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Revenge S03E07: "Resurgence"

It was the Fourth of July in the Hamptons, but the episode fizzled out more than it exploded with a sense of urgency. After Emily brought Nolan and Jack up to speed regarding her plans to frame Victoria for her murder last week, "Resurgence" had a "wait and see" mentality. Maybe it was because Emily didn't have much going on this week, the revenging being handed over to Nolan, or maybe it was the lingering sadness Jack felt over the death of Fauxmanda that was keeping him from exploring anything more than a few kisses with Margaux. It could have also been Daniel's redeveloping feelings for Sarah that made the episode drag, but I found my mind wondering during the episode this week, so much so that I didn't even realize the party everyone was going to was for the Fourth until Nolan's red, white, and blue ensemble caught my eye and lit up my life like its own firework.

Now that the Graysons have had their fortune returned to them, Conrad was putting it to good use hiring a public relations specialist to clean up the family image. He probably should have done this in Season 1 when Emily kept outing secrets and turning every event hosted by Victoria into a revenge scheme, but better late than never, I guess? As it turns out, though, the publicist he hired, Bizzy Preston, was the same woman who once outed Nolan to the press in order to save the marriage of a client. Having her resurface in his life after a few years on the S.S. Revenge gave him the perfect opportunity for a little payback of his own. 

While the outcome of Nolan's scheme wasn't as fiery or explosive as one of Emily's—Bizzy was having an affair and instead of outing it and ruining her life, Nolan gave her the chance to end it and save her marriage—the storyline did provide us with more of Nolan's backstory. We knew of his strained relationship with his father, the elder man having passed away last season, but we now know why he was estranged from his son. They'd been on the verge of mending their broken relationship in the wake of Nolan's successes, but once Bizzy outed him in the press, his father never spoke to him again. 

Nolan's situation would have been difficult for anyone, but for someone as lonely as Nolan, for someone who'd just lost one father figure only to lose his actual father (again), was especially hurtful. It makes sense that he'd want to exact revenge when she reappeared in his life, but whereas Emily has no problem destroying the lives of others, feeling no remorse or conscience regarding the lives she ruins, Nolan is a big ol' softie. He's not the kind of guy who can ruin a 20-year marriage out of spite, and it's refreshing to see someone have a conscience after Emily's robotic and mechanical planning have made me wonder if the show even notices the void in the emotional spectrum.


And speaking of voids in the emotional spectrum, Jack, who's been having a dalliance with Margaux for a few episodes, but who's been mostly emotionally unavailable since Fauxmanda swam with the fishes, finally took off his wedding ring and decided to start living his life again. The ring itself has not been directly mentioned all season, but it's been there in every scene, quietly lurking, reminding us that Jack hasn't yet moved on or gotten over her. His life has been on pause for quite a while now, and his removal of the ring this week was a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, I just don't feel the sparks between Jack and Margaux.

I'm not against Jack finding love again or moving on or doing anything of the sort—in fact, I very much want him to do just that—but I simply don't feel any emotional attachment to Margaux or her burgeoning relationship with Jack. But if Emily swoops in at any point in the future and tries to make Jack feel bad about living a life that doesn't include her, I think I'll be able to muster up some emotions, because hell no.


Also hell no? The horribly contrived plot device named Sarah. I already mentioned how much I disliked her sudden reappearance last week, but this week Daniel tried to kiss her while surrounded by family and friends at his mother's annual holiday party. Ignoring how ridiculous that would be considering anyone could have seen him and his engagement would have been over, I have several other reasons to be annoyed with this storyline. The first of which is that we've already seen Emily get shot while in her wedding dress, which means we know that she makes it to her wedding. So everything that happens between Daniel and Sarah between now and then will be void of any real stakes. How are viewers supposed to care about whether or not Daniel has feelings for the girl he almost killed several years ago if we've seen Emily in her wedding dress? 

There's always a slim chance that Emily doesn't marry Daniel and steals the Graysons yacht, but come on, like that's believable. Add in to the equation that I also don't believe Daniel's feelings for Sarah have been rekindled in the span of a week and we've got a boring, contrived storyline that is going nowhere. It doesn't matter that Charlotte and Victoria have teamed up to try to use Sarah to keep Emily from marrying Daniel either, because we already know what happens. And because those two women feel like they've been neutered lately. Charlotte thinks she's a player in this game, but she still comes off as a petulant teenager, and aside from Victoria's takeover of the gallery, she hasn't really had much to do this season. She complains about Emily and Daniel and wants to stop this marriage from happening, but nothing she does feels like it has any stakes either.


