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Revenge gambles that we'll want to watch a good vengeance drama even when it turns out to be a grim process where in the end it doesn't seem like anybody is going to feel very good.
This isn't high art but it is a classy package with an awful lot to recommend it; a great example of intelligent pop drama.
Revenge is soapy yet highly intriguing. Whether it can sustain the intrigue for a full season and beyond is a question almost as interesting as the show itself.
But leaving aside its bombast, it has already proved itself to be neatly plotted and has delivered a few clever twists and turns...
Revenge fails to be little more than pretty people being mean to each other in dull ways.
Seeing Emily on the ropes could add a little more texture to this campy melodrama, so I say bring it on.
The opulence, the layered relationships, and not knowing the extent of how much vengeance will be enough for Emily make Revenge a captivating watch.
Revenge may give me something I didn't realize I'd been missing: A glamorous drama with rich, beautiful people in a gorgeous setting looking to do one another harm.
Audience Reviews for Revenge: Season 1
Aug 18, 2020From ABC comes the exciting and thrilling series Revenge. Season 1 follows a New York socialite named Emily Thorne who moves to the Hamptons and begins courting the son of the prestigious Grayson family; but Emily is really Amanda Clark, who has come to get revenge against the Graysons and their friends who orchestrated a conspiracy that framed her father for a terrorist attack, leading to his imprisonment and murder. Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp lead the cast and give incredibly strong performances. And the writers do an excellent job at creating mystery and suspense as Emily's revenge plot unfolds and the Grayson conspiracy is revealed. Still, it has some clichéd and cheesy romantic subplots and gets a bit soap opera-ish at times; which is also what makes to the show so engrossing. Revenge delivers an intense and riveting first season that's full of intrigue and promises even darker and more tantalizing conspiracies to come.Dann M Super Reviewer
Jun 30, 2019A fantastic first season.
Jan 30, 2019Emmy worthy performances coming from almost every actor in the cast.
Feb 08, 2017Bad, bad, bad. The story is very cheap and not appropriate for a prime time series. Barely appropriate for daytime soap. The acting was subpar, the characters were not likable at all. Thankful that it ended after season 4.
Dec 01, 2014STANDBY AS WE DISCOVER THAT NOLAN IS BEHIND EVERYTHING!
Nov 01, 2014Why one star: Because I know the big twist: It will be revealed that Nolan modified the journals to push Emily into seeking revenge, and all because Nolan sought revenge. I know this because I know where the source material came from. I revealed this big "twist" during the first season when I realized what (un-credited) material was being used for this series.
Oct 07, 2014Great soapy fun. Madeline Stowe is a delight.
Sep 27, 2014Pretty damn fun series.
Dec 09, 2013Great season. The story was interesting and kept me wanting more.
Nov 27, 2013yea it's camp and somewhat poorly acted but the story lines are excellent and the backstabbing is too good for this not be awesome.