Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead stand in the dark holding flashlights, dressed in formalwear.

Riverdale Season 3, Episode 22: “Survive the Night”

OK, you know what? This episode was fabulous. Is it possible all we were missing this season was a really fun villain? Because holy crap, this week’s villain–who is, by extension, revealed to be this entire season’s superbaddie–is getting a kick out of her evil role. And in turn, I am getting a real kick out of the episode.

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Betty and Jughead look off to the side. Both wearing fancy medieval style clothing.

Riverdale Season 3, Episode 20 “Prom Night”

It’s prom night in Riverdale! Could I BE more excited?

Actually, this may sound a little unbefitting the supposedly intellectual, supposedly adult recapper who stands before you, but I was hoping for this episode to be MORE cliched. More fretting about who goes to prom with who. More meaningful dance scenes. There were some good scares and some great dresses, but all in all, I wanted it to be more Pretty in Pink, less Carrie. Alas, this is Riverdale. You don’t get to have this many plot twists if you waste too much time on prom antics.

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Chad Michael Murray, clad in white, stands between Alice and Evelyn, also clad in white, while they all smirk at Betty (who's facing away from the camera).

Riverdale Season 3, Episode 19: “Fear the Reaper”

I quite liked this episode! Highlights include badass women fighting, another badass woman pursuing her dream, and a twist in the Edgar Evernever saga that I totally didn’t foresee but which makes the casting of Chad Michael Murray even more inspired. Also there’s a Henry James reference that I’m rather embarrassed to report I don’t really get–and that would be the one reference this show would make that I’m qualified to comment on.

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