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March 9, 2017 8:01 PM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

New rumors circulate as to who was really behind Jason's murder after a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed; Jughead's father returns to the fray; Veronica takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione.

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posted by litera scripta manet (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I binge watched the first 6 episodes last weekend, so this is the first episode I caught in real time. It's not a perfect show, but it's so totally my thing.

Anyway, Jughead was kind of my least favorite, but he won me over in this episode. It's the first time where I felt like he wasn't just this brooding outsider narrator type figure. Also, Archie was at his least annoying in this episode, so all that made it work pretty well for me, although I'm missing some of the Betty/Veronica action that we had in Body Double.

I really liked how the show handled Jughead's dad, especially the deadbeat Dad/alcoholism thing. They didn't turn his dad into a one dimensional asshole, but also, it didn't end up feeling like one of those Very Special Episode deals.

And as someone who grew up with an alcoholic/drug addict father who always said he was getting his act together but never did, I felt like the show did a good job of capturing that in a pretty short time. And I feel like Jughead as a character really sold the whole thing for me. You could see how he wanted to be there for his dad and give him one more chance, even though he knew the whole time exactly how this would (and did) end.

Although it wasn't my favorite Veronica episode, I was glad that they redeemed Hermione somewhat, at least. And I enjoyed the clubbing with Josie, Kevin, Reggie, and Veronica.

Of course, my favorite thing in the whole episode was the Blossoms and their search party facing off with the Coopers. Those outfits! The dogs! I love the Blossoms and their ridiculous antics and their haunted house and histrionics.
posted by litera scripta manet at 8:11 PM on March 9 [3 favorites]


American Excess Card
posted by vibratory manner of working at 10:12 PM on March 9 [1 favorite]


Also Glamazon
posted by litera scripta manet at 1:11 PM on March 10 [1 favorite]


Of course Polly was in the attic*! This show gets more V C Andrews by the second.

* Furnished, btw, with creepy-as-fuck dolls, dollhouse, pristine wedding dress on a tailor's dummy, freshly polished mirror and a Ouija board.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 2:17 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


Also Jughead is Sam and Betty is Clarissa. You can't climb in the window like that and have it not be true.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 4:26 PM on March 10 [3 favorites]


The more of this I watch, the more disappointed I am that the current graphic novel reboot isn't doing the same story as the show.
posted by Margalo Epps at 1:27 PM on March 12


Veronica and Hermione just blow me away with how they talk to each other???? Like??? Just, the fact that they talk to each other, and don't let things fester, and don't hide how they feel, and they don't lie!?!? It's so unusual for a schlocky TV drama.
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 9:30 PM on March 12 [4 favorites]


Also Josie definitely 100% wants to kiss Ronnie. I'm here for this.

And Betty doesn't actually want to kiss Jughead. I don't know if I like the idea of them together but I do know that the look on her face when he tries to hold her hand makes me cringe.
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 9:36 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


And Betty doesn't actually want to kiss Jughead. I don't know if I like the idea of them together but I do know that the look on her face when he tries to hold her hand makes me cringe.

Yeah, the cringe but then she goes with it like she made up her mind that it is for the best even though she doesn't want it or something. I imagine that part of the story is going to get interesting shortly.
posted by Literaryhero at 3:23 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


I feel like the Betty/Jughead dynamic is that they have a lot in common, both care for each other, and for Betty, at least she knows he seems interested in her romantically, unlike Archie. Also, he really was there for her in the last couple episodes. I just don't really see much future there, though. (I also hope they eventually go with the Jughead is asexual story line, but I don't necessarily expect that to happen right away.)

Also Josie definitely 100% wants to kiss Ronnie. I'm here for this.

I also got a sense a couple episodes back that Cheryl wanted to kiss Veronica. Maybe episode 5? I think it would be awesome to see Veronica as a bisexual character, especially if it's taken seriously (not like, just experimenting), but also not made into a huge gigantic thing. Of course, Betty/Veronica is my OTP of this show.
posted by litera scripta manet at 8:05 PM on March 13 [1 favorite]


I noticed that too, with Cheryl. It might just be that Veronica has chemistry with everyone. She kinda does. But I feel pretty certain about Josie.
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 6:43 PM on March 14 [1 favorite]


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