I’m really over Revenge. How could a show that was so brilliant in its debut year, turn so disappointing in its second? Maybe the recent news that the show’s creator (Mike Kelley) is departing at the end of the season and handing the reigns over to another show-runner is a blessing in disguise. Kelly obviously didn’t know how to take the show forward this year, and it’s time for someone else to step in and salvage this shipwreck.
A big issue I’ve been having with Revenge lately is that it takes itself way too seriously. When you have characters called “The Falcon” and organizations called “The Initiative”, you need to have a sense of humor about it. You can’t have characters running around in very relatable settings talking so casually about laughably-named hackers or wannabe-Alias corporations. A bit of humor every now and then would do wonders for Revenge, and I’m pretty sure it used to be much more self-aware than it is now. Or did it just get too insane and convoluted this year?
I was really hating this episode until Daniel’s interview. The show took an intriguing turn when Emily stated it would be an “honor” to join the Grayson family. This was followed by Victoria’s fantastic humiliation on live TV as she admitted to the birth of her long-lost son. We rarely see Victoria this vulnerable so it was an excellent moment to be sure. She also got a superb moment at the end as she practically begged Nolan to help her find her son. This could be awesome.
The return of Takeda (finally) should have a lot of potential going forward. The guy is now obviously being painted as a purely sinister presence, as he tried to convince Aiden that Emily was NOT on a destructive path. Tsk tsk tsk. What’s this guy’s endgame? To ensure his students cause carnage wherever they go? I hope they involve him more going forward.
The episode’s ending was suitably dark with Aiden slipping Daniel’s ring on Emily’s finger and surprisingly urging her to “marry the son of the bitch” and take down the Graysons once and for all. These two’s dynamic was one of this year’s few highlights, and I wonder if he’ll survive this year’s finale (which better be a bloodbath).
Weirdly enough, I feel like the finale is going to be spectacular. It’s been a clunky year, but I somehow feel like everything is going to come together. Or is that just the optimist in me talking?
– Revenge really needs to get over Emily’s silly voiceovers. They’re painfully forced and melodramatic. Seriously have they ever been insightful in the slightest? She makes Meredith Grey sound like a Nobel scholar.
– I admittedly enjoyed the brief flashbacks of a young Victoria receiving a scholarship to Paris as she pretended to be Patrick’s “nanny”.
– Who else can’t wait for Emily to beat the crap out of Ashley? I started fantasizing about that moment the second Emily ran into that cretin at Jack’s.
– Priceless moment: the cartoon of Nolan shooting a falcon dead with a bow and arrow.
– This show will never learn that Charlotte (and Declan) are completely useless. Who seriously cares about little Miss Grayson indulging in her bad girl ways yet again and kissing a girl for the paparazzi? Is this Gossip Girl?
– Nolan and Falcon playing Street Fighter and rattling on about their feelings was a terrible (and awkward) scene.
– So what’s Connie doing with the Governor’s wife? Will Ashley die trying to find out?
– Jack doesn’t want Emily to be Carl’s godmother anymore. I could care less.
– Very sweet moment with Nolan digitally red-crossing Edith off Emily’s hitlist. I’m glad she gave him that opportunity.
Victoria: The cavalier way that you exploit my personal pain is appalling.
Conrad: Well if you’ve been suffering with your choices all these years, I’m only happy I was able to provide you with a comfortable place in which to agonize in style.
Charlotte: I’ve been busy.
Victoria: Punching classmates in the face?
Charlotte: Would you have approved if I slapped her instead?
Aiden: Emily needs me.
Takeda: Emily needs revenge.
Conrad: (to Victoria) I’ll leave you to your demons.
Much like the rest of the year, this was a clumsy and cringeworthy hour of Revenge with a couple of great moments in between.