It lastly occurred! After years of begging and fan theories, Riverdale Season 6 Episode 4 marked probably the most vital crossover with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Our favourite witch, Sabrina Spellman, fabulously got here to city to dish out some spells. If solely we had extra time along with her. (I am nonetheless not over CAOS ending.)
Three generations of witchy tales made up the most recent Rivervale story. However did the chapter dwell as much as the hype of Sabrina’s first look on Riverdale?
“Chapter Ninety-9: The Witching Hour(s)” adopted a three-segment construction to inform its tales. This is not the primary time Riverdale has completed this; Riverdale Season 2 Episode 7 and Riverdale Season 5 Episode 14 are nice examples.
Every phase can come throughout as creepy and stand out as its personal thriller when completed proper.
This occasion felt extra like Cruel Summer Season 1, the place the plots saved leaping forwards and backwards between the totally different time durations. There have been a number of similarities to that fashion, like with the soar cuts to different years and having one particular person anchor the story.
It is an intricate internet balancing the three narratives and the way they play collectively. The chapter did a superb job making a cohesive plot for probably the most half.
The issue, nonetheless, was that the shifts got here throughout as complicated at occasions. Until you observed the outfits/hair or remembered which actor was by which 12 months, you could not inform the distinction of what 12 months the story was discussing.
Merciless Summer time Season 1 bought away with this by utilizing totally different lighting and filters between the years. This chapter would’ve benefited by having totally different units or an modifying trick to inform the time durations aside.
Blissful unhappy endings are one of the best.
Setting all three tales inside Thornhill blended the pacing an excessive amount of.
The occasions the place we bought Poppy out of the home helped to interrupt up the stream. Continually leaping forwards and backwards inside the similar location turned a recreation of recognizing the distinction.
Fewer transitions have been wanted, or all three tales wanted to separate into complete segments.
When it got here to the primary story, Abigail Blossom’s story ended on a excessive observe. She had probably the most vital rise in her pacing in comparison with Poppy and Cheryl; there was extra build-up to the climax of her preventing Fen.
The woeful story of star-crossed lovers and a murderous demonic serial killer threatening to tear them aside made the plot extra thrilling.
You had a sense one thing sinister was happening when Fen Fogarty randomly appeared along with his letter. And when the police got here looking for Tomissina Topaz.
My prediction of Fen and Tomissina being in on the rip-off collectively to idiot Abigail was terribly flawed. That twist would’ve been a greater shock, however Abigail going full-Lizzie Borden was an awesome substitute. It is the one little bit of horror we bought on this chapter.
The 1892 storyline additionally felt the closest to the present timeline.
Abigail was mainly Cheryl, and Tomissina had the same character to Toni. It will’ve been nice if the characters had separated themselves from their current selves. The characters being too related added to the mixing mess and did not give us something new from the Riverdale/Rivervale historical past.
Fen: She was the right addition to my assortment.
Abigail: You monster! You’ll burn in hell for what you’ve completed.
Fen: How proper you’re, Abigail.
At the least with Fangs, he and Fen had utterly totally different personalities and murderous tendencies.
Although, this wasn’t one of the best work of Drew Ray Tanner (who performed each Fen and Fangs). He both did not join with the position of Fen or did not channel the emotions behind the dialogue.
There wasn’t any menace or malice when he turned the evil killer. His evil speech in the course of the curse fell flat; we would have liked extra terror to match his serial killer position.
Poppy’s plot in 1957 was extra like a love story than a horror story.
The sunshine-hearted tone jogged my memory of The Haunting of Bly Manor Season 1. The story right here needed us to care extra concerning the connections than any scares. And let’s be trustworthy: there have been no horror parts on this phase.
The story leaned on the drama aspect to make it probably the most grounded of the three.
Poppy’s story got here throughout because the plot that might’ve been pulled proper from Riverdale. Any magical parts concerned herbs, so there wasn’t something supernatural to make it outlandish. And for those who took out the 50s fashion, it was basically a Riverdale scene.
