Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 3 “Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher In The Woods”

Although ‘Riverdale’ finds an absolutely mind-boggling perfect balance between the fantastical and modern, with stunning production design and cinematography, especially  in emphasising the fairy-tale like metaphor, the melodrama is starting to hurt. Season one of the show did struggle sometimes with this issue, but for the most part it recognised where melodrama could be implemented for thematic and character emphasis. But this episode goes to town with it, with weird, almost ridiculous behaviour from Archie and Veronica’s mother particularly. Significantly, it does fit character, but the writing removes any sense of emotional undertones to instead simply force it onto the audience. There are big leaps of acceptance here, that while certainly entertaining, should be dialled down somewhat. I do, however, continue to appreciate the show investing in its central narrative, rather than making the murder mystery a backdrop, like the first season. 7.6/10

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