Riverdale – Things That Go Up in the Night

Okay – I did a play on the title for tonight’s Riverdale, but I think we’re about to find out why the gang has their powers.  Remember that Archie (invincible), Betty (aura reader), Jughead (mind reader), Cheryl (heat/fire), Tabitha (time traveler/angel), and Veronica (poisoner) all have powers.  I also think Toni has one but am unsure what it is other than communication.  I wish she could ‘wash’ Percival away.  And let’s not forget that Alice, Frank, Tom (adults), Kevin and Reggie (group members) are now on Percival’s side of evil.  I have hope for Kevin but don’t think he’ll be around Moose enough for it to rub off.  It’s time for the powers to be revealed and I don’t think Frank (in particular) will be happy.  And I figure we have six episodes of Percival left (I hope).  Will they carry him into the last season of Riverdale (season seven)?

Let’s get through the opening minutes.  Cheryl and Heather have had a long talk and Cheryl offers her the opportunity to work with the Blossom family library.  Jughead, Tabitha and Pop talk about the diner as the town’s heart and Tabitha develops a plan to move the diner elsewhere (brick by brick).  Let’s call Archie who gets together a gang featuring Fangs.  Fangs and Toni had bad news from the social worker.  It’s not the gang or criminal past but Fangs not working.  Fangs signs up to work on rebuilding Pop’s because he wants to pull his weight (financially) and be a good father to baby Anthony.  Pop’s has to be moved fast because Percival plans to close on the land deal. 

On other fronts, Jughead has writer’s block and Ronnie texts him.  She has a proposition that will use his talent to put money in the club and will give him a 50-50 split if he will do a mind reading acting.  Of course he agrees and is a success.  Betty meanwhile has gone home to find the twins playing with a cat.  She flashes back to her killing her at and takes the cat with her when she leaves (vet visit is what she tells them).

Betty Confronts a Possibility

Betty has found the twins with a kitten that looks like Carmel.  Of course, Betty has a flash back to her killing her cat.  She takes the cat with her and goes to visit Dr. Curdle.  Later, the twins visit the friendly morgue operator.  Betty wants a blood test and Dr. Curdle agrees as Betty is blood kin (and trying to get custody).  Turns out that Juniper has the gene while her brother doesn’t.  Betty talks to the counsellor or her assistant agent, Drake, and they realize that the blind spot affects Betty’s family.  Sure enough, when Alice realizes that Betty has taken the twins, she pays Betty a visits, calls Betty the evil villain and makes threats.  Betty reminds Alice that Percival is controlling her. When Alice leaves, her aura is red hot.  Oh, Betty also has her cousin, Cheryl, tested along with her first “aura catch.” Neither has the gene so the blind spot is certainly there for family but is that all?

Betty is at Pop’s to help out and stops outside to talk to Frank.  Suddenly she sees the aura around Frank and rushes in to tell Archie who takes action.  This worries Betty who discusses it again with Drake.  They realize that something has triggered a change in Betty as Betty has seen a new angry/killer aura.  This time it is around her image in the mirror and she’s worried that the anger is aimed at Archie or friends.  (Remember, Percival did plant a suggestion in Betty’s head the night he took the palladium.  What will be trigger for her to kill Archie?)

Archie’s Battle

As Archie’s crew dismantles Pop’s the first time, the gum ball machine breaks.  The next morning Archie finds the moving van empty and Tabitha finds all back inside.  Tabitha visits Percival and accuses him as Archie’s crew agrees to take everything back out to be stored and this time Doug, a worker, gets an electrical shock from the juke box.  All the crew go to work for Percival and Frank.  Of course, Percival is happy.

Before the third attempt, Archie has a “family talk” with Frank and tells him that this is not what Fred would want.  He gives Frank a picture of Frank and Fred is their younger years.  It seems to bring about a change of heart in Frank but does it?  On the third attempt to move Pop’s, Frank shows up with a crew to help.  When Betty arrives, she sees the evil aura and tells Archie.  He goes out to confront Frank on where he was taking Pop’s.  Was it to Sweetwater River or the dump to be destroyed by fire?  Archie had hope that the picture of Fred and Frank together would cause a change but guess what!  It didn’t.  Frank tries to punch Archie’s face but once again, Frank loses.  His fist hits Archie’s (iron) jaw and Frank is hurt.  Score one for the good guys!

Ronnie and Jughead Does Teamwork

Ronnie starts Jughead’s act and is his assistant.  Jughead is a success and Reggie realizes that there is money to be made that he doesn’t have to tell Percival about.  He tries to blackmail Ronnie with killing her father wanting a 50-50 split of the take on the mind reading.  Meanwhile, Ronnie has asked Jughead to do research on wiping the memory from Reggie’s head.  Jughead does research and finds that it can be done (telepathic erasure) if the victim, I mean Reggie, is distracted.  Sure enough Jughead gets into Reggie’s head, finds the correct Reggie comic, and rips the appropriate pages out.  Ronnie takes his “cut back” and Reggie has no recall on what he used to get it. Jughead also no longer has writer’s block. Later, Reggie tells Percival who realizes that Jughead’s power is slightly different from what Percival had thought.  You know he’s planning to destroy Jughead now.  Reggie also wasn’t smart enough to keep a diary so he has no recollection on what he forgot no matter how hard he tries to remember.

Toni and Fangs

Fangs’ money issue seems to be the root of his insecurity.  He thinks if he gets a job, there won’t be any real custody issues.  He goes to work for Archie but when things go haywire, he takes a job with Percival and Frank on that construction crew.  Toni talks to the counsellor and the issue isn’t his lack of work.  Toni feels that they need to marry.  Fangs comes home to a special dinner by Toni and she apologizes. She hasn’t had enough faith in him and its due to her independence.  They’ll be equal partners.  Toni wants to get married but Fangs seems not to be interested. She proposals and we get … (no answer on tonight’s show).

Cheryl and Heather Come Clean

Cheryl and Heather talk and it seems to be something very witchy about Heather.  Heather knows about magic and the one who founded it (Hecate).  Later, Heather does a tarot reading for Cheryl that is right on the money.  Cheryl first card is the “power” card.  It is followed by the romance and “tower” card.  Heather is shocked because the tower card is connected with mayhem, catastrophe and destruction to which Cheryl says:  “Welcome to Riverdale.” 

When Heather had left Riverdale at her young age, she went to Glendale where a weird lady had taken her in.  The woman was the leader of the coven and taught Heather everything about witchcraft.  Heather suspects Cheryl is a witch (well, we knew that).  Cheryl admits she is but hasn’t used her powers.  She proves it to Heather by lighting the fireplace and candles in the room.  Cheryl asks Heather to teach her.  (And we should start preparing for Sabrina’s arrival, I suspect.)

The Diner’s Importance

One night, Tabitha returns to what she thinks is an empty diner.  As she starts in, all the lights are on and she sees people in the window.  She enters and the diner is unlit and no people are there.  Where is Gabriel when we need him!

Tabitha knows Cheryl has a power and visits her while Heather is there.  Tabitha wonders if ghosts could still be haunting Pop’s.  Heather agrees to help Cheryl work a spell to move the spirits.  Candle are lit and a spell is read.  A spooky voice screams and a ghost appears.  It is the waitress who died years ago.  She is there to reveal a message.  The ghosts who are there are to bear witness to an epic battle of good and evil.  If things are removed, they are put back by the ghosts because Pop’s must remain in its present form.  If Percival prevails, his “train” will be a ghost train that connects the living and dead.  Evil will arrive on the train and defeat the good that Riverdale represents.  Tabitha asks if they set up Pop’s somewhere else if that will defeat the evil.  The waitress nods, and that is when Archie confronts Frank.  All pieces are taken to a new location with Pop’s restored in full. Tabitha and Archie show the place to Pop who is excited because it looks the same.  Archie asks if the plan worked, and Tabitha sees the ghosts who nod.  Score another one for the good guys.  Wonder what Percival’s next move will be?

Well next Sunday we learn.  We see Jughead start a reading only to get some sensations that Percival causes.  We also get Archie with the frank statement that they are at a crossroads.  And, it wouldn’t be Riverdale right now without more threats by Percival.

I believe that when Percival falls (hopefully this season), the powers will leave the others.  The question is:  how will this change the show.  We’ve seen that the first episodes of season six are being resounded to our Riverdale.  What will the show look like its final season seven.

Riverdale – Venomous – or Just How Dangerous is Ronnie

Riverdale has had an influx of super people this year.  Archie is indestructible except with palladium.  Betty has the ability to spot a killer/evil due to auras.  Jughead can read minds (and hidden commands).  Tabitha is a time traveler.  Cheryl has the magical ability of controlling fire/heat.  Ronnie has the kiss of death.  Toni’s Lady Llorna story will somehow come into play (I’m sure).  Poor Kevin and Reggie have joined the opposition (along with Alice, Frank and Tom) serving the “Power” (I could use a five good terms here but won’t) of Darkness, Percival, who is either the devil or a warlock.  So what’s next? Well, Sabrina is returning (I’m sure to defeat Percival in the season finale) but we’re still several weeks away from that.  Who else has a power that we don’t know about?  Will it be revealed tonight or is that more about Ronnie learning how to use her power, the “Kiss of the Black Widow.”

