The Good And The Bad Of “Riverdale” Season 3

There are people who watch rom coms to destress… I watch a young adult/teenage tv series. Riverdale is one of them and surprisingly – it’s not bad. I preferred the first two season, though I’m interested in the third season plotline minus Veronica Lodge.

I liked the very beginning of the series, when the Blossom twins are rowing across the lake (or was it a river?… anyhow, it was water) and then the brother is found dead of, presumably, drowning.

The series mixes mystery, drama, drugs, romance and high school in a very nice way. In every season, there are intriguing mysteries to be solved: the murder of Jason Blossom, the Black Hood, and the Gargoyle King. There are also interesting twists, so you never really know who the killer is and are truly surprised when you find out. Still, the first two seasons follow the same way of finding the killer. First, they arrest someone a few episodes until the end and then you figure out it’s not the real killer. I haven’t watched the third season till the end, but I don’t think it will be any different. I don’t know if teenagers are bothered by this, but to me, when I know how the plot will develop it kind of takes away the suppress. It’s predictable. Of course, I still don’t know who the real killer is and it’s always a surprise, but I always know that the one we suspect the whole time is not, in fact, the real killer. So my educated guess is that Hiram Lodge is not the Gargoyle King and, judging by the first two seasons, the killer is one of the parents of the main characters. Alice? It would be too much, but who knows…

I get that the show is about teenagers attending high school. I get that the teenagers are the main characters and that their lives closely mimic the adult lives. Still, Riverdale teens are behaving less and less like teens and more and more like some weird, twisted teen versions of adults. Heck, Veronica even has her own bar that’s more than provocative.

The third season deals with interesting and important social issues: soft drugs disguised as candy, a fun rp game that destroys lives, a cult and nuns who are up to no good.

These nuns already appeared in the previous seasons and we could see that the way they were running their rehabilitation facility was at best shady. Thirds season takes it to another level with the nuns. Not only are they rigid and heartless towards the kids they are supposed to help, but they are also feeding those same teens in their care drugs.

As for the game Griffins&Gargoyls that is the main plot of the third season, it nicely shows the dangers of things that at first may appear innocent. It’s a simple role-play game that pretty much everyone has played at some point in their lives. This time, though, the game that starts as a simple and fun teen’s game turns into something much more sinister. It involves poison, murder and mysterious and dark rules that we still don’t fully understand. It’s captivating and, as I said, very mysterious. There is a Gargoyle King, a fictional character from the game that someone is impersonating and killing people in Riverdale. A serial killer after Black Hood. Still, it’s not a usual type of a serial killer. It looks more like a cult that everyone in Riverdale has joined through the game and fizzle rocks (the candy-drug).

If you think about its meaning more seriously, it’s actually a very good representation of how higher powers (government, church, society as a whole) instill blind obedience in people – not through fear but through delusion. Try to see G&G game as the media and what kind of placid but very dangerous shit they are serving you. Why? To keep you meek and obedient. And they also feed you drugs, all sorts of drugs, be it medicine, food, shopping frenzy… anything that will numb your mind and prevent you from thinking for yourself. Riverdale is a small community that represents the whole societies and how the people in whose societies are being manipulated.

I still don’t know where the Farm plotline will go. For now, they are being presented as a typical cult that is attracting not only teens but adults as well. Unlike G&G that is an atypical way of attracting cult members, and not to mention, we still don’t know the purpose of it, The Farm doesn’t stray away from what all the typical cults do – attracting emotionally vulnerable people with promises of soul cleansing, spiritual awakening and better life, and in return asking for member’s money, property, and blind obedience.

Both G&G and the Farm are fantasy worlds; they both offer you to be something that you are not. And while you might be aware that G&G is “just” a game, the Farm is real, so basically who is not into one will be into another.

Even though this season deals with pretty interesting stuff, the pace is kind of slow and at times very boring. Whenever I see Veronica, I kind of lose interest in the whole show. Ultimately, I decided to skip her scenes. Cheryl’s scenes, too. What is she now – Katniss Everdeen? Seriously? You couldn’t have been more original? And what about Archie and the bear attack? He survived it with a blank expression on his face… pretty much the only expression he is having this season. I do admire how the show dealt with Juvenile prison system and how the officers are using teens for their own gain in the cruelest of ways, but Archie is just unconvincing and kind of lost the whole season.

We’re still left to see how the season ends and if they are going to vindicate some of the loose points in the series.

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