Riverdale – s03 ep07 – Chapter Forty-Two – “The Man in Black”

You guys…. What is happening?! This is too much! Too much is happening on this show! I’m overwhelmed!

I had totally forgotten this was the three part episode like in season 2! I liked it… Weirdly enough, I did like “Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkness” better…

Anyway… For the winter hiatus, I’m planning on writing a Riverdale related blog post every week until the show comes back! Let me know in the comments if there is a topic you would like to discuss or even if this idea might interest you!

Jughead & Archie

Right from the beginning, Jughead bites back as Archie starts being just a tiny little bit mysogynistic

He is 100% right. Betty can fucking save herself. As Jake Peralta said:

SHE DON’T NEED NO MAN!

Jake Peralta, Brooklyn99:”HalloVeen

“Cal”… Cole… COME ON IT’S  ALMOST THE SAME NAME!

And Archie… STOP FLIRTING WITH HER, YOU DUMBASS!
Goddamit, you are so insufferable! 

As Archie does his thing, Jug goes into town investigating and it is super weird… it reminds me of an episode of Fringe “Welcome To Westfield”…

Jug mentioned Jingle jangle and I was like: “eheheeh it’s still funny.
It kind of freaks me out that Archie is so into this farm… it feels like he is under a spell or something like that. Oh, and he is kissing the girl. If she cuts him with the razor blade Joaquin-Style, I’ll laugh so hard. 

It was nice seeing Cole in his element with camera hung around his neck, taking pictures left and right.

And then this fucking moron (Archie, obviously) tells Laurie who you really he, who is he running from, he actually says out loud the name “Hiram Lodge“. Could you be more stupid? 

THE MAN IN BLACK. 

Everybody keeps saying it’s Hiram… If this was a well written show it wouldn’t be him. Is the man in Black is actually him, I’m going to be so disappointed. To be honest, I will also be disappointed if it’s not him. Anyway, there are no good options. 
Archie, why the fuck are you eating eggs with the spoon? IDIOT.
It was fucking obvious that she was going to walk him in the end with a pan! Who wrote this shirt?

Aaaaaaaaaand “The Man in Black” is Hiram Lodge. OF COURSE IT’S HIRAM, YOU DINGUS! You fucking morons… 

THIS IS SO PREDICTABLE. 

or we could stay and fight?

ONE BAD IDEA AFTER BAD IDEA, ARCHIE! Jughead, please, get out of this ugly situation as soon as possible! 

I’ll tell you: “put some sense into him!“, but it would be hilarious because Archie is dumb so THAT would be impossible.  And so they run to Toledo, to see Jughead’s mom.

Oh no, don’t worry. It’s not gonna be awkward!

She just skipped town with his sister and left him in Rverdale with his gang leader and alcoholic father. (Sorry FP but let’s not forget season-1-you).

Veronica

Veronica leaves the Pembrooke, starts sleeping at the Speak Easy and gets into business with Elio. 

No, jokes aside… I love that she is distancing herself from her parents, trying to make it on her own and to keep her business afloat.

I admire her. She is working hard and sacrificing a lot.

I am not too keen on her going to Daddy for some advice on how to deal with Elio.

And how is it possible that she hadn’t figured out Elio was a mobster and a criminal?

He owns casinos, he is the son of one of “Daddy“‘s friends and she thought he was reliable?

This is the kind of storytelling that gets on me nerves. SHE IS NOT AN IDIOT! How come she got in business with him!?

Oh and I’m loving Reggie’s outfits this seasons!!! SO BOLD! I love them

And then she finds out that Elio is somehow cheating and she bets the entire establishment AND the Speakeasy!! She crazy! Bold move. I love her.

She wins of course, she was in with the dealer but I loved her attitude and empowering stances.

Betty

I’ve been worried for Jughead for two episodes when I should have really been focused on Betty.

Her part of the episode is almost entirely her own interal monologue with some amazing lines, delivered brilliantly by Lili Reinhart. Suffice to say, there is not doubt in ANYONE’s mind that her performance is the highlight of the show. SHOW, not episode. 

“Make them think that you are sane…”

Betty Cooper

Betty tries to escape the Sisters of Quiet Mercy by acting as normal as she can.

All the girls are given “candy” that turns out to be… FIZZLE ROCK! Betty manages not to eat them and tries to befriend Ethel, who has legit gone CRAZY.

Also, dear Betty… DON’T THROW THE DRUGS IN THE BIN! THEY ARE GOING TO FIND THEM, YOU DINK!

