Revenge "Hatred" Review: All's Fair in Love and War

By Kaitlin Thomas

Jan 20, 2014

Revenge S03E13: "Hatred"

Oh boy, was Revenge on a bit of crack last night or what? It makes sense given that it was a mid-season finale and the series won't be back until March, but "Hatred" was full of, well, hatred. But it wasn't just Emily and Daniel fighting it out, as I had assumed it would be. The theme extended to Victoria, who was dealing with her own hatred of the man who raped her, and Conrad, as well, was dealing with his own shit as he moved out of Grayson Manor after Emily confirmed it was Lydia who shot her and the last sliver of his heart shattered forever. So hatred was spreading like herpes all over the Hamptons, and only a few people remained unscathed (but let's talk about them later, because happy people are boring people).

A psychological war between Emily and Daniel actually has the potential to be far more exciting than Emily's slow-burning seduction and romance with him ever was, but I think it'd be more effective if I thought Josh Bowman could make an evil Daniel believable. It's hard to take serious the scenes in which he's supposed to be threatening, because, well, he isn't. Henry Czerny pretty much has it down now, and it's why Conrad is so menacing. Perhaps he can give Josh some advice, because when I'm laughing during a scene in which I should actually be worrying for Emily, it really takes away from the series. And I wound up laughing quite a bit during "Hatred," especially in the scene in which Emily walked in on Daniel and Sara in bed. Really, bro? Really, that's how your going to win this war? Good one. That's high school level crap. It's going to piss Emily off, but it's not really going to do much else. And in the end, Emily won the battle, anyway.

Bringing Sara around the house was pretty amateur crap, and after Sara attempted to out-bitch Emily by the pool, Emily played dirty by tracking down her mother. And I was so happy that she did, because as I mentioned last week, Sara is too smart to be doing something so stupid with Daniel. Home-wrecker connotations aside, this is the woman Daniel nearly killed in a drunk driving accident and who had to pay for her rehabilitation on her own because his family is a horrible waste of space. Sara should never have been in this situation in the first place, because she always came off as a self-confident woman who was too smart to fall for Daniel's shit a second time. I'm not saying the characters on Revenge are all that realistic or even that smart most of the time, but what self-respecting woman would allow herself to be put in that position? (A lot, actually, but just go with me here.) If you were nearly paralyzed and then left on your own, would you be so quick to open yourself back up to the monster who did it? Sara might not have known Daniel was the one who shot Emily, but that's beside the point here. Daniel nearly ruined her life, and there she was, willingly letting him back in?

I never thought Sara was a great addition to the story given the way she was introduced so quickly, not to mention her entire existence was a plot device, but I also feel like she doesn't deserve to be dragged through the mud this way. Daniel claims he loves her, and I think he does, but he's been using her as a pawn in this war against Emily. I think it would have only been a matter of time before she wised up and realized this, too, because Emily certainly wasn't going to go anywhere, which means that war of wills wasn't going to stop. It's about time someone escaped the clutches of the Graysons unscathed (well, this time, not that time with the car accident), so good for her for realizing the truth of the situation. 

(You can't really tell in this photo, because I cropped Emily out, but Madeleine Stowe, is the best at throwing shade. Maybe Josh Bowman could also take some lessons from her.)

As for Victoria's storyline with Patrick this week, I think it was a good story to keep with the overall theme of the episode, but the tone of it all didn't mesh well with the tone of the Emily and Daniel A-plot, which made the transitions quite jarring. Victoria isn't often defenseless, and it was kind of wonderful to see her let her guard down, but I think this particular storyline could have been saved for another episode. Of course, then we wouldn't have had Patrick's angry painting and that would have been a shame, wouldn't it? Nothing expresses anger quite like angrily throwing paint on a canvas and then smashing glass and lighting the place on fire, so, um, well done! I think Patrick is hurt and angry about his life and about how he came to exist, and probably just about a lot of things really. But like I said, even though it kept with the hatred theme, this storyline could have been saved for a time when it would have received the proper amount of screen time to make is resonate with viewers. As it stands, it took the backseat to the war brewing between Emily and Daniel and therefore wasn't give its due.

