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    S02.E05: Saints of Imperfection

    This reminds me that Pike's speech about why they were saving Tilly was probably my least favourite speech so far. It's hard to explain but I feel like, if what he was saying was true, then probably nobody on the crew doubted that they were going to save Tilly until he gave a big speech about how they were great for saving Tilly. Like, if it's such an obvious thing and it's what Starfleet stands for and nobody gets left behind... why do you need to lecture everyone about it like that? In other news, as the weeks go on, I kind of hate Pike and I think this would have been a more interesting show if Saru had ended up captain for a while.
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    S02.E05: Saints of Imperfection

    I don't know which I'd rather believe: that Discovery made up magic on the spur of the moment to bring back Hugh because they got dragged for killing him off, or they actually did have that super special plan they claimed to have... and this was it. I also feel like Tilly didn't know the spore alien long enough to be sad that she'll never get to see it again. And also, I get that Michael is the main character, but why does she always have to be the most upset about anything that happens? I didn't really need her slo-mo run to find out Tilly was in the Upsidedown. It's weird because she's technically not acting dramatic and self-centered, but the way the show focuses on her reactions all the time and tries to build drama around them makes me feel like she is. This. I had zero expectation that Spock would be in the shuttle -- I thought it would actually turn out to be Mudd or something -- but I love Michelle Yeoh, and I love her in this role, specifically, so I'm good with it. I'd actually rather have her around than most of the main characters.
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    S02.E04: An Obol for Charon

    Yay, so Michael has a new surrogate family member to disappoint. Flash forward to ten years from now, when she's at a new posting, explaining, "Saru was like a brother to me, until I betrayed his trust in a tragic manner." She's such a drama magnet. I"m really glad they kept that random engineer woman! I love her so much. I know the plotline with Tilly was supposed to be serious, but I laughed out loud every time they cut back to engineering and the situation had just quietly escalated and become 100x crazier while nobody else knew the difference. Everyone else is like, "OMG, the sphere wants to talk to us" "OMG, we're going to lose the shuttle signal," and meanwhile in engineering they're like, "It's just the three of us against this situation. None of us are doctors and we can't ask Michael to have the doctor come and visit through the door, so let's drill a hole in someone's head! It's an emergency!" And then the alien makes them high, and Tilly disappears, and they just scream into the cocoon. Also, that fish man who's apparently a recurring character now looks expensive.
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    S03.E12: Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale

    I forgot: one thing this episode taught me is that gay guys can use Bumble. I legitimately didn't know that. And I googled to make sure it was true, and it was! I can only conclude that Bumble sponsored the show and that's why the characters finally said something true. Also, imagine how different the A-plot would have been if these adults had trusting relationships with their kids, such that they could say, "I can't tell you why, but something dangerous might happen tonight. All of you should stick together and look out for each other." Also, maybe Hiram's security people could have watched all the kids if Veronica hadn't fired them while he was in a coma after Hermione and FP tried to kill him. So many what ifs.
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    S03.E12: Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale

    I kind of like the idea that maybe the Sisters create a whole generation of Gargoyle Kings by being total assholes to kids they didn't like back in the 60s. Kind of like, this is their legacy of inter-generational trauma. They taught those boys to terrorize people they don't like in this really particular, messed-up way. Good job. I get that it's 100% a plot reason why Moose and Kevin had to have sex in the gross bunker and also tell everyone that that was their big plan -- they needed to be somewhere the Gargoyle dicks could nab them, and somebody needed to know. But Jesus. On the one night everybody's parents are LARPing at the high school, those two decide their big romantic moment needs to be there?! Really? Ugh. Agree. I was surprised by how much chemistry they had, and I love that shot where they're breathing really hard because they were just singing at each other, and suddenly the mood turns sexual. If they only had less dialogue they'd be a great TV couple. I didn't like the part where Cheryl essentially bought a new gang for her to make up for getting them kicked out of the old one. That's... not the point of that story. I also really dislike this pattern we're seeing where Toni only shows up in scenes with Cheryl and sometimes doesn't even get to talk while Cheryl monologues to her. Yeah. That decision tracks with what we've seen people do on Riverdale before but that would make no sense in real life. Partly because it would almost definitely end with Veronica getting hurt or killed -- which Hermione shouldn't want if she loves Veronica as much as she says she does -- and partly because Gladys would still hold Hermione responsible for the deal regardless of who she sent as a go-between. This seemed like a really weird, out of character decision that only happened so that Veronica would know Gladys was a drug dealer and have to keep it a secret.
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    S02.E03: Point of Light

