Revenge "Illumination" Review: The Book of Eli

Revenge S02E16: "Illumination"

Just because the Revenge writers have killed off some characters doesn't mean they can't resurrect those characters' lifeless storylines.

Just hours after Fauxmanda was buried, a new threat from Emily's past arose to take her place: her foster brother, Eli James.

And Eli didn't take long to call Emily's bluff.

"Looking pretty good for a dead girl," he said suavely to the babe who was locked up for burning down their foster mother's house.

Now a full-time con artist with arrest warrants in three states, Eli sprinted to the Hamptons as soon as he heard about Amanda Clarke's death. Within minutes, he'd already ingratiated himself with the Graysons—especially Charlotte, who oddly lied to Declan about spending time with the dashing "rare book dealer."

So how did Emily deal with this new, um, thorn in her side? She threw money at him, of course! After all, that worked so well with Fauxmanda. (Remember when Fauxmanda took half-a-million bucks to assume Amanda's identity and disappear, only to return and steal Jack's heart?)

Emily's mishandling of Eli's threat was especially disappointing after the fun gotcha moment of his positive ID. Why would she believe that handing him a hundred grand and expunging his record would dissuade this mosquito from feasting on the Hamptons' bluebloods?

Our avenging heroine's guilt is dragging her—and the Revenge narrative—down again. Can Satoshi Takeda please get on a plane and karate this kid back into fighting shape?


(Thanks to Nolan Ross for the reminder about the avenging sensei: "So this is where Aiden-San waxes off," he quipped upon seeing Mr. Mathis's Zen-style home for the first time.)

After all the blackmail we've suffered through Fauxmanda and Tyler, it's just so depressing to have to travel down this boring old road again. (Although it was cute to see young Amanda get her Firestarter on like Drew Barrymore.)

Wouldn't it be much more fun if Emily enlisted her "faux bro" (thanks again, Nolan!) to help her take down Victoria instead of getting played by them both? Instead of taking Emily's money, Eli donated it to the Graysons' new Amanda Clarke Foundation. Even Emily's warning to Ashley regarding Eli's shady past backfired, when Victoria learned the intel came from her adversary. Pretty soon he'll be moving into the pool house!

The present occupant, Daniel (nudged Emily's way by Aiden_revealed the Graysons' true scheme to his ex-girlfriend: In case their assets are frozen, they're hiding all their money--along with the extra $5 million they scored at the inaugural fundraiser—in the foundation.

It was refreshing to see Daniel set aside his angry drunk persona and confide in Emily. Now if he could just stop bullying Nolan and find a way to destroy the Initiative without framing Aiden. (Meanwhile, Angry Jack isn't much more interesting than Sad Jack or Oblivious Jack.)

Anyway, thanks to darling Daniel, Emily realized she could ruin the Graysons financially. (And put an end to all those obnoxious parties next door. Neighbors!) With Nolan's trusty Carrion software, the dynamic duo wasted no time hacking into the Graysons' account—except they are foiled by another cyberpunk: The Falcon!

Apparently, this falcon feeds on Carrion. Nolan realized that the Graysons have rehired the computer genius who "sealed David Clarke's fate." A prison flashback revealed that Nolan was thisclose to finding the Falcon when Amanda's dad begged him to save his daughter—headed for juvie on account of her pyrotechnics display—instead of himself. It offers a neat link to the current Eli James story, and we also saw David Clarke hand over the Infinity Box to protect his daughter's future.

It's nice to see a new target turn Emily's frown upside down. If only she could have stuck to her "no distractions" promise and found a way to send Eli packing. (Or just set him on fire.)

At least she's using her trusty Sharpie again in next week's "hunting" expedition! Unfortunately, it looks like Nolan can't count sharpshooting among his many skills: The previews tease that he might accidentally fire on Padma's kidnapped father. (On the bright side, Mason Treadwell is back!)

QUESTIONS:

1. What is the bombshell—"so big it will shock even Emily"—dropping at the end of next week's episode?

2. Who is the Falcon? Could it be someone we know—like Aiden?

3. I'm thinking of starting my own foundation to ban the use of the word "initiative" from all future TV scripts. You in?