And lastly, the only people not touched by hatred this week were Jack and Margaux, who are apparently so in love with each other (JACK, SERIOUSLY?) that they're going to move in together (JACK, SERIOUSLY?) after Jack buys a new house (JACK, SERIOUSLY?). I am all for Jack moving on and being happy, but this is like, within four or five months of meeting Margaux. I don't even know how long they've been dating. Revenge is obviously not a show based in any world where there's common sense, but oh boy, this is going to blow up spectacularly in the coming weeks, right? Especially with Margaux on the outs with Daniel now that he's been ousted from the company by his own father as revenge for shooting Emily and thereby ruining Lydia's life. That sounds like it doesn't make any sense, but I assure you that's 100 percent correct. No one can be happy for too long on Revenge so I see this plan falling apart before the season is over. Does anyone want to place any bets?

Hatred was obviously the theme of this week's episode, but it's also the basis for the entire series, and so for all my problems with the series, I'm at least happy that everyone's showing their true colors at last. Emily's thirst for revenge is fueled by the hate she feels toward the Graysons for destroying her family (and now the future possibility of having her own family), and Daniel's thirst for destroying Emily is fueled by hate and the knowledge the she's lied to him for the last three years. Victoria and Conrad obviously can't stand each other, and now Niko has discovered a katana under Aiden's bed which means she must know he killed her father. And you just know Charlotte's off somewhere hating someone for something. There's really no one left in the Hamptons who hasn't been touched by hatred at this point. I don't know much about the real Hamptons, but I don't think I ever want to go there based on what I've seen here. But it'll be interesting to see where these characters go when they return in March. And I'm interested in seeing how much life Revenge has left in it because hatred can only fuel a fire for so long. Until March!


- LOL @ Aiden keeping the katana under his bed, especially after Niko moved in. He had plenty of time to move it from that hiding place too. That's bad writing, writers! Not even Aiden is that dumb.

- I am assuming Emily's beginning to lose chunks of time (rage blackouts?), but I'm very confused by this new development. First, she somehow made it from the pool to Nolan's to confront Aiden without knowing how she got there, and then she went from being threatened by Daniel to waking up in Conrad's bed? I don't necessarily like what the show is trying to insinuate in that last scene, but I also just want to know what is happening to Emily.


- I couldn't decide which look of Nolan's I liked best this week, but I really did enjoy the white with orange pants look, for some reason. I think it's the orange pants. I don't think we've seen him in those before, have we? 



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  • MyGuiltyPleasure Jul 26, 2014

    Daniel is new to the scheming world so I'd cut him some slack as he cuts his teeth on being conniving. Both Victoria and Conrad (and Emily' been planning this) are consummate players so Daniel has a ways to go. I don't think his foolish schemes is anyway out of character.

  • Ridnarhtim Feb 11, 2014

    I love Conrad. Just wanted to get that out there.

  • donnakeifortuna Feb 06, 2014

    I will forever like Nolan Ross because his an ally to our dear Emily. I hope that Nolan will always be there for Ems..

  • -H Jan 26, 2014

    Emily is the only character I like and need to like IMO. I don't even feel sorry for bitchtoria and her whatever son. Aiden obviously should be written off the show ASAP, poor Niko. And then there's Conrad first bitch. Good luck Emily.

  • Panther927 Jan 25, 2014

    adien I cannot stand you anymore!!! when will they kill him off?? and for the first time i've started to empathize with victoria and all that she went through to make her who she is today.Victoria and emily really are two peas in a pod.

  • mkkma Jan 23, 2014

    the writers don't know what to do with this show. very confusing and such a long break till march 9th. disgusted with this show. will forget what happened in the last episode because we have to wait so long now.

  • loldude1 Apr 20, 2014

    I think they count on us forgetting.
    The show needs to end before it's milked into losing all its attraction.

  • Lia82 Jan 22, 2014

    I love this show,everytime I think it's going nowhere fast, it surprises me!! This mid-season finale was A-mazing... The blacking outs, the schems, crazy eyed Niko going postal on the mangos...priceless!! ahah

  • MichelleHood24 Jan 22, 2014

    I loved it one of the best episodes of the season and Daniel needs to die what a a-hole rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I hate that man. Now what the heck is wrong with Emily her brains on fritz I still love her and aden so I really hope that crazy niko doesn't separate his skin from his flesh because that yuck. That scene creeped me out that girl is straight up nut balls with a side of crazy.

