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That being said, I’ll be sharing my Riverdale work with Spencer Barrett, a colleague at TVSource. We will team up to treat all events in the city with panache. My role? As long as screeners go out, I’ll keep these previews. I’ll try to have them on the Sunday before the episode airs (depending on when they go out), I’ll never break DNRs (that’s “Do Not Reveals” for those who don’t know) and I most likely won’t respond Questions you ask, not because I don’t care (I do!), But because you need to be really careful about these things. So as long as screeners run out (which isn’t guaranteed! Sometimes they all are, sometimes it’s one of them, sometimes they just stop) you can look forward to a sneak peek of what’s to come. You will find my approach super casual and easy going and if you are looking for 100% professionalism 100% of the time then look elsewhere. I may be a press, but I still have thoughts and opinions.
But enough about me, I know what you are all here for, so let’s get started.
Riverdale returns with a bang (and no, shockingly, I don’t mean between the sheets) that stops exactly where we left off in season four: a creepy mystery and personal drama. Everyone on the screen is affected by these two things, whether they are aware of them or not. Personally, I would have expected more explosions for an episode called “Climax”. While the episode may be easy on these, it isn’t necessarily lit on implosions.
There’s something to be said about previous seasons recalls, and you don’t have to be an avid observer to grasp the handful that are evident from the pilot (any fan edit would show the scenes in question). More interesting is a returning thread from the second season that finds its way into current history. If you think I am talking about ships, it is not me, but the thread that is traversed is indeed dark and mysterious. You can even say that it is so dark that it is black. Where this thread leads is not clear, but fascinating.
Fans may have referred to this premiere as a “Prom Episode”, but unfortunately very little prom is shown. A shame, yes? That’s not to say that interesting things don’t happen at prom, it would just have been nice if this part had a little more room to breathe. As we see the coronation of the prom king (as well as her court), the moments don’t allow for the meaning they should have been.
For all senders out there, there is something for everyone. In some cases I mean little, but it’s there. Fans can look forward to a character singing a very familiar tune and doing it wonderfully, albeit awkwardly. And man, is it awkward. But as a drama whore, get in touch with me. I love to see it.
Some stray thoughts for your consideration:
As much as it doesn’t seem in time, high school has an expiration date and what we hold onto forever isn’t.
For those who wanted Toni to star in the fifth season, she definitely will if the premiere episode is any indication of it.
The word “endgame” is still terrifying, especially when the people on the other end don’t seem as sure of their belief as those who say it.
Inserting characters that are usually in the B or C plot into the A plot should actually be more frequent on this show, especially if it makes sense for plot reasons.
The episode rating is a solid seven. For me the episode doesn’t work as a standalone episode and there needs to be a better balance between mystery and personal / interpersonal drama, and milestone moments need more breathing space. That being said, there have been some really beautiful and poignant (both on your face and more subtle) moments, and the episode works in an overarching way.
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Riverdale returns to The CW on Wednesday January 20th, 2021