The best thing Contact has going for it is the fact that it reminds us that Emily can actually kick some ass. The gal’s warrior qualities have been neutered for far too long; wasn’t her training one of season one’s selling points? All she’s been doing lately is plot in the shadows (ineffectively I might add). Thus, it was extremely satisfying to see her actually beat up some thugs culminating with the reveal that she had kidnapped (and is ready to gleefully torture) one of David’s attackers. Top that off with the fact that she lied to Nolan about her intentions, and we’re getting somewhere slightly intriguing. Baby steps people.
For the second week in a row, I find myself rooting for Emily and Daniel. I have no idea if the writers plan on ever putting these two back together, but it’s a hopeful thought. God knows they’ve caused each other enough pain, but if they can finally be honest with each other after all the hurt and deceit, well that’s actually quite refreshing. And the fact that he’s the one who kind of inspires her to keep on fighting? Well that’s just glorious. Sadly, the writers are far too in love with Emily’s boring childhood love Jack, so I guess that’s just wishful thinking on my part. Oh well…
Just because this is Revenge and useless new characters are the norm, this week we had to suffer through the painful introduction of a new FBI agent called Kate. The fact that the writers are trying to create some love sparks between her and Jack is even worse, and it again makes me question their motives and the fact that they still haven’t learned anything from the show’s previous missteps. The less said about Ben’s pathetic career aspirations and drunken blowouts, the better.
Finally, I still think Emily and David’s storyline is being handled in a messy manner. Instead of explaining everything in one clear conversation, Emily keeps dropping riddles about what she did in small doses before walking off. It just doesn’t feel natural, and it doesn’t help that Clarke’s performance is even more awkward. The one saving grace? There’s another big bad on the horizon who apparently has David quite afraid. Hmm…
– Emily training again: yay. I almost forgot she had skills.
– Louise continues to be a highlight. I laughed when she brought flowers to the hospital and had another psycho conversation with her dead mom (who urged her to get pregnant). What a cartoon.
– Louise’s shower plot with Danny? Hilariously amusing.
– At least Margaux is getting proactive and asking Nolan to find out about Louise’s past. Pairing the editor with Nolan is a smart move that might finally make her interesting.
– How did the hospital staff fall for Vicky unhooking the wire? What kind of stupid establishment is this?
– Nolan accidentally seeing the photoshopped pics on Louise’s iPad? Terribly contrived.
– Excellent performance by Josh Bowman as Daniel visits his mother in the hospital room. He manages to make the man who shot Emily actually sympathetic and that’s no small feat.
Nolan: How did you find me?
Jack: You tweeted a photo of this view with the hashtag “never leaving.”
Nolan: I never got any of your calls. That brag-tag of the view was my phone’s last act before committing cell-icide.
Daniel: Ah, you always did try to save me from her.
Emily: And you just kept crawling back.
Daniel: Oh, says the girl obsessed with her.
Daniel: Oh, so that’s it, is it? One fight with Dad and you’re giving up? Okay. Well, glad to know the hell you put me through was for nothing.
Daniel: So thanks. Thanks, Mom. Thanks. Thanks for being a cautionary tale…one that I won’t dare let happen to me.
No Rest For The Wicked by Lykke Li
Some bright spots made Contact better than the last few episodes. But Revenge, you can still do better.