My performance of the week ending 4/20/19 on TV goes to…

Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper on Riverdale. Lili brings such a fire to Betty’s character.  I love how she takes on all the adults in town and is never afraid to follow her instincts.  I’ve always loved the character of Nancy Drew and Lili brings me right back to that nostalgia with her portrayal of Betty Cooper.  Betty is smart, resourceful, and extremely loyal.  She will do anything to protect her family and friends and she is not about to let Edgar or Evelyn Evernever get in her way.

Even though Betty may have a darkness brewing inside her, sometimes this is necessary, as long as she can channel it.  It gives her the drive and passion to keep going, as she becomes so motivated and determined.  One should never underestimate Betty Cooper.  Just when you think you may have her all figured out, she surprises you and reminds you that there are so many layers to her character.

What’s next for Betty?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but she made a very difficult decision when she let her mother go.  Whether it was the right decision or not, Betty proves to be selfless in this moment, as she puts Alice’s needs before her own.  I am worried about her visits with her father, Hal, as this can cause her darkness to reach the surface.  Betty may be her “father’s daughter,” but she is so much more than that.

I think that she has the potential to unmask the Gargoyle King and to take down the Farm.  She’s not afraid to to do what is necessary to uncover the truth.  However, I think that it’s important that Betty keeps her connections with her friends and family steady.  Having Jughead, Toni, and Veronica in her corner can really help her and it will also keep her darkness in check.  I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 16: “BIG FUN”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 16, I remembered why I love Riverdale so much.  It’s not always easy to do a musical episode, even though some shows have done an amazing job in the past, but Riverdale continues to provide us with the “BIG FUN” for sure.  It doesn’t feel forced or out of place, it just works and it gives us some great entertainment along the way, while continuing to further the plot.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-One:  BIG FUN,” our characters participate in the Heathers musical, but are in for a surprise when Evelyn Evernever is announced as the co-director of the play.  Meanwhile, Veronica’s family begins to fall apart, Toni and Cheryl have a dance-off filled with attitude, and Jughead tries to follow up on a lead that could tie back to his mother.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 16 are:

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“Let’s fight for us.”

Even though we have a fabulous musical going on, the drama continues between some of our favorite couples.  The cat is out of the bag, thanks to Evelyn’s obnoxious share time circle, and everyone now knows about Archie and Josie.  Veronica takes the news surprisingly well, but she is distracted with her own issues at home.  Is Archosie just “two lonely souls filling a void” or is there something more here?  Archie suggests that they take that leap of faith together and find out who they are as a couple.  Even though Josie is hesitant at first, it looks like Archosie is still going strong for now.

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“You make me feel better.”

During the episode, Veronica finds out that her parents are separating and she is devastated by the news.  Even though the Lodge family is far from perfect, Veronica insists that they can all work together as a family, but Hiram coldly tells her that he knows about Hermione trying to have him killed and tells her that they are not a family anymore.  Veroncia requests that they show up one final time together at the musical so she can try and hold on to some kind of happy memory, which they agree to for their daughter’s sake, but Hiram is not someone you want to cross.  Now that he knows that his wife has betrayed him, what will be his next move?  Meanwhile, Veronica runs back into the arms of Reggie during all of this, desperately trying to feel something, but she realizes that Reggie has stronger feelings for her and that maybe this wasn’t the best decision, even though Veggie fans are rooting for them.  Are they end game?  I’m not so sure about that, but Reggie thinks that they should cool it for a while until Veronica can figure out what she wants.

3

“You let it go.”

Jughead finds out that his old trailer could be potentially used to make drugs and he is beyond upset.  Jughead still clings to many memories here, but he also wants to stop his mother’s drug operation.  Betty gives him some advice and explains that he can just let it go, but it looks like Betty is starting a trend of burning things to the ground.  Even though burning the trailer brings Bughead closer, I am worried that Betty’s darkness has re-surfaced, but will she take this rage out on the Farm or on someone she loves?

2

“Maybe it’s not too late for us.”

While everyone practices for the musical, Cheryl shows off that she is the ultimate HBIC or the “demon queen of high school,” as if she were made for the role of Heather Chandler.  However, Cheryl is less than thrilled when Kevin announces that Toni will be the choreographer.  Toni and Cheryl continue to clash during a dance-off and the tension escalates when Toni wears a red ensemble, as Cheryl reminds her that “I am red…here, I invented red.”  The bitch is back and I wasn’t really liking it, as Cheryl has come so far with the help of Toni.  Fear not Choni fans, Toni gives Cheryl an olive branch of sorts and the two finally talk about their fight, suggesting that it is not too late for them after all.  Cheryl is used to an “all or nothing” approach to love, but Toni tries to remind her that this is not always the way.  Our favorite couple is reunited and they even share a kiss, having Choni fans cheering everywhere. 