Tonight, how do I recap.  Everything seems tied together as we open with Jughead going through comic books (but why) researching superpowers and Betty looking at family pictures trying to trigger memories.  Ronnie is trying lipstick colors and Archie is confronting Reggie who now is with Percival.  Archie also challenges Percival who pulls out palladium.  Cheryl meanwhile is talking to Nana about the past and her lost love, Heather.  Cheryl knows Heather is a librarian in Greendale (oh, the Sabrina town) and plans to email Heather.

Archie’s Immunity

Jughead and Archie discuss the defects that the supers face against Percival.  Jughead wants to learn what he can get their problem (defects) from superheroes comics.  Archie asks how Superman survived kryptonite.  Archie decides to get some from Cheryl and try to build up an immunity.  He makes it into a necklace and wears it but guess what?  No immunity (now we all knew that that would happen, didn’t we).  His hands get bloody from a workout, and he has to let Betty open a can for him.  Later, Cheryl visits and tells him he looks like ‘he’s half dead.’  She has a solution.  Archie needs to take the necklace off and start drinking the stuff which he does. 

Later at the gym, he passes out and all rush to his aid.  His weight is down since he started drinking the palladium mixture Cheryl gave him.  He weighs and is down to junior high weight.  At home, he pours it down the drain and must wait for the palladium to get out of his system.  Instead, it seems to be making him weaker.  He’s losing weight and hair.  Okay more on this later under the “Remedies” title.

Ronnie’s Problem and Solution

Ronnie not only has the kiss of death but her toxins in her body.  Her blood, sweat, and tears have the toxin, and our friendly morgue doctor doesn’t want to touch her without being gloved and masksed.  He wants her to get a dialysis (transfusion it looked like to me) to change her body fluid and get rid of the toxin or she will die.  We later learn that it doesn’t work.

Meanwhile, Reggie calls a shareholders meeting.  He wants to seize control of the casino because she threw him out as co-owner, not return on the investment made, and she looks insane in her new clothing style.  She reminds the men that the first year was going to be rough and promises a  new evaluation.  Reggie says it doesn’t matter as they have found a buyer (Percival, I’m sure) for the casino.  Reggie sees it as becoming his!  Ronnie meets with Cheryl and well go to the “Remedy” section for more.

Later, Ronnie visits Percival and Reggie and questions Reggie about the ambush.  She even tells him that she knows Percival put Reggie up to it.  Reggie say no that’s one was on him (yeah, right!).  He did it for himself.  Reggie called the meeting, made the shareholders side with him.  Ronnie asks him if he has a problem with his self-esteem and yells at him.  She accidentally spits on him, and he starts to get a headache Ronnie realizes what she has done and leaves.  Reggie tells Percival that she’s’ the black widow (if only he knew).  Percival isn’t worried.  If he loses Reggie, he just loses a foot soldier.  Percival will prevail.

Ronnie calls a meeting with Archie and Betty for drinks at the Whyte Wrym.  She comes clean about her newly found power and they tell her about theirs and Archie’s condition.  They share drinks and their situation.  Ronnie is upset because the last person she kissed that didn’t die was Reggie.  She hates that will be her last kiss.

After the remedy, Ronnie gets a message that Reggie wants a meeting.  He tells her to sign the club over or face a hostile takeover.  Reggie knows she is sick and has pictures to prove it (I didn’t see proof).  She tells him that she’s fine and he just doesn’t know how healthy she is.  Oh, and the casino is healthy.  If Reggie or anyone else tries to take it over, it will be a bloodbath – Reggie’s.  Oh, and he and the shareholders should come to the club for a little show which includes a musical number to honor Betty and Archie.  She sings, dances, and sweats and doesn’t kill anyone.  Percival looks on concerned as Archie and Betty cheer.

Betty’s Problem and Jughead’s help                                                                                                              

Betty goes to see Jughead and has a favor to ask.  She wants him to read her mind – not her conscious mind but her subconscious one.  There are old memories that must be discovered.  He realizes that maybe her mind can develop everything into a cohesive story.  While Jughead doesn’t want to do it (he’s researching superheroes remember), he does agree. Each memory comes as a “Betty” comic (how cute).  The first memories don’t go deep enough.  He sees their early (season one and two) relationship and his assuring her she wasn’t evil and it couldn’t be inherited.  The finale of this round takes Betty back to the scene where she kills her cat, Caramel.  Hal has taken her to Pop’s for a ice cream (reward).  She upsets over what she did but Hal tells her that she had to kill Caramel because she was a sinner.  Hal wants to know if Betty felt excitement over the kill and Betty realizes he was grooming her even then to be a killer.  This has been hard on Jughead and it shows in his appearance and manner.

Betty wants a round two against Jughead’s advice.  The next comic is Alice and Hal talking.  Jughead thinks that Hal implies that Alice has the killer gene also.  Hal loves the fact that Betty may have it.  Betty stops the section and realizes that Alice may be even more evil than Hal (well, she has been influenced by a cult leader and Satan).  Betty immediately takes the news to confront Alice.  She confronts Alice with the memory that Alice had Betty tested for the gene.  Betty thinks Alice has it too.  Alice swears she didn’t but that doesn’t stop Betty.  She tells Alice she will get to the truth and leaves a worried Alice at the house.

Betty realizes the truth is in Alice’s memories and Jughead agrees to help discover the truth.  They confront Alice at the news studio as she prepares to go live.  As Betty makes accusations, Alice has a train of memories go through her mind which Jughead sees.  One is of Alice and Hal putting something under the living room floor and he breaks Betty off.  At the house, they tear up the floor and find a body. 

With the evidence under the floor, Betty confronts Alice and demands the truth.  Alice is upset so Betty can get through anything Percival has given Alice as a suggestion (at least for a while).  The story is that Hal needed help to get rid of one of the girls.  He had the body at the house and told Alice that if she didn’t help him then he’d tell the cops that she was the murderer.  Alice agreed to protect Betty.  She was Hal’s favorite and Alice hoped to stop him cultivating Betty and control the evil in Betty.  Alice calls it nurturing and Betty says she now understands why Alice tried to control her life and make her perfect.  Unfortunately, the evil is still there just in a different way (she sees evil).

Cheryl’s Situation.

Cheryl is the one who offers the cures.  She has reminded Archie early in the episode when he asked for palladium that what he proposes and she will try go beyond the natural to the supernatural.  Meanwhile, Cheryl in her personal life decides to reconnect with Heather and she send Heather an email but does hear back.  When she doesn’t get a reply, she calls the library and Heather answers.  Oh and Cheryl is relying on a magic eight ball.  As the show ends, Heather arrives.  She knows that Cheryl called (she’s a witch) and has come to see Cheryl

Remedies

Cheryl becomes the source of cures.  First Archie approaches for palladium which he wears as a necklace.  That didn’t work so he tried drinking it only to lose his hair.  Ronnie, Archie and Betty have had their club drinking meeting and Archie’s cure is making him worse instead of better (both of them).  Betty questions Ronnie about the poison curse and asks how did it happen.  Ronnie never gets sick and takes shots for everything.  Ronnie realizes that Betty is right.  And the visit to Cheryl starts.

Since drinking the palladium didn’t work, Cheryl has studied cures.  She gives Ronnie a series of other poisons but tells her she might have a negative reaction that could kill Ronnie.  She also hands Ronnie a book on spiders.  Ronnie promises to have an ambulance standing by and tries the poisons.  Of course, she doesn’t die.  The book on spiders also teaches her how to control the venomous fluid.  If she stays calm and in control, a non-killing dose is secreted.  Ronnie doesn’t lose the kiss of death and Cheryl gives her another vial.  Cheryl also tells Ronnie she’s invincible as a woman.

Meanwhile, Cheryl has a new antidote for Archie so he and Betty meet with her.  He must perform a transmutation spell like turning iron into gold.  In this case, it will turn his body, with Cheryl providing the heat, into being invincible.  Downside though is it could kill him.  After sharing one last night with Betty (probably getting her pregnant), Archie meets with Cheryl and she starts the melding.  At first nothing seems to happen as Archie reads the spell but then he starts to shake and Cheryl puts on a little more energy.   Afterwards, Archie calls Betty to his house.  She asks him about the spell, and he shows her that he has his power back even wearing palladium. 

In a flashback while Ronnie sings, we see what happened.  Ronnie, Betty and Archie have met with Ronnie.  Since Archie has his power back, Betty has a crazy idea.  She tells Ronnie to give Archie a kiss and he doesn’t die.  Both can now control their power and the three with Jughead, Cheryl and Tabitha are in it together. Next Week:  Things take a change for the good guys.  Ronnie has a talent show and Jughead does a mind reading act.  Tabitha confronts Percival.  Franks hits Archie only to hurt his hand.  Archie asks Frank if he’s ready for a fight.

Riverdale – Ex Libris – Books Teach Things Percival Hates

Riverdale you have me scared.  There’s too many things you have done this year that makes me think that you jumped into the future to get the stories.  From the extended view I got tonight, I believe that Percival’s evil has now reached into banning books.  I am not a fan of book banning!  As a child, I was advanced in language, reading and writing for my age being moved into the “big” kids library halfway through the second grade.  I was reading Dumas and Dickens in the seventh grade.  The only books that were not allowed were books my parents and family members thought had subject matter too childish (comics) or advanced (adult romance novels).  Thus, it’s a concern when I see anything that implies banned books.

