Riverdale season 2: Five questions we have after episode 17

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This week’s episode of Riverdale was another twisting and turning instalment of the quirky teen drama that gives us a lot to ponder.

We saw the Blossoms at each other’s’ throats, the Coopers’ crime come to light, and Archie seemingly enlisting his friends as mob enforcers – it’s an intense time to live in Riverdale.

Here’s my piece on the seventeenth episode of Riverdale season 2, The Noose Tightens, which was the last one for a couple of weeks.

It was a nice reprieve, to be honest – the weekly Riverdale article was becoming increasingly frustrating. I’m basically fond of the show, but it was going through a rough patch, and these “five questions we have after” articles are not the most mentally stimulating to write. (Which isn’t a knock on the format, incidentally; I think a big part of why I struggled with them is because I didn’t know how to write them well. Listicle type things are a skill unto themselves, I reckon.)

Anyway! Hope you enjoy this piece.

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Riverdale Season 2: Where is Cheryl? Who is Chic’s true father?

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Another exciting installment of Riverdale gave us some more twists and turns to ponder on this week. No doubt, the next few episodes will have a lot to deal with. 

Where is Cheryl? Who is Chic’s true father? Will Archie and Veronica see what Hiram is really up to? Things are getting increasingly complex for the residents of Riverdale, and they show no sign of relenting any time soon. Here are five questions we need answered after episode 16, Primary Colours.

Oh, this is an odd one. Obviously, because Riverdale is an America show, the episode is called Primary Colors – but I really can’t bring myself to call it anything but Primary Colours.

That’s not actually an especially fun fact, is it? Ah well. It can be difficult to write these litttle bits of commentary for each individual episode, especially since they blur together so much. Looking back, I can’t even remember who Chic’s real father turned out to be.

Anyway, this piece talks about Cheryl’s whereabouts after a mysterious cliffhanger, speculates about the truth behind Chic’s parents, and ponders whether or not Veronica actually understands any of what her family is doing. (It was very inconsistent, and one of the things that annoyed me most over the course of the season.)

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Riverdale Season 2: Five questions we have after episode 15

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This week’s episode of Riverdale was a pretty momentous one, with some big revelations that’ll change the course of the show – we now know just what Hiram Lodge is up to, and what his plans are for the town. But where we go from here is anyone’s guess – and that leaves us with a lot of questions. 

Just who is Chic? What does Claudius’ return mean? Will Archie ever be the same again? Here are five questions we need answered after episode 15, There Will Be Blood.

Questions about Riverdale!

I feel like I need to make some sort of comment on each of these posts, vis a vis Riverdale, my thoughts on it, and my relationship with it. I suspect, admittedly, I do not have 22 different such thoughts for each of the episodic posts I’ve written about Riverdale.

But, you know, if you want to ask me questions about the show or anything, feel free to get in touch?

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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: 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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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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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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