Revenge-Truth Part One-Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, and Josh Bowman

Last night’s two part finale of Revenge delivered in every way possible. “Truth” splashed secrets across the small screen, with every character implicated in one way or another. Though it was a tumultuous success, was it enough to satiate us after an uneven season?

The Players:

  • Directors: Randy Zisk/J. Miller Tobin
  • Writers: Michael Foley and Nikki Toscano/Mike Kelley and Mark B. Perry
  • 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, Seychelle Gabriel, Falk Hentschel, Brian Lally, Guy Nardulli, Donna Rusch, Bill Seward, Mark Istook

Episode Title: “Truth, Part One and Two”

A catastrophe wreaks havoc on everyone’s lives while Emily reevaluates her  revenge in the face of a heartbreaking loss.

The Good:                

  • Long Live David Clarke: As we predicted, Aiden’s intent to drain the Grayson’s secret account triggered the Carrion Blackout. Daniel did his best to implicate Aiden, the unexpected bombing of Grayson Global and the loss of electricity were blamed on Nolan. That tape that Padma was forced to make before her death named him as an evil mastermind and Americon Initiative in the flesh. From the start, Nolan’s flashy nature and quips won us over as he became Emily’s confidante and cohort. As if watching him get dragged through the mud isn’t enough, she’s losing her best asset with her hacker/cheerleader/friend behind bars. Even locked up, we expect to feel Nolan’s presence next season.
  • The Amateur: We were initially impressed by Jack’s prowess in the world of deception, but he quickly forgot the first rule: Trust no one. Confessing his full intent about Conrad to Victoria was beyond misguided. He nearly escaped being set up to blow with the building. His tremendous loss pushed Jack to try and shoot down a deserving Conrad. It’s the moment we’ve waited two seasons for. Armed with the truth Emily confessed the identity Jack always knew was hers.  With him clued in, the possibilities are endless. Jack could take over Nolan’s position as chief confidant, provided he work through his feelings over Emily/Amada’s deception. A love triangle is something this show can’t exist without. It’s only a matter of time before Jack’s feelings for Emily/Amanda re-surge. With her engagement to Daniel still intact sparks are sure to fly.
  • The Children: After two seasons of begging, the children finally got a plot worth their time. The discovery of Regina’s unrequited love for Charlotte could have been a meaty point, except it was eclipsed by Declan and Charlotte’s baby.  Declan’s joy at the news made it obvious the couple’s happiness was soon to end. Being trapped and badly injured in the blast at Grayson Global made his death inevitable. Jack is now without a father, a wife or a brother, and Charlotte has lost her love and the father of her child. If she discovers her father/step-father was the root of the blast that killed her beloved, her true nature may emerge. Hopefully, they won’t find a way to make the youngest Grayson as humdrum as she was before.
  • The Real Evil: Even though Conrad’s confusing speech said there’s no Initiative, the explanation confirmed the groups existence. His admittance of his new role in the organization’s inner circle mirrors a truth we’ve been pushing for some time. Conrad is the true evildoer. Victoria is a dark queen, but most of her dirty dealings come from misguided attempts to protect her children. Conrad lays waste to whatever’s in his path to achieve what he wants. This was made evident by stationing his campaign headquarters to the site of the blast he knew was coming. With him in the Governor’s mansion, the Initiative’s domination is seemingly endless. Victoria’s discovery of Conrad’s involvement in the plot, coupled with the arrival of her firstborn will make for a drama-filled fall.
  • The Truth: The truth gave Aiden the strength to walk away from Emily, tossing her a key to their dream villa in Capri and sealing his departure with her proper name, Amanda.  Too bad he could only walk to her Hamptons house, where his fight with Daniel seemed to end his life.  Showing up late to his  father’s victory speech and in need of something to replace his bloody sleeved shirt was a full implication that Daniel badly hurt or killed Aiden. 

The Quotable:

  • “Sadly my plans for the apocalypse consisted of making lists that started and ended with call Emily.” —Nolan
  • Victoria: “You will soon learn that there are limits to what a woman is willing to endure for appearances.” Emily: “Meaning?” Victoria: “You and Daniel. Whatever your reasons for marrying him you’ll never convince me it’s for love.  And by and by you will grow tired of perpetuating the charade until one morning you will wake up hollow, with nothing but regret and misery to fill your days.”

Overall:

“Truth” was the thunderous answer to a questionable season. There have been problems. Tedious stories, underutilized cast members, and unequal guest stars. However, with the face of the show decimated in the wake of this episode, hope is on the horizon. Sunil Nayar, the new showrunner of  Revenge, is poised to deliver a very successful third season.

Rating: 10/10

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

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