TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 13)
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This week's episode of Riverdale, "Requiem For A Welterweight", was somewhat of a transition episode, in that a lot happened but nothing really happened at all. There's a lot of set up for stuff to come in future episodes, but as far as the action of this episode was concerned it was a little dull.
Photo Credit: © 2019 The CW Network, LLC.This episode can be split quite neatly into four different storylines, so I'll talk about each one in turn, since they're largely self-contained. Usually I would complain about lack of narrative cohesion, but I actually thought that the separate storylines worked quite well this week, and it kept from some of the confusion that often arises for me during Riverdale episodes. We'll start with Archie and his newfound desire to be a boxer. As is quite common, Archie's storyline was probably the weakest of this episode, even though it was the most normal. Once again, Archie makes stupid decisions (because you know, Archie), and decides to both enter his first fight before he's ready and throw it for $5,000. I wouldn't feel to bad for him though - he gets to have some celebratory sex later with his apparently new girlfriend, so you know, not all is bad in Archieland. Then we have Veronica, Hiram and Gladys. Veronica is still in hot water because of her burning of the drugs that Hermione was supposed to sell to Gladys. Gladys suggests that Veronica does some spying for her as a way of repaying some of her debt, but let's face it, V is not the greatest actress, so it's not long before the subject of her spying becomes suspicious. Revelations about Veronica being the one who burned the drugs leads to her owing Hiram $75,000. Ouch.
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