The town of Riverdale is entering into a dangerous territory. For much of Riverdale Season 3, the Gargoyle King's influence led us to their game-changing plan: Riverdale being quarantined from the outside world.
Everything we witnessed beforehand, like the origins of Gryphons and Gargoyles, Ben and Dilton's deaths, and Archie's confinement, was merely the calm before the storm. The momentum rose with a new mystery that spanned generations. But, did the first half of Riverdale Season 3 create a compelling visual story?
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For the start of 2019, we're looking back to see what worked, what didn't, and what we hope gets fixed!
Check out the midseason report below, and share your thoughts in the comments. And don't forget, you can watch Riverdale online via TV Fanatic to get caught up on all the past drama.
Riverdale Season 3 returns Wednesday, January 16 at 8/7c on The CW.
Best Twist: The Parents Played Gryphons & Gargoyles
In a twist that took a generation in the making, the Riverdale parents were revealed to have a shady past with Gryphons and Gargoyles. They played the game, and they were equally culpable in not stopping the evil from spreading when they discovered it in the 1990s. But, what made this twist so amazing was the effect it had on EVERYTHING. This one interaction with the board game altered their lives and turned the parents into the flawed, cynical people we know today. Now, this is what you'd call a "domino effect!"
Worst Twist: Alice Sends Betty To The Asylum
Did Alice not learn her lesson after the Polly incident? It's no secret in the town of Riverdale how dangerous and terrifying it is to be at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy. The core characters know this firsthand, especially after Cheryl's confinement and what happened to Charles Cooper. When Alice committed Betty to SOQM for her "safety," it broke the hearts of fans because it was a bad decision that went against how far their relationship had developed.
Biggest Letdown: Archie Tells Laurie The Truth
Heading into Riverdale Season 3, there was hope that Archie Andrews would learn from his earlier mistakes. He overcame the troubles with Hiram Lodge and his obsession with The Black Hood; however, even after all that supposed growth, some things never change. Seeing Archie spill everything to Laurie Lake (a person he just met) was so mind-boggling and disappointing. He put his trust into someone he barely knew, and he put his life at risk because of someone who openly flirted and showed interest in him. At least Archie is consistent with his recklessness.
Best Episode: Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club
Everything about "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club" was near perfection! The main teen cast did a stellar job portraying the adult characters as teenagers, with some actors (like K. J. Apa and Lili Reinhart) hitting their performance right on the money. The nostalgic 1990's references were a welcomed addition and the visual elements brought out the vibe in full force. If you to watch an origin/flashback episode that does it right, this is one you can't miss.
Worst Episode: Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black
Trying something new is never a bad thing; it's always good to shake things up and venture outside of our comfort zones in regards to structure, editing, and visual designs. However, if you're going to experiment, you need to make sure the complete plot is heavy enough to support it. Arguably, only 1/3 of the story was well-developed from start-to-finish, while one of the three mini stories (Veronica's casino night) came across an unnecessary filler.
Most Improved Character: Veronica
From a character standpoint, Veronica Lodge stepped up to the plate. She's no longer playing the two-faced heroine who's working alongside her criminal parents to take over Riverdale. Instead, she's back on the side of good and actively conspiring against them. Veronica has become braver, resourceful, and a leader.