Summary: Jason's body is taken for an autopsy. Betty tries to forgive Archie but finds out she can't but then she realizes she needs to so she does. She hates Veronica though. Betty starts to connect with Cheryl but when Cheryl suspects Polly for killing Jason, she turn on Cheryl again. Veronica and Cheryl begin to connect a little. Archie decides to go against Ms. Grundy's will and chooses to tell the truth about the gunshot. The autopsy reveals that Jason at least a week after July 4 and Cheryl is arrested.
The Good: Well I was happy to see Betty initially seem to be reasonable after what happened in the last episode even though it didn't last. I guess the Jason murder story is getting interesting too. Archie's scene with his dad wasn't so bad.
The Bad: This was awful though and after the beginning the Betty storyline completely fell apart afterwards anyways.
Betty was terrible and having her just flip flop between liking and disliking people is annoying and doesn't make for good television. Hell it doesn't make me like her in any way, I just become annoyed with her character. Her scenes with Veronica were terrible and to see her just hate Veronica and then invite Cheryl who she also hates just to spite Veronica was an idiotic move in every way. She feels hateable and unreal to do stupid things like this. And it doesn't even fit her character since her mom is the one telling her to stay away from Veronica, Cheryl and Archie, so why would she hate on Veronica but then try to be friendly with Cheryl? Awful writing.
The overall result of the Betty storyline wasn't even good. Literally everything just went back to the way it was before with no actual character change. What was the point then? If it was to make me care about these characters it failed miserably because everybody is just less likeable now. Veronica and Betty just feel like bitches, Archie is just Mr. Perfect through and through and Jughead doesn't even have a character. This was very poorly executed.
Cheryl was just as bad if not worse. Apparently she's not as bad as she lets on but I don't even know if that was meant to mean anything since she just goes back to being a bitch for the rest for the episode. I don't care if she's crying at the end because I can't care for somebody so downright hateable. And to see her just stand up so cool at the end and say she's guilty felt so unreal and stupid. Just there for drama.
Archie was bad too. His storyline with Ms. Grundy sucks. He seems to think that she cares about him but I'm not getting that vibe at all from their conversations. Either Archie's just delusional which makes me not like him or the actress playing Ms. Grundy is just awful. Maybe both. I can't care about their relationship because I know nothing about it. all of their conversations are EXACTLY the same about the gunshot which does not make me buy into them as a couple. And I absolutely can't buy that Archie is in love with her and not Betty. His conflict with Jughead sucks too. We don't know what their relationship is so why do we care? His fight with Reggie was awful too. Would their really be a fight over some petty and downright terrible insults like that?
I also really hated the several accusations that characters threw at each other. Is everybody really so dense as to just accuse everyone and anyone for killing Jason? It doesn't feel real and doesn't make anyone likeable. It's supposed to be a "dramatic" moment when these accusations occur but they feel so fake and forced that I can't care about the drama and I can only focus on how poor the characters and writing is in this show. All characters feel insensitive because of this since there are so many accusations thrown around. All characters fall into this at some point which makes it a really troublesome flaw to say the least.
The Jason murder storyline is intriguing but gets nowhere near enough time to be good. So far it's just popped in for a "shock" cliffhanger (more on that later) to make us "hyped" for the next episode. It's an intriguing plot but we are getting nothing memorable since a solid 2 minutes are dedicated to the storyline. And what do we get for the other 40 minutes? A crappy teen drama with characters I can't stand. Ugh.
The cliffhanger wasn't good either. The voiceover acted like this was some HUGE shock but anybody with a brain would suspect Cheryl right away. It's really not a surprise to see her convicted. Is she the main culprit? Obviously not. And I'm not excited to watch the show to get the big reveal that "oh my god it wasn't Cheryl, whoa!". Without any credible surprise in the storyline this show loses anything that could possibly make it redeemable at this point.
The fanservice was awful too. Do we need to see Archie going to Ms. Grundy's house shirtless? Why? And the cheerleading squad is awful blatant fanservice too. Yes we get it you have an attractive cast. But we are here for a good TV show not to look at beautiful people.
There were a few poor scenes in particular. I hated the announcement scene. Can Cheryl really just take over like that? No school would let an important announcement like that get hijacked. And what does the school care if Cheryl is investigating? Nobody publicly announces things like that, they just do it. I hated all the scenes with Ms. Grundy refusing to tell people because Archie gave one really good idea: an anonymous call. WHY WOULD SHE NOT DO THAT? It's so frustrating and could have solved a ton of problems. Also why would Mr. Weatherbee go to Archie and assume he has something to tell him because he wouldn't make eye contact. Maybe he was nervous because he was looking at people he wasn't supposed to be looking at? Anybody would be awkward at that time and nobody would just assume he has a secret. Awful writing that's just there as an attempt to make Archie's storyline have more stakes.
Finally, this show has one critical flaw that takes away any chance of it succeeding in my eyes. This flaw is its complete misunderstanding of what makes compelling television. For me, the 2 things that make a TV show great are emotion and immersion. This show completely misses in both of these regards. The constant plot holes and forced dialogue completely sucks out my immersion, while the characters are so inconsistent an unlikeable that I can't be bothered to care, effectively removing any emotion from the episode whatsoever. With these 2 aspects completely ignored, I can't be asked to invest 40 minutes of my time to watch an episode of this show.
The Unknown: What happened with Jason? Why did he die later? Why did Cheryl say he drowned? What does she know that we don't?
What happens when Archie tells his secret to Mr. Weatherbee?
Will this show be any good later on?
Best Moment: I got nothing. Every scene had problems with it, literally every single one. I had enough trouble finding something good, never mind a best moment.
Character of the Episode: Kevin because I don't hate him. I just hate that he's a gay stereotype.
Conclusion: Well I did not expect things to get worse after the pilot. The pilot itself felt like it would be the low point. This was so bad it caught me completely off guard. I know I said I would try to get to the end of this season but after this episode I honestly can't. Every 30 seconds something would happen that annoyed me and I don't want to watch a show where I literally get angry every minute without any redeeming quality whatsoever. And the total miss with emotion and immersion just seals the deal for me. Someday I may come back to this to watch an episode to see if it gets any better. But as of now I am done with this show.
Just a university student who loves to watch TV. And criticize it like hell.