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“I knew my dad would like it.”

Evelyn has been announced as the co-director of the play, which Betty is not thrilled about at all, recognizing an ulterior motive here.  Betty puts her spy skills to the test and finds out that Evelyn has been inducting some of her classmates into the Farm, but Principal Weatherbee seems unconvinced by Betty’s evidence, suggesting that perhaps he is also caught up with the Farm.  At the end of the musical, a slow clap begins, as Edgar Evernever, played by One Tree Hill’s Chad Michael Murray, stands up.  Others follow his lead, suggesting that the Farm is everywhere, but will Betty and Jughead be able to get to the bottom of this now that Edgar is out in the open?  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!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 14: “Fire Walk With Me”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 14, we were reminded that “running isn’t going to solve anything.”  However, what happens when “the hunters become the hunted?”  Do you accept your fate or do you set a new path?  A path of danger and destruction that might lead you back to the darkness you have tried so hard to keep at bay.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Nine:  Fire Walk With Me,” Archie tries to help a boy named Ricky who has the same branding as him.  Meanwhile, Jughead sets up a new chapter for the Serpents, Toni and Cheryl continue to drift apart, and Betty has had enough.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 14 are:

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“One more strike and you’re done in my school.”

Both Toni and Jughead are lectured by Principal Weatherbee after some equipment is stolen from the chemistry lab.  I guess someone has been watching reruns of Breaking Bad, as we later learn that Kurtz is responsible.  Kurtz is bad news and Jughead tries to get through to him, but Kurtz says, “I play by a different set of rules.”  Jughead refuses to give up; however, as he enlists the help of his father, FP.  FP proposes that the Serpents work for him and help solve cases and that they will receive money and credit for college as well, which seems like a pretty good deal to me.  Will this keep the Serpents out of trouble for good?  We’ll have to see, but it looks like a new chapter is starting for them.  Way to go, Jughead!

4

“You are a detractor.”

During the episode, Betty continues to be snubbed by Kevin, who has embraced the Farm with open arms.  Betty tries to reason with Kevin, but he tells her that she is a detractor and doesn’t want to hear it.  After Betty witnesses Kevin walking on a fire pit to prove himself to the Farm, she is threatened by Evelyn, who reminds her that “everyone at the Farm knows all of your dirty secrets.”  Betty is forced to keep her mouth shut as a result, but we know that our modern day Nancy Drew will not stay quiet for long, as she debates her next move.  Look out Evelyn Evernever, Betty is not someone you want to mess with!

3

“I’m running my business my way.”

Veronica realizes that all of her money is going to her father and Gladys and decides that she will open up the secret casino again to add in some extra cash flow.  Veronica has really thought of everything, as she even comes up with clever hiding spots for the evidence in case they are raided.  Veronica tells her father that she will pay him, but she is going to run her business her way, as she enlists the help of Toni and the Pretty Poisons to keep everything secure and to keep Gladys out.  However, something tells me that Gladys doesn’t like taking no for an answer, so we’ll have to see how this unfolds.  Also, I’m glad that Toni is taking her leadership role seriously, but it seems like our favorite couple, Choni, is falling apart.  Can they fix things before it is too late?  Let’s hope so!

2

“You’re playing me?”

Archie meets a young boy named Ricky, who has been hiding out at the gym.  Archie realizes that Ricky has the same brand on him, which means sacrifice and he is determined to help him.  Archie has been in his shoes and he knows what it is like to be on the run so he instantly forms a connection to Ricky.  However, we learn that Ricky is actually Joaquin’s little brother and he has gotten mixed up with the Gargoyles, as he tries to take down the Red Paladin himself.  Archie is frustrated by this betrayal and it seems like he can’t trust anyone anymore.  Perhaps it is time for Archie to bring the fight directly to the Gargoyle King, but we still have to determine who that is first.

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“I guess I just feel a lot better about things.”

At the end of the episode, Betty is upset with her mother for selling their house.  Alice keeps busy by packing boxes, but Betty seems distant and distracted, as she stares at a burning candle.  Later on, Betty meets up with Jughead and Archie to bring the team together again and says that she feels a lot better about things.  Alice walks into her house and sees that it is on fire, which means that Betty has taken a page out of Cheryl Blossom’s book, as she takes her anger out in a destructive way.  Betty has kept the darkness away for quite some time now, but has it just re-surfaced?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I’m worried about our girl, Betty for sure.  

I also want to take a minute to say that I am incredibly saddened by the news of Luke Perry’s passing.  I grew up watching him as Pike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, and I continued to be blessed to witness his performance as Fred Andrews on Riverdale. Here are some of my favorite memories of him below.  RIP Luke Perry.

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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!

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