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I genuinely thought something was going to happen to Kevin and it was such of relief that he was okay. I did like the amount of Kevin we got this episode. Although it was great to see him stand up to Betty and defend his right to do as he pleases, she wasn’t exactly wrong. I did feel for Kevin though and I’m happy to see that nothing bad happened to him and that we got a significant amount of screen time with him.
It was interesting to see the progression with Archie. At first, he was trying his best to defend his home (and Dad) from the Black Hood to now creating a group of vigilantes who all want the same thing. I’m definitely enjoying Archie’s scenes a lot more this season and I can’t wait to see how far his current actions will take him and how big the fallout will be from it.
We’re already starting to see consequences with him dragging other people into his motives and so far we’ve already seen him buy a gun. It’s still early enough in the season for things to escalate and the more they do so, the bigger the consequences will be.
Elsewhere we see Jughead’s life on the Southside a little more. I liked Toni and I’m enjoying the fact that we’re seeing that side of the world and how Jughead fits in. He really is caught in the middle. His dad is a Serpent but some of Jughead’s closest (and current) connections are not on the Southside. You can see him being pulled from side to side.
It’ll be interesting to see how long he can handle juggling both sides of his life and what he’ll do when he eventually can’t juggle it anymore.
This episode it was also nice to see Polly again. I sometimes forget that not much time has passed between the end of season 1 and the start of this season. When I saw her I half expected her to be at the end of her pregnancy or even post-birth but of course, that’s not the case. It does make the whole thing feel a little disorientating but I appreciate being grounded in the timeline, and in this case seeing Polly, still pregnant, did that.
Overall, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of the Serpents and the Southside. It’s all so different to everything else but it contrasts so nicely. The glimpses we got in season 1 were great but jumping in as deeply as we have so far in season 2 has been much better.
Sidenote: I really do not like Hiram Lodge but I feel like he’s going to have an interesting storyline and for that, I sort of like to hate him.