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What kind of criminal is so easily traced on social media? If I had 3 outstanding warrants, I may consider using a faux-name… that’s just me.
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What if the shocking twist is that Eli is in the initiative
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Yes to this review. God! Why did they include a new character AGAIN??! (And his kid version was a very bad actor).
I don't want to see Tredwell ever again. Why? Why?
And yes to those wanting one of Victoria's offspring dead.
@lhmp, he recognized the tatoo because she drew it all the time (Remember the scene?)
NO DISTRACTIONS!
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am i the only one to be disturbed by the fact that if Eli hadn't seen Emily since she was a little girl, that means her FATHER had her tattooed????
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She got that tattoo after she found out her father was innocent, but as we see in the flashback Emily drew the symbol over and over, so Eli recognized the symbol not the tattoo
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This show has become super confusing. Can Emily get back to the actual Revenge part of this show rather than the pointless yammering about nonsense?
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This may be controversial, but Revenge just got a ton better over the last couple episodes! For starters, I love that Emily's secret identity is being threatened in two different plotlines. Either Jack or Eli need to be recruited onto team Revengers- I love that Eli recognized Emily right away, but to truly make that plotline sing they have to bring him in on their schemes. And Jack doesn't believe Nolan for a second. HOW exactly is Kenny Ryan tall and sandy-haired? For all Jack's bumbling he may actually stumble across the truth.

I'm glad Emily is focused(ish) on the Graysons again- and am I crazy or did Emily and Victoria's little graveside chat about losing one's children totally foreshadow Emily killing either Daniel or Charlotte? Please, please, please be Daniel! Or both, what the heck.

And though it would have been nice to see the Revengers bankrupt the Graysons in one fell swoop, I'm amused by this Falcon plotline. It is sooo Hackers! And you can't go wrong with that.
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hope is not Charlotte, after all she is Emily's half-sister
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YES! To this review! YES!
-For starters I was so happy someone FINALLY recognized Emily. I mean damn. That has been one of my biggest pet peeves about this show from the beginning. Her childhood sweetheart, her father's main squeeze, no one ever seemed to recognize her. They suspected something in that way that you instincts go on alert and you can't quite figure out why, but they never just knew. That has always frustrated me. But Eli waltzed in and called her right out and I loved it. It made me like him a bit. Even if he is a world class grifter. I felt the same way on how she responded to him. We've seen the blackmail thing a million times already. If anything, this should have been her best opportunity to enlist another asset to be on her side, who could bring with him his own beneficial skill set. In his case it'd be his proclivity for engaging in criminal behavior. And right there Emily could have her own team of Revengers with Nolan, Aidan, and Eli. Especially now that Fauxmanda is gone. But I guess that would have been asking for too much.
1. Nolan says "Eff this shizz" and quits. She takes my darling Nolan for granted. She's better than she used to be with him, thank God, but still. On a serious note, I have no idea what would surprise our fembot.
2. That would be so awesome! I hope it's someone we know!
3. I'm in.
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Yeah, I think David Clarke is still alive, especially since they said it shocked even Emily. The show has become terrible. The dialogue is really bad, Jack is a poor actor who can't seem to show Jack in any state worth watching. Emily is just stupid. I think putting the Graysons in jail would have ruined their lives yet she threw away all the computer clips. She is just an idiot.
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my favorite part of this episode was when Nolan asked what Jack was doing at the Clarke foundation inaugural gathering and Jack replied "practicing lying through my teeth like you and Emily." Ouch. That was the heftiest snap ever leveled by Jack to my knowledge. I thought Nolan was going to snap some truth right back at him and tell him what he and "Emily" were really up to, but that would totally ruin everything and solve virtually nothing. So, Nolan spun yet another lie and said that Kenny Ryan saved Jack's life, which seems unlikely. Which is good because it never really happened. Which will be interesting because when Jack eventually confronts the sole surviving Ryan brother, he's going to deny that he knows anything about it which Jack will construe as more lies.
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I have no idea whats going on in this show anymore. its almost becoming a chore to watch every week. Bring back the revenging!!

