When I see this episode title, my first thought is, God I hope that means someone’s gonna fight. Hopefully over something political.
Back in the model house, we get a little recap of the Liz/Brendi K. drama from the backstage footage from the previous episode where Liz calls Brendi K.’s family “crazy.” She acknowledges this wasn’t cool and tries to (sort of) apologize. Brendi’s like, nah girl. Let’s just keep away from each other. I’m thinking If this is the drama I was promised, I am already dissatisfied.
Apparently last week they found out they are doing screen tests this week, so they’ve had lines since the night before they’ve had to practice. Also: holy shit. Panel was just the night before? Is all of this just one day at a time? Have they only been there for like…five days? Mind blown.
This week, Riverdale takes on a surprisingly timely topic: the preservation of racist monuments. In Chapter 24: The Wrestler, the annual celebration of Riverdale’s glorified founder prompts Jughead to investigate the town’s history, and his findings shed light on the deeply unsettling truth about the origin of Riverdale.
If a careful consideration of historical whitewashing seems too weighty a topic for Riverdale to focus an entire episode on, don’t worry — with tiny wrestling outfits, a lot of sweat, and a deeply sexual physical confrontation between Archie and Hiram Lodge, this chapter certainly earns its title. Plus, we find out more about Chic’s mysterious occupation! Spoiler alert: it’s pretty much what you thought it would be.
So, without further ado, Kelli and Mary present this week’s edition of the BSG Riverdale Recap!
All ANTM fans know that the makeover – ahem, excuse me – Ty-over episode is one of the best of every cycle. 95% of the time, the model looks so much better after. Occasionally, there’s a really bad one (remember the beard weave?). But there’s always drama and always, always crying.
Everyone knows the second episode of any ANTM is where things really get started. We’ve got the core group of models ready to go and the challenges can begin. We also get to see the intro for the first time. And I’ve gotta say, I really like this cycle’s intro. The cheesy song is gone, the new music is cool, and it has a super modern feel that showcases the models’ personalities through several poses. There’s just a little hint of that classic na na na na na na (you know the tune if you’ve ever watched a season) at the end to remind us that Tyra is back and this is classic ANTM, minus the stupid “Wanna be on top?” stuff.
We get started in the model house, which has the coolest effing balcony overlooking Los Angeles. The girls are chatting about their photos from the first episode, and it becomes clear that people are kind of annoyed with Maggie’s “white homegirl” stuff. Get ready. This is a theme of the episode. The other models can tell she’s putting on a personality that changes pretty often, and they’re not very into it. Coura says, “I don’t know if she’s just trying to relate to whatever culture she’s around, but that doesn’t relate to me.” Same.
Finally. Ty Ty is back in our lives. (But she called herself Ty Ty early in this episode, which makes me never want to call her that again.)
So Queen Tyra is back at the helm of the show she calls “her baby,” America’s Next Top Model. Tyra is clearly still the centerpiece of this jam. The first episode of Cycle 24 (holy shit, are there really that many?) begins with Tyra reclaiming her throne and reminding us all how ANTM has redefined beauty and celebrates all types of bodies and skin colors. That’s kind of a big statement, but sure, let’s go with it. I just want to get to the photoshoots.
Before knowing how this whole show would shake out, I decided I wanted to write a blog post about the 2018 Golden Globes...
There are general assumptions I make about this first major ceremony of the awards season. Mainly, that most celebs will be super drunk by the end of it. Also, the winners are usually a bit less predictable than the awards shows that follow because, first of all, it's the first show of the season so we're not sure how movies are going to trend just yet, and secondly, it's the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and they're just a little more edgy than the Academy, which from what I can tell is still just a bunch of boring old white people.
But here's something I should have expected for this particular show. I would have prepared myself for it had I been paying more attention. Clearly I'm an irresponsible amateur blogger, however, so I wasn't fully prepared for how hardcore everyone was going to be about trying to out-feminist one another last night. I haven't been living under a rock, so I did know that everyone was going to be wearing all black to protest all of the terrible dudes in Hollywood. I also knew that #MeToo was a thing. So give me some credit here.
Nonetheless, last night, overall, was just super weird. Most of it felt disingenuous, or if you're a Bachelor fan, disingenuine (no, that will never get old for me). But I don't want to sit here and point fingers at what celebs were true feminists and which were just wannabe poseurs. What I do want to do is give out some awards of my own for the best/worst/weirdest shit that went down last night. So here it goes.
Today Mary and guest blogger Todd Osborne talk about one of their new favorite shows, Runaways, a Hulu original based on the Marvel comic series of the same name.
The show follows a group of friends--Alex, Chase, Karolina, Gert, Molly, and Nico--as they discover that their parents are not what they seem.
As always, this post will be full of spoilers (though lighter ones than usual). Read more under the cut!
2017 is drawing to a close, which means it's almost January, and almost time for the The Bachelor. The Squad has always approached The Bachelor franchise with varying levels of enthusiasm (meaning everyone is enthusiastic except for Kelli), but the 22nd season is a special kind of bummer, as it's centered around less-than-ideal Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Junior. Come January 1st, we will be subject to approximately four hundred hours worth of some white dude's legendary make-out skills. Now is the winter of our discontent. Full stop.
Though we're disappointed in The Bachelor himself, we have reached a stage of acceptance (you can read Susan's blog post about the process here). Anyway, Arie's not so important — the Squad is all about girl power, and we're still excited to watch 29 women forge long-lasting friendships and drink lots of free alcohol. The cast of the 2018 season has been revealed, and we're here to offer our first impressions. Check them out after the cut.
This past week, Riverdale gave us its first ever Christmas episode. I want you to think about this for a second: this entire show started at the beginning of the Riverdale school year. That means that everything we’ve seen since the very first episode of this show has taken place over the course of less than five months. Just soak that in.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is not just a Christmas episode, but it’s also the mid-season finale (which means that we’re only halfway through this shit, people). Because it’s the last episode for a couple of weeks, a LOT went down, but don’t worry — I’m here to outline every stupid detail for you.
Sadly, Mary was not able to join in on this particular adventure, so this week the thoughts and hot takes are all mine. That being said, please enjoy this very special and very long Christmas edition of the BSG Riverdale recap.
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