Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 2 episode 22 season finale: “Welcome to New Southside”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 22 season finale last night, we are left with some major cliffhangers that will need to be addressed once season 3 begins.  I’m not sure I can wait that long, but I have to say that the season 2 finale provided us with a lot of content and answers, while sprinkling in some unexpected twists and turns as well.  Do you think you have it all figured out?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Five:  Brave New World,” the fate of Jughead and Fangs is revealed.  Meanwhile, Kevin finds romance, Cheryl reminds us why everything looks good on her, Fred throws his support to Southsiders in need, and Betty tries to come to terms with what her father has done.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 22 season finale are:

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Jughead and Fangs are alive.

In the beginning of the episode, we cut to the scene fans have been talking about from the preview in the cemetery.  Luckily, it was just a dream and our protagonist, Jughead is alive in the hospital.  We also learn that Fangs is going to be alright too so fans everywhere can take a deep sigh of relief.  While these answers immediately comforted me, the drama is nowhere near over.  Jughead remembers that Mr. Lodge is behind everything, but his father, FP tries to tell him that the Serpents don’t exist anymore.  Betty and the others are beyond thrilled to find out that Jughead is alright, but Archie cuts to the chase when he explains that “there’s another mystery to solve.”  Who is the second black hood?  Theories are running wild, as they know that Mr. Lodge could be behind it since the motives seem to be purely political.  But how are they going to prove it?  While we get an answer to this question later on, it seems a little bit too easy and I’m not sure I’m buying it.

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“Conspiring against my parents is proving to be a full time job.”

Veronica is still supporting Fred in the mayoral campaign, as she has taken a stand against her family.  She is done letting her father call the shots and it looks like Hermione has finally come around as well.  But can her motives be truly trusted?  We know that Mr. Lodge is a master manipulator and I would like to think that Hermione is trying to do right by her daughter, especially since her husband’s actions nearly got them both killed.  You can never be too careful with a Lodge, however; as we know that every action has intent behind it.  Hermione explains to Veronica that Mr. Lodge needs the Southside bar, “Whyte Wyrm” to further his plan.  Veronica seeks out the help of our favorite lawyer in town, Mrs. McCoy in order to get her money back.  This may be the only chance she has to stop her father, but is she ready to take him on and face the consequences?  Veronica soon realizes that “there’s a better smarter play here.”  She buys the “Whyte Wyrm” and makes a deal with her father.  She offers to trade it for Pop’s Diner.  Veronica realizes that Pop’s Diner is the only safe haven left in town where the people of Riverdale can truly belong and is not about to let it remain in her father’s clutches.  But is this really the right move?  Mr. Lodge tells Veronica that if they make this deal, that’s it.  Her credit cards, her trust fund, and her legacy will all be gone and there will be no turning back.  While we see the hesitation written over Veronica’s face, she accepts the consequences and the deal is done.  After all, “it’s all blood money anyway.”  But is Veronica really ready to take on a simple life where nothing comes easy?  At least she has her new business venture to distract her for now.

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“Everything looks good on me.”

Cheryl works with Mrs. McCoy as well and Nana Rose is now officially her legal guardian.  Cheers Cheryl!  You deserve some happiness for sure.  Cheryl is beyond excited to deliver the papers to her mother, but is surprised to discover a secret meeting between her, Claudius, and Mr. Lodge.  Cheryl tells Veronica about what she saw, knowing full well that they were not trading maple syrup recipes.  Later on, Cheryl is getting ready to visit her “Cherie,” which I have to say is an adorable term of endearment for Toni.  Cheryl’s mother warns her not to go to the “Whyte Wyrm” because it is about to be raided by the police.  It seems like Mrs. Blossom has actually shown some concern for her daughter, but why now?  Either way, Cheryl warns everyone and Archie and Jughead get the Serpents out safely.  After the Southsiders receive a memo from the principal that they are going to have to go to “Seaside High” due to sudden overcrowding, no one is ready to just accept this.  All of our favorite characters are wearing Serpent jackets and are ready to walk out, showing their support for the Southside.  Toni tells Cheryl, “that jacket looks good on you” and of course Cheryl replies with, “Everything looks good on me.”  When Toni suggests that they “make it official,” Choni fans everywhere are swooning.  While we know she means becoming a Serpent, perhaps they can finally make their relationship legit.  These two beautiful ladies have definitely earned it and have proven their love for one another over and over.  It’s about time they get some time in the spotlight.  Don’t you agree? 

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“I’m not like you.”

