Last night’s episode of Revenge was set 10 years ago, as a self-destructive Emily — then Amanda, learned of her father’s innocence. “Legacy,” although a well meaning entry, felt a little misplaced this late in the season. It had its moments, but were a few scenes enough to make up for the abrupt loss of pace?

Check out our full review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Laneuville
  • Writers: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Ashley Madekwe, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo, James Tupper, Amber Valletta, Max Martini, Roger Bart, Yancey Arias, John Billingsling, Amy Landecker, Matthew Glave, Gena Shaw

Episode Title: “Legacy”

Revenge took a trip back to 2002. Emily was still going by her given name (Amanda Clarke) and full of hatred for her recently deceased father. After reading David’s journals at Nolan’s urging, she finds herself searching the Hamptons for the truth behind her dad’s words. Meanwhile, someone is threatening to reveal the Graysons’ crimes against him. Conrad and Max invite all of their cohorts to the family’s New Year’s Eve party to determine which one to eliminate.

The Good:

  • Mason Treadwell: Always the life of the party, Mason didn’t disappoint. His character is one that, although tethered to the Graysons’ wrongdoings, never hesitates to put the screws to Victoria. In this episode, his brief scene with Dr. Elizabeth Banks was particularly rewarding. His disdain for the family’s egotistical lackeys was the highlight of the night.
  • Double Flashback:The benefit of a flashback episode is the influx of information. Viewers were treated to the beginning of Lydia and Conrad’s affair, as well as the birth of Emily’s desire for vengeance. If that wasn’t enough, Victoria recounted the night (10 years ago) that originally brought David to her.
  • Final Shot: This week’s final shot was masterful. The last line and sanctimonious grin was a clear illustration of how far Emily has come. More importantly, her gleeful eyes remind us that there are still two episodes left in the season. Imagining the terror she’ll inflict on the Graysons is thrilling enough to tide us over till the end.

The So-So:

  • Nolan and Jack: If you were under the impression Nolan and Jack’s friendship formed years ago, you’re only half right. They lived in the same area, but never met until Amanda blew into town. Nolan and Jack’s connection was built on the same shaky ground it operates on today. While it was interesting to see how they met, it’s still unclear how, or even why they became friends.

The Bad:

  • Poor Placement: This episode should have aired weeks ago. Most of the henchman who helped the Graysons besmirch David Clarke’s name are already gone. The only real reason for this tardiness is to align the flashback with the New Year’s Eve celebration. Seems like a flimsy excuse to halt the show’s momentum at such a critical time.
  • Oh Jack: Apparently, Jack didn’t own any mirrors in 2002. It may have been last decade, but that hairstyle wouldn’t have looked good on anyone at anytime.

Overall:

For a show about someone who plans things with the utmost of care, this episode had horrible timing. Viewers garnered a pittance of information, barely any of which was new or relevant to current events.

Rating: 6/10

Revenge airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC.


 

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