I’ve sort of given up on Revenge.
Of course I’ll never stop watching the show; I’m too invested in Emily’s journey. However, I have given up on Revenge every being more than an amusing diversion. If it can still surprise me from time to time, then that’ll be a pleasant surprise, but I’m through with expecting greatness (and let’s be clear, season one was great in its own special way).
It’s very telling that this episode’s cliffhanger wasn’t a monumental revelation or a jawdropping bombshell, but a declined wedding invite. It was so anticlimactic that it kind of worked in its simplicity. After all the plots Emily pulled off over the course of three seasons, it was almost laughable to see our antiheroine so distraught over Victoria saying she wouldn’t be attending the wedding. Hasn’t Miss Thorne been through worse? (Sense the sarcasm people).
On the bright side, Surrender did a good job of showcasing what it would feel like for Emily right before the most important day of her life (and I’m not talking about her wedding). This was especially evident during Aiden’s fantastic proposal. I know a large portion of Revenge‘s fanbase aren’t fans of this dynamic, but I actually find it quite moving: two lost, vengeful souls finding comfort in one another. In fact, I much prefer Emily with Aiden, then that forced soulmate shtick with the oh-so-pointless Jack Porter. Naturally, the writers will probably kill off Aiden soon but I’ll try to enjoy this while it lasts.
Lydia’s return was undoubtedly amusing, although I expected her to cause more fireworks. While she hilariously threw out Vicky’s clothes (before stealing them), she ultimately ended up crawling back to Conrad (which was remarkably disappointing). Here’s hoping that her stumbling onto Emily’s picture again will cause the necessary fireworks going forward.
– The opening close-up shots of Emily and Daniel during the photoshoot had some gorgeous cinematography.
– Interesting retcon: Vicky struck a deal with Lydia and saved her life by getting her off the plane. Meh, okay.
– Brilliant moment: Emily provoking Lydia so she’d get pushed and expose the pregnancy in front of Victoria.
– The paparazzi sequence was hilariously cheap. At least act surprised Emily.
– The gunshot residue on Vicky’s bracelet was admittedly devious and cool.
– Finally Charlotte realized she should stop meddling. Can she now realize she should leave town?
– I genuinely loved Aiden orchestrating the “warrior” ceremony for “Amanda Clarke”. I can just feel his death approaching.
– Emily and Aiden’s new last names will be Ross. Ha, there’s just no escape from Nolan is there?
– I should care more about Jack and Margaux but I really, really don’t. Kill them both off please.
Lydia: I’ve had handbags bigger than that room. And where’s my per diem?
Margaux: Just call room service.
Lydia: I’m not talking carbs. I’m talking Cartier.
Aiden: What does she want?
Nolan: What every pretty blonde who comes to the Hamptons wants… revenge.
Surrender was certainly better than recent outings but Revenge just isn’t what it used to be. Is it too much to hope for a game-changing and explosive midseason finale next week?