Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 1 season premiere: “The Calm before the Storm”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 1 season premiere, we are left with some shocking moments, a new mystery, and so many questions.  Are you ready for season 3?  Here we go!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Six:  Labor Day,” Archie faces his trial and is tormented by nightmares before the big day.  Meanwhile, Jughead learns that it is not easy to lead, Veronica continues to clash with her father, and Betty is not a fan of her mother’s new outlook on life.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“Have a terrific weekend!”

During Archie’s trial, we learn that there will be a short recess until after Labor Day, which gives Archie one last potential weekend of freedom.  Hiram Lodge makes it a point to wish Archie a terrific weekend, but Fred Andrews wipes that smug smile off his face literally when he punches him.  Even though this may not have been the wisest decision, Fred is not about to let Hiram say anything else to his son and he will not rest until he brings him to justice.  I have to admit that I was cheering for Fred in this moment.  Take that Hiram!

4

“Cheryl doesn’t miss.”

Oh Cheryl Blossom, how I have missed you.  Cheryl makes an entrance like no other and walks into Pop’s Diner, sporting her red leather Serpent jacket and red bikini top like a boss.  Cheryl announces that there will be an end of summer party at her house and lets us know that she spent three wonderful months with Toni.  Can we get some footage of that please?  Cheryl opens up to Toni during the pool party and talks about when Archie saved her in the river, revealing that she had lost hope and did something really stupid.  Toni proves to be a wonderful partner and is always there to support her and listen.  Toni embraces Cheryl’s hand, letting her know that she is there for her and I am happy that these two are finally getting the chance they deserve together.  Later on, Cheryl continues to steal the spotlight when she sports her bow and arrow, ready to protect her fellow Serpents.  Cheryl puts an arrow in the shoulder of a Ghoulie who gets a little bit too close to Jughead and reminds everyone, “I told you I was in the mood for some hell raising.”  After Penny threatens the Serpents, Jughead tells Cheryl to point the arrow at Penny’s head and reminds her that “Cheryl doesn’t miss.”  Seriously she’s like a super hero or something.  With everything else going on in this episode, it was great to see some moments reserved for Cheryl, but I am hoping to see her character develop even further this season.  She deserves it.

3

“You don’t have a daughter anymore.”

Tensions continue to run high in the Lodge family.  Veronica begs her father to change his mind and help Archie, but he tells her that “it’s simply beyond my control.”  Later on, Archie tries to tell Veronica that he doesn’t want her to wait for him, but she refuses to accept this and tells him, “I am not letting my dad take away the one thing that I love.”  Later on when Archie is taken away, Veronica learns that this is her punishment for betraying her father.  Hiram is cold and harsh with Veronica, but she refuses to back down and tells him, “You don’t have a daughter anymore.”  We know that Hiram will never hurt Veronica physically, but the fact that he can stoop to this level is monstrous.  Hopefully Fred, FP, and Tom Keller can come up with something before it’s too late.  Either way, my heart goes out to Veronica and I am hoping that Hermione will have a change of heart and get more involved.

2

“I didn’t kill anyone but I could have.  I have to take responsibility for that.”

During the episode, Archie is tortured by nightmares, as his guilt starts to overwhelm him.  When he is out with his friends for Labor Day weekend, he tells them that “this is the best last day of summer a guy could ask for.”  Jughead suggests that Archie make a run for it, but Archie feels guilty and responsible for so much and can’t run away from this.  When Archie learns that there may now be another trial, a deal is presented for him to confess to manslaughter and Archie immediately jumps up and accepts the deal, against the advice of his mother.  Archie doesn’t want to put his family and friends through this ordeal any longer and accepts his punishment.  Good thing Archie has some fresh ink, as he will need to look for some potential Serpent allies while in jail.  While I commend Archie for his courage here, I wish that he wouldn’t always act so quickly.  His mother knows what she is doing and this all could have been avoided, but we will have to wait and see if Fred can somehow prove that Hiram is behind everything.  No pressure Fred.

1

“The Gargoyle King.”

The season premiere gave us a lot of shocking and heartwarming moments, but a new mystery has presented itself.  During the episode, we detect Dilton, who is always off by himself and has been seeking out advice and help from Jughead.  Dilton begins rambling to Jughead about the Gargoyle King, almost warning him, but Jughead has to get to Archie’s trial.  When he returns home, he finds a drawing from Dilton that matches up with a map.  When he arrives at the marked spot, he finds several boys in front of some kind of ritual with carvings on their backs.  I have to say that I am absolutely baffled and I have no idea what will happen here, but it looks like Jughead has just discovered a new darkness lurking in Riverdale.  If that wasn’t shocking enough, we learn that Alice has been influenced by someone named Edgar.  Polly introduced Alice to him and so far it seems to be harmless enough, but it is absolutely screaming cult.  We also learn that Betty has been abusing prescription drugs and has lied about going to see a therapist, which is alarming.  At the end of the episode, Betty thinks she sees her mother and sister holding the twins above a fire and then collapses and begins convulsing on the ground.  While we can guess that she must have been hallucinating, Betty’s life is in immediate danger and I am extremely worried.  Earlier, Jughead reminded her that they are partners and I’m hoping that she will learn from her past mistakes and open up to him about her problems now.  She needs Jughead more than ever even though “The Serpent Queen is a Warrior Queen.”  Betty is strong, but her father’s actions may have taken a bigger toll on her than she is willing to admit.  Let’s hope that she will be OK because I can’t live in a world without Betty Cooper.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 6: “A Goddamn Life Saver Man”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 6 last night, the voice over reminded us that “we’re all products of our environment, our upbringing, our history.  But the only way to understand who you are is to recognize where you came from.  That’s how you’ll know what you’re capable of becoming.”  While understanding where you come from is important, that doesn’t mean that it completely defines you.  While it may shape who you are today, it’s up to you to decide if that’s who you want to be tomorrow.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Forgotten,” Henry is excited to have two victims to purge, but Miguel is not about to go out without a fight.  Meanwhile, Jane finally makes it inside David’s home, Jenna has a disturbing phone call, and we finally get to learn more about the man behind the mask.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 6 are:

5

“A goddamn life saver man.  That’s what you are.”