Im not sure if anyone is with me here, but I kind of got the impression Jack wasnt buying Nolans story about Kenny Ryan buying the speedboat. 1. Kenny Ryan is short. 2. Kenny Ryan is bald(ing). 3.Are the Ryans that wealthy that they can buy off a dude and buy his boat? 4. Why hasnt Kenny Ryan come around demanding answers about his brother's death on the boat belonging to their business partner away out in the Atlantic, when said business partner was supposed to be gone on his honeymoon?
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I'm so sad to see this show is getting so weak. No fun anymore...
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Ugh.. kill Jack already and have little Porter sell it all off and leave the Hamptons foreva!!!
Kill Daniel, kill Eli and reveal Emily's identity already! if that means this show will end if they do that then so be it. I rather keep a memory of that great show that surprised me last year and brings a smile to my face than that "sad show that started great but then just went to s#@t"... wait, what? has that ever happened to any other show?
Oh well...
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Yea Daniel is a disappointment, as much as he claims he is not his parents, well... It does not matter how much you moan about framing people if you at the end of the day you still do it
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Daniel has become absolutely insufferable. His "poor little rich boy" sob story fails to move me. He's the one who stole the CEO position from his father, he's the one who helped frame Amanda and he's the one who is doing the same to Aiden. How the hell does he think he's the victim in all this?

I'm really liking this no-nonsense Jack, I hope he finds out the truth soon.
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I doubt its Aiden mainly because of the obvious facts - for one, keep in mind that the Graysons hired the Falcon way back when they needed to frame David Clarke....so in terms of the timeline there is no way possible it could be Aiden since he was probably like 10 years old when all that happened. So as much as it would have been kind of shocking to be Aiden, logically its impossible.
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Oh Jack. Maybe Amanda should have been the one to return instead. It seems as though Jack is turning on everyone around him. It's almost as if every word he hears, is a lie. He would believe a stranger more at this point. Do we blame him? Maybe not.

Still Emily owes him nothing. She has her own past and troubles to deal with. Jack being angry just doesn't take priority. Somehow, he seems a bit off his game with the amount of anger bursting inside him. Really unattractive.

As for Daniel, he needs to stop whining about being a bad guy and doing to wrong thing for his profit, if he is just going to do it anyway. Also what is the point of Ashley? tsk tsk
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David Clarke's still alive!
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of course he's, like in any good soap, until you've seen the corpse onscreen....
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No.... that was a flashback.
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Can someone please fire Mike Kelley? He had no idea WTH he's doing. This stupid show's been treading water since Gordon died.
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Fauxmanda 2.0 anyone? I'm starting to have concerns about this show. At this point they're recycling ideas with Eli essentially, and the story really lost any momentum it might have gained.

Also, Aidan as Falcon? Not a chance in heck. It's likely a new player. However, if Nolan's Carrion program is so hot to trot for the Initiative how is the Falcon beating him right now? Why would they bother with his program if this guy is so much better?

Finally, Angry Jack? Still just as annoying if not more so than Sad Pouty Jack, except now he has even more pointless screen time.
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The initiative probably doesn't know that Falcon exists! And considering the Graysons are against the initiative, why would they give him up? My guess is that its Marco.
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Revenge is seriously starting to get on my nerves. The storyline needs to move forward already. Too many unnecessary distractions.
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I'm pretty sure when they started the series they wouldn't expect it to get renewed for a second season. You're right, they need to speed things up or cancel.
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2. If the writers have any sense, it will definitely be someone we know, or at least someone we've met. If it's some random person who hasn't played a part in the show (regardless of how small the part may have been) then they're missing a grand opportunity and there probably isn't much hope for the future of Revenge.
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Marco perhaps? or Padma?
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I couldn't agree more with hoping that Jack somehow dies this season. As it is, they've not been sailing the Emily/Jack ship for the longest time, so surely we can get rid of him. I actually don't find Daniel that annoying anymore, a tool sure, but maybe it's because Jack sucks all the annoyance away from other characters. I was hoping things would shake up a lot quicker post Amanda's death than this ep, with Eli it just feels like a rehash of earlier Amanda and Tyler (hell, even the show references Tyler), it's like they know they're rehashing the same plot, are saying so, and are still doing it anyway!!! I did not need a replacement for fauxAmanda getting in Emily's way.