The absence of any real threats is a constant problem for the series and it stems from Revenge's typical opening scene flash-forwards. They always seem like a good idea at the time, and they create a fixed timeline that the series has to build to which generally keeps the action on track, but it also often means that plots that might have once been cause for worry or concern are deemed null and void simply by the fact viewers know the ending. I remember feeling this same way in Season 1 when we were waiting to find out whose body was found on the beach. Early on it seemed like there was a good possibility it was Daniel, but as time went on, and as fans took a liking to Daniel, it felt obvious when we found out it was Tyler and not Daniel who died. And I feel the same way here. Right now we know that Emily is shot in a wedding dress on her wedding day, so anything that happens between July 4 and August 8, whether Daniel has feelings for Sarah or not, doesn't really matter. Would I like the show to surprise us and pull a switcheroo? Yes, of course. But this season has been pretty flat, so I'm not holding out much hope for a last-minute save.



NOTES

– It felt a little strange to see Emily and Nolan acting like last week's entire episode didn't happen, but I can't say I didn't enjoy seeing their friendship again. A little continuity wouldn't hurt, though.

 Conrad is writing his memoirs, and if there is a God, that book will be published in our world. I love this idea so much, because he's such a great soap villain at this point.

 Nolan is trying to track down Patrick, but the trail has been pretty spotty. I have a feeling that's because Patrick is a pretty good liar and con man and knows how to cover his tracks. But still. Poor Nolan.

 Nolan's spy glasses (!) caught Daniel attempting to kiss Sarah, which means Emily will probably be doubling down on her efforts to keep Daniel next week.

 “It’s the Fourth of July. The day we Americans celebrate ridding ourselves of the British.”

 Nolan's wardrobe was so spot-on this week, but I have to give his red, white, and blue party outfit the cake. (I'm working on getting a full body shot, because the red pants really made the look).

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AIRED ON 5/10/2015

Season 4 : Episode 23

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Emily is so... she is crying ooh Im gonna miss my sister bla bla - are u kidding me? When have you even seen her last time? How about spending time with her if she is so important? She hates u at the moment and you dont even care.

Nolan and Emily annoy me a bit. Look Im happy they are friends again, but that 180° change in 2 min.? Its like nothing happened in the last epsiode.

I really like Aiden and I always wanted him and Emily happy ( after she started to hate Daniel) But somehow it feels weird now.. and come on, its not gonna happen. Thanks writers for destroying another male character I once loved

Vicky: are u out of your mind. Like come on, youre a evil person but Sarah nearly died because her drunk son hit her with a god damn car and you treat her like shit?

Nolan - sorry but if your dad doesnt talk to you anymore cause youre gay.. he is kind of an ass

Magaux I like u.. but that 4th of July dress was so ugly - thank god Jack took it off ;) I like those 2 together
How funny is it tho: they are like 1000 candles and a bed/couch on the terrace with 1000 pillows (romantic) and they are acting like this would always would be there and its not special at all

Daniel and Sarah: I like it, even Daniel is stupid to kiss her there also it goes too fast - but once again not his fault - the writers fault
And gooood Emily I hate u for saying: oh i better make him love me again ... cruel soo cruel!
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I really don't understand why you review this show. you clearly don't like it, as you never seem to have anything good to say about it. i read the 'once upon a time' reviews, and even when she calls them out, it is clear that she at least enjoys watching the show. please, please let someone who cares review, so that it is thoughtful and considerate to those of us who do like the show.
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I just want to say that I understand this opinion that since we know the ending, the in-between in pointless. I really do, and it's true.
Still, for me knowing the ending is really not enough. Even if I know that Emily makes it to the wedding, it's important for me if Daniel marries her even if he's in love with Sarah, that's another level of pathos in my opinion.
Also, in season 1, I was genuinely afraid until the end that Daniel might have died. I mean, Revenge was so smart and umpredictable, and it was also a new show that could have been cancelled, so I wasn't so sure that Daniel was going to be spared.
Apart from these considerations, I'm liking this season very much!
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After a series of good episodes this was really a downer. As they rushed things between Jack and Margaux (here however the subplot of Jack's dealing with and ultimately letting Fauxmanda go was not badly done), they sudden development between Sarah and Daniel is too sudden to be believable. Also, why should we care about Sarah?

I feel that Patrick's leave has left a void: Victoria and Nolan shone less.
I am not a Aiden basher but here I was really irritated by his uselessness. Besides, I really do not feel any chemistry or connection whatsoever between he and Emily.
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I'm not feeling the sparks between Jack and Margaux either. And I don't know what they did to Jack this season. I think it's the hair probably. He used to be like this perfect hunk of handsomeness and it's almost completely gone. The whtie suit earlier this season was horrible, he looked like some kind of sad mobster.

