Our Riverdale podcast makes its bones with the show's wild second season

With “Brave New World,” Riverdale’s second season puts on its red leather jacket and rides off into the sunset. And, for once, all looks hunk-dory—until it doesn’t! Though our favorite “meddling friends” wrap things up on peaceful terms, trouble is a’brewing in the form of Riverdale’s own League Of Doom, which has …

Riverdale’s sophomore season slumps right into the—you guessed it—darkness

As Riverdale’s second season began with an elaborate coma dream—from Fred, of all characters—it’s unfortunate we’re deprived of such an experience with Jughead. (He’s not dead. Neither is Fangs. Moving on.) Then again, season one Jughead already provided the audience with a classic Archie Comics-centered dream. In…

Chaos reigns! Dial M For Maple wonders what’s next for a Riverdale under siege

Murder! Mayhem! Small Fry! All hell breaks loose on this week’s Riverdale, season two’s thrilling penultimate episode. Yes, it’s “Judgment Night,” folks, and everyone’s got tough decisions to make: Will Jughead play martyr? Can Betty bear to sit through her dad’s weird home movies? What color cape should Cheryl wear…

It’s “Judgment Night” for Riverdale, and no one gets out unscathed

If it didn’t go against the episode naming scheme, “Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night” could just as easily be called “The Town That Dreaded Sunrise.” Not only because Riverdale already has an episode (and technically, a serial killer) referencing The Town That Dreaded Sundown but because the ominous feeling in the…

With Riverdale on the brink of a civil war, Dial M For Maple draws its battle lines

As Riverdale reaches its season-two endgame, we were tempted to call this episode “the calm before the storm,” but then we remembered that “Shadow Of A Doubt” includes a scene where the Black Hood raises hell at Fred and Hermione’s mayoral debate. That this week’s tense episode feels quiet in comparison is proof that…

There’s no “Shadow Of A Doubt”—the kids of Riverdale aren’t alright

“Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow Of A Doubt” highlights something that’s key to why Riverdale season two is so frustrating to watch: Riverdale is just such a hateful place at this point. I’ve compared Archie to Paul Walker’s character Skip in Pleasantville, but the entire town is at that angry, burning books (give it…

Who’s that Chic? A bleak Riverdale leaves Dial M For Maple on edge

It’s dark, dark days on Riverdale in an episode that starts with a cheerleading squad in mourning, and ends with Betty’s realization that the Black Hood could be closer than she ever imagined. Dial M For Maple tries to find the levity in it all, but then that “Lollipop” ringtone brings us back to frightening reality.…

Dial M For Maple gives a standing ovation to Riverdale’s take on Carrie: The Musical

A musical episode chock-full of showstoppers, emotional reconciliations, and a proper whodunnit? What did we do to deserve you, Riverdale? On this week’s Dial M For Maple, Marah and Cameron have nearly lost their voices after singing along with—and screaming at—Riverdale High’s Carrie: The Musical, but they manage to…

Surprisingly, Riverdale truly delivers "A Night To Remember" (and to die for)

There’s a point in “Chapter Thirty-One: A Night To Remember” when I realized Riverdale is basically the Popular season one finale. I’m not just talking about the elaborate musical number—though that is what triggered this comparison—but more the fact that Riverdale approaches everything it does like a gratuitous…

The Riverdale cast isn’t really sure how big Riverdale is

There is one Riverdale mystery that continues to confound us, but it doesn’t have anything to do with violent crime, or clandestine love affairs. How big is Riverdale, exactly? Because on one hand, it often functions like a very small town—there’s only one restaurant, one high school (Southside High was shut down),…

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Riverdale’s Luke Perry isn’t sure why Archie treats his dad like shit

At this point in Riverdale’s second season, we’ve accepted that Archie is kind of a dick. Faced with the decision to side with either his friends and family to prevent Southside High from being converted to a for-profit prison, or the evil, antagonistic billionaire who is leading the conversion efforts (who also…

Ready Player One’s real nostalgia trip is to an era when critics didn’t hate pop culture references

Get ready for a blast of crazy pop-culture nostalgia: Remember when pop culture references weren’t considered a creative cheap shot? There was a time when a well-timed zinger about an old TV show or a recent movie was considered refreshing, rather than about on par with the band name-checking the town that they’re…

The CW renews all your favorites, like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane The Virgin, and Riverdale

The CW is a network that gives fans exactly what they want, which is why The Flash and Supergirl had a musical crossover and why Riverdale is actually somehow really good, so in that spirit it has now decided to renew pretty much every one of its shows with a dedicated following—even if those shows don’t have a huge…