Sister Woodhouse apparently takes girls into the Gargoyle King’s chambers to… scare them? Ehm…. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!

“Betty…. I don’t think Jughead is into you anymore.”

Ethel

HER FACE WAS EVERYTHING

And can we talk about Betty’s internal sassyness!? Best. Part. Of. The. Episode.

But then look who shows up?

What is Claudius Blossom doing here!? WITH HIRAM LODGE, nonetheless!

And the crazy bitch fight with Ethel?!? Followed by a seizure?!

Lili Reinhart’s acting as improved esponentially. She has been incredible this season. She really stepped up her game and it shows. She carries the whole thing on her shoulders. I’ve said it before… As much as I like Cole, Camila and KJ, Lili’s acting is something more.

I DON’T GET WHY BETTY IS NOT WORTHY. WHY ISN’T SHE? WHY DOES ETHEL KEEP REPEATING THAT?! WHAT THE FUCK DOES IT MEAN!?!

Can someone explain this to me please?!

So Betty almost escape through the tunnel Toni and Veronica help Cheryl get away, but it’s a wall now! So they force drugs on Betty and they take her to meet the Gargoyle King and….

BAM!

BRAINWASHED!



We’ve reached the end! I am worried sick about Betty, I do hope Jughead won’t come in running and save her because

MY GIRL CAN SAVE HERSELF, thank you very much.

I’m excited to meet Jellybean and Gladys next episode and hopefully we’ll know more about this G&G bullshit and the Gargoyle King.

Did you like the episode? What are Claudius Blossom and Hiram Lodge plotting? How far are Hiram’s powers extended to?

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Georgia



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Riverdale – s03 e06 – Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter – REVIEW

You guys… So much happened. I have so many opinions, so many comments and SO MANY RIDICULOUS SCENES THAT MADE ME LAUGH SO MUCH!

I am still worried about Jughead. Please, don’t harm him anymore. He has had it tough, people. His mom left wth his baby sister, his dad went to prison, he was homeless, he joined a dangerous gang and was almost beaten to death by a crazy lady.

I’ve been reviewing all the season 3 episodes and I’ve wrote a couple most posts about my thoughts, opinions and comments!

Riverdale’s Weird Characterization, Cringeworthy Moments, Season 3 – Trailer Breakdown,  Why Archie Andrews is an Idiot: A Rant-y and Not At All Bias Opinion Piece, Bughead Fanfiction Recommendations, Scenes That Had Me in Stitches, Aspects That Made Me Super Mad,
Top 5 pisodes – Romance, Trash and Ridiculousness.

Let’s get into the episode shall we?

Let me just say… Betty was a badass in this episode. Strutting in her house in total black and her serpent jacket on. She looked SO COOL! I stand one (1) Serpent Queen.

 Again with the sex bunker. Seriously guys. Stop. There is one think I am actually worried about:

They changed the sheets, right? RIGHT!? RIGHT?!?!

  Then the Cherriff start threatening the students and JOSIE HAS A SEISURE!!!!

But the perfect line was delivered by Evelyn Evernever:

I don’t even know this Archie person.

Evelyn Evernever

I WISH I COULD SAY THE SAME, GIRL. I REALLY DO.

But guess what Bughead Investigations finds out? The Warden was the RROTC instructor of Riverdale High, the same year their parents started “The Midnight Club“.

Betty traps the parents in Veronica’s Speak Easy to confront them. Fred Andrews is obviously the only sane person that want to cooperate with Betty. He is the only intelligent person on this show!!! 

The parents start accusing each other, Dilton Doiley’s deceased father gets blamed by Penelope Blossom and lie after lie is told, Betty tells FP Jug is playing G&G.

CALL HIM OUT BETTY!!! YOU GO GIRL!!! 

It is perfectly clear they are lying. There are things they haven’t revealed to us yet. 

I’m loving this Kevin / Archie storyline! I liked that the writers paired them off and let them have a sort of adventure together.

Now let’s talk about Jughead being handcuffed to the fridge. On Tumblr there has been an outpouring of kinky comments and I loved it. The scene itself was sweet. You could see the love between Betty and Jughead and the respect they have for each other.

They don’t have to spend all their time together, no matter how much we, the Bughead fandom, would like that. I liked that they showed independence and the amount of TRUST there is between the two of them.

They have learned by the mistakes they made in early season 2, when they briefly broke up because he didn’t want her to have anything to do with the Serpents and that life.

