Review: Riverdale Season 1 Episode 6 “Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!”

As I have previously commented on, ‘Riverdale’ is an ensemble show and it becomes problematic when it contains its biggest, most crucial and exciting storylines to only a few characters. Having Archie continue to be completely irrelevant to the murder mystery simply makes him boring as he has little else going for him. His storyline continues to follow generic, teen soap formulas while the character never truly develops in a consequential manner. Luckily for Archie, but not so much for the audience, the Pussycats swoop in during this episode with a horrible, clichéd plot with relationships and family dynamics that we have seen countless times before. Besides the point that Josie is incredibly unlikable, even as the writers attempt to get the viewer to sympathise with her, the conflict between her and the others is extremely contrived and trivial, and once again results in little. This has a flow on effect towards Veronica, a character that initially subverted stereotypes by balancing sass and aggression with her kind will and loyal spirit, who suddenly is reverted into a narrow-minded, dramatic, vengeful teenager. Her reasoning isn’t reflected in her extremely petty actions, which is frustrating considering she was one of the most likeable characters up to now. The episode resets itself at the end meaning that other than the brilliant plotting with Betty and Jughead (who also receive excellent character development, especially with Betty confronting Polly and her parents),  it delivers very little. 6.8/10


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