Last season, Riverdale’s Night Gallery episode was the strongest episode of the season. It makes sense, then, that an homage to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone would be next. There’s a big difference, though, between a one-off episode and a five-episode event – a point Riverdale (or should I say Rivervale) made abundantly clear this week with a shocking, straight-out-of-Wicker-Man twist.
Rivervale has sacrificed Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), and if Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) has her way with that hammer in the promo for next week’s episode, this could be an “And Then There Were None” situation, where a different character gets bumped off each week.
One thing Jughead (Cole Sprouse) has in his favor is he’s also acting as the host, a la Rod Serling,(The Twligiht Zone) so maybe that keeps him safe from the hammer’s blow. The thing that makes this event strange by even Riverdale’s standards is that none of the plot lines have to stick. Obviously, Archie will come back (if the bomb that triggered this alternate universe in the first place doesn’t take him out), but all of the other storylines are continuations from last season, making it seem slightly unfair that the show could essentially do a do-over once these five episodes end.
Other thoughts on this week’s Riverdale:
- Given her behavior at the end of the episode, Betty (Lili Reinhart) can’t really be held responsible for her actions but why did she keep her fertility concerns a secret?
- In no universe should the town mortician and the town pediatrician (Nikolai Witschl) be the same person.
- Alice (Mädchen Amick) and Uncle Frank (Ryan Robbins) dating feels like a relationship completely born out of them being the last adults left in Rivervale (other than Martin Cummins’ Sheriff Keller). Do Betty and Alice always have to be dating men from the same family?
Riverdale airs Tuesdays on The CW.