Revenge Season 2 Finale Review: The Dark Lowlights Rises

Revenge S02E22: "Truth"


Hey guys. It’s been a long time since I tried to wrap my mind around the roller-coaster that is Revenge, but I’m filling in for the amazing Dru Moorhouse as I hear she’s joined an extremely nudist cult. Or was busy attending Survivor's live finale, it's one of those two. In the meantime, let’s talk about the Dark Knight Rises remake we saw last night, a.k.a. the Revenge Season 2 finale, which was pretty freaking intense.

For one thing, this show has always been about domestic terrorism at its heart, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would involve a plot point about a skyscraper blowing up in New York. That sort of theme usually sits uneasily next to soapy, high-society hijinks, and there were moments when I wondered if a college freshman had broken into the writers room and whipped everyone into a frenzy with a frantic speech about how “9/11 was an inside job.” We'd need someone more informed than I to thoughtfully unpack those themes, but I’m just going to go ahead and give Revenge a general pass with regard to last night’s finale. The show's world has grown so comic-booky (The Falcon! A citywide blackout!) that I think we can group it together with the same pop-culture philosophizing that brought us The Dark Knight and allow the show to paint big ideas in broad strokes without asking ourselves to criticize Revenge as harshly as a genuine political discourse.

So while there were definite Dark Knight overtones, there was also a Marley & Me B-plot, with Jack as essentially this big dumb innocent animal who Nolan and Emily had to keep shepherding out of and around disaster. How many times did Jack (who's looking very much like a cross between Jon Snow and Capt. Jack Sparrow these days) do something that caused Emily and Nolan to leap on their phones and come to the rescue? He just could not stay out of unnecessary trouble.

It's almost like Emily and Nolan are the parents of an extremely tall toddler and have to check in with each other about what he’s up to constantly. “Oh no… Jack is walking into a set-up!”  “Oh no… Jack is in the building and the building is exploding!”  “Oh no… Jack is going to shoot Conrad!” “Oh no… Jack is trying to get the toast out of the toaster with a fork and he chewed all the stuffing out of the couch!”


No joke, a lot of the finale happened on the phone. Maybe it's just the nature of our digital age, but roughly 20 minutes of dialogue were angrily whispered into a Windows phone and almost every inciting incident involved a text, or a search for a computer, or a zip drive. There were major plot points based around phonery (like Regina’s video of Charlotte proving Regina had ill intentions). Even Declan’s last words to Jack were, like, a Vine video prayer circle; the offscreen death was more about phone product placement and less about Declan faking his demise. Because killing off Declan is easily the best decision this show has ever made.


Another great decision: An obsessive socialite in a fur coat busting Declan’s balls all episode. What is her deal? I’m very intrigued. Leaving Charlotte a widowed teen mom is a crazy move for next season (although I’m still not 100 percent certain that Declan is dead), but I really hope Regina steps up to the plate in terms of crazy, steals that baby, and swings it by the ankle from a skyscraper.

Although how insane was it that Victoria found the pregnancy test? PUHLEASE. She has a flock of maids. Victoria Grayson hasn’t touched the lid of a trash can in years. And then she sort of dug through the garbage to get it? That may have been the least believable moment in the entire two hours. (She would have, at the very least, stopped and gotten salad tongs.


Still, for all the unprecedented contact with refuse containers and sorta cinematic special effects, one thing that I was shocked by (having been away from Revenge so long) was how Season 2, in my absence, managed to circle right back to where Season 1 started, sloughing off all the characters that season 2 worked to establish.

Daniel and Emily are engaged! Emily secretly still loves Jack! Emily keeps throwing away all meaningful relationships in favor of an extremely slow, dubious revenge! The Graysons are doing as well, if not better than ever! Emily... get it together, girl! You might have been better off simply having Nolan hack into the Graysons’ bank account and shriveling their credit scores the first day you got back to the Hamptons, and then just running out and hitting the beach. Sometimes less is more. Emily continues to be strong, heroic, beautiful… but at this point we can all agree, she is just not effective at actually getting revenge.

Also did I misinterpret things, or did Conrad reveal that the Initiative was, in essence, imaginary? I think when he said that the Initiative is nothing more formal than a group of businessmen with interests in airline security machines or something, he meant that he’d been in cahoots with Helen and neither they nor Daniel had ever truly been in harm’s way? Which... what? I am very dim, guys. I felt like Jack some times during this episode, and not just because my eyeliner was looking tight.

I’m not sure how the Illuminati-like “powerful men playing games with the world” message affects the mindgames the Intiative has been playing with Aidan, but maybe Aidan is actually a psychotic murderer. I mean, he did skewer Takeda in a “fair fight” and then lie about it, and Takeda was like he and Emily’s Revenge Father or whatever. The revelation that Takeda had had personal reasons for fueling Emily’s revenge… is that really so bad?  She was a soldier in his army, but knowing the man made her the hero we love, with much more discipline (not to mention foreign language skills) than she enjoyed in her previous life of going to tha club and beating people up with toilet seats.


