|l-r: Nolan (Gabriel Mann), Ashley (Ashley Madekwe), |
Jack (Nick Welscher),
Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), Daniel (Josh Bowman),
Declan (Connor Paolo),
Charlotte (Christa B. Allen),
Victoria (Madeline Stowe) & Conrad (Henry Czerny)
Urgh. URGH. There are no words to describe how much I enjoyed the first season of ABC’s breakout drama 'Revenge'. Created by Mike Kelley, 'Revenge' is an appropriation of the book The Count of Monte Cristo written by Alexadre Dumas in which the protagonist is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and swears to bring down the people that put him there once he is released. Revenge is a modern day version of Dumas’s tale, in which main character, Emily Thorne (actually born Amanda Clarke, played by Emily VanCamp) is the daughter of the wrongfully imprisoned character from the book. The show is also set in the ultra-upper-class Southampton, New York, with money and power playing as two huge themes throughout the series.
Revenge is host to an array of different characters, both typical and atypical of what you might expect to see in a soap-ish female driven drama. Emily is aided by Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) the only person who knows her true identity and her intentions to bring down the Grayson family, headed by the ice-cold and treacherous Victoria (Madeline Stowe), who helped frame Emily’s father. Emily and Victoria’s scenes together are incredibly enjoyable, due to the fact that you can really feel their distaste for one another through their incredible politeness, even though Victoria has no idea who Emily really is. However, Victoria often takes a backseat to villain Tyler Barrol (Ashton Holmes) a mentally unstable friend of her son’s, and backstabbing liar that is so irritating you may feel the need to punch your TV screen.
|Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke|
'Revenge' has enough drama, twists and turns to keep fans of shows such as 'Desperate Housewives' interested, while the shows crime, power and of course, vengeance plot points are sure to bring in unexpected fans as well. It’s smart, it’s engaging, and it’s Kill Bill for the Gossip Girl generation, and it needs to be watched.
Key Episodes: Commitment, Chaos, Reckoning