While all of the drama with Mr. Lodge is taking center stage, Betty and her mother are trying to put the pieces together again after Hal is taken off to jail.  The paparazzi are surrounding the house and Alice practically has a breakdown when she screams at them and quotes Dante, suggesting that their house is the entrance to hell.  Well darkness certainly resided there for quite some time, but the goodness of Alice and Betty certainly outweighs it.  Betty blames herself for what happened, however; and feels like she should have been a better detective and seen what was right in front of her.  While everyone around her reminds her that this is not her fault, Betty is still having doubts.  She wonders if evil can be passed on and Jughead tells her that she is a good person.  Now it’s up to Betty to believe this.  But can she deny the darkness whirling around within her?  After initially deciding not to visit her father, Betty decides to go see him anyway.  Her strength is admirable and one can’t help but cheer for her in this moment.  After telling her father that she is not like him, he asks her why she is really there.  Betty’s response gave me chills, as she tells him, “To say goodbye Dad.  No more darkness.  No more evil.  It’s over.  You have no power over me.”  In this moment, I was literally standing up and cheering for our girl, Betty Cooper.  While her father seems convinced that she will return, this moment allows her to truly move on and embrace the goodness within her.  I couldn’t be more proud.  Go Betty!  Now Alice on the other hand seems like she may be in need of some serious guidance.  Polly lets her know that she wants her to meet the person who “healed” her, but there is definitely something fishy about this.  The set up is certainly there for next season, but will Betty be able to save her mother from a possible cult?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

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“Welcome to new Southside.”

The end of the season finale brings a lot of change, as new leaders step up and heroes are torn down.  Archie is officially announced as the president of the school, which is certainly the right choice.  We also learn that the Southsiders are still welcome at Riverdale High.  Hooray!  Fred, on the other hand, loses the election to Hermione, but not without truly making an impact with the Southsiders.  After all, Fred opened his home to them and reminded us the importance of being a good neighbor to those in need. Hermione shows up at his doorstep and congratulates him, which actually seems sincere, so perhaps Riverdale does still have some good leadership after all.  Leadership changes within the Serpents as well, as FP officially retires and passes the torch to Jughead.  Jughead accepts and his first order of business is to give Cheryl her red Serpent jacket, which matches perfectly with the killer red boots she wore to the ceremony.  Is there a Serpent dance in Cheryl’s future?  We’ll have to see, but it’s great to see her become a part of this group, especially since she has been searching to belong for so long.  Well deserved Jughead and Cheryl!  While all of these new leaders step up, a dangerous group has come to power, however.  Mr. Lodge sits with his inner circle and discusses the plans for the future.  Everyone clearly has their own role to play.  For example, Claudius will handle the drugs and Mrs. Blossom wants a brothel.  Seriously?  Well I guess that’s to be expected.  There is someone who still stands in the way, however; and Mr. Lodge is ready to eliminate the threat once and for all.  Archie sneaks into the Lodge house and threatens Hiram.  He tells him that he knows he is behind everything, which includes Tall Boy supposedly being the second Black Hood and reminds him about the boy, Cassidy who was killed when they went up to the lake.  Archie tells him, “wherever you go, whatever you do, I’m gonna be there watching.”  Archie seems to be channeling his best impression of Liam Neeson here when he slams down the knife on the table to show he means business, but Mr. Lodge is ready to accept the challenge.  Right before Archie is sworn in as the president of the school in the auditorium; Mr. Lodge shows up and nods at him, as if to say he won the battle.  Archie is arrested for the murder of Cassidy up at Shadow Lake.   While Mr. Lodge may have won the battle, he has certainly not won the war just yet.  It looks like Bughead will need to take a break from being King and Queen Serpent to put their detective skills to the test to save their friend.  If anyone can help Archie, it’s his friends and family.  Look out Mr. Lodge because you are absolutely outmatched.  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 for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 4: “From the Ashes We Will Rise”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 5 episode 4 last night, I’ve learned that “strength without mercy is nothing.”  While it’s important for Octavia to maintain her role as “Blodreina” or “The Red Queen,” she is unable to take a step back and look at the big picture.  While it’s important to remind her people that “you are wonkru or you’re the enemy of wonkru,” what happens when they are no longer confined to the bunker underground?  We are about to find out.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Pandora’s Box,” Marcus is fighting for his life in the arena and tries to make a stand against Octavia.  Meanwhile, Bellamy makes a deal with Diyoza and Raven shows off her technical skills.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 4 are:

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“All of me for all of us.”

