Riverdale 2×02 – Nighthawks | Review


Published on Oct 22, 2017


There is no better way to describe this second episode of the second season of Riverdale if you are not quoting the title of the essential 1978 album by Bruce Springsteen.

We had left our protagonists – the review of the premiere here – with a positive note but left his father Archie was out of danger, but something dark fell on Riverdale, and a killer is on the loose.

Nighthawks revolves around the news that the diner and Pop is going to close because after the robbery and the wounding of Fred Andrews the customers began to become scarce, not wishing to get closer to that area of the city. This situation is from the flywheel to the stories of the 4 protagonists which obviously stands out Archie who begins to be haunted by the figure of the Hooded Man and protect his father at all costs. Thus began a series of exhausting shifts to keep watch on the father, coming to ask his team mate Reggie “something” to stay awake – coming to a real breaking point when he learns the news that Ms Grundy – the teacher with whom he had had an affair – has been murdered. The guy then starts to look for a connection between the attack suffered by his father and the death of the woman, convincing himself more and more that nothing is happening to the case and that someone is hunting her family.

While Archie is invested by the consequences of the attack to the father, his friends have their work cut out to do.

Jughead is committed in searching for a defence for his father's FP so that discounts a penalty less severe for his involvement in the murder of Jason Blossom, and this will take him from one side to invischiarsi even more heavily with the Southside Vipers while Betty is in charge from one side of to organize an evening of retro to save the restaurant to Pop in and help their own Jughead coming to blackmail Cheryl for a “false witness” that aid the father of Jug in court.

The sub-plot more interesting in my view is the one of Veronica with her difficult relationship with her parents and saw the return of the father Hiram. The girl is obviously fought and frightened after discovering that his was far from a family and idyllic with many skeletons in the closet while the arrival of Hiram has Riverdale seems to have shifted the balance of the city, from an economic point of view and not only, as you would sense from the resolution of the story linked at the diner and Pop.

What is common to the 4 guys, then, is the idea that the choices made in this episode will have ramifications so profound, and the consequences that could explode in unexpected ways.

The writers continue to capitalize superbly on the cliffhanger of the first season, giving the series a “mystery,” and more looming and threatening to be solved but above all, they translate well to that sense of insecurity that has hit the small town following the attack and that relies on the same sense of insecurity that is going through society today, albeit for reasons and with different modes, but easily can be joined to the triggering event of the plot of the second season of the series.

Big test in this second episode to the young actor who plays Archie, that is, KJ Apa, who manages to give an unexpected connotation of “neurotic” that justifies some of the choices risky – as the drugs mentioned above or the purchase of a gun at the end of the episode – and by showing a substantial margin of improvement for his character that deviates further from the label of “beautiful and damned” from the first season; if Cole Sprouse and his Jughead were the show stealer of the first season Archie and KJ Apa may be for the second.

The only “defect” that could impute to this second episode is that of having slightly dilated the narrative, abandoning the time tightened of the first season, this is also due to the increase of episodes from 13 to 22. If in some passages the episode seems to be redundant and/or continue with slow against the writers seem to want to take steps to dedicate themselves to a characterization of the most profound of the characters and be better able to develop all the plots and sub-plots, let's just hope that the attention remains high and does not expire useless episodes fillers.

Small side note: as reported by THR, the audience of the series has quadrupled in the age group 18-25 – yes you read that right four times increased, in numbers unheard-of for a TV series to the current unless you will examine the phenomena of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. This is done through a strategic pass the summer on Netflix, as I said in the review of the premiere last week, and the chance to see the episodes in streaming on the app network.

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