Riverdale Series 2 Episode 5 Review

First of all, I have to apologise for not uploading a Riverdale review for the last 2 or 3 episodes. I’ve been a bit busy as of late and I haven’t managed to watch and review the episodes in a timely fashion. However, I hope to get back on track starting with this episode. So here’s the review:

Plot Summary

A blast from Veronica’s wild past arrives in Riverdale and causes all of kinds of trouble. Speaking of trouble, Betty is getting calls from the Riversdale’s resident serial killer, who ends up forcing her to do things that she doesn’t want to do. Furthermore, Jughead finally decides to join the Serpents in attempt to be the calming influence that his dad once was.

Good Points

The way the attempted rape scene was handled was really well done. TV and film are getting better at showing these kinds of controversial topics. These scenes are always tricky to do but I’m happy to say that Riverdale got it right. BONUS: watching St Clair get beat up by the Pussycats was a definite highlight for me.

In addition, I really liked the whole ‘Betty communicating with the Black Hood’ aspect of the episode. There was so much drama and tension in those scenes and everyone in them, particularly Lili Reinhart, really sold it. Moreover, this plot arc has caused so many problems already such as Mama Cooper’s fall from the top and the breakup of Jughead and Betty, that I can’t wait to see what will happen in the long run.

Bad Points

I found it really difficult to take Jughead’s hazing seriously. In fact, the whole act of Jughead joining the Serpents is difficult for me to swallow because it just doesn’t feel like something the character would do. Even though, I understand the character’s reasoning, I just really can’t see ‘I’m a weirdo and I don’t fit in’ Jughead as a fully signed up member of a hardened street gang.

Furthermore, I think that Jughead moved on WAY too quickly after the breakup with Betty. That’s not to say that Toni and Jughead getting together was unexpected (because it definitely wasn’t) but Jughead and Betty seemed like goals! They seemed to truly understand each other and know when the other needed help. As such, it seemed really unobservant of Jughead not to see Betty’s obvious trauma and ask her about what was going on.

Overall Comments and RatingsĀ 

As always this episode of Riverdale was pretty good especially regarding the acting of Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch. Rating wise, I’ll give it a 7/10.

But what did you think of the episode? Leave a comment !

Featured Image taken from an article on Vulture.com



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