Meet Joe, the man behind the mask.  In this episode, we finally get a glimpse into his past and learn that Joe was actually quite the average Joe prior to this Purge Night.  He was a welder who worked hard and supported his team and family.  There doesn’t seem to be anything too special about him, but circumstances quickly change when he loses his job suddenly and is faced with a reality of not being able to provide for himself and his family.  We finally learn that the voice over comes from a TV channel that Joe switched to after skipping through tons of channels discussing poverty and declining changes in the stock market.  Joe is frustrated and when he hears the voice over, it’s like it is speaking to him directly, almost like a calling.  While we don’t get to see the man behind the voice on the television screen, we know that the voice over is interested in talking about society and encouraging others to purge.  While Joe may have initially gone through with a purge, we know that he is rising up against people who are purging tonight.  After Joe saves a group of men from their attackers, one of the men hilariously tells him that he’s like one of those candies; you know a life saver man and I have to admit that it’s pretty catchy.  While we have finally learned more about Joe, I am interested in finding out how his story and actions will connect to the other characters we have come to know.

4

“All that matters is who you are and who you’re with.”

Jenna and Rick have a close call with some eager Purgers, but are able to make it home OK.  Rick tells Jenna that the threat is over, but she knows that it is not.  Rick is jealous and upset with Jenna for going after Lila, but Jenna tries to explain that “I wanted to make sure you were both safe.”  Whether this is entirely true or not, Jenna has a big heart and clearly cares for both of them.  She tells Rick that she is no longer in love with Lila, but her actions say otherwise.  Jenna has a real conversation with Rick and explains that she saw his face and knew that tonight was all about him.  Rick tries to remind her about where he came from and how he wants their baby to have a good life and to be raised right.  Whether he has good intentions or not, Rick is turning into someone that scares Jenna and she just wants Rick to go back to being a good man.  However, I’m not sure that these two can just turn back time so easily; especially because we know that they were not happy before Lila.  Sometimes loving someone is not merely enough, but are Jenna and Rick willing to do what it takes to make things work for their family?

3

“Do whatever you want to me, but she doesn’t deserve this.”

Miguel continues to do what is right, even when he is tied up across from his sister.  Henry is excited to get the chance to take his revenge out on Miguel and purge both of them.  Penelope seems to be giving up again after she was so strong in last week’s episode, but Miguel reminds her that they are going to walk out of there together and there is something about his words that are so convincing and comforting.  Henry makes a comment to Miguel about how hindsight is 20/20 and Miguel takes this opportunity to say, “More like 10/10.”  Henry is definitely not amused and is ready to take Miguel’s eye as well, but Miguel turns the tables on him.  Miguel proves again to be worthy of the bad-ass title and eliminates Henry as a threat once and for all.  So long Henry.  Can’t say it was nice seeing you.  Miguel frees Penelope, but the threat is nowhere near over as they now need to make it out of the “Carnival of Flesh” undetected, which is easier said than done.  We know the man in the cowboy hat is out for revenge, but Miguel is ready to do what is necessary to protect his sister.  What’s next for these two?  We’ll have to wait to find out, but I pretty much trust Miguel with my life now.  I’d love to see a partnership between Miguel and Leo from The Purge movies.  I have a feeling that no one would be able to stop them and the NFFA would be running away screaming.

2

“Men were men and women were not.”

After Jane makes it to David’s home, she reveals to him that she initially hired someone to kill him, but knows that this was wrong and is ready to help protect him.  Jane quickly realizes that David may not need any protecting, especially when she gets a look at his advanced security system.  David seems to be a little bit too understanding of Jane’s actions and tells her that he wants to show her his collection since she is an art fan as well.  When they get to the elevator, Jane has second thoughts and wants to get out of there.  When she tries to find a way out, she discovers the body of the woman she hired to kill David.  Jane is horrified and is taken down to David’s disturbing gallery, which he describes as “a living breathing art gallery.”  Live women are tied up and on display, but David explains that if the women behave, they can go home unharmed and that there are rules.  But what happens when they don’t behave?  David proves to be quite the misogynist and starts talking about the days when “men were men and women were not.”  Jane is disgusted by what she sees and tells him that he is a pig.  She further tells David that she shouldn’t have called off the hit and David says, “And that’s what makes you weak.”  Before she can react, Jane is taken away by his guards, but I’m hoping that Jane can prove David wrong and show him just how strong she really is.  We know that Jane still has the card of the Matron Saints and this seems like the perfect opportunity for them to remind these men that women have rights too and that this is not OK on any level.  I’m anxiously waiting for Jane to rise up and turn the tables on David once and for all.

1

“She’s dead.”

When Jenna is finally alone, she continues to try and call Lila, desperate to hear her voice on the other end.  Jenna is shocked when a male voice answers and simply says, “She’s dead.”  Jenna is beyond heartbroken and is completely devastated to learn that Lila is gone.  Fear not Jelinna fans, as a knock at the door reveals that Lila is still alive, but she is badly hurt and completely frightened, begging for Jenna and Rick to let her in.  While I am very happy to see that Lila is OK, we know that there are consequences to letting someone in during Purge Night.  Remember the first film?  What will happen now that these three are trapped together under the same roof?  What other threats will come their way?  I’m not certain, but I can definitely see Jenna being forced to make a hard choice between Rick and Lila, but will she make the right one?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Purge below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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