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I found this show no different than any other night time soap opera.
Very "run of the mill" and formulaic. From the first episode I felt I
was just watching a "Dynasty" remake. To make matters worse the writer
of this pathetic tripe is so heavy handed with the flash backs we start
the season off with who shot J.R. Ewing and flashback 5 months. Now
watching a flashback we flashback through Amanda's troubled and
misspent youth. If the writers expected to hold my attention to watch
more than just the pilot, they should have avoided the conflicted
scenes with Gabriel Mann. Otherwise the character Amanda should have
killed him in the very first encounter, leading the viewer to wonder if
she shot the man on the beach or had him shot. Obviously the girl not
capable of murder is not capable of revenge either. The story is a wash
from the very beginning. If you think I am spoiling? No, you are told
in the pilot episode in the first 15 minutes who lives and dies the
A weak storyline, many loop holes, and a clone of the late 1970s soaps. If you love shows like "Desperate housewives", "Dallas", and your revenge a dish best served lukewarm, then maybe this is the show for you. If you are more of a "Dexter" fan and really love matured and well written shows then there is an ABC "Family" Production. They might as well show it on Netflix for kids.
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As a child, Emily was at the center of a national political scandal, but when she returns home 15 years later, nobody recognizes her--including the next-door neighbor who'd had an affair with her father. Did I mention that she moved into the exact same house where she lived as a kid? She successfully tricks another next-door neighbor by putting on a black wig and glasses and posing as a hotel chambermaid. Like a super-hero who puts on a costume and passes undetected among close friends, Emily also manages to save the plot line with some amazing surprise talents (mad fighting skills, knowledge of non-lethal poisons) and when she needs help, she turns to her annoying frenemy, the computer whiz, who hacks into private security camera footage just in time to collect incriminating evidence. And for all the dramatic build up, Emily's revenge is painfully anti-climatic. A politician is shamed into resigning from a campaign. A bitchy socialite is cruelly snubbed at a garden party. A hedge fund manager loses money and his clients get mad at him. This is the vengeance she waited fifteen years to carry out? When yet another villain suffers a sad trombone moment and Emily dramatically X- s out his face in red marker, the effect is unintentionally hilarious. I understand this is a TV drama and not a documentary, but c'mon ABC, you have to try to meet your viewers halfway. It's a promising premise and a good cast but even Madeline Stowe's petulant Hamptons smirk can't save such pitifully lazy writing.
I do love Madeline Stowe and have in all of her roles, but sadly this
series dropped me after the first season. It was fun for a time but the
lifeless, stoic and poorly acted nature of the lead character Emily
left me with only one bullet of entertainment and five blanks.
I do not mean to disrespect her. Not everyone is born with a deeper and more complex/resourceful soul to draw from. She is clearly doing the best she can from a very flat and colorless pallet.
There is nothing that can be done now to replace her and save this series that could have been great.
Because of Madeline, I am giving this two stars instead of one.
I had my doubts about this show but was convinced to give it a go by a
friend... after the first 6 episodes i thought 'boy i got this wrong,
this really looks like a decent show'.
Then, after episode 10 i realised that my initial doubts were well founded... i don't know what happened but i just turned into a soap not unlike Dallas or something. It lost it's direction, the writing became painfully contrived and to be honest the Revenge aspect of the show got lost behind several relationships... sad to say it quickly became a bla bla bla show fit only for teenage girls!
i abandoned this one after 14 episodes, it would have been 8 or 9 if not for my wife... now even she can't be bothered with it!!
Give this one a big miss!!! (unless you're a wee girl)
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I enjoyed this show right till the end episode, which gave me a great
disappointment. I hoped (and I think we are all lead to believe) that
there would be a great climax; she will confront her enemies, revile
her identity, give everyone big surprise and open some new problems
which will have to be solved in second season. But instead they just
prolonged same issues and same revelations to the second season.
Who have time and nerves for this?! To watch another 22 episodes which circles tiredly around same problems and questions!
