Hiram is the worst villain. He has no friends, no allies really, everyone in town hates him, and he keeps screwing over his family so they hate him too. How can he function? If he was on The Sopranos,, he would have been dead in the first season and they'd never figure out the killer from the 278 suspects.
Hermione has become the worst waste of space on the show, just a useless puppet wife to Hiram. The new daughter is just tacked-on and dumb, a made-up character shoehorned in just to create instant drama. And Hermione just accepts her existence without a word. Really lazy writing.
So the current major plots, ranked from worst to first:
Archie's Youth Center
Snore. The whole Dodger business was ridiculous. An over-the-hill gangbanger with like five guys in his whole crew is able to terrorize the whole Riverdale business community while bringing the street kids into the fold with free pizza. Talk about a high-end criminal empire. F.P. could have broken the whole thing up by himself if he wanted. Now Dodger's out of the way, so they bring in the Ma Barker trailer park gang to take his place.. And they get run off by Claire from The Breakfast Club.
Cheryl's Insane Asylum
This plot has been completely absurd, yet I still guiltily enjoy it because the writers have been green-lighted to go totally wild and make everything batshit crazy. I think I laugh the most every scene where Toni is sitting there with a look on her face that says, "how soon can I get out of this nuthouse and away from my psycho gf?"
What's Betty's half-brother up to with Chic? It will be fun watching Betty sleuth this one out.
Dead Poet's Society
Another mystery at the preppy boarding school, which looks to result in Jughead's demise or fake demise later in the season, plus the inevitable appearance from grandpa, who will stake his claim as the creator of The Hardy Boys or whatever the hell it is. I like how Betty is putting her serial killer mastermind brain to use in solving this one. I also like the new school setting, a great place for Clue-like shenanigans.
Yeah I'm still watching this dumb show, it's hard to resist.