Let’s review superpowers and abilities so far.    Reggie and Ronnie have no powers (that we know).  Tabitha is a time traveler.  Cheryl has pyrokinesis.  Jughead can read hidden thoughts (except Percival’s).  Archie cannot die (except through palladium).  Betty has heightened vision.  Toni is the reincarnation of Lady Llorna (but protects kids).  On the other side, Percival is “Legion” or demons and Satan.  Alice and most of the town are cult members (again).  Kevin – well he’s still to be defined.  He is buying into the cult but Moose’s appearance may change that.  Tonight does not have Toni or Tabitha in the story so I’m not sure what is going on.  All are immune to Percival.

The Mystery of the Missing Books

Jughead is narrating and talking about Betty’s pregnancy test which we learn was negative.  BEtty and Archie also discuss a family.  Betty wonders if she should have children due to her parents and their track records of crazy and serial killer.  Meanwhile Reggie is moving out and he and Ronnie fight.  Ron accuses him of stealing.  Reggie tells her that she’s the type that needs a man in her life because eshe can’t be alone.  Oh, and he does mention her reputation as “Black Widow of Wall Street.” 

Jughead is the first we see get hit with Percival’s latest plot.  Percival tells Jughead they’re closing the library to build a motel for the new rail system.  Jughead has a book outstanding, and Percival wants it back.  Since Jughead doesn’t know where the book is, Percival takes something for collateral – grandfather’s first edition novel.  This happens to Ronnie (Hiram’s picture), Reggie (dyslexia book) , Archie (guitar), Betty (diary), and Cheryl  (trunk with body in it).  When Archie threatens him, Percival pulls out the palladium.   Ronnie offers to write a check, but Percival will not take it.  He wants the book or collateral.

All that had things taken meet to discuss Percival’s latest scheme.  Jughead speaks the truth.  Percival wants to get rid of books because they make people think.  Archie sees the maneuver as a distraction but to what.  Cheryl says there is a risk to what Percival did.  All books change people and the way they see things.  Cheryl sees Percival as wanting to use the items as a means to an end.  Jughead replies that books are free thinking.  If people stop reading/thinking, they start following Percival.  Archie sees it as a distraction.  Jughead reminds them that some states will throw people in jail for reading certain books.  Cheryl knows that there is sorcery at work that could affect all of them and it’s part of Percival’s evil plan. Percival has all the personal items in one place. He lights candles, and speaks an incantation over them.  Then the gang really starts having problems.  Meanwhile Kevin is being confronted by Percival on the fact that he has an outstanding book, “The Lord of the Flies” which needs returning. 

At the high school, Archie finds the students looking at the yearbook and learning that he played guitar.  Later he sees Ms. Grundy in the music room with her cello.  Betty meanwhile has an adverse reaction to bleach.  After visiting Percival and reading the diary, she realizes that signs existed when she was 12 that her father was the Black Hood killer.  Ronnie sees a spider on her portrait and smashes it only to find out it wasn’t there.  Cheryl hears laughter and when she checks it out.  It appears to be her first girlfriend, Heather (whose body was in that trunk).  Jughead meanwhile finds burns on his hand. 

Reggie goes to ask for his book back so he can get rid of the dyslexia which has come back.  Percival gives him a Faberge egg that he has gotten from Ronnie’s apartment.  Reggie takes it and sends it to Ronnie who opens it and finds black widow spiders inside.  They disappear and her staff cannot find any in her apartment.  Later Renaldo (the bodyguard) comes in to discuss things with Ronnie.  She shares a kiss and her bed only to find him dead the next morning.  Off he goes to the morgue where the doctor finds it was from black widow spider bites but there were no puncture wounds.  Guess what Ronnie’s power is now!  She quite literally has the kiss of death. 

Betty’s vision freaks her out and she tells Archie about it.  Hal was cleaning the trunk of the family car.  She had figured out how to do something with the car and went to tell Hal.  While Archie refuses to talk about Grundy, he realizes something is going on.  Betty feels that Percival is running his dirty fingers through her mind.  Meanwhile, Jughead is on a search for the book in the alley.  He finds one wheelchair bound man who tells Jughead that Percival didn’t truck people out on a bus.  Percival cleaned out the alley by telling them to start walking west into the ocean.  He asks the lone resident of the alley why he didn’t go.  The man states something to the effect that Percival said walk and he’s can’t because of the wheelchair.  He has a number that might reach Doc in Venice Beach, California. So Percival isn’t as clever as he thought.

Cheryl meets with the gang at her mansion.  They must find the books and give them to Percival and retrieve their belongings.  Once that happens, they must do a purification that gets rid of the items and curse.  Archie breaks into the Curiosity Shop (remember Tabitha’s time travel) and finds a note and the  cello.  When Betty comes back to the house, her sunglasses look like Grundy’s.  Percival is still busy recruiting.  Kevin will help him as a soldier (and I didn’t hear why if it was said). 

The next morning, Betty is given more information on the Trash Can Killer and flashes back (once again) to Hal in her bedroom.  Betty is scared and Hal puts a nightlight in the bedroom.  He tells young Betty not to be scared because the two of them are scarier than any monster.  Betty realizes that the Trash Can Killer could not be the loner she thought but a family man.  This changes the parameters of the investigation.  (Good use of Hal tonight Riverdale producers!) 

Jughead has an idea of where he can find the books and goes to get them as Reggie confronts Percival and wants the book back.  Reggie also wants to know what (not who) Percival is.  Reggie buys a clue but still signs up for Percival’s army for the book.  He knows that there is something strange about Percival and wants to be like Percival.  Meanwhile Jughead has returned and the gang meet.  Jughead has found the books in Pennsylvania. 

The gang returns the books to Percival who gives them the articles.  Ronnie says he can keep Hiram’s picture as it nor Percival has any control over her.  All realize that Percival may have launched some hard-core memories they must now control.  At Cheryl’s they prepare to destroy the items that Percival had.  Cheryl starts the fire without the trunk because she’s already taken care of it.  Jughead won’t burn the book because it’s all he has of his grandfather.  Meanwhile, Percival realizes that he’s lost control of the gang (for now) but lists two new “soldiers” to the recruit list.  And Veronica realizes that her kiss has become a weapon.  Will she try to use it on Percival (on whom it won’t work) or Reggie for double crossing the gang. 

Next week:  Ronnie looks like she’s ready to use her power.  Can she turn the tables on Percival and what does the rest of the power have to play?

Note:  My computer jammed at the 30 minute mark of this episode.  Is there something supernatural about it.  The joke use to be that “Quantum Leap’s” Stephen King’s episode had something happen when people watch it (weather usually or VCR tapes losing the episode).  Is this episode like that also???

Riverdale – The Fog Knows

Well, with our group united, Riverdale, where do we go now.  We have the known villain, Percival Pickens, who is the devil (or legion).  We have a version of Superman who can’t be easily killed (Archie).  Betty and Jughead’s powers are vision and telepathy.  Cheryl can start fires (and must live in a cold temperature (below freezing).  Tabitha can travel through time to Pop Tate’s past and future  (the home of good).  And somehow Lady Llorna will play a part.  Poor Veronica and Reggie have no power yet (or do they). Veronica seems immune to the mind control but is that a power.  And just how strong is Percival’s mind control.  Well, that is still to be determined.

Tonight, a very strange fog descends.  I’m calling it strange because in fiction, when weather like this happens, the world becomes a strange and evil place.  Let’s face it!  Percival makes it a strange world anyway and he has the help of the cult-crazed Alice at his beck and call.  It seems memes of the “fog coming” has been making the rounds.  Could this plot show signs of John Carpenter’s 1980 movie, “The Fog.”  I didn’t see it but there is a pattern (as also found in “Storm of the Century”).  Well, we’ll have further knowledge at the end of the hour.  I do know it’s not relying on Carl Sandberg “Fog” which talks of it coming on ‘cat’s feet.”

The Dangers of Fog

We open with a discussion of “the fog” that is coming.  Archie and the gang are discussing taking over the council but surprise, surprise, Alice is listening in.  I think that is breaking and entering Alice.  What does she do?  She runs and tells Percival so he can use it to his advantage.  While the gang want to stop tye apocalypse, Alice and Percival wants it to happen.  And the gang think Kevin hasn’t fully bought into the council’s plan.  Yeah right!  When has there been a cult Kevin doesn’t join.  To stop the council’s dismissal, Alice and the present council puts the town on a curfew.  The fog will be just like one that happened in 1922.   All are to go home and stay there with their loved ones and pets (see, I knew “Something Evil This Way Comes”) due to the possibilities of power outages.  Okay, we have had heavy fogs where I live and I don’t recall power outages.  From ice and heavy snow, yes, but not fog.  If so my local village would be without power in the fall due to fog caused by its proximity to a large lake!

Unfinished Business:  Archie and Betty

Archie and Betty are in their respected home but Betty’s doorbell rings.   Betty has been told that she got a message about the “Trash Can Killer,” so Betty is scared.  She sees someone lurking around and locks the door sneaking out the back to go to Archie.  Archie starts out to see who it is but Betty stops him.  A little romance goes on and Betty tells Archie that she’s “late.”  Her period is two weeks late and we all know what that means. 

