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Revenge: “Power” (Season 2 Episode 10)

emily-vancamp-revenge-season-2Broadcast Date: Sunday, Jan. 6th, 2013

As I mentioned in my recent Person of Interest post, Revenge emerged last year as one of my favorite shows. Part demented soap opera, part thriller, and full of twists and turns, Revenge is a story about a woman named Amanda Clark (Emily Van Kamp), whose father was framed by his company to take the fall as a terrorist who brought down an airliner. While in prison, Amanda’s father was murdered, and Amanda spent time in foster homes and juvenile prison. Upon release she was approached by Nolan Ross, a young multi-millionaire techie who owed Amanda’s father for his success. It turns out Nolan promised to take care of Amanda and had a sizable check for her to start a new life. However, Amanda is consumed by revenge and vows to bring down those responsible for her father’s death. Amanda assumes the alias Emily Thorne, and after training with a ninja-like figure named Takada, she has the resources to begin plotting her revenge. She immediately sets her sights on the Greysons, a powerful family in the Hamptons that she believes is responsible. The first season was a roller coaster ride of plotting, obsticles, and twists and turns; each week, Emily would target a person close to the Greysons that helped put her father away, and though the Greysons took it on the chin, they were down but not out. The second season picked up where the first left off and introduced several new characters, including a new love interest for Emily.

The big name in the show is Madeline Stowe (Last of the Mohicans, and strangely enough, the Kevin Costner flick “Revenge”). I never thought much of Stowe as an actress until her turn as Victoria Greyson – scheming, conniving, and deceitful, sometimes throwing her own children under the bus to get out of a situation, Stowe does a masterful job with this character. In fact, every character in the show does a wonderful job, portraying dark and complex characters. That’s one of the appealing features of Revenge – there are no innocents here, and every character contains dark secrets and makes questionable decisions to survive.

In “Power”, Emily is invited to the Greyson manor by Victoria, who attempts to play on Emily’s feelings for her son Daniel. Young Daniel has forced his father out at Greyson Global but has no idea he is on the radar of The Initiative, the shadowy organization behind the frame-up of Emily’s father. Victoria’s request offers Emily a way to get back into the Greyson manor so that she can work her plans from the inside. Complicating matters is that she and Daniel split at the end of Season 1, when they were to be married. Daniel still has feelings for Emily, but she now has a boyfriend in the picture – fellow ninja Aiden, who shares romantic history with Emily but spurned her to look for his kidnapped sister a few years ago. To set up Daniel, Emily and Aiden stage a public break-up, and Daniel is back with Emily. However, Emily also still has feelings for childhood friend Jack Porter. Jack is now married to Emily’s fellow juvie cellmate, who has assumed the “Amanda Clark” identity. You can begin to get a feeling for how intricate and twisted the plot has become, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. Nolan, who has lost control of his company to the Greysons, appears to be playing into the hands of the Initiative, while Aiden learns his kidnapped sister, presumed dead, is very much alive. Jack’s bar, struggling to make money, has been taken over by a couple of “investors”, who are really ex-cons and drug dealers that set up Jack when the police get involved.

It’s another delightfully twisted episode where although it seems that not much happens due to multiple story threads, Emily still manages to target the judge in her father’s case, who is running for political office. As a transition episode, it’s frustrating that the plot isn’t advancing further, but the judge story line helps provide some measure of closure. However, with the kidnapped sister leveraged against Aiden (as well as his jealousy at seeing Emily with Daniel), the target on Nolan’s back, and the arrest of Jack, it looks like the closer Emily gets to The Initiative, the more her intricate plans fall apart. I highly recommend this series, but do not pick it up in the middle of Season 2 – you’ll be lost. Heck, you might be lost just trying to follow this post! Start by watching Season 1, then see if you can get Season 2 on demand to catch up.

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January 7, 2013 - Posted by | tv shows |

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