This was a new series I originally was not that into. It was not until the recent turn of personal events did this storyline perk my interest. Created by Mark Kelley, this series was based on the idea of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet). If you had read the book before, you’ll be able to guess a lot of the storyline (even if you haven’t, you’d still be able to guess most of it, lol).
The basic story was simple with the pilot episode setting up the entire series, as if the title did not already give it away: Revenge.
~ Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig tow graves. Confucius
The scene begins at a party and we learn it was to celebrate the engagement between Emily Thorne and Daniel Grayson. We meet all the players right before the unthinkable happens and it flashes back to five (5) months ago. Emily Thorne just moved into The Hamptons and in the process of renting a beach front house. It was revealed that her real name was Amanda Clarke and she lived there as a child with her father, David Clarke, before it was all destroyed. Amanda, now known as Emily, returned for revenge.
The first person on the revenge list was Lydia Davis (Amber Valletta). Lydia was David Clarke’s secretary that testified against him and profited from his downfall such that she owned the beach house Emily was used to live in and now rented.
A quick rundown of cast:
Emily Thorne, real name Amanda Clark (Emily VanCamp) – protagonist, independently wealthy and returned to the Hamptons for vengeance.
Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) – labeled “Queen of the Hamptons”.
Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) – Victoria’s husband.
Lydia Davis (Amber Valletta) – Victoria’s best friend. David Clarke’s secretary.
David Clarke (James Tupper) – Emily’s late father, framed for terrorism.
Nolan Ross – owner of Nol Corp. He was the only one that knew Emily Thorne was Amanda Clarke and revealed he became wealthy because David Clarke believed in him by investing in Nol Corp.
Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) – A childhood friend of Amanda and took ownership of Amanda's Yellow Lab puppy, Sammy.
Declan Porter (Connor Paolo) – Jack’s younger brother.
Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman) – Victoria and Conrad’s son.
Charlotte Grayson (Christa B. Allen) – Victoria and Conrad’s daughter.
The end of the episode showed that Emily orchestrated the revelation to Victoria that Lydia was having an affair with Conrad. In response, Victoria has Lydia publicly exiled as Victoria grows more suspicious of Emily.
“Two wrongs can never make a right, because two wrongs can never equal each other. For the truly wronged, real satisfaction can only be found in one of two places: absolute forgiveness or mortal vindications. This is not a story about forgiveness.”
FYI - I admit, I'm being lazy these days so no links or pictures. I have a few of these lined up. :)