**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**
“Everybody has secrets…right?”
One of Us Is Lying is a new teen mystery drama series based on the best-selling book of the same name. It premiered on October 7th 2021, featuring six episodes available to stream now on Peacock (approximately 45-48 minutes in length). The remaining two episodes will air on October 21st 2021. The show stars Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, and Mark McKenna.
One of Us Is Lying introduces us to five teens who wind up with detention, but things get interesting when one of them doesn’t make it out alive, involving them all within the mystery surrounding the death. The remaining characters try to cope with the aftermath, as we soon learn that they all have motives to murder their classmate, but who is the killer?
Here is the trailer:
One of Us Is Lying is very much Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars, but does it do enough to step away from the teenage clichés it wants to comment on? Let’s find out…
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A solid mystery to keep you coming back for more.
Sure, I’ve seen this type of show before and I actually recently read this book as well, but I do think this mystery is decent enough to keep you hitting play on the next episode. It keeps you guessing and it reels the audience in that much more to keep you invested from start to finish.
Uses the gossip app in a more strategic way than some of its predecessors.
I was pretty disappointed with the Gossip Girl reboot and it’s hard to be relevant and original when so many of these shows overlap with similar premises, but I actually thought that this show used the gossip app more effectively.
The secrets that were exposed added to the mystery and I liked that we knew the author of the app immediately to prevent things from feeling too much like the original Gossip Girl.
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Fits neatly into the tropes it comments on…
The narrator in the opening episode talks about the clicks and clichés in your typical high school setting, but the show doesn’t actually do anything to set itself apart from this. Making a comment on it is not enough for me.
All of the characters fit neatly into tropes we have seen before in these types of high school mysteries and while the characters have some redeeming qualities, I wanted something a little bit deeper here.
So am I in or out?
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I’m in about 75 percent…
I like this type of show and I enjoyed the book for the most part. So far I am invested during my watch and I think that the mystery is good enough to keep you coming back for more. I would have liked to see this show take a few more risks and step out of its comfort zone so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of other teen mystery dramas, but it still is entertaining enough and the quick release of the episodes makes it easy to binge-watch.
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on One of Us Is Lying in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…
A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!
**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**
“Been a minute…did you miss me?”
The reboot of Gossip Girl premiered on HBO Max on July 8th 2021 with the first episode. The remaining nine episodes will air weekly. Each episode runs for approximately 55 minutes. The reboot stars Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Tavi Gevinson, Eli Brown, and Emily Alyn Lind.
Kristen Bell returns as the voice of Gossip Girl, but the rest of the original cast do not. The Upper East Side is back on display as we follow a new group of teenage elites and witness them go to scandalous measures to get what they want while attending Constance Billard. The original Gossip Girl website may have shut down, but a new source emerges to keep the dirt coming.
Here is the trailer:
Gossip Girl (2021) has a lot to live up to as the original series was an entertaining guilty pleasure to indulge in. Are we ready for a reboot of the series and does it do enough to find a voice of its own? Let’s find out…
A more diverse cast.
Much like the Saved by the Bell and Charmed reboots, we are presented with a more diverse cast for the reboot of Gossip Girl. I think this is a step in the right direction to be more inclusive this time around.
Sibling rivalry and a new Gossip Girl.
The main plot reminded me a little bit of One Tree Hill. We have half siblings who end up in the same school and drama is high as a result. I think this is the best part of the show so far and I’m interested to find out more about the true intentions of both siblings and how far they will go to keep up appearances.
We also get a twist on the new “Gossip Girl” and learn the identity right away. This takes us away from the outrageous reveal at the end of the original series and also gives us a chance to connect with a different set of characters that may see things a little bit differently. I’m intrigued by this so far.
A familiar voice to put us at ease.
It wouldn’t feel right with anyone else narrating the show as the infamous “Gossip Girl” and hearing Kristen Bell’s voice made me feel right at home. Sure, the dialogue is a little outrageous, but there was a much needed nostalgia present as a result, especially since the rest of the cast is absent…even though we get plenty of reminders and name drops along the way to keep us tuned in.
