The Revenge winter finale has come and gone. After last week’s trip down memory lane, the show was able to ignite our interest again. “Revelations” focused on Daniel’s fight to claim his family’s company as his own.   

The Players:

  • Director: Kenneth Fink
  • Writer: Ted Sullivan
  • Cast: Emily Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Connor Paolo, Barry Sloane, Dilshad Vadsaria, JR Bourne, Michael Trucco, Wendy Crewson, E.J. Bonilla,  Jonathan Adams, Joaquim de Almeida

Episode Title: “Revelations”

Nolan’s past becomes a fixture, while Daniel tries to secure a better position for himself. Elsewhere, Carl’s christening creates drama for the Porters.

The Good:

  • The Son Also Rises: Daniel broke up with Ashley, blackmailed a board member, manipulated Nolan into remaining with NolCorp, ousted his father, became CEO of Grayson Global and edged his former accomplice (Aiden) out of the company. It took forever, but he’s finally caught on to the family way. Once a shell of a character, it’s delightful to see Daniel put to good use.
  • Girl on Fire: Watching Emily form a relationship based on honesty was a welcome change. Her and Aiden’s bond felt genuine; their clandestine partnership manifested some touching moments. Too bad Daniel will be there to ruin all that progress come January. With Aiden no longer having the inside track at Grayson Global, Emily might have to entertain Daniel’s affection to attain her goals.
  • Validation: The writers’ misguided attempt to allow Nolan to strike out on his own has finally made headway.  His plan to exact revenge on Daniel while tethered to Grayson Global is more than we bargained for. Since Marco blackmailed Nolan into getting him a job at Grayson, we smell another love triangle.

The So-So:

  • Emily Interrupted: Besides exposing Ashley and Conrad’s brief affair and stealing Daniel’s shot—a damn fine shot—our heroine didn’t accomplish much this week. Her transition from action maven to introspective schemer is necessary for character development. However, robbing her of impulsive and reactionary inclinations is the wrong way to go. Emily has to wrestle with what she’s losing on her quest; her argument with Amanda about the family she might never have took care of that.  Still, that shouldn’t erase her need to act.

The Bad:

  • The Sinking Ship: At this point it’s excruciating to wade through the ocean of dreck that’s the Porter subplot. Any spark we felt last week quickly died when Jack played right into Ryan’s plans. Jack’s usually one of the most skeptical people, especially where The Stowaway is concerned. It’s painful to watch him waste away in this story line that’s doing nothing.  Even Amanda deserves better than this; she’s proved herself more than capable. 

The Quotable:

  • “Sacrificial lamb reporting for the slaughter.”
  • “I’m not destroying lives Amanda, I’m righting wrongs.”
  • “You’ll find a glass of champagne waiting for you on the nightstand.”
  • “You have wormed your way into the nadir of repugnance.”
  • “It’s much easier to burn down a castle from inside its walls.”

Overall:

Revenge kept its promise to heat things up the winter finale. When Victoria and Emily grace our TVs again, we’re hoping to see more destruction. Tying Emily’s ferocity with her internal struggle will make for an exciting return.

Rating: 8/10

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

What did you think of the winter finale?