Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Revenge: Trust & Betrayal

To continue last night's insanity... FYI, there are spoilers. Don't read if you haven't watched...
Fair warning.
And again, lazy ergo no links/pictures.

Trust: Episode 2

This episode built more on the pilot of Emily Thorne’s return to bring about the downfall of all those that broke her family apart. More of David Clarke’s accusation came to light. He was accused of supporting terrorists in an act that reminisce of 9-11. Another key figure that stacked the cards against David Clarke was Bill Harmon (Matthew Glave), the second person on Emily’s list of people to destroy. Bill Harmon was previously a friend of David and Amanda, but lied in his testimony at her father's trial to save himself as well as profited from it. Nolan was able to ‘help’ twice already and am very much interested in how his character will develop.

This was another good episode where people get their just desserts…a very much, “reap what you sow” feel. There was more revelation on each character’s background and drive. And we learn that Victoria and David were having an affair prior to the treason charges.

Starting of this episode, though, I found the secondary romance between Declan and Charlotte to be kind of distracting from the overall story. If it was meant to be the lighter side of this series, I seriously ignored most of it.

The last scene almost made me cry with Jack Porter and his father. *sigh*

If you don’t already know, the actor that plays Jack Porter, Nick Wechsler, used to be on Roswell. Seeing him onscreen again was such a good flashback of memories (before that series went to the crappers). I have much love for this guy.

“Trust is a difficult thing.
Whether it is finding the right people to trust, or trusting the right people will do the wrong thing.
But trusting your heart, is the riskiest thing of all. In the end, the only person we can truly trust is ourselves. “

Betrayal: Episode 3

This episode was one of my favorite so far for one reason, Victoria Grayson. The actress, Madeleine Stowe, was awesome. Victoria was played as a villain for the most part before despite showing cracks of vulnerability, this episode changed her to more of an ambiguous character.
This week’s list featured Tom Kingsley (Yancey Arias), the Federal prosecutor in David Clarke’s case, now a senator and running for office. While Conrad remained chummy with the senator, more was revealed about the case against David Clarke. Victoria had gone to Tom Kingsley near the end of the trial tried to reveal the truth, that she commit perjury to have David Clarke exonerating him. Instead of ‘doing the right thing’ Kingsley was swayed by Conrad’s support that Victoria was in love with a criminal, the trial would push Kingsley into the limelight and would help his political career.

From this episode, it was also becoming apparent that Emily had been planning her revenge for quite some time. Setting herself up as an innocent bystander or supporter, but merely using the connections and time to gather the information to bring about each responsible individual’s downfall. In this case, as a testament of her convictions, Emily had purchased an entire building in order to install cameras and gained evidence of Kingsley’s affair with a mistress and slowly feeding the clips to Kingsley the amounted to his resignation. Even so, as she told Nolan, she still released the information to the media and hinted that all ‘innocents’ were collateral.

Nolan has become quite the interesting character in this series, but I am still not too sure about him just yet. I still very much enjoy Jack, while conflicted about Daniel and have absolutely no interest in Charlotte and Declan.

More of Daniel’s past has been revealed and while not completely ignorant of his parents’ relationship, he really was more of an innocent bystander. For course, since we saw how the Pilot episode opened with his murder, we all knew it was a doomed relationship. What it does cast shadows on would be Emily, of how far she would go. It also hinted at how much Emily had truly given up on this path to revenge.

At the end of this episode, I almost felt as if there were no true villains (maybe Conrad, but we’ll see). Instead, it was a lot of people all making the wrong choice. The emotional driving point in this episode was Victoria (also, I absolutely LOVE her clothes), especially in the very last scene. You could see the realization on her face as she realized she made the wrong decision and much now live with the consequences of her actions.

“For the innocent, the past may hold a reward. But for the traitorous, it’s only a matter