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Old 05-16-2022, 07:35 PM
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Agreed. Make it only 15 so Grant is every episode, do what you have to do to get Candice signed for 15 as well, then wrap up the series.
Hopefully that's what happens then
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Riverdale Uses Superhero Tropes to Its Advantage

To tell its current superhero saga, the CW Archie series looks to the comic book page.

Riverdale Season 6 Episode 14
“Welcome to the sad superhero club…”




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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…shirtless Archie Andrews! With its latest installment, Riverdale‘s current superhero saga proved that it isn’t afraid to liberally borrow tried and true superhero tropes in order to advance the storyline of Archie’s mighty crusaders squaring off against the increasingly diabolical (and somewhat annoyingly impervious) Percival Pickens. As a lifelong Archie Comicsfanatic, I’ll admit that it is a bit jarring to hear these characters namecheck their DC characters, but it is all in service to the grand storyline here…not to mention corporate synergy. (Warner Bros owns DC Comics and half of The CW itself).

So quicker than you can say “Berlantiverse,” this latest episode had Archie and Jughead browsing the latter’s comic collection when they stumble upon the idea that Arch can maybe develop an immunity to palladium through exposing himself to it — just like Superman trying to counter the effects of Kryptonite! To do this, he enlists the help of Riverdale’s resident witchy woman, Cheryl Blossom.

Cheryl gives Archie a piece of palladium from her mines, and he begins wearing it to his workouts. However, the plot doesn’t work, and Archie’s strength and mass starts to diminish. Theorizing that the exposure was too much, too soon, Cheryl suggests that Archie starts microdosing himself instead, via her homemade palladium soup. Yeah. This backwards scheme is also a massive fail, and soon Archie’s mass and health starts deteriorating rapidly. Surmising that she can both heal him and make him invulnerable to palladium for good, Cheryl performs a transmutation spell. Forged in fire by her alchemy, Archie Andrews is back, and this time completely unstoppable. Percival the Perverse, thy days are numbered.

Meanwhile, Cheryl — who was been a witch for less than a season and everyone accepts this without questioning because Riverdale — is also helping Veronica with her black widow problem. Not only can she kill anyone she gets intimate with (I suppose having her sing Lita Ford’s “Kiss Me Deadly” instead of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” would be a bit too on the nose) but whenever Veronica gets emotional she can release her venom. Fortunately, this only resulted in a nosebleed for Reggie, but the effects could be fatal for those around her. Through doing research on spiders and working with Cheryl, Ronnie realizes that other toxins can’t harm her. Furthermore, she learns that her ability to control the toxins she releases depends on her emotional state. So if she can keep her emotions in check, she isn’t a threat to others. And another soldier in Archie’s army is ready for battle against Percival…

Still searching for clues to her repressed memories, Betty enlists Jugead’s help to do “deep memory reading” in order to recover the truth about whether her father was grooming her to become a serial killer since she was a kid. The process involves Jughead entering a sort of dream state where he rifles through a box of “Betty” comic books that contain her memories. Together they uncover the truth, that Hal was in fact grooming her, and Alice (who it is revealed also possesses the serial killer gene) was so overprotective of Betty her entire life in an attempt to control her evil tendencies. Despite Alice’s good intentions, none of this sits well with Betty, who still feels conflict with the evil inside of her.

This episode was an interesting experiment in that it attempted to explore superhero tropes like the aforementioned exposure to weakness, a character like Archie furthering his Hero’s Journey, etc. Director Lisa Soper brought a distinctive visual flair to this episode, making it feel like a comic brought to life in a way reminiscent of Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk movie. (Which is not a knock, say what you will about the flick, but it is never dull to look at). Riverdale exists in a heightened reality anyway, so any manipulation of its visual style just enhances the outrageousness of the proceedings. In fact, this should be the series’ default aesthetic.

So now that our heroes have their powers established and under control, will they be able to defeat Percival Pickens? Well yeah, obviously. But how we get from here to there is the question, and with any luck this will occur before the season finale on July 31st.

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• Again, I can’t express enough how jarring it is seeing Archie characters discuss DC Comics. Among the various Superman comics glimpsed, you also see an issue of DC’s horror anthology The House of Mystery.

• It’s hilarious that everyone is coming to Cheryl with their witchcraft needs while she is using a Magic 8-Ball as her “oracle.”

• This episode’s biggest accomplishment was upsetting the series’ ships. What did the kiss between Archie and Veronica stir within them? We see that Jughead is overwhelmed with feelings of romance towards Betty after poking around in her brain, also, creepy. But does Betty also feel that why? And what will the reunion between Cheryl and former love Heather (Caroline Day) be like?

• “Don’t make me beat you up again,” snarls Percival to Archie, in his funniest line on the show to date.

• Does this episode feature the most Dr. Curdle Jr. screentime yet? It certainly feels that way, not that I am complaining.

• Heather is a librarian in Greendale and is, apparently, also a witch. We know that Sabrina will be making a return to Riverdale this season (she doesn’t appear to know Cheryl in the main continuity), so will Heather be the conduit to bring everyone’s favorite twentysomething witch to town?

• Hal and Alice Cooper really are just atrocious parents.

• “Get my Russian tome you Baba Yaga,” barks Cheryl to Nana Rose.

• “You look insane right now,” declares Reggie to an insane-looking Veronica at the casino board meeting.

• What exactly does palladium soup taste like? How is there not a Riverdale-themed cookbook?

