October 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm #263967
When Revenge first premiered last season, I jumped on the bandwagon, in hopes of finding a soapy, laughably guilty pleasure to offset the Emmy contenders I was devoted to watching every week. About three episodes in, I stopped watching, as the series seemed to be falling into a revenge-plot-of-the-week pattern that would, I predicted, fall flat before the season had hit its halfway mark. I didn’t watch it for the rest of the season.
But then, last week, I saw that the first season was streaming on Netflix (it still is, by the way) and thought, “Ah, what the hell…”
I’m so glad that I did. What I soon discovered was that, after falling into the revenge-of-the-week procedural pattern I had predicted, the series abandoned that meandering structure by its fifth episode and instead fully embraced its primetime soap roots. I found pulled in two separate directions – one moment I was laughing at the awful green-screen effects, the next I was admiring the show’s clever callbacks. Yes, the soap opera tropes were there, intact and in living color, but the show handled (almost all of) them so well that I found myself more than pleasantly surprised.
I just completed the first season on Netflix and came here to see what folks were saying about the first two episodes of Season 2. Surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be a thread for it. So now, here I am, the last man on Earth who would admit to enjoying a primetime soap, telling you that if you want a campy good time that is also remarkably well-timed considering our country’s economic climate, catch up on Revenge. I’m going to need someone to talk about this show with.October 12, 2012 at 12:29 am #263969
All I can say: The first two episodes of the new season have been great…October 12, 2012 at 3:50 am #263970
I’m enjoying the season so far as well.October 12, 2012 at 8:17 am #263971
Revenge is one of those shows that I only started watching because someone else was watching it. At first, I would see 15 minutes or so and then leave the room, thinking how ridiculous it was. But slowly I got really into it, and now I love it.
The first two episodes has been great so far. There are some scenes in that second episode that had me busting at the seems, not quite with laughter but more just a kind of delight.October 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm #263972
The first two episode have been good, a little slow at times, but it’s going good. The first episode lost a really big moment with the revea of Victoria being alive, which we knew would happen of course, but the characters didn’t, so her just opening a door and standing there was a huge letdown. I would’ve loved to see a better reaction, better entrance, something a bit more over the top like the show has done in the past.October 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm #263973
^ I actually liked that they didn’t play it the predictable way by revealing it in the beginning or just a snippet in the end; that’s what makes the reveal more inspired IMO. I also love the play by not including Madeleine Stowe’s name in the OBB credits during the start of the episode.October 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm #263974
Didn’t notice that she wasn’t in the credits. It wouldn’t have mattered because she was clearly alive. But I don’t know, it wasn’t so much “for us” but for the characters, Nolan’s reaction would’ve been amazing.
By the way, one the funniest moments of the new season has to be him hugging Jack in the first episode.October 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm #263975
I completely agree, Spencer Davis. I got season 1 on DVD for free towards the end of the summer, and since nothing else was on, I decided to watch. After the first 3 episodes I thought, is this show really gonna be about her picking off one member of the staff each episode? Lame.
But then things starts to get way more complicated as they brought in Tyler, and especially “Amanda Clarke”. Yes, it’s soapy, but for a soap, it’s extremely well written as it seems to have a “plan”. It feels like confident writing, instead of “how do we drag this out?”.
And I especially love Emily Van Camp’s performance. She could have played it so over-the-top with constant evil glares at people, but she underplays it with so much confidence that it’s fascinating to watch. She plays everything under the surface. It’s a fantastic performance. I wouldn’t hand her an Emmy nom, but she’s insanely compelling (way more than her adequate performance on “Brothers & Sisters”).
I still have doubts how this show can turn itself into a multiple season show. But for now, it’s a fantasticly entertaining show.October 13, 2012 at 12:21 am #263976
I’ve now seen the first two episodes of Revenge Season 2, and there is both plenty to cheer about and little tidbits that worry me. Let’s start with the good stuff:
Picking up the story several months after Season 1’s plane crash was a smart choice, as it allowed us to move past the characters’ grieving period and into a time of rebuilding. Being as it were that everyone and their dog guessed that Victoria Greyson was still alive, it would have been slightly cruel and incredibly stupid of the writers to have us sit through several hours of family members, friends, and … um … frenemies crying over the loss of someone who we just knew would pop up any minute. Boy, there sure is a lot to digest and reassess coming into this sophomore year. By keeping his daughter in rehab as a means of gaining access to her inheritance, Conrad Greyson becomes one of the most despicable men in broadcast television. Meanwhile, Emily continues the search for her mother, Charlotte is clean, Daniel has turned to alcohol to drown out his worries, Ashley is his new fiance, Nolan has been dedicating so much time to boxing that he has neglected his company’s financials, Jack and Amanda are having a baby together, and Takeda sends his Young Grasshopper to watch over Emily. These first two hours have kept true to the form that made the first year of Revenge so much fun. As long as Emily’s hunt for her mother doesn’t result in the show jumping the shark, I’m all for it.
Now for the bad … Declan has quickly become as useless now as he was in the first half of Season 1. Connor Paolo has always seemed like an odd duck in the cast, accent and all. But giving him a “being set up by the rich kid” subplot seems also criminal. No one deserves that boring, predictable material. And also, they recast Takeda? I understand if the the original actor had an obligation elsewhere, but it always feels cheap, nonetheless. Luckily, Revenge is a show that has always embraced its soap opera roots, allowing it to get away with casting choices that other shows would be crucified for.
Looking forward to Sundays. Now with the White Haired Man out of the way, I’m curious who the major adversary in Emily’s line of vision with be.October 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm #263977
Haven’t enjoy the season so far. Been a tad slow and the casting of Jennifer Jason Leigh goes against everything I stand for. Now hear me out, I think acting should be the most important thing, but giving the caliber of actress she is and what the show is, it doesn’t mesh well at all.October 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm #263978
stop. I love Revenge…October 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm #263979
This episode was a little much. I started laughing at it all at one point as the Graysons each went from room to room dealing with one ridiculous plot after another. The show has got to settle down a little bit and get back to focusing on Emily’s revenge. It’s getting too muddled with all the backstabbing/twists and turns within the Grayson family. It’s becoming too much to keep track of. Who’s mad at who changes almost by the scene.
I agree that Declan is a pointless character. And he now has an absolutely godawful haircut.October 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm #263980
Jack and Declan need to be written off. I prefer Aiden as Emily’s love interest.October 15, 2012 at 2:45 am #263981
no offense to the actors but i would be happier if Jack, Declan, and Fake Amanda get written off too.October 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm #263982
Someone on TWOP posited: “I am wondering if they are going to end up breaking into Emanda’s house
and finding something revealing her true identity. And I wonder if Aiden
will kill one of them to hide her secret.”
Probably wishful thinking, but that would help get rid of the Porters. At least in S1 Declan was dating Charlotte so was tangentially tied into the main plot. I don’t yet see the point of him in S2. Though the Porters are still less annoying than the comparable Rufus + Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl back when that show was good (Yes there was a time.).
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