Ranking my Top 10 Television Shows of 2019: Which Shows Made The Cut?

Greetings TV Fans!  I hope you all had an amazing holiday and I wish you all the best for the upcoming New Year!  As we get closer and closer to approaching 2020, I thought it would be the perfect time to count down my Top 10 TV Shows of 2019. 

While some returning shows continued strong, others fell off slightly.  Meanwhile, some other new shows completely captivated my attention, paving their way into my top 10.

**Please note some spoilers are ahead.**

Without any further delay, let’s get to my list!

My Top 10 Television Shows of 2019 are:

10

American Horror Story:  1984

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Who doesn’t love the 80’s?  The first half of the newest season of AHS was so much fun.  The music was to die for and it really gave us this campy comedy horror vibe that also presented us with some fun throwbacks to horror movies we all know and love.

Emma Roberts did a fantastic job leading the cast and we got plenty of twists and turns along the way.  While the second half of the season fell off for me, I still was entertained, rooting for my Final Girls to kick some ass!

9

The Punisher (Season 2)

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So I am a huge Jon Bernthal fan and I really think that he plays this role to perfection.  Bernthal is always a little rough around the edges, but that’s part of his charm and he is so believable as Frank Castle.  I absolutely loved the first season of the show and while I anticipated that this show would be canceled after season 2, I knew that it would provide us with a lot of action and it did!

8

The Purge (Season 2)

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Last year, The Purge (season 1) was my absolute favorite show of the year.  I am a huge fan of the movies and I didn’t go into the series with very high expectations, but it was bloody fantastic!  It’s hard to live up to something so spectacular and while season 2 fell slightly short for me, it still was such an entertaining watch.

The new characters were great and I loved the inside look into the NFFA.  Fans got a chance to see a world outside of Purge Night, which was so interesting.  They presented us with so many new layers, while sprinkling in some super fun cameos and Easter eggs too!

7

Riverdale (Season 3)

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Riverdale is definitely one of my favorite shows, but after all of the Black Hood dark twists in season 2, season 3 got a little bit weird.  We entered the world of Gryphons and Gargoyles and learned about The Farm, which was really bizarre and confusing, but there were still so many moments that kept this show going strong for me.

The Midnight Club flashback episode was fantastic and Cheryl Blossom was pretty much born to star in the Heathers musical episode, reminding me why I love this show so much!

6

The Walking Dead (Season 10)

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I have been watching TWD since it first started and I loved the earlier seasons so much.  The show fell off for me along the way and I often felt like I was watching out of obligation.  However, the second half of season 9 and the beginning of season 10 made me a true fan once again.

The Whisperers are fantastic villains and we are finally getting some screen time for some of our favorite characters.  I mean, who doesn’t love seeing Daryl and Carol making friendship bracelets for one another?  Keep it up, TWD!

5

Unbelievable

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Not the typical type of show that I usually watch, but I heard really great things about this show and decided to give it a try.  There were some parts that were difficult to watch, but the performances were so real and inspiring.  I could not stop watching this show and I thought it was so thought-provoking and important.

4

Killing Eve (Season 2)

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While season 1 allowed us to really focus on Eve’s quest to take down Villanelle, we got to really know Villanelle in season 2.  Jodie Comer’s performance was beyond fantastic and I was so excited for her Emmy win!  The dynamic between Eve and Villanelle took some unexpected turns in season 2 and we were left with a major cliffhanger at the end of the season, but this show is so addicting and I can’t get enough!  More please!

3

Stranger Things (Season 3)

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I am a huge fan of Stranger Things, but I was slightly underwhelmed by season 2.  However, season 3 came back with a bang, giving us so many fun 80’s moments. Some of our favorite characters truly got to shine and we also got some fantastic new characters that I welcomed with open arms.  I think season 3 may be my favorite now, but I was so entertained by the watch and I can’t wait to see how it all ends!

2

Game of Thrones (Season 8)

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I thought that GOT would pretty much be a given as my favorite show of the year, but the final season took some interesting twists that I’m still debating over.  That being said, the performances were brilliant, the action was intense, and we also got some heart-warming moments in the midst of the heartbreaking ones.

