TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 7)
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The latest offering from Riverdale's third season was its worst one yet. It might've seemed as though, after the triumphs of "The Midnight Club" and "The Great Escape", Riverdale was on the way up - but after a less than stellar sixth episode, the seventh hit new lows with the most boring episode the show has turned in yet this season. With the midseason finale coming up next week, I was expecting things to be building to an exciting climax and instead.... well, they fizzled out.
Image credit: Robert Falconer // © 2018 The CW Network, LLC.This episode of Riverdale split the gang up into three mini stories, which seemed like a decent enough way to review the episode - as it did feel like we were watching three separate stories this week, with very little cohesiveness between them. The first story concerned Archie and Jughead. Newly on the run, Archie decides that of course, the creepy farmhouse they come across is the perfect place to lay low for a while. 'Cause there's nothing that can go wrong with staying at a creepy farm, right? The rest of their story mostly consists of Archie making normal Archie-level bad decisions, particularly pertaining to Laurie Lake, one of the girls living on the farm, whom Archie naturally hooks up with less than five minutes after arriving... and not long after breaking up with Veronica. Whilst a shirtless Archie is hauling haybales in order to impress Laurie, Jughead gets down to some serious detective work, and heads into the creepy town to find answers. He discovers a group of teens playing G&G and enjoying the recreational drug "Fizzle Rocks" (the names for drugs in Riverdale get progressively more ridiculous). He learns that all the men in town have been sent to build a prison/Fizzle Rocks lab for the mysterious "Man In Black". Wonder who that could be....
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