My faith in Revenge has finally been restored after a rocky start. I really wasn’t loving the first half of this episode but the it looks like the writers finally know what they’re doing.
Actually, the real shift in the hour happened when Victoria revealed to Amanda that Kara tried to kill her daughter only for the latter to fall off the ledge. It’s just the kind of soapy moment the show had been missing this year and it really reinvigorated the show. Moreover, it further derailed Emily which was a delight to watch as we’re so used to seeing her in control of everything. Emily VanCamp was phenomenal here as she scattered and attempted to absorb the consequences of her actions particularly Amanda’s fall.
Speaking of the fall, I really loved Amanda getting hospitalized. If the show is smart, it would kill off the character (as she’s served her purpose) and keep the baby which would be a compelling little obstacle for Emily and Jack to eventually overcome. Not that I want Emily to ever settle with Jack as he’s blander than toast.
I have to say that Revenge sometimes feels like the most uneven show on television. I don’t understand why the writers have to force certain characters into every episode when Emily’s quest is far more intriguing. From Declan and Mr. Ryan’s horrible subplot to Nolan’s budding (and boring) romance with Padma, the writers seem to love torturing us with dull plot-lines. I may be in the minority here but I’ve come to realize that I only enjoy a handful of characters on Revenge (Emily, Victoria, Daniel, Conrad and recently Charlotte) while the rest bore me to tears.
Finally, the episode’s highlight for me was the fantastic sequence in which Emily stumbles onto Kara (by Amanda’s side) as she has an extremely disturbing flashback of her mother savagely trying to drown her in the ocean as a child. It’s quite the unsettling development that pushes the season into a horrifying new direction. The ending further strengthens this revelation’s impact by having Emily break down in Aiden’s arms. We’ve rarely seen her this vulnerable and it’s heartbreakingly magnificent.
– Emily having Amanda read her journals to Victoria was deliciously sneaky.
– Emily’s cleavage-y black dress: wow! I don’t think Emily VanCamp has ever looked this good since the show began.
– The mystery woman from The Initiative that Conrad met with didn’t strike me as particularly threatening.
– I could care less about Padma’s family. Groan worthy.
– I did not see Kara tranquilizing Aiden. Guess she’s not as helpless as we were lead to believe. I still wish they cast someone else other than Jennifer Jason Leigh in the role. But I’ll give her some time.
– Amanda bringing her stripper friends to Victoria’s party was definitely amusing. I just wish we got to see more Queen V interacting with them.
– I’m really glad that Daniel isn’t as moronic as he was last year as he figured out Ashely and Conrad’s secret arrangement. Actually he’s one of my favorites this year.
– Adored Emily losing the connection as she tried to eavesdrop on Victoria and Amanda culminating in the fantastic “your mother tried to kill you” reveal and Amanda falling off the ledge.
– So Jack might lose his precious bar? How thrilling.
Conrad: Is that worry I detect in your voice?
Victoria: Yes it is. Worry that will you will screw things up like everything else you lay your reptilian hands on.
Emily: Hi, sorry to interrupt.
Nolan: And here we were not even speaking of the devil.
Victoria: (To Amanda and her strippers) I see that you brought your…. people.
Although still extremely uneven, this was the strongest hour of Revenge so far particularly due to an exceptional second half.