One new thing they introduce to us for second season is the fact that her mother is still alive. OK, first season is about her father, second will be about her mother, third about sibling, after that, if this show would have any audience left, we will found the biggest mysteries of her life and everyone around her concerns her grand parents and uncles and so on...
Why they don't learn from really good shows in the same genre like Dexter. They conclude every season with great explanations and big climax and go for the following one with new cases through which we learn about the new aspects of the leading characters. In that way show can stay fresh really long. Of course if they know how to do it and avoid get repetitive and boring. At least for me this is a good formula for the show in that kind of genre.
I also couldn't believed that they killed her big opponent which was played by Madeleine Stowe. Everything in the plot centers around they animosities and at the end they didn't get confronted! What a waste of opportunity! Maybe they will miraculously resurrect her in second season but I will not be in fateful audience anymore to watch those same problems repeat themselves episode after episode.
I think this show could have been great as a mini-series if you added
more brutality/violence and more sinister actions from the main
The actors are not doing a bad job, but the more I watch this show, the more I feel like I'm not in the target group. It's too much of a soap opera for my taste, and it feels like this show will go on forever, just add more characters that hurt Emily/Amandas father and you're all set.
The show simply doesn't live up to its name, there isn't much revenge happening. I don't empathize much with Emily/Amanda and I don't get that feeling of retribution taking place in front of my eyes when finally a character dies.
The most recent movie I watched was "The girl with the Dragon Tattoo", watch it and see a rapist get what's coming to him, that's revenge.
I liked this series until lately. It had it's ups and downs but, held
my interest. Without spoilers, the last few episodes made it clear this
will never become more than a daytime soap opera. At first, the story
had plot completions and small goals that were met or, at least
resolved, for better or worse. That no longer happens. As I can see no
possible way for the show to rekindle my interest, I am quitting now.
If you enjoy flat out soap operas, and I am not criticizing you if you
do, than this might be the show for you. If you want plot advancement
and forward movement, than don't waste your time.
There is really nothing more to say to meet the arbitrary 10 line minimum of this site.
I thought from the start it was going to be a great show; the cast is great, performance, but it lacks story. It is uselessly stretching the plot. I seriously can't understand even though having all proofs the protagonist is delaying her revenge and even stopping others to do so.Like the takeover of Nolcorp was totally unnecessary also when Amanda died and Emily threw the laptop containing all proofs against the Graysons and said that now her head is clear and she is deemed to destroy Conrad and Victoria and that she deviated from her path and now she does not require any proofs implying that she is going to kill them but doesn't. It circles around meaningless sub-stories and hangs the second season towards the end for more. I hope the third season should be its last.
The basic idea here of adapting the Count of Monte Cristo should make
for compelling TV. Unfortunately, the result is mixed.
The big problem is the main character. She just isn't interesting enough to win our sympathy. It may be that the actor who plays Emily isn't up to the challenge, but the writing fails her, too. Don't get me started on Jack and Declan, who walked right off the set of Melrose Place.
Two characters make the show worth watching: Madeleine Stowe as the eeeeeeevil Victoria and Gabriel Mann as the delightful Nolan, who has the complex character Emily lacks. Why Nolan helps Emily despite her abusive treatment of him is not sufficiently explained.
Despite my gleeful response to Victoria, it must be admitted that, at the most basic level, the show promotes a lie about the 1%, which is that they work really hard to be evil. In reality, the evil that the extremely wealthy do is far more banal, and generally within the bounds of legality, since the laws exist to protect them. The show perpetuates a fantasy about social class which is essentially wrong.
I'm from St. Catharines in Canada and LOVE the Revenge show. In fact, I
can't hardly wait from week to week to see what's going to happen next.
I try to imagine, but I could never come up with the ideas that this
show has. My only problem now is that the Revenge series are mostly
re-runs and that can get "old and boring" very quickly. I wished they
would make sure we have a new show each week because it's really fun to
talk over with friends to try and see who comes closest to what's going
to happen on the next show. My friends and I have fast become "family"
because we're all so involved with Revenge.
Please help us and continue to give us a new episode each week so we don't lose interest. Can someone out there make this happen? Thanks.
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