Archie and Betty spend the night with Betty relating her capture by the Trash Can Killer.  She was his prisoner for two weeks. She didn’t dramatically escape but was given a choice.  She could do what he wished (proving herself as his equal) or die.  She must mutilate a body.  The killer puts on classical music an she does it.  Trash Can Killer told Betty it proved that they were alike and they needed each other in the world.  Was it the Trash Can Killer hiding in the neighborhood?  The FBI did have a tip on him.  Better yet!  Have we a clue to the Trash Can Killer.  More on this at the end of the article

The good news from this is that Archie and Betty sealed their romance.  He will always be there for her (and whoever else comes from their union).  No matter how bleak the future is, Betty and Riverdale are Archie’s home (even though sometimes he wants to leave).

Unfinished Business Ronnie and Reggie

Ronnie is worried because of a lack of business.  Reggie informs her of the curfew s,o she sends the workers home.  Later, Reggie enters the main room with a box of alcoholic beverages.  Ronnie suggests he stays due to the fog.  They decide to play strip poker with Ronnie winning. She suggest the prize be a kiss when Reggie has nothing left to give her as a bet.  They end up in bed and this makes them realize that they are similar.  As they discuss getting back together, Ronnie notes they are both bad like their parents. 

Reggie seems ready to get back together but has a stipulation.  Ronnie must get rid of Hiram’s portrait.  Reggie wants to do it immediately, but Ronnie thinks it can wait.  Reggie realizes that this is just like the Archie/Reggie triangle.  Ronnie says that it’s not.  Archie chose Riverdale over her and Reggie tells her he won’t be a consolation prize (second best).  He realizes that the two of them are just like their parents.  Ronnie is Hiram while he is just like his mother who always left his dad for business. He leaves. 

Good news:  Ronnie asks for packing material.  That portrait of Hiram is gone.  Does that mean Hiram will be gone for good?  (I don’t believe he’s dead folks.  They’ll bring him back if he wants to return.)

Unfinished Business:  Toni, Fangs and Kevin

Toni meanwhile wants a meeting with Kevin over the baby Anthony custody issue.  Kevin stands by his decision that Toni’s lifestyle isn’t safe for the baby (and yours is Kevin?).  Toni brings up all his dangerous liaisons and indiscretions.  They agree to meet later. 

Kevin is preparing to leave for the meeting when Moose arrives at Riverdale High (wonder how long he will stay?).  Moose wants to reminisce about their past.  Kevin tells him that he has a meeting to attend but Moose tells him the fog is bad.  Moose and Kevin talk, and Kevin is confronted by some of the stupid things he did in the past (like the Gargoyle King).  Sometime during this, Kevin falls asleep and dreams he is going down the hall (in a bright red light) to the bathroom.  There, he is bathed in the same red light but is awaken from the dream by Moose. 

The next morning, Kevin seems to want to be more intent on honest talks with Toni and Fangs.  Fangs had gotten mad the night before when Kevin didn’t show up and isn’t in the mood to talk.  Fangs tells Kevin that he doesn’t like Kevin’s lifestyle and tells him off (basically he will do anything to protect Toni and the baby).

Unfinished Business:  Cheryl and Penelope

Cheryl gets a visit from her “mommy dearest,” Penelope who is joining a convent.  Cheryl can’t believe that a brothel owner would be admitted but Penelope swears that she’s just putting things to right (does Penelope remember all her evil?).  Well, Cheryl does and reminds her.  Penelope has something she needs to give Cheryl and all she wants in return is a warm bath and a meal.  Why do I think that bath is going to be warmer than expected?

Later, Cheryl calls mom to dinner only to find Penelope with the doll that contains Abigail’s spirit.  Luckily it’s still in the case and the candle is burning.  I first thought she killed Penelope, but Cheryl only knocked her out.  Penelope awakes to find herself in a chair at the dinner table and her temperature rising.  Cheryl takes great pleasure in letting Penelope know that Cheryl now is a pyrokinetic.  Cheryl thinks Percival sent her but Penelope swears that’s not the case.  She has some old letters from Heather (Cheryl’s former lover) that she hid from Cheryl.  Cheryl takes them, reads them, and has a good cry.  What comes of this?  Well, we have to wait for next week (or so it appears).  Oh, and the reason Penelope treated Cheryl so mean as a child was because she sensed that Cheryl could be evil and was trying to rid her of the evil.

Unfinished Business: Jughead and Tabitha

Jughead and Tabitha are together when Alice announces the curfew.  He uses his mind reading on her which upsets her.  They decide to stay at Pop’s.  When the lights go out, Jughead decides to go to the car and get some gas to start the generator.  There’s something else out there but we never see it.  messes with the ham radio that is in the back room and hears sputters that she can’t understand.  WIth Jughead being gone a long time, she gets the gun only for Jughead to return. 

Tabitha decides to answer a question Jughead has asked earlier in the episode.  He had wondered if she could go back in time and stop the bomb from going off.  She had lied to him telling him that the bomb was a fixed spot in the time stream (and would affect history).  Now, she tells him the real story.  She has gone back in time (384 times).  Each time the same result happens.  His death is the fixed spot in the timeline.  Jughead is Percival’s biggest problem.  He can hear what Percival thinks and the evil suggestions.  When she talked about losing Pop, she really was thinking of Jughead.   Jughead tells her that he’s faced death before and survived.  There’s always hope.

The Aftermath of the Fog

By morning, the fog is gone but a new problem has arisen.  When all the town was sheltering in place, Alice held a city council meeting (sans Tabitha) and proclaimed Percival as mayor (against town’s rules if I remember correctly).  Jughead, Tabitha, Archie and Betty realize that the problem has changed.  Now the evil is the leader (dictator) of the town. 

Next week.

It looks like more old ghosts come back and the question is how much Percival had to do with it.  And Jughead has a shot gun behind him with a deputy holding it.  Could this be the end of Jughead?  Of course not!    Also, someone plays the cello while looking crazy (was it Betty?).  Riverdale gets weird again.

And, I now have a guess of the Trash Can Killer.  Could it possibly be Moose and his father before him.  All of this seems to be possible.

Riverdale:  What is Tabitha?  Time Traveler or Angel

Oh Riverdale, what will you do with this episode?  You entitled it “Angels in America” but I’m sure it is going to be more like “Back to the Future,” “Doctor Who,” “Time Tunnel,” and even “Quantum Leap” (all that I have watched).  The latest entry is, of course, “Discovery of Witches” (another favorite).  My question is:  why Tabitha?  She wasn’t at the explosion after all and that what seems to have caused the power for the other three.  Of course, Cheryl wasn’t there either, but she has her own demons (Abigail) to fight.

So, let’s review, shall we.  Archie is invulnerable (except to palladium).  Betty sees evil but didn’t see it around her mom.  Jughead can read thoughts (except Percival who senses when he tries).  Cheryl can control heat and fire.  Toni, while we haven’t seen it yet, carries traces of Lady Llorna of the river.  Now Tabitha can travel in time.  The only ones of the gang who hasn’t received a power yet is Reggie and Ronnie.  I could add Kevin, but he is back to being brain controlled and back in a cult with Alice.  And what is Percival – demon or warlock.  Wait didn’t Sabrina’s father (the devil) die in “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?”  Is that why she’s coming back?  My head is already spinning.

PERCIVAL’S SCHEME

As we open at Pop’s, all eyes are on Alice’s newscast featuring none other than Percival.  He has a plan to revitalize the town, a shiny new railroad (what about licenses from Amtrak you idiot).  Unfortunately, to put the tracks in, the rail would go through Pop’s and it would have to be destoryed (like Hiram and the Crypto character in Rivervale).  Pop’s is the heart and soul of the town and a safe haven in bad times.  Of course, Percival knows this and wants it gone (just like Crypto, Hiram).  What is it?  The one place that people can be safe.  Whoops, they used that in Rivervale.  Wait until the end to get all of his scheme!

 TABITHA’S TIME TO SHINE (And Search for Her Grail)

Okay, folks.  Tonight is Tabitha’s time to shine.  Let me first say, I’ve seen something like this before but can’t remember the book/movie/television show that it was.  It is reminding me of “Quantum Leap” but isn’t (and I won’t say why yet).  And I’m going on record to say that this is one of the best episodes of the show!

Tabitha is at the Pop’s which is a special place in the town.  They people there are upset over what Percival plans (evidently his power doesn’t work over the television).  Tabitha goes to talk to Percival about his plan but he refuses to reevaluate (of course he has his mind set).  Archie tells her he knows of his “weakness.”  Betty warns her that Percival is evil.  Toni has her own problems right now with the Serpents and Percival is behind it.  Ronnie thinks that the substation of Pop’s is doing a wonderful business that might make it good to close Pop’s.  And Cheryl will help (after freezing Tabitha to death in the  mansion).

Kevin is Percival’s spy and reports that Pop’s is going to fight it.  Percival expected Tabitha ato try to slow him down (well, apparently she is his foe).  Jughead and Tabitha find “historical documents” that show Pop’s has a historic significance (just like one of the comic books).  They’re going to the state to get it done and Jughead is making notes.  As they continue to dig through material, Tabitha starts to prepare grill cheese for them.  Only, someone enters and shots her.  (Could it be Kevin?)  More on this later.

Tabitha awakes to find herself in the past, but Jughead is there.  The year is 1944 and Jughead is really the angel Rafael.  We get a vision of Jughead sitting in the hospital by Tabitha’s bed.  This is the timie that Rafael had told her to prepare for but he also promised help.  He’s always near her to help with cosmic and cataclysmic events.  When Tabitha asks him how to return to the present, she is giving a book on Time Travel to read.  Sh e realizes that she can only return if she gets something symbolic or meaningful for the time.

