Riverdale Review: La Grande Illusion (Season 1 Episode 9)

Riverdale Season 1 Episode 9, “La Grande Illusion,” is over boarded with information as the show touches on almost every plot.

It seems as if Riverdale has taken a turn and become focused on the parents of the show. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not bad to have the parents active in the show. But, this is a show about the kids, and it would be nice if it seemed like that’s what it was geared to rather than it being adult business all of the time.

“La Grande Illusion,” like I said earlier, is full of many different plots and is information overload. Archie is being sucked into the Blossom family as they continue to bribe him with gifts and promises for his future.

Luckily, Archie finally realizes that the Blossoms aren’t looking out for him because they care about him. He is only being used to make Cheryl look better in front of the board of trustees. Archie does a few nice things for the Blossoms, and suddenly he’s their go-to guy.

But that’s not all; it starts off with Archie doing this for his future but ends up being about his father and getting Clifford to help with the construction company. That’s never going to happen seeing as how Clifford is the one who threw Hiram in jail.

As for Cheryl, well, she’s crazy. I’ve cut her an enormous amount of slack because I know she’s still not over Jason’s death, but she crossed the line. Not only did she tell Valerie that she was going to steal Archie from her, but she also tried to seduce Archie and played it off as something he wanted because he was getting gifts in return.

I would also like to point out that Cheryl called Archie’s dad a DILF to this face and called Archie ‘Archikins,’ which is not her thing. I don’t know who she thinks she is.

I don’t understand what Penelope and Cheryl’s obsession with Archie is, but it’s got to stop. Archie is not Jason, no matter how much Penelope thinks he looks like him in the sunlight. There is no resemblance, at all, besides the red hair.

Archie may have been coming from the right place in his mind, but Valerie has a good point – he has been ignoring her since they got together. We’ve seen hardly any of them since they supposedly became an item, and now he’s upset that she’s leaving him.

You want to know what I say? Good for Valerie. She deserves someone who is going to put effort into the relationship, someone who will be there for her and not blow her off regularly like Archie does.

What did Archie do when Valerie warned him about Cheryl trying to steal him away? Ignored what she said and still went along with it. Valerie did all that she could; Archie has to learn how to be present in a relationship.

Meanwhile, Veronica is working hard to prove that she is nothing like her father. This includes inviting Ethel over to her house to de-stress because she can tell that she needs someone there for her right now.
Veronica may have been your typical ‘Queen B’ in her past, but she’s putting all of that behind her. She is making up for her horrible actions in the past; her eyes have opened to how hurtful the things she did were.

While I do agree with Veronica’s path of getting the truth out there and being the best person she can be, I don’t think that telling Ethel and her mother that she’s a Lodge at the hospital is a very good idea.

Ethel forgives Veronica, but that is her dad that just tried to commit suicide because of Veronica’s father. When things like that happen, you have to give some people space.

I am excited to see what becomes of Veronica’s relationship with her father now that she’s set her eyes on never defending him again. I mean, who can blame her? Her father is a horrible person, and her mother is not any better if she wants Veronica to lie on the stand for her dad.

Polly is still in the Blossoms’ home, but not for the reasons viewers initially thought. It turns out, Polly is working an undercover case to figure out what actually happened to Jason because she thinks the Blossoms were involved in his murder.

Reporting, writing, and investigating must really run in the Cooper family.

At first, I thought that Polly was just ignoring Alice and Hal because she was mad, but I guess not. I mean, she would have a valid reason to be mad. I don’t know who takes the cake on the worst parent, Hal for trying to make Polly get an abortion or Alice for locking her away. Seems a bit too equal for me.

As the season comes to an end and starts wrapping up storylines, it seems as if this is the standard amount of information we are going to be getting. “La Grande Illusion” is not an unenjoyable episode, there’s just too much information packed into one episode.

Other Thoughts:

  • This is WAY off topic, but I couldn’t stand Fred’s hair throughout the episode. It’s like he doesn’t know what a comb is.
  • Cheryl scratching through Archie and Polly’s faces at the end of the episode means that things are about to get juicy in Riverdale.
  • I wish we would get to see a storyline of Veronica’s that has nothing to do with her parents. I would also like more heart-to-hearts between her and Betty.
  • Bughead was not my favorite in the beginning, but now I’m starting to like them as a couple. Jughead knows how to be there for Betty when she needs it.

What did you think of this episode of Riverdale? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9/8c on the CW.


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