Another great choice: As much as it pains me to see Nolan flopped onto the floor like a ragdoll by the FBI—perennially good sport Gabriel Mann seems to take the lion’s share of bruises on the Revenge set—putting Nolan in danger will always raise the stakes, so it was a strong choice to leave the season sort of holding Nolan hostage. I have to make sure he is okay in Season 3, and I’m sure you all feel likewise. He is a fan favorite and the heart of the show and such a necessary balance to the relentless “sturm und drang” of Emily that the writers will sneak in merry little animations of him even at the most grim moments just to keep the audience invested.


I also absolutely loved Victoria’s speech about how she and Emily are more similar than Emily would like to admit. Um, no shit. These two are exactly the same psychological profile: Neither would bother to live in a world where they weren’t using spy cameras in ice sculptures to absolutely topple someone’s medical practice or whatever. And neither of them could truly enjoy a world where they did that and then their apt adversary didn’t notice. If a tree falls down and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? And if Victoria successfully hides a son for 23 years and Emily doesn’t call her out on it, would he even matter?


So basically, I had a lot of feelings about this episode. A lot of weird gray feelings. Seeing the bombed-out sky scraper which somehow Emily got into, seeing her continue to string Daniel along, watching her sever ties with yet another meaningful person in her life (just go to the damn Capri Villa, already. Take a freaking break, dear.)... it all definitely made it that much more of a release when she got in front of Jack and confessed the truth already. Although what his reaction will be is something I’m going to ponder right up until the start of Season 3.


QUESTIONS!

… Can someone explain to me the true nature of the Initiative?

… What will Jack’s reaction be to Emily’s big reveal (and has he known it all along in some way)?

… How did Emily get up into a bombed skyscraper before first responders?

… How long will Nolan be in peril and didn’t you love his hair this episode?

… How many times did Declan ask Emily if she could hook him up with a gig on Captain America 2?

… Fantasy Cast: Victoria’s first-born son! Ian Somerholder is my dream choice. What’s yours?

… Aidan killing Takeda: For the best, or messed up?

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Another thing that you guys missed. Why on earth did they have to show Ashley trying to earn a living in the same shady club with Amanda and Aiden in the 2nd episode of S2? I know it is a small world but??
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I thought season 2 finale was way better than season 1 from what i remember. But as a whole season 1 was better than season 2. The whole declan, charlotte and regina situation was too gossip girlesque and regina has to go. What also bugs me is that they never explained why emily went to that nunnery place after victoria left!!???!!!??!! It would have been so much better if that was charlotte. Love nooolllaaaannnnnnnn and eemmmilllyy
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What also bugs me is that they never explained why emily went to that nunnery place after victoria left!!?

to find out the hospital the nun sent Victoria!!
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you people here surprise me i even just had to register to say this "revenge season 2 is probably the worse series this year what the hell happened ?" season 1 8/10 but season 2 i would give it a 3/10 seriously i think this series is too long for nothing the writers must have run of ideas you tell me the theme of "revenge" should take so long to execute even meriting a season 3 what!this show is probably the most overrated tv show at the moment i liked "once upon a time" far much better than revenge season 2 i just had to finish season 2 because i was already in too deep, the show has turned into a soap opera like "days of our lives".Its lost that "revenge vibe" it had in season 1 mike kelly the creator of the show only wanted 13 episodes for season 2 but abc refused i think thats why it turned to shit in season 2 he has even left the show,i am definately not watching season 3 which i am sure will be worse you have to be really creative to make a 22 episode series per season based on "revenge" as can be seen the show has lost its flavor

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Aiden is the best thing from Season 2. If he turns out to be dead next season, I am dropping Revenge. There was so much stalling and filler this season. Sometimes I feel like a show is better as a movie with sequels than a whole show. The show does not have enough plot to sustain it. I hope S3 is the last season and I hope it's super epic and does not flounder. I would rather Amanda kill the freaking Graysons already, have Mayson write her biography, and then watch her live her life on the run with Aiden <3 while raising Carl cuz Jack is dead. Then in the epilogue, Aiden is dead and Carl is all grown up living independently somewhere faraway where he watches his godmother get arrested by the FBI live on TV. But then Amanda commits suicide as a last act of defiance. No body knows Carl's relation to her. Ugh I hate that name! Carl's name is legally changed to Josiah as well.
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Jack is too weak and emotional. Don't like him at all. Why Emily aka Amanda likes him, I have no idea. So now Daniel is a murderer just like his parents, well guess the apple does not fall far from the tree huh! Poor Nolan, I knew Padma would eventually betray him. Always thought she was a shady one. Didn't trust her from the beginning. I didn't quite like Season 2 finale, Emily should not have revealed her true identity to Jack. Burst my bubble already. Hope Season 3 won't be a let down, that it will be more epic. I hope the story line won't stray away from the original plots.
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I registered just to say this:
This is easily THE worst review of a TV episode I've ever read, ever. And I read a lot of those.

