Penny Peabody, the slippy attorney who was kicked out of the Southside Serpents in a pretty nasty way by Jughead (Cole Sprouse) last year, returns to Riverdale in the trailer for next week's episode, 'The Wicked and The Divine'. The character is once again played by Brit Morgan, fresh off her return as the reformed, but still quippy and pop culture-savvy as ever supervillain Livewire (aka. Leslie Willis) on Riverdale's fellow CW comic book series, Supergirl.
Livewire's return on Supergirl didn't go so well for the character, but things ought to work out differently for Penny on Riverdale, given the disarray that the citizens of The Town With Pep find themselves in. 'The Wicked and The Divine' gets its title from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's The Wicked + The Divine, a modern fantasy comic book series that revolves around a teenager who gets involved with some shady people that also happen to be reincarnated deities. Characters such as Penny and Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) might not be literal gods of the underworld, but they are bad people who seem to have a fondness for entrapping and corrupting the young people around them.
Speaking of corrupting young people - both the trailer and synopsis for 'The Wicked and The Divine' confirm that Chic Cooper (Hart Denton) continues to "help Betty deal with her inner darkness" in the episode, while Archie (K.J. Apa) agrees to become Hiram's "intern" and somehow finds himself caught up in a high-stakes poker game with Hiram's crowd, much to Veronica's (Camila Mendes) consternation. Jughead has problems of his own to deal with now that tensions are running high once more between the Northside and Southside, and that's before Penny makes her not so welcome appearance at the end of the trailer for the episode (see the video embedded in the space above).
In addition to being written by Riverdale showrunner and creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, 'The Wicked and The Divine' marks Rachel Talalay's directorial debut on The CW television show. Talalay is no stranger to the network, having already helmed episodes for three of the four Arrowverse TV series (Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow), but is perhaps best known for her stylish directorial efforts on Doctor Who (including last year's Christmas Special sendoff to Peter Capaldi, 'Twice Upon a Time') and the Sherlock season 4 episode 'The Six Thatchers'.
Not that the Black Hood mystery has been resolved (or has it?), Riverdale is getting back to more of the character driven melodrama and teen soap opera that have been at the heart of the darkly stylized Archie Comics adaptation, ever since it began its run a year ago. The show has only grown pulpier and more ridiculous with time in this respect, but that feels less like the sign of a series that's gone off the rails and more like an indication that the show's writers are having fun with the weird sandbox that they've built for themselves to play in. Next week's episode will only keep that trend going strong, by the sound of it.
Riverdale continues Wednesday, January 31 with 'Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and The Divine' on The CW.
Source: The CW
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