Sunday, November 4, 2012

'Revenge' Review - 2.06 Illusion

        On the newest episode of ABC's Revenge, the ties that bind Victoria and Conrad are tested as they reaffirm their loyalties and commitment to each other; and the all-too-knowing Mason Treadwell digs deeper as Emily and Amanda struggle to keep their pasts a secret.

        One of the immensely appealing aspects of Revenge's first season was Emily's very singular goal of taking down the corrupt people who wrongfully convicted her father. As the show has grown, it has shied away from that angle in order to build up a larger world/conspiracy as well as add to the emotional depths of all of the characters. But throughout the first few episodes of season two, it has become very muddled on what the narrative is actually driving towards. This confusion is exactly why I loved last week's episode final act twist of Mason thinking that Amanda is not really Amanda Clarke. That reveal added tension to tonight's proceedings as it was very entertaining to see both Emily and Amanda plot to silence Mason's claims. That tension also build very rapidly as now Mason Treadwell has a very TV cliche bulletin board of evidence trying to connect everything together.
        This episode had a lot of small plots percolating in space that I know will become vital to the larger narrative eventually but right now they are just moving so slow for me to care about them. I mean is anyone really enjoying the snail pace that is the Jack, Declan, Kenny bar story - which now includes a Declan-Charlotte reunion - or the business dealings between Nolcorp and Grayson Global or Kara on the verge of doing something crazy or psychotic but never really doing anything. 

So what did everyone think of the episode? What is the Initiative up to now? Have the opening and closing voiceovers all of sudden become so relevant to the show and its message? Share your thoughts in the comments.