In 1944, she and Pop attend a meeting with Mayor Kline about turning the town into a sundown city.  In sundown cities African Americans must be out of town by dark every day which means they cannot live in the town or own businesses.  Sheriff Perkins (always will be referred to as Percival) is pushing the idea and telling them it worked in Centerville.  When Tabitha questions him, he tells her that if they can’t abide by the rule, they’ll have to leave town.  Archie’s look-alike stands with Tabitha as they are part of the town’s fire department.

Tabitha talks to Angel Jughead (A J for now) and tells him how evil Percival is.  A family (Toni and Fang’s look-alikes) come in with their son.  They lives in Centerville and was run out of town.  Others had disappeared and no one knew where they were.  Tabitha and Pop agree to let them stay.  Oh, and there is a Christmas tree in the diner.  Can we say Nativity scene folks with Pop’s being the stable.  As the family eats, Percival arrives looking for them.  Tabitha and Pop refuses to let him take them and they’ll wait for a warrant.  A J has gone to ask a question.  As he leaves, a bright light throws Percival and Kevin into fits.  Tabitha that night takes the family to see Mayor Kline who says “NO” to the sundown city rule and we get Percival as a Revolution/Civil War soldier arriving at Pop’s with a gun to shot her again.

This time, Tabitha finds herself at Pop’s in 1968 on the eve of Martin Luther King’s death.  This time her angel Rafael is Toni (A T).  She recognizes A T immediately and realizes she must do something.  She tries to get on a bus to Memphis but it breaks down.  When she tries to report it to the Riverdale FBI, she finds Percival (Pierce) and Kevin working for the bureau.  Tabitha thinks of calling Dr. King but A T tells her that she can’t change the course of history.

The next day, news is delivered by Senator Robert Kennedy about Martin Luther King’s death.  All are upset but it gets worse when Percival stops by and tells her that they’re afraid of a riot like the ones that have popped up in other locals.  Pop and Tabitha decide to stay open and offer hope to those scared.  Percival threatens to arrest any he finds at the diner after curfew due to the problems in Greendale (Sabrina’s town).  She asks Percival what his problem is and he calls her and the rest emotional.  When she goes in and tells the group gathered, Fangs gets mad but she convinces them to meet in peace – singing and praying.  She also points out that Percival wants violence and blood.

Tabitha does make a call and eventually gets through to J. Edgar Hoover.  She tells him that if he doesn’t stop Percival, Tabitha will make some calls about the hidden files he has on important people.  She manages to stop Percival from carrying out the “Turkey Shoot” (sound familiar from the gang) and Hoover fires Percival.  Percival tries to have his way.  He plants a bomb in Pop’s which Tabitha finds.  It explodes as she goes outside with it and beats her next angel to the next site.  (Of course, we get a commercial before we learn it was a bomb.)  And at this point, there are only 15 minutes left in the program.

Tabitha next jumps to 1999 when they find a code used by white supremacist painted on the diner (88 is the code.  The young man, Brian doesn’t remember doing it and Sheriff Kline will take him back to his parents and tell them.  The card is an oddity of the only Riverdale baseball player in the major leagues.  He got it at the Curiosity Shop, owned by Paul Prince just outside of town. 

Tabitha goes to watch the place and sees Percival exit.  About this time, her angel shows up  and is Betty (A B).  A B tells her she is getting better at the time jumping as she does it before A B knew it was happened.  A B gives her a bobby pin and Tabitha picks the lock and enters.  Wait a minute.  Even Mr. Gold (whose shop this resembles) wasn’t as bad as Percival.  Tabitha takes Polaroids of items on his desk and shows the pictures to A B.  A B recognizes two specific items:  the spear that pierced Jesus’s side as he was crucified and the Holy Grail.  Tabitha has found her way to return home.  She must retrieve the Holy Grail and return to Pop’s. 

As Tabitha gets read to grab the Grail, Percival returns and recognizes her.  He’s Colonel Pickens this tie and implies she’s his thorn in his side.  They fight with Tabitha using the spear.  He thinks he will win but Tabitha tells him she has been preparing for the fight for a long time.  She asks him his name and Percival replies “Legion.”  (Reference from the book of Job in reference to Satan.)  She kills him and burns the shop down before return with the grail to A B.  A B tells Tabitha she can now focus on going home.  A B gives her a chocolate milkshake in the Grail and Tabitha wakes up just before the gun man arrives.  She throws her dish at him and he doesn’t get off a shot. (She said something about Percival but I didn’t catch it all.)

Tabitha thinks she was being trained for a war that has been brewing forever.  Tabitha tells him that Percival was always showing up in the time line always turning up will evil.  She knows it isgoing to talk all with power to stop him.  Tabitha tells Jug that she’s been trained for a war and it’s going to take all of them to win.

TEAM GOOD MEETS

Tabitha gets Jughead, Archie, Betty and Cheryl together and tells them her story.  They have a hard time wrapping their head around what happened.  For her, she’s linked to Pop’s in a time field or station.  She tried moving forward in time and found Pop’s as a shell and all of Riverdale gone.  Archie asks if the future can be changed, and Tabitha doesn’t know.  All she knows is that Pop’s is ground zero and there is an apocalypse coming.  It’s going to take all of them to stop it. 

Okay folks!  I was right on Percival and we’re getting spill over from what I projected at the start of Rivervale.  I had hoped that Percival would disappear but it is too soon for that.  So, how are they going to get Ronnie and Reggie on the team?

Next Sunday:  A power outage occurs, and a fog is coming.  Percival is on the move.

 Riverdale – Folk Heroes?  Where?

Okay Riverdale!  I’m ready!  The title tonight is folk heroes.  Of course we know Archie will be one as he is indestructible (it seems) but if the palladium comes into play, will that change the story  How will Betty’s eyesight make her a folk hero much less Jughead’s mind reading ability.  Let’s not forget super-sleuth Veronica knows Percival has no history.  Reggie looks like he has just gone to the dark side.  Is Cheryl really Cheryl or is Abigail still lurking.  Better yet.  Will we get answers tonight?

Percival is now a member of the board of four after getting Alice to get rid of Skid Row and the gangs.  Kevin (probably by now) has control of baby Anthony leaving Toni devastated.  Percival’s next target will be Veronica’s casino and Reggie will probably be the catalyst.  Percival is certainly a little busy body and has his own plans for the town (like total destruction as in Rivervale).  If he goes after Pop Tate’s, we know it is the safe place for the good people of Riverdale. Another question though is who will make that cut?

Percival Makes His Move

As the show opens, we get information about folk heroes from Jughead and the information that Percival is a supernatural creature who wants to destroy Riverdale.  Duh Jughead, tell us something we didn’t know.  Jug feels we need a present-day folk hero.  While this is being spoken, Veronica has Percival in her office wanting exclusive use of the Champagne Suite for which he’ll pay in advance.  While Veronica ignores him at first when he says he sponsors the Moulin Rouge and Sydney Opera House, she agrees.  Now why would he want that room.

Alice calls on Percival to present the Riverdale new project – Pickens Park – complete with a children’s playground.  Archie reminds Percival that General Pickens wasn’t a hero but homicidal.  (Well, there goes that hero.)  Percival presents a new sign for the town to approve and will use it with the slogan “Home of Pop’s Chocolate Shop.”  He only wants Tabitha to work with him.  The other logo would promote Veronica’s casino.  When Tabitha doesn’t bow to the mind control demands, guess which sign gets approved.  So now, Percival wants the casino as it will bring in business.

Archie the Folk Hero

Jughead sees only one way to get rid of Percival’s mind control.  They need to set up Archie as a folk hero.  They’re not sure that it will work but they need to do something.  Archie calls an old friend, Danny Kelly and arranges to fight him.  He tells the town council that the community center cannot be used for town business.  It’s back to being a teen center that will teach teens self respect, boxing, physical fitness (get the drift).  Percival isn’t happy about this, but he can’t make a move.  Jughead has already arranged press who show up and take pictures of Archie surviving extreme cold, cinder blocks broken on his chest, etc.  Think the circus side show.

At the club, Percival shows up uninvited and unannounced.  He tries to control Archie’s mind, even trying to get him to draw blood.  The knife breaks and Percival tries again.  Fortunately, for Archie, he sees Fred’s picture and concentrates of that.  Percival quickly flies off (and yes, I do mean that literally).

Later, Archie’s friend (and famous boxer) Danny Kelly arrives in town (wait isn’t it K. O.?).  Oh, well!  He’s famous and plans to fight Archie.  Unfortunately, Percival gets to Danny first and knows his skills.  I’m not sure what Percival does to Danny (we don’t see), but he ends up in the hospital.  Archie is upset when he finds out from Jughead.  They are discussing what to do when Percival calls and offers to fight Archie.  If Archie wins, Percival will step down from the Council.  If Percival wins, his ancestor’s statue goes up.  ARchie agrees to the fight.

The night of the fight starts fair.  Jabs are exchanged and suddenly, Percival lands a blow.  Later Archie will tell Jughead and Betty that he felt pain.  He also shed blood.  Somehow Percival has found out about Archie’s vulnerability.  Percival has a piece of palladium in his glove.  He makes a note in his notebook after the fight and then goes to Alice’s house.  He plants the idea in Betty’s head to use the palladium to kill Archie.  Now we all know where the palladium came from – Alice gave it to Percival.  It seems Betty had it for safe keeping and Alice either searched Betty’s room (probably) or Betty told her (unlikely).  Okay, now Archie is on Percival’s hit list.

