‘Riverdale’ 2×09 Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night

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‘Riverdale’ 2×09 Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Riverdale ended up revealing who the Black Hood was and convincing no one that this whole mystery is done and over with in their mid-season finale titled “Silent Night, Deadly Night.” It also saw the tentative beginnings of the infamous Betty/Archie/Veronica love triangle. Been there, done that, not looking forward to it. Also Jughead…he literally got a bit of flesh off someone and we’re not ok with that.

If anyone finds the Riverdale of season one, please hit me up! It’s fading fast and turning into an over the top mystery drama.

Let’s talk Riverdale’s “Silent Night, Deadly Night”:

This Isn’t the End of the Black Hood

If you’ve watched as many seasons of Pretty Little Liars as I have it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the Black Hood is still out there. This isn’t the end. If anything it’s the beginning of something darker for the town of Riverdale.

In fact, I think that this Black Hood that just died was part of a bigger scheme to bring out the darker side of Betty. She saw a darkness in herself while going after the Black Hood. I think something like that doesn’t just disappear. It stays with you and transforms you into someone different.

Whoever is behind all of this is all sorts of fucked up. They have a fascination with unearthing the guilty and getting Betty to see that the darkness is part of everything in her life, especially that which has enabled her to be the good person she’s been since day one of this show.

I’m not going to lie, I’m excited to see more of dark Betty and the extremes that she’s willing to go to figure out who’s really behind the Black Hood.

Betty and Archie, Saw That Bad Coming a Mile Away

If you’ve read the comics or known anything about this show’s origins, you’ve known that this was coming for a while. The Barchie (Betty and Archie) ship is rising out of the ashes of stupid breakups and twisted up feelings because of constant danger and crazy nightmares that plagued Betty. The love triangle that everyone knows about but that no one wants is right around the corner guys!

Surprisingly enough…I don’t hate Barchie. I really don’t feel anything for it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been Bughead shipper since day one. That whole Romeo and Juliet thing sold me even though I don’t like Romeo and Juliet and think they’re a bunch of idiots. Keeping that in mind I like the fact that Betty didn’t just fall into Jugheads arms when he brought her a present and didn’t back down from making sure he knew that she got to make her own decisions.

Jughead decided to end the relationship again and told her that he was going to continue doing it until it’s stuck. Why should she wait, pout, and not continue with her life? (Again, not advocating for Barchie. Check my last review. I think Archie’s an idiot for pressuring Veronica to say, “I love you.) Archie was single during the kiss and I understand that Betty and Archie just broke up with their significant others but that doesn’t negate the fact that they were single.

As for the kiss, it was kind of cute. Kind of being key. Yes, it was sudden but I don’t think it just came out of nowhere as if by magic. Betty has been lonely and dealing with something traumatic and terrifying. Archie just so happen to be the old friend who was telling her all the things that she needed to hear and showing how important she was to him.

Betty was overcome by a need to connect with someone that needed her as much as she needed them. That’s why she kissed Archie. It wasn’t because she has some hidden feelings for him left over from season one. That ship has sailed. This was a moment of desperation and seeking comfort. Nothing more, at least in my eyes, because I know the show is going to twist it about and make it seem like Betty feels something romantic for Archie and that he returns it despite being back with Veronica. *face palm*

Moving forward now, I know Cheryl is going to hold this kiss above their heads and use it as a bargaining chip to get what she wants, whatever that may be. I also know that Archie is going to feel conflicted about the kiss as if he were a willing participant instead of realizing that he was the one that was kissed.

The second half of this season is going to be bringing along much more drama and finally start on that love triangle Archie Comics is famously known for. With Jughead in the mix, it’s more of a square.

Jughead Skinned Someone…And That’s Not Ok

They didn’t actually show Jughead skinning the Southside Serpent tattoo off of that dreadful woman but they sure as hell implied it. They made a point to say that Southside Serpents don’t hurt one another, they held her down while Jughead whipped out a blade, he held said blade against the top of her tattoo, and Jughead then told his father that he got his pound of flesh. He totally skinned someone and I’m not okay with that.

I feel like with every step we take into season two we’re pulling further away from what we loved about these characters in season one. And I understand the need for character development and throwing obstacles in their way. That’s what great television does. But skinning someone isn’t great TV. It’s weird as hell and makes me wonder who thought this would be a good character move for Jughead Jones.

Just because he’s part of the Southside Serpents doesn’t mean that the good person inside of him would suddenly disappear, never to be seen again. We know that honest, loyal, and just, Jughead. We fell in love with that Jughead. And having him skin someone makes it so that that Jughead disappears a little bit more with each episode and makes it so I don’t want to watch a little more, each episode.

They’re losing me and if the reaction on Twitter was anything to go by this week, they’re losing other viewers with this twisted and darker season that has lost touch with what we liked about season one. Shows change, and sometimes they grow for the better like Arrow did after its first disappointing first season. But Riverdale had something special, something perfect for a teenager audience, and something that was a little bit cheesy, but that we loved anyway, in its first season and we want it back.

My only hope is that this CW show finds its way back when Riverdale returns for the second half of season two.

What did you think about this episode of Riverdale? Down with the Barchie? Liking the way season two is going? Let us know in the comments below!

Riverdale will return for its second half of season 2 on January 18, 2018.

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