I actually kinda like Sarah and the way Charlotte is starting the whole scheming thing but I have to admit that this falling-for-ex is happening waaayy too fast and the stakes aren't as high as they should be because of the flash-forward in the beginning of the season.

Nolan is still great, what a big softie. His glasses were ridiculous, I totally would have bought a camera that sent a signal to a computer but they actually had rewind and pause buttons on the frame too, made me giggle.
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I still watch this because I wanted to know what's gonna happen to Nolan and please do not put scarf on him. Seriously, I don't know what Emily is trying to do she have already have evidence to take the Grayson down and their money, why can't she execute that freakin' revenge ... It's really a pain to watch a show where I personally do not feel any sympathy for the main protagonist.
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I still find my mouth shaping into guilty smirks when I watch this show
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The story had been running in progressively bigger circles with every season, and going nowhere fast. Most characters are all over the place with the exception of Nolan, Jack, Charlotte and baby Carl. I was actually bored with it the last few episodes and do have to agree that promos have been misleading. "I love this show!" but it's slowly everting into "I loved this show" which is sad for a story with so much potential.
To the die hard fans, ratings do not lie and it has nothing to do with what this reviewer wrote.
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I have to disagree. I really liked this episode and I love where it's going.
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The woman who played Bizzy Preston is THE WORST actress that I've seen on television in the last 10 years. And that's saying something considering my unhealthy obsession with TV shows.
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Not to mention that she is about THE ugliest woman to ever be seen on Revenge to date. She looks just like the Crypt Keeper from Tales From the Crypt - a human skull with no flesh and some hair on it. Her teeth look like a bad denture job.
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Ha-ha, I somewhat agree. But the worst acting I've seen in the last couple of years on TV has come from Kathleen Rose Perkins on a episode of Person of Interest titled "Reasonable Doubt". Also, Kaniehtiio Horn who recently played Dorothy on an episode of "Supernatural" was as equally as bad.
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Yep, they were awful too. But Ana was just so "over the top" (I guess because she's used to comedy) and she just looked like she was trying to remember her lines and everything she said was like she was reciting. For example, in her scene opposite Emily, while Emily's delivering her own lines, Ana's just got this expression of "ok it's gonna be my turn to say something soon so I better make it good". Acting is essentially reacting and if I was in Emily's shoes, I don't know if I could've gotten through it. I would've asked them to just put a neutral extra while I do my lines and then insert Ana in editing.
How on earth do these people get these parts? Connections I guess. But yeah...TERRIBLE!
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What are you talking about? Ana Ortiz is awesome.
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Yeah...it's an EMMY worthy performance! O_o
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I thought this was a pretty good episode. I think I even laughed out loud and clapped my hands with glee at one point.
A little revenging done by Nolan, including some hi-tech gadgetry; a nice little callback to season 1.
It seems Aiden had been given the heave-ho for now, which can only be good news, cos he was the pits.
Fair enough the Daniel/Sara thing is kind of boring, but it is nice to see Emily scramble to have her plans stay on track.
Jack and Margot; meh. I don't care, about either of them. I'd have been happier if we hadn't seen Jack the sadsack whinging at Fauxmanda's graveside and then the pathetic courting of Margot and them falling into bed, its not necessary for the story because no one believes at this point that Emily and Jack are endgame.

Interesting you didnt note how Vicky was just chilling in the poolhouse with a towel ready to creep on Aiden getting out of the shower. That woman really has no boundaries, does she?
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I find season 3 to be very interesting. For me Emily Van Camp plays her role very well. When offset she seems sweet and very lovable, but when she's Emily Thorne that persona completely disappears and that's why i LOVE her.
I don't get why would any say that she doesn't express any emotions, when everything she does is connect to her feelings. And trust me, she's the only one who actually knows what she wants- REVENGE.
There is something else. Giving the information from every other episode, I no longer believe that this wedding is ever going to happened. Yes we see her in wedding dress, yes she is on the boat, but something is really off. But I am 99.99% sure that she actually got shot, it was not a scheme or part of her plan.
Please make Charlotte disappear, just can't stand her any more.
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I don't get why would any say that she doesn't express any emotions, when everything she does is connect to her feelings."