I loved seeing Arya’s “Not Today” moment and Jon Snow’s reunion with Ghost was very special for me.  This show will always be one of my all time favorites and overall, I was thoroughly entertained.

Drum roll please…

1

The Witcher

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This show was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise.  Even though the show started off a little slow, it kicked things up a notch and quickly became my favorite show of the year!  The characters and performances were beyond fantastic.  The action was out of this world and the dark magic was so intriguing.

This show was fast-paced, fun, and addicting.  I never thought that I would even like this show and it somehow blew all of the other shows out of the water for me.  Cheers to The Witcher!

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I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments about your favorite television shows of 2019.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 9: “Tangerine Tangerine Tangerine”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 9, I learned that sometimes it’s necessary to shatter the darkest parts of ourselves, but are they ever truly gone or have we just unleashed something even more dangerous in the process?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Six:  Tangerine,” Betty’s life is put in danger after discovering that the Farm is using a trigger word to try and destroy her.  Meanwhile, Cheryl confronts her intruder, Jughead finds his grandfather, and Archie and FP team up to clean up the streets.

My top 5 moments from the Riverdale season 4 episode 9 Mid-Season finale are:

5

“It’s on.”

Veronica vs. Hiram…place your bets now!  Hiram shows off his maturity in this episode by trying to mess with everything his daughter cares about.  He revokes her liquor license and even starts calling some college recruiters behind her back, but Veronica is not about to let him stand in her way.

She lets her grandmother know what is going on, but it doesn’t look like Hiram has learned his lesson yet.  All hope is not lost; however, as the admissions rep from Columbia seems very interested in Veronica’s story.

4

“Let’s see how you do against someone your own size.”

FP has a talk with Archie and promises to help him send a message to stop these drug dealers from hurting kids, but he wants Archie to put down the vigilante mask for good.  Archie and FP actually make quite the team, as FP even takes out his Serpent jacket for the occasion.

After FP is shot, Archie continues to react on instinct and almost beats Dodger to death.  Luckily, FP will be OK, but it looks like Archie is in desperate need of a male role model.

And in walks Fred’s brother, Frank…

3

“You seize the opportunities you are given.”

Jughead wins the writing contest, so it looks like he will be the next ghost writer for the Baxter Brothers series.  Congrats Jughead!

Mr. DuPont reminds Jughead that he needs to play by the rules, but Jughead is still not letting go of the past, as he decides to track down his grandfather to get some answers.  After discovering that his grandfather sold the book over to DuPont, he starts to see the full picture, but it doesn’t look like the drama is over for Jughead just yet.

Jughead is now officially initiated into the Quill and Skull society, but it looks like he is going to be found dead four weeks later…

And so the plot thickens!

2

“I’m the Red Queen.”

I was so excited that Cheryl decided to tie in my favorite book of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and of course she is our Red Queen.  After pretending to poison herself, Penelope Blossom reveals herself, confirming one of my theories.

Penelope explains that she is jealous that Cheryl has been able to find happiness with dead Jason, but you would think she would try and salvage her own relationship with her daughter.

Cheryl is not about to let her mother walk away from this and decides to keep her captive in the bunker.  Cheryl finally realizes that it is time to say goodbye to Jason and gives him a Viking  funeral down at Sweet River with all of her friends.

I thought this was an important and vulnerable moment for Cheryl and I’m glad that Toni and her friends could be there for her.  Even though Cheryl has a softer side, one should never cross the Red Queen, however.

1

“What did you do Betty?”

A good question for sure and of course we have to wait until January 22nd for new episodes to find out more!  During this episode, both Polly and Alice are hypnotized by a trigger word, tangerine.  If the word is said three times, they try to eliminate “Evil Betty” or “Dark Betty” and we discover that Evelyn Evernever is the one making the calls.

Betty decides to have a little chat with Evelyn at Shankshaw Prison, but it looks like her greatest threat might be herself.  Charles works with Betty and uses the word trigger, as Betty tries to go back in her memories to stop her childhood self from ever hurting her cat, Caramel.

It seems like everything works just fine, but when Betty turns to the mirror and says the trigger words again, she shatters it.  Betty tells her mother that the darkness is gone, but now we discover that she may have been the one to kill Jughead.

