Revenge-Endurance-Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe

Emily’s always had a limitless supply of motivation on Revenge. However, as she copes with her returning memories, her confidence is stalling. “Endurance” tests the limits of what one can withstand in the name of vengeance. If a new plot could inspire the passion we once had for the show, then maybe Emily and her cohorts will win back some of the allure they once had.

The Players:

  • Director: Sanford Bookstaver
  • Writer: Sallie Patrick
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Justin Hartley, Annabelle Stephenson, Holly Hawkins, Stephanie Jacobsen, Conor Leslie, Nazneen Contractor

Episode Title: “Endurance”

With her enemies looking on Emily must craft a new plan to achieve her goals.

The Good:

  • The Last Loss: Of all the outcomes we imagined, Emily’s sterilization was not one of them. Victoria was right—losing the ability to conceive children was a cruel twist of fate for Emily. The shock of the news, and the hand with which Victoria dangled the painful truth made the reveal one of the best scenes of the night. The careful way she allowed the tiniest bit of her smug vindication peek out beyond her mask of appropriate sobriety added to the importance of the moment.  Of course, Emily’s terrible loss will fuel the fires of her newest ploy for justice. After the loss of her father, mother, best friend, childhood, and freedom this could be her most vicious motivation yet.
  • Two Snakes: The pairing of Niko and Aiden has so much potential for fireworks. After months of whining, Emily finally cut her romantic ties with her ally in the name of restarting her journey. That leaves a wayward Aiden in the position we always dreaded: disgruntled, vengeful and knowing too much.  We already know he’s a reckless killer; heartbreak certainly won’t make him any more rational.  His new paramour doesn’t instill much confidence either. Though Emily was trapped in the Grayson manor like Lydia was in season one, it seemed like Niko was a little too eager to help. She never revealed the whole truth of her relationship with Aiden and manipulated her way not only into Victoria’s employ, but Emily’s good graces. However, since she’s decided to investigate her father Takeda’s mysterious death, her renewed love of Aiden will be short-lived. Who wants to bet he’ll try to pin it on Emily as payback?
  • Make-Ups to Break-Ups: Patrick was always going to forsake Nolan for his mother; his desire to know his true origin story was always going to be more important. For some reason we feel like Nolan and Patrick could be good together. That may no longer matter after Nolan delivers whatever truth Victoria is hiding. Though there’s always the possibility that after stealing the fake infinity box with Emily’s fraudulent identity, Nolan won’t welcome Patrick back.  However Sara and Daniel are on the mend for sure. Sara was easily won over with the news of Emily’s faked pregnancy, but for some reason didn’t trust her gut with the whole Daniel shooting his wife thing. It looks like Daniel stops stifling the streak of cruelty being born a Grayson gifted him next week. Sara might have blinded herself long enough to prance around Grayson manor with Emily’s husband, but once a Grayson turns that malice on we’re guessing it’s a hard thing to control.

The So-So:

  • A Clarke Cornered: Before Emily was shot, everything Charlotte did was slightly suspicious. Without a doubt the writers needed her to increase the number of possible suspects for the shooting we’d been trying to figure out all season.  However, now that we know her actions were entirely pointless, we’re back in the same place we always are with Charlotte. What is her purpose and when will she matter? Without those answers her character is just an empty shell.

The Quotable:

  • Nolan: “Queens’ guard posted outside, I had to go creative.”  Emily: “Or maybe you’re using this situation as an excuse to have purchased that jacket.”
  • “Hate is a lot like love.  You can’t force it, you can’t fight it. You just have to embrace it when it comes along.”—Emily

Overall:

“Endurance” repaired some of the damage done by last week’s filler episode. As always Emily renewed her quest inspired by the newest Grayson sponsored atrocity.  And just like every other time our head Revenger has changed courses, we’re wondering just how successful this will be.  We want to love this show as much as we used to—hopefully there’s still a chance.

Rating: 8/10

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

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