Thursday, September 22, 2011
TV PILOT REVIEW: ABC's "Revenge"
The CW's latest contribution to the melodrama genre is Sarah Michelle Gellar's "Ringer." As I said in my review last week, it falls short on the intrigue and plot development. The characters are barely interesting and I don't care enough about Siobhan or Bridget to make the series apart of my weekly must-see schedule. "Revenge," on the other hand, will have you asking two very important questions: How did she do that? and What does she plan on doing next? Those are the questions that should plague you once a revenge plot is revealed. You should both fear and support the vengeance-seeker. And whatever their reason for seeking revenge should merit the lengths they'll go to.
When I first saw that Emily VanCamp was the lead actress on this series, I had low expectations. I've never seen "Everwood," I never liked her on "Brothers & Sisters," and I didn't think she could ever top Leighton Meester's Blair Waldorf, Michelle Tratchenberg's Georgina Sparks, or Pretty Little Liars' A. I never thought she could believably channel her inner bitch to a volcanic degree, but apparently I was wrong. I actually think Ms. VanCamp almost missed her calling. She was born to be a villain, possessing an appearance of innocence that equips her with plausible deniability, and a coldness that allows her to reveal someone's adultery just as easily as if she were announcing the purchase of a new couch. She's like a Trojan Horse, and these yuppies won't know what hit him.
My money is on Nolan though, who seems driven to a life of excess because of his unrequited love for her, and I also have a sneaking feeling that maybe that's not even Daniel since he was face down, but I'll play along, because I'm not really interested in the murder mystery. What'll have me coming back week after week are the unforeseeable steps in her intricate plan and the close calls she'll have every time someone thinks they know her. This week she ruined Victoria and Lydia's friendship, separated Conrad from Lydia by innocently inspiring Victoria to excommunicate her from the Hamptons, and drew a heavy blow to an already fragile marriage—and all of that could've been compromised if Nolan had outed her. It'll be a delicate dance, but I'm looking forward to the choreography.