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‘Revenge’ Review: Chaos

Now we’ve come full circle and ended up where the pilot started and boy has it been a fun ride. An episode full of shocks and surprises coupled with the usual amount of manipulation that comes from some of the characters. “Chaos” manages to live up to its episode title. Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) reaction at the end mirrored the way that I felt; what happened on the beach?

The fire and ice theme easily describes the character traits of some of the characters, especially in “Chaos.” A perfect example of fire sees the return of Tyler (Ashton Holmes). I had a feeling that we weren’t going to see the last of the character and in some way I hoped he would return. Holmes has been brilliant playing the role of the unstable man. It’s revealed that Tyler stole Emily’s box but what I wasn’t expecting was that he also kidnaps Fauxmanda (Margarita Levieva). Maybe it’s time I should just call her Amanda from now on.

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‘Revenge’ Review: Commitment

If you didn’t believe it before then you better believe it now; the gloves are definitely off as physical and emotional blows are made. There’s always manipulation happening but this week we see consequences that make Emily (Emily VanCamp) change her plans very quickly.

The Grayson’s divorce is already messy but with a little help from Emily, Conrad (Henry Czerny) becomes a winner and a loser from this latest round. Conrad receives a copy of David’s (James Tupper) video interview, claiming to be Charlotte’s (Christa B. Allen) father.

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‘Revenge’ Review: Infamy

Normal service has resumed as everyone deals with the aftermath of Tyler (Ashton Holmes). “Infamy” continues the trend of enjoyable episodes but it’s the last few minutes that really had me hooked. In fact, I said “Oh my God” several times, before wondering how everything was going to play out in future episodes.

Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann and Emily VanCamp in Revenge

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‘Revenge’ Review: Duress

It seems like ages since ABC initially aired the promo of Tyler (Ashton Holmes) pointing a gun at everyone at Daniel’s (Joshua Bowman) birthday party. I was already excited with anticipation and the advance release of the first 9 minutes wet my appetite further. “Duress” doesn’t fail to disappoint and serves up an excellent episode with some outstanding performances.

Henry Czerny and Madeleine Stowe in Revenge

Conrad (Henry Czerny) and Victoria (Madeleine Stowe). Photo by Colleen Hayes – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Tyler tries to further blackmail Conrad (Henry Czerny) with the video evidence of Frank’s (Max Martini) confrontation with Lydia (Amber Valletta) before she fell off her building. Things don’t go as planned, for Tyler, as Emily (Emily VanCamp) finds the video but also Tyler’s empty bottle of meds.

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‘Revenge’ Review: Loyalty

Emily – “One thing you can count on, I never forget”

Loyalty is name of this week’s episode and it is tested by many. Actions steer events to go certain ways and it sets up what’s to come in 2012. Yes you read that correct, we’re all gonna have to wait a little bit longer for the next episode.

Gabriel Mann and Emily VanCamp in Revenge

Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and Emily (Emily VanCamp). Photo by Colleen Hayes – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

This week’s episode shows Emily (Emily VanCamp) having to adjust her game plan. As Tyler (Ashton Holmes) is proving to be more and more of an obstacle, she sets things in motion that leave others to do the work. Setting things up so it looks like Tyler is blackmailing Nolan (Gabriel Mann), while Tyler ends up blackmailing Conrad (Henry Czerny) to keep his job. Finding the sex tape of Tyler and Nolan really tests the boundaries of Emily’s friendship with Nolan. He’s hurt when he finds out how she’s involved the sex tape as part of her plan.

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‘Revenge’ Review: Suspicion

Fake smiles, fake reveals, fake breakups and a triangle turns into a square. There’s so much that happens in “Suspicion” and so many games being played that, at times, it’s hard to keep up.

Gabriel Mann and Ashton Holmes in Revenge

Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and Tyler (Ashton Holmes). Photo by Colleen Hayes – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

It got a bit too complicated when trying to address the real Emily Thorne (Margarita Levieva), that I’ve taken a leaf out of Fringe’s book. From now on I shall address the real Emily as Fauxmanda, just as Nolan (Gabriel Mann) does in his call to Emily (Emily VanCamp).

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‘Revenge’ Review: Treachery

Revenge is back after a week off and now things have started to get complicated. Just when I got use to calling Emily VanCamp’s character, Emily, the real Emily (Margarita Levieva) shows up. I’m not sure if I should be calling Emily, Amanda or Amanda, Emily but I digress.

Emily VanCamp and Margarita Levieva in Revenge

A tale of two Emilys (Emily VanCamp and Margarita Levieva). Photo by Randy Holmes – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Taking about complications, there’s the little matter of real Emily killing Frank (Max Martini) and turning up at fake Emily’s house (how am I going with this?). The problem with real Emily turning up is that it makes Emily’s plan messy. Emily takes the real Emily to stay with Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and he finds out about Frank. Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) calls the police and they end up at Emily’s asking questions.

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‘Revenge’ Review: Charade

Just when I think I have things figured out, the writers pull something out to change everything. “Charade” is exactly what is says on the tin as Conrad (Henry Czerny) and Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) Grayson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Their charade doesn’t last any longer as by the end of their anniversary dinner, Victoria tells Conrad to leave.

Max Martini and Margarita Levieva in Revenge

Frank (Max Martini) and the real Emily Thorne (Margarita Levieva). Photo by Colleen Hayes – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

So many people are playing each other that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. What this does is make things so much interesting as the viewers separate the game-playing from the genuine. I guess that’s what makes this episode title so suitable. There’s only a small amount genuine interaction which I feel is shown in Declan (Connor Paolo) and Charlotte’s (Christa B. Allen) last scene and when Emily (Emily VanCamp) gives Jack (Nick Wechsler) the present. I would love to know opinions on what they found were genuine moments.

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‘Revenge’ Review: Guilt

Wow, is pretty much what I said at the end of “Guilt.” The writers have definitely notched things up another level. The previous episodes have pretty much followed the same pattern; Emily (Emily VanCamp) getting revenge.

Madeleine Stowe, Ashley Madekwe and Emily VanCamp in Revenge

Victoria (Madeleine Stowe), Ashley (Ashley Madekwe) and Emily (Emily VanCamp). Photo by Randy Holmes – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

This time Lydia (Amber Valletta) is running the show (or at least she think she is); she just isn’t successful as Emily. Lydia’s presence ends up forcing others to counter-act her actions and it doesn’t end well for her.

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‘Revenge’ Review: Duplicity

Revealing therapy sessions and dodgy best friends are on the menu for this week’s installment of Revenge. Emily (Emily VanCamp) targets Dr. Michelle Banks (Amy Landecker), the psychiatrist responsible for institutionalizing her as a little girl, which stopped her from seeing her father, David (James Tupper). It seems the Grayson’s fingerprints are all over everyone that’s on Emily’s hit list; Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) offered Bank’s a private practice to keep Emily/Amanda away from her father.

Amy Landecker in Revenge "Duplicity"

The next target, Dr. Michelle Banks (Amy Landecker) Photo by Colleen Hayes – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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