• Director Lisa Soper mischievously included a great jump scare when a spider crawled across the screen after Cheryl and Veronica’s conversation about poisons.

• Veronica is now wearing Cheryl’s “iconic” spider broach, which is fitting given her abilities.

• Smartfood popcorn, the official snack of venomous Riverdaleians.

• “We want to see you get your main character energy back,” says Betty to Veronica, somehow without winking to viewers.

• Perhaps the thing I love most about this show is how its characters are always able to pull an elaborately choreographed musical number out of their pocket at a moment’s notice.

• Next week: Jughead is a magician for some reason. Who knows why, and does it even matter?

https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/riverda...ode-14-review/
Bughead and Varchie will return. That’s what I got out of this episode.

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Stranger Things 3.5 and S3 in general

I am loving the season.

Wow, Hopper and Joyce are so ON romantically in the future. LOL. The rough and tough romantic banter is so obvious.

Good on Jonathan for admitting to Nancy that he was wrong because he was. She was mentally abused at work, those men were disgusting vile misogynistic pricks and he should have recognized this was the main issue over everything else. He does feel pressure because he doesn’t have money like Nancy and needs to work but abuse is abuse, not to mention her being 100% right there was danger around them once again. When she had a story and the mystery was becoming more clear, he needed to accept this and not doubt her. I am glad he realized he was wrong and that elevator scene was so perfect. Especially when she said she looks forward to him never doubting her again since she was right about everything.

I loved how Nancy and Jonathan naturally got involved with the younger group. It was awesome how smoothly both groups merged. I loved how they both stepped aside and let Eleven open the door. I can't wait until this newly formed group finally meets up with Steve's group!

The Eleven/Max friendship is everything in S3 which was so important for both girls. They have shared some wonderful scenes. My favorite is when Max was teaching Eleven about comics and Eleven was next to her in bed with her head on her shoulder.

I do like Max and Lucas overall. I was glad Eleven and Mike had a nice heart-to-heart in this one. From the beginning, there has been an unstoppable connection between the two which seems very spiritual in nature to me. That all said, I am glad Eleven got to spend time on other things in her life like friendship with Max and loving clothes and the mall. Simple things she missed out on locked up in a lab. She has been able to spread her wings more with the realization that she might love Mike but she has other things in her life too she wants to embrace.

Steve and Dustin scenes were amazing, I love Robin and Erica is precious. That little actress is phenomenal. I love their scenes as they found their way out of the elevator and Steve beating up a Russian.

I haven't commented on every episode (or else I wouldn't get through the watch lol) but I loved the scene in the last episode between Nancy and her mother, the kitchen scene. I cried, the acting was perfect and the mother/daughter chemistry sparkled. I have a feeling Nancy had been waiting for those words from her mother for a long time.

My biggest issue with S3 right now is the younger group not worrying about Dustin... why aren't they concerned? Will thought he was being left out... seriously, DUSTIN is the one being left out because they have no idea where he is… they send a code red calling him and he didn't answer. Doesn’t that bother them? Why not go past his house and see where the hell he is? It is weird. He's fine, he's with Steve and the other group but they do not know this! I find this a bit irritating. I hope their reunion is a good one.

I find it very interesting since it’s the 1980s we’re hearing lots of anti-Russia (or Soviet) sentiment from multiple characters… rightfully so because it was a big part of the 80s. It’s just interesting because in the present Russia is… well Russia and most of the world hates them too.

Although Alexei is endearing. I hope my intuition is right and he’s a decent Russian.

The hospital scenes had me so on edge.

So the flayed is really like a hive mind/body? Hurt one it hurts the others. I wonder if when they'll figure that out or it becomes relevant.

Great season so far, 3 more episodes to go until fully caught up and then ready for S4!

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yeah I heard jughead had the greatest bughead hits in his mind.
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Bughead and Varchie will return. That’s what I got out of this episode.
I just read all that, and boy, this show gives a whole new meaning to over the top!
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yeah I heard jughead had the greatest bughead hits in his mind.
Yes!
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I just read all that, and boy, this show gives a whole new meaning to over the top!


It's bizarre, completely crazy. I just can't let go. I am too invested in seeing how it all ends and I do have ships. Apparently next season is reportedly the last (although, not confirmed) so hopefully not long now.
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I"m kind of interested in the final 6 episodes. Despite only having seen the vale ones.
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It's bizarre, completely crazy. I just can't let go. I am too invested in seeing how it all ends and I do have ships. Apparently next season is reportedly the last (although, not confirmed) so hopefully not long now.
It's been on a long time! When I read that recap I was like wow!
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I"m kind of interested in the final 6 episodes. Despite only having seen the vale ones.
Hopefully it goes back to the correct ships. It really seemed this past episode is the start. I know someone from work who loves Betty and Archie and literally wants to stop watching because she feels after watching the past episode it is going back to Betty and Jughead.
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It's been on a long time! When I read that recap I was like wow!
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Hopefully it goes back to the correct ships. It really seemed this past episode is the start. I know someone from work who loves Betty and Archie and literally wants to stop watching because she feels after watching the past episode it is going back to Betty and Jughead.
yeah the bh pimping was over the top. but you don't spend four whole seasons on a couple and it not go back to them.
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yeah the bh pimping was over the top. but you don't spend four whole seasons on a couple and it not go back to them.
Exactly right. No way.
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I guess the BA fans will have to learn much like DB/NS/DV stans on GG. May Walmart Derena is on its way back.
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