I may be in the minority here but I’m not loving this season of Revenge. It’s perfectly entertaining and intriguing, but I’m not finding it as thrilling as it was last year. I’m sure it’s going to blow my mind at some point soon and rock for the rest of the season (I have a lot of faith in Mike Kelly’s writing team) but so far it’s been a slow-burn.
I think my biggest gripe with the show is The Initiative looming over the central mythology. Every time I hear those words I cringe because it’s really not what the show is about. Government conspiracies and shadowy agencies are made for spy shows like Alias but not small-town dramas like Revenge. Yes Emily Thorne is a formidable enough protagonist to go up against a full-blown agency but it just doesn’t feel very organic to me. Maybe when Emily finally meets up with her mother, things will fall into place and I’ll begin to embrace this arc. In the meantime, I’m trying to enjoy the ride but I’m not terribly engrossed by it.
While the Grayson family exploits are becoming increasingly convoluted, and I’m really losing track of who’s working with who and how the White-Haired Man fits into everything, I can’t say I wasn’t entertained by Victoria’s rise from the ashes during that pretty fantastic press conference. It was great watching her reveal the truth regarding Charlotte to the whole world and it was even better watching her call Amanda on stage. They really are torturing us and dragging out Emily revealing the truth regarding her identity so I really hope it happens this season. It will undoubtedly signal a new era for the show.
I will admit that I’m also enjoying Aiden’s addition to the show as Emily’s equal. It was fascinating to uncover that he actually had a relationship with Emily at one point. Here’s hoping they rekindle their romance because he’s infinitely more interesting than Jack (and Daniel is currently busy with charisma-vacuum Ashley).
– Emily knocking out Aiden swiftly with a vase was a badass moment.
– Is there anyone on earth who enjoys the Ashley character? Seriously if you’re out there, I’d like to know.
– So Declan’s robbing homes now? Fascinating… not.
– Loved Aiden finding himself in the dumpster with a Sky Japan plane ticket. Ems sure has a sense of humor.
– I really don’t see the point of Padma on the show. As far as I’m concerned she can hook up with Declan and disappear for good.
– White-Haired Man and Emily’s mom were a couple? That’s not creepy at all.
Daniel: (To Victoria) You’re going public?
Conrad: She’s going nuclear.
Nolan: (To Emily) I love it when you’re bossy. It means something hot’s going to happen.
Conrad: Someone please pass the pain de mie.
Daniel: It’s toast.
An effective hour but not up to the mind-blowing standards of season one.