Hold on to your letter sweaters, because this was an excellent episode! That’s right, neither Cecily nor Chanda have anything negative to say about this episode. We discuss Cheryl Blossom as the Avenging Angel of Riverdale, whether Cole Sprouse will return next season, The Problem with Hiram Lodge, and Cecily takes a victory lap because she was right about the identity of The Black Hood all along.
Note: The episode was previously titled “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”. That title comes from Yorgos Lanthimos’ and Efthymis Filippou’s 2017 psychological horror film of the same name.
Judgment Night is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff as a group of friends on the run from a gang of drug dealers (led by Denis Leary) after they witness a murder. The film was released on DVD on January 20, 2004. (from Wikipedia)
Double your pleasure, double your fun with a Double Digest from Cecily and Chanda! This week your hosts discuss “Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners” and “Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt”. In all, they were two solid episodes! Colour us surprised!
Prisoners is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay written by Aaron Guzikowski. The film has an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano. It is Villeneuve’s first English-language feature film.
The plot focuses on the abduction of two young girls in Pennsylvania and the subsequent search for the suspected abductor by the police. After police arrest a young suspect and release him, the father of one of the missing girls kidnaps the suspect to interrogate and torture him. The film was a financial and critical success. At the 86th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Cinematography.
Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American psychological thriller film noir directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story for Gordon McDonell. In 1991, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Well, that was a musical? We guess? Join Chanda and Cecily as they discuss what they liked, what they questioned, and what they hated about Chapter 31: A Night to Remember.
More Fangs Fogarty chewing on scenery, please.
As far as musicals go, credit to the Riverdale team for making sure the kids sounded like high school kids putting on a musical, instead of professional singing stars who have been singing on stage for years.
A Night to Remember is a 1958 British drama film adaptation of Walter Lord’s 1955 book, which recounts the final night of the RMS Titanic. Adapted by Eric Ambler and directed by Roy Ward Baker, the film stars Kenneth More and features Michael Goodliffe, Laurence Naismith, Kenneth Griffith, David McCallum and Tucker McGuire. It was filmed in the United Kingdom. The film focuses on the story of the sinking, portraying the major incidents and players in a documentary-style fashion with considerable attention to detail; the production team, supervised by producer William MacQuitty, used blueprints of the ship to create the sets accurately, while Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall and ex-Cunard Commodore Harry Grattidge both worked as technical advisors on the film. Its budget of £600,000 (£11,868,805 today) was exceptionally large for a British film and made it the most expensive film ever made in Britain up to that time. (Source: Wikipedia)
Cecily and Chanda review “The Noose Tightens”, discuss the show’s handling of Cheryl’s conversion therapy, Kevin Keller: Convenient Gay, Cheryl’s bisexuality, and our OTP, #Falice and more. Show notes below.
Nana Rose’s red hair streak represents her life force. The streak was wider and more visible last season, but seems thinner (yet just as bright) this season.
“…F.P. and Alice living their serpent dreams…” – Chanda
Benjamin Bennett (1904–1985) was a well known South African crime writer. He worked as a journalist with the Cape Argus newspaper from 1925 to 1975, as a crime reporter, and subsequently as news editor and finally editor of Argus Action. He was born in Kimberley, South Africa, and was educated at Kimberley Boys’ High School.
Bennett’s prodigious output of books reflects a close involvement, as crime reporter, both at the crime scene and in the courtroom, where his professional life regularly took him, pen and notebook in hand. It is said that, for his insight, he was even consulted by the police for the solving of certain complex cases.
This week it’s the return of the Double Digest, as Cecily and Chanda discuss "There Will Be Blood" and "Primary Colors".
We’ve discussed how the show treats characters of colour before, but the marginalization also carries over into its queer characters. We don’t have much hope for a happy future for Kevin Keller, but Cecily thinks the show has gone to far with Cheryl’s conversion therapy storyline. We don’t trust the show to handle this subject with any seriousness or sensitivity, and we’d just like to see Riverdale’s queer characters be treated with some respect just once.
There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!. It tells the story of a silver miner-turned-oilman (Day-Lewis) on a ruthless quest for wealth during Southern California's oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciarán Hinds, and Dillon Freasier are also featured in the film.
Primary Colors is a 1998 film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a roman à clef about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, which was originally published anonymously, but in 1996 was revealed to have been written by journalist Joe Klein, who had been covering Clinton's campaign for Newsweek. The film was directed by Mike Nichols and scripted by Elaine May; it starred John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Maura Tierney, Larry Hagman, and Adrian Lester.
This week Cecily and Chanda discuss the grooming of Archie Andrews, Cheryl and Toni’s budding romance and representation of LGBTQ youth in media, and take a small detour to discuss the new so-called “feminist” reboot of Charmed. Show notes continue below.
