other questions include speculation about FP Jones, the Black Hood, and whether or not Veronica is pregnant, because there was a weird line of dialogue that seemed to imply it, and honestly you know the show is gonna have a pregnancy plotline by the end of season 3 anyway.)

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Riverdale Season 2: Five Questions we have after episode 7

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The latest episode of Riverdale was another entertaining offering from the subversive teen drama – but it also opened up a lot of questions. 

As Jughead is drawn deeper and deeper into Serpent activities, an affair between Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy is revealed, and the Black Hood swears vengeance, there are a lot of questions to ask – and a lot of answers we need to find. 

Here are five questions we need answering after the latest episode of Riverdale, Tales from the Darkside.

Each and every one of these is actually labelled “five questioned we need answering” over at Metro, because it took me the duration of the series – significantly over six months! – to realise that “five questions we have” is a better grammatical formation of what I was trying to say. I’m not sure what I was going for in the first place.

Something kinda, I guess, not threatening obviously, but direct and emphatic and a little “woah” while still being serious, you know? Hopefully you know, because then at least someone would.

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