Revenge Review: Pilot

ABC advertised Revenge like mad this summer. You couldn’t escape seeing the promos on ABC or ABC Family; they were everywhere. I got sick of seeing them and it almost turned me off from wanting to watch the show. However, the show looked appealing and it has Emily Van Camp and well I always loved Amy Abbott. So when ABC offered a free screening a few weeks ago, I took notice and watched the pilot.

Needless to say, I loved it.

Revenge is the exact type of trashy yet sophisticated soapy primetime drama that I’ve been looking for. It is everything I wanted Gossip Girl, Ringer, and even Pretty Little Liars to be, and yet it is also soooo much more.

Revenge is loosely based on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas except instead of being set in France in the 18oos, its set in modern day America, the Hamptons to be exact. The other major difference is that Revenge is told through the eyes of Emily Thorne, a beautiful, independent, and wealthy young woman who is out to seek revenge on those who framed her father, David Clarke (James Tupper) for a horrendous crime.

Emily Throne (AKA Amanda Clarke) is your new resident sociopath and she is played to perfection by Emily Van Camp.  In the pilot episode, she moves back to the Hamptons, manages to get the lady who she’s renting her house from, Lydia Davis (Amber Valletta), exiled from the Hampton’s for having an affair with the husband of the family Emily is plotting to take down, and also catches the eye of the son from that same family.

Um this isn’t the sweet Amy Abbott or Rebecca Harper we know and love.

No this is a story about Revenge as our dear Emily tells us at the end of the pilot.

What also makes this show so interesting is its supporting cast. Emily is out for revenge but there are other people who she meets in the pilot that might get in her way. First off, there is Ashley, the sweet, fun, and flirty party planner in the Hamptons who is Emily’s best friend from New York. Then there is the blue collar working family, the Porter family whom Amanda/Emily knew when she was a kid. We see Emily re meet Jack in the premiere and instantly you can tell that there is chemistry between the two and not to mention some unrequited love on Jack’s part (he names his boat Amanda.)

There is also the character of Nolan Ross, the man who picks up Emily when she is released from her correctional facility and was the one to tell her about her inheritance and her father’s death. He then is the only one who recognizes her back up in the Hamptons. He too has issues with the people who framed her father and he wants to help her take them down even if she doesn’t want his help. He reminds me of Chuck Bass. It will be interesting too where his character is headed.

Then there is the Grayson Family, Hampton royalty and the family that is Emily’s prime target. At the head of the family is Victoria Grayson. Clues in the pilot point towards her and Emily’s father having an affair and that she was one of the main ones responsible for framing David. Her husband was the one having an affair with Lydia, which Emily exposes deviously. And then there are their children, Daniel and Charlotte. Daniel is the prized son of the family whereas Charlotte is the little rebel child.  It is also revealed in a flash forward scene at the beginning of the pilot that Daniel will get engaged to Emily and also be discovered dead at their engagement party.  The mystery surrounding his death will be a plot point throughout the season.

So there you have it; the set up for this year’s juiciest new drama, Revenge. It has so much potential be more epic than other ABC shows like the outdated Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. I think this show is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to watch how it plays out this season, especially now that its gotten ABC some of their best ratings in their terrible 10pm Wednesday timeslot! I have a feeling that this show is going to be around for a while and I for one can’t wait!

What did everyone else think?

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