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Revenge: Illumination

"I can handle anybody who operates in subterfuge, present company included."

I'm not sure how I felt about this one. It had some intriguing elements, but it just never really came together as an exciting, cohesive whole.

I get what they're going for with the introduction of Eli James, Amanda's foster brother, but the guy really annoyed me. I hate it when writers introduce obstacles in a hero's path that are this forced and obvious. I don't think anyone doubts that Emily will handle the pest within the next couple of episodes and he'll be on his way. If he turns out to be more significant in the long run, I'll be impressed. Still I don't find myself interested in learning any more about him which is a shame.

The Graysons are becoming extremely unlikeable. Yes they've always been horrible people but the show always managed to keep Victoria a tad likeable and sympathetic. It was much more compelling when Victoria would at least display regret or guilt over what they did to David Clarke. Now she has no problem creating a foundation in "honor" of his dead daughter and using it to hide their money (until Emily gets to it at least). Neither she nor Conrad have any redeeming factors at the moment which is really lazy storytelling in my opinion. It's easy to paint a full-on villain, but crafting an antagonist with shades of grey? That's fascinating.

Much like his parents, Daniel has become utterly tedious to watch. The guy keeps making the same mistakes over and over and it's made him a frustrating character to root for. He knows how evil and despicable his parents' tactics are, yet he keeps going back and acting surprised when they hatch another dastardly plot!

And the ending could not have been cheesier with the introduction of the "the myth, the legend, the Falcon!" Seriously? The only way I'll forgive this turn of events is if Emily finds herself on the warpath again with the red pen of doom which I've greatly missed.

Vengeful Bits

- So young Amanda was a pyromaniac? Hmm... that sure adds another dimension to last year when she burned Mason Treadwell's house down.

- Aiden's home sure is damn spectacular.

- While Jack is getting sneakier, I still don't find myself very interested in his machinations.

- No Padma (or The Initiative) this week Hallelujah!

- Is there a love triangle brewing between Charlotte, Eli and Declan? Do we care?

- I did love the flashback of David Clarke giving Nolan the Infinity box. He really did trust that geek with everything.

Devious Delights

Nolan: Check out faux-bro climbing Mount Grayson like it ain't no thang.

Emily: Let's go hunting.

- A terribly disappointing hour of Revenge.

2 out of 5 mythical hackers.

Previously posted on Nad's Reviews.


  1. Yup. Not a very inspiring hour. It was interesting that the faux-bro knew the truth straight off the bat though! And here I thought we'd have episodes of EMily avoiding him so he wouldn't discover it...
    Graysons are setting up Aiden? How is it that Emily doesn't have the office bugged so she could know thaT!!!

  2. No Padma-hurrah..the rest meh. The mythical hacker thing was so dull. The faux-bro even more. The actor was not doing anything for me-bad writing or acting or maybe a combo of both.
    Get better soon, show.

  3. I have to agree that this was not this show's strongest hour. The writers appear to have moved from what made this show so great (red pen of doom, indeed!) and keep introducing characters to make the story more convoluted and contrived.

    We all suspect, don't we, that the Falcon will end up being someone we know. At first I thought of Eli, but he was probably too young. Either way, let's dispatch with the new players quickly and get back to our beloved RPoD!


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