Don’t lose sight of what made the show work in the first place…
My biggest con with this reboot is that it takes itself way too seriously. The dialogue is beyond atrocious. I understand we are focusing on a new generation, but no one talks like this. While Riverdale presents us with some over-the-top dialogue as well, it still manages to keep us entertained because it knows when to lighten the mood even during some of the angst-filled melodrama.
In similar fashion, the original Gossip Girl worked because it was so outrageous and it embraced this. The cast really elevated the characters and made you care about them…even though they were horrible human beings!
Blair Waldorf is the iconic Queen Bee of television and even though Chuck Bass was beyond ridiculous, he was so entertaining to watch! The back-stabbing and twists just somehow worked because the show understood that it was meant to be a guilty pleasure teen drama.
The reboot is having an identity crisis and is taking itself too seriously, which makes the execution flat and uninspiring. I don’t care about any of the characters yet and it was honestly really difficult to watch a lot of the pilot episode, which is beyond disappointing.
So am I in or out?
I’m 50/50 on this one…
I want to give this show a chance to get better because I am a fan of the original series. However, the majority of the pilot episode was painful to watch. I am going to give the show at least three episodes to change my mind, but it needs to really make some major changes if it wants to connect with a new generation and fans of the original series.
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on the Gossip Girl rebootin the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
DON’T TAKE THE JOB…
It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.
My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!
Happy Friday TV fans! The weekend is almost here and these drastic changes in weather here in New York have brought out all sorts of clothing changes. Heavy coats were swapped out for chic leather jackets, giving each one of us the chance to shine on our own runway. Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl got it right when she said “fashion is art and culture and history and everything I love combined.”
Whether you are channeling a certain era in time or embracing a new trend you spotted in a magazine, fashion is all about expression and creation. You can change up your style with each new outfit, depending on your mood or destination, which makes it so truly wonderful. For today, I am going to be looking at female TV characters with some serious style. Whether they are trying to rule the world…or their high school or looking for an escape from the mundane world of suburbia, these ladies are beyond well-dressed. They’ve become my inspiration when plotting my own next ensemble.
My top 5 most fashionable female characters on TV are:
Veronica Lodge from Riverdale.
I’ve been quite impressed with the fashion on Riverdale. Every character really embraces it and is not afraid to try out new trends, but I have to give the top spot from the show to Miss Veronica Lodge. When she arrives from the big city, she brings her expensive wardrobe with her and is not afraid to show it off. Veronica truly has an Audrey Hepburn inspired look, carefully completing each ensemble with simple but classic accessories, such as her pearl necklace. Veronica always looks flawless and ready for anything. It’s no wonder she is able to stand up to her parents and the other adults in this town. She’s dressing the part and means business.
Emily Thorne from Revenge.
You can’t help not rooting for Emily on her quest for revenge against the Grayson family who she believes is responsible for the downfall of her father. Emily takes on her new identity and plans to step into the elite world of the Hamptons, Long Island. You would never doubt for a second that she doesn’t belong, as she makes an entrance with poise and confidence. Emily’s wardrobe is beyond beautiful. She tends to favor reds and floral patterns, typically leaving her long blonde hair down in soft waves, giving her a certain Veronica Lake vibe. Emily even challenges the notorious Victoria Grayson without batting an eyelash. Even her casual wardrobe screams The Hamptons, embracing simple cardigans and nautical sweaters with fitted jeans. No matter where the social event is, Emily Thorne is there to make a statement and her wardrobe absolutely helps her accomplish this.
Gabrielle Solis from Desperate Housewives.
When ex-model, Gabrielle moves to Wisteria Lane with her rich husband, Carlos, she has traded in her runway days for the quiet life of suburbia. However, that doesn’t mean Gabrielle is about to sacrifice her wardrobe in the process. Even though most of the other women on the block dress casual and simple, Gabrielle looks fabulous in brightly colored ensembles. Even when she does her Yoga, she has on brightly colored matching velour sweats. Gabrielle’s dresses are her trademark, however. She absolutely adores anything that is couture. In a hilarious moment on the show, Gabrielle’s entire walk-in closet is destroyed by a horrible leak in the ceiling and her screams of distress are absolutely sympathetic. When Gabrielle begins dating her second husband, Victor, she seems to have more fun going through his ex-wife’s closet, even borrowing a few outfits. Unfortunately for Gabrielle, the ex spots her in the outfit and Gabrielle is forced to strip in the bathroom and hand over the goods. Luckily, Gabrielle can pull off any outfit…or lack of one in this case, so she was in the clear.
Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I was a teenager myself when watching Buffy and I have to say that she was my inspiration for my own style. I remember trying to find the perfect prom dress that looked like hers because I adored it that much. Whether Buffy was rocking a pair of cute leather boots with a short dress or skirt or wearing one of her beautiful statement coats, she always looked fierce while defeating the many threats in Sunnydale. While she was great at accessorizing, perhaps her best accessory was her cross-bow which really went with every outfit. Later in the series, Buffy traded out many of her short dresses for cute leather pants and soft sweaters, embracing hoop earrings and cute hairstyles. No matter what outfit she wore, she always looked comfortable and cute, which is sometimes really hard to do! Either way, Buffy still remains an absolute influence on my own fashion and style.
Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:
Hanna Marin from “Pretty Little Liars”
Cheryl Blossom from “Riverdale”
Serena van der Woodsen from “Gossip Girl”
Olivia Pope from “Scandal”
Victoria Grayson from “Revenge”
Aria Montgomery from “Pretty Little Liars”
Felicity Smoak from “Arrow”
Joan Watson from “Elementary”
Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl.
So if the quote at the beginning didn’t give me away, my number one pick for most fashionable female TV character has to be awarded to Blair Waldorf. The Queen B herself, Blair embodies fashion and style. Her number one accessory is always her headband, which basically represents a crown, but she wears it so well. Blair, like Veronica Lodge, has an Audrey Hepburn vibe going on, but takes it to an entirely new level. Whether she is rocking a preppy outfit with knee-socks or a breathtaking gown, Blair plans every single detail of her outfit. Her endless amounts of coats are to die for and her handbags are elegant and the perfect pop of color. I’m sure fans around the world (including me) would love to go through her closet just to be that close to a work of art that will never go out of style. Blair’s love for fashion is absolutely apparent and even when she is scolding her minions; it’s hard not to root for her because she looks absolutely fabulous in every scene.
I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your picks for the most fashionable female TV characters. Happy viewing!
Happy New Year TV fans! After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 8 episode 8 last night, I am left with Justin Bieber’s “Baby” song stuck in my head along with “My Heart will Go On.” Seems like a strange mix, right? Well not if you are boarding “Frank’s Northern Shuttle Express.”Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.
In last night’s episode, Fiona contemplates moving out on her own to find her independence, while Kev explores “full on domination mode.” Meanwhile, Lip tries to find a new sponsor, Debbie puts out an interesting Craig’s list ad, Ian shows off his skills in a “bible quoting contest,” and Frank continues with his “entrepreneurship” talents to illegally help people cross the Canadian border. If you get into trouble, just remember “my name is Frank, I’m from the US of A, and I like apples.” My top 5 moments from Shameless season 8 episode 8 are:
In episode 7, we were introduced to Carl’s new love interest, Cassidy who proved that she was not afraid to record a ransom video to black-mail her parents. Seems like this could be an indicator of her emotional well-being, right? Unfortunately, Carl is distracted by her other “charms” and is very welcoming to her as his new girl-friend.
The family seems to approve as well, when she orders KFC after Deb’s failed attempt to get dinner. She even sports off some new panties with…you guessed it, “All Carl’s” written across the front. Perhaps she is just really enthusiastic about her new-found love for Carl. Everything seems to be going well until Cassidy gets in the way of Carl’s Uber or “Ubber” business, however.
After Cassidy tells of a customer, Carl begins to have second thoughts about how fast their relationship is moving, but continues on with it for now, desperately trying to avoid another melodramatic melt-down.
Lip tries out speed-sponsoring.
