**** Revenge airs on the local ABC affiliate which is 6 WSYX ABC and can be found on channel 6. For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ****
One of the shows that looked like it could be interesting was ABC’s Revenge. Revenge is about a young woman named Emily (Emily VanCamp) who is welcomed into a community filled with people who don’t know she’s only there to exact revenge on those who had destroyed her family. The seemingly deceptive leader of this group of rich and elite is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) and her husband Conrad (Henry Czerny), and the bane of Emily’s revenge plot.
While I enjoyed Revenge I’d be amiss to say that there were more than a few flaws that normal tv-viewers might not be able to forgive. For me, the idea that we start off the show with a present day then flashback is not great, but it’s not horrible either, but it’s what we see in these moments during the present that frankly make it a bit more nerve-wracking. The show starts with a cute little diatribe on revenge, and how it may not be as good as it sounds, and we realize that Emily is getting married to Victoria’s son Daniel (Joshua Bowman) who is missing. It’s when we realize that this sordid tale of revenge takes place in the Hampton’s, so naturally we’re cutting a man on a beach, walking out of the water in a tux, then getting shot. We see a man who we later learn is Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) searching his body. Oddly enough, Jack’s brother Declan (Connor Paolo) is on the beach to get frisky with his woman, and they spot ‘a figure crashing the party’. When Declan cries for help at a dead body, the parents both begin to cry in agony, as Emily begins to realize maybe Revenge isn’t a good dish to serve at an engagement party.
This cuts to a few months before, when Emily is moving into her old family home and begins her descent into manipulating everyone around her. I won’t go into the details, as Emily gets a bit cruel in sabotaging Conrad’s affair with Victoria’s best friend, who they all are part of the group that framed Emily’s father. While it’s not exactly clear what her father did, even showing another flashback within the flashback, whatever it was, it was a large group frame-up. And Emily is quick to destroy these people as we see, so it’s nice to see a heroine who is bold and ready to go down the path we all know she probably shouldn’t go down, but want her to anyway.
Yet the show’s concept is that of it’s a mystery of what did the dad do, what did they do, what is their part in the conspiracy against her dad, and further more, the mystery of, how far will Emily go to succeed and will she? Why do we need to add it on further that Emily is regretful of her revenge scheme, and that her fiancé is then found murdered on a beach which seems easy to assume is Jack who pulled the trigger. Why cloud up a great premise on the surface with more problematic storytelling when it wasn’t needed? The idea of the show in general sold me on viewing it/DVR-ing it, but it was something that just sort of infuriated me when the show began. Both Revenge and The Playboy Club took an interesting concept and added unneeded content to try to spruce it up when it isn’t that mysterious or exciting. More aggravating was the idea that this show might be best served, pilot-episode wise, on the WB or CW because literally the entire show was scored to sappy pop music that felt out of touch with most of the stuff going on.
But these complaints didn’t stop me from enjoying the show ultimately just minor quibbles, and we’ll see in a few more weeks if Revenge improves or if it’s a dud.
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