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Riverdale And Whole Lot of Bad Decisions



In “Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter”, Archie and Veronica follow some promising leads, Betty confronts the Midnight Club, and Jughead is doing… something.


After last week’s late-night encounter with the Gargoyle King (GK), Jughead runs back to the bunker to tell Betty. But before that, he followed GK to some secret meeting with his worshippers. Archie suggests that this may be the “new gang” Joaquin ran off to. They assume this strengthens their “Warden Norton = GK” theory, however, that goes down the drain quickly when on returning home, Betty finds out from her mother that Warden Norton has ended his life. Betty asks Alice if she knew Norton back in the Midnight Club days, but Alice denies it.

Later at the bunker, Varchie, after having sex on the same old mattress Bughead regularly uses for their needs as well (for the love of God, please tell me these children at least wash the damn sheets!!!) discuss what Warden Norton told Archie at their last supper – Hiram Lodge paid off the witnesses to testify and they’re probably hiding somewhere in the mines at Shadow Lake. Archie wants to go look for them, but Veronica insists she can find some evidence of coercion in Archie’s case files.

At school, Sheriff Minetta is looking for Archie’s escape accomplices. When he questions Josie of her whereabouts, she starts having a seizure. Betty notes that Evelyn Evernever is yet again present during it. After the incident, Betty and Jughead do some research at the library and find a connection between Warden Norton and their parents—the Warden was an RROTC instructor at the same time the Midnight Club was operating. Betty comes up with a plan to finally get the parents talking, while Jughead and the Serpents are gonna look for Joaquin.

At the bunker, Archie’s current babysitter, Kevin, notices his stab wound is getting worse. With some help from Betty, he gets Archie to our favorite creepy coroner, Dr. Curdle Jr. After getting all patched up, Archie has no intentions on returning to the bunker and instead asks Kevin to help him find the witnesses in hiding.

Meanwhile, the Midnight Club is gathered at Veronica’s speakeasy after receiving invitations from the Gargoyle King, who turns out to be just Betty (seriously, just how stupid these people are?). After confronted with all the facts, parents are finally starting to crack. Hermione says she thinks Penelope Blossom has poisoned the chalices that killed principal Featherhead, assuming Penelope grew…the cyanide…in her greenhouse (oh brother). In return, Penelope claims it was Daryl Doiley, who allegedly was in love with her and wanted them to ascend together, but was rejected. He tried again when they were already adults and married, but after another rejection, he killed himself in his garage.

While the rest of the parents seem satisfied with her answer, Betty is reluctant to accept it. Even if Daryl really did poison the chalices, that still doesn’t explain who’s GK in the present time. After Betty confirms she and Jug saw him in the woods, and Jughead is still playing the game, FP rushes home to deal with it, and the rest of the parents leave as well.

Back at the trailer, Jughead is on his way to meet the Serpents who finally found out Joaquin’s location. However, his plans are cut short by FP who came home just in time to cuff him to their fridge so the boy wouldn’t run away.

At the Lodge penthouse, Veronica is casually browsing through Archie’s case files, with little regard to any discreetness. She notices ten minutes have been cut from Sheriff Minetta’s interrogation of one of the witness boys. Hiram also notices she notices, so he makes a phone call to Minetta to deal with it.

Betty finds cuffed Jughead and sets him free so he can go find Joaquin, while she and Dr. Curdle Jr. check Daryl Doiley’s autopsy report. They find no mention of carbon monoxide in the file because as it turns out, Doiley was put in his car already dead. The real cause of his death? Oleander poisoning.

Meanwhile, now with Veronica’s blessing, Archie and Kevin continue their witness searching near the Shadow Lake, when they see Sheriff Minetta, presumably doing the same thing. At the same time, Ronnie has broken in into her mother’s office, having a suspicion Hiram might’ve hidden the incriminating missing footage of the interrogation on her computer. And lo and behold, she finds in no time… On the freaking desktop! Good hiding spot there, Hiram. She manages to send the video file to her email before getting arrested for breaking and entering.

