TV Club: In Riverdale, home is where the pain is

Riverdale has yet to truly achieve its most “perfect” form in the story it’s telling, but at this point in the season, it’s already so close. Since “Chapter Five,” Riverdale has taken certain genre inspirations and knocking them out of the park in its own way. “Gothic heroine” Cheryl Blossom, “Betty and Jughead: Teen Sleuths”—neither episode has approached Riverdale the same way, but they both still managed to succeed in terms of quality.

But like I said, they’re not quite there across the board; there’s always something dragging them down, for lack of a better term. It’s easy to just say Archie is the reason, but even that’s not necessarily the whole case. in fact, “Chapter Seven: In A Lonely Place” may not double down on Archie’s daftness like last week’s episode did, but because of the character’s dedication to …

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