The setup for introducing the Falcon was just really contrived. Daniel suddenly telling Emily this damning information? I know he's been feeling all crazy and guilty, and I might have believed it if Daniel and Emily were still "dating" like last season or a few eps ago, but this just seemed like a random info drop. And if you didn't know Emily's background as an audience, from Daniel's POV, surely she was way too accepting of information that someone's using her dead friend's name to basically start up a money laundering system. Likewise, Emily and Nolan then trying to bankrupt the Graysons that way? It was so obviously way too easy that the show was just maneuvering all this so as to throw in some obstruction. I'm holding out hope that this gives Nolan a more direct adversary so we can have more Nolan time. I don't think the Falcon is someone we've met before, but probably has connections to existing characters in a way that will be some big reveal.

Also, I miss Victoria. It feels like she's suddenly been shifted to the sidelines a bit since her awesome Helen Crowley takedown. Wishlist - more scheming please. Clam cams! Blackmails (by Emily, not at Emily)! Victoria taking charge! In a stunning dress! I've not had any issues with most of this season (other than the Jack involving plots), and there's been some great pacing so far, so I'm really hoping things pick up again, with 6 eps to go there's still time to get back on track.
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1. No idea
2.I hope it is someone we know
3. Absolutely I am in... I will start campaigning
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I have an idea for a perfect season finale! Declan and Charlotte marry and take Carl away to "never returning to the Hamptons" land. Jack dies. Ashley forms an alliance with Emily after the Greysons try to whack her and Emily tells her the truth about her plans (I actually like Ashley, so I'd give her a chance to stay). Jack dies. Aidan is killed by the Initiative, and so is Padma giving Emily and Nolan more reasons to hate the Greysons. Jack dies. The writers actually decide whether they want Daniel to be a goody or another Greyson. And Jack dies.

Now back to reality, this episode was just boring. Eli is the worst character introduced so far (at least for me). I even liked the Ryan brothers better! Just like last week, Emily has done absolutely NOTHING this time around.
I really hope that bombshell coming next week is a good one, 'cause, let's face it, that's the only reason we love this show - not too intelligent twists and turns.
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I was laughing so hard at every Jack dies. Ahaha, thank you.
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You are welcome :D
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Jack dies four times in one episode? YES PLEASE.
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You just read my mind for the season final. I hope the writers read your idea ASAP.
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That would be a dream!
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1. I didn't see the promo for next week, or whatever it is that said there'd be a huge bombshell next week, so I don't know if there was any context given. But honestly, it's not that difficult to shock Amanda (real Amanda) these days. I mean, her kinda best friend/kinda sister/person who basically ruined her love life and messed up a bunch of other stuff for her, just died, so she's not in the best of places right now to think as calm and calculated as she has in the past. Also, her foster brother just showed up, and like every character on television ever, he can't just take a bunch of money and leave. Seriously, if these people knew they were on a TV show their lives would be so much easier. Because while everyone is yelling at them "Are you crazy! Don't you know that people never take the money and leave you alone! Giving people money is like asking them to bother you as much as they can," in the characters' defense they think they exist in real life, and in real life most people are actually smart enough to take the money and leave. Though in the audience's defense, Amanda has tried this tactic before and it has never worked. Ever.

Anyway, so far we've had a number of these bombshells that have shocked Amanda. There was the revelation that Charlotte is Amanda's sister, the discovery that David Clarke was murdered, the disclosure that Victoria didn't die in the plane crash, and the unearthing of the fact that Amanda's mother isn't dead. All of these things have understandably shocked Amanda, and it's around that time for the show to send another of these things our way. And based on these previous surprise twists, though some have been far more surprising than others, this new one will probably have something to do with either an already existing relationship that turns out to be something more, the discovery that there's something more to someone's death, or finding out that someone isn't actually dead.

Now, the only person that we currently think is dead, but that realistically could be alive, is Aiden's sister. But I don't think that her showing up all alive would be that shocking for Amanda. Aiden, yes, but Amanda? I don't think that would affect her that much. This leaves the "something about someone's death" and "relationship turns out to be more" categories. We've already been thrown several revelations about David Clarke's death, and about the man himself, so there's no reason to suspect that we've seen the last of them. There are also multitudes of complex relationships on this show, and chances are they'll just turn out to be more and more connected and entwined.

But if our revenge team takes the next logical step towards actually doing something to the Graysons, then they're going to be tracking down Falcon next. Which means that this shocker will probably have something to do with him/her/them (you never know with this show). And while hopefully this person(s) will be someone that we've already met at some point in the game, there honestly aren't many characters that we've met who could realistically be a computer genius, with Aiden certainly not being one of them. So my guess is that the surprising shock is going to be the identity of Falcon, who will be someone that we will probably meet in next week's episode, and that the shock part of it will have to do with an already existing relationship to someone on the show.

2. I already discussed this in the previous question, but to recap I'm going to have to say that it's probably someone we've never met before. There are only a small pool of familiar suspects who could be a computer genius, and this pool all-but dwindles when you consider who actually could be this Falcon. Some people, like Victoria, Conrad, Daniel, Charlotte, Declan, Jack, Amanda, and Nolan can't be the Falcon because if they were it would simply make no sense, because it would be very much against their already established character, as well as practically impossible. Other characters, like Aiden, Eli, Mason Treadwell, and Padma can't be this person because of their relationship and history with the Graysons.

Eli, for instance, would probably be the best candidate for being the Falcon, since we know almost nothing about him and have just met him, except the Graysons have just met him as well. And even if the Graysons have never met this Falcon, and have worked with this mysterious person only over the phone and all that, then it makes no sense for Eli to break this pattern and suddenly step out into the limelight in a huge way. Padma has a similar issue in that she has no relationship with the Graysons, and has instead only recently been tied-into the initiative, which makes a past with the Graysons almost impossible. So while it would be a lot better for this Falcon to be someone we know, my guess is that it will be someone that the show attempts to introduce in an unrelated way in this next episode, and that the shock of this reveal will have more to do with who this person represents/the relationships they have to other people.

3. I'd expand that ban to include any and all bland and generic names for shadowy organizations. Like, The Organization, for instance. It's honestly not that difficult to think of a cool name for a group that is essentially the big bad of a show. They could have it The Ravenburn Initiative (something I came up with in two seconds), and it would sound a lot better than just "The Initiative." And while I realize that they may officially have a much better name, and that everyone calls them "The Initiative" out of convenience, it still sounds like they went shopping for a name at Bland and Ambiguous Names R Us. Seriously, when you could swap out "The Initiative" for any one of a multitude of similarly ambiguous names, such as The Institute, The Foundation, The Company, and even The Organization, then you know that this enemy you have created is missing some much needed identity.

So yes, I am in. I am so in.
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Eli is to young to be the hacker....in the flashback he was just a kid when Falcon was already a hacking for the graysons
otherwise great points;-)
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Yeah, I wasn't really thinking about Eli's age when I put him out there as a possibility. Though, there is the possibility that the Falcon is kind of like a title that gets passed down from hacker to hacker, and that Eli is simply the newest one (unlikely, I know, but some of the things that have happened on this show...). Still, as I said in my comment, it's probably not him anyway. But yeah, good point about his age, and the fact that he was living in a foster home and it didn't even look like he would have had access to a computer, let alone have the skills to do much of anything with one.
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I like the idea of it being a handle that get's passed to different people (or it could be a group of hackers who add fresh blood to their group periodically...nah, hackers are loners, lol)
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Yeh, real-Amanda should be un-flappable at this point.

She learned that the daughter of her enemy is actually her half-sister. She had some family left! But that weird family tie probably made her do a spit take.

THEN she found out that her long-thought dead mother was alive. AND remembered / realized that her mother tried to kill her once.

She learned that Nolan had some family ties to this whole revenge thing that he'd manage to keep secret until now.

