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"Riverdale" Season 2 Review

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"Riverdale" Season 2

Riverdale Season 2 picks up right after the shocking cliffhanger from season 1, where we see Fred Andrews shot in Pop's.

This season sees everyone reprise their respective roles, except for Reggie, who is now played by Charles Melton.

This season consists of 22 episodes, with each episode running for about 40 minutes.

Initial Thoughts

Riverdale season 2 was fantastic. The entire series wasn't perfect, and it had a few problems, but it lives up to the hype. The first season of Riverdale was near perfect, while in my option this isn't as good as season 1, it takes everything good from season and builds something new.

It keeps everything great about the first season, but it adds to it. I thought the second season was going to be a copy of the first, but it's not. This is both good and bad. The great characters from the first season are all here, and they add more. They have the perfect blend of a thrill and a mystery. It adds engaging subplots. The plot at times isn't fantastic, but when it works, it works.

If you enjoyed season 1 you'll enjoy this. Again this isn't perfect, but over the course of 22 episodes it's able to stay in motion. Some of the episodes do feel a little unnecessary, but they all have enough in them to make them relevant in the series.

Season 2 of Riverdale isn't perfect, but it is a worthy successor to the first season.

Acting Review

The acting was great from everyone. The main four do a fantastic job carrying the series, but the supporting cast stole the show. Madelaine Petsch portrayal of Cheryl Blossom was phenomenal. She stole the show with each scene she was in. Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper was just as great as she was in season 1. Even Hart Denton's portrayal of Chic was great. The entire cast was phenomenal.

There are so many great characters in this season. One problem is that not every character gets to shine. Cheryl plays a bigger role in this season, but Alice Cooper gets lost in the show.

Hal and Polly Cooper are pretty irrelevant with the exception of a select few episodes. Hall plays a huge role in this series, but Lochlyn Munro isn't allowed to showcase any of his talent, except for one episode.

I don't think they balanced it as well as they could. Most of the characters play a much bigger role, but it's a lot less important. Alice Cooper appears in nearly all 22 episodes, but Mädchen Amick isn't allowed to showcase what makes Alice Cooper so great. Except for 2 or 3 episodes Mädchen Amick isn't allowed to showcase her acting. In one particular episode, Lochlyn Munro gives a truly haunting performance, unfortunately, it's the only one he's allowed to give.

The characters are great, and the actors and actresses are even better. Although some characters aren't allowed to fully shine, and the actors aren't fully allowed to showcase their talent, there is little to complain about in the acting category.

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Plot Review

Season 2 of Riverdale felt a little stretched out. Not in a bad way, but not in a good way. It really felt like two separate seasons. The first half revolves around the Black Mask, and the second half focuses more on Hiram Lodge. The problem is they feel very different from each other.

The first half works as a mysterious thrill, and the second half is more like a crime drama. This normally wouldn't be bad, but the first half was great. It feels like the first season, and at times it was scary. A masked serial killer went around killing people. The first half of season 2 had the potential to be better than season 1.

The second half of season 2 doesn't fit the rest of the series perfectly. It doesn't offer the mystery that the rest of the series offer. With that being said the second half of season 2 is actually good. I don't think it's perfect, but it somehow manages to keep the traditional Riverdale vibe, while doing something completely different.

If you would of told me season 2 was going to focus on a mob boss I probably would've watched it, but after watching it I can say it was pretty good.

Spoilers Included

Season 2 starts off directly after the season 1 cliffhanger. Archie rushes Fred Andrews to the hospital after he is shot in Pop's by the Black Hood. The rest of the plot goes from there. The rest of the season focuses on catching the Black Hood then it moves to Hiram Lodge's takeover of Riverdale

The plot was a mixed bag. There was a lot of good, but there was also some bad. In particular the Black Hood plotline.

It started off good, but it had its problems. In particular, the Black Hood wasn't a very good serial killer. He attacked a ton of people, but of those only a few died. No major character died off. Ms. Grundy, the sugar man, Midge, and maybe Mr. Svenson were the only people that actually died.

His entrance was great, but when people stopped actually dying he lost steam. It wasn't terrible, but I could have been so much better. The potential was through the roof, but it didn't reach it.

Riverdale seems to have a hard time killing characters off. I'm not saying I want to see everyone die off, but it would be better than a ton of fake deaths.

There are more fake deaths than real ones. Archie gets buried alive, but survives. Jughead gets beat to death, but he lives on. Fred Andrews was shot, but he survived. Moose was shot multiple times but lived. Even Fangs survived being shot. Not to mention Chic survived.

Great episodes were damaged by this. Other than that it was pretty good. The second half of the season surprised me. I really liked it. Although it had its fair share of problems. Hiram Lodge is a mob boss, but he doesn't really act like it.

Most of his problems came from the Serpents, mainly Jughead. The question is why doesn't he just kill him. I'm not saying I want Jughead to die, but from Hiram's point of view, it would be the smart thing to do. He also has problems with Veronica, but he isn't going to kill his daughter, so why not Jughead. He killed papa Poutine, and I don't think it would be that much harder to kill Jughead.

The second half of the season focuses on Hiram Lodge's takeover of Riverdale, but it really isn't that interesting. All he's really doing is buying land, but somehow it works. I think the side plots were the best part of both seasons.

I loved the entire Chic side plot. It managed to keep the mystery of Riverdale while doing something new.

Another problem I had was that they would build something up, but it wouldn't play out. When the Black Hood was revealed as Hal, it was good, but it was a bit of a letdown. Not the reveal, but how it played out. It gets revealed, Lochlyn Munro gives a great performance, we get the back story, but it falls flat. In particular, the way it ended. After the reveal, he chokes Alice but gets knocked out by Betty right after. There was a real sense of tension, but it ends so fast. I would have loved to see the Coopers fight for their lives, but instead, it's rushed threw.

Like I said before it's a mixed bag of good and bad.

Closing Thoughts

There are so many great things about the second season of Riverdale, from the plot and characters to the soundtrack and acting. Although season 2 has its fair share of problems there's a lot to love.

Season 2 of Riverdale definitely deserves a watch, and I can't wait for season 3.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Royce Proctor Jr

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