These are the words that are chanted before each fight, as Marcus takes on his opponents and wins the battle.  Only this isn’t enough, as Octavia feels that the people can see Marcus’s weakness and she refuses to clear him of his crime, explaining that he will need to fight again in the arena.  We quickly learn that Abby is locked up and Marcus is taking the blame for stealing the medicine to protect her.  Indra is aware of what is going on but has too much loyalty to publicly go against her leader, Octavia.  After Abby begs her by saying, “please don’t let him die for something I did,” Indra explains that the only way to save them both is for Marcus to win in the arena.  While it seems like the odds are against him, Marcus refuses to fight for a second time.  He speaks to the crowd and lets them know that we have a chance to do better here and that “strength without mercy is nothing.”  Marcus pleads with Octavia and reminds her that it’s not too late, but Octavia has heard enough, as she jumps into the arena herself to remind everyone that she is “Blodreina” and repeats the words about being “wonkru,” refusing to back down or compromise.  Luckily for Marcus, this is interrupted when some familiar faces make their way into the bunker, but it doesn’t look like Marcus is out of the woods just yet.

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Bellarke is reunited.

After Bellamy tells Diyoza how important Clarke is to him, these two are finally reunited.  Clarke whispers, “You’re really here” and the two embrace in a hug that just doesn’t last long enough.  It’s clear that both of them have been clinging to the hope that the other was alive and now that dream has become a reality, but are they going to finally get the chance to be together romantically?  We know that Bellamy has Echo waiting in the wings, but this embrace between Clarke and Bellamy seems epic and moving.  While Bellarke fans might need to wait a little bit longer for these two to finally get together, it’s hard to deny the connection between them.  I’ll take any Bellarke moment we can get, but let’s hope that these two are able to finally explore their true feelings for one another.  Meanwhile, Bellamy makes a deal with Diyoza and she agrees to help open the bunker using their mining skills and in return, they will get to split the valley and co-exist.  Diyoza seems doubtful that they will be able to come to a peaceful understanding, but accepts the terms.  We quickly learn that Diyoza has another agenda, as her primary objective is to take the doctor, Abby.  While we know that a double-cross is inevitable, at least the people from the bunker will finally be freed.  But is everyone truly ready to co-exist in this new world?

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Family reunions continued.

When everything is interrupted in the arena, Bellamy is the first one to appear and Octavia is beyond happy to see her brother.  We see a heartwarming reunion between Clarke and her mother as well and Clarke even speaks to Raven and Murphy over the radio.  While everyone is clearly happy to see that they are all alive and well, Diyoza and her people quickly appear to remind them that a new threat has arrived.  While Bellamy convinces Octavia and her people to trust him, we know that everything is about to change once they are all on the ground.  Either way, it’s touching to see our favorite characters take comfort in the fact that their loved ones are still alive.

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“Whoever this girl is, she’s good.”

While most of the action is taking place on earth, Raven and Murphy have a difficult task and the threats keep coming their way.  Raven tries to tell Murphy that everything is alright, but Murphy is not buying it when he says, “If it’s handled why do you have that Raven work face on?”  Bellamy reminds Raven that if she does not hear from him every hour on the hour, that she should pull the plug, but Raven is having doubts about taking the lives of so many people.  She looks up Intel on Diyoza and her people and learns that Diyoza was a war hero who became a terrorist.  Once again, Diyoza is not one to be taken lightly and tests Raven over and over again.  Raven immediately recognizes when the enemy is trying to hack in and she is able to stop every attack, proving just how valuable she is.  Murphy furthers his own transformation from our resident bad boy into a redeemable hero when he lets Raven know that he will be the one to pull the plug.  However, it looks like they are not going to get a chance to test this theory.  Diyoza orders for the docks to be opened on the ship, which will kill Raven and Murphy, but her people would be safe in “Cryosleep.”  Raven is ready to make the sacrifice, but Murphy asks her, “I’m not ready to die, are you?”  Raven turns the tables on Diyoza by waking up all of the prisoners.  While the immediate threat is over, they now have to deal with 283 dangerous criminals in a confined space.  As Murphy said earlier, “we’re threatening to kill her people.  What could go wrong?”  We’re about to find out quickly, but will Raven and Murphy be able to survive this new threat?  Is there anyone out there who can rescue them?

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“Now we go to war.”