While at the Blossom’s

Britta asks about being adopted.  Cheryl promises her that she’ll always have a place at Blossom’s home.  Later, Cheryl sits reading in the room where Abigail is housed and feels her presence.  Cheryl’s temperature starts rising and reaches 103.  Nana takes care of Cheryl and  watches over doll Abigail with a caregiver for Cheryl.  The bodyguard/caregiver though breaks into flames.  Cheryl finds Betty, Betty goes to the morgue and learns that the caregiver died by spontaneous combustion.  Cheryl’s afraid that she’ll die that way but Betty promises to keep watch.

That night, Cheryl’s temperature rises and Betty quickly gets her into an ice bath that brings the temperature down.  Cheryl is afraid she will combust and Betty will call the FBI agency to get the people down who deal with that type of dolls.

So now, Cheryl has a power – pyrokinesis.  Wonder if Percival knows about this one?  It seems Cheryl has a form of pyrokinesis.  The FBI agent tells Betty there are ways to deal with it.  That night, Cheryl’s temp keeps rising to 303 degrees.  Cheryl throws Penelope’s picture into the fire and tells Cheryl to focus on that.  Cheryl does and her body heat goes away (she also faints).  We’re getting Stephen King’s “Fire Starter” now folks.  What a lovely salute.  Does Cheryl continue to use this newfound energy?  At the end of the episode, she’s sitting in the library reading and lights the candles with her a swipe of her hand.  Will she be a force for good or bad?  I’m thinking good and she calls Sabrina for help.

Dueling Casinos?

Tabitha now knows that Percival wants Pop’s gone.  The revenue is already going down, so she goes to Toni and they decide to give Babylonia some competition.  Percival, of course, knows this is coming.  Having already secured the use of the Champagne Suite, he uses all he knows on Ronnie. 

He tells Ronnie he has a proposition.  He wants to move in and become Ronnie’s lover.  Why?  Babylonia feels like home.  When Ronnie points out she has a partner, Percival sends her to the car lot where she finds a mini casino operating with slot machines from Babylonia.  Reggie says this isn’t competition because the slot machines are “on loan.”  Both are benefiting from the arrangement.  Ronnie bars Reggie from the casino and her bed.

Later, Percival tells Ronnie about the competing casino in the basement of Pop’s.  She dons her blonde wig and she and Percival arrive to a performance by Tabitha and Toni.  Of course, Ronnie is upset.  Besides, Percival has additional plans for closing Pop’s.  Pop sees someone urinating on the wall (health code violation).  Plus Fangs has been sprung for jail and is upset with what Toni ‘s pole dancing. 

The next day, Percival presents his plan.  They will firebomb Pop’s and burn it to the ground.   Meanwhile Pop doesn’t like liquor being sold in the family restaurant.  Instead, Percival spell over Ronnie is broken. She calls Toni and Tabitha for a meeting.  Later when Percival comes back to see Ronnie, she’s out from under his spell.  She wants him out and not only of her bed but the Champagne Room.  Ronnie tells him not to worry about the other casino.  She’s worked out a deal with Toni and will send slot machines there.  The White Wyrm will give Ronnie 10% of the profit.  Meanwhile, Tabitha will open a mini-Pop Tate’s in the lobby so the casino will be more family friendly.  Oh, and Reggie is back with Veronica.  All is forgiven.

So Where Are We Now?

Percival knows both Jughead and Archie’s power.  He plans to use Betty to get rid of Archie.  I told you the cult was back.  Alice is helping Percival with the plan.  I guarantee she’s under mind-control and gave him the palladium.

Cheryl has learned to control her power as she swipes her hand and lights candles in front of Abigail’s doll.  Or is Abigail back.  We’ll have to wait for that resolution. 

Tom lets Percival know that the statue is up to General Pickens.  LIghts come on around said statue. More evil has started.   

Next Week:

Tabitha finds out she has a power as a gun wielding assassin appears (either sent by Percival or is Percival).  She flashes back in time and learns she is a time traveler.  And we have “Discovery of Witches” folks.  Wonder if Percival knows about that power.

So to recap powers:  Archie is invulnerable except to palladium.    Betty sees villains/evil energy.  Jughead can read thoughts.  Cheryl can control fire.  Toni is Lady Llorna.  Veronica can see a scam.  Have I missed any?

Riverdale – And Percival Pickens Is . . .

Riverdale!  You are crafty devils! First you gave us Mr. Crypto in Rivervale.  Some characters saw through him immediately.  The rest got informed by Veronica.  Now, we’re safely back in Riverdale and left all the nonsense of Rivervale behind (although have we?).  This mysterious man, Percival Pickens, is now our target of evil and as I’ve said since he stepped on the screen – the devil.

Don’t get me wrong.  As an English major, I’ve read “The Tempest” and “Doctor Faustus.”  I’ve discussed the devil in Church and religion classes but to see the sneaky way you brought him into the show is amazing.  I am not an avid fan of horror – it gives me nightmares.  When I do watch or read the horror stories, they have to meet the following criteria:

  • have characters I pull for to win.
  • have characters that are so richly drawn I hate.
  • and have a compelling story.

Enough said on that and this present story line on Riverdale meets all three.  Let’s forget the super trio.  I know their powers have a part to play and just get to the nitty gritty.  Percival Pickens is the devil incarnate.  Just like in Rivervale, he’s there for a purpose and I’m betting it is to destroy Pop Tates’.  If you remember in Rivervale, Crypto wanted Pop Tates’ under his control as it would be the only safe haven for the good people of Rivervale.  As I see in the synopsis for Easter Sunday (April 17), dear old Percival wants to control Pop’s for his own purpose.  Also, I hope you caught the line from Archie:  “Percival wants to destroy Riverdale.” Really, I think it is only Archie.   Percival can mind control the other brain dead citizens but it doesn’t appear to work on the Riverdale core characters.

Now, here’s what convinces me that we are dealing with the devil.  It’s a tried and true formula used by Shakespeare, Marlowe in the past but none other than Stephen King today (which I will point out at the end).  Let’s look at the important ones.

Percival arrived in town.  Now, Riverdale has never played up the Pickens connection like they do in the comic digests.  He arrives quietly and aims for the home of the “heart” of Riverdale, the Andrews’ home.  Percival doesn’t say why he wants the bombed-out structure that needs rebuilding.  He doesn’t make the offer directly to the owner, Archie.  Percival presents his offer to Mary.  Mary is older and Percival is sure his charm will win what he wants except Archie comes in and stops the plan.  Percival is foiled on that attempt.

When Percival makes his next move, we have no clue to one of his powers.  Percival can influence the mind and make people do what he wants.  It takes Jughead’s power to realize this!  So what does Percival do.  He hits on using Alice.  Let’s face it.  Alice isn’t the brightest resident of Riverdale.  She’s already belonged to a cult.  (Don’t point out it was to help the FBI because I don’t buy it.  She could have stopped the harvesting of organs long before the FBI arrived.)  Percival knew she was an easy mark and went for it.  We didn’t know what he said that was so convincing but whatever it was worked.  Alice immediately wanted to clear out the homeless.  Why would the devil want this, you ask?  It makes Percival look good to the town because he is helping (although shipping them off to another town makes it worst for that town).  Of course, it must be an easy mark number two and fellow cultist, Kevin Kline, who gets sucked into the scenario.  With Kevin laid up in the hospital from an injury on “Skid Row,” Sheriff Tom Kline will promise anything because of his son’s injury.  I also blame it on the fact that the calming influence of Fred Andrews is no longer in town.

Now, lets move on to Percival’s mental suggestion to Alice and Tom to clean up the gangs.  Now, it took me a little time to figure this one out.  Percival knows that the Serpents protect their own (don’t know about the Ghoulies because they like destruction).  If Toni and Fangs saw Percival as a threat, Percival’s gig could be up.  The Serpents would side with the townies and help prevent whatever he has planned.  Thus, he must hit at (and use) any angle to get rid of them.  With Toni on the board, it will take more than a simple mind control trick. 

Remember!  Somehow Toni, Tabitha and even Fangs seem immune.  So, knowing the bad blood (and a little help from Cheryl who wants Fangs gone), Percival plants the suggestion of a drive-by at Pop’s and shots the place up.  This gives Percival the chance to suggest that they should be destroyed and Alice and Tom jump on it.  Stealing the baby (again possibly planted by Percival in Ghoulies’ heads) was the catalyst that caused the gangs to be destroyed or arrested.  (And we also now know that Percival will cause people to commit suicide since that’s how all but Trula of the Ghoulies died. It wasn’t Kline and company!)

For now, the last example I bring is that Veronica set the underworld on finding information on Percival.  You would think that someone like Percival might suspect that would happen but surprise, he missed something.  When the “bodyguard” and his friends went looking, they found no evidence of a Percival Pickens ever existing.  There is no back story for him, no place of birth, etc.  Jughead’s learning of Percival’s ability to transmit suggestions happened at the same time Jug was beginning to use his powers.  And Percival knew of Jug’s power because he sensed it.  Jughead can’t use his mind reading telepathy against him (or so it appears). 