Do you think you're funny with your yellow Impact text on episode screencaps? You're not. Stop trying to make memes, you haven't a clue what memes are. You're not funny. You're not deep. And your comparison with the Dark Knight... puh-leeze.

Next time, how about you spare us your "humor" and go review Battlestar Galactica or something?
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Yeeeeahhhh...I don't think you get how this works. Lily's recaps are THE BEST THING EVER and the entire reason to watch a show. Move along now; there's nothing here for someone like you.
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Leave.
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Seriously people, basic maths, if Vickys son was born in 1973 that makes him 40, not 23, so clearly they will cast someone a bit more age appropriate than Ian Somerhalder. Especially when Daniel is about 20 years younger than Patrick, and Josh Bowman looks older than Iam Somerhalder.
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I thought so too, at first, but then I looked up Somerhalder's age, which is 34 (born in 1978), so there's only a 5 year difference between him and the character. I will admit to the actor looking younger than the role requires, but I would also love to see Somerhalder acting with his eyes/eyebrows like he does on TVD. It would look amazing in the context of this show.
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--First of all - WELCOME BACK LILY! I HAVE MISSED YOU!
-- There is no Initiative was the gist that I got. It was just a few business men/women who knew that a terrorist group would spark consumer spending and that they could make money off that. It's insider trading taken to the next level.
--I don't think he's known it all along in some way. I think he'll be pissed. Like REALLY pissed.
--Revenge training includes running quickly up emergency exit stairs?
--I think Season 3 Nolan in Prison is going to be the real thing. And Emily will visit him just as Nolan visited David Clarke. Symmetry and what have you.
--I think Declan is dead. I can't believe that Nolan would lie to Jack about it. Emily? Sure. But Nolan? No way.
--I actually was thinking of Ian too. (Weird coincidence - though it could be because I'm watching re-runs of Lost at the moment.)
-- I'm going to say messed up because I don't know what the agenda of Takeda really was. So he had someone on the plane that he loved? That isn't that big of a deal. And Emily didn't approach Takeda to provide grief counseling and help her get over it but she approached him to become a revenge ninja. Which I kinda agree with you Lily she needs a refresher course.
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Nolan crying means I'm (almost) crying. Seriously, Revenge took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions, at one point I actually had to pause the show just to fully grasp all that's happened. I'm also really worried about Aiden. I remember Lily calling him the Proud Protectoress in one of her earlier reviews, and that's the way I've referred to him ever since - it's a very fitting nickname!
My one big gripe with the finale was Declan being in that explosion. I get they needed some extra drama from a (somewhat) major character's death, but what the hell was he even doing in that building?! That's the first question I asked myself and proceeded to shout at the screen when none of the people visiting him did. They'll probably just explain it away in some poor manner, like him wanting to talk to Daniel about the whole baby situation or whatever and asking for his support, but I just find it frustrating that no one even mentioned it.
Other than that, I enjoyed the finale immensely and can't wait for season 3.
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Declan was in the building because when he called Charlotte (when she was with Regina) and asked where she was, she lied and said she was with Daniel so he went to Grayson Global to find her.
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I loved the finale! It was exciting all the way through! This show is actually pretty good when you don't over analyze it. It's always been a bit too dramatic and unbelievable, but if you just lay back and watch it for the thrills, it's darn good.

Now, season 2 was definitely worse than season 1. It feels as if it had no direction or focus. They made a huge cliffhanger in the season 1 finale about Amanda's mom that turned out to be not important at all! They throw around these ridiculous plots no one really cares about (Amanda's foster brother, Marco's relationship with Nolan) that end up having no meaning but to prolong the show. I wouldn't be surprised if Patrick (Victoria's estranged son) shows up in like only 3 episodes next season. This sucks! Give us random takedowns instead if you need filler episodes. Let Emily get revenge on the courtroom cleaning ladies if you have to, just don't give us more of characters that are downright pointless.

Now I hope Jack teams up with Nolan and Ems (though given how ridiculous he is when it comes to revengy things it would probably mean more babysitting) since he has nothing better to do now that Declan and Fauxmanda are dead. Ashley can jump on that train as a sidekick (without knowing the truth about Amanda). Aidan should probably go away. And there we have it. Fantastic 4 against the Graysons.