Personally, I can’t believe that Betty would ever intentionally harm Jughead, but this is definitely a twist I did not see coming.  Betty has been trying to stifle her dark side for a while now, but has she just unleashed something even more deadly in the process?  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.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 8: “I’m One Elizabeth Away From Exploding”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 8, I learned that sometimes it’s easier to open up to a stranger about our problems, but when those problems include haunted ghosts, daddy issues, and a hero complex, Mrs. Burble certainly has a lot of work to do.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Five:  In Therapy,” The Watcher returns and continues to send creepy VHS tapes to the residents of Riverdale.  Meanwhile, our main characters take time to meet with the new counselor, Mrs. Burble, learning quite a bit about themselves in the process.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 8 are:

5

“Someone needs to step up.”

When Archie meets with Mrs. Burble, he explains that he doesn’t have any interest in going to college, focusing all of his attention on cleaning up the town of Riverdale.  Mrs. Burble tries to get Archie to open up about his father and it’s clear that Archie is embracing this hero complex a little too much, as Mrs. Burble warns him about the dangers of becoming a vigilante.

Mrs. Burble suggests that Archie come up with an anonymous hotline so that he can help others without getting directly involved, but as soon as a call comes through, Archie grabs his mask once again, so it doesn’t look like he is ready to step down from his vigilante role anytime soon.

We know that Archie is desperate to fix things and has the tendency to carry the burden for everyone else, but he needs to watch out before he gets himself, or someone he loves, hurt.

4

“I love you most too.”

The Cooper ladies are in desperate need of some therapy, although Alice is now embracing her maiden name.  Alice basically crashes Betty’s therapy session, as these two ladies try to air out their issues.  Alice says that Betty is a little girl, but once they keep talking, she blurts out that she loves Betty most of all and she doesn’t want to lose her.

At the end of the episode, Alice leaves a check for Betty to make up for taking her college fund and Betty tells her that she loves her most too, which was a sweet moment.

Betty and Alice have been through their fair share of trauma, but I hope this is enough to repair some of the damage between them.

Although next week’s episode looks really frightening with Alice holding a knife, so we’ll have to see how this plays out for Betty and Alice.

3

“Pause…you’re taking my Vixens away?”

Mr. Honey continues to be Cheryl’s nemesis, explaining that she will need to be cleared through a therapy session before he will reconsider giving her back her duties on the cheerleading squad.  Cheryl starts out with a guard around her, but actually opens up to Mrs. Burble quite a bit, as we start to realize how much trauma poor Cheryl has actually gone through.

Mrs. Burble tells Cheryl that she is “remarkably resilient” and I have to agree, but Cheryl finally starts to open up about talking to dead Jason and her feelings on Julian, suddenly realizing how crazy this seems.

Mrs. Burble has Cheryl take a test that determines that she does not have shared DNA, which means she actually didn’t consume Julian in the womb.

Cheryl may not be haunted anymore, but she shares Mrs. Burble’s theory with Toni, explaining that perhaps someone is messing with her.

Toni is hilariously catching up on some reading with The Amityville Horror, which certainly seems fitting, but now we have to wonder who is messing with Cheryl?

I can’t imagine that Nana Rose or Toni would do this and Cheryl already chased her relatives out the door, so is it possible that Mr. Honey is up to no good here?  Polly?  Penelope Blossom?

We’ll have to see how this plays out, but they better watch out.  Cheryl Blossom is not someone you want to mess with!

2

“You should try seeing him through your father’s eyes.”

Even though Jughead is at Stonewall Prep, he gets a session with Mrs. Burble when he is waiting for a transcript.  Jughead opens up about the mystery and scandal behind the Baxter Brothers, but Mrs. Burble suggests that perhaps he should focus more on his homework rather than this conspiracy theory.

Jughead is very guarded as well, but starts to think twice when Mrs. Burble explains that he should try to see things through FP’s eyes, reminding him how much FP has sacrificed for Jughead to try and do right by him.

This leads to a very nice moment between Jughead and his father, but will Jughead completely abandon his investigation?

Probably not, but at least he is getting back on track with his writing now.

1

“Veronica Luna is no one’s Cordelia!”