Emily is a sociopath! She's a likeable sociopath but she still a sociopath. She's the Walter White and the Heisenberg of Revenge.
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with all due respect I like Emily too but please do not insult Walter White and Heisenberg by comparing them to 'Emily'. It's like two of the most beautifully executed and written characters like exquisite wine and Emily at best is grape drink from vending machine.
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I didn't say that she's like Walter White/Heisenberg. What I tried to convey is that she's the anti-hero of Revenge. I adore Breaking Bad so don't think that I'd give her that much credit.
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Emily tries to be a sociopath ie an emotionless robot, but actually she fails in this because she has too much emotion and lets it control her. A true sociopath would never let her friendship with Nolan or Jack influence her actions. A true sociopath would have killed the white haired man when she had the chance. A true sociopath would have let Jack shoot Conrad.
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I don't agree. Maybe if this was still Season 1, I'd be like yeah you're right. But now? Nope.
Emily's made everyone around her suffer because she feels like "the world owes her". She could've gotten rid of the Graysons and "made them pay" so many times by now. She could've been done with it. (But then the show would've ended in S1)
By now Emily's obsession with the game has taken over and she no longer has the ability to see right from wrong. Her judgement is so clouded and her actions are completely sociopathic.
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I find it oddly concerning that the "bad" characters, such as Emily, Conrad or Victoria in particular, are more likable and accepted than other people in the more if i can use the word "heavy" shows, you named Walter White from BB. Sociopath or not I like her and the show, but I manage to make difference between this and the real life. These people represent a part of the human personality that most of people have, but manage to control.
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That is very true and I think that's what makes them so appealing. We know we wouldn't give them the time of day in our world but watching them is fascinating. There's something very intriguing about watching a character (who usually starts out good) unravel and tap into the darkest parts of the human psyche.
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I agree about Charlotte. She's truly become the worst.
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This has to be the last season for Revenge. I can not see that there is anything more to get from here. The story is boringly going to The End with few revenges and surprises. A shame, but since season 1 Revenge had been agonising slowly. The only thing good that can come out of the show is a new show with Nolan before The Hamptons. That will be fun to watch!
No doubt Nolan is the best thing of this show.
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I'm glad Noland is finally starting to at least try to have a life, although it was sad that he had to give up his chance at love for Emily again. Noland tried to get some revenge of his own, but in the end he could did not in good concience ruin the woman who ruined his final days with his father.
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I agree with most part of this review, the reviewer provides some good comments on the show, and I can tell the viewer could understand every leading or supporting characters in the show except Emily, because she keep saying that Emily does not have emotion.

  • -------“whereas Emily has no problem destroying the lives of others, feeling no remorse or conscience regarding the lives she ruins”
  • -------“it's hard to empathize with a character who doesn't seem to feel emotion”
  • These are simply not true.
  • Sometime, I thought the reviewer might see a different version of the show in which Emily’s part was cut off, or a mini-version without Emily.
  • Clearly, the reviewer cannot understand Emily, or she was blinded by something too emotional, reviewer’s troubling understanding on the leading character does not mean that Emily did not show emotion, actually Emily has shown too much emotion in the season 3 far more than previous seasons, and her emotion almost ruined the whole revenge plan in “stop-making-Aiden-happen” episode.

Emily in the show is a complicated and restraining character, she has been described as a flawed and multifaceted heroine figure, Emily seems to be cold, cruel, and emotionless, yet she is struggling and conflicted inside, and try hardly to suppress her feelings for her goal. Many times the writer embed her feelings into subtle expression and sub-conscience behaviors, in the season 3 Emily was clearly softened and has gradually been letting people into her heart.
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When you actually look at when Emily is showing emotion during S3, it's either when she's alone or she's channeling it toward another purpose (keeping Daniel, for example). Emily has emotions that will certainly come back at her more than once before the season is over, but her takedowns so far this season have been cold and calculated and yes, make her appear to be emotionless - especially in comparison to Nolan, which is the context lacking from your first quote. The people she loves most have called her out for her seeming lack of feelings on more than one occasion.

Kaitlin ("the reviewer" has a name, you aren't writing a book report so use it) understands Emily extremely well, and just because you disagree with her doesn't mean she's missing something or watching "a different version of the show".
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Emotions are a weakness (that's how Aiden and Emily been taught) she let emotions influence her before and she got burned
... In this case it is not a disagreement or a matter of perspective it is the frigging premise of the show which the reviewer is missing.