Now let’s get to the good stuff.  Remember my reference to Stephen King.  It has been nagging me for three weeks about where did Percival come from until Sunday night.  I mentioned in my recap the King television mini-series, “Storm of the Century (written by King for television in 1999).”  I didn’t mean to watch it but got roped in and remember it to this day.  In that King story, a mysterious man, Linoge, appears suddenly in the island town off Maine’s coast during a blizzard.  The town is cut-off from the mainland, without help, phones or supplies.  The mystery man keeps saying: “Give me what I want and I’ll leave.”  In the meantime, the storm rages and people start dying by suicide.  The man plants the idea in people’s minds to kill themselves.  He also knows their sins.  All he wants is a young child he can raise to be like himself.  Once he gets said child, he will leave.   Long story short – the town draws lots, it falls to the good guy (sheriff) to lose his son, the man takes the son and leaves town.  Years later, the hero sees his teen son in another city.  His son has become like the old man he is with complete with a fanged tongue.

Now, I’m not saying Toni’s son, Anthony, is the one that Percival wants, and Lady Llorna will be back.  Frankly, for some reason, Percival wants Archie dead.  I’m not saying he doesn’t want to destroy the town.  Remember the season’s promo had all but Pop Tates’ on fire.  And if Cheryl is back to being Cheryl (not Abigail), I’m not saying Percival will win.  What I’m saying is that the comparison is there.  Add to it, Randall Flagg of “The Stand” and you have a foe beyond belief.

I offer kudos to Riverdale for doing this and offer my congratulations.  This is what I had expected from the show – characters — I care about, that I can laugh at, that I can pull for to win.  Percival will try his best to destroy the town.  In the end, will Percival win or did the trio get their superpowers to destroy Percival?  We’ll have to wait and see.

Riverdale:  Serpent Queen Versus the Devil?

Riverdale – what have we become?  We have Archie (can’t be hurt), Betty (vision problems) and Jughead (telepathy) against the one and only Percival.  Now, all we know about Percival (so far) is that he is a creep and can manipulate people’s thoughts. All that may change tonight as his new victim is apparently Toni.  When you mess with Toni, you mess with Cheryl (who’s a witch)!  Are the forces of good and evil being defined?  Will Percival continue to brainwash?  Can his mind control work against Veronica, Reggie, Toni and Cheryl?  Never mind Kevin!  We know that one and he’s in the category of brain dead with Alice.

Now this brings me to an interesting plot point.  Remember that ever since Percival was introduced, I have called him Satan.  In the episode, Mr. Cypher, who was the one who seemed to be under “Satan’s” control the most?  That’s right – Kevin Kline.  I have to wonder if they’re setting this character up to leave (for New York) or die?  And while I’m comparing new to the Rivervale series, I hope you all saw that Sabrina will be returning to the show and this time in Riverdale.  I honestly can’t wait to see what they do with this.

Percival and the Town

Tonight opens with Archie coming home to find Percival there talking to Frank.  Now Percival got Frank in his corner.  Percival is doing a census and to meet his neighbors.  Percival wants to interview Archie who isn’t having it.  When Archie asks Percival to leave, Frank is upset because Percival has some wonderful ideas.  Mark another convert in Frank.  (And I thought the organ donor cult leader was bad!)

At the Council meeting, Percival is talking about the census and moves to rid the town of the gang problem.  Toni tells the council that a ceasefire is being discussed.  Tabita reminds Percival (the evil one) that Toni is one the Council and that the next item on the agenda needs to be addressed.  Fangs and Toni are talking about Percival’s ambush when brain dead Kevin arrives with the baby.   He doesn’t want the baby in a “gang culture.”

After a drive-by shooting at Pop Tate’s, Alice calls an emergency meeting at the Council (without Archie, Jughead or Betty knowing) and forgets to invite Toni.  Why?  Because Toni is the reason for the meeting.  Percival wants her expelled.   Tabita has clued Toni in and she shows up.  We don’t get to see the vote but she’s out by an unanimous vote.  Wait!  How can that happen.  Did she vote herself out.

Later at Toni and Fang’s apartment, they discuss turning the Serpents/Ghoulies into a group like the Black Panthers but Fangs don’t think it would work.  Unfortunately, a raid is carried out on a warrant of  weapons.  Guess what!  They find them and the baby is given to Kevin.  Later, the baby is back with Toni but stolen from the crib by the Ghoulies.  With Betty leading the FBI, they try to find the baby.  Twyla calls Toni.  The only way that Toni can get the baby back is if the Serpents and Ghoulies battle to the death.  Unfortunately, someone (Percival of course) has told the law.  Kevin slips up in talking to a deputy at Pop’s and spills the beans about a turkey shot.  Tabita gets details and calls Toni but it’s too late.  Sheriff Kline and Percival (with guns) arrive.  Percival looks like he wants to shot Toni.  (Wait for it!  He’s vicious and has no conscience.)

At the jail, Toni learns from Percival that her bail has been posted by Tabita.  They raided the Ghoulies hideout and found the baby.  Only one Ghoulie survived – Twyla.  (Oh, boy what this could cause if she joined forces with the gang.)  The baby is with Kevin.

When Toni is reunited with baby Anthony, Kevin tells her that he’s applying for custody of the baby.  He’s not safe with Toni.  She asks him not to but he’s under Percival’s spell and listening nearby.  Oh, Percival.  There’s one more who won’t by under your control.  (Now how are they going to tie this to Lady Llorna?)

Cheryl (or Abigail) and Her Murderous Plot

We see Cheryl tonight visiting graves but I’m honestly not sure which one it is.  From actions and clothes, I’d say Abigail is back but won’t say anything else yet.  When Britta suggests going home, Cheryl lets drop that she’s going to free Toni to be with her by setting something up to get rid of Fangs.  (The drive-by mentioned above at Pop Tates’.  I thought that was Cheryl and not Twyla!  As we learn, this takes Fangs out and sets something bigger in motion which Cheryl didn’t count on.)  She’snot forgetting the others though and has a special plan for them.

After an impromtu visit from the super three about the Percival census, Cheryl arrives with a basket of treats at the high school.  She has scones for Archie, Jughead and Betty.  After delivering to Archie and Jug, she goes to Betty who with her special vision sees evil.  Betty knows what is up and asks Cheryl if she’s trying to poison her.  Betty goes and both Archie and Jughead have eaten their scone.  She has them meet her in the bathroom and has them drink water and salt.  They throw up the poison.

At the Blossom’s, Cheryl is upset that they survived the deadly scones.  She does visit Toni the next day to talk about her problems.  Cheryl brings a gift, a bouquet of roses, and Toni pricks her finger.  Cheryl wipes the blood on a handkerchief.  Now what does she plan to do with that?  (A spell of course but when.)  But Toni spills the beans that Twyla and the Ghoulies want Archie dead.  That night, Cheryl ambushes Archie and tries to set him on fire (remember Cheryl is clueless about his power).

Archie survives (of course) and calls Betty.  She and Jughead go to meet Archie at his house.  Later, Jughead drops by the Blossom’s and Britta answers the door.  Britta is scared and tells Jughead that Cheryl can’t come to the door.  He quietly tells her that he can read her thoughts and tell him that way.  Britta lets it fly – everything that is going on.  Jughead reports in and Betty goes crying to Cheryl (her cousin remember) that Archie is dead.  Twyla torched him.  When Cheryl turns away, Betty chloroforms her.  Cheryl awakens to find herself tied to the stake.  It was Abigail all episode long.   Britta, Nana (holding a doll), Betty, Jughead, and Archie are standing at the bottom of the pile of wood.  They are going to get rid of Abigail and let Cheryl return.  Archie lights the embers, and the group starts chanting.  Abigail screams and suddenly, the doll in Nana’s arms start to twitch.  Abigail is in the doll.  Later, at the house, Nana, Britta and Cheryl put the doll in a glass cabinet and light candles.  Cheryl lights an extra one that must burn at all times. So, the question is:  Who is in the doll:  Cheryl or Abigail?  Will this be why Sabrina comes?

The Super Trio

Since the Cheryl debacle is tied to the threesome, let’s deal with them, shall we.  The three compare notes and Betty asks:  What does Percival want with Riverdale. Duh, Betty!  Control.  Jughead wants to beat him up but Archie says that wouldn’t work since he has Alice, Frank and Mr. Kline (Tom) under his control.  They decide to see what he is asking the town, so they talk to their friends.  Cheryl was too busy to meet.  They learn from Ronnie that while she hasn’t talked to him recently with the census, she did learn from her contacts that he didn’t exist before arriving in Riverdale.  Archie wonders how he can control so many minds.  Well, Archie, Percival buries thoughts in their brain that they don’t know he has planted?  In the end, they’re left with questions when Betty gets a call from the morgue (see notes at the end).

Ronnie and Reggie

Reggie enters Ron’s office and wants her to allow his dad to gamble.  We learn later that Mr. Mantle only has one or two years to live as he needs a transplant but probably won’t be able to get one.  Reggie is trying to make his father’s last days happy.

Let’s just say that Mr. Mantle has rotten luck.  Ronnie kindly asks him to step away from the tables, but Mr. Mantle wants to play more and asks for $5,000 loan.  She wouldn’t allow that.  Mr. Mantle leaves and meets up with the ‘three wise guys’ (not to be confused with the Christmas story) to do some private gambling.  He starts losing and loses the car lot.  Reggie is upset when he finds out and Mr. Mantle wants Reggie to get some money from Ronnie to pay off the threesome.  Oh, and Reggie won’t admit to anyone that his father has a problem.

