Revenge-Impetus-Barry Sloane, Emily VanCamp, and Gabriel Mann

Last night’s Revenge renewed our faith in vengeance. “Impetus” had thunderous ramifications for all characters involved. We never thought it possible, but this show is once again everything we dreamed.

The Players:

  • Director: J. Miller Tobin
  • Writer: Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Henri Esteve, Tyler Jacob Moore

Episode Title: “Impetus”

Emily takes drastic actions to force a confession out of the Graysons.

The Good:

  • Kidnapping For Good: The moral grey area of Emily kidnapping her own sister to force a confession out of Conrad and Victoria was a weighty way to introduce Emily’s newest plot. Assaulting Charlotte with television’s blasting the truth of Conrad’s crimes was brilliant.  To Conrad’s credit, he was ready to sacrifice himself but the quick way he called Charlotte a bastard once she demanded he confess made his fall all the sweeter. Emily looked as shell shocked as we feel. He confessed to his terrorist actions, framing David Clarke and stopping anyone who tried to expose him across a national news network. Not only did he surrender himself to arrest, but Emily revealed herself to be the reason. Conrad bidding Emily good luck as she attempts to finish off Victoria was one of the most satisfying moments of triumph ever seen on Revenge.
  • DNA: Victoria’s freedom is thanks to her continued trip down perfect clue lane. For some reason she had the foresight to steal a swab of Jack’s son’s blood to test against Charlotte’s hair. Oddly enough her new henchman is none other than last week’s mysterious Clarke Cabin Man. That’s puzzling considering Victoria was hiding the letters Clarke Cabin Man was sending Charlotte; either she didn’t know he was sending them or she can’t control him, neither being good. Still, the DNA results made Victoria feel so confident that Charlotte wouldn’t be harmed that she didn’t attempt to comply with the kidnapper’s request. And if that didn’t make it obvious, the previews to next week’s finale with Victoria’s voice yelling, “You’re Amanda Clarke,” did the trick. There’s something thrilling about Emily being unmasked and fighting the Graysons out in the open. The unimaginable potential creates an excitement we haven’t felt for the Hamptons in a while.
  • Love Jones: This Margaux and Daniel thing is more complicated and mystifying. Margaux is smart enough to suspect Conrad killed her father, but oblivious to Daniel’s proximity to the crime. He went as far as to tell her of their parents’ terrorist actions, without her realizing that Daniel might have tipped off his father to Pascal’s suspicions. Somehow they continue to grow closer, though there’s no way they’ll be able to be together. The real love triangle is what matters.  Jack tracks his way to Nolan, Emily and Aiden’s kidnapping hideaway thanks to Javier’s skills. He sticks around to worry and release Charlotte. But that’s not before Aiden admits that he and Emily don’t work as a couple, and Jack’s affection is obvious. However Aiden is a jerk by nature, and therefore he immediately began pursuing our heroine again. Hopefully, Jack can use this quest to figure out who the Clarke Cabin Man is to get closer to Emily. We’re ready for real love to prevail.

Overall:

“Impetus” shocked us with its success. Conrad has fallen for his crimes against David Clarke. We’ve been confronted with the notion that very soon Emily could be living as Amanda Clarke for the first time in years. At Nolan’s prompting, Emily admitted she doesn’t know how to live free.  This moves us further from the series’ inspiration, The Count of Monte Cristo, the potential is enticing. Though Edmund Dantes never revealed his identity until the perfect moment, perhaps the real Amanda Clarke will renew the thrill of this drama.

Rating: 10/10

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

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