Author: Andrew Buckley

RIVERDALE Recap and Review: (S02E09) Silent Night, Deadly Night

​Christmas is dead, Santa is dead, mistletoe is basically poisonous, and everything sucks. That’s what I got from the mid-season finale of Riverdale . Did you get anything different?   Other than ‘Tales from the Darkside’, Season 2 of Riverdale has been one depressingly shallow, angst-ridden story after another, all centered around the manipulative, violent, and evil murderer: The Black Hood. This storyline, essentially, draws to a close in the mid season finale but it does so with a cheap “oh it’s him” and none of the intelligent writing that we were treated to in season one with the murder of...

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RIVERDALE Recap and Review: (S02E08) House of the Devil

Mass murder, strippers, and teenage sex. No it’s not a violent R-Rated action movie, it’s Riverdale on the CW! The Black Hood mystery doesn’t progress all that much this week, but we do get sent on a fun red herring goose chase after the Riverdale Reaper and the whole thing ends in tears. ​So without further ado . . . cue the theme music from Ghost during that weird pottery scene . . .     Archie and Veronica are in the throes of passionate lovemaking in various locations when our fave ginger kills the mood by professing his...

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RIVERDALE Recap and Review: (S02E07) Tales from the Darkside

I almost wish every episode of Riverdale was told in this exact same format. Why? A) It’s super easy to review because the storylines are neatly packaged. And B) it was just plain fun. Something that Riverdale has so badly needed after progressively going darker and darker since the beginning of the season. While none of the segments on the Tales from the Darkside episode were fun and cheerful, they did provide a certain amount of levity in the otherwise grim painting that has become Riverdale. In the vein of George A. Romero’s TV show and movie of the...

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RIVERDALE Recap and Review: (S02E06) Death Proof

Everyone in Riverdale wears a mask according to Jughead’s dark and ominous narration in this week’s new episode titled ‘Death Proof’. And he’s not wrong. From black ski masks, to rubber serpent masks, to the wolf masks from last season, to this season’s red circle head gear, there are truly a lot of masks in this town. Oh wait, he was using the mask statement as a metaphor . . . ? Okay fine, it’s less interesting, but let’s talk about that . . .   Last week was a shocking turning point for Betty Cooper as she pointed the finger...

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RIVERDALE Recap and Review: (S02E05) When a Stranger Calls

​Let’s turn the teen angst level up a notch! Because let’s face it, Riverdale is normally so tame and bland . . . This week we had violence, date rape, drugs, psychological torture, and Hot Dog. Oh, and I have a theory as to who the Black Hood is . . . let’s get to it.   In a not so surprising turn of events, Jughead decides to go full Serpent. He’s been heading this way for a while and he’s barely been involved in the ‘Archie and the Gang’ stories this season. Clearly he’ll make a comeback at some...

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RIVERDALE Recap and Review: (S02E04) The Town That Dreaded Sundown

This week’s episode of Riverdale proved one important thing: Even when the story is centered around Archie, he’s still not very interesting. Riverdale is devolving into a state of chaos and I’m starting to miss the days when the biggest drama was caused by Veronica and Archie making out in a closet. Remember those days? No, me either.   In the end, this week’s episode went nowhere fast and ended with no further development than what was already revealed within the first five minutes of the episode. But rather than talk in circles (red ones), let’s just get to it ....

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RIVERDALE Recap and Review: (S02E03) The Watcher in the Woods

The Watcher in the Woods should not to be confused with that bloody awful movie musical ‘Into the Woods’ where they sing about going into the woods, what they’re going to do in the woods, how when they’re out of the woods they plan to go back into the woods again . . . for two freakin hours! Two hours I won’t get back, I might add.  Instead, the title of this week’s episode of Riverdale. represents more of a cautionary tale for its cast of characters; a fairy tale-esque warning to those who dare step into the darkened woods whether...

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Riverdale Recap and Review: (S02E02) Nighthawks

I guess we can let any delusions of a potentially light-hearted season 2 burn up in the flames of Thornhill. Or drown in the Sweet Valley River . . . whatever your preferred metaphor, things are continuing down a dark road in the town of Riverdale.    I’m starting to get the sense that the balance of the show is a little off. Season one did a decent job of balancing the shades of dark with a few rays of sunshine here and there. Season two is refusing to offer up any sort of comfort and even when it...

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RIVERDALE Season Premiere Recap and Review: (S02E01) A Kiss Before Dying

It’s back! Oh, how I’ve missed Riverdale and Archie and the gang. Hell, I even missed Sheriff Keller, and that guy’s about as useful as, well . . . he’s not useful. As a show, Riverdale is grounded by its characters and driven by their stories and motivations. Sure, most of those characters are crazy (Cheryl, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Blossom, to name a few), but they’re the cornerstones that make Riverdale the dark and foreboding town that it is. And there’s a whole lot of new crazy going on this season. While the first season was anchored around the...

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Bite-Sized Movie Reviews – BAYWATCH

If the Hoff was alive, he’d likely be rolling in his grave while muttering “I’ll be there for you . . .” if he had to watch the 2017 Baywatch and . . . oh wait, he’s still alive? And he’s in the movie? Moving on . . . ​In Hollywood’s effort to reboot absolutely everything, some executive received a note telling him to ‘reboot Baywatch’. It was probably planted there by David Hasselhoff (who thenscreamed out of the parking lot driving his talking car, a talking car that likely complained endlessly about the Hoff’s terrible tan). That’s how...

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