At this point, her father should appear and say "SURPRISE! I'm not dead" and she should reply with "Thanks, can you hand me that cup of coffee?"
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In all honesty I wouldn't be all that surprised if he turned out to be alive. After all, it's not like he had his head cut off. He was hung, which is actually one of the easier deaths to fake. And it wouldn't be unlike the Initiative to keep him around as a prisoner or something like that.
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Who said he was hung? Pretty sure he got stabbed in jail.
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Yeah, my bad. You're right, he was stabbed in a prison riot. I was getting his death confused with that one guy who "hung himself" in jail back in Season 1. Still, while getting stabbed is a much harder death to fake, I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out that the white-haired man faked David's death or something like that.
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I'm here for Nolan. <3 him so much.

Um, Eli better watch his back. Fauxmanda came a-snooping, inserted herself and look where she ended up. Okay then lol
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this reviewer obviosly doesnt like the show. lily sparks should review revenge again she understood the show better
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Couldn't agree more!
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I hate Daniel Grayson. He's on my black list.
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Why oh why didn't they off him in season 1 as they originally planned to? *smh*
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I wish they had. My Sunday nights would be happier and I would yell a lot less to the tv.
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YES! lol
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I'm in on your plan. Now, getting to Sunday's ep... I was not expecting that Falcon turn of events, but then egain nothing ever is that easy for our dynamic duo. I don't think it's Aiden, I mean, it's goood thinking but it would be the ultimate betrayal and the poor girl has had enough of those to fill two lifetimes. It would be heartless.
I was a little dissapointed as well on how she handled Eli, HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING Miss Thorne? Money never makes them go away... And speaking of going away, Jack should take a vacation, PERMANENTLY. Angry Jack is not only just as boring as Sad Jack or Oblivious Jack, he doesn't trust Nolan, AND NOLAN WAS THE BEST PART OF JACK SCREENTIME.
Nolan Ross is the most awesome dude ever. And I loved all the flashback scenes that actually made sense along Sunday's plot. Nice seeing David too. Even if it was in jail, and I like that Nolan's been the sidekick since before day 1.
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I also "loved" how angry-Jack was angry for Nolan for... saving him?

GRRR, how DARE you save me and pretend to not know about what was going on! GRRRR

I'm sorry, but when I was a kid I explicitly remember being told the following lesson

"When your stupidity gets you on a boat on open sea with someone that wants to kill you and even SHOOTS you, say Thank You to the nice person that rescues you from certain death"

I just figured EVERYONE was told that lesson at some point in their lives.
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So Emily was played again in the most embarrassing way and she was supposed to be the big schemer.IMHO this season should be called not Revenge but waste of time in meaningless plots.
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dude if its not ur kind of show anymore watch something else
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So don't I have the right of a opinion?
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Please, for the love of God, Buddha, Allah, Yahweh or Omega, can someone PLEASE just kill Jack??? No matter what his story line is, he is boring, annoying and pathetic! GET RID OF HIM!
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I totally agree maybe if we pray to some greek gods we can get Zeus to put a lightning bolt though this head
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Yeh.

"Some friends, you say you were helping Amanda but here you are at this party mooching off the Graysons."

Which would be hard enough to stomach but, umm, dude, Jack's pretending to do the same thing. Did it ever occur to Jack that someone else had his idea? I mean, Jack's pretty stupid I know, so Jack having the same idea as someone else is pretty rare. But seriously?

Also, the whole "How DARE you save my life and not tell me about it" Seriously, THAT'S how you're going to react to the revelation?
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"Meanwhile, Angry Jack isn't much more interesting than Sad Jack or Oblivious Jack" Haha!! so true.. still useless.
Anyway, I liked how Aiden and Emily were holding their cuppa coffee, and she was walking with him to the door to send him off while talking about all the schemes etc etc. So suburb-revenging... And PLEASEEE give me SOME revenge. got enough of the graysons..
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An insight on the suburb-revenging lifestyle! Haha, loved that.
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Why doesn't Emily just cancel the 100k check she gave Eli?
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That's what I was thinking. Though, he still has her by the short hairs... he knows that she isn't who she says she is.

And he's magically become everyone's favorite newcommer... it sounds like if he told that party that Amanda Clarke was had 12 toes and a vestigial tail that they would believe him. Because he LIVED with her for a while as a kid all those years ago.