COULDN’T HE HAVE TOLD HER BEFORE SHE DID THE SERPENT DANCE AND STRIPPED IN FRONT OF A ROOM OF GROWN MEN?!

I’m still pissed off about that. I will NEVER get over it.

So Kevin brings Archie to the morgue to have him stiched up because his wound had gotten infected and, against Veronica’s orders, they go ater the Cheriff, who is scouting the woods for “The Shadow Lake Boys”.

The next scene drove me insane. Somehow, all of a sudden Veronica finds 10 minutes of missing footage from Minetta’s interrogation tapes.

AND LAWYERS MCCOY MISSED IT? MARY ANDREWS MISSED IT? THEY ARE FUCKING PROFESSIONALS!!! WHY ARE ALL THE PEOPLE IN THIS SHOW SO BAD AT THEIR JOBS?

She gets thrown into jail and yadi yadi. More importantly, Sweet Pea and Fang find Joaquin and we find out that the symbol Warden Norton burnt on Archie is the G&G code for SACRIFICE.

Another scene that had me in stitches: Jughead confronting Hiram and accusing him of being the Gargoyle King without a single shred of evidence.

FRED ANDREWS TO THE RESCUE!

Oh and surprise surprise… MR DOILEY’S DEATH WAS SUSPICIOUS. NO SHIT SHERLOCK!

And who was Sheriff when all of that happened?! Tom Keller obviously! But he and Fred then run off to the woods! GREAT.

Oh and MORE DEATHS AND CADAVERS!

But one of them is alive! And Archie and Kevin take him to the hospital. There wasn’t any doubt the guy wasn’t going to survive. OF COURSE HE WASN’T! IT WAS FUCKING OBVIOUS!

And more people are going to perish! Case in point  JOAQUIN!!! As I wrote on my Tumblr:

I was also surprised by Jughead’s reaction. Finally! A somewhat normal expression of shock!

Archies is feeling guilty, Veronica saves him and Penelope Blossom asks Betty to call her Auntie and it’s super weird. Betty starts drilling Alice for answers about Doiley’s covered up murder and SHIT GETS SCARY!

But don’t fret! FP to the rescue! And by that I mean doing nothing and hugging Alice for not reason at all.

MORE SHOCKING NEWS!

ALICE SENDS BETTY TO THE SISTERS OF QUIET MERCY! TO KEEP HER SAVE!

AND THEN SHIT GETS EVEN WEIRDER!

Almost forgot! Archie and Veronica break up! And Archie and Jughead are off to Toledo to visit Jug’s mom.

I liked KJ’s acting in this scene. He was really good. Still, I was surprised because I didn’t feel anything. Not even a little bit of sadness. I was totally unscathed by this moving scene. I felt nothing. Maybe because of my hatred for Archie, but I should at least feel sorry for Veronica!

She went against her family, worked her ass off for him, bought a diner, built a business and got him out of the conviction he plead guilty to!

PLOT TWISTS ARE NOT OVER YET!

Betty is at the Sisters and guess what?!

ALL THE OTHER… shall we call them patients or inmates?… ARE DRAWING PICTURE OF THE GARGOYLE KING!!!

Even the Sisters are not immute to the game! And Betty is most definitely NOT safe!

This was a stressful episode, it took me so long to review! And almost 1,000 words later, it’s done.

Hope you like it. I’m worried about Betty now. I hope that since Jug is leaving Riverdale, he will detox and he won’t be so obsessed with G&G. Please don’t hurt him.

If you want to stab Archie again… be my guest!

Just… don’t hurt Jughead. He’s going to see his mom, who, by the way, ABANDONED HIM AND TOOK AWAY HIS SISTER! But this is for the next episode!

WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE GARGOYLE KING? Do you have any suspects? Do you think there are clues scattered all around the episodes? or the writers are just fucking clueless and don’t pay that much attention to details?

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Georgia

Daredevil Season 3 Review

Daredevil season 3 came out more than a month ago and I have just gotten around to publish this review. I have been busy, readers. I wrote a blog post every single day from September 20th to October 11th and I needed a break.

Charlie Cox in Daredevil (2015)I thought I was going to watch these 13 episodes in a couple of days but I actually took me a little bit longer.

I binged season 1 in a couple of days, staying up until 3 in the morning. I watched season 2 out of love for the first one and I was not a fan. Electra got on my nerves immediately and Stick was just boring. I even saw “The Defenders“! This season was good. I liked it.

Charlie Cox is extremely attractive and I kept going mostly because of him. And Karen. I loved that she kept searching for the truth, despite all odds and people plotting against her.

This season started off with Matt abandoning both his Daredevil and his own identity personas. And it took most of the season for him to go back to kicking ass.

His own existential crisis was a bit boring.

All this talk about God reminded me of “Suits” and Mike’s christian guilt. I was not interested in re-living all of that again.

Charlie Cox and Wilson Bethel in Daredevil (2015)

Daredevil has been going through some difficult times: they have had four different show runner in the span of 3 seasons! That is unbelievable. I am surprised the show has not crumbled down yet.

While Matt hiding with nuns and priests, Foggy and Karen believe him to be dead and yet, they do not lose hope. They pay his bills and keep his apartment in order. They are both pursuing their career, Foggy as a lawyer and for a brief moment, political candidate and Karen as an investigative journalist.

Vincent D'Onofrio in Daredevil (2015)

Winston Fisk is back and had he said: “VANESSA!” one more time, I would have slapped him across the face.

What is the deal with protagonists talking to ghosts? First in “13 Reasons Why”, in Riverdale’s latest episode and now here. Why do they think it is a good idea?

Get it through your head… it’s not.

I really enjoyed episode 10, the one entirely dedicated to Karen and her back story. It was nice to see where she came from and the events that brought her to Hell’s Kitchen.

Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll in Daredevil (2015)

The revelation that Sister Maggie is Matt’s mother left me shocked for a millisecond and then it felt obvious. I should have seen it coming.

Matt spends basically the entire season rejecting his friends and rejecting any help. He dwells on his misery and plays the tortured superhero with a God complex.

That’s something we’ve seen a billion times before. It’s nothing new.

He then realises he cannot do it alone and goes back to relying on the people who love him.

Wow. What a big and unforeseeable plot twist.

Risultati immagini per john oliver no gif

And this thing bothered me in quite a few episodes:

How is it possible that Matt materializes to places? One minute he was at Fisk’s house, two seconds later BOOM! he was at the church.

And then he was on the roof with Karen and Foggy and in the next scene he was at Nadeem’s house. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! COME ON!

Elden Henson and Jay Ali in Daredevil (2015)

I enjoyed Agent Nadeem’s story line. I was not stupid or boring and for some reason, I did not expect him to die at the end.

Given that Netflix has cancelled both Luke Cage (thank you TV Gods) and Iron Fist (Bless you, Gods of Television), I am not sure whether or not we will get a season 4.

Overall, I liked it. A lot more than season 2. I felt like it took too much time for the trio to get back together and the first couple of episodes were too slow. To me it felt like they were stringing us along for no reason at all.

That being said, Fisk was as scary and as manipulative as usual and I was glad they brought him back. He is a strong villain, the classic bad guy. Every superhero show needs someone like Fist, or like Jessica Jones’ Killgrave. (BRING BACK DAVID TENNANT PLEASE)

I don’t care about abstract entities or secret societies. I want an evil cruel bad guy with despicable intentions. That’s what’s fun to me.

Have you seen season 3? Did you like it? Did it surprise you? 

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I’m always up for swapping theories and impressions!

xxx

Georgia

 

 

Westworld Season 2 – Review

Spoiler alert: this review is going to be really short.

I watched it.

I did it.

It took me 4 months.

I did not understand what the fuck was happening.

Visually, it is beautiful. The landscapes, lens glares and colours are magnificent. It’s worth watching 10 hours of this season just to see the cinematography. It’s absolutely magnificent.

The acting is mesmerising. There were parts I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screeen, even though I did not get what was going on.

This is what I think I have internalised:

  • Dolores is now evil
  • Maeve can control other hosts
  • The humans/creators are collecting the data of all the guests (Facebook and Cambridge Analytica style).
  • Bernard is… a host? But not all the time? I don’t know I’m still confused
  • There are more than two timelines (?)
  • There are more universes than the Wild West one.
  • There is a sort of heaven.
  • Half the cast is dead.

Kudos to the actors, directors and the entire production team for creating a great show I do not understand in the slightest.

That’s my ony complaint. The show itself. It is really really hard to follow. Not even reading professional reviewers from The New York Times helped me.

I do not think I’ll be watching season 3 (probably airing in 2020). I can’t do this.



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Georgia

p.s. I wrote this in August. Then got sidetracked by the Fall Premiere season…