Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Review of Revenge's 3x20: "Revolution"

Written by Sunil Nayar And Michael J. Cinquemani
Directed by Christine Moore

Emily: “I know we have had our differences but it seems like you’re actually getting what you deserve. Congratulation Victoria.”

There’s an exchange in the second season of Game Of Thrones between Tyrion and Cersei where he told the latter her joy would turn to ash (something which the fourth season has delivered on) and oddly enough during that brief moment between Emily and Victoria, the same thing happened here.

Victoria started this episode being elated at the idea of Pascal wanting to marry her and ended the episode having to deal with the fallout of his violently comical death. However just like a certain Queen Regent, it’s actually a little hard to sympathise with Victoria at the moment.

Her relationship with Pascal over the last five episodes has been tediously predictable to watch at almost every turn and given the lack of chemistry between the actors, it’s also been pretty implausible as well. The only good thing that Pascal actually did in this episode was to finally push Conrad into resorting to murdering him and being sliced by a helicopter was certainly a memorable way for an unmemorable character to otherwise depart.

Without being trying to be too snarky or horrible – Pascal serves a better purpose as a dead man than an alive one. Sure his death kind of messed up Emily’s scheme to finally get the Graysons behind back but with Pascal dead, Conrad can breath a sigh of relief, Victoria can get closer to uncovering Emily and Daniel can continue to work his slimy charms on Margaux. Basically if you’re a Grayson, Pascal’s death works out for you just fine.

As for Emily – at least this week she was actually working towards getting things back on tracks. I liked the Homeland Security/Rebecca Stone ruse she pulled on Pascal to try and snare Conrad and her final plan had better be something just as interesting if she isn’t responsible for Charlotte being kidnapped.

That leads to the other thing – who did kidnap Charlotte at the end of the episode? Emily and Aiden or that creepy guy who seems to be fixated on David Clarke? Either way, it’s the first time in a while that Charlotte has had something of a useful plot for the show. Too bad it had to be something as clichéd as being abducted though.

Also in “Revolution”

Jack and Margaux broke up in this episode. That can only mean that Daniel will be sleeping with her by the time we get to the finale if not next week then.

Emily (to Pascal): “This is where you tell me everything.”

Congrats to Nolan for finding a nice way of ruining Javier, Daniel and Margaux’s launch for the MyClone app.

Pascal: “I give you Conrad, no problem.”
Emily: “We need Victoria too.”
Pascal: “No.”

Daniel (to Conrad): “Besides there’s many upsides to getting rid of Pascal.”

I really hope this show isn’t going to pull a plot where either David Clarke is alive or that creepy stalker guy is his son/brother/some other relative or enemy.

Party Planner: “You’re not on the list.”
Nolan: “How about on the hardware?”

Standout music: Frankie Rose’s “Sorrow”.

Emily (re Conrad): “I need to take him down.”
Aiden: “Do you have a plan?”
Emily: “I think so.”

Chronology: Not long from where “Allegiance” left off.

“Revolution” might not have been the most stirring of episodes but it was certainly an improvement and it wins points for finally taking Pascal out of the question. Overall, it gives me some hope for the last two episodes.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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