‘Riverdale’ Chapter 32: Finally unmasking the real Black Hood?

Okay, things have taken a turn. This episode of “Riverdale” (2017–) was all kind of screwed up, but also kind of great! At least “Chapter 32: Prisoners” brought the drama, and at least we have pretty definitive proof that the mid-season Black Hood reveal was just a red herring. What more could we ask for? […]

‘Riverdale’ Chapter 31: There’s no business like high school show business

Well, we have arrived at the “Carrie” musical. And it was terrible. Or wait, maybe it was amazing? Once again, “Riverdale” (2017–) has put out an hour so strange, it feels like the show is actively trying to melt our brains. “Riverdale” is not the first show to attempt a musical episode. The “Scrubs” musical […]

The hills are alive with the sound of Cheryl in ‘Riverdale’ Chapter 30

Well, we certainly weren’t kept in suspense for too long about Cheryl’s stint in Sisters of Holy Mercy, were we? But it only seems natural that Cheryl would have to return to Riverdale High with plenty of time to prep for her starring role in next episode’s “Carrie” (1988) musical. “Chapter 30: The Noose Tightens” definitely […]

‘Riverdale’ Chapter 29: The one where everyone runs for office

The following is a public service announcement for any of you people who quit watching “Riverdale” (2017–) this season because it “went downhill”: “Riverdale” is good again!! Seriously! It is important to note that classifying “Riverdale” as “good” in no way indicates any amount of actual quality, but the past few weeks have been a ton […]

‘Riverdale’ Chapter 27: What happens in ‘Lodge’ lodge stays in ‘Lodge’ lodge

Welcome to the latest episode of “Riverdale” (2017–) that for some reason also functioned as a 42-minute-long promotion for coming of age/coming out movie “Love, Simon” (2018)? This Riverdale gang-led infomercial felt mostly like filler, but that didn’t stop “Chapter 27: The Hills Have Eyes” from solidifying itself as one of the best episodes of […]

Chapter 26 of ‘Riverdale’: Just some ‘typical’ Cooper family drama

You know the parenting in Riverdale is bad when FP comes off looking like father of the year for helping cover up a murder. But seriously, where is Child Protective Services when you need them? Cheryl has been emotionally abused for years and it’s continued now that her mother is neglecting her to live her “harlot” […]

Chapter 23 of ‘Riverdale’ improves on perplexing winter finale

A huge cloud was hanging over the midseason premiere of “Riverdale” (2017–) this week, since the winter finale reveal of the identity of the Black Hood turned out to be such a letdown. In fairness, it would’ve been hard after all the buildup for the face under the hood to be truly surprising and satisfying, but the janitor […]

UK dark comedy series ‘The End of the F***ing World’ impresses on Netflix

“Black Mirror” (2011-) fans across the globe could hardly wait for the year-end release of the show’s fourth season and were far from disappointed. (This reviewer binge-watched all six episodes over the course of a single weekend.) However, one of the darkest and most discussed episodes to date is Season 3’s “Shut Up and Dance,” featuring […]

Despite the Sugar Man, Chapter 19 of ‘Riverdale’ is more sour than sweet

Content warning: This article mentions sexual assault. It was going to be hard for this week’s episode of “Riverdale” (2017–) to top last week’s action-packed installment. And well, it didn’t. “Chapter 19: Death Proof” felt a little disjointed and seemed once again to serve as more of a set-up episode, although we did get a decent reveal […]

‘The Good Place’ runs with reinvention in season 2

It would seem ridiculous to give “The Sixth Sense” (1999) or “The Usual Suspects” (1995) a sequel. How can a story continue after an ending that fundamentally changed the premise of its fictional world? Can characters grow in their new reality without watering down or feeling stuck in what made that final twist feel so […]