Saturday Night Live Put Out a Strange, Goofy Riverdale Sketch

Beck Bennet and Halsey as Betty and Jughead, with Pete Davidson as a corpse actor.
Beck Bennet and Halsey as Betty and Jughead, with Pete Davidson as a corpse actor.
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Saturday Night Live, as it is wont to do, set its parodic sights on the CW’s Riverdale. And while it didn’t hit the mark I was expecting, it certainly hit… uh, something.

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With pop artist Halsey as Lili Reinhart as Betty and cast member Beck Bennet as Cole Sprouse as Jughead, the skit focuses on fictional behind-the-scenes drama, as a very talkative corpse actor (model? Corpse model?) played by Pete Davidson keeps interrupting the shoot.

Come for the Lili Reinhart impression and the, uh, corpse humor, and stay for the myriad of questions I have about this skit. What boggles my mind is that this Riverdale, in its soapy strangeness, is an immensely parody-able show. The weirdest thing about this skit is that it’s so restrained. With inspiration taken from a TV show that, as of this season, literally features a baby-murdering death cult, it really feels like this parody could have gone in a more ambitious direction.

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Still, though, Beck Bennet does look pretty hilarious as Jughead. You’ve got that going for you, SNL.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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DISCUSSION

This skit was dogshit - like most of this episode. From the shitty digital short about relatives sending you things on Valentine’s Day to half-baked skit about the parents dropping bombs on their son and hanging up to get his interest, I was disappointed.

Despite the shitty writing, I did a glimpse of Halsey’s ability to act and she’s good (I don’t need to praise her music - she’s good there as well). It’s too bad she didn’t have better material to work with. I hope she comes back.

Also, am I going deaf or was there a volume issue with this broadcast?

Kudos: the straight up news segment with Colin and Michael was solid as usual. Melissa V. is way underused - she’s talented.