Recap: Riverdale – The Midnight Club

The Mayor of Riverdale, Hermione Lodge, has banned the game pf Gryphons and Gargoyles (G&G) because she has connected the recent suicides to the game. This just makes the kids want to play the game ever more, but then Dr. Curdle calls Betty to tell her that the suicide of Dilton Doyle seemed familiar and Alice tells Betty about what happened back in the 90s to her and her friends.

For various reasons, Alice, Penelope, FP, Fred, Sierra, and Hermione end up in Saturday detention a la The Breakfast Club with Anthony Michael Hall as the Principal.

We learn their secrets:

  • Penelope is adopted and is being groomed to be her brother’s life partner.
  • Alice refused to talk about her pregnancy but told everyone that FP lived in a double wide.
  • FP was beaten by his Dad, but he had aspirations to go to college.
  • Fred wanted to stay in Riverdale forever and eventually become mayor.
  • Sierra was dating Tommy, but they were keeping it quiet because their parents did not approve.
  • Hermione was dating Hiram because he was a self-starter.

After a few Saturday detentions, the kids come across the G&G game, when Hermione breaks into a teachers desk.

In that moment, these strangers eventually became friends and none of them could have guessed that their lives were about to change forever.

They start to play and  they pick the following characters:

  • Penelope is the Game Master
  • Alice is a sorceress
  • Hermione is a thief
  • Sierra is a Siren
  • FP is a Deadeye
  • Fred is a Radiant Knight

And so the quest begins at Eldervair. They soon get wrapped up in the game and they decided to go off-board with the game.

Penelope pairs FP and Hermione together and Fred and Alice together. Eventually, they played the game all the time, but late at night and in the school…hence calling themselves the Midnight Club. They group got larger as they came across a smaller group that consisted of Hiram, Tommy, and more who were also playing the game late at night in the halls of Riverdale High.

Can I just say, this episode is based in the 90s…but they keep playing 80s music.

This group of kids were invited to an ascension party, but they did not know who was orchestrating the event.

Side note: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos kid looks just like his Dad.

Eventually their is a musical moment, where the funniest bit was Penelope getting all into the music.

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That night, Alice leaves, but the next day she learns that Principal Feathestone is missing and Fred’s Dad died.

They do find the body of the missing Principal in the broom closet under the stairs and he had blue on his lips. The group turns on Alice as she was the only one that was sober that night and was the last to see the Principal. However, they decide to destroy the game and keep the events a secret.

The group changed afterwards:

  • Fred gave up music and went into construction
  • FP joined the Southside Serpents
  • Penelope grew closer to Clifford
  • Hermione and Hiram became a couple
  • Sierra and Tommy broke up
  • Alice gave up her old ways and started to court Hal.

The kids of the Midnight club became strangers again.

Alice tells her daughter that someone in the group is responsible for what happened and she begs Betty to not play the game. But, she is still on the case and when she goes to talk to Juggie, she sees that he has gone down the rabbit hole and his goal is to defeat the Gargoyle King.

Not good at all.

In the next episode, The Great Escape – Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break Archie out of juvie; When Jughead has taken the investigation into Griffins and Gargoyles a step too far, Betty finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

 

 

 

 

 

Recap – Riverdale: As Above, So Below

So, the juvenile detention center is a front for an underground fighting ring.

That sounds about right.

When Archie sees a fellow Serpent (Joaquin) suffer for Archie not wanting to succumb to the threats of the Warden, Archie agrees to step in to the ring. We learn the rules about the illegal fighting ring, but he has his first fighting match and he wins. However, he ended it too quickly. He needed to make a show of it. He follows suit and gets an idea of why his life has spiraled into the crapper and that is…Hiram Lodge. Mad Dog gives him a glimmer of hope and all the fighters are jumping on the bandwagon, but is this hope something attainable.

With Archie ensconced in jail, Hiram is using reverse psychology to mold his daughter in to what he wants her to be. Yet, Archie’s love, Veronica does not see this. What she sees is every person in power trying to shake her down and she believes her Dad is making this happen. So, she does what any 16-year-old does, she finds the location of her Dad’s drug making business and takes pictures and bribes her father. This all coincides with the opening of her speakeasy. She has wrangled Josie, Reggie, Kevin and the popular power couple of Cheryl and Toni in hopes of making her side business a success. Even Hiram shows up, with her portrait in tow, to wish her luck and that is when you see it in her his eye…and then in her own eyes.

While Alice and FP are hooking up, Riverdale has become a safe haven again, but teen lovebirds, Jughead and Betty are still on the hunt for what pushed Ben Button and Dilton Doyle to willingly and happily commit suicide. They must also contend with the Evernevers, as they have lured Ethel into their web. However, because of this, Juggie and Betty have connected the game of Gryphons and Gargoyles to the Evernevers, are they correct? Nope.

