Reunited and it feels so good. For fans who followed Josie (Ashleigh Murray) over to Katy Keene, it hasn’t been so long, but Valerie (Hayley Law) and Melody (Asha Bromfield) haven’t been on the show since season two. Unless they were dating Archie (KJ Apa), Josie and the Pussycats tended to be ignored on Riverdale, which is why it’s hard to know what to think about next week’s trailer. Is Riverdale serious about getting the band back together again, or is this a one-off concert? Certainly, if Josie is telling the truth about their intentions, then saving Riverdale is going to take some time, but why would they be so inclined to save their hometown?
Whatever comes of their efforts, the only thing that could’ve made this week’s episode better is if it had come out closer to Halloween. ‘Night Gallery’ isn’t the first episode of Riverdale to be named after a film or TV show, but having spent a lot of time looking the series up recently (Kino Lorber is releasing it on Blu-Ray), I was able to appreciate how much Riverdale was able to adopt the show’s format using Cheryl’s paintings. Night Gallery was Rod Sterling’s follow-up to The Twilight Zone, and if Riverdale were to make this an annual tradition (like the musicals), you’d hear no complaints from this corner.
Some other thoughts on this week’s episode:
- Leave it to Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) to call Archie out on his varied resume. Like not having experience has stopped him in the past…
- After seeing hypnosis done a thousand times before, EMDR felt like a real curveball and a nice change of pace.
- What kind of therapist pulls drugs out of a draw instead of sending a script to the pharmacy?
- Archie may be seeking help for his PTSD from the war, but what about the trauma of growing up in Riverdale? There are a lot of reasons James DeWille‘s script deserves praise this week, but the way he showed how Riverdale breeds — and warrants — paranoia was really excellent. Like, it should be absurd that Archie thinks Hiram (Marc Consuelos) could be responsible for his hallucinations, but not on a show where carbon monoxide’s the answer.
- Not only did Alice get some great scenes (her mothering continues to astound), but Mädchen Amick directed this week’s episode. Nothing says mother of the year like wanting a guy (Thomas Nicholson) dead but expecting your daughter (Lili Reinhart) to do it.
Riverdale airs Wednesdays on The CW.