Revenge-Revolution-Christa B. Allen

On Revenge things are finally getting hot.  Last night was surely a “Revolution”; we might never feel the same indifference for this Sunday night drama again. As long as Emily sticks to her fight to clear her father’s name there’s no way to go but up.

The Players:

  • Director: Christine Moore
  • Writer: Sunil Nayar and Michael J. Cinquemani
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Oliver Martinez, Henri Esteve

Episode Title: “Revolution”

Emily adopts a new identity to better entrap the Graysons.

The Good:

  • Gone Girl: Let’s start at the end, with Charlotte’s abduction. Dragged off the beach kicking and screaming, there are two main suspects.  The creepy man who looks fairly similar to David Clarke, going by the name of Kurt comes to mind. That could be a fake name, but the figure looked quite similar to Charlotte and Emily’s father. The letters he’s sending Charlotte have her thinking David’s alive, but that’s something we’d never consider. The DC ring Jack found in the cabin and hid from Charlotte drew the person to Montauk. But it’s more likely that Emily is the one that kidnapped her sister. her words about needing the stomach to go through with the next part of the plan made that seem obvious.
  • Homeland Security: Emily’s new plan means another has come to ruins. Starting the show by “retaining” Pascal and revealing herself as undercover Agent Rebecca Stone of Homeland Security was a delightful deviation from the usual monotony. It’s been so long since we marveled at how things get so tangled in the Hamptons. Just as Emily plays a Fed, Conrad plants doubt about Pascal’s intentions with the tape in Victoria’s head. After snooping in Pascal’s pockets and calling the number Emily gave Pascal, Victoria ran to Daniel to confide in him Pascal’s association with Homeland Security. Since her son is fully two-faced now, Daniel immediately involved Conrad. The boy is still a novice though; Daniel believed his father’s hunger for the past to be banished would be satiated by deporting Pascal after the MYCLONE launch party. Considering we knew Conrad was pressuring Aiden to do away with Pascal, watching Conrad shove Victoria’s fiancé into those helicopter blades shouldn’t have been as gasp inducing.
  • Doting Daniel: Covered in blood, reading the love letter Pascal meant to watch her devour Victoria was sadness personified. Their love was so earnest he never planned to give up Victoria, though many others would under the eye of the government Emily. This pain will unleash something in the ice queen surely, and some of the retribution might come down on the apple of her eye, Daniel. He’s becoming every bit his father’s heir, making dirty dealings his main recourse. After supplying Conrad with a reason to get his own hands dirty killing Pascal, he’s set eyes on Margaux. Prying her away from Jack wasn’t the only move; Daniel is setting himself up to be her sole comfort and eventual paramour. It looks like he’s lining himself up for more though. While planning to deport Pascal with his father, he mentioned there were other benefits to getting rid of Pascal. Prompting Margaux to demand her father make her future as the head of his company public was well timed with Pascal’s sudden demise. Margaux was suspicious of the circumstances of Pascal’s death thanks to Conrad’s involvement. If Margaux thinks clearly Daniel’s push would be just as distrustful. If she’s too wrapped up in grief, Margaux could put herself in position to be pushed out of her father’s company.
  • Nolan Scorned: There’s only one man who can list the last names of all the Golden Girls characters as options for Emily’s agent identity and that’s our golden boy. The way he destroyed Javier’s launch party by ruining the data on the partygoers and thereby infecting the clone’s information was decidedly dastardly. Harsh as it may be, we have to air on the side that pulling Javier away from the company was for the best. No good person should be involved with the Graysons. The way Daniel tossed him out and Margaux went after it, the two were probably waiting for an excuse to rob the boy of his product. Though he looked like a poor man’s Nolan in that flashy suit jacket, we hope we haven’t seen the last of Javier. Perhaps Daniel’s abrupt dismissal will teach Javier everything Nolan was trying to prove about working with the Graysons. With Margaux now firmly set against Nolan as well, it wouldn’t hurt for the two computer genius ex-convicts to team up against their shared foes.

The Quotable:

  • Nolan: “I’m still the master of this universe so if you want to be in my orbit where else would I be.”
  • Aiden: “Ross, if you’re quite finished playing who’s got the bigger hard drive I’ve got an update for you both.”

Overall:

“Revolution” has changed the scope of the Hamptons. Emily continues her show of strength, manipulating the Graysons with no clue of Victoria’s suspicions. Yet again, Charlotte is made interesting through no fault of her own. Here’s hoping she’ll be as important as the mysterious man from the cabin.

Rating: 10/10

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

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