“Chapter Eighteen: When A Stranger Calls” | Riverdale
Apologies on the absence from these reviews last week, folks, but we were out meeting the cast of Once Upon A Time at the Burbank Con. That’s the best reason, right? And while our brains are still wrapped up on the perfection of Stranger Things, TV has been a real treat this week starting with Outlander showing off the immense chemistry its stars have. Madam Secretary reminding us of the fact that the McCords are marriage goals. This is Us delivered a powerful episode on the importance of our choices. The Mayor continued establishing its characters in a hilarious matter, Black-ish dealt with parent/child relationships, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine gave us the glimpse into a darkness in Holt’s past. But it was Riverdale that sent viewers down the kind of roller coaster you can appreciate but never want to ride again.
Fair warning, dear readers this article will contain sexual assault as the primary subject matter and understandably, if that’s triggering for you, feel free to x out of this piece and think happier thoughts. All our love xx
Cheryl Blossom is a force to be reckoned with— it’s a fact and 99% of the time, I am absolutely terrified of her because even when she’s at her most vulnerable, this a girl who has way too much up her sleeve. But in “When A Stranger Calls”, for the very first time, I wasn’t afraid of Cheryl, I was afraid for her, and I broke for her. The choice to have viewers see the terrors of date rape drugs through the eyes of perhaps the strongest character reveals the very tragedy acutely. We unfortunately live in a world where sexual assault is so common, it’s haunting. We live in a world where we’re warned to be very cautious of accepting anything from strangers. And I remember, that even as a kid, our parents had to check our Halloween candy before we could eat it. It’s absolutely disgusting, downright terrifying, and truly tragic.
And oftentimes, there’s a misconception out there that rape is correlated with what a woman is wearing or perhaps how she’s behaving. Sometimes, it occurs with women or rather girls that are a bit more vulnerable, less aware. But the bottom line, the hard factual truth is that it could happen to anyone and it’s no one’s fault but the one committing the crime. In this case it was Nick St. Clair, but thankfully Cheryl’s “friends” were aware enough to notice that something isn’t right, and the fight to defend her was everything I could’ve asked for on this show. There’s a lot that worries me about Riverdale but thankfully, women protecting one another doesn’t have to be one of those things. Thankfully, this is a show that reminds us of the fact that when we see suspicious behavior, our first instincts should always be trusted. And while I don’t condone violence, I’ll have to admit that watching Veronica and the Pussycats beat the crap (excuse my language) out of Nick was satisfying. Men or rather in this case boys, like Nick St. Clair get away with far too much, but that wasn’t the case this time. This time, he couldn’t win.
On another note, it was the showcase of #GirlPower that really floored me with this scene. Cheryl isn’t exactly everyone’s best friend—as I mentioned, 99% I’m absolutely terrified of her, but that doesn’t change the fact that no girl (or boy) deserves to be sexually assaulted. It doesn’t change the fact that what she was going through was entirely out of line and deserved to be protected. And thankfully, she’s surrounded by women who’d protect her in spite of her wrongful doings in the past. She’s surrounded by women who don’t condone sexual assault and/or harassment. She’s surrounded by women who wouldn’t let their own issues or feelings get in the way of protecting one of their own. She’s surrounded by people who care and Riverdale does an amazing job of showcasing the loyalty amongst these kids. It’s downright amazing. Kudos. We’re thankful for the fact that the girls found her before Nick could even do anything.
What was the most exquisite thing you watched this week?