Jughead and the Serpents finally caught Joaquin and demanded some answers. Joaquin says that being the Warden’s pawn was his way of surviving the juvie. He also mentions Warden Norton was someone’s pawn himself – following orders of some game cards he received. When pressed about telling who was giving Norton orders, Joaquin says it was someone Jughead knows. A man in a black suit. Since Hiram Lodge, apparently, is the only person in Riverdale to actually own a nice black suit, naturally, Jug goes to confront him about being the Gargoyle King. By himself.

Jughead: *spews dramatic nonsense*; Hiram:

Their chat is interrupted by a call from the Sheriff’s department where Veronica is being held. Hiram gets there and naturally, Veronica immediately shows her cards to daddikins. When finally given her call, she contacts Fred Andrews and tells him about her findings and Archie’s plan to find the witnesses. She also asks him to contact Attorney McCoy.

Betty sits down with Tom Keller to question him about Daryl Doiley case since he was the sheriff at the time. When Betty accuses him of a coverup, Keller insists he was just protecting the Midnight Club. He also hints Penelope might be the real killer since she’s growing oleander in her greenhouse. Their conversation is cut short by the call from Fred Andrews.

At the mines, covered in G&G symbols drawings, Archie and Kevin finally find what they were looking for – missing witnesses. Unfortunately, Sheriff Minetta got to them first, since all three boys are shot. One of them is still breathing though, so Archie and Kevin get him to the hospital. The boy, sadly, doesn’t make it, and Archie feels like it’s pretty clear Hiram won’t stop going after him, no matter what it takes.

At the Serpents’ camp, Jughead and his crew find Joaquin’s dead body, with the same “sacrifice” symbol Warden Norton branded Archie with. They don’t know who did this, but Jug is sure Archie is their next target.

Betty gets together with Penelope to ask her about Daryl Doiley’s poisoning. Penelope claims it wasn’t her cause she’d never use oleander because it leaves traces (and Penelope ain’t no amateur bitch). Instead, she points finger at Alice, who at the time, wrote a whole article covering Doiley’s “suicide”.

Betty goes home to yet again confront her mother, but they get interrupted by the nightmare-like visit from the Gargoyle King himself. The terror suddenly ends when out of nowhere, FP arrives through the window. After he leaves, Alice says it’s no longer safe at their house, so she’s going to stay at the farm. When Betty naturally refuses to join her, Alice admits she was anticipating it so they come up with another solution – sent Betty to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy.

After receiving a call about a shot boy at the hospital, Fred Andrews and Tom Keller get there and find Kevin, but no Archie. Kevin says he ran away and gives Fred a not he left for him.

Meanwhile, Attorney McCoy gets Veronica out of jail and finds out about the evidence Ronnie found. I guess they work it out pretty quickly because later that day Veronica already is throwing the “welcome back” party for Archie. However, Archie calls to rain on her parade and tell her he’s not coming. Even with Minetta behind the bars, Hiram is still out there and he’s not planning on getting Archie off the hook. So Archie decides to leave Riverdale. He also tells Ronnie she shouldn’t be worried, cause he’s not doing it alone. As the camera pans out, we see Jughead is also there, with his bag ready.


As the title says, this episode is full of bad decisions all around. From Hiram keeping crucial evidence on a fucking desktop of his wive’s PC, to Veronica not being able to keep her mouth shut around her father, to Archie… Well, bad decisions seem to be his brand at this point.

One of the most upsetting things this episode was Alice’s decision to institutionalize Betty. What an insult! After everything this family’s women have been through, after what they know about that awful, awful place, the fact Alice still goes through with it? Unbelievable.

The juvie plot went away as quickly and contrived as I predicted it would. Don’t even wanna waste any more time talking about it. Ok, I say one(!) kinda related thing – KJ Apa’s crying acting? Is not it.