You call someone "The Author" or "The Reviewer" out of respect if you call someone by their first name it is a personal attack. Learn the 101 in manners and behavior because it is not the first time you have were trying to tell people what to write!!!
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It’s time for Mike Kelley come back

I can understand the reviewer want the show to be better, I have same feelings too, this season has been pretty flat, I think season 2 on twists and turns was better than now (even the initiative part was boring and off the rail), I really miss the old showrunner Mike Kelley who was also the show creator, clearly the new showrunner does not love this show much and does not know how to keep the show thrilling like before, it’s time for Mike Kelley come back and put a good ending to the show. Even I hope this season would be the last season of the show, I really hope it could have an outstanding ending that it deserves.

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Kaitlin is catching a lot of flak for her reviews on this once pretty good show, and I just gotta say, It ain't her fault. The Revenge premise introduced at the beginning is simply not reasonably sustainable. So, the writers must strive to contrive for 22-23 episodes. It's not like Scandal, which can twist and turn indefinitely, and the whole Fitz-Olivia thing can end without ruining the show. Emily is seeking revenge on the Graysons who were responsible for her father's ruination and death. All the rest is simply filler, and as long as the ratings are decent, she'll never accomplish her goal. She can't, or we're done. So, Kaitlin's reviews are accurate, and Revenge has become a slippery slope. Emily's relationship with Nolan is the only sustainable plotline. Beating down the Graysons and watching them bounce back is getting old and many of the other characters are getting stale (Jack, Charlotte, Aiden, Ashley and Daniel). They need to end this and spin-off something of a broader nature, where the writers can write about stuff that actually matters.
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THANK YOU. I'm glad somebody else has come to this conclusion.
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Your words: "All the rest is simply filler, and as long as the ratings are decent, she'll never accomplish her goal". Didn't you think Emily has already avenged her father? She took down many people, ruined their lifes, and I am pretty sure some rebounced back (they don't show them anymore on screen) . She has already ruined Graysons' life, but they are resilient; they don't mourn contilually the past, they keep going; they are survival.

So my questions are: What does she want? What is her endgame? If she wants Justice, she has totally missed the point. If she wants Revenge she has already done it. If she think by killing them she will definitively avenge her father, so do it and accept the jail sentence. When enough is enough?

Finally what do fans want? A genocide: killing the whole family because their members are not saint or good enough? My last question: What is the purpose of revenge? Relieving her pain. So if her pain never relieved, will she track them down even in hell or in their tombs?
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Her endgame will be the story about everything that they've done to her father and the main helper in that will probably be Mason Treadwell.
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1- Ok, so write it down, and publish it. More take downs and more innocents' life crush what for?
2- Didn't you notice that Mason Treadwell is in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Emily framed him, and that doesn't seem affect her. By the way, her father was framed for a crime he didn't commit. I'm sure viewers will find many excuses to justify Mason Treadwell imprisonnement.
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Muderboy already wrote great explanation: '' As long that the ratings are decent she'll never accomplish her goal'' Enjoy watching while it last ;-)
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A spin-off of Nolan's shopping sprees would be fine with me.
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am i crazy? how does NOONE ever see Emily and Aiden having secret meetings in the middle of the beach
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please please please kill off Jack! and Daniel too!
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Revenge clearly works better as a series of 30 second promos for the next episode than a series of the episodes themselves.
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The reviewer says "whereas Emily has no problem destroying the lives of others, feeling no remorse or conscience regarding the lives she ruins". This is simply not true. Emily has shown time and time again that she has feelings and emotions but she tries to suppress these to follow through with her plan. In season one Takeda told Emily that her biggest weakness was that she let emotions rule her. So in order to complete her plan she tries to overcome her emotions. But she is not very successful in that. She has already realised that if her plan succeeds she will never see Nolan or Charlotte again and that worries her.

For the reviewer to continually claim that Emily is emotionless and a robot shows a lack of understanding of the basic plot. How could anyone carry out a revenge plot like this while at the same time be all emotional? Ultimately I think that Emily will fail to pull off her plan because she is too emotional and can't be the robot that Takeda wanted her to be.
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I agree with you, clearly, the reviewer cannot understand Emily, or she was blinded by something too emotional, reviewer’s troubling understanding on the leading character does not mean that Emily did not show emotion, actually Emily has shown too much emotion in the season 3 far more than previous seasons, and her emotion almost ruined the whole revenge plan in “stop-making-Aiden-happen” episode
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The reviewer states that "we already know what happens" because we have seen Emily in a wedding dress. In my experience with Revenge we should take nothing for granted, the flash forwards often give a confusing picture. Remember the flash forward of the Amanda sinking? We were shown a dead man's hand with a wedding ring on it and told that someone will die. Of course that hand turned out to be Nate Ryan's (who cares about him?) and the death that mattered was Fauxmanda.

