TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Chaos”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Chaos" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mark Fish & Joe Fazzio Director: Sanford Bookstaver Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 15, 2012 The episode “Chaos” is perhaps the most aptly titled episode of REVENGE yet – there is so much going on, and it all ties into what we all came here to see, namely the shooting at the beginning of the season, which also starts the episode. And, oh, yes, there is one humdinger of a surprise twist at the end. More cynical minds might suggest we could have seen this coming. I totally […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Perception”

Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Perception" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Nikki Toscano & Sallie Patrick Director: Tim Hunter Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 8, 2012 There is a problem with elaborate plans, such as Emily Thorne’s (Emily VanCamp) to exact REVENGE on Victoria and Conrad Grayson (Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny) for arranging to have Emily’s father David Clarke (James Tupper) wrongfully convicted of terrorism. You could even legitimately argue that it’s a problem inherent in the premise of the show, but we won’t. The more elaborate a plan is, the more things can go wrong. And in […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Commitment”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Commitment" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 18, 2012 “Commitment” is one of those episodes of REVENGE that feels like the story is going all over the place and not really getting anywhere. Part of it may be that Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) plan for revenge against Victoria and Conrad Grayson for the wrongful conviction of her father David Clarke (James Tupper) is creating a certain amount of collateral damage, this time to Charlotte (Christa B. Allen), Victoria’s daughter and Jack (Nick Wechsler). […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Infamy”

Ciara Hanna, Margarita Levieva and Nick Wechsler in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Infamy" | ©2012 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 11, 2012 One of the issues of writing about REVENGE is that we have two characters who have switched names, and in “Infamy,” this becomes an issue. So to minimize confusion, please remember that since Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is usually referred to as Emily even though she is really Amanda Clarke, she will be referred to as Emily throughout. The real Emily Thorne is currently in place as Amanda Clarke (Margarita Levieva), so […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Duress”

Connor Paolo and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Duress" | ©2011 ABC/Carol Kaelson

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Elle Treidman Director: Jamie Babbit Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 4, 2012 Ah, the evil Tyler (Ashley Holmes) is really going off the deep end – which we knew he was going to. Good thing Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) can turn any situation to her advantage in her relentless pursuit of revenge against the Graysons, who were behind getting her father convicted of a crime he did not commit. Meanwhile, it looks like the divorce between Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) is going to […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Loyalty”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Loyalty" | ©2011 ABC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Wendy Calhoun & Nikki Toscano Director: J. Miller Tobin Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 It almost seems as thought the various plotlines of REVENGE are spinning out of control in this week’s episode, “Loyalty.” Of course, the problem with being angry is that you tend to alienate the people you can least afford to, and Emily (Emily VanCamp) is certainly heading that direction, having issues with her mentor Satoshi Takeda (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Nolan (Gabriel Mann). Just a refresher to (hopefully) eliminate confusion – Emily Thorne […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Suspicion”

Emily VanCamp and Hiroyuki Sanada in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Suspicion" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Salvatore Stabile Director: Bethany Rooney Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: November 23, 2011 Maybe it’s because this aired on the night before Thanksgiving and some of us were a little distracted, but “Suspicion” was a rather flat episode for REVENGE. It felt like things were being set up, but not much was actually happening. Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is trying to control her counterpart Amanda (Margarita Levieva), who in turn is going after local pub owner Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler). And this could cause significant problems for Emily’s great […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Treachery”

Margarita Levieva and Emily VanCamp in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Treachery" | ©2011 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Ryan Scott Director: Bobby Roth Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: November 16, 2011 The “Treachery” episode of REVENGE makes you wonder if the writers haven’t written themselves into a corner, because it certainly looks like the wheels are coming off Emily’s big plot. The problem is, the show started at the end of the summer season with someone getting shot – and it sure looked like Emily was getting what she wanted and planned. So you have to figure the writers know where they’re going with the story and how […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Charade”

Margarita Levieva in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Charade" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mark B. Perry and Joe Fazzio Director: Sanford Bookstaver Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: November 2, 2011 As I noted elsewhere recently, one of the problems with these endlessly mysterious kinds of shows like REVENGE, where for every question that gets answered, three more pop up, is that it can be a little hard to tell if the writers are just being mysterious or if they simply screwed up. And it’s really hard in the re-telling of this show not to sound cynical because it is so very, […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Intrigue”

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Intrigue" | ©2011 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie Director: Tim Hunter Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 27, 2011 First off, let me make a correction to last week’s episode, it turns out that when Lydia took that fall off her rooftop after fighting with the Grayson family bodyguard/hit man Frank (Max Martini), she survived. She’s in a coma, but alive. Whodathunk that? And Nolan (Gabriel Mann) does point out to Emily (Emily Van Camp) that it was kind of her fault. See, Emily had set it up so that it […]Read On »

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