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: 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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