A shining moment for Veronica (formerly known as Lodge) Luna, who is beyond excited when she finds out that she received early admission into Harvard, which is her dream school.  However, this dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she realizes that her father got involved, now not knowing if she received admission based on her own merit or not.

Veronica has always seen her family as rather Shakespearean, but Mrs. Burble explains that perhaps it really is more of a Greek Tragedy.  She talks about Veronica’s relationship with her father being somewhat obsessive, as perhaps Hiram sees a lot of himself in Veronica and Veronica’s drive for business and success stems from her father.

Mrs. Burble explains that the only way Veronica can be free is to “kill her father,” although not with actual murder.  Veronica turns down Harvard and stands up to her father, saying that she is going to win in terms of business, so I guess that means she will be making rum now? 

Either way, this was a very important moment for Veronica.  We have seen her stand up to her father again and again, but it looks like she is finally going to take a stand away from him to find her own purpose and identity.  Go V!

Overall, this episode felt slightly transitional, although I think these moments gave us a chance to reflect on each character and their development over the seasons.  However, we did get some plot advancing moments, as we still don’t know who The Watcher is and we later discover that in the future, Donna and Bret are the ones who claim that they saw Archie, Betty, and Veronica killing Jughead, so it looks like we still have more to uncover with this mystery.

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.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 7: “I’m Not As Sweet As You Might Think”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 7, I learned that you don’t necessarily need a beach for the perfect getaway, as Bughead reminds us that “conspiracy theories and a murder mystery to solve” can be quite romantic.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Four:  The Ice Storm,” everyone prepares for Thanksgiving, but revenge is a dish best served cold, as many of our characters plot their next moves.  Meanwhile, Choni teams up with Nana Rose for an appetizing feast, Falice’s dinner plans are crashed, and Archie continues to pay tribute to Fred with his selfless actions.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 7 are:

5

“A secret society?”

I was so incredibly thankful to get some well deserved screen time for Bughead, as Betty visits Jughead at Stonewall Prep for a romantic long weekend together.  Only we know that this weekend will absolutely include some sleuthing, as Betty and Jughead try to get to the bottom of Mr. Chipping’s suicide.

Jughead believes that there is more to the story and uncovers evidence that perhaps Mr. Chipping was in a Secret Society at Stonewall Prep that still exists today.  Members wear the mark of Quill and Skull on a tie pin, but does Jughead have enough proof to pursue this further?

Also, was Mr. Chipping blackmailed into suicide to protect the reputation of the Baxter book series or is there something else going on here?

Either way, I feel confident knowing that Betty and Jughead are on the case.

4

“Now we’re the horrible parents…”

Finally!  Some amazing moments for Falice!  Ever since Alice returned, I was waiting to see some screen time for her and FP and we finally get it during the Thanksgiving episode.  Alice and FP are looking forward to a dinner alone at Pop’s, but things get interesting when Hiram and Hermione show up.

Alice invites them over and it seems like everyone is getting along just fine until Hiram brings up trying to close down Archie’s community center, which does not sit well with FP.  FP reminds Hiram that he is not his puppet and we get a little bit of a scuffle between these two, but it does spark something within FP.

Alice reminds FP that he doesn’t necessarily need to choose between being a Serpent and a Sheriff, especially since Hiram wants to be a kingpin and the mayor…

Watch out, Hiram.  FP is coming for you!

3

“I love you. I’m so grateful to you.”

I’ve been absolutely loving the more developed story lines for Choni and they team up with Nana Rose once again to give us some hilarious entertainment.  We learn that Toni did kill Uncle Bedford and Aunt Cricket is still snooping around, which gives Cheryl an idea.

Cheryl invites her family over for Thanksgiving Dinner and asks Nana Rose to tell the story of the first Blossom Thanksgiving.  Seems harmless enough, but Nana Rose starts telling this dark and stomach-turning tale of how the Blossoms were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Cheryl hilariously asks her family how they are enjoying the meat pies she prepared for the occasion and Toni even rolls dead Jason in for dessert.  Cheryl tells Aunt Cricket that Uncle Bedford will never be found and that she will expose her crimes if she even thinks of saying anything.

