Sunday night, Revenge took another trip down memory lane. “Lineage” focused on the drama of the year 2006. Usually, when the show dips into the past it illuminates a hidden truth. So what was so important about ’06?

The Players:

  • Director: Chris Misiano
  • Writer: Nikki Toscano
  • 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, JR Bourne, Adrienne Barbeau, Brian Goodman, E.J. Bonilla, Amanda Brooks

Episode Title: “Lineage”

Six years ago, Victoria’s mother came for a visit, while Aiden and Emily met during her first mission for Takeda. Elsewhere, Carl Porter finds trouble on the boardwalk while Nolan’s company goes public.

The Good:

  • Rich Man’s Candy: It might have taken longer than necessary but the writers found a way to make the Porters interesting.  Kenny Ryan’s brother alluded to past intrigue with Jack and Declan’s father in the previous episode. What he forgot to mention was that their father was instrumental in the demise of Joe, the Ryan family patriarch. History seems destined to repeat itself; the body floating in the water at the beginning of the season looked similar to his.
  • Infinity Box: For some reason, we’ve been assuming Aiden and Emily met while training with Takeda. Last night we learned that not only did Emily thwart his first attempt at justice for his sister, but she secured Aiden’s position with Takeda.  Relationship status aside, the moment Emily showed her infinity box to Aiden had a bizarrely sinister tone. Something about revealing her soft spot makes our hero seem exposed and vulnerable.
  • Bloodline: Shocker (not really): Victoria comes from a troubled home. It was a treat to watch her wind her mother around her finger before devouring her whole. It was an entertaining distraction.
  • Unlucky Lover: In a world where the truth is in constant flux, this much is certain; anyone Nolan dates is foul beyond belief. There was psychopathic Tyler, the dolt Padma, and now ex with an ax to grind. Linking the NolCorp controversy with Daniel’s quest to ruin his father was a good move. Adding Nolan’s former flame might be just the thing to turn this plot around for good.

The So-So:

  • Connect the Dots: Considering the way Ashley and Emily met, you’d think Ashley would have figured Emily out by now.  True, she’s always been the first one to be skeptical of Emily’s doings. But she’s never actually searched for the truth. Is she purposefully refraining from snooping? Or is she waiting for the right excuse to discover the truth? It’s hard to imagine the opportunistic sneak passing up a chance to simultaneously ruin someone to further her own position. Hopefully, the writers can patch up this gaping hole in an otherwise reasonable premise.

The Quotable:

  • “No, I’m choosing a man that took me at my word over my man, and uh, you’re fired.”

Overall:

No one does a blast from the past quite like Revenge. However, even a well done retrospective leaves us longing for present day problems even more than usual. Some material felt relative to current plots, but the episode as a whole was a place filler. Next week can’t come fast enough

Rating: 8/10

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

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