    "I did the only logical thing. I stole his medical file." Suddenly Michael's decisions make more sense to me. My biggest beef with Discovery is still that no one acts like they're in Starfleet. If you start seeing an imaginary dead person who talks to you, obviously you need to tell everyone. You don't just keep it to yourself. That's super dangerous and the stigma around mental illness is supposed to be gone and it's probably an alien, based on how these things go. Why would anyone ever keep that secret? Finally... the one thing I thought was legitimately kind of cool in season one was the commitment to having the Klingons speak really intense Klingon to each other. Bummer that they're speaking English, now.
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    S03.E11: Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia

    I think this is an important point about the voiceover. They've made Jughead the narrator of this show, but it's unclear whether he's narrating it as it happens or from some point in the future. If he's narrating it as it happens, then, gosh, he knows a lot of stuff. (This episode confused things more because they made him a hard boiled detective and used the narration to fuel that. Which, by the by, I wouldn't actually mind if Riverdale were more like Community and made stylized episodes around specific themes in popular entertainment, if it happened more consistently). I like that they circled back to this. The original impression I got, way back in season one, was that the Blossom women killed him so that he wouldn't destroy the family with his crimes. This explanation leaves Cheryl out of it a little unexpectedly -- like, where was she when the actual murder happened? -- but at least they closed the loop on it.
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    S03.E11: Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia

    I just... I... if you're hanging a person, the past tense is always "hanged" not "hung." Figures FP would be such an awful sheriff that he doesn't notice the dead body under the bed while he's asking people what happened to Tall Boy, but I'm also kind of surprised that he wasn't... like, crooked in the Serpents' direction? That's what I expected of him as Sheriff. I didn't think they'd have to hide their crimes from him. Does Veronica's non-alcoholic speakeasy serve alcohol now? I wasn't paying attention. Is it a sex club, or a brothel, or a dungeon? Because those things are different, Riverdale.
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    S03.E10: Chapter Forty-Five: The Stranger

    Word. Archie hasn't been in school this year, between getting arrested and being on the run. Whether or not that's his fault, it obviously would affect his ability to graduate on time. Why is he surprised by that? (I know he's surprised because he's dumb, but being dumb is another good reason to finish school!) In fairness, I guess we should have figured that out when we saw that the Gargoyle King was tall. It's what cracked the case on Tall Boy last time. Me too. Though I am actually surprised by how violently my heart rejected the idea that Hiram might die. Take Archie, sure, but leave Mr. Lodge. Mr. Lodge is fun. (Also, when they were trying to lure Hiram to a trap by offering him "something he wants" I felt like they didn't need to offer him Archie. They could have literally offered him another oil painting of himself. DON'T KILL MY BEST FRIEND.) I don't want this to become our version of "They were on a break!!!" but Archie and Veronica were broken up as far as I can tell. The only kind of tattoo known to Riverdale.
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    S03.E09: Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit

    Maybe that's the real reason for the quarantine. The rest of the world was just like, "No. Riverdales stay in Riverdale. That place is too insane." FP and Being a Serpent are the great, turbulent love story of this show. When he's a serpent, he doesn't want to be one, and when he's not a serpent, he wants to be one. They break up, they get back together, they break up again. Is he still on parole? Is he still not allowed to associate with gang members? If so, it's a forbidden turbulent love story.
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    S03.E09: Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit

    Man, blue lipstick never wears the way you hope it will. I feel you, dead LARPers. My favourite part of the episode was the way it involved us by making us the negative self-talk in Archie's mind. We've called him stupid so many times, and now we know he can hear us. I'm not sure you can will yourself to be smart by hitting yourself with a baseball bat, but... that's our dumbass. My other favourite part was how hard they worked to make it seem like Josie was going to get to do something before Veronica took over and did the big musical number herself. They really got me on that one. I did not see it coming. Same. I was like, "Why is Betty making this her problem (and, by extension, my problem, because I have to watch it now)?" and I wouldn't be sad if we never saw them again. I think this would be AMAZING. It could be Riverdale's homage to Scooby-Doo except instead of a twist where ever single villain turns out to be some old dude in a mask, every single villain can turn out to be Hiram in bad lighting.
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    S03.E08: Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak

    I guess if you can't hang with the mob in New York, you go back to the dinky town you grew up in and start bullying your neighbours' kids? I feel like the show has landed in a weird place where it's not quite absurd enough for me to enjoy as comedy, but still too absurd for me to take it seriously? Like Mr. Lodge could be Mr. Burns if they wanted him to -- that weird rich man who keeps coming up with petty self-serving schemes, like driving the school newspaper out of business or whatever, and there wouldn't necessarily need to be a back story that explains why he's doing this. But they kind of did give him a story explaining why he's doing it, and it involves a bunch of mob-like stuff that's... not as funny to me as just having him randomly sabotage kids. I don't know how to say it properly. I just feel like I would be okay with it if it were either more or less cartoonish, but the level of cartoonishness right now is not quite right.
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    S03.E08: Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak

    I don't understand why Fred couldn't go with Archie. That's 100% the plan that would have made the most sense. Also... I dislike the Ethel story still. And not just for meta reasons anymore. I feel like, more and more, this show is setting up a dynamic where the good-looking, powerful, popular kids are somehow entitled to every honour that can ever be bestowed on them, whether it's being president of the student council or the griffon queen or whatever, and the best anybody else can hope for is to gracefully accept a place as sidekick. I'm also noticing the annoying pattern others have pointed out where any COC who's last name isn't Lodge gets bunted to the sidekick ranks along with the gay male character. It's making me feel weird. I feel like, if you're playing one of the adult characters on this show, you're probably looking at it as a regular paycheck where you sometimes get to do something fun. I don't think you'd be looking at it as a serious acting challenge, and you'd probably be frustrated if you were. However, in my gossip brain, I wonder what the actors on this show think after watching Sabrina -- which is in the same family of shows and has a similar sensibility, but did a lot better by its "adult" actors, at least in the first season.
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    S03.E07: Chapter Forty-Two: The Man In Black

    Oh, hey. Good one. I forgot the random coroner's son existed, but if anybody's going Scarecrow on the town, it's him. This... is wonderful. And exactly the kind of impact Riverdale deserves to have on the world.
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    S03.E07: Chapter Forty-Two: The Man In Black

    Okay, I get it. Archie will only go along with stupid names if he's the one who thought of them. The minute someone else comes up with one, he's like, "No, my name's Archie Andrews. I'm from Riverdale and my greatest enemy is Hiram Lodge. That's who I'm hiding out from please don't tell anyone." I judged Jughead last week for leaving town with Archie even though he couldn't check in with Betty and make sure she was cool, but this week I've been convinced of his wisdom. Archie would literally be dead if he didn't have someone to watch him, and, of the two, Betty's probably the safer one to leave alone. Good call. As for Ethel... I'm very uncomfortable with what the show's doing with Ethel. I try to stay out of fandom, but I'm aware that there's some antagonism between the actors and a group of young-ish/teenage fans who have a crush on Cole Sprouse and don't know how to express it without making it weird or being hostile to his real-life girlfriend. And, to me, what's happening with Ethel feels like a way of striking back at those fans through the show, by creating a "loser" character and letting Betty verbally kick her around and brag about how Sprouse's character's in love with her and not with them. It seems petty to me, especially when the fans in question are mostly teens and teens are still learning how to interact with the world. A group of adults they look up to doesn't need to mock them on their favourite show. I also thought that was funny. I have conflicted feelings about the Lodges because I think, in real life, when you have a Problematic Dad, it really is quite difficult to make a clean break and not get sucked back into his control, so it makes sense to me that Veronica keeps going back to him and keeps letting him manipulate her. At the same time, it's not dramatizes super well on the show, so it seems like her choices are as random as anyone else's. Also... I get that the real reason no one drinks alcohol in Veronica's bar is because this is a CW show and there's probably some kind of rule about it, but... you make a really big deal out of not serving alcohol in your night club for minors, but you host a gambling night in there instead? And you are a minor? And you gamble at the gambling night.... I just.
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