I was relieved to find out that this was all an act, but I’m not sure that the trouble is over for Choni just yet, as we still have the creepy Julian doll lingering around.

Either way, Cheryl and Toni take a moment to say how thankful they are for one another, professing their love, which was a sweet and beautiful moment for my favorite couple on the show.

2

“I think you’ve got a hero complex.”

I think Dodger’s mom might be on to something here, but Archie is not going to let anyone ruin his Thanksgiving.  Archie, Veronica, and Mad Dog plan a wonderful meal for the kids of Riverdale, but Hiram tries to shut them down.

With his mother’s support, Archie still goes through with the dinner, but Dodger’s mother shows up with some backup to confront Archie.  We see where Dodger gets his winning personality from, but Mrs. Andrews channels her own Dirty Harry to get them out of there.

After reminiscing about Fred, Archie decides to dedicate the center to him and puts up his picture, which was a beautiful gesture.  I think it’s safe to say that Fred is always watching over his family and he would be so proud of Archie.

It doesn’t look like this is the last of Dodger and his crazy family; however, as Dodger is now somehow missing from his hospital bed, but we’ll have to see how this plays out.

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“I’m not as sweet as you might think.”

Classic Betty!  After Jughead goes to get them some food from the vending machine, he crosses paths with someone in a creepy bunny mask, holding an axe.  Our girl Betty saves the day and hits the masked threat with a golf club, proving just how resourceful she can be.

Only we find out that the masked strangers are Bret and Donna, who apparently just wanted to scare Jughead because you know, that’s fun?

This leads to an interesting game of Never Have I Ever, as Jughead tries to get them to admit something about the Secret Society.  Betty decides to do some sleuthing of her own and discovers the Quill and Skull pin in Donna’s room.

Donna claims that she was having an affair with Mr. Chipping and says that he treated her terribly, but Betty thinks that she might be lying to stall.  I think that Betty is absolutely on to something and we even see her channeling her own Carrie Mathison from Homeland, trying to figure out what’s really going on here.

Donna may be good, but she’s no match for our girl Betty, but this will certainly be quite the challenge.

Overall, this was a fun, jam-packed Thanksgiving episode.  The mystery is only getting started and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.  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.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 6: “No more Secrets, No more Lies”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 6, I learned that it is possible to save a town one kid at a time, but what happens when you decide to make a deal with the devil himself?  Will it be worth it in the end?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Three:  Hereditary,” Cheryl and Toni continue to be tormented by a “demon doll.”  Meanwhile, the Lodge family is reunited, Jughead uncovers a secret, and Betty visits an old enemy to get some answers about Charles.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 6 are:

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“Nothing’s that simple with you.”

Very true, Archie, so perhaps you should heed your own advice?  During the episode, Dodger continues to threaten Archie and the kids, which is making things more than difficult for him.  Hiram Lodge pays Archie a visit and actually has some genuine words about his father, reminding him that he would be proud of him.

I thought this was a nice gesture from Hiram, but you can never truly trust the devil. After shots are fired at Archie’s home, endangering his mother, Archie visits Hiram and asks him for his help. Hiram claims that he can’t help him, but Archie later discovers Dodger rolled up in a bloody carpet outside of the community center.

Dodger’s fate certainly doesn’t look too good here, but I’m more concerned about Archie making a deal with the devil.  I understand that he was trying to protect his mom, but being in Hiram’s debt is never a good thing…oh Archiekins!

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“I’m not giving an inch!”

Hiram is also stirring up trouble with his own family, as he claims that he wants to start a Rum business with Hermosa’s help.  Veronica is not exactly pleased and tells him to leave.  She offers her mother a job as a hostess, but Hermione has a change of heart when her husband seduces her.

Hermione is no stranger to past mistakes, but she clearly hasn’t learned her lesson either.  Temptation is a tricky thing, but it looks like Veronica is the only Lodge standing her ground here.

Go V!

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“Damn you demon doll!”

Cheryl and Toni continue to be tormented by the creepy Julian doll, which seems to be wreaking havoc in Cheryl’s home.  This is not the only thing she has to worry about; however, as her creepy Aunt Cricket and Uncle Bedford show up, asking Cheryl to consider selling the business and house.