I will certainly tune in for season 3. It will be fun, if nothing more.
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I hate Jack, I really wished that he die so that Emily can move on, it's rediculous that she would still be in love with someone she used to love when she was 11, I mean think about it, if Nolan didnt give her the infinity box she would've never returned to the Hamptons or even remembered Jack. Emily's character needs a better "soul-mate" and since one of you mentioned Tom Welling, OMG, how amazing would it be if the man of steel joined the show as someone who also seeks revenge for the plane crash thing, and the two will find each other and in the end decide to give up on the revenge, how romantic would that be!
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im so sorry but this finale sucked really hard. i'm giving up on this show. Sorry Nolan :((
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Do you know what I'm still wondering about..What the hell happened when takaeda took fauxmanda after Tyler's death. I feel like in season 3 we're gonna find out something else about fauxmanda because they never explained that certain plot line to us and they kind of hinted at it when Jack was looking through Amanda's file and saw she went to Japan.
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I thought it was the real Amanda that went back to Japan after the plane crash, I didn't think that takaeda took fauxmanda there after Tyler died. That was the real Amanda in Japan trying to remember her mother under water. Pretty sure fauxmanda never went to Japan, I mean, can you imagine her? She even refused free air tickets to Paris because she had never been out of the US before.
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Why don't they change the name of the show to "Babysitting Jack", because that's what it felt like watching the finale. Every few minutes Nolan and Emily lost track of him and had to stop him from doing something stupid. Put a leash on him for crying out loud.

I know Jack wanted revenge for Amanda's death but this whole idea of him trying to take down the Graysons always was ridiculous to me. Seriously what's a bartender going to do to the most powerful family in the world when the police or Emily can't take them down permanently? Did Jack and Ashley really think they could bring down Conrad's campaign by trusting Victoria with the only blackmail they had to bring down her husband? Sure, Victoria despises Conrad but she still stands by him like The Good Wife.

The biggest problem I have with Jack going on his revenge-escapade was he was willing to throw away his life when he has a baby son and younger brother to support. So now that Declan is dead, who's going to be around to babysit the kid?

Speaking of Declan, I don't really care that he's dead. I'll admit it was sad but that was a fleeting moment. I don't even care to know the reason being on the 27th floor of Grayson Global, of all places. That was also ridiculous, but at least it got rid of a useless character.

Although I also get the feeling Declan isn't really dead. Why didn't we see his body? But I don't know what the purpose is for Declan and Nolan to fake his own death. Charlotte is pregnant now... but I can't help but to feel Declan isn't the father.

Moving on, I can't stand Daniel. He really thinks he's tough but I'm glad Aidan knocked him around. Now we got to wait three months to see if Daniel shot Aidan...

Poor Nolan!!
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Yeah, me too, hate Daniel. Don't believe that the wimpy Daniel really shot Aiden. Aiden is a martial artist, he was trained by a japanese mentor. He killed his mentor. So like it`s hard to believe that Daniel can kill Aiden. Like you said, have to wait for season 3 to find out.
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Amazing Finale, Revenge never seizes to amaze me! Cannot wait for season 3!
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I don't think Jack is dumb, just naive. I was watching some earlier episodes when Jack was in hospital after "Amanda" was killed and Conrad came in to see him. Jack said "I know why you are here, you want to pay my hospital bills". That was pretty clever because obviously Conrad had no thought of paying his bills but in the circumstances Jack made it impossible to refuse. So not stupid, just uninformed of all the background details.

However as someone said below, I can't imagine a relationship surviving between Jack and Emily, she is far too clever for him and could not imagine her living in the Stowaway. Also the huge difference in wealth would blight any long term relationship.
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my predictions:
1 - Jack&Emily ... they will not team up as a romantic couple, but will together fight the Graysons
2 - Nolan ... will be rescued by The Falcon (this show is full of relationship backflips, and this is in keeping with it all) ... without Nolan, Emily has lost her big weapons (computer technology), and most of the show depends on his contribution ... so no way will they put Nolan away!
3 - Aiden .. was killed. Emily extracts early revenge by bumping off Daniel
4 - Victoria's first born will step in and fill Daniel's void .. and becoming a formidable opponent to Emily/Jack/Nolan
5 - Ashley and Jack will team up romantically
6 - Charlotte will go back to her lesbian friend ... and they will raise her baby together
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Just a question. Did they torture Aiden or anything, to get him to tell on Nolan? Because as soon as he said "I have my rights!" the FBI guy told him "the nature of this investigation has changed" which definitely means torture right?
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It's vague; it could have meant that. OR it could have meant that they are now looking into "The Initiative" and its supposed leader: Nolan.

Aiden was pretty quick to turn on Nolan in either case. Their final scene ended with Aiden admitting that Nolan turned out to be a decent friend. So either they had some major leverage going on, or he's just trying to hurt Emily by getting rid of her bestie.
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Aiden didn't turn on Nolan, if he had, they'd have more 'evidence' to show. They're clearly pinning this on him based on Padma, the 'long live David Clarke' message and all those 'documented prison visits'.
Besides which, Carrion Was his. And the trigger was from His office. The Initiative must have been planning to pin this on him all along, not Daniel. If Conrad was in the inner circle, no way they were using Daniel as the patsy.
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Indeed, what I understood "the nature of this investigation has changed" to mean, after they arrested Nolan is that Aiden doesn't need a lawyer because he's free to go because they think they've found the real culprit in Nolan.
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Oh. Well, thanks for clearing that out guys ;D
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these were always the best recaps.. u should come back to them next season..

