Riverdale Season 3 Episode 11 Review - Chapter 46: The Black Dahlia

Riverdale leans heavily into its noir side in a hugely entertaining outing.

This Riverdale review contains spoilers.

Riverdale Season 3 Episode 11

"Forget it Jughead, it's Riverdale."

Say what you will about Riverdale, but one thing the show never shies away from is a willingness to experiment with its formula. Just like last season's musical installment or the recent flashback episode, "The Black Dahlia" had the show shaking up the status quo by doing its own take on film noir. Thematically, this is the easily most succesful genre homage to date because it so skillfully adapts itself to Jughead's hard boiled (and often deeply silly) narration. Thusly, the following monologue which opened up this latest chapter:

"Riverdale. Once a safe, decent, innocent place had become Noirtown. Like the setting of a Raymond Chandler story -- filled with dames to kill for, postmen who like to ring twice, and more mobsters than a Scorcese retrospective at the Bijou.
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