I’m in a bit of quandary with Riverdale right now. Six episodes in and I have yet to find a ship that I feel any excitement over. Archie’s got more chemistry with his guitar than any of the girls he’s been linked to. Kevin Keller’s had two potential boyfriends, but those storylines haven’t developed yet. Fred Andrews and Hermione Lodge…meh. There really isn’t a pairing that’s caused my shipper’s heart to set sail.
In the latest episodes Betty and Jughead have teamed up to investigate Jason Blossom’s murder. They’ve been running down leads all over town, snooping through Jason’s house, and interviewing his friends. They’re both smart, dogged, curious, and desperate to get to the bottom of the mystery that’s irrevocably changed their town. Each new episode they’ve been growing closer. And I am so HERE for the girl next door falling for the town loner.
Two episodes ago, the UST ramped up when Betty couldn’t help but catch her breath at the sight of Jughead in a suit. And we didn’t have to wait long for that heated look to fulfill its promise. In last week’s episode, after a fraught visit to the home for “troubled youths” that’s housing Betty’s sister Polly, Betty and Jughead share a brief but electrifying kiss in her bedroom. It’s perfect from the moment he climbs a ladder to her window and says “Hey there, Juliet” to when he comforts her (with his mouth) as she freaks out about her family to when she has a revelation about Jason Blossom practically mid-kiss and the two dash off on another investigative adventure. My shipper’s heart was screaming finally! Finally a ship with true chemistry and potential involving two characters I really enjoy.
So what’s the problem?