1. So glad declan is dead.. worthless annoying character
2. There was already so much happening i feel like it kinda overshadowed Emily telling Jack its her but you knew this would have to come out eventually i guess..

3. So was daniel shot like the blood showed or did he shoot aiden or i guess the writers aren't sure what to do with that whole scene so they gave themselves a few months to think about it???
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Agree about Declan. Wish they would kill off Jack too.
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Has anyone else realized how many stairs Emily has had to climb this episode? I mean, damn girl...no wonder she has is so hot.
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Please, please let Revenge get back to what it was in season 1. Season 2 was very poor and I feared that it would not get renewed. Luckily it has but if it continues to throw in too many characters that we don't care about, bring in tons of storylines an episode that we again get easily confused with, I don't see it getting to season 4.

That being said, the last four episodes of this season have been brilliant. Especially the season 2 finale. Back to the way it use to be in season 1? Lets hope so...
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The thing that keeps nagging me the most is the one question that seems to be taboo and no one asks for some reason: Why, THE HELL, was Declan at Grayson Global? And how come nobody on the show even thought to ask that question? Why didn't you, Lily? Did anyone in the comments? That's the big cliff hanger for me!
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Look at my reply below. Declan was looking for Charlotte. And she told him that she was with her brother (it was a lie but Declan did stomach a lot from her so it wouldn't be a far Stretch to believe her and go after her at Greyson Global).
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Am I the only one who didn't understand how Declan got inside the Grason Global building???
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Charlotte told him over the phone that she was with Daniel. Declan must have assumed that they were at Greyson Global and went in search for her.
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Like many, this season of Revenge really threw me off and I feel like the viewership decline says a lot. Although there were some surprises throughout the season, the new characters and useless side plots almost had me tuned out. Fortunately, I really enjoyed the finale. Not because it made total sense (let's be honest), but because it made the show exciting again. I don't care if things don't add up just as long as Emily is taking people down confidently again.

Not a clue about the Initiative. My friend and I just don't get it and I feel like viewers get confused as well.

I also liked that Aiden killed Takeda. Aiden's relationship with Emily never excited me much, so I think this adds an interesting new dynamic. Takeda was also treated as a plot device for much of the season, so I wasn't sad to see him go.

Really loved reading the review Lily!
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As someone who lives in New York I got a kick out of Nolcorp being located in the East Village and more specifically, Astor Place. Can't really imagine a multi million corporation having their buildings there. At least the employees would have easy access to dollar pizza, tattoo parlors, psychics, and NYU parties.

Didn't ruin it for me, just made me giggle.
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Declan the irritation died - yipeeeee
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Not gonna lie, totally had Charlotte pegged as the character who would die (which, with the revelation that she had a psycho lovesick stalker, made me think I was right). And then Declan dun had to get himself blown asunder....oh well. Either way, it's an end to that captivating love story. But wow.....tough season for Jack!
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My thoughts:
1. Leave Nolan alone! Hes the best character on the show, they could even kill Emily but dont touch Nolan! Of course is going to be interesting seeing how he gets out of this.
2. WTF with the writers constantly pushing Emily+Jack in our faces EVERY season finale? He is just in her way... and really dumb! Jack really annoys me. They should've kill Jack instead of Declan.
3. THERE IS NO INITIATIVE, they're are a group yes, but they're not trying to "hurt america" they're a bunch of businessmen just wanting to create chaos cause after that they get richer.
4. I wonder if Jack can get a part in captain america, as the guy who dies first!
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Sorry. Nope. Nolan is amazing but Revenge is Emily's story. This show could not exist without Emily.
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This was supposed to be their big defining moment for the series. I felt like the build up of the inituitive were supposed to have led to, well, somewhere lol. Anywhere. But it didn't. The way the show was headed, throwing away most of the soapy romantic drama to cover a more spy-like espionage type of concept, I thought they'd wrap up everything in the end and start season 3 as Alias. A covert operation of spies lol.

When "Engagement" ended, the idea of all the power going out throught NY, the chaos that could insue, lead me to believe that this was gonna be an episode all about asking "What would you do if you the world around you changed and the power you held that was placed soley on whelth wasn't valuable anymore?"

Instead the did a intercept-their-political-movement-ep, and a somebody-just-died-so-it's-time-to-get-my-revenge-ep. They did JUST another episode of Revenge lol.
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Easily the best episode in this weak season "Season 1 was way better with the revenge plot every week" .
This was a great 2 hour -episode , also I still didn't understand the whole picture about The Initiative , Why using the Program to turn of the electricity of the city ?
Is it to terrify people like Conrad said or just to be able to plant the Bomb in servers ? Cause in both ways there are much better way to do these Jobs.
Declan's Death was pointless as Charlotte's Pregnancy , A lot of characters with a lot of pointless storylines .
The trap scene , the bomb and the revealing at the end were Awesome Moments I would like to salute the writers for but I wished that they did this sooner but enough complaining , we got another season , why the whining ?!
I hope the next season will be more like season one because it was better but with a finale like season 2's finale .
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OH, MY GOD! Lily, it's you! Do not go away... EVER AGAIN! Missed your recaps, Revenge isn't the same without them!