Reggie meets with the men and they won’t sale.  They plan to expand their business.  Reggie offers them a cover using the car lot for their nefarious business.  Reggie says they need to keep the car lot looking legit and offers to work for them.  Later he tells Ronnie that his dad won’t be back to the casino.  At the car lot, Reggie watches his father happily play poker.  And the next victim will be Reggie and Ronnie (Percival won’t allow the casino to stay open).

And the Problems Continue  . . .

. . . As Alice and the town elect Percival Pickens to the Council unanimously.  (This is turning into a Stephen King novel like “Storm of the Century”).

. . . Betty finds out in her FBI capacity that there is something funny about the Ghoulies death.  They weren’t killed by the deputies but turned their guns on themselves (and only Twyla escaped remember).  Will Twyla join forces with the gang.  Percival wanted Toni and her gang dead by the same method but Toni spoilt his wish.

… Archie realizes that Percival wants to destroy the town.  Hmm!  Remember in Rivervale where Satan want the town for his purposes and the only safe place was Pop Tate’s??

Next week:

A boxing match occurs (between Archie and Percival, I think).   I’m not sure about the rest but I think it for the life of Riverdale.

Riverdale  — Riverdale — The Worse Town? Really? 4/3/22

Tonight, isn’t April Fool’s Day on Riverdale.  We’ve been through some strange things this season (and is Hiram really dead or giving Mark Consuelos a break?).  We have a meet the Devil in Rivervale but I ask the following question:  Is Percival Pickens the new devil for this reincarnation of Riverdale.  While I really don’t think we’ll find out tonight, he has all the makings of being the Devil.  And why make Riverdale the worst town  (what would his ancestor say? 

The Newspaper’s Lead – The Town Is Bad

As we open the show, Jughead is washing dishes while Tabita reads the paper.   (By the way, his hearing comes and goes.  Does that mean Betty’s and Archie’s powers come and go.)  She is worried about his article which he published anonymously to protect them.  The title of the piece was “Riverdale:  The Worst Town in America.”  Jughead (anonymous) doesn’t hide the truth about all the dirt in Riverdale’s history.  Of course, Percival liked it.  Archie, of course recognizes the style and goes off on Riverdale.  Alice and Frank are calling a meeting and tells Jughead to be there.

At the meeting, the town is the top topic of discussion is Sketch (Skid) Alley.  Alice sees it as a major problem along with Ronnie’s casino. She suggests turning the casino into a family friendly place complete with arcade for the kiddies.  Alice doesn’t agree as she sees the Lodge family as being one of the major problems in the town.  Archie makes the suggestion of small homes.  It would cost about $25,000 for each home in material but labor would be free. (So I combined some meetings.  There were too many throughout the show.) Archie also wonders why why the author didn’t give any suggestions and guess who claims to have written the article?  That’s right – Mr. Good-Guy Percival.  Percival thinks that the first objective should be to bus the Sketch Alley crowd out of town.  Archie says Riverdale has always taken care of his own.  Jughead sees this as a battle for Riverdale’s soul (I think in more ways than one.)  Good new folks!  Jughead is back as narrator.  More on his hearing later.

Jughead is upset about closing Sketch Alley.  The people there has helped him when Jug needed it most.  He and Archie discuss building small homes for the people to get them off the street.  Archie agrees that the idea is good and they start making plans.  Archie turns to Toni and Tabita for financial support.  They both agree and Archie’s first two buildings will be Pop Tate’s and White Wrym. 

Archie, Jughead and a crew of workers show up at Sketch Alley to tell the people what is going on.  Jughead talks to his friend and all (residents and crew get to work).  As the houses are built, Jughead friend (Doc, I believe) attacks Kevin.  Kevin goes to the hospital and Percival uses this as a reason to close down operations but two buildings have already been finished and installed at Pop Tate’s. 

Later, as Archie talks to Toni and Tabita, Alice is on the news complaining about the attack (Percival has gotten to her folks).  Archie is ready to stop but Toni and Tabita tell him to bring the houses on and display them at Pop’s.  After they are set up, one gets graffiti paint and Tabita calls Archie.  He’s got his powers back as he slams his fist into his truck with no injury.

The next day, Archie goes to take the houses down.  He finds Jughead, Tabita, Toni and Fred painting the building.   Jughead has something to tell Archie about Percival (check the Percival section for this) when who should appear (as if by magic) but Percival.  He’s been to Sketch Alley and paid all of them to leave town.  The gang (minus Percival) go to the empty alley.

At the last town meeting of the night, the people are happy that Percival solved one problem.  They cheer and Percival gives Tom Keller credit and tells everyone that law is back with Tom and Kevin working the streets.  Of the City Board, only Alice seems happy.  Jughead looks at Archie and says they must talk later.  After the meeting, Ronnie tries to talk to Alice about her plan.  Alice has really been brainwashed as she tells Ronnie that Ronnie’s Lodge name is a problem to the town.  If she takes a backseat, they will let the casino stay.  Otherwise, Alice and the town (read Percival) will get it closed down and not give it any support.

Abigail or Is It Cheryl?

Britta talks to Nana about seeing Cheryl in the mirror.  Nana tells Britta that Cheryl is in some sort of outer limits jail (Phantom Zone per Superman?).  Nana tells her they must get word to Cheryl but it can only be done while Cheryl is in a deep sleep and Britta, also asleep, can enter her dreams.  If Britta can warn Cheryl before she awakens, there is a chance.  One danger exist.  Abigail can’t awaken first. 

Britta gives Abigail some drugged tea and also drinks a glass (setting an alarm clock first).  In the dreamscape (sleep universe) Britta sees Cheryl with her mother and Jason talking about their birthday party as children.  Britta awakens and tries again.  The second dream is of the birthday party where Cheryl is being punished while Jason is celebrated.  She’ll get no birthday gifts and Britta calls Penelope (looking like the 1950s incarnation of Abigail) out to which she’s told to leave.  The third dream finds Penelope making Cheryl and Jason clean the floor with toothbrushes.  Is Penelope this evil?  She’s a cross between Mommy Dearest (Joan Crawford) and Mrs. Hannigan (Annie). 

With this evidence, Britta returns to Nana for advice.  Britta needs to use a new technique to get the message to Cheryl.  Nana offers encouragement and Britta decides to take a note to the dreamscape.  She falls asleep and finds Cheryl this time with white hair.  Her mother has cut it.  Penelope finds Britta and throw her out but Britta has dropped the note.  As Penelope confronts Britta who calls her fiction, Cheryl reads the note.  With Britta gone, Penelope turns to Cheryl who is the one we know.  Cheryl wins the battle and returns the next day to herself.  She wakes Britta and tells her they must banish Penelope from Cheryl’s dreams forever to get rid of Abigail and they a seance must be held.

The Casino

Ronnie and Reggie talk and Ronnie wants to make the casino legit and rehab her family name.  Reggie says it will be expensive but agrees to the scheme.  All seems to be going well until Reggie reports to Ronnie that there is a dead customer in a private room.  Ronnie calls in the bodyguard to help and asks him to find out about Percival.  The body is taken to New Jersey for disposal and he starts tracking Percival.

Reggie has new information.  While the man had lost a bundle, he was winning that night.  He was up by $25,000 and then Percival arrives and whispers in his ear.  The bodyguard comes in and he has taken care of the body and done some research  on Percival.  There is no paper trail.  The man never existed until he arrived in Riverdale.  (See, I told you he was Satan.)   Ronnie asks him to help reestablish the casino and help it start making money.  They’re going to need it for the battle that is going to brew over its existence.  Hiram isn’t forgotten as his picture will inspire them with the Lodge name.

Percival and His Talent

Percival seems to have a talent for changing people’s mind.  He talks to Alice and gets her on his side echoing his every thought.  He talks to Archie but surprisingly  makes no headway (either Archie is very stupid of his power comes into play).  He talks to Kevin and Tom Keller and gets them on his side. 

Jughead is questioning what happened with Doc.  He goes to the prison and visits.  The last thing his friend remembers is meeting an English gentleman (Percival) and getting the idea to hit Kevin in the head.  Jughead decides to visit Percival on the pretense of doing a story.  Suddenly, Jughead’s hearing gets distorted.  He’s hearing what Percival says but also a hidden message that Percival is relaying trying to convince Jughead otherwise.  Suddenly Percival speaks to Jughead by using telepath powers.  He tells Jughead to get out of his head.  So, now we know that Jughead has a superpower after all.  Jughead later tells Archie they need to talk, and the gang needs to meet.

The Powers and What We Know

Betty returns home to Archie’s and is bothered by the light.  It triggers migraines and is a side effect of her power. 

Archie’s is back but impacted by palladium.

Jughead can sense hidden conversations that others do not hear.

Ronnie knows he didn’t exist before coming to Riverdale.

Percival can communicate by telepathy.  Can he only cause weak minds to hear.  And why does he have a crime board like Betty uses and seems to have put a target on Archie.  Could he be the Trash Can Killer in addition to Satan.

Next week:  Jughead and others want to hurt Percival.  Cheryl is now in the mix.  Percival seems to be the one behind all the evil and has plans for all the gang in addition to Cheryl.