Revenge-Control-Nick Wechesler and Emily VanCamp

The perfect Revenge is carefully thought out with a great measure of “Control.” Last night’s episode dealt with the main ingredient to any good plan. Will Emily’s power over her allies match her enemies control over theirs?

The Players:

  • Director: Allison Liddi-Brown
  • Writer: Ted Sullivan
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, James LeGros, Justin Hartley, Karine Vanasse,

Episode Title: “Control”

Emily attempts to fix things with Daniel as Jack’s life remains in peril.

The Good:

  • A Mother’s Child: We suspected one of Victoria’s children had their hand in sabotaging the brakes on the Ferrari that took Father Paul’s life. Charlotte played the part of the repentant murderer well and anyone would have fingered her as the family member with a grudge. How wonderful was it to learn that she was merely covering for Patrick in an effort to protect Jack? Patrick’s motives aren’t clear so they can probably be guessed. Trying to sever his mother from the ties that bind her to Conrad and the unhappiness she always equates to their union is a good assumption. The big get here was Aiden winning control over Victoria by being complicit in her cover-up. Nevertheless your time in the Hamptons should have taught you that whoever has the upper hand never holds it for long.
  • Uncontrollable: Who can exert any measure of control over the renegade Brit? Aiden has proven time and again that he’s barely trustworthy; Nolan was right to scoff at his inclusion. He purposefully attempted to do away with Jack just to empty the playing field for Emily’s heart. Aiden got what he wanted. Emily reached out to him romantically, either out of desperation with Daniel’s disdain and Jack’s new dalliance or in an attempt to control him. Aiden’s volatile and headstrong nature almost guarantees that Emily’s power over him will fade eventually. Could Aiden eventually be so heartbroken over Emily’s desire to stick with ruining the Graysons that he guns her down? Takeda’s demise should remind you that he is capable of anything.
  • A Kind of Truth: The picture of her family was a fabrication but the pain Emily used to weave a tale to trap Daniel was very real. Certainly the sincerity of her despair was the winning touch to regain his affections. It’s possible the pain of seeing Jack with another woman could have assisted with her display. Taking Nolan’s advice is never a bad idea; as usual he helped Emily see things in a new light. While it’s clear she manages to drag Daniel to their wedding night, who knows whether it will be a smooth ride there?
  • The French Connection: Margaux is starting to distinguish herself, we just aren’t sure why. She’s worked her claws into Jack, something no one would ignore considering the bad hand he’s repeatedly been dealt. Of course that might also be because it’s hard to forget that she also attempted to seduce Daniel, whose engagement she was very aware of.  However, the unknown factors are the ones that worry us. Perhaps pointing out the holes in Emily family story were a natural inclination to a journalist. But whenever someone speaks against Emily, darker forces being at work always come to mind. And then of course the faceless figurehead of Margaux’s father is an unanswered question. Eventually this powerful man is sure to head to the Hamptons. The question is whether he will be friend or foe.

The Bad:

  • Flash, Bang and Stop: Week to week, the quality of Revenge wavers from startling setups, blockbuster evenings, and boring filler. Sunday was more of a setup and filler evening. A few surprising reveals but nothing large enough to be a major draw. Some would say every episode can’t possibly be an explosive evening. We beg to differ. The flash and bang is what married fans to Emily quest for vengeance. Reigniting those fires is never a bad idea.

The Quotable:

  • “The single greatest threat to success is losing control of your allies.”—Emily
  • You say that Ems, but the more strings you pull the easier it is to get strangled. Then again I’m just a self-made billionaire with a 170 IQ so what do I know right?”—Nolan
  • “You can spend your life being controlled by powerful men or you can learn to control them.”—Victoria
  • “The more things you try to control, the more room for error.”—Nolan
  • “But the most dangerous truth of all is that control is merely an illusion.”—Emily

Overall:

“Control” showed a shift in the balance of power. Charlotte’s return to her mother is worrisome but Nolan’s future is more bothersome. Yet again, he’s fallen for someone dangerous, and this time it looks quite serious. The writers know what they’re doing. The best way to hook us is to make us question where both Emily and Nolan are going.

Rating: 8/10

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

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