While Jughead went on Ethel duty and started his quest to learn more of what drove Dilton and Doyle to do what they did, he ended up having to take Ethel to the ER after they both ingested chalices of liquid. Ethel is clearly totally drinking the kool-aid and while Jughead’s intentions are to investigate, he may have caused a bigger issue as Ethel has become smitten with Jug and also left a copy of the manuals for the game in every student’s locker. She believes that by doing this, she will end her game. Now, the problem is…this game is apparently evil. So evil, that it has some parents on edge. Why, we’re still not totally sure. But, we do know that Alice and all of the Farm know it. When FP learns that his son has the blue lips and the manual for the game, he tosses said manual into a fire. But, the engine has left the building and we’re all a part of this insane ride. Where it leads us, who knows…it’s possibly the most entertaining plot line of the season.

There was a little info on the Farm and the Evernevers. The farm is trying to create a school club, but it is failing miserably. Except for Ethel. Evelyn has become a tether of sorts to keep Ethel’s health in line. When Betty sees this, she goes to a meeting at the club and she speaks to Evelyn. This leads to a Farmies meeting at Alice’s. Yea, Betty is not happy about this whole scenario. Honestly, it is not the best plot point. All I can think of is Jonestown and in all honesty…why go down the cult route.

The biggest question is…what did Reggie do with all of the jingle jangle?

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Nextweek: The Midnight Club – When Betty confronts Alice about Gryphons and Gargoyles, Alice has no choice but to come clean about how she, along with the other parents, played the game in the early 90’s, how a shocking mystery has been plaguing them all ever since.

Recap: Riverdale – Labor Day

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What is most surprising about this episode is that these kids were just becoming Juniors in High School. Was the courtroom somewhere in the deep south in the 1950s?  Because there is no A/C anywhere. Also, who would allow Archie’s own mother to be his defense attorney?

Welcome to Riverdale… and it is the weekend before Archie finds out if he will be convicted of murder. This little reprieve allows Archie to have one last perfect summer weekend with his love and his two best friends, but not before we get an update about what is going on in each household.

Veronica and Hiram are still butting heads, this time over the fate of Archie. She is even willing to go after jurors to throw her father under the bus in order to save Archie. However, Hermione confessed that she is no puppet to Hiram, just a prisoner. She will never leave Veronica alone in this world.

Alice is drinking the Kool-Aid that the Farm is doling out and she is driving Betty nuts with her attempts to bring her into the fold. However, we find out that Betty has been illegally forging a prescription for adderall and lying about seeing a therapist.

Fred is at a loss over Archie possibly being convicted. He and Mary blame themselves over everything that has happened.  Yet, no matter what anyone says…Archie feels all alone in this because he feels guilty for leaving Cassidy with Andre. So, he spends the weekend prepping everyone for their new roles while he is away. Betty is to look after Fred, Reg is to look after the football team, etc…

Jughead is the King of the Serpents and thanks to Hotdog and Cheryl wanting to be Katniss Everdeen, a new war is brewing. The crown is heavy on his head, but he is committed to keeping his friends, family, and those that rely on him safe. Even if he is no longer a southsider.

The deliberations are heavy on everyone’s minds as the weekend comes to a close, but when the jury comes back in a deadlock of six to six, Archie agrees to take a plea deal that he believes would save everyone from another long and arduous trial. What he leaves behind are loved ones that are shocked and heartbroken over his decision.

But, the sexy Dads of Riverdale are working together to get back at Hiram and to get Archie out of jail. Veronica learns from Hiram that this whole thing is punishment for her turning her back on blood. This is when Veronica draws the line in the sand and declares that she is no longer his daughter. We then see Archie leaving the town with Pep as he heads to the hoosegow.

Now, this is when it gets really weird. Dilton Doyle is acting all kinds of weird, weirder than usual. Why? The Gargoyle King. He leaves behind this map for Jug and when Jug follows the map, he finds Dilton and Ben kneeling in front of a something that looks like a horned creature made out of bones. Ben and Dilton have ingested something that has them out and Jug is at a loss as he tries to help them. Think Slenderman meets D&D.

The weirdness level goes up a notch when Betty wakes up in the middle of the night and hears a noise in the yard and that is when she finds Alice and Polly in a ceremony where they hold the twins over a fire and let them go…the twins float in the air and this…well this is too much for Betty’s brain to handle, so she drops and convulses.

It is what happens in the last moments that grabbed me. While, the soap opera-like story arcs are entertaining…how much can these kids go through when they are just turning 16 and starting the whole process of preparing for SATs and thinking about what colleges they want to go to and what it will take to get into those colleges. Is there a Riverdale College?

The other cool thing about the episode is the nods to the comics, like Hot Dog, we saw the jalopy, and we heard the name of Edgar Evernever and with him…we will see Evelyn.