Prior to he closes the library, he needs all of its books again. Jughead rightfully surmises that it’s because Percival seeks to keep an eye on the data and considering of Riverdale’s citizens. Books advertise creativeness and impartial idea, issues which might be enemies to Percival and his evil plans. Since none of our heroes excluding Reggie have the books at hand, Percival takes possessions that experience nice significance to them. He then makes use of those totems to create spells that may reignite previous traumas, leading to Betty improving forgotten recollections of her serial killer father, Jughead desiring some severe time with a dermatologist, Archie recalling his abuse from Ms. Grundy, Veronica coping with literal black widows, Cheryl…getting roses, and so on. It’s all extraordinarily unsubtle, as one would be expecting. But additionally very efficient.
Betty compares Percival’s newest antics to “any individual selecting via my mind with grimy hands.” It’s a correct observation, as he’s using pieces of serious significance to mindfuck his enemies. Whilst Jughead is in a position to in finding the lacking books and get all in their possessions again from Percival, the wear and tear is already achieved. By the point the credit roll, Archie has recontexualized his reviews with Ms. Grundy, Betty has made discoveries about her father that she will follow to the TBK case, Cheryl has, smartly, simply turn into each extra wonderful, Jughead has verbalized certainly one of his largest fears, Veronica has inadvertently killed (extra on that subsequent week), and the not-too-bright Reggie has made up our minds to be informed Percival’s darkish magic.
Instead of reminding audience that public libraries are vital and usually superior, the massive accomplishment of this episode used to be to remind audience of what an absolute asshole Percival is. Person who has a mastering of darkish magic too, which makes him much more of a danger. However at this level his antics are already getting drained, and if the season continues to ascertain him as untouchable then, powers or now not, he’s going to simply be Hiram 2.0. And no person needs that.
• Riverdale after all (and fleetingly) addresses how problematic the Ms. Grundy storyline from the primary season is right here, appearing Archie haunted by way of their courting and Betty reminding him that the tune trainer used to be grooming him.
• Kevin Keller continues to circle the drain as a personality, opting for to best friend himself with Percival. (And hooking up with him too, in spite of having Moose craving for him). On a chain the place everybody makes unhealthy selections all the time, Kevin would possibly simply be the worst of the lot.
• Veronica casually regarding Dr. Curdle Jr. as “Betty’s bestie” is the funniest discussion of this episode.