is anyone else watching Riverdale? i started a while ago out of basically morbid curiosity and found myself enjoying it a lot. good mix of like pulpy overwrought veronica mars teen mystery stuff and the bizarre distortions of tone and meaning that come from a 70+year innocuous gag comic being adapted to the 2017 tv drama format (v excited for the mary worth reboot next year). i became 100% onboard with this series after the ending to the first season finale where it turns out the entire biker subplot was an elaborate buildup to the “s” on jughead’s shirt standing for “southside serpent”.
watching the new season as it comes out and excited that it’s starting out at the same level of garish melodrama the first season took a while to rev up to. producers have been leaking rumours of an increasingly occult aspect linked to a sabrina the teenage witch tie-in as well as some DC comics ass shit about a “dark betty” and “dark veronica”. the final sequence of s02e02 was two teenagers spooning in a car at night being shot through the side window by a masked figure wandering up as a donovan song plays in what looks like an entirely out of nowhere callback to the opening of david fincher’s Zodiac??? is this another crossover??? i can only hope
cheryl remains the most fun character as her role as a generic reusable figure of plot complication in episode after episode means by now any actual motivation or personality she might have manifested is just mutated into some kind of pure, incoherent gothic malignity wholly unrelated to anything else in the show
jughead actually ate a hamburger onscreen this season and it was immediately folded into a melodramatic explanation of how eating enormous amounts of food is his way of dealing with the darkness
hoping that the scene of archie buying a gun is the precursor to a longer plot arc about him hooking up with dilton’s libertarian survivalist boyscout chapter and attempting to secede from the US
post archie thoughts here.