In an otherwise pretty serious series of events for Riverdale, one aspect of the second season has led to constant silliness in reviews and Twitter comments: Jingle-jangle.
The illicit street drug — manufactured by Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) mentor at Southside High and distributed on the Northside by Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton) — made a “name” for itself when the Bulldogs captain introduced his new offering to Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) at the beginning of the season. Since then, it’s been something of a joke to followers of the show.
And as TVLine reveals, it’s something of a joke among the cast as as well. “Can you imagine having to say ‘jingle-jangle’ on screen over and over again? I think we didn’t stop laughing for the first four episodes,” Sprouse told the site. Hermione Lodge actor Marisol Nichols echoed his thoughts about the name, admitting she was skeptical the first time she saw the words in a script.
As with The Black Hood, the name is a reference to Archie Comics past and a song written for the companies animated musical act “The Archies.” The band also provided Betty’s ringtone a few weeks back and released enough material for the series to continue making silly references. The playfulness is part of the show’s appeal, even if events have been high drama of late. Between the potential Bughead break-up, Hiram Lodge’s machinations and Alice Cooper’s crusade, one wonders when the show will get to be silly for a week. Maybe once the Black Hood is revealed, there will be a bit of breathing room for the Riverdale High kids.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays on The CW.