In this flash forward, what do we actually see? Emily in a wedding dress on a boat getting shot by someone. Does that mean the wedding actually goes ahead? Does that mean Daniel is the groom? Does that mean the bullets are real? We can't take any of those things for granted.

So expect the unexpected, I say!
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'' I'm not getting older,just wiser''-He's the best!
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My main problem with the whole Sarah story line is the time factor, I mean taking into account how greatly in love Daniel was with Emily in season 1; how he pined for her in s2 and how he managed to "make her open to him" in a way......I find it really hard to believe that in just a snap of like two days he rediscovered feelings for Sarah.. This seems soooo forced! I know it makes a good stumble for Emily in General but come on, this would have been more appropriate in s1. But taking into consideration what a douche Daniel has become over the seasons... No wonder he has no problem kissing Sarah.
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well.. never underestimate the fire of an old flame
especially when the circumstances for the break up been not in your own hands.
I find it more than believable that a young man is attracted by another woman
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I loved the frienship scenes between Nolan and Emily, damn they are good together. I feel like Nolan is the only one who can make Emily feel safe and not threatened.
So Conrad the evil master of the house is going to publish his memoirs? Cool I want an scene where he goes on and on about how awesome and acomplished he is.
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i wish that lily could review revenge again this reviewer clearly just hates the show
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I'm not sure that Kaitlin hates the show, but she focuses too much on the things she doesn't like about it and it comes out that way.
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Agreed
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When you don't like a show you don't waste time to criticizing it, writing a review, you just stop watching it. How can a show improve if the only thing you can tell it's : AWESOME. I liked S1+S2 (not all episodes), and up to now there are not a lot improvement in S3, they are backing down. I read some reaction on social network, and I can tell you some core fans are not happy. It's too soapy, I read.
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I don't hate the show at all. I want the show to be better. And I know it can be, because we've seen it be better.
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Those who can - do

Those who can't - review
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I'm pretty sure its those who cant - teach.
Kaitlin is a million times better than Lily ever was.
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You are right, the correct saying is "teach" but I thought my version had a nice ring to it!!!
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that makes no sense.
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as usual I disagree with the weekly Revenge review in fact this is the last I am reading because what's the point of reading it when the author is oblivious to the subtle hints, moments and consequences and has lost complete sight of what fans are hoping for. In particular the repeated nonsense about "void in the emotional spectrum" is absolutely beyond missing the point.

The fact that we know that Victoria is plotting against this wedding or that Daniel's cute EX is a teeny tiny road block on the way to the ultimate revenge is irrelevant because THIS IS THE PART WHERE DANIEL BECOMES UNLIKEABLE... because you cannot damage this boy without having done something significantly bad to Emily.

Emily is executing a plan that involves her losing the love of her life and her best friend, where she has to start all over again and will lose all her traceable assets. Where in hell are emotions appropriate in a ruthless plan like this? If you start being emotional in this setup you become Grayson Fodder. Emily had her few emotional moments just to show those people seriously don't get the premise of the show that she has a beating heart but in the end of the days she is doing everything out of love to her father, all of this is based on one giant emotion of a determined young woman who is willing to sacrifice all she cares about in order to wash her fathers name clean...


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I kind of liked this episode because it took the focus off of Emily's plan and let us in on how everyone else is doing. I felt really bad for Jack when he visited Amanda's grave, which is weird because I don't particularly care for Jack, so that was refreshing. And the background story of Nolan was nice. Obviously the whole Sarah plot is building up to where Emily has to get rid of her. So in that whole deal I'm curious as to how that's going to go down, whether Emily finds something to blackmail Sarah, Daniel pushes her away, she just leaves, or she dies. She won't be around for long, and we know she's not an issue, but how they get rid of her should be interesting. And I'm also curious as to who is coming back next week, "someone from the past" they said in the promo. For some reason I have a feeling it's Lydia Davis, even though she's supposed to have died in the plane crash of Season 1. Victoria was supposed to have died then too and we really didn't get closure with Lydia. In the promo it looked like whoever it was was meeting with Margaux, and since she's writing a book for Conrad that may well have been Lydia she meets with to get some info. Or maybe it's Mason Treadwell and he somehow got out of prison without Emily's assistance. That's what I'm looking forward to for next week's episode.
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So...I am guessing what goes wrong with Emily's plan is that someone other than Victoria is arrested for shooting her? Aiden gets crossed off my list as as suspect since he will apparently be on a boat waiting to pick her up. I assumed he would do the actual shooting since I figure it is unlikely they could trick Victoria into doing it and doing it with their selected gun. But it has to be someone that Emily wouldn't be able to leave for, so, Daniel?
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That was exactly what I was thinking lol. I think Daniel will be framed for shooting Emily, so her plan will not work!!!! That is my guess.. what do u think?
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To me, it was another build-up episode. Nothing particularly interesting happened, so hopefully it starts paying off quickly.

