Like Once Upon A Time, I wasn’t too keen on watching this show when it first came out. I was already traumatized after watching several seasons of Gossip Girl and 90210. I swore to myself that I would never watch another television show where teens and young adults engage in unnecessary backstabbing and do stupid stuff for trivial problems. I’ve seen Emily VanCamp in other TV shows and she usually plays the role of an innocent young girl, so I wasn’t sure if she couldn’t deliver a strong, feisty and independent character.
I was wrong. The show became a massive hit here in the US and overseas as well. So, what was I to do? Well, Netflix once again comes to my aid and luckily Revenge was available in their selection. After one episode, I was hooked and I was anxious to know what happens next. Revenge is a story about a young woman with a vendetta against Hampton’s elite. She seeks to avenge her wronged father who was betrayed by their supposed circle of elite friends. Interestingly, the story is a loose adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Monter Cristo. VanCamp effectively portrays a woman who will go at any length to avenge her late father’s death. I love how she can fool not only the characters, but also the audiences to think she is an innocent, vulnerable and elegant young woman. Yet, in a heartbeat, she can turn into the fiery femme fatale when the time calls for it. One aspect that reinforces her dominance as a femme fatale character are the scenes where we see VanCamp snap a neck or two in a beautiful dress, then look absolutely calm and elegant afterwards.
Revenge is also gifted with the talents of Madeline Stowe and Gabriel Mann. Stowe plays VanCamp’s main target in her roadmap to revenge, while Mann takes on the role of her supportive yet concerned ally. In addition to VanCamp, Stowe and Mann both create compelling characters that could easily cement spots as one of television’s most memorable characters. It’s hard not to root for the anti-heroine when we fully know that she’s out for blood. Revenge is wrong, but VanCamp makes us feel that it is the appropriate form of justice as we see the trials she had to endure to be the strong and independent woman she is now. I think I might even say that this is more satisfying than watching Arrow on the CW. Oliver Queen is no match for Emily Thorne.
You can catch Revenge on ABC as the second season has just begun. If you want to catch up, the first season is available on Netflix.