Toni reminds Cheryl that this might be their chance to get a fresh start and she’s right, but Cheryl doesn’t want to hear anything else once her aunt and uncle want to go down to the chapel, anxious to protect Jason.

Later on, Uncle Bedford discovers Jason’s body and threatens to have her committed so that they can take over the business, but Cheryl is not about to go out quietly.  After he attacks Cheryl, Toni steps in once again to save her beloved and knocks Uncle Bedford out.

Did Toni just kill Uncle Bedford?  I’m not sure, but it looks like Choni may be in for some more trouble.  Perhaps Nana Rose can help out here…

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“The text doesn’t lie.”

After experiencing some writer’s block, Jughead uncovers that his grandfather actually wrote the first Baxter mystery book and Mr. DuPont took credit for it.  Mr. DuPont is not pleased with these accusations and threatens Jughead quite a bit.

Jughead doesn’t stay quiet; however, and asks Mr. Chipping for help, who seems more than willing to set the record straight.

During a seminar, Mr. Chipping tells Jughead that he’s sorry he wasn’t able to help him and jumps out the window.  As if this wasn’t strange enough, Jughead’s classmates just sit there staring like nothing is wrong.

What the hell is going on at Stonewall Prep?

Is Mr. Chipping dead?

Is Mr. DuPont Jughead’s potential killer?

I’m not sure, but he is certainly not going to make things easy for Jughead, especially now that he will be taking over the class.  It looks like Jughead may need some backup.  Don’t forget to kiss your wonderful girlfriend, Betty!  You need her!

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“Why would I lie at this point?”

Betty continues to try and get some answers about Charles and even goes to visit an old enemy…Chic.  Chic is in jail and is actually pretty forthcoming with Betty, telling her all about Charles’s darkness and how he apparently stabbed someone to death with scissors while on Jingle Jangle.

Betty confronts Charles and has him take a polygraph test, learning that he has been hiding that he is an addict.  After Chic threatens to incriminate Alice by revealing where the body of the Shady Man is, Charles helps FP and says that everything is OK now.

Charles has earned Betty’s trust, but we then see him visiting Chic at the end of the episode.  Charles and Chic seem to be romantically involved and it looks like Chic was working under Charles’s instruction here, but let’s hope that Betty can uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Now that we know that Charles absolutely has something to hide, what does he want from his new family?

Even though suspects are emerging in every episode in Jughead’s future potential murder, we can’t ignore the darkness in Charles.  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.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 5: The Perfect Murder

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 5, I learned that “every town gets the hero it deserves,” but what happens when that town is surrounded by darkness?  Do the villains reign without consequences or will one hero be enough to bring back the light?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Two:  Witness for the Prosecution,” Betty revisits her past after discovering that she has the Serial Killer gene.  Meanwhile, Veronica attempts to help her mother before her trial and Jughead learns more about his grandfather.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 5 are:

5

“A declaration of war.”

Archie continues to try out being the new masked vigilante in town, but it seems that he has a major Dodger problem.  Dodger is blackmailing some of the neighbors and Archie is getting complaints about his community center as a result.

FP gives Archie some advice and reminds him that he went through something similar with the Serpents.  Archie invites a lot of the town down to the community center so that they can see what he is doing for the community for themselves and even announces a Big Brother, Big Sister effort.

It seems like Archie is doing the right thing here, but Dodger is not willing to let things go and we know how stubborn Archie can be.

Is it the right move for Archie to declare war on the local thugs though?  Perhaps he needs some backup…Mad Dog as a sidekick?

4

“Bring honor to our name.”

Jughead is beyond excited when he finds out that his teacher is actually one of the ghost writers for his favorite mystery book series, Baxter Brother Mysteries.  After going through the books with Betty, we know that the books are loosely based on The Hardy Boys, as Betty even makes mention of crossover books with a Nancy Drew imitation.

There is a contest to see who will be the next ghost writer for the series and of course Jughead is determined to win.  Only his fellow classmates are not making things easy for him, constantly putting him down and making him feel out of place.

