Simply in case you thought Riverdale had already aired its musical episode for the season with this previous week’s “Return of the Pussycats,” suppose once more. As simply revealed by The CW, Riverdale Season 5, Episode 18 would be the official musical episode for the season, and can adapt songs from Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s 2008 Off-Broadway hit Subsequent to Regular.
The musical is a yearly custom for Riverdale, beginning with Season 2. “Chapter Thirty-Two: A Night time To Keep in mind” was set across the college’s efficiency of Carrie: The Musical, and ended with the homicide of one of many college students. Subsequent season, “Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun” received even weirder, adapting Heathers: The Musical, and ending with the reveal of cult chief Edgar Evernever (Chad Michael Murray). The following yr, issues took a special flip due to “Chapter Seventy-Four: Wicked Little Town,” which took on cult favourite Hedwig and the Offended Inch, and centered extra on the scholars independence from their dad and mom, in addition to some big relationship moments.
However even by these wild swings, this yr’s musical appears to be like to be one thing completely different — if for no different purpose, than due to timing. With uncommon exception, seasons of Riverdale wrap up their massive thriller in explosive style within the second to final episode, after which let the finale cope with the emotional ramifications of the thriller’s reveal, in addition to organising any cliffhangers for the subsequent season. Although Season 5 is atypical by any commonplace due to filming in COVID, three episodes shifted from Season 4 to Season 5, and a prolonged hiatus in the midst of the season, this yr’s musical will air because the season’s eighteenth episode on September 29, adopted by the finale the subsequent week on October 6.
Although it’s totally attainable to have a blockbuster, thriller fixing musical episode, that’s decidedly not what Subsequent to Regular is, by any means. The present itself is a few mom with bipolar dysfunction attempting to cope with grief, psychological sickness, and her circle of relatives. And although Riverdale by no means does a straight adaptation of the plot of a musical, preferring to as an alternative decide the songs and make them work for his or her characters, right here now we have a reasonably clear one to at least one with Alice Smith’s (Mädchen Amick) arc on this season, and the character of Diana Goodman in Subsequent to Regular.
All through Riverdale Season 5, Alice has been grappling with the concept her daughter Polly (Tiera Skovbye) might have been kidnapped and murdered by a trucker — or worse. She’s been quickly unraveling, and so has her daughter Betty (Lili Reinhart), who has been scorching on the path of the truckers. Although neither has been characterised as having bipolar dysfunction, they each have tangled with darkness of their very own, and it’s one thing that clearly connects these two characters, on the very least, with the occasions of the musical. Add within the trauma that Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) is coping with due to his alcoholism and sure occasions from highschool he hasn’t let go of, and PTSD Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is affected by after his time at warfare, and you’ve got a musical episode that’s going to be much less about pleasure and homicide, and extra about trauma and loss.
Right here’s the official synopsis from The CW:
MOTHER’S DAY IN RIVERDALE — Refusing to just accept what’s occurring round her, Alice (Mädchen Amick) creates an imaginary musical fantasy world by which the Coopers are one massive completely happy household once more. However as her mom continues to spiral, Betty (Lili Reinhart) does her greatest to tug her again to actuality. In the meantime, Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) ropes Jughead (Cole Sprouse) right into a household dinner along with her dad and mom, and Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Archie (KJ Apa) make a giant resolution about their future. Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton and Drew Ray Tanner additionally star. Ronald Paul Richard directed the episode written by Tessa Leigh Williams (#518). Unique airdate 9/29/2021.
As for a way Riverdale will wrap up its essential mysteries the subsequent week, in addition to arrange Season 6 — which is premiering quickly after on November 16 — we’ll must tune in to search out out.
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