Riverdale Season 2: Will these kids ever get therapy?

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All of these kids – who are, don’t forget, all meant to be around 15 or 16-years-old – are dealing with stuff that’s way beyond their years. Mob hits, biker gangs, drugs, murder, and prostitution; they’re not exactly having an easy time of it. 

You can see it’s already starting to have an effect on Betty, who’s disassociating and self-harming in minor ways. Aiding and abetting a murder likely won’t help, but some therapy probably would.

Another five questions we have after, but one that got a little bit snarky, as they tended to from time to time. The above was one of the things that increasingly started to bother me across the course of the series – the fact that they’re all meant to be fifteen or sixteen ish was really offputting, considering everything they go through. It’s just strange to think about.

For the third series, I’d be pretty interested to see Riverdale slow down for a moment, and maybe have the characters going to therapy, just to address some of the awful things that have been happening to them. It’s perhaps a little much to expect from the show, but it’d be a step worth making if they did.

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Why a Princess Leia origin movie would be better than a Han Solo one

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Much of Leia’s story is still a relatively blank slate, and it’s one that’s ripe with potential. We know she was a political leader in the senate, but also a secret leader of the rebellion, all before the age of 20. That’s an outline, not details; beyond that, there’s so much story still to be told.

You could easily imagine, say, Millie Bobby Brown starring in a Star Wars movie directed by Rachel Talalay – quite apart from just how good it would be, 2018 is exactly the right time to tell the story of a woman leading a rebellion against an oppressive government.

In a way, unlike a Han Solo movie, it’d also lend greater meaning to the films as they already stand. Consider a movie where we see Leia on Alderaan, learning more about her life and her family and her friends – wouldn’t that make the destruction of Alderaan all the more poignant and all the more impactful?

tired: Han Solo movie

wired: Lando movie

inspired: Princes Leia movie

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It’s a good thing we won’t get any new Sherlock for a while

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Indeed, you can easily see the show continuing with the occasional Christmas special at five year intervals. It’s the sort of thing that could quickly become a beloved tradition, a special something extra. 

In that format, the show would be free to be a little more experimental. Perhaps it could be akin to The Abominable Bride, which saw Sherlock in Victorian times – Moffat and Gatiss are both big fans of the Basil Rathbone movies that place Sherlock Holmes in World War II, so that’s definitely something they might consider doing for an episode.

Here’s a thing about Sherlock – I reckon a break is a good thing! I’m pretty fond of the show, and I’d like to see it back eventually; equally, though, I do also reckon taking some time away might be to the benefit of all involved.

I mean, admittedly, that’s no huge insight – the long breaks were baked into the format by series 2, as big a part of the high concept as the modern era setting – but still, I think, true, and worth saying in amongst the clamoring for a speedy return. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all.

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Riverdale Season 2: Has Riverdale ever looked as good as it does in The Wicked and The Divine?

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Has Riverdale ever looked so good? The answer, in fact, is no. The Wicked and the Divine is probably the best directed episode of Riverdale ever, which is what you’d expect when Rachel Talalay is on directing duties. 

Hopefully she’ll return to the series; Talalay put a great new spin on Riverdale’s already distinctive aesthetic and it would be brilliant to have her back to direct some more episodes, in between doing more episodes of Doctor Who, of course.

Notable about this one, of course, is that Rachel Talalay directed it. And that she tweeted my article about it! Would’ve been nice for her to tweet one of the well-written ones, but hey. Beggars can’t be choosers, and maybe I should just make sure all my articles are well written or something.

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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 the Christmas special

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It’s been an exciting nine weeks, but we’ve now reached the midseason finale of Riverdale. And as ever, we have some questions about the hit show. In fact, after a Christmas-themed episode that saw Jughead taking on Penny Peabody, Archie and Betty confronting the Black Hood, and Veronica learning the truth about her parents, as well as an exciting cliffhanger, we have more questions than ever. 

Here’s everything we need to know after Riverdale’s midseason finale, Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night.

And a very Riverdale Christmas, to all of you at home.

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Everything you need to know about Feud: Bette and Joan

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Feud: Bette and Joan is an eight part drama, focusing on the lives of Hollywood stars and bitter rivals Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. When Joan Crawford realises that Hollywood doesn’t offer any good acting roles for a woman her age, she starts to push for an adaptation of the novel What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? – looking for the part that will help her hang on to her stardom. 

For the project to succeed and get financial backing, though, she needs to convince her long-term rival and star in her own right Bette Davis to join the adaptation. The series covers their collaboration and disputes, as well as the challenges of working in 1960s Hollywood.

Here’s my article on Feud: Bette and Joan, starting soon on BBC Two. In the end, I never quite got around to watching Feud, which is a shame, since it looked quite good. Fun fact, though: Alfred Molina is the cousin of one of my old economics teachers! Isn’t that a fun fact? Said economics teacher was something of an actor himself, actually. He was in Age of UltronFlorence Foster Jenkins, Rogue One, Now You See Me, and Wonder Woman. And quite a few more actually, he was pretty prolific.

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Everything you need to know about The League of Gentlemen revival

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The League of Gentlemen, the hit comedy sketch show from the nineties, is coming back for Christmas.

They’ve returned on and off through the years, after the original series ended its run in 2002; this run of the infamous sketch show commemorates the 20th anniversary of the series, which began as a radio show in 1997. 

It’s set to be dark, strange and very funny too. Here’s everything you need to know about the return of cult comedy hit The League of Gentlemen.

Here’s a post on The League of Gentlemen, with everything you need to know about the show’s return. I didn’t watch it, despite a fondness for Mark Gatiss, because the only thing I know about it is that it’s pretty transphobic, and I am just not about that life.

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Everything you need to know about Judi Dench: My Passion For Trees

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Described as a ‘magical journey to uncover the mysteries of trees’, this is an hour-long special dedicated to Dame Judi Dench’s particular passion for trees. The documentary follows Judi Dench’s secret woodland over the course of a year, watching the transformation of the trees throughout the four seasons.

Judi Dench, it turns out, is very passionate about trees.

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