The season finale of Revenge felt like they were going back on track, finally. Power outage and then the bombing of a skyscraper, that was a really creepy scene and it didn't feel offensive or disrespectful.

...Can someone explain to me the true nature of the Initiative?
-No, not even a rocket scientist could do that... But at least they seem more tangible now. Just a bunch of greedy people wanting to make money.

...What will Jack’s reaction be to Emily’s big reveal (and has he known it all along in some way)?
-He might have had his suspicions but the truth will knock him down hard, for sure. I think, he'll be disappointed and hurt and rightfully so. Poor bastard stumbled around for two seasons like a drunken sailor. I hope the Revelation will get him on Team NolEmily!

…How did Emily get up into a bombed skyscraper before first responders?
-Even Conrad was faster than the first responders. She surely knew some back entrance.
And frankly, I don't care much. She was there and got a scare that Jack could be dying under the debris. And I noticed then and there that I am still a Emily and Jack shipper. :-D

… How long will Nolan be in peril and didn’t you love his hair this episode?
-Oh, he looks always adorable! I didn't notice his haircut, though. Have to watch the finale back and look closer. Padma really screwed him over. But FBI Analysts surely could find out that Padma was confessing under duress. Her statement isn't really worth much, I think.

…How many times did Declan ask Emily if she could hook him up with a gig on Captain America 2?
-Why would he ask Emily? Will she play a part in the movie? If so, I have to watch it!

…Fantasy Cast: Victoria’s first-born son! Ian Somerholder is my dream choice. What’s yours?
-Hm, tricky question! My choices:

Michael Rosenbaum (with hair!)
Jared Leto (He would match his Mama's intrigue skills easily)
Desmond Harrington (perfect age and accustomed to play the sly character)
Milo Ventimiglia (No particular reason, just could picture him perfectly as Victoria's offspring)

…Aidan killing Takeda: For the best, or messed up?
-Made little to no sense to me. Perhaps the actor playing Takeda was homesick?
I think, Anyway, Emily doesn't need him anymore.

More important question... Is Aiden still alive? If Daniel killed him it would give Emily the perfect reason to break up the engagement.
And I want proof that Declan really went six feet under. I want his quiff on a cushion!
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See, I just don't think Declan would be alive. I think there's more reason to mess with Aidan's death than Declan. No bodies were seen, but I think Declan's really dead and Aidan's more likely to be alive, wounded yes, but alive.
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Is it just me or does it feel like we have had plot developments and action to last five seasons? It took me by surprise when I realized that this was only the second season. If I think about everything that has happened... just feels so packed. Maybe it's because the episodes are built essencially like tiny movies with their own plots and stories that start and finish within one episode. Obviously they have long story archs as well but the amount of character activity and twists and spying and revenging that is going on episode to episode... There are not many tv shows that could compete with this pace and I like it. There is little milling around.
Also the fact that Charlotte didn't trust Declan (who, in fact, might very well be the most boring guy in the universe) over that trashy lady she literally JUST met... wtf? Did not get how that could happen in the real world. Or the writers want her to seem as a very naive/unsympathetic character. Either way I just do not like her. She could potentially be a very strong anchor and motivation for Emily but as of now... I don't care about her at all.
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My overall thoughts on this episode are:

1. Charlotte has The. Weirdest. Friends......who are eithe drug dealers or psychotic bitches who want to raise babies together. Another season of that? WHY!?

2. So let me get this straight, Jack manages to avoid being in the building moments before it is blown-up and leaves the scene unscrathed BUT he could not pick up Declan on the way? Idiot. Srsly, I really wished Jack would be the one to kick the bucket because then Emily could maybe stop for a moment and re-think her revenge skills because their clearly sucked this episode if all she did was run around trying to save Jack's ass.

3. Will never believe that Spaniel managed to kill Aiden. Puhlease, Daniel does not know how to hold a gun.

4. The fuck is it with Emily? She gets all aggressive on Aiden when she finds out he killed Takeda (Btw, with good reason, Takeda has been shady from the beginning), yet think back to s2 ep 1 when she told Takeda she wouldn't let anyone even him stop her from finding her psycho mother...........and hello, Aiden just told her he loves her...wako.

5. Did the show just insinuate that Emily stillhas feelings for Jack? Ew! Really, Ems you woudld die after a week of living in that stoway house.

