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Bittersweet and beautiful, "In Memoriam" is a loving tribute to the beloved Luke Perry -- a fitting sendoff for one of TVs favorite dads.
The level of care that went into crafting this season premiere makes it clear that line isn't entirely about Fred. Luke Perry was the best Riverdale had to offer, and their best was honored beautifully.
It's a rare thing for Riverdale to produce something of perfection, but this premiere was nothing short of magnificence.
While the show has a reputation for being a little ridiculous and a lot chaotic, this episode highlights how much this cast and crew care for each other with a profound amount of respect, passion, and heart.
The two clearly had a friendship that transcended so much time and it was beautiful two see his two on-screen families come together. Luke Perry got to be one television's first loves and one of television's great dads.
It'll be interesting to see if Fred Andrews' legacy colors the remainder of this forthcoming season. And even if it doesn't, the premiere episode was a really beautiful way to pay tribute to such a central character-and talent-in teen television lexicon.
Riverdale is not a particularly good show, and the writing is often very bad, and all that was evident in "In Memoriam," but in its own Riverdale way, it delivered perhaps the best episode it could given the talent and genre constraints.
I hope making this episode was a cathartic and healing experience for everyone involved. It is certainly a fitting tribute.
For the season four premiere, the show stripped everything away to deliver a touching tribute to the late Luke Perry. You could tell this wasn't a normal day for the cast and crew. They felt every moment of his loss. By the end, you'll feel it too.
We knew this episode was coming. We knew it'd be emotional. And overall, I'd say it didn't disappoint.
"In Memoriam" gives Perry the proper send-off we've been waiting for, complete with tearful embraces and semi-secular prayer and that thing where everyone sits in a circle exchanging their favorite memories of the deceased.
Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam" is a great tribute hour recognizing his impact as Fred Andrews and the kind-hearted man/father he brought to our lives.
When I first heard that Shannen Doherty had been cast in this episode, I admit that my eyes rolled hard. So imagine my surprise when her meta-textured appearance as the woman who Perry sacrificed himself to save was a poignant, understated affair.