On a positive note, the “Scream” homage was really cool. But should we take it as a foreshadowing of FP’s role this season? Or was it done just to throw us off?

If you thought this episode made some questionable choices then boy, oh boy, you better buckle up for the next one!

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Star Wars Resistance: Episode 11, “Bibo”




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So…Star Wars: Resistance is back from its winter hiatus! Should we celebrate? Not yet, I’d say, because “Bibo” is more like a filler/breather episode meant to tune the audience in after holiday break. It has nothing substantial to add to series’ lore or to its overarching plot, yet it still manages to entertain and to help us dive back into familiar Colossus atmosphere.

Spoilers ahead!

Recap: Neeku Finds a Pet

So, we’re back at The Colossus, where Synara presents Kaz with a chance to loot a salvaged Clone Wars-era fighter for repair parts. All nice and good, until they find a small, cute but awfully stinky creature stowed away inside the rusty husk. And until Neeku decides this small critter would be his pet from now on.

Actually, Bibo is really cute

A bit of slapstick ensues, as Neeku tries (without any success) to teach his pet some obedience. It turns out the newly christened Bibo can (and actually will, if no one stops him) eat literally anything. Especially if it has something to do with starships.

By the by, Synara has a call from her pirate leader, who informs her about Kaz and Poe’s Resistance affiliation. The call is of course interrupted by Kaz appearing to ask for another repair part…or, rather, to spend some time around Synara. Who masterfully pretends not to see his advances, and I can’t really blame her for that.

They go on a salvage dive together, hoping to find other fighters from the same squadron as the first.

As Bibo continues to wreak small-scale havoc in Yeager’s garage, it turns out Neeku really loves his new pet dearly—so much so he’s ready to leave Yeager’s service if he insists on his “no pets”rule. Neeku’s devotion is so strong, Tam asks to cut Bibo some slack. And even goes on to support Neeku after he loses Bibo in the station’s maze of corridors.

And while Kaz is busy fighting sea sickness and Synara’s too pointed questions about his real identity, a big tentacled monster is leading its way to The Colossus, and of course it’s looking for Neeku’s pet. And, well, we learn the aptly named children from Tehar might be Force-sensitive, as the girl, Eila, turns out to have profetic dreams.

Meaning, she dreamt something like this, poor soul!

All that results in Neeku having to choose between his pet and station’s safety, and of course he makes the right choice. however hard it is for him.

Review: On Caring for Each Other

While the episode doesn’t advance the story in any way, it managed to checklist/remind the viewer of all the plot-relevant details, while telling a cohesive self-contained story.

We have Synara playing an important role in the story, which reminds us she’s the primary Chekhov’s gunwoman of this show. Seeing her really care for the station and really enjoying her new work as a salvager, it’s obvious she will be made to choose between her allegiances very soon. On the one hand she has people who actually care–be it about each other or about common causes–and on the other hand she has her (high enough) place in pirate crew and a lifestyle she’s accustomed to…

I just hope Kaz with his inept wooing wouldn’t do anything with her decision.

Speaking about Kaz, this episode also reminds us both of his strengths and weaknesses. He’s still not good in either social interactions or actually not tripping on things, while still brilliant in flying and able to think and act quickly in a stress situation. Also it’s kinda sweet that he doesn’t really bother Synara with his feelings, trying to do something good for her instead. Well, “trying” is a key word here, but still: seeing a guy not forcing his niceguying down a lady’s throat is always a treat.

Also this episode went a long way to show us Tam Ryvora’s caring and friendly side. Which I really liked, and especially I liked that it was not treated as something special or unusual. She just is really a caring person who would look after her co-workers and help them any way she can. But when those co-workers act as jerks…well, she will call them out on it.

All the plot lines, in the end, converge on the main idea of the episode, which is: to love is to care for those we love. Which is actually quite close to being the idea of the whole series.