  • Kiwirevengefan Jan 22, 2014

    To all those who still believe Jack and Emily are endgame, I say "wake up and smell the roses"! If Emily truly loved Jack then why did she plan to disappear with Aiden? She could have disappeared with Jack (and Carl) but chose Aiden. Even when injured in the ocean she still wanted to run away with Aiden. Hardly the actions of someone in love with Jack.

    If Jack was truly in love with Emily why would he be planning to buy a house with Margeux? Why did he push Emily away during their second kiss? Not really the actions of someone in love with Emily.

    Jack and Emily have shared two kisses so far, that is all. And they went no further, both times things could have gone further, but didn't. Not really the actions of two people supposedly in love.

    The passion with Aiden is obvious. While engaged to Daniel, Emily and Aiden risk everything to sleep together, they can't keep away from each other. And judging from the preview for the next episode they are back together and fighting passionately again.

    Jack and Emily are friends and shared a past together. She recognised Jack when she was coming out of her amnesia because he was from her past.

    There have been many, many times where Jack and Emily could have got together if they wanted to. But it doesn't happen, because nothing is there.

    Get over it.

  • loldude1 Apr 20, 2014

    Jack needs to be endgame but the writers want to put off the end as long as they can so they keep adding complications.(If renewed for next season the actress who plays "Margaux" (they should have called her Margot which is a personal rather than a place name) has a contract for the season...just as they stuck us with Aiden for this season).

  • MayTanner Jan 23, 2014

    Ah, but everything has changed for Emily. She can't have children of her own. I think, she'll end up mothering Carl. Jack and Margaux are going nowhere. She didn't tell him about her arrangement with Conrad, the guy who is responsible for the deaths of Jack's wife and his brother. Jack will cut Margaux lose when he realizes that the French minx is in bed with the devil. No way will Jack accept that. He hates Conrad. As for the sex part. That's not love, that's lust. And if we went by your logic Aiden is in love with Niko (btw disgusting as hell to cheat on Emily with the daughter of the man he has killed). I think, Emily and Jack are still the endgame.

  • Kiwirevengefan Jan 23, 2014

    I find it interesting that amount of people who think that because Emily can't have children of her own (we don't know for sure) that she will suddenly start looking for a man who has a child already (Jack) and that will solve all her problems, neatly tied up in a bow! As if!

    Also Emily has shown no real interest in Carl, despite him being her god-son. Charlotte has shown more interest in Carl than Emily. Does that mean that Charlotte should hook up with Jack? Really.

  • casssize Jan 23, 2014

    Charlotte is under the impression that Carl is her nephew and kind of took over as his "mom" when Amanda died. And when does Emily ever really see Carl? That moment in the 12th episode between Emily, Jack, and Carl was nice if you don't think she's shown any "interest" for him. I really don't care who she ends up with, but if I have to choose I'll pull for Aiden because I think they match up better. I don't think in the end that it will really matter if she can or can't have kids because I'm calling it right now that she ends up dying while getting her revenge. And the show will end with a big yellow/white glowing light and Emily sees her dad and Fauxamanda and Sammy and Declan and whoever else has died along the way because that's how cheesy this is getting.

  • nicolelarsson Jan 23, 2014

    To be fair, Jack is a pointless character. Infact speculations about any possible Jack's endgame sucks..

  • tamaracassill Jan 22, 2014

    Oh I know she SHOULD be in love with Aiden for sure - but the writers dont like that as it seems- cause they always make it really obvious that Jack like Emily and she likes him. Does it make sense? No of course not ( since the beginning) but the writers dont really care

  • loldude1 Apr 20, 2014

    Aiden needs to be killed off ASAP!

  • SofyYevgrafov Jan 22, 2014

    I really like this show, though it has obvious flaws. Daniel is just the worst actor and character EVER. Please somebody just kill him off and bring in some better baddies. The way they are writing the story for Aiden is sooooo bad, it's like the writers are trying to make him the least liked and most annoying character ever, besides Charlotte who has like several different personalities. The writers need to write smarter characters. The back and forth with Nolan and Patrick is annoying too, they take a half step forward and three steps back. Cheezus, can we just make it work between them please? I feel like Nolan never really gets to be happy. I hope the writers continue forth with a happy story for Margaux and Jack (though I'm guessing it's unlikely), but come on already! This show, though I love it, is becoming somewhat of a joke.

  • tamaracassill Jan 22, 2014

    100% true - see I watch it and just laugh a lot.. its like a comedy now ;) the characters are not good writen so I guess we just have to get over it ... ;)

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