Sunday, September 30, 2012

'Revenge' Premiere Review - 2.01 Destiny

        On the season premiere of ABC's Revenge, Emily returns to the Hamptons to plan and carry out her next move but will she be able to manage her heart and keep her emotions from getting in the way of her resolve to avenge her father and to learn the truth about what happened to her mother?

        After a jaw-breaking season one finale, Revenge returned tonight for its second season with a more quiet and mysterious episode. The start of the episode was sort of a re-introduction as we saw where the characters are and what they doing as it has been two months since last season's finale plane explosion cliffhanger. Charlotte is alive and in a rehab facility; Daniel and Ashley are a couple; Nolan is a part of a fight club and is selling his house; Fauxmanda is ready to burst? Emily has been off with Takeda and a new guy trying to remember her mother; and Victoria was in fact "dead." It really wasn't until the boat party that the episode really started taking off with the soapiness and the shocking revelations and twists.
        The best premieres are the ones that aren't a simple rehashing of what has already occurred while also teasing of what is to come this season. Nothing from this episode exemplified this better than in the concluding moments where Emily learned that Victoria is sending the White-Haired Man to eliminate her. I am also quite enjoying the new dynamics between Emily & Charlotte and Emily & Victoria. There is a sense of earnestness there that should make things even more juicy when we get back into the swing of Victoria and Emily offering death stares at each other.
        Ashley, Charlotte and Declan were my least favorite characters from the first season. It seemed as if the show never know how best use them in the story or wrote them to be as annoy as possible. In this episode, I really turned around on Charlotte and Ashley. I loved every scene with Charlotte on the boat. The "conspiracy" to keep her in rehab was compelling and exciting as some as it was revealed. I wasn't sure of what direction they were writing her doctor. He could have been her new lover but the reveal that he's working for Conrad was so much better. Overall, I am, for the first time, excited by what Charlotte's story has in store.
        To conclude, the premiere also teased something bigger and more mysterious with Takeda and his fellow new revenge pupil. I would have liked something more substantial from the two of them but they go still have me engaging, so I am cautiously optimistic that the show will deliver when the time is right. Also, from the brief flashbacks, I did enjoy the addition of Jennifer Jason Leigh as Emily's mom. The mystery is still very much wrapped in darkness but I do sense that she will be a formidable force for both Emily and Victoria and I can't wait.

So what did everyone think of the premiere? What did the flash-forward teaser at the start mean? What was your favorite Nolan line? Mine was (in reference to Victoria) "Do you think she's somewhere looking up at us?" Share your thoughts in the comments.