Grab your plaid and baggy denim, Riverdale fans. It's Flashback Wednesday here on Riverdale Season 3 Episode 4!
Alice's storytelling hour took us on a lovable, and totally '90s, trip back to the time of grunge, New Kids, and Beverly Hills, 90210. The teens perfectly played the parts of the younger parents, capturing all their '90s mannerisms and looks. (Seriously, did you see K. J.? Serving Dylan McKay realness there.)
All leading to the parents' fateful origin story of Gryphons and Gargoyles. Suffice it to say the tale was worth the wait.
Even though "Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club" primarily took place in the '90s, I loved the John Hughes tone during the flashback scenes.
The Breakfast Club is an iconic coming-of-age '80s masterpiece that many other movies and TV shows have tried to replicate. In most cases, the new properties failed to capture the magic. Thankfully, that wasn't the result here.
Background music, clothing choices, and the editing heightened the retro (I hate myself for saying "retro" as a '90s baby!) vibe. Riverdale was on its A-game with the nostalgia. But, it was the honest dialogue between the characters that took notice.
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The younger versions opened up about their insecurities and the problems that hung over their lives. We finally learned why the parents turned out the way they did. And in many cases, the truth was an eye-opening experience. (I have sympathy for Penelope blossom now, that's how eye-opening it was.)
The Gargoyle King storyline notwithstanding, this episode is a must for Riverdale fans and new watchers. The plot explains so much in the show's history that it can't be missed.
Alice's development had the biggest change between her teen and adult self. Though, that's not about Lili Reinhart's portrayal. She did an amazing job acting like young Alice, and she even looked like a young Mädcen Amick too.
Riverdale Season 1 discussed her Southside Serpent past, but now we have the moment where she traded in leather for pink plaid. A secret, a death, and a pregnancy would change someone's world.
Alice: Forsyth Pendleton Jones Jr. He was the BMOC. An all-American athlete, a “stud muffin” as we used to say. He was different back then, Betty. Trying to be something different than what he was, but still trouble.
[Flashback returns to present]
Alice: I was as tough as nails, but around FP, silly putty. Even in detention with the secret growing inside me, I hated him … but I wanted him.
[Betty waves for her mom to stop]
Betty: Ugh, okay, okay, Mom. I get it.
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