Jughead discovers that his grandfather also attended Stonewall Prep and was a writer too, which gives him some more motivation.  FP is not exactly thrilled about this since he doesn’t have the fondest memories of his own father, but he tells Jughead to bring honor to their name, recognizing the talent and potential within his son.

We know that the theme for the story challenge will be “A Perfect Murder,” which got me wondering about Jughead’s own supposed murder in the future.  Did someone use a story idea to carry out a murder on Jughead?  We’ll have to wait and see!

3

“Our father needed help.”

Our father?  Yes, you heard right, as Hermosa Lodge makes a splash in Riverdale.  Hermosa is supposedly a private investigator and she has bugged Veronica’s place of work, making a case to get all charges dropped against her father.  Hermosa is absolutely a Lodge and has the style to match Veronica’s, but will Veronica be able to face off against both her and her father?

The plan works and Hiram is now running for mayor, which should shake things up even more in town.

It looks like Hermione will be pardoned by the governor, so the Lodge family should be reunited shortly, but I’m intrigued to find out more about Veronica’s sister.  After all, this is the first time Veronica is hearing about her, but she looks like she could be the new dangerous player in town.

2

“Your intuition is like a sixth sense.”

Betty recruits Kevin to join her in junior FBI class and she shows off how well she knows serial killers.  Kevin hilariously points out that she’s like A Beautiful Mind, but for serial killers.”  Betty gets thrown off when she learns about the Serial Killer gene; however, discovering that she does in fact have the gene.

She begins to flash back to some traumatic memories and even remembers killing her cat, Caramel, to put her out of her misery.  This was all under her father’s instruction and Charles reveals that he apparently also has this gene.  He tells Betty that she can use this to keep the darkness in check, but it looks like our girl Betty is never really off the case.

Toward the end of the episode, Betty reveals her own suspicions about Charles, wondering if he is the new serial killer in town and it looks like she isn’t going to back down until she gets some answers.  Go Betty!

1

“The perfect murder…”

As if this wasn’t enough of a cliffhanger, we also flash forward to the future and witness Betty, Archie, and Veronica being arrested by FP for the murder of his son, which leaves me with even more questions.  We know that our favorite characters were searching for Jughead in the woods, but are they really capable of killing their best friend?

Is someone framing them?

Is Jughead faking his own death to coincide with his story for the Baxter Murder series?  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.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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My performance of the week ending 11/2/19 on TV goes to…

Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper on The CW’s Riverdale

For two weeks in a row, Betty Cooper has been on fire!  She’s strong, fearless, and a bad-ass girl you do not want to mess with!  Even if you’re family, you are not off limits, as Betty has no problem putting you in your place if you deserve it.

There are so many characters on this show and I enjoy the dynamic between all of them, but there just has to be something said for the talent of Lili Reinhart.  She’s in a league of her own and she always steals the show.

It’s interesting how I was more excited for the premiere of the Nancy Drew series and yet I found Nancy’s character needing to channel some more Betty Cooper to truly come alive because Betty has set the bar so high for female amateur sleuths.

She’s not afraid to challenge authority and even the adults listen to her because she’s usually right…about everything!

Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.

In season 4 episode 4, we get a fun and spooky Halloween episode and Betty decides to dress up as Laurie Strode, the original scream queen herself.  Betty absolutely has Final Girl potential and she continues to get even stronger when more threats come her way.

That being said, Betty is so strong individually, but there is this wonderful and supportive quality to Bughead (Betty and Jughead together).  With the new mystery unfolding, it doesn’t look good for Jughead’s fate, but how will that impact Betty?

We have seen her deal with the reveal of the Black Hood and her mom’s drama with the Farm, but Jughead has always been Betty’s rock.  I’m slightly worried that she may completely lose it and resort back to dark season 2 Betty, but let’s hope that she can continue to stay strong.

What’s next for Betty?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like we could be revisiting her dark past.  Betty may have this “serial killer darkness” within her because her father was the Black Hood, but I feel like she can tap into it to get an edge over everyone else, but let’s hope it doesn’t consume her completely.

When a mystery emerges in town, I’m always looking for my girl Betty to solve it and I hope that she can figure out a way to somehow save Jughead since we know that this show has presented us with a lot of twists and surprises before.  Either way, I’m always going to root for Betty and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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