Saturday, August 4, 2012
Revenge is Bittersweet
Letting go is not in the vocabulary of Revenge's Emily Thorne, played with crocodile stares and icy looks by Everwood's Emily VanCamp. As a child, Amanda Clark witnessed her father David Clark be wrongly accused of a heinous crime and imprisoned to protect the untouchable and elite Grayson family. Her father ultimately dies in prison, leaving her with the drive and ambition to avenge his death by taking down everyone who put him in prison, including of course, the entire Grayson clan.
Taking on a false identify and planting herself into the role of "Emily Thorne," a wealthy social climber of the Hamptons who sets her sights on the heir to the Grayson fortune, Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman), Emily is a master liar. Revenge comes as a cost though. Emily/Amanda sacrifices a fresh start with her childhood friend Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) for the chance to take justice into her own hands.
The pilot episode is masterful and should be an example to all shows trying to attract an audience. It sets up the story with equal parts suspense and emotion, and introduces the audience to the "villain" Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), the scheming matriarch of the Grayson empire. The season was not always as engrossing as the pilot, but it still made for great television. In the new season, it would do for some of the less important and frustrating characters (I'm looking at you Charlotte Grayson) to have less screen time. All in all, I will certainly be tuning in to watch Emily plot revenge, even if the only person she ever really ruins is herself. That is the beauty of the show. What makes it interesting prevents its main character's happiness. Revenge is a true life lesson in the midst of all the fun drama. Revenge is not so sweet after all, but the lush show certainly is.