So he could just say "Oh hey I heard of this Emily person, Amanda said she was a psycho killer trying to wack some guy named Jack" they'd believe her.
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Pretty sure it was a cashier's check or money order... Can't cancel those!
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3. I'm willing to donate in the amount of 1 million dollars.... in Trident Layers gum.... But yeah, I can't stand that word any more. So I just take shots whenever someone says it... Needless to say my face is on the floor after every episode.

I really don't like Daniel and I really don't like Jack. They're just so annoying. I can't stand Daniel's whining. As for Jack, Nolan gave him really great advice. He can't get caught up in shady business because he has a son and a brother who need him.

So do you think Jack is going to follow that advice? Of course not! Dumba**

And the writers forgot Declan was on this show so they felt the need to introduce another (boring) storyline for him by making him get jealous Charlotte wasn't paying attention to him. Although to his defense, Charlotte was acting sketchy around him in front of Eli. Maybe she likes him? Hmm. I still don't want to see this storyline. Maybe if we wish really hard it won't happen, just like what happened with The Good Wife.

Speaking of Eli, I'm intrigued by his character. He's still fresh meat and hasn't had the chance to be completely annoying yet. I'm disappointed in Emily for handling the situation. She should be better than this. Why does she have to assume Eli is bad news? Weren't they close at one point? Why not use him being there to her advantage?

Ugh, Revenge has a habit of making things complicated and unnecessary... Why do I even watch this show anymore? Stupid guilty pleasure...

If the Falcon (another word that should be banned from TV if it is used in any way other than what it really is-- A BIRD), was so vital in framing David Clarke then why hasn't Nolan mention this to Emily yet?

...I forgot why Mason is in jail...
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For killing the white-haired man (Gordon) AND for bombing Victoria's plane.

Between the charred flight recorder and a planning board that made him look psycho, she made it look like he tried to kill Victoria and frame her husband for Gordon's murder.
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Jack... it was impossible but you did it. I thought "There is no way that ABC will have a character that I want to see LEAVE more than Henry from Once Upon a Time"

Well congratulations, you surpassed him. May an anvil drop on your head.

Seriously, I'd rather we were dealing with pointless/useless Jac.

Now we have "Mwa ha ha I'm going after the Graysons" Yet he's just so stupid about it: making faces and what-not. AND, worse part... saying "You guys claim you were helping take down the Graysons but here you are mooching off them at this party" Umm, are you that oblivious?
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That's almost exactly what I thought, especially watching Once Upon A Time right after this ep of Revenge, and it being a somewhat Henry-centric ep (plus that other alternate Henry kid!!). I've never wanted to strangle Jack and Henry more than this week. I honestly thought getting rid of the Ryans plot was going to do better things for Jack (and you were right, I guess that plot might not really be over now that Nolan made Jack think it was Kenny who saved him), but yes, I too prefer useless Jack over showingupwherenoonewantsyou Jack. So. much. eyerolling.
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I am going to give Eli a bit more of a chance...he seemed to want to reach out to Emily but she was shutting him down (not unlike she kind of kept shutting Nolan down at the beginning of the first season and heck, most of the first season). There is a part of me that actually thinks he is going to make Aiden more interesting since I am going to bet they have more in common and both sometimes find Emily confusing to deal with. I also wonder if he will be able to see the path of the Graysons' plan to set up Aiden (and can I say, I would start to get worried about that and then snicker...I mean seriously, they could set him up, but they kind of need to catch him...).

I am picturing that Mason knows exactly who Falcon is and while I doubt it was Aiden (seriously, he would have been thirteen and while I don't doubt an expert computer hacker could do something like that at thirteen, Aiden doesn't exactly appear that, I don't want to say smart, but he is more bull in the china shop). I kind of think David knew who Falcon was as well...so, I am kind of going to go Takeda maybe?

I agree, lets ban it, for personal reasons, I can't seem to spell it.
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I think people are confusing a distraction with an obstacle. Eli isn't someone who's going to take Emily off her game. He's gonna make her step up. Kara took Emily off her game, Tyler and Fauxmanda made her work harder. Eli amps up the drama, he doesn't hinder it.
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LOL. Better the Initiative than the List. :D
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