It seems like nothing is going right for Lip these days. In episode 8, Lip tries out his own version of speed dating to find a new sponsor. He is surprised that his first candidate is a woman, portrayed by the hilarious Lea DeLaria who also plays “Big Boo” on Orange is the New Black. I was thrilled to see her in this role and her tell-it-like-it is humor did not disappoint.
Lip is already on edge after seeing Sierra’s boyfriend at Planned Parenthood with another woman who is very pregnant. He tries to do the right thing and have him tell her the truth, but is discovering that other people just don’t have the same good conscience he possesses. Just as Lip thinks he is getting somewhere, his sponsor candidate cuts him off and asks “did I just walk into some episode of Gossip Girl?”
Lip tries out a few more sponsors, only to go back to the original one and to try and finally learn about how to talk about himself, rather than focusing on the drama around him. After everything Lip has done for others, it’s about time he takes some much needed “me” time.
“Sexy Welder Girl Looking for Work.”
It’s no secret that Debbie is now out of a job after her stunt with Dr. Dick’s car. Debbie is freaking out the entire episode, fearing she might be pregnant. After taking several pregnancy tests, Lip takes her to the Planned Parenthood clinic to put her at ease. In the waiting room, Debbie reveals her panicked fear to Lip: “I can feel the fetus growing inside me as I sit here!”
Debbie continues to wait for the results, but is not about to put her job-hunt on pause. She convinces Liam to take “sexy” photos of her for her Craig’s List ad: “Sexy welder girl looking for work. No job is too small or too big.” When she gets an immediate call-back, I was slightly concerned about what this job would entail, however; it did seem to be a legitimate welding job and Debbie was thrilled to find out she was not pregnant as an added bonus.
Kev is in “full on domination mode.”
After V discovers that she has a need to be dominated, Kev unleashes his frustrations about house-hold chores on his wife, to his and her delight. Kev begins to realize that he likes being in domination mode, as V even serves him breakfast in an unconventional way: “More scrambled eggs, my king?” While this initially seems to just take place between the couple behind closed doors, Kev decides that his domination mode can help out at his job too.
When Svetlana breaks a bottle and demands for Kev to clean out the ice tray, Kev has a sudden epiphany. “The ice will not be cleaned out by me,” he says firmly to V and Svetlana’s surprise. Kev has a rush of power and refuses to let Svetlana or anyone else talk down to him. He still can’t perform basic math skills, but stands up to Svetlana to prove his worth. Go Kev!
Fiona goes on a field trip and learns that she’s “complicated.”
Fiona has been beyond frustrated at her current living situation especially when she finds an unwanted shower guest sleeping in her tub at home. After confiding to her neighbors at the apartment building, Fiona decides to try out living on her own. She takes a long shower in the vacant apartment and even dances around in her underwear, feeling free of obligation and time constraints.
However, Irish Ford walks in on her to her embarrassment, which leads to an interesting proposition. Irish Ford takes Fiona on a field trip of sorts to view some of the buildings he is restoring. When she lies down next to him on a mattress and stairs up at beautiful art-work on the ceiling, Fiona thinks she is reading the signs correctly. However, she is shocked when Irish Ford does not kiss her back, turning down her advance because she is “complicated.” Fiona unconvincingly replies that “being called complicated feels awesome” and returns home in shock and disappointment.
After her family gives her numerous examples of how very complicated she is, she accepts it and is ok with being complicated. Later, Fiona attends her neighbor’s party and learns that Irish Ford is the father of their unborn children, along with several others.
A look of instant satisfaction flashes across Fiona’s face when she challenges Irish Ford with “now who’s complicated?” While we are not sure what is in store for Fiona and Irish Ford, it’s a safe bet that a romantic relationship is not out of the question.
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on Shameless below. Thanks for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.
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“On Wednesdays we wear Pink!” (Mean Girls) Well it is Wednesday, but I am sorry to say I am not wearing anything pink. Due to the lack of new shows airing because of the holiday season, I thought it would be a good time to start diving deeper into the roles of some of my favorite characters on television. While the good girl typically saves the day or solves the mystery in the nick of time, it got me thinking about the mean girls who sometimes end up in the background, no matter how much they try to hog the spotlight.