6. LOL, "OMG, Partick".

7. Poor Nolan, worst luck with girlfriends!
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Oh, and let's not forget there will now be two babies just floating around and never being seen or being an important part of the story at all next season.
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I'm still confused as to where the hell Carl is... what grandmother?!?
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She could still lose it...
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I agree, I predict a miscarriage for Charlotte due to the stress of discovering Declan is dead.
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Or most cliché let's get rid of the baby storyline, she could fall down some stairs. Maybe even be pushed by her psycho stalker.
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1)I feel that even the writers don't know what to do with the Initiative
2)First he'll be angry then he'll forgive her
3)She's Batman after all :)
4)My prediction no more than 5 episodes
5)A million
6)Doesn't matter as long as he's interesting character
7)They didn't know what to do with him so they killed him.So may be it's for the best
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What, no mention of Jack suddenly having flashbacks before Emily ever revealed she was Amanda? Lame. They had all last season to do that one. As for Aidan killing Takeda, well, Takeda tried to kill him first and he was likely willing to use and get rid of Emily when she outlived her usefulness, so I say right on. No point in having a sensei character who's never there. I was actually very disappointed with the episode, both because of pointless aspects such as Charlotte's pregnancy, Regina's stalker tendencies, and the fact Jack made it out. I may be one of the few people hoping, but I hope Aidan made it out alive. I'm so over Jack and Daniel.
As for the whole Initiative thing, well, Conrad never seemed smart enough to me to pull off something like that. Conniving yes, but not smart.
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Sounds like the writers chose their characters names while drinking popular whiskey brand ;)
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Woot Jack and Emily! The scene where she told him the truth was perfect (the music, the romantic location atop the auditorium, the flashbacks) and such a great payoff. Bravo show! Can't wait to see them team up to take down the Graysons next season.

Also Declan's death was even sadder than Amanda's (especially when they used the music from when Sammy died).
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'Victoria Grayson hasn’t touched the lid of a trash can in years. And then she sort of dug through the garbage to get it? That may have been the least believable moment in the entire two hours.' Haha, I thought the exact same thing Lily!

It's a shame you didn't catch the rest of the season to put the finale in perspective to whathas happened, although I like the fact that your absence allowed you to have a broader look at the series as a whole, and what some of its major problems are.

Glad Declan has finally gone, it will continue to push Jack into a much darker character, he's greatly improved since Amanda's death. Not sure if I care either way whether or not Daniel killed Aiden. I can't really see how Aiden would continue to fit into the show past this point, so if he died (or even just left) I'm not bothered.
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You can tell that you haven't watched season 2, you should watch it and then read your recap.
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… Fantasy Cast: Victoria’s first-born son! Ian Somerholder is my dream choice. What’s yours? Wentworth Miller ,....Ashton Kutcher ,.... Matt Bomer,.... Kristoffer Polaha,...Josh Lucas,... Geoff Stults,...
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Ashton Kutcher??? You gotta be kidding me...
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why not? it's a FANTASY casting,...
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And I know he is a comedian,... but revenge in my opinion has taken itself too seriously these days,...
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Also, seeing as her firstborn son is 40 years old not in his twenties. It cant be aiden either cos on the close up of his fake passport, his dob was 1977, and Vicky's son was born in 1973.
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Well, Ian will be busy shooting The Vampire Diaries and I have a feeling that her first-born son will be a series' regular. So, it won't be him.
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yes true,... it is a fantasy cast,... ;)))
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I thought that the finale was pretty good (maybe a little too eventful).
About Jack, I don't hate him, I just think his plot lines haven't been very good and the fact that he was unaware of anything that was happening made him look bad. Maybe now he we help out Emily carry on her revenge, but first he will be very upsait about everything, who wouldn't be?

I'm really worried about the Nolan situation! But I'm sure Emily will get him out right away.

Well now I'm looking foward to Season3!
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Hi Lily! Please do this next season, we need a sane (or the right kind of insane) person recapping Revenge
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Did you totally miss the "Did Daniel kill Aiden" part? Blood on his cuff could mean a fist fight not necessarily blood from dead body hmm.

Great 2-parter. Yes the reveal was that Connor has been in on it from David Clark's death, not a victim of the Initiative, making him the most despicable character after all. Wouldn't it be great if Victoria decided to join the Revengers, to avenge her 1 true love? Also can someone explain how she recognized her son, who she hasn't seen since he was a baby (or was Falcon telling truth he'd been payed off a little while ago so Victoria knew what he looked like?)

The "I'm Amanda Clarke" scene, I had to see it twice. Been waiting for that for 2 seasons now. Since Fauxamanda is not Amanda was Jack actually married? I don't like people calling him dumb, he's innocent & naive yes, but remember he's a good guy & victim in all of this.

I liked Emily with Aiden but I'm a romantic at heart, so I want her to end up with Jack. The Nolan thing, I did not see coming, poor Nolan he's my fave too.

