Episode 21: Springer’s Zingers

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In a very special episode of Radio Free Riverdale, Lucy, Evan, and a special guest – comedian, and podcaster Darren Springer – stare deep into the abyss that is the 1990 TV movie, Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again. Archies Pals ‘n’ Gals are in their mid-thirties, back in town for a high school reunion, and they’re all so very sad. Not only are they dealing with troubled relationships and failed ambitions, but also facing a new world of luxury cars, portable phones, and hip-hop music that seems to have no patience of memories and “good times.” We witnessed it all – the horror and the heartbreak – so you don’t have to. And somehow, we managed to record a podcast longer in duration than the actual TV movie (!). Tune in, if you dare, for conversations on:

  • why and how this early ’90s nostalgia-fest was created
  • who is more famous: Lauren Holly or a Reba co-star?
  • Archie Andrews’s shaky grasp of the legal system
  • the intersections of Pop’s Chocolate Shop and Tiananmen Square
  • and the cinematic triumph of Jughead Jones rapping “Sugar Sugar” to bond with his terrible, terrible son

All this and more in Episode 21 of Radio Free Riverdale, if you’d be so kind to let us lay our ever-lovin’ stuff on you. And be sure to follow Darren Springer at @darrendspringer.

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Episode 19: Burns Discerns

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By sheer coincidence – or was it something more? – the epic first season of Riverdale drew to a close just as one of its acknowledged influences, Twin Peaks, returned to the airwaves (or fiber optic cables? WiFi?). So Lucy and Evan invite pop culture writer Andy Burns, author of the Twin Peaks book Wrapped in Plastic and Riverdale enthusiast onto the ‘cast. The three pound at the ice of Episode 13, “The Sweet Hereafter,” to get to the metaphorical drowning Blossoms within. Listen in to hear discussions on:

  • when and if Riverdale will ever intersect with the Black Lodge
  • the vagaries of the American foster care system
  • Cheryl Blossom’s repeated use of the word “mommy”
  • why Archie washes his hands before breakfast
  • and, of course, who shot Fred Andrews?

All this and more in Episode 19 of Radio Free Riverdale. Pour yourself a milkshake and join us. And follow Andy Burns at @biffbampop.

To see notes, panels, and images associated with our latest episode, please visit the Riverdale Auxiliary.