Riverdale was on at the same time as the Oscars last week, so it’s at least fair to say that the CW didn’t expect there be much crossover between Riverdale fans and Oscar-viewing cinephiles, but given the conversation this year’s Oscars has spurred, about toxic masculinity, it’s really painted Archie’s anger in a bad light this week .
Archie (KJ Apa) has always been quick to throw a punch but, thanks to Jughead (Cole Sprouse) being able to read minds now, it’s really became apparent just how much of a hothead he’s become, with violence as a first resort. It’s not like Jughead’s much better, He’s the one yelling, “Fight!” In the trailer for next week’s episode, but while Percival (Chris O’Shea) has had no problem stepping into Hiram’s shoes, as Riverdale’s supervillain, Archie and pals are going to need more than superpowers to become superheroes.
Other thoughts on “The Town:”
- Since the time jump, Riverdale hasn’t put much effort into establishing a new generation of Riverdale teens, so that if down the line one of the series regulars might want to step away (a legitimate fear given that the show has already been renewed and enough of the parents have left), they can. That being said, this week’s episode felt like the first time Britta (Kyra Leroux) was allowed to carry her own storyline, and she crushed it (as did Nathalie Boltt, in Mommie Dearest mode).
- Whether it’s cults or supervillains, you can always count on Kevin (Casey Cott) to have the worst luck and be the worst judge of character, but now he wants baby Anthony (Ace Rudy Allan Carter), despite having left most of the parenting up to Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Fangs (Drew Ray Tanner).
Riverdale airs Sundays on The CW.