TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 3)
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'As Above, So Below' is perhaps the most uneven episode of Riverdale thus far, with too many storylines competing for attention and not enough power moving the narrative forward. However, there are still gems to be found, and it certainly seems as if answers lie ahead for who or what is behind the strange Griffins and Gargoyles game, even if we don't get them just yet.
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Another week, another strange mess of storylines for Riverdale season 3. It's not that the stories this year aren't interesting, but the show can't seem to fully find its direction this year. Between the farm, Griffins and Gargoyles, Archie being in jail and now Veronica opening a speakeasy, there's just too much going on and the storylines don't seem to be coming together in any cohesive way, making everything feel a little disjointed. Things do seem to show a hint of coming together with the Farm and the Griffins and Gargoyles game, though at least not in any meaningful way this week. Still, our number one detective team, Betty and Jughead, finally make a breakthrough, with Jughead realising that any game has to have a rulebook (seriously, it took you guys this long?). Anyway, this revelation leads them to Ethel Muggs and Evelyn Evernever as the two seem to have become weirdly close after Ethel's seizure. This particular duo is making me very nervous and I'm pretty sure that nothing good can come of the two of them hanging out together. Jug and Betty take a divide and conquer strategy, which leads to Jug playing G&G with Ethel and Betty hanging out with Evelyn and the Farm. It's safe to say that Jug's outing is slightly more productive than Betty's as he does retrieve the rulebook from Ethel. But I have to say that their game in the bunker is one of the creepiest things I've ever seen on this show and that is saying something! Jug has to kiss Ethel in order to get the rulebook and I don't think that's going to go down well with Betty, as well as being an image that I will have to work very hard to forget. Not as much as the shot of FP and Alice post coital, however juxtaposed with Jughead and Betty in a very similar position at the start of the episode. Whoever thought of that, just wow. Wow.
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