The Hills Have Eyes is a 1977 American exploitation-horror film written, directed, and edited by Wes Craven and starring Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman and Dee Wallace. It is about a suburban family that is targeted by a family of savages after being stranded in the Nevada desert. The film was released in cinemas on 22 July 1977 and has since become a cult classic.1
Cecily and Chanda have been to the promised land, and that land is Wakanda! In this special episode, they discuss the film Black Panther, they discuss the film’s political intrigue, the representation of the diaspora in the film, and the sheer power and joy that comes from seeing your people beautifully and richly represented on screen. Oh, and being them, there’s a whole segment on Wakandan thirst traps. Spoilers abound!
“It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon” could be the unifying line for this season. So far season 2 feels 3 years long, and there’s a three-week hiatus after this episode. Can Cecily and Chanda make it? Stay tuned.
This week we talk (at length) about comics, especially The Wicked and the Dead, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and of course Archie and how the comics differ from their televised versions. Plus, we discuss “Chapter 26: The Tell-tale Heart”, and the latest news from the Archieverse.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843. It is relayed by an unnamed narrator who endeavours to convince the reader of his sanity while simultaneously describing a murder he committed. The victim was an old man with a filmy “vulture-eye”, as the narrator calls it. The narrator emphasizes the careful calculation of the murder, and he hides the body by dismembering it in the bathtub, and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately, the narrator’s feelings of guilt, or a mental disturbance, result in him hearing a thumping sound, which he interprets as the dead man’s beating heart.
The story was first published in James Russell Lowell’s The Pioneer in January 1843. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is widely considered a classic of the Gothic fiction genre and is one of Poe’s most famous short stories.1
I don’t want to say that Cecily and Chanda were bored of this episode, but just like Archie Andrews’ grade point average, it rarely rose above a C+. Why do we do this to ourselves? Because we care about each other, and we care about you, the listeners. This week we talk about Riverdale’s Mafia connections, Betty’s debut as a camgirl, and the never-ending saga of how this show both facinates us and disappoints us every week. Plus news, gossip, and all the great conversation you’ve come to expect from your hosts. Read on for the show notes!
I think it’s safe to say we’ve reached the part of the season that feels like that long slog before summer vacation. We’re paying attention, but only half-heartedly because we’ve already been accepted to our top choice school, and all of our safety schools.
The Wicked + The Divine is a contemporary fantasy comic book series created by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, and published by Image Comics. The series is largely influenced by pop music and various mythological deities, and includes the themes of life and death in the story.
The narrative follows a young teenage girl, Laura, as she interacts with the Pantheon, a group of twelve people who discover that they are reincarnated deities. This discovery grants them fame and supernatural powers, with the stipulation that they will die within two years – part of a ninety-year cycle known as the Recurrence.
The Wicked + The Divine has received positive reviews, and was the winner of Best Comic at the 2014 British Comic Awards. It has also been noted for its diverse portrayal of ethnicity, sexuality and gender social roles. A television adaptation will be coming soon. (from Wikipedia)
Check out Cecily on the most recent episode of the Bellwether Friends episode where she, Anna and Alene talk about their history with pens — yes, pens for 90 minutes. Life isnt’ a sprint, it’s a marathon.
Note: Never ask Cecily about this episode. NEVER. ↩
Are the actors of colour who are bit players on Riverdale only used in times of convenience? Will we ever get to see them as fully actualized characters, or are they forever doomed to be the sidekicks? Chanda and Cecily shine a light on the sketchy way Chuck Clayton’s character is drawn in the series, whether it makes sense that Josie isn’t the star of the upcoming musical episode (UGH), and how Toni Topaz’s ambiguous ethnic coding opens up new possibilities for the series. Plus, news, insights, and borderline inappropriate thirsting over characters, all from your favourite Riverdale podcast.
Since when is Chuck Clayton Archie’s biggest rival? In the comic, Chuck Clayton was a benevolent yet largely empty character who only existed to represent a kind of respectable blackness. Now he serves as the show’s go-to representation of toxic masculinity.
Penelope Blossom is going to open a brothel. If she doesn’t, I’ll eat my microphone (Cecily).
The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film co-produced and directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Rourke plays an aging professional wrestler who, despite his failing health and waning fame, continues to wrestle in an attempt to cling to the success of his 1980s heyday. He also tries to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter and to find romance with a woman who works as a stripper. (via Wikipedia)
This week’s episode was directed by Gregg Araki, a Japanese American director who is best known for being part of the New Queer Cinema vanguard of the 1990s, a growing movement comprised of young LGBT independent filmmakers. He’s best known for three films that are called his “Teen Apocalypse Trilogy”: Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, and Nowhere, which one critic called “a trifecta of teen alienation, hazy sexuality and aggression.1”