Riverdale “Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below” Review
The plot thickens! The horror of this series has kicked into full effect this season when we are taken down a road that challenges what is real and what is just in your head. What is this game that can actually claim lives? What do the parents of Riverdale have to do with a game like this that they don’t want to speak of? Just a couple big questions on top of many more which now plague your mind about what is now unfolding.
So let’s start with this Gargoyles game. That is the big wheel turning right now when flying too close to asnwers here is more dangerous than the investigating Betty and Jughead have done before. I would have thought they would slo down after Ben’s suicide, but these two are a different breed of detectives for their age. It was funny how they proceeded because even for the progress they wanted to make, there was still the unease stirred up whether one had to engage with Ethel or Evelyn. For Jughead we know that he was going to be the one stuck with Ethel, so it was a point of interest to see how he would keep her believing that he wanted to be a part of the game. I definitely feared for him most since that is as close as you could get to the reason why Ben and Dilton killed themselves. Betty was investigating higher up the ladder on her end, though Jughead was pretty much at ground zero.
What truths Betty ran into was chilling. I couldn’t help but already know where her lead would take her, but it didn’t change how the scene was executed on her behalf. I loved the the lack of chill that she had about getting her answers because she just can’t handle how personal this has become with the involvement of the farm. However, it wasn’t just the farm in particular that gave her that push over the edge. It was a slip of the tongue that suddenly brought everything into perspective for Betty. Even if Jughead was putting himself in danger playing the game, Betty was unfortunately asking all the right questions that brought her to a door you can’t close after you opened it. Just from the opening scene of this episode, the end result you could have seen coming a mile away for herself and Jughead.
Archie’s dilemma in the detention center was entirely up his alley in things that only he could get himself into. By rustling enough feathers, it only made sense that he would become the target of someone who could make use of his specific talents. What was so chilling about this new role he had to play was the fact that there was no certainty in anything he had to do. There was a whole new set of rules to what it meant to be Mad Dog, and a whole new set of lines he couldn’t cross. The worst obviously would be death for Archie, but there was no denying that this situation of his was cruel. It was tough trying to be angry with Archie’s decision-making skills when faced with the reality of what he signed up for. Especially when we can put two and two together about what happened to the other Mad Dog. The only light at the end of the tunnel is the kid’s optimism, even if it leads to the most cringeworthy developments.
Where things were a bit more entertaining was the lengths that Veronica would have to go to in order to make sure that she could have her opening of the speakeasy without delay. Having this time to work on herself was a great change of pace for her character when spending too much time on Archie would have gotten old very fast. It made a big difference to see this new way she has found to pave her own way as an individual, and without the help of her parents. Tossing in Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin, and Josie was a great way to make-up for the lack of presence that a lot of them have had so far, or could have had down the road. Cheryl and Toni in particular were a trip because they once again prove why they have been called loose cannons. Now of course this grand opening would not have been complete without giving us another episode with a music number. This season is off to a good start if in four episodes we have already been treated to two.
Riverdale “Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below” really got the heart racing. Everything about the past two episodes have got your heart racing, and the worst part? You probably still want more. The dangers are growing, the mysteries run deeper, and the worst is still yet to come.