Neeku being ready to protect his “smallest friend” even at the whole station’s cost is equally ready to give it back to its mom even though his heart(s) is/are really breaking. Because he sees the critter really is better with his mom, not with him. All the while whole Team Fireball is ready to set aside their discomfort if their friend—Neeku—needs his pet so much. Even Yeager, the one most annoyed at Bibo’s existence, is ready to help Neeku find it.

Because he cares. Because they all care.

Thoughts, Moments, Theory Fuel

  • Neeku harboring so strong feelings for his just-found pet makes sense if we remember he has no close friends and is mostly isolated because of his quirky behaviour.
  • Tam Ryvora calling Yeager out for making such a fuss about Neeku’s pet while never really reacting with due severity on Kaz’s (much more destructive) mistakes was great.
  • The girl from Tehar, Eila, having profetic dreams must be a Chekhov’s gun. I look forward to see how it goes off!
  • Will the tentacled creature return in the series finale, like the wolves and the space whales did? We’ll see!
  • Synara now knows how to set the alarm on.
  • The Are you trying to incite panic? – Yes! Exactly! Everyone needs to panic right now! moment was really funny.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Really Wants to be Meaningful





2018 was a magical, Throne-less year, even if it officially won its Season 7 Emmy for Outstanding Drama in September. I’ll admit—I may have taken it for granted. Because here we are, less than a fortnight into 2019, and HBO has decided to grace us with the news that the biggest critical darling (for reasons still unexplained) is going to be back on our screens April 14th. April 14th. That’s basically 4 minutes from now.

Of course, HBO didn’t simply tell us the date; no no, we needed a Teaser Trailer of Extreme Significance to accompany it. And this one is…special. Look, I may not have been amazed at the three-second exchange between Dany and Sansa from the Golden Globes teaser, but at least that involved what was obviously an actual clip from the new season! In fairness, it’s not exactly unheard of for season release dates to be dropped in some kind of weird CGI ice and fire video featuring old dialogue. But this one was clearly planned and staged, it features three main actors, and the budget is certainly better than that of “people sit in chairs” from last year. Here, just check it out for yourself:

There’s a little here we can talk about, though I’m guaranteeing you the millions of hot takes that are currently clogging up Twitter will place far too much significance on this. “Oh my god, does that mean the Starks are all going to die?!” Probably not. There’s a reason I picked the Hall of Faces promotional picture for this piece—sometimes showrunners Benioff and Weiss just like to play up the idea that anyone can die, before shrouding Jon in plot armor so thick that he can survive plunging into freezing cold waters in full furs whilst surrounded by the army of the dead without an eye-blink.

They’ll probably be fine.

I do feel like I’m being uncharitable. In concept, this is not a bad teaser. Jon walks by the statue of Lyanna, and we hear a Lyanna quote. Good stuff, seeing as that’s his mom, which I’m assuming Bran will get around to telling him at some point (even if he never passed that on to his sisters). Jon also gets the last walk-by quote when looking at the Sean Bean statue, about how he’s still a Stark since he has the blood. Relevant, I think.

Sansa and Arya, meanwhile, are both shown walking past Cat’s statue with her voice-over, and here’s where my eyes began rolling to the ceiling. For one, it’s a little odd that Cat has a place in the Winterfell crypts at all, but you know…small potatoes. Then, the one Cat quote they picked was her awful, self-flagellating monologue she gave to the walking anachronism. There was a bit more to her character than not being instantly welcoming of the child that bore a significant political risk to her own children! A thing that bothers me too is that Sansa and Arya are shown in association with this quote. I guess they’re both girls, so manly, slow-clapping Ned couldn’t possibly have said something that stuck to them. But Cat’s quote had diddly squat to do with them (these are actually all about Jon), and it’s only going to further push the ridiculous notion that Sansa is somehow struggling with her loyalty and support of Jon. Hopefully Arya’s presence neutralizes that reading a bit, but I know this fandom pretty well.

