Last night, Revenge kicked off its second season with a salacious hour of television. Over the summer many things changed, but Emily’s need for retribution stayed the same. “Destiny” outlines what everyone’s been up to since the crash and highlights where things are headed. Tread lightly, there are major spoilers ahead.

The Players:

  • Director: Kenneth Fink
  • Writers: Mike Kelley & Mark B. Perry
  • Cast: Emily Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Connor Paolo, Barry Sloane, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Margarita Levieva, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Episode Title: “Destiny”

Emily plots her next move in her quest for vengeance.

The Good:

  • Victoria Revisited: In the season finale, Victoria’s plane went down. But it’ll take more than a crash to rid the Hamptons of its resident ice queen. Whether or not you believe her survival depends on how much stock you put in the night soap. Unless you see a body, they’re still in play. It was good to see Victoria up and about plotting Emily’s death. No matter how chummy they were while fighting for Charlotte, they’re destined to battle each other.
  • Reality Check: The White Haired Man may have partnered with Victoria. He obviously hasn’t told her Emily isn’t the real Amanda Clarke. He could, but then what’s the fun in that? Also, a billionaire like Nolan doesn’t need to bunk with a BFF. What’s that all about? Meanwhile, Emily seems to be the first person to tell Jack he should question the paternity of his would-be child. Any friend worth their salt would have put brought that up ages ago. At least the writers made it a point to repair their lapse in realism.
  • Made Over: For Emily and Jack, season two means longer locks, while Daniel, Nolan, and Declan have shorter tresses. Everyone is looking better for it, save the depressed Jack Porter. The showrunners and cast alike promise a steamier season this year. With everyone looking their best it’s easy to see why.

The So-So:

  • Déjà Vu: Yet again the season begins with a flash forward to the end of the summer and a mysterious dead body. It was found underwater on the boat with Jack’s compass. The natural assumption is that it’s one of The Porters. If last season taught us anything, it’s that the safe assumption is probably wrong.
  • Disappointing Daniel: Last season, Daniel was becoming not only a formidable opponent, but an interesting character. The summer seems to have caused him to backslide. He’s now a drunk and dating the human Novocain known as Ashley. She was a titan when paired with the psychotic bi-sexual Tyler, but seems to value her position as Victoria’s stand in more than her relationship with Daniel. Sidenote: The tension between Daniel and Emily was extremely high and sexy.
  • Takeda Takeover: It seems like Takeda is becoming an integral member of the storyline. Whether or not that’s a good idea has yet to be seen. Take notice if you will the change of faces; Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa now holds that role. Exactly what Takeda’s mission is will help determine the success of the plot. Until then, enjoy your first look at Aiden, Emily’s mystery man and future love interest. He didn’t make much of an impact last night, but let’s hope for better days in the future.
  • Mommy Memories: Will Emily’s mother only exist in flashbacks? We demand more!

The Quotable:

  • “You think she’s somewhere looking up at us?”
  • Nolan: “And now they’re coming for you.”  Emily: “Good. Let them.”

Overall:

Revenge‘s season premiere had everything fans have been missing. It set things in motion with a freight train like pace.  Without a doubt the show is on its way to being another season standout.

Rating: 8/10

Revenge airs Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on ABC

What did you think of the season premiere?