Last night, Revenge returned to renew its efforts to titillate the nation. “Power” outlined everyone’s next move in their current drama. As usual, certain stories were more engaging than others. But one empowering moment makes this episode a must-see.

The Players:

  • Director: Roger Kumble
  • Writer: Joe Fazzio
  • Cast: Emily Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Connor Paolo, Margarita Levieva, Barry Sloane, Dilshad Vadsaria, JR Bourne, Michael Trucco, Wendy Crewson, E.J. Bonilla,  Clare Carey, Jay Seals, Geoff Pierson, Maggie Mae Reid

Episode Title: “Power”

While Emily zeroes in on a new target, Victoria crafts a new scheme involving the young vixen. Meanwhile, Declan stumbles upon a truth that may sink the Stowaway forever.

The Good:

  • For Love: In the name of the greater good, the show’s biggest adversaries joined forces. Victoria’s plan to use Emily to woo Daniel away from Grayson Global made a few strides. Somehow, the hint at Aiden’s jealousy fueled reactions that made the plot seem even sweeter. Or maybe we’ve just missed Emily’s winning smirk?
  • What’s Up Boss?: From the moment we saw his shoes on Daniel’s desk, Nolan was at the top of his game. His normal witty remarks were especially cutting, crafting phrases like “Prince Oedipus” and “fake-up.” Watching him tangle with his leech of and ex, Marco, was oddly satisfying. Could that have been because Padme was M.I.A.?
  • The Dark Side: As long as The Initiative’s around, there will be many complicated plot twists. Finding out Nolan is playing right into their hands was almost as good as discovering they’ve been holding Aiden’s sister for six years.  Manipulating Daniel is child’s play for just about everyone on the show, so no credit can be given for that effort. We hope things continue to be entertaining as the new stories unfold.
  • Tainted: ”Power” featured a first in Emily’s continued fight for justice. Not only was this the first admission by a reputable source of David Clarke’s innocence. In an unprecedented move, the person Emily manipulated into making the admission was actually better for it. Weaving the judge’s wife’s need to stand up to her abusive husband with the need to come clean made for the perfect moment. It was refreshing to see Emily with a do-gooder air about her.

The So-So:

  • Just There: Remember Amanda? The girl who assumed Emily’s real identity and stole her true love because her life was going nowhere? There seems to be a shift, a subtle nod towards adding her to the list of tolerable insanities in the Hamptons. We’re just not ready to accept that as the best option.

The Bad:

  • Look Right Here: From the moment Declan decided to enlist Charlotte’s help, their plot was doomed. Using the girlfriend as a distraction is never a good idea, unless her name is Emily or Victoria. The writers plan to lead the Porters on a quest to be as obvious as possible in the pursuit of everything. The cute moment Declan and Charlotte had on the boat was barely notable. Please, make this story interesting or put this plot out of its misery.

The Quotable:

  • “Bee tee dubs, I’m so sorry to hear about your break up with Remington Steel. There wasn’t enough room in your side car for both of us.” -Nolan
  • “Well bros before hoes only works if he’s not still in love with the hoe bro.” -Nolan
  • Victoria: “Forgive me for interrupting.” Daniel: “Interrupting is the least of your offences.”
  • “The use of power is not to be taken lightly, for it is never without consequence.” -Emily

Overall:

After a long winter hiatus, Revenge returned with a pretty strong episode.  A few problems from last year are still floating around—mainly, the sinking Stowaway story. As a whole, the second half of the season looks promising.

Rating: 8/10

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

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