While the Mean Girls film is one of my absolute favorites, I started to think about some characters from television shows who could have easily been invited to sit at their table. While these female characters put their best effort forward to look amazing and act fierce, they each have a likable quality as well, which goes to show that there is a lot more to them than initially meets the eye. My top 5 TV Mean Girls of all time are:
Alison DiLaurentis from Pretty Little Liars.
“Friends share secrets. That’s what keeps us close.” (Alison from Pretty Little Liars)
If you haven’t gotten a chance to binge-watch Pretty Little Liars yet, I absolutely recommend it. Just when you think you have it figured out, there is a new twist or turn. Please note spoilers are ahead as a warning. In the beginning of the series, four friends are trying to figure out the mystery behind Alison’s disappearance and presumed death. There are flashbacks from the past along the way which showcase how mean Alison was to those around her.
Alison had the gift of manipulation and spoke to others in such a condescending manner, that even adults feared her. At this point in the show, it didn’t seem like Alison had any redeeming qualities. She made Hanna feel bad about her weight and led Emily on, realizing that she was a lesbian without a care in the world. She also strategically used the secrets of her friends against them and played them to her advantage. However, later we learn that Alison is actually alive and the mysterious A is out to punish her along with her friends.
While Alison never really leaves her mean girl card behind, she does start to show signs of truly caring for others, especially Emily, as she does have romantic feelings for her. When the series goes five years into the future, Alison is actually a school teacher and tries to pay it forward, but still refuses to allow anyone to step on her or get in her way.
Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl.
“Ladies you can give your tiny brains a rest. Once again the world has proven that anything you can do, I can do better.” (Blair from Gossip Girl)
Blair is the image of perfection in Gossip Girl. Her ensembles and make-up are always flawless and she even has minions who follow her around and follow her every demand, as if they were truly serving a queen. Blair even refers to herself as the “Queen Bee” and her loyal subjects at her prep high-school in New York City don’t really challenge her on this. Blair is infamous for her schemes and frequently feuds with her best friend, Serena.
While Blair is not afraid to fight dirty, she refuses to shatter her image of perfection in the process. She is typically the master-mind behind the scheme and has others do her bidding, refusing to apologize for her actions. While it seems that this mean girl is cold and heartless, Blair does have a loving side. Her on and off again romance with Chuck Bass reveals her vulnerability, as she finds herself thinking with her heart before her head here, exposing that she does have goodness within. Nevertheless, you certainly do not want to ever cross Blair because she will do whatever it takes to win.
Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale.
“You catatonic bimbos didn’t vote for me!” (Cheryl from Riverdale)
Cheryl has the mean girl act down pat for sure. She doesn’t enter a room unless she has her perfect shade of dark crimson lip-stick flawless in order to match her hair. Much like her hair, Cheryl is fiery and passionate. She is not afraid to speak her mind and often says insensitive things without realizing it. Cheryl is the head of the cheer-leading squad and treats the other girls like her subjects, completely appalled when she is voted out and Veronica becomes captain.
Cheryl is not just talk however; as her actions have proven to be very dangerous. She even sets her house on fire with her mother still inside without thinking twice about it. Cheryl does reveal glimmers of goodness along the way. She was truly impacted by the loss of her twin brother, Jason and she does try to help Betty and the gang here and there to prove that she can be useful. However, Cheryl is damaged by the deceit and betrayal of her family and it’s not so easy to turn off the mean girl vibe. While I have hope for Cheryl, she is still a girl to watch out for.
Valerie Malone from Beverly Hills, 90210.
“I’m not Brenda. I’m never going to be Brenda. Don’t talk to me about Brenda!” (Val to Dylan in Beverly Hills, 90210)
Valerie Malone still deserves a spot toward the top of this list even after all this time. Known for being a scheming femme fatale, she fools everyone when she arrives to town, appearing to be a sweet and innocent girl from the mid-west. However, the characters from our favorite zip code are in for a rude awakening, as Val unleashes her street smarts and uses her powers of persuasion and manipulation to break apart this happy group of friends.
