It boggles my mind how just a few short episodes ago, Revenge was on fire. Because this… this was just horrible. Blood genuinely made me question my love for the show with its filler subplots and boring developments.
This can not be overstated: Revenge NEEDS a new status quo. Let Emily finally (and successfully) exact her tediously drawn-out mission, and perhaps give Victoria a revenge plot of her own next season. If that’s too much to ask, let us simply bask in the aftermath of Emily’s warpath of destruction (should the show get that undeserved fourth season). It feels like we’ve been running around in circles for three seasons now with Emily’s empty threats and Vicky’s repetitive barbs. Where’s the momentum? Where’s the urgency? Because this ship ran out of steam a long time ago, and all we’ve got is a whole lot of nothing.
The writers tried to make us care about Aiden this week. Unfortunately, their attempts were far from successful. Disregarding the fact that Emily and Aiden hopped back and forth from London at the speed of light, the introduction of Aiden’s mother simply wasn’t engrossing. In addition, the revelation that Aiden was the one to discover his father’s dead body fell flat on its face. It’s a pity but I seem to have lost all attachment to Aiden (not that he was ever such a much-dimensional player in the grand scheme of things). Had ABC ordered a 12-episode season instead of a 22 hour one, we probably could have avoided this pointless and tremendously unnecessary subplot.
The less said about Pascal the better; he’s an absolute waste of airtime. In fact, so is Margaux, and Conrad’s recent machinations at Voulez. Why should I care about any of these characters and their useless motivations? 90% of Revenge has sadly become an utter chore to watch. As for the infamous Oscar Chapman, do we really need yet ANOTHER mysterious figure who might be linked to someone who knows something about the conspiracy? Good lord this needs to stop.
And finally, no more Stevie? Really? Gail O’ Grady was the best thing to happen to this show in ages, and the writers went on ahead and wrote her out? Do they WANT this season to fail? Couldn’t they have subverted expectations and had her not succumb to her addiction? Ugh. This show.
– Victoria sharing so many happy moments with Pascal made me uncomfortable.
– Did anyone else laugh at Pascal’s pronunciation of the word “awkwardness”? No? Just me then…
– Well, at least Emily and Aiden are back together again. You know that can only mean one thing; Mr. Revenger is gonna get offed soon.
– If you needed any more proof that this was a terribly-executed episode, look no further than Mason using the broken mirror in his cell. Seriously, what prison would allow an inmate to own such a hazardous item? Do the writers think we’re imbeciles?
– So Mason came back. And Emily fake-killed him with face cream (yep you read that right), before shipping him off to an undisclosed location until it’s time for him to go public with her story. I guess that was a moderately intriguing development (Don’t judge me, I’m grading on a curve here).
– Victoria used to be a likeable villain, but dropping off the bottle at Stevie’s? Not okay.
– Charlotte and Javier: two charisma-vacuums the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Dump them both off a cliff. Now.
Victoria: You look well Mason.
Mason: And you still lie, elegantly.
A dreadfully dull hour of Revenge and one of the show’s worst episodes ever. I think it’s time for ABC to fire the show’s writing staff and give Revenge an end date (a la Lost). Otherwise, by the time the finale comes along, no one will give a damn about Emily’s saga coming to an end.