Revenge-Identity-Emily VanCamp

Revenge returned with some classic humiliation. “Identity” had Emily struggling with her next step, Nolan attempting to unmask a nemesis and Victoria trying to keep her hidden kin a secret. Though we enjoyed seeing some past behaviors revisited, old problems are getting on our nerves.

The Players:

  • Director: Charlie Stratton
  • Writers: Joe Fazzio and Ted Sullivan
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Connor Paolo, Barry Sloane, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Grace Fulton, Seychelle Gabriel, Ben Bode, Jessica Tuck, JuJu Chang, Josh Davis

Episode Title: “Identity”

Nolan assists Emily and Aiden in revealing the Fa1c0n’s identity while Emily grapples with her future. Meanwhile, Victoria deals with the fallout of her revealing interview.

The Good:

  • The New Dethroner: The ruin of the Fa1c0n gave us the takedown we’ve wanted all season. It reminded us that there are a number of people still uncrossed on that Grayson Global retreat photo. Nolan executed the plan so expertly it would only make sense that he handled the loose ends, while Emily focused on the bigger picture. Getting rid of the Fa1c0n made Nolan the man Victoria needed to help find her son Patrick, gifting him with sole ownership in his company to win his favor. Her interview might have destroyed Conrad’s campaign, but it gave the Revengers the inside track on Victoria’s biggest demon: her abandoned son.
  • Repeating History: Reunited with Daniel, Emily’s now faced with the prospect of shackling herself to the Grayson family again. There are two complications and their names are Aiden and Jack. As much as we love him, Aiden is becoming increasingly useless with his revenge realized, Daniel’s confidence compromised, and Emily on Daniel’s arm.  Takeda’s arrival forced Aiden to see the merit in Emily recommitting to her engagement. But Jack’s hatred is almost too much for Emily to bare. His prowess for the underhanded has increased, but his intuition is still off. He should have figured out Emily’s up to something by now. He’s going to force her to tell him some semblance of the truth soon, or she’ll have to forfeit godmother-hood for good.
  • Opportunistic Sneak Again: The best thing about Ashley is, no one ever knows whose side she’s really on. Sure, she helped Conrad follow Jack, confirming Conrad’s clandestine meeting with the Governor’s wife. True, she and Jack crafted a plan for her to draw the truth out of Conrad. But as she showed Conrad the incriminating photograph our minds went haywire: was this part of the plan? Or is she double-crossing Jack? We suppose that was the intention, so we applaud whoever crafted this little story. We can’t wait to see who she sides with.

The Bad:

  • That Grayson-Clarke Girl: So continues the constant flip flop of Charlotte’s character. She’s taken up with the same girl that she punched at the “Masquerade“—how you forgive someone who bad-mouthed your sister so quickly is beyond us. This is another in a long line of evidence of Charlotte’s daft nature. Her sudden best friend is obviously using her to gain entry to exclusive spots and get attention. We’re not sure that’s all she’s doing. If the writers needed a way to break up Declan and Charlotte, they could have found a better one. Even if this is what they’re trying, a lesbian kiss isn’t enough to make this girl interesting.

Overall:

“Identity” was a fitting return for Revenge, but not all of it appeased us. It was great to see Ashley back in a role she succeeds in, and even better to watch Nolan devour his prey. But with the children of the Hamptons still floundering, we wonder if they’re holding back for the finale? Drawing things out always puts a sour taste in our mouth. It better be worth the wait.

Rating: 8/10

Revenge airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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