Once everyone is on the ground, Diyoza demands that the doctor go with her and she will not hurt anyone in return.  She also tells everyone that they are taking the valley.  Abby offers to go with her willingly if she agrees to take Marcus too, recognizing that he is not safe near Octavia.  Diyoza agrees and it looks like the prisoner exchange is going smoothly until one of her men begins shooting.  Diyoza knows that they are now at war and tries to take out everyone on the ground, but Raven has outsmarted her once again by jamming the launch code.  Seriously Raven is unstoppable.  One can’t help but root for her.  Diyoza wants to go after Raven, which puts yet another threat in her way.  Back on the ground, Octavia also recognizes that they are now at war, refusing to abandon her role as “Blodreina.”  The stakes are beyond high, as everyone understands the importance of having control over the valley, but have we learned nothing from our mistakes before?  It seems like war is always the immediate answer, but will anyone take a moment to consider an alternative solution?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 2: “No one’s gone till they’re gone”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 2, I learned that a baseball stadium can actually serve as the perfect place for survival in the zombie apocalypse.  After all, you have a field for crops, a PA system to warn you of oncoming attacks, and showers.  Did I mention showers?  I have to admit that out of all the places we have seen the characters from The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead hold up in; this settlement really seems the most promising.  Time will tell if it will last, however.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Another Day in the Diamond,” we learn that Madison and the gang found the baseball stadium and decided to turn it into a settlement after everything they went through.  While we are still missing a chunk of time and don’t know exactly all of the details that led to this, we do get some flashes, reminding us that these characters have survived quite a lot and are still standing.  Meanwhile, Madison risks her life to save a stranger, a child is not who she says she is, and we meet the people responsible for the numbered flags, who seem to be the new big bad in town.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 2 are:

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Nick tries not to let his fear get the best of him.

Nick has always been one of the strongest and most resourceful characters on the show.  When the going got rough, he would head off on his own and face unthinkable threats.  He learned to adapt to his surroundings and make hard choices, but he always radiated an inner strength.  At the end of season 3, Nick made a difficult choice and attempted to sacrifice himself on the bridge and blow it up to protect his family.  Throughout the episode, Nick had several flashes back to this event and it clearly traumatized him into a stagnant fear.  Nick never leaves the baseball stadium and has anxiety when he tries to head off into the parking lot.  Although Nick is clearly making an effort to get over what happened, his inner demons won’t go away just yet.

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“No one’s gone until they’re gone.”

Madison has fully embraced her role as leader and is trying to help everyone in her settlement.  She has really connected with a young girl named Charlie and desperately wants to help her find her family.  When they go out looking for answers, Madison crosses paths with a survivor named Naomi who is played by Jenna Elfman.  Naomi pulls a gun on Madison, but is quickly surrounded by Alicia, Luciana, and Victor.  She tries to escape but falls into some sort of oil tank.  She is surrounded by walkers and it seems like she is out of luck, but Madison risks her life to jump in and help her.  We know that Madison is never afraid to get dirty and proves to be an unstoppable force, even covered in oil and gunk.  Madison brings Naomi back to their settlement and we learn that she used to be a nurse which will certainly come in handy.  Madison has a genuine conversation with Naomi and reveals that she almost lost her family because of the decisions she made before.  Madison is always moving and doing something, as if she’s almost afraid to be alone with her thoughts and memories, worrying that they could break her down.  Like Nick, Madison has been traumatized on some level, but decides to keep busy and help others to numb the pain. 

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Charlie is not who she says she is.

Throughout the episode, I found it interesting that there seemed to be a lot of focus on this little girl, but the Clark family has clearly taken her in under their wing.  Nick even asks Luciana to find her another book so that she has something to pass the time with and Madison attempts to build her a bedroom.  Even though Madison and the others have been betrayed before, they open their settlement and heart to Charlie, trusting in the innocence of a child.  We later learn that Charlie is part of the “Vultures” group which has come to take over the settlement from Madison.  Charlie has been providing them with intel and they even know who Nick is and about the turnips going bad.  While Charlie remains quiet when she joins her “family,” it’s clear that no one saw this coming.

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Meet Mel.

In episodes 1 and 2, we see numbered flags along the way.  Mel and his group drive up to the stadium and demonstrate how they handle walkers.  While Mel does not seem like a forceful threat, he does want something and is willing to wait patiently to get it.  He tells Madison that he wants them to listen.  He proposes that they give them their stuff and live or that they can wait for them to die and take it anyway.  While we don’t know much about Mel just yet, he seems very calm and rational.  He pulls up a chair in the parking lot and seems to think he’s right about everything.  The threat is a real one however; and Madison must decide carefully what to do next.

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“We’re not going anywhere.”

After listening to Mel, Madison confidently stands up to him and lets him know that they worked hard to build up their settlement and they are not going to just hand it over to him.  Mel tells her that they will be tested, but Madison is a very capable and strong leader.  We know that she will do anything to protect her own, but is she ready for a new threat?  At the end of the episode, we finally catch up to present day and the end of episode 1.  Alicia initially thinks that Morgan, Al, and John are working with the Vultures, which is why they hold them at gun point.  After they clear up this misunderstanding, Alicia demands that they show them where they found the “51” flag.  While we don’t know how much time has passed between then and now, we know that the Vultures have got everyone on edge.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl