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Riverdale Season Four Episode 10
“They do not play to win, they play to harm”
And that is been Stonewall Prep’s sport since their introduction on Riverdale. First they judged and abused Jughead as a result of he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Then they tormened him by burying him alive. Plus, the instructors there, particularly Mr. Dupont, toy with Jug’s feelings by flip-flopping their conduct in the direction of him. It is a fairly poisonous studying atmosphere, one which makes South Facet Excessive seem like the varsity from Fame.
However as we be taught on this newest episode, Stonewall Prep’s complete M.O. is to attempt to destroy and break anybody who is not their very own — be it on the soccer area or in actual life. Is there any doubt that Brett was the ringleader of the assault on Monroe? And even though the proof offered to us means that Betty was liable for Jughead’s impending dying, you simply know that Brett is someway concerned. Precisely what’s tonight’s flash ahead indicating anyway? That she someway obtained into Yale as properly? Perhaps her “darkness” made her jealous of Jug’s success and inspired her kill him to take his slot? We are going to know the solutions to those questions later moderately than sooner. For now although, Stonewall Prep is a college filled with creeps, and regardless of the success Jug is experiencing now it should all be taken away imminently.
All that mentioned, can we simply take a minute and recognize the truth that this episode was essentially the most conventional take a look at highschool life that Riverdale has ever carried out? There was no killing, no maple syrup blood feuds, not even a tiny homicide doll in sight.
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As deeply missed as all the issues had been on this installment, it did work as a proof of idea that the collection can survive with out all its usually weird trappings. (It is simply nowhere close to as enjoyable). No less than this episode went again to the dependable properly of getting Archie make completely horrible choices. His Uncle Frank (Ryan Robbins) is a conflict veteran, implied to be coping with PTSD however hated by Mary because of his laziness and a normal black cloud that follows him. We be taught that Fred as soon as took a drunk driving rap for Frank that will have been his third strike and despatched him away. However that is typical Fred conduct is not it? The truth that Frank let his brother take the hit says quite a bit about his character…as does his providing ache capsules to assist Monroe succeed. As a result of issues labored out okay for Mad Canine ultimately, Archie wrongly assumed that the chance was value it. However will Monroe have a capsule behavior now? Letting long-lost kin stay with you by no means works out properly on Riverdale, so Archie ought to expertise if not the unexpectedly sage knowledge that “you respect what a person chooses for him.” Why did Mary ever conform to this?
Again over at Stonewall Prep, extra unhealthy choices are being made. The Quill and Cranium purchase Jughead a brand new state-of-the-art laptop computer, little question mining his previous one for data they will use in opposition to him, then they persuade him to inform his deepest secret to them. (Guess Jughead was too busy studying Lovecraft to ever perform a little research on Kitty Genovese). Like all the pieces involving Jughead and Stonewall Prep, this conduct contradicts all the pieces we find out about his character earlier than his arrival there. Any of the opposite Quill and Cranium members might have made up their trauma, particularly since they’ve a historical past of mendacity to him. So why would he so freely provide up his most shameful expertise to them. Maybe Betty learns of this emotional betrayal and that units her darkness off…
Additionally in Inconsistencyville, Betty does an uncharacteristically poor journalism job right here. Would not our aspiring Nancy Drew take her exposé on Stonewall Prep to the Riverdale Register, or toss it to the city’s most well-known TV reporter/her mom? Sigh. As an alternative she decides to get even…by difficult the varsity at a quiz. Certain, why not?
Consideration Riverdale writers: As a lot as I used to be delighted by the meta comment by Ms. Appleyard (Emily Tennant) that the Vixens had been “going to deal with cheers, not singing and dancing to pop songs,” as a devoted viewer I need to say that that is ALL I WANT to see the squad too. After Julian, giving Cheryl a level-headed cheer squad foil appears a bit underwhelming.
Much less bonkers however equally uninteresting is Veronica’s mission to defeat her father at his rum sport. Whereas Riverdale is a present that always makes me wish to drink anyway, I do should say that maple-infused rum does sound scrumptious — as is the concept of getting Veronica and Cheryl in enterprise collectively. If something can lastly take down Hiram, it is this pairing.
Subsequent week: Extra Stonewall Prep mustache twirling. In all probability.
– There are few issues I would like on this life as a lot as a Riverdale/Chilling Adventures of Sabrina crossover. With nothing good seemingly allowed to occur on this world, I nonetheless await such a magical factor. In the meantime, I’ll take any inkling of a tie-in between these two exhibits that I can get, and due to this fact was happy to see Betty interviewing Baxter Excessive’s resident jock/half time bully Billy Marlin (Ty Wooden) briefly pop up on this episode.
– This episode’s biggest line, if not the collection’ thus far, was Archie deadpanning “this one time I boxed a bear.” Which is why I’ll by no means, ever give up you, Riverdale.
– Kevin will get no strains tonight and is just glimpsed briefly within the stands on the sport. C’mon now, give him one thing to do.
– The place the hell is Vegas? I care an excessive amount of concerning the animals on this present.
– It is at all times bizarre when Riverdale names actual establishments like Yale and Notre Dame seeing how the present loves itself some faux branding.
– The one real looking factor concerning the Stonewall Prep storyline is how an entitled asshole like Brett continually wins in life regardless of being an absolute vomit individual.
– Jughead’s large affect is outwardly H.P. Lovecraft, however nothing he has ever written on the present has steered this within the slightest.
– Keying Hiram’s automobile and placing rum in his gasoline tank appears beneath Veronica.
– I like when the collection references traditional B&V scams.
– It took 4 seasons to have the Vixens carry out to The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” however we lastly obtained there.
– A personality within the novel (and movie) Picnic at Hanging Rock includes a headmistress named Mrs. Appleyard and ends in terror. There is not any method that the identify of the brand new cheer squad coach is a coincidence. Perhaps a homage, however extra possible a clue that she’s going to trigger critical issues within the weeks forward.