One show debuts, two shows bow out (including one all-time classic, maybe for forever), however, it’s the continuing tales of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica that wins the evening (if barely). Was it the Andy Cohen of it all? Let’s hope not. I don’t want to think what that means for humanity.
Wednesday, March 21st’s Best Reviewed: Riverdale (7.3/10)
It didn’t exactly earn raves, but Riverdale still won the night as Veronica unraveled and Archie dug into the depths of depravity. As LaToya Ferguson of AV Club puts it: “these days, Riverdale is like a game of chess where most of the actual pieces are missing, so it has to be played with pieces from Monopoly or Sorry or the Buffy The Vampire Player board game.” However, “it finally feels like it’s telling a compelling story with these bootleg chess pieces.” Den of Geek‘s Chris Cummins embraces the chaos, observing “there’s much dramatic potential that can be mined from Archie/Veronica and Betty/Jughead being on opposite sides.” He was, however, not a fan of the “goofy and utterly superfluous” Cohen cameo.
The Rest of the Night
American Crime Story – 7.25
Serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s reign of terror came to an end last night, and with it, so did the second installment of crime anthology American Crime Story–and it ended as it began, with more mixed reviews than the first season. Paste‘s Amy Glynn calls the finale “searing” while giving it a 9 out of 10 pastes(?). Brian Moylan at Vulture ultimately found flaw in the season’s overarching conceit that Versace’s character and legend exceeded Cunanan’s, noting “this message seems at odds not only with reality, but with the case that the show itself made by trying to find the humanity in Andrew.”
Krypton – 7.2
Call it Superman minus Superman: the chronicles of life on the Man of Steel’s home planet began last night, and reception was moderate. Kayti Burt of Den of Geek recognizes “because of its world-building ambitions, Krypton has a lot to accomplish in its opening hour,” but notes that as long as it moves away from its tendency to flash forward to the time of our familiar superhero, this show “could be something truly special.” However, AV Club‘s Vinnie Mancuso felt it “uneven.”
The X-Files – 5.6
One thing’s for certain, no one really cared much for what could be the final chapter of the stories of Mulder and Scully. An exasperated Zack Handlen sums it up best at AV Club: “I still hope this is the end. It’s not a particularly good ending, but given that the writers have had two seasons to figure this reboot thing out, and it’s still saddled with the same problems, I think it’s past due to let go.”