It is a disgrace that Poppy and Bitsy could not make it work. We have now to do not forget that the ’50s weren’t an accepting or inclusive time, so they’d no probability of residing with out the worry of what the city would do.
And Bitsy had a number of baggage to work by. Her phrases on the jail cell have been so chilly and cruel.
I am glad they ended on good phrases. No matter their flirtation, they have been nonetheless associates who cared about one another, and so they knew Bitsy was in a foul scenario with Jack.
Bitsy: I may need given you the flawed thought about us, Poppy. I’ve by no means been happier in my marriage and I’d be very fortunate to have one other youngster with Jack. So, simply butt out, okay.
Jack: You hear that? Hold out of my marriage, lady, and so assist me, for those who get anyplace close to Bitsy once more, I’ll kill you.
[Bitsy mouths she’s sorry]
The boys of 1957 have been full trash! It was infuriating each time they condescended or framed Poppy to get her out of the way in which. The ladies have been proper; the lads wanted to step as much as preserve them round.
Bitsy getting her revenge on Jack was so satisfying. She served a steaming cup of karma. So scrumptious!
The current timeline of Cheryl’s story was the place I wanted we had extra. Like, extra intrigue, motion, horror, and thriller.
She and Nana Blossom have been the framing gadget for the way all three tales got here collectively. However, this turned out to be two tales and the hidden reply we did not learn about.
Abigail Blossom’s curse wasn’t even revealed till the top of the chapter when it got here time to cease it.
Cheryl evenly teased it to Brita, however the third storyline did not have a lot depth past the twist. It hinged an excessive amount of on the curse and Sabrina Spellman’s arrival to fill within the gaps.
Relating to the immortality curse, there have been just a few plotholes that popped up.
“Cheryl” claimed that Abigail and Poppy stayed hidden inside Thornhill as they have been banished for his or her lifetimes. The trick labored for the Cullens in Twilight, however they moved round so much and restarted their lives. The Blossoms stayed in Rivervale for over a century.
Would not the folks of Rivervale marvel why Abigail and Poppy by no means grew older? Did they keep at Thornhill till they might pretend it at Rivervale Excessive?
And have been the opposite Blossom relations simply a part of the lie?
I am most likely overthinking this, however Sabrina and Rose defined it too shortly prefer it did not matter. A centuries’ outdated curse would have some layers to it past a easy physique swap reply.
Talking of Sabrina, there ought to’ve been extra fanfare for her arrival.
That is Sabrina-freaking-Spellman! No plots a couple of witch struggle? Nothing scandalous or demonic taking place on the town?
It is touching to have a “happy-sad ending” within the grand scheme, however these work higher after many episodes of payoff. This arrival was her first time on this aspect of Sweetwater River. Merely saying she had an extended friendship with Cheryl that we did not see would not make up for the gaps.
Brita: Cheryl. Poppy. Abigail. She’s actually useless?
Sabrina: No. No, there isn’t any demise for witches. Solely transformation. I imply, I died and got here again.
Simply think about if Sabrina had popped up one to 2 extra occasions in the course of the five-part occasion, or perhaps a tease on the finish of Riverdale Season 5 Episode 19. The cameos would’ve piqued our curiosity earlier than delivering her grand arrival.
Do not get me flawed; her shock was nonetheless among the finest elements. Although, for such an iconic character, we would have liked extra of her.
Final Ideas From Sweetwater River:
Nana Blossom did not totally die, however we’re counting her because the character’s demise for this chapter.
Cannot Jason’s soul ever catch a break within the Riverdale/Rivervale timeline?
Everybody looking at Poppy within the diner was so uncomfortable. What she did along with her associates wasn’t that unhealthy.
Now, over to you, Riverdale followers!
What did you consider “Chapter Ninety-9: The Witching Hour(s)”?
Did you need extra from the Sabrina Spellman/Chilling Adventures of Sabrina crossover? Which of the three generations was your favourite? Who would be the subsequent character to die?
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