Revenge-Blood-Roger Bart

Last night’s Revenge was refreshing and unexpectedly engaging. “Blood” gave more weight to Emily’s current strategy to the truth. That’s what happens when Roger Bart reprises his role as Mason Treadwell. Will an outsider that knows the truth about Emily be enough to right this ship?

The Players:

  • Director: Wendy Stanzler
  • Writer: Karin Gist
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Gail O’Grady, Oliver Martinez, Henri Esteve, Roger Bart

Episode Title: “Blood”

While Emily helps Aiden confront old family secrets, Victoria tempts Mason Treadwell into exposing Emily.

The Good:

  •  London Calling: Last week we scoffed at the idea of focusing on the past. Surprisingly the writers were able to suck some real emotion out of Emily and Aiden’s journey to his boyhood home. Revealing that Aiden was the one to discover his father’s body wasn’t as profound as his mother still believing the lies. Having never had the strength to tell his mother the truth, Emily prompting Aiden to give his mother peace of mind made the two seem closer. Their mission only gleaned one new name and gave some closure. The real point was to force Emily and Aiden to reconcile. With Jack’s happiness now in jeopardy, this couldn’t have come at a worse time. The added benefit of the last second news that Oscar Chapman faked his own death makes this the first quality David Clarke clue in some time.
  • Family Matters: Conrad stole an acquisition from Pascal’s company and started a media empire of his own. While Victoria gained nothing from her visit to Mason, she successfully got Stevie back on the bottle. Daniel’s plotting to drive a wedge between Margaux and Jack but somehow his feelings for Jack’s girlfriend are starting to seem legitimate. Daniel’s appeal for Pascal to realize his daughter’s full potential played to much on Daniel and Margaux’s extensive relationship.  The fact that Daniel’s words created the opportunity for Pascal to consider his daughter as his successor certainly wasn’t lost on Margaux. Just as we predicted, Charlotte and Javier’s dalliance is moving swiftly, and in the wrong direction.  Daniel’s manipulations were able to work so quickly on his sister because they’re rooted in the truth. Emily and Jack are working to take down the Graysons, and care for each other. It might be time to reveal to Charlotte who’s her real sister.
  • Writer’s Block: Mason Treadwell is one of the few characters, besides Jack and Nolan that know Emily’s true identity. He’s certainly the most susceptible to temptation, which is why Victoria’s questioning was so compelling. It ended in the same place it began; Emily faked Mason’s death and ferreted him and his allegiance off to an island bungalow in the Maldives. Though the mere threat of Mason talking coasted us through the night, there were other moments of merit. Seeing Victoria happy, completely in love with Pascal was such a deviation from her normal ice queen mask. And though Margaux falling for Daniel’s manipulation is detestable, her moment of understanding with Pascal was touching. With Emily and her band of merry men hot on the heels of Pascal’s connection to David, there’s no telling how long Margaux or Victoria’s happiness will last.

Overall:

“Blood” wasn’t without Revenge’s usual plot devices. Jack is losing Margaux, Stevie and now Charlotte thanks to the Graysons. For once they’re just being taken away and not killed. There was enough excitement and emotion in Mason’s brief return, the trip to London, and Pascal’s mending heart to keep us occupied.

Rating: 10/10

Revenge airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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