While it isn’t everything I thought it would be “Legacy” still provides interesting insight to the moment when Emily (Emily VanCamp) decides to get revenge on those that setup David (James Tupper) and covered it up.
In 2002, Emily is still Amanda and she’s not the cunning female we’ve come to know. She’s more the act now and don’t think about it type; in some ways she reminds me of Fauxmanda (Margarita Levieva). All the people involved in the David Clarke cover-up are gathered at the Grayson’s Hamptons home to see in the New Year, including a character we weren’t fully aware of; David’s friend Roger, who was forced to keep quiet about the cover-up.
We see the start of Lydia (Amber Valletta) and Conrad’s (Henry Czerny) affair, Victoria’s (Madeleine Stowe) inability to let go of David’s memory and Frank (Max Martini) doing what he did best; cleaning up after the Grayson’s.
Reading David’s journals, Roger’s admittance of the cover up and his subsequent death are the catalyst to pushing Emily into taking revenge. It isn’t necessarily what David had in mind; David just wanted Amanda to know the truth about what happened.
Though I was looking forward to the flashback, now that it’s aired, I don’t feel that a full episode devoted to it was necessary. Maybe it’s just because I feel a little letdown or maybe because they showed things that I don’t think helped or were necessary.
I didn’t see the need to show the Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and Jack (Nick Wechsler) story. All it did for me was show that Jack had a dodgy hairstyle. What was shown in the early episodes was enough for me to understand why the two of them weren’t exactly best friends. Maybe other viewers were interested but it wasn’t a question I was asking.
The flashback within the flashback was interesting as we saw when David and Victoria first met. Their initial meeting reminds me of one of my first questions I had about the show. Was Victoria’s affair initially part of the plan or was it genuine from the start? The way Victoria was looking at him was like an animal finding its prey.
The episode didn’t leave me with any additional questions that I need answering. That’s one of the things I enjoy about the show but it wasn’t my main issue with the episode. I would have liked it if the flashback had provided something to have helped moved the story forward. Something, even as small as an appearance of the gray-haired man that killed David in prison, would have done the trick. It wouldn’t even need to be a big thing as Emily wouldn’t have known the significance of him until now. They also could have provided something new to the story. We all know how far Conrad and his men go to keep things quiet so Roger’s death doesn’t come as any real surprise other than to Emily, at this point.
Revenge has to go a long way before I’m truly disappointed with an episode. “Legacy” isn’t the best by its own standards or the expectations I had for it. It still has enough elements to be enjoyable. Unfortunately, at the moment, it looks like an episode that you don’t have to watch as you wouldn’t have missed anything. The only thing I can hope is that maybe something that happens in “Legacy” might still have some bearing in the two episodes still to come.
Revenge airs on ABC at 10/9c on Wednesdays
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Originally written for The Voice of TV