Val has romantic relationships with pretty much all of the main characters including Dylan, Brandon, David, and Steve. As a result, she burns bridges fairly quickly with Kelly who becomes her main rival. Val’s snappy one-liners and sneaky maneuvers prove that she is one to watch. She has grown past the high school drama, however; and moves on to blackmailing and dangerous negotiations to help her become a successful business woman. Talk about making a deal with the devil, Val doesn’t allow anyone to double-cross her.
Val is not all bad, however; as she has a very troubled past and does truly care for Brandon as if he were her own family. Val tries to be a good person, but when the task becomes too difficult, she finds it easier to hide behind her bad girl image.
Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“God! What is your childhood trauma? Excuse me, I have to call everyone I have ever met, right now.” (Cordelia to Buffy when she attacks her by accident)
So my number one pick for best TV mean girl has to go to the beautiful and hilarious, Cordelia Chase. While Buffy and Willow tend to have most of the fan-base and get a lot of air time, one should not discount Cordelia. She started out in a supporting role, playing the mean girl role to a tee, as if it was her calling in life to be unpleasant to those around her. However, later in the series, Cordelia becomes a member of the Scoobies and does try to lend a helping hand…when it’s convenient for her.
One of my favorite episodes is when her and Buffy compete for Homecoming queen. Cordelia is not about to just hand over the crown to Buffy and goes through great lengths to defeat her. The two end up caught in a trap cleverly called “Slayerfest 98” where the vampires mistake Cordelia for Faith. Nonetheless, the two have to make amends and put differences aside to stay alive, even if it means using a spatula as a weapon.
Cordelia does eventually grow into a caring person especially when she joins Angel in LA, but one cannot forget her witty come-backs and her unforgiving attitude. She even tells a ghost off in Angel, proving that she is not going to let anyone step on her, supernatural or not. Cordelia would probably end up leading the “Plastics” if she were in the Mean Girls film, proving to be a timeless mean girl that we still root for.
I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite TV mean girls. Happy viewing!
“Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop.” Not sure about the rest of you, but I had this song stuck in my head after watching yesterday’s episode of the CW’s Riverdale (season 2, episode 5). Betty’s ringtone played over and over with this song while the black hood toyed with her, threatening her image of kindness and perfection. I’m not sure if I was left with a sweet or sour taste in my mouth at the conclusion, however. I have become a fan of Riverdale after binge-watching the first season on Netflix and have been really excited to see where the show is going after solving the first major mystery from season one. Growing up, I loved reading the Archie comics and I enjoy how Riverdale has transformed into a saucier, more mysterious version of the comic series. It has just the right balance of bubble gum pop with a hint of Gossip Girl nostalgia along with a Nancy Drew like quality.
Episode 5 had a vortex of story-lines going on, however; which split my attention a little too much. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode. We had the mysterious black hood calling Betty and testing her left and right, threatening her sister’s life is she would not comply. Who is the mysterious villain on the other end? So far he or she has been outsmarting Betty with every move, convincing her to bring her mother’s secrets to life, spoiling her friendship with Veronica, and destroying her relationship with Jughead. As I started to think about who the black hood might be, their motives seem focused completely on shattering Betty’s world, unleashing her own darkness in the process. The black hood even leads her on a wild goose chase only for her to end up looking at her own reflection so that she would understand that they are very much alike.
While this story-line has my full attention, episode 5 also sprinkled in Jughead’s tests to become part of the Serpent gang, leading him to kiss Toni in the very same day Betty sent Archie to break up with him, which begs the question: is the love between Jughead and Betty really that epic? Will Betty and Archie get together instead? They have been growing closer and closer trying to decipher the black hood’s clues, while Veronica has been distracted by her old lifestyle, desperately trying to win the approval of her father. Speaking of Veronica, her old friend visiting only to bring havoc onto the small town of Riverdale and ultimately trying to attack Cheryl seemed forced. While my heart goes out to Cheryl, was this necessary for the episode? Was this only to set up a convenient bad guy for Betty to target, rather than the black hood going after her family? Either way, the secrets and lies beneath the surface of Riverdale have not all reached the surface, so I will continue to watch to see them unravel. Will you?