TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 18)
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This week's episode of Riverdale, "Jawbreaker", saw the show return after a three-week break and I have to say, I'm not entirely sure it was worth the wait. We're getting into the back-end of the season now and whilst some storylines are amping up, in a strange move, the show dedicates most of this episode to... Archie boxing?
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We pick up this episode where the last episode left off, with the discovery of the dead and maimed Baby Teeth. FP and Jughead go to the coroner, to confirm what killed Baby Teeth, apparently a massive blood loss from the pulling of his teeth. This storyline relies on the audience caring for Baby Teeth and honestly, I can't even remember the last time he had a line on the show, but Jughead seems to be angry enough for everyone. Honestly, the best part of this whole sequence was the incredibly creepy coroner. Anyway, Jug is convinced that the real Gargoyle King is back (how many Gargoyle Kings have there been now? I honestly cannot keep track.) The father and son team up to try and track down this new Gargoyle King, but end up being sidetracked by a bad case of Fizzle Rocks, which is making people foam at the mouth and bang their heads against hard surfaces. Betty, meanwhile, is taking her crusade against the Farm to the next level. She's finally got her meeting with Edgar, but he doesn't reveal anything of us, merely telling her a sob story about how bad his life was before the Farm, that he was on the edge of death and saved by a group of farmers. He then vowed to save the lives of others by opening his own farm one day (though I'm not really sure how the creepy cult comes into this since it sounds like the farm Edgar initially went to was an actual farm, not a cult.) Betty ends up frustrated though, as she doesn't get an answer to her real question: how the Farm is convincing its members that they are seeing their dead relatives. So she opts for Plan B, showing Alice a fake gravestone to remind her that Charles is dead and when that doesn't work, she handcuffs her to the bed in the sex bunker (you know, the one that every teen in Riverdale, including Betty, has had sex on).
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