1. It's about time Victoria kicked Aiden out. She's evil, not stupid, and clearly his usefulness to her has run its course. I mean, he couldn't even come up with the double-agent play without Emily spelling it out for him, so what good is he? (Well, he is gorgeous.)
2. It was nice to see Jack turn a corner and decide to move on from mourning Amanda. At the same time, I have to say I'm glad his mourning has been very subtle this season - a hesitation here, a haunted look there rather than long monologues about how he lost the love of his life. It felt authentic.
3. I'm starting to really like Margaux, and I like her with Jack. Maybe she can join Team Revenge.
4. Nolan's revengenda deserves higher billing but this is total stream-of-consciousness. Way to go Nolan! I like that he does revenge with a conscience, and I love that Emily appreciated that about him this time instead of berating him for straying from the plan.
5. WTF Daniel and Sarah? Is he really so fickle that he sees his ex ONE TIME and is now so damn conflicted and "I want to earn your forgiveness at all costs"? I mean, yay the rich boy has a conscience as well, but even in S1 this relationship was never described as earth-shattering...just spine-shattering, but even before that it was just a summer fling. Ems needs to dispatch this little baker pronto.
6. Who wants to bet the surprise return is Ashley?
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I also like Margaux...I figure that might be where Jack decides to totally go rogue. That he tells her the truth as he knows it and then points her in Nolan's direction to get the rest of the story from David Clarke's perspective. Either that totally trashes Emily's plan or this is what Jack does when Emily is in hiding planning her next move when Victoria isn't arrested.
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"I'm starting to really like Margaux, and I like her with Jack. Maybe she can join Team Revenge."

Welp. That makes one of us.
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That's totally fine. I like her potential. Of course, it's entirely likely that they don't develop her into a character with staying power and then it'll be time for her to go, but she presents an additional challenge to the Graysons and I won't complain about that.
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I have mixed feelings about her. I like the actress. I think she's hot. She's not an evil witch or a prissy b*tch; she's probably the 2nd nicest person on the show, after Sarah. Nolan gets an honorable mention, but he's still into shady dealings.

On the other hand, from a story stand-point she's not bringing a lot to the table. Just another 3rd party intermingling with the Graysons and someone that might give Jack happier life (which I imagine will fail).
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Nolan is fabulous (as always)! Also,loved Jack in this episode and the rest of story is not much impressive..All characters,including Emily and Aiden(I really love them) are becoming boring..Maybe,these new moments(Jack&Margaux,Daniel&Sarah) are going to change this routine and bring more fight,fire,intrigues..
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Worst episode this show has ever done. The writers are not even trying anymore.

the recycling of season 1 storylines never seems to stop.

first it was the Daniel and Emily engagement/wedding party (it's been a reoccurring theme all season long, much like what we got back in S01)

then it was the Patric ordeal. a repeat of Tyler's storyline. has a fling with Nolan, turns out to be a psycho or w.e (I really don't care!)...

now it's a repeat of the Sarah storyline.

Just enough already! We don't want to watch the same thing over and over. There's no progress. Nothing ever seems to be happening. The show keeps going back and forth in circles and I'm gettting frustrated and mad as hell.

I really wish that the writers would get a few points across.

