So, Price Peterson is on a photo recap sabbatical and also maybe wouldn’t photo recap Sexy Archie anyway, so I’m filling this hole in my life by allowing the little Price Peterson that lives in my mind free reign to chop up episode 6 of Riverdale into a weird photo collage mess. Here we go!
We open, as ever, with a narration from everyone’s favorite way-too-self-serious emo loner. This week’s theme: fear.
Betty and Jughead, junior sleuthers, then distract Mrs. Cooper using her fear of teenage sexuality to figure out what’s goin on with Polly.
Cut to: Boring Archie and his boring problems.
Ronnie’s fears this week (of coming to grips with the life she knew is gone and of feeling invisible) didn’t ram you over the head, but still felt pretty heartbreaking:
But really, Jughead and Betty’s story felt like it belonged in an entirely different show. Is the rest of the show gonna catch up with them or is the show gonna address this discordancy? Though, maybe the characters of Jughead and Betty themselves (and Cheryl) – hiding the trouble in their lives so carefully from everyone else – are exactly where that illusion could/should shatter.
(I mean, there’s gotta be something, right??)
Ugh, also, A+++ for this crazy, nightmare-inducing look from Polly:
Oof, and also this:
And then back to the non-terror side of Riverdale. Really, watching this show in the current era of POTUS45 gaslighting really feels particularly poignant – there is always something AWFUL going on right around the corner or directly under the surface, but everyone is telling you it’s nothing and then is reminding you that you are making a big deal out of nothing. And then shoves a storyline about construction and music drama down your throat.
Hermione then proceeds to tell her daughter that she has the power to sign over a contract to Fred (expecting what, exactly?) and when Ronnie refuses, makes this move (which also makes zero sense):
Then a little bit of levity with our heroes:
(Side note, did you know Sabrina’s maybe gonna make an appearance later this season?)
Back to the spectacle of distraction keeping Riverdale citizens busy:
BUT MORE OF THIS PLEASE:
#ArchieHorror right around the corner?
And we finish off the episode remembering that today’s central theme is FEAR with a montage of truly scary-sad moments: