Revenge: Season 1
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Beneath the luxurious lifestyle of the Hamptons lie a dark, dirty secret and a twisted tale of passion, suspense and ultimate redemption. Enter the alluring world of the rich and ruthless with ABC's REVENGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. Wealth, beauty and power define the residents of New York's most exclusive community, but one woman will stop at nothing to exact revenge from those who ruined her father's life. Witness Emily Thorne's (Emily VanCamp) brilliantly vindictive plot against Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), the reigning queen of the Hamptons, and all who destroyed her family. However, even the best-laid plans can unravel in the wake of an unexpected love triangle between Emily, the son of her greatest nemesis and a forgotten face from her past. Experience all 22 episodes of ABC's sensational new series, plus exclusive bonus features that draw you deeper into the mystery. It's riveting entertainment that holds you in its grasp from the very first thrilling episode to the season's final climactic moment!
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I stumbled on "Revenge," bought the pilot, and got hooked - came back and bought the rest.
NOTE: For the two village idiots who gave this one star because it's not on DVD...hello -- it's still in its first season, and still airing. Of course it's not on DVD yet.
There's no great plot description in the existing reviews, so here's my attempt to be succinct yet clear without any spoilers.
The main character, Amanda Clarke (played by Emily VanCamp) returns to her childhood home in the Hamptons -- under an assumed identity, Emily Thorne -- to systematically exact revenge on every individual who was involved in framing her father for a capital crime he didn't commit. At the center of the deceit is the Grayson family, with Madeleine Stowe as the sexy yet formidable matriarch Victoria. At the "heart" of it, there are two love interests in Emily's life: Jack Porter, the boy who never forgot her (played by Nick Wechsler) and Victoria's son Daniel (played by Joshua Bowman) who is the apple of his mother's eye. And there's the scheming sidekick, Nolan Ross (played by Gabriel Mann) who has deep ties to her father. Treachery runs as deep as the secrets, love and sex are endlessly complicated, interesting new characters and plotlines are frequently introduced, and the surprises abound --- so odds are you'll get sucked into the maelstrom and become a happy addict.
I think the show might be a bit confusing -- or at least would be far less enjoyable -- if you tune in mid-season. There really are a lot of plot twists and turns and reveals, so I'd recommend watching the show from the beginning for maximum enjoyment.
(And yes, the premise of the show is very loosely based on Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo -- with a gender twist/female lead.) Enjoy!
This show works for me because Emily is so darn smart, cunning, focused and she lets nothing stand in her way although I wouldn't call her completely cold and calculating. She does have a heart even if she has a hard time showing it. Although the show is deemed a drama, there is many comedic moments provided by Nolan (Emily's partner in crime and billionaire). Of course what show like Revenge could prosper without villains, in this case Victoria and Conrad Grayson to start of with. I must admit that I have never seen a couple who double cross each other as much as they change their underwear. LOL. You will find it easy to hate Victoria as she is to me the biggest villain of them all (watch the show and you'll know what I mean). After the first few episodes, I wanted to slap the smirk off her face. Now you know it is a great show when a character can evoke that much emotion.
Of course what show would work without a love triangle. There is Daniel Grayson (privileged son of the Graysons-spoiled brat at times) and Jack Porter (Amanda's best friend before tragedy struck) now owner of the local bar. They are both so cute but of course there is no contest. Just like in the Twilight series (Team Edward vs Team Jacob), I'm on Team Jacob and so it is with Revenge. If there was a Team Daniel vs Team Jack, I would pick Jack all the way. A good heart goes a whole lot further than a fat wallet.
Of course there are many side plots but what is great about this show is how everytime you think you know how "low" the Graysons will sink (and they have sank lower than the Titanic) in order to save their good name, they will go and do something equally obnoxious and always spin things back to their advantage.
Don't bet on the Graysons though, Emily is a very resourceful girl and has a knack of getting herself out of trouble with the help of a few but namely Nolan (love him). I watch this show because it is by far the most engrossing show on TV and I want to see how far the Grayson conspiracy goes and what Emily will do to exact revenge for her loved ones. I must admit I don't advocate revenge but In Emily's situation, I think I might have done the same.
Season Two just started and oh boy,,,,,I won't spoil the surprise only to say that there are plenty of surprises ahead (no pun intended).
Please feel free to comment on my review and or the show.
Emily Van Camp has shown us a very Bruce Wayne / Bat-Man portrayal of the Socialite with a damaged past as well as the Operative who likes to contingency plan all her moves for the Deep Strike while maintaing the adaptability to accept reversals and use them to further her own ends. I didn't expect that but she has shown me she can act both sides of that situation.
Victoria as a charactor is somewhat murkier in that she says she loves a man and actively connives against him. I find her behavior weaker than Emily/Amanda but c'est la guerre.
I believe it is possible that no one died on that plane. We shall see but it sounds like the kind of mis-direct a Revenge story is famous for doing.
Daniel & Ashley are going to hook up and shatter apart at least once.
I hope Declan stands strong against the emotional blackmail from Charlotte but he may break down as he is very young and a decent sort himself.
Jack & Amanda/Emily are going to blowup at or around the time of birth if she doesn't miscarry but she is so unstable that there is just no way she will be carrying Jack's kid, IMO.
Amerikon Initiative is going to be watching Nolan and we know how that is going to turn out...
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All In all, I will watch season 2 and hope tha it continues to walk the line and not sucumb to soap opera melodrama.