TV Review: Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 20)
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Barring more of Archie's seemingly endless boxing, this week's instalment of Riverdale, "Prom Night" was actually one of the show's most exciting ones in a while, with only two episodes to go until the end of the season, it's time to start tying up those loose ends and building to the season's climax and this episode definitely did that!
Image Credit: © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reservedWe start the episode from where we left off last week, after Betty has found out that her dad was killed during his prison transfer. Betty and Veronica arrive at the scene, to be greeted by FP who confirms that everyone in the bus was found dead. Betty is unconvinced however and believes that her father staged the crash as a way to escape and that the Black Hood has returned. She throws herself into shooting in order to protect herself, and she and Jughead double down on their Gargoyle King investigations. Meanwhile, Archie's mum has returned, determined to stop her son's newfound boxing career. Whilst the entire audience is cheering for this plan because it means that we no longer have to watch Archie's inane boxing subplot, Archie is not as convinced. Mary brings over a friend of hers who is a Navy Recruiter, in order to convince Archie to go to college. Archie seemingly agrees but goes behind his mother's back to enter a fight, which he loses and then promptly collapses at the exhibition fight set up by his mother due to crash dieting to make the weight. This whole subplot is entirely redundant and not at all connected to the rest of the episode, but that's pretty standard for Archie stories. Jughead and Betty decide for some reason that Prom Night is the perfect night to try and confront the Gargoyle King (it's also slightly jarring when the kids do anything that could be constituted as normal high school, considering that their lives revolve around weird cults and mass murderers). After finding a Gospel of the Gargoyle King in the bus Kurtz was sleeping in, which reveals that the Gargoyle King can be summoned in a Renaissance style setting, they plan to change the Prom theme to Renaissance and rig it for Betty to win Prom Queen in order to summon him.
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