And that’s as a result of it’s exactly that. This episode was a leftover from final yr, filmed however not accomplished manufacturing till the pandemic lockdown was over. As such it thrusts us into the beginning of the endgame of final season’s storylines — specifically the fallout of the Betty and Archie kiss, Mr. Lodge’s sickness and the way he’s utilizing vigilantism to deal with it, the mysterious (and suitably anachronistic videotapes) arriving on the doorsteps of Riverdale residents, and the gang prepping for his or her imminent post-high faculty lives.
There’s lots to be instructed right here till the present finishes telling this particular story. Writers Ace Hasan and Greg Murray deal with this arguably thankless process with aplomb, squeezing out the mandatory exposition wanted to push the plot factors in the direction of their approaching conclusion whereas shoehorning in a (now unlucky) Katy Keene tie-in. To be honest, it’s a stable episode. Just one which, by no fault of its personal, doesn’t actually work as a season premiere.
That minor gripe apart, there’s lots to get pleasure from right here. First and foremost are Archie’s struggles. It was smart for the showrunners to make the character notice that he’s a little bit of a rudderless dolt. Addressing this most blatant of character flaws makes our oft-shirtless protagonist that rather more of a likable man. He’s found that whereas he has some choices — operating the gymnasium is his greatest wager — he additionally must clear his head, and getting out of Riverdale would assist with that significantly.
Now that the Navy isn’t an possibility, and he’s questioning his entire life. This leads to his destroying his relationship with Veronica by telling her about his illicit kiss with Betty. One, it must be talked about, that made Betty really feel tremendous uncomfortable…though that might’ve simply been the horrible track Archie wrote for her.
The deception is sufficient to blow aside the pair’s “endgame” standing…not less than till after the upcoming time soar and their outdated flame is inevitably rekindled. (Even although we all know that Veronica shall be married to the jerky Chad Gekko, one other Katy Keene character climbing aboard the Riverdale categorical). Much drama will ensue, however within the present’s now, they’re completed. What’s the over/below till we see Veronica performing “Bittersweet Symphony” at La Bonne Nuit?