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  1. Old scores are settled and new alliances are forged in the series finale. Elliot makes a choice that defines his future.
  2. With the stakes higher than ever, the Wallaces are forced to go into hiding. Luan risks his life to rid himself of Mosi.
  3. The truth about Finn's murder is revealed - and The Wallaces and The Dumanis will never be the same again.
  4. Marian puts the pressure on Sean to uncover Finn's killer. How far is he prepared to go in pursuit of the truth?
  5. Darren wrestles with the chaos he's unleashed. But when mercenaries set their sights on him, will Kinney be able to help?
  6. Elliot's loyalty is tested. Sean throws a dinner to unite the two families and Alexander is asked to meet an old contact.
  7. Lale is asked to make an impossible decision. Sean enacts a dangerous plan and Elliot takes on a new foe.
  8. Elliot makes a connection with the Dumani family. Meanwhile, Sean makes a discovery about his father's murder.
  9. Unfortunately I cannot find a release date, due to, well, everything in 2020. I will keep an eye out and when there is a solid date on Cinemax or elsewhere I'll post it.
  10. All episodes were released on Sky TV April 23 2020.
  11. Not even ripe, red apples that fall out of your bag when you bump into Love Interest and then your hands touch as you pick them up?
  12. So while this may have been rather unsatisfying, in our fallen world it was probably the best version of a season finale we were going to get. For you young'uns and others who may not be familiar with seventies YA fiction, this episode was a direct lift from one of that era's most famous works, Killing Mr. Griffin. While it obviously varies from that story, it contains the same elements--a kidnapping prank gone wrong, a charismatic sociopath leader, and an enraging authority figure that, in actuality, is a caring teacher who is determined the bright young minds under his direction not coast lazily or throw away their gifts, who seems to think he's shaping them to face the world. The problem is, of course, that while Mr. Honey is 100% correct in his technicalities, he has the worst possible personality to lead young minds anywhere. He's rude, he sets people up to fail (such as Betty and the yearbook). he does morally questionable things (the tape, Reggie's car), to use the most generous possible interpretation, to get his way. That he does it because he truly thinks he's helping makes him interesting, but doesn't make him a good educator. Taking away the only rewards a person or group has doesn't make them resilient or strong or grateful, it sows the seeds of a poisonous resentment that makes them band together, all right, but for no higher goal than destruction. That said, the writers as usual seemed to be biting off more than they could chew with trying to set him up as an adversary. This can certainly be blamed in part on the truncated season, but Kerr Smith didn't have much chance to bring forth either the dark side that rents snuff films from Blue Velvet or the secretly caring person who gets kids scholarships and improves the GPA of Riverdale High. If you're going to have somebody be a Big Bad he's got to have at least a couple scenes where you find out more about him. On the other hand, this one gave the gang, and Betty and Jug in particular, a real chance to stretch as characters. The casual way B&J smoothed into outright sociopathy was really pretty creepy, with Betty's enjoyment of the story as it grows ever darker and Jug's belated realization that he's enjoying this far too much, that it's coming way too easily. Veronica, for once not being Daddy's Boring Mirror, also got something to do. She starts out just kind of going along and enjoying inflicting a little rough justice, but eventually realizes she's turning out exactly like her dad, and unlike Betty's acceptance of that fate as a source of power, freaks out and calls the cops. Archie, as is his wont, goes along with things like accidental murder and body disposal while flustering around still trying to be "good." He's the moral conscience of the group but instead of leading, follows behind going "but guys, do you really think...?" Reggie, who in the last ep and this one finally exists, gets to remind people that he may have anger issues but is the only one here who hasn't, so far, killed somebody, dug a grave or kept terrible secrets that could send him to prison. As usual, the actor's comedic chops make what could be a boring role hilarious ("... and I'm going to Riverdale Community College. Maybe.") Cheryl's cool "so you won't be making that video, then?" and later hysterical sobbing are pure Cheryl. The most unusual thing about her was Toni wasn't attached to her like a remora. Interesting that Kevin, while participating in the real world prank and all the bull sessions (done out loud in a public space with tons of people around as usual) isn't in the murder story. The whole thing could be summed up when the gang are facing down Mr. Honey as he's leaving and he tells them that he really was doing all this for their own good, that this town and school are pits of chaos and dead ends, and Betty says "well, that's normal for us."
  13. That Lincoln town car ad that has the moody blonde all sad and lonely and socially isolated in her ultra modern mansion; she then cheers herself up by ORDERING AN EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLAR CAR online. They deliver it to her door as she peers moodily yet richly out from between her costly curtains. The narrator coos the whole time about how much Lincoln understands. I don't want to hear about your problems, moody rich blonde lady. If they can be solved by ordering an EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLAR CAR online and have it delivered by some guy who now either has to walk back to town or risk infection hitching a ride, they are problems I would love to have. (The most enraging part is when the voiceover offers delayed financing. If you can order a Goddamn EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLAR CAR online like I do paperbacks and cat food, you can shell out up front, dammit.)
  14. I've been watching tons of old film noirs and monster movies! The latest was a double bill of Stop Me Before I Kill!, a pulpy as hell title to a really quite well done suspense film. The lead character is dealing with massive character warping after a near fatal car accident, and it actually really nails what living on eggshells with a person you love but who can flip utterly the hell out over any and every tiny, random thing is like. The other on the DVD was Cash On Demand, a non-horror Hammer black and white, starring Peter Cushing as a professional carrier of sticks up his butt bank manager who's held hostage in a bizarre robbery. It was one of the first glimpses I've ever had of Cushing in a non-Van Helsing role, and he nails the whole thing. It's based on a stage play and he's carrying 90% of the film while playing a very unsympathetic (initially) character, so he has to make you care about a guy who will remind everybody of THAT GUY from their office. He does so brillianty.
  15. Ha, you should write for this show! Scenes like this one would go a long way in improving actual character development. It must be the same shop that had five hundred elaborate Gargoyle King Game costumes available at a moment's notice last season. Riverdale reminds me of the old Batman TV show's Gotham, that had no apparent economic base beyond thousands of closed down umbrella and hot dog factories and two diamond stores.
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