Finally, the Starks meet up together in the crypts—which is nice and reminds me of that time Sansa, Bran, and Arya had happy bonding and trial-planning times together completely off-screen—only to see statues of themselves! Lost twist ending confirmed! This is purgatory!

Or, I don’t know, something about danger and stakes and “no one is safe on this show” (except everyone who clearly is).

Then the trailer just gets unabashedly Weathertop-esque as what’s likely to be the Army of the Dead approach. Maybe Uncle Benjen can be a last-minute Strider for the third time in a row. But you know, it’s more or less the same thing as Cheryl‘s minty-fresh breath from that trailer for Season 7. There’s a bigger threat, and every teaser is going to end with it.

All in all, I’m not particularly over or under-whelmed. This was a very expected trailer, and probably a long day for Sophie Turner, Kit Harrington, and Maisie Williams. I love that Bran was excluded for ~reasons~ that I’m sure are as difficult to explain as his three-eyed crow nature. But frankly, can we take that alone as proof that Season 8 is not, in any way, going to have the “same ending” as A Song of Ice and Fire? This show is going to do what it wants, as it sees creatively fit to do so. Which is why any “meaning” to be found in it falls flat. It’s conceptually fine and technically lovely. But as has been the case, if a plot point needs to happen, even for something like a Stark death, it just will. If they need to randomly prosper instead, then they will.

And now we have only three months to prepare ourselves for the millions of articles on why that makes for the most compelling TV possible.

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It’s the Beginning of the End for Gotham




Gotham’s final season is here. The city connections to the outside world have been sundered. The land carved up by gangs. The first moments of episode one open more than a year after the city has been turned into ‘No Man’s Land’. The Riddler and Penguin putting on their best threads join Jim, Harvey and the rest of the GCPD in an all-out gun battle.

This is a just glimpse into the future, as we’re taken back to day 81. The government is offering no help to Jim.  When the bridges to the city blew, not everyone had been evacuated. The GCPD took in any civilians who didn’t escape. With people to protect and not enough food or ammo to do that they’re running out of options quickly.

Meanwhile, everyone else has been adjusting to life in the new Gotham. Penguin has made City Hall his seat of power and with a factory in his area is the only person producing more bullets. The Siren’s Club has become a safe haven for women, with men only allowed in if they bring information of worth to Barbara. Scarecrow, Firefly, Mr. Freeze, Zsasz and some other gangs have all claimed their own territories. The Riddler is alive and has been suffering from blackouts in his memory.  He’s sure it’s the softer Ed who’s been taking control again. Still unaccounted for are Hugo Strange, Lee Thompkins and the enigma that is Jeremiah Valeska.

Selina wasn’t evacuated because of the bombs. Instead, she’s been at a clinic in the zone protected by the GCPD, paralyzed after her gunshot.  Bruce and Alfred have been at her side. Even with surgery, Selina has no chance to walk again. For someone like her, defined by her independence and mobility, its soul-crushing. So much so she’s willing to kill herself. One nurse whispers to Bruce that doctors aren’t going to help Selina, but ‘the Witch’ can.

Scarecrow and his gang raid the GCPD and clinic for food and medicine, drastically cutting down their rations. With supplies in desperate need, Bruce makes his own arrangements for a drop. But the helicopter is a huge signal flare for everyone in the city. Within moments of entering the city limits, it’s shot down by an RPG. Penguin and his gang try to claim the supplies, but Tabitha still devastated over Oswald killing Butch shows up, looking for revenge. Oswald, however, turns her own blade back on her, stabbing her in the heart.

Jim and the GCPD are also trying to take the supplies. Bruce, having made his own way there, steals bullets from Penguin’s men giving the GCPD the extra firepower they need to turn the fight in their favour. They claim the supplies, buying themselves a few more weeks’ worth of time.

Fresh from the victory, Jim gets some more good news, in the form of a mysterious radio message from the mainland. They don’t say much beyond they are allies and help will be coming soon. The moment is uncut when he finds graffiti, a message from Jeremiah, on his desk.

Jim is still arguing with the government on the mainland as the second episode begins. He doesn’t have time to listen to their bureaucracy because he has to save kids from enslavement. After learning about a gang using kids for free labour, he goes to Barbara for transport. She’s raw after losing Tabitha, but she still gives Jim the vehicles he needs.

Their rescue goes well, until one of the vehicles gets a flat tire in the crossfire, forcing Jim, Harvey and three kids to escape on foot. They find refuge in an abandoned hotel. Their rest doesn’t last long when Jim and Harvey encounter a child and a strange masked woman, (aka Mother and Orphan who were teased in the season four finale). The streets aren’t safer since there’s a bounty on Jim’s head. Just when it seems like Jim and Harvey are outgunned, Barbara rides in on a four-wheeler like a vicious angle of death. Her good deeds aren’t out of the goodness of her heart. She’ll need allies if she’s going to take Penguin down. She wants Jim to be one of those allies.

The Riddler hasn’t figured out to stop his other half from taking over. His nightly escapades this time included kidnapping a biker. The Riddler beats the information his alter ego wanted from the biker the night before. The information, the location of the gang’s headquarters, leads Ed to find the gang leader slaughtered with the blame pointing to Penguin. He’s not sure what his alter ego end goal is yet, but it seems like he’s trying to start a gang war.

Meanwhile, Bruce, following the lead on ‘the witch’ finds her being guarded by men who are waiting on backup to kill this witch. The Witch is actually Ivy, who’s been residing in a park since the city was cut off from the world. Bruce convinces the men to let him talk to ‘the Witch’ with a lie about a missing brother.

He lets Ivy out and she kills the men, threatening to do the same to Bruce. He reveals he needs help for Selina. She’s reluctant to help at first. The last time she’d seen Selina, she’s destroyed the Lazarus water Ivy was using to enhance her plants. But Bruce convinces her to help. She gives him a seed that should heal Selina, but, she warns that taking it could change Selina.

He returns to the clinic. The seed sends Selina into a shock, but hours later she’s walking again. But, as Bruce hugs her, her eyes shift colour and shape to become more catlike.


Two episodes in, the final season is gearing up for an explosive ending. Gotham turned into this empty war zone takes the city to new lows. Gotham, both setting and show have always been defined by the criminals. ‘No Man’s Land’ creates the perfect opportunity for those criminals to wreak havoc to the full. But also creates the ideal conditions to give birth to the hero the city needs. Be that Bruce, or Jim, both men have grown into their roles as the city’s protectors. For Jim, that means being the face the people trust and respect. For Bruce, it’s being the one who works in the shadows without need or want for praise.

As for the criminals, the tease of the Riddler and Penguin months down the line is tantalizing. What draws them all together again? Jeremiah’s tease, though not as substantial still leaves one wanting more. Losing Tabitha was a devastating blow to establish to the stakes for the season. Gotham does have a tendency to bring characters back to life so I hope that tradition carries on at least one more time. Her death has pushed Barbara into action. Who’s to say where her character will stand when the smoke finally clears. She’s the one character I’m most curious to see since she’s the one major player in Gotham who doesn’t have a major legacy in the comics. I’m glad Selina’s recovery wasn’t drawn out. It was heart-breaking to see her so depressed and broken. But now she can join the final fight, as a fully realized Catwoman.

Mother and Orphan, on the other hand, didn’t have much of a presence. They were there and then the plot moved on. It seemed like it was going to be a compelling start to the characters, with a flash of Mother in the background of a shot that would make most horror movies jealous. It turned out to be underwhelming as Jim and Harvey escape before the pair could truly feel threatening.

But, there are still many things lurking the depths of Gotham, waiting for their moment to strike. These final episodes promise to be filling with new faces and old favourites as the series moves to its final curtain call.

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