A twisted episode of Riverdale has got Dial M For Maple drinking the Kool-Aid

Two episodes in, Riverdale’s third season is already off the deep end, and the show is all the better for it. In this week’s Dial M For Maple, hosts Marah and Cameron discuss satanic board games, speculate the dark shared past of the parents, and extol the triumphs and defeats, the epic highs and lows of high school…

Riverdale meets the Gargoyle King, the stuff of nightmares & secret pacts

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After last week’s relatively strong premiere, Riverdale keeps the momentum going with “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes.” And this episode truly is non-stop tonal shifts, as the culmination of Archie’s terrible, no good, very bad summer is a walk in the park compared to the Dark Dungeons-esque mystery…

Who is the Gargoyle King? Dial M For Maple explores the mysteries of Riverdale's new season

After a loaded sophomore season that unmasked the Black Hood next door and sent the town to the brink of civil war on multiple occasions, how does Riverdale kick off season three? With some sweaty courtroom drama, of course! But while Archie’s on trial for murder, Dial M For Maple would like to take him to court for…

Riverdale returns for the official end of summer, innocence, and dark Archie

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Even at its lowest points, there’s always something to appreciate about Riverdale. Even after a sophomore slump, there’s still a reason to long for the show during hiatus. And an episode like “Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day” explains why that is: It’s because Riverdale is the type of show where things like a murder…

Our Riverdale podcast, Dial M For Maple, returns to preview the show's third season

Tie up that ponytail high because Riverdale’s third season is just around the corner, and our recap podcast, Dial M For Maple, is celebrating with a return to form. Hosts Marah Eakin and Cameron Scheetz are back and eager to catch up on all of the Riverdale news you may have missed over the summer. They’ll recap the…

Along came Polly: Dial M For Maple interviews Riverdale’s Tiera Skovbye

It’s been a long, hot, Riverdale-less summer, but Dial M For Maple is here with a special treat: an interview with Tiera Skovbye, a.k.a. the mysterious Polly Cooper. While on a press tour for her new movie, Summer Of ’84, Tiera jumped on the phone with host Cameron Scheetz to discuss the future of the Cooper clan, the…

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

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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

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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

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“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)

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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),…