Here’s the deal with Revenge – I love Emily VanCamp, but with so many other television shows (and actor loyalties) on my plate this season, I didn’t really make this a priority to watch when I created my TV schedule. Then one of my friends began raving about it, urging me to give it a shot. As a result, I decided to take advantage of the first two episodes sitting in my possession and after an additional viewing on the evening the official network premiere, I can now say that I am officially hooked.
It’s not because the show is overly amazing and award-worthy. It’s because it’s just a fun, interesting series that takes the bare bones of The Count of Monte Cristo, plops it into The Hamptons, and gives us VanCamp as Emily Thorne/Amanda Clark, a sweet girl with deadly motives. Having returned to her former home in order to seek revenge on those who wronged her family some years ago, the show invokes many twists and turns in which we get to watch this seemingly innocent young women weasel her way into the upper echelons of society towards her ultimate goal – a take-down of her main enemy, Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe.) The closest thing I can compare it to is Desperate Housewives, but with a younger (and fresher) appeal.
Many people I’ve encountered have mentioned they don’t know how long the show will be able to keep up its “seeking revenge” plot line, and I am hesitant to agree with people on this because I’m reminded that years ago, this same sentiment was said about LOST. While there’s certainly no comparison between the two, it does absolutely prove that sometimes, shows that seem as if they’re about nothing turn out to be the most intriguing. And that’s what I love about Revenge – it sets up the story in a way that makes you realize there is so much more to learn.
Revenge airs Wednesday, 10/9c on ABC.