Great set up for Season 3. What will Patrick be like? What will Jack too. Is Charlotte's baby Declans or the foster brothers? Is Aiden gone for good? And how will Nolan be saved?
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Conrad has NOT been in on it since David Clarke's death,only since Helen visited him in jail earlier this season.
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It seems like the writers are trying really hard to give Jack a decent storyline and to push him towards Emily but so far I'm just not buying it. The story is cute (two kids who were "in love" find each other again as adults) but just there's no chemistry there. Aidan may not have been the greatest character but he and Emily had great chemistry.
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So apparently the initiative all along was exactly what everyone thought it was: a bunch of rich people profiting off of disasters- except the revealed secret is that Conrad was a part of it ever since Helen offered him the chance- so Daniel was never in danger and Victoria killed Helen for no reason. Apparently. Also did Daniel kill Aiden? The bloody shirt and all.. I still find that extremely hard to believe. There was so much stuff packed into what, two hours? Gosh. Oh yes, and the biggest reveal-" I'm Amanda Clarke." Probably the three most anticipated words of the show. Jack is going to be conflicted on how Realmanda's been lying to him but so has Fauxmanda so did that relationship mean anything? Poor Carl. Charlotte's a single mother following in the footsteps of her mother,(insert apple not falling far from tree and like mother like daughter comments here) and probably will want to give up the baby for adoption( or might not depending on how rebellious she's feeling.) poor nolan. i also dont inderstand- is padma alive? when did she make that video?... yeah. can't wait for season 3. Woo.
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What purpose did Helen's threats serve if they were empty?
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Padma is dead, they made her make the video before they killed her
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On the point of Victoria digging through the trash ....... She wasnt going to let her maids do her dirty work (I mean wont any of her maid go running off to Jack with the file???). The point here is that she happened to open the trash can with the pregnancy test. I mean what are the odds!!!
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Connor Paolo has a tiny head. That is all.
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I actually really liked this episode! I thought there were a lot of messy stuff going on, but the nature of it plot twist made it a good episode.
I have been saying for a while that Jack is the dumbest character ever in the history of dumb characters but I never actually stopped to think how Nolan and Emily were his parents tracking his every move because he can't get out of the house without messing it up.
Declan's death I think it's for real, THANK GOD, I actually clapped during that scene. What I'm not quite sure about is that Charlotte's baby is his. Still find it hard to believe that A) Declan had sex. B) The Porter boys had such a poor sexual education.
I did hate watching Nolan being interrogated by the feds, but WHAT AN AWESOME TWIST! Trying to pin the Iniciative on the most beloved character. So does the Initiative exist? I think it doesn't formally exist, like on paper as a company, but there are those handful of really shady and greedy folks like NY mayor Conny Greyson who are a part of terrorism just to make money as the city is being rebuilt.
Aiden is just a little too comfortable with murder in my eyes, but my question is, is he still alive? Did Daniel shoot him? There was a close up of Daniel and then the gun during his fight with Aiden and I have no idea what happened.
Ems confessing to Jack I tought it was necessary but not necessarily liked it. It's messed up. I mean, what good can come from that? The guy is a freaking idiot, he can not be a part of the Revengers. Also, do you realize that by aknowleadging that Emily is Amanda Clarke, he's gonna soon realize that A) He married and was convinced to be in love with a total stranger. B) He had a son with said total stranger that is not David Clarke's grandson.
HOW WOULD EMILY EVER EXPLAIN THAT TO JACK? Sorry dude, couldn't tell you you were marrying and having a baby with this Emily Thorne chick I met in juvie years ago and switched places, whatever, the only one who ever knew who I was is Sammy, RIP my dog...
It's just messy...
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They seem to have tossed away the possibility of Jack REFUSING TO BELIEVE that "Emily" is the real Amanda,which would be an interesting twist.Just like they seem to have retconned Edward Grayson out of existence after making him out to be important in the first season.(And what about Conrad's first wife and their unspecified children?...Charlotte's ABC bio no longer calls her "youngest daughter" and nothing came of that casting note for Conrad's first-marriage son).
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LMAO! Loved the recap. Glad to have you back <3

Now......

I was hoping that Daniel & Aiden killed each other - not here for either of them.

Aww poor Declan - he kinda grew on me.

Oh no, not Nolan - *sadface*

FINALLY Emily tells Jack the truth *woot*. That said, he better rip her a new one. Then they can literally kiss and make up mid to late (next) season lol.

"Fantasy Cast: Victoria’s first-born son! Ian Somerholder is my dream choice. <<< Meh. How about Tom Welling?
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Tom Welling as a shitty payed off illegitimate brat. I would pay to see that
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Yes. :)
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"but at this point we can all agree, she is just not effective at actually getting revenge." that point for me was when Emily threw that laptop full of evidence of Grayson's guilt; at least enough to point the FBI in the direction of investigating a group that refers to themselves as "The Initiative"; and clear her father's name once and for all.

I watched with my sister who brought up two good points about Jack hearing Emily finally admit she is Amanda. 1) Poor Jack had a really awful, horrible day (this only adds to it) (2) He should be beyond angry and bitter that Emily not only destroyed the laptop but could of brought it forth a lot sooner and prevented the series of events that resulted in the death of his brother (and faux amanda)
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Always "should/would/could have."Never "should/would/could of."
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I love you.
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*threw laptop into the ocean
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