1. No one likes Aiden. He is unnecessary. Get rid of him already.

2. What is Jack still doing on the show? I mean seriously, what's his purpose?

3. Please fix Charlotte asap. She's literally the worst. I dislike her even more than Aiden.

4. Stop making Emily so stupid. Can her plans actually work out for once? Conrad could have easily went for prison for awhile (or permanently i.d.c.), and Emily should have focused her attention on ruining Victoria. But, nope. Instead we get Conrad not getting punished for anything (yet again) and Emily giving back the money to the Graysons. Seriously...
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Wow! You're not tired of repeating the same story over and over ,,No one likes Aiden''-That might be your opinion but it's not everyone's,speak for yourself !
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it's called hyperbole. look it up.
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stop watching if your not enjoying it anymore
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I stopped watching, and chris17blue just confirmed why I did.
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What can I say? Bizzy was great very refreshing, otherwise nothing but emptiness:
1- Nolan take down doesn't make sense, it's a kind of boyish tantrum,
2- Daniel's heartbeating doesn't make sense. S1, he visited Sarah with Emily, who refused his apologies, and out of the blue he is in love again. Each time he will see a past fling he will fall in love again and again;
3- Billionnaires, 4 weeks before their wedding, without wedding planner or cake maker doesn't make sense;
4- The writers are obssessed with the past. They don't have future for any of the characters. They stucked in S1 and missed the characters evolution and real personality. The characters evolved last season and they missed that point;
5- Revenge is really about anything. Someone bothers you in the past, so go and get revenge on him;
6- Aiden, same thing useless, to much screen time; finally Victoria doesn't want to baby sit him anymore;
7- Jack and Margaux, god bless them, but another drama ahead, which obviously writers will imply Graysons.
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Nolan's take-down did make sense. Outing someone is a dick move in general, outing someone in a national newspaper is a big flippin' deal.

Add in how it screwed up his relationship (more) with his dad... and I can agree. It's just ONE of the reasons why you should never out someone... maybe they haven't come out to their family yet. She deserved some paybac. But ultimately he only ruined her professionally and left her personal life alone so Nolan didn't tarnish his morals.

Though, his dad was as much to blame for the situation as Bizzy... if not more-so. But since he died before they could even rectify stuff it makes some emotional sense to take it out on Bizzy
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1- Your rage doesn't impress me. And I rewrite Nolan take down doesn't make sense. He should have been grateful that his dad finally knew about his sexuality, because he didn't have the courage to tell him. That revelation didn't screw his relationship with his dad, it was already strained. Ten years ago, Nolan was 31 years old, an adult, not a young adult or even a teen. So don't try to justify any revenge craziness by false commiseration. I don't buy it.
2- Finally, as Kailing noticed, Nolan's personality appeared in that plot. He is not evil as Emily's. He acted like a grown up, a wise person because he realized what is important: respecting people life.
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Wasn't trying to rage, just saying that I feel Nolan's anger at the person outing him as national news was justified. Perhaps not enough to ruin her professional life, but at least mess with her a little
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Gabriel Mann is 41 in real life but not on the show. I think he is around 30 in the show so 10 years earlier he would have just been out of his teens. He started his tech company in his teens.
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Adona. David supported him before he went into jail. See last season, that's how Grayson global took control and forced him out, Grayson was still working in their office when he helped fund him. So they took over. He was still in his teens when he started his company. It's not unusual for young looking actors to play younger roles. Look at The cast of Smallville
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So you think he has Emily's age, and he's younger than Jack Porter. I beg your pardon? David Clarke supported him financially and that happened when David was free, not in prison, and still worked for Grayson Global. So I don't think I do the math. Another question how old do you think is Patrick Osbourne, 30 also? Please do the math.
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I think Nolan's takedown served two purposes - one, obviously to give him some sense of closure after the damage she caused to his relationship with his dad, and two, it helped Emily (which is always one of his goals).

Totally agree about Daniel, and poor planning by the wealthy. I know they're throwing this wedding relatively last-minute, but c'mon. Anybody with that much experience throwing high-brow society events wouldn't leave all of this stuff until practically the final seconds. And why isn't anybody even a little suspicious about that...or did the writers just remember that they're supposed to be planning a wedding as well?

I hope nothing terrible happens to Margaux - that she gives as good as she gets.
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"Aiden, same thing useless, to much screen time; finally Victoria doesn't want to baby sit him anymore;"

Thank you. ^
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I liked the Nolan's revenge part but the rest was boring.
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We can't find anything better than this to talk about? Then why are we even here?
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maybe were here because some of us still enjoy the show
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I found myself watching not because I enjoyed so much the show, but because I like the community and exchanging. That's all!
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I'm not funny or creative enough to caption that (or any...) photo, but I think that picture's funny even without a caption. Daniel has that perma-rich boy looks disgusted look (kind of like Jayden Smith has?) that is probably over something that most people would not find upsetting at all.

Loved Nolan's own revenge attempt, and how he unlike Emily decided to go all out - because that's him, much nicer than her. Finally an episode where Emily showed her love for Nolan, as well.

Didn't care about Jack and Margeux or however you spell the name, but I like that there's a new person injected into the inbreed-y nature of these relationships.

Sarah... though. WHAT. If they had tried this sooner or at least over NOT THE COURSE OF A DAY, literally, then maybe I could believe it??? The way it stands now, with Daniel flipping like a switch. I am not impressed.
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NOLAN! I quite liked his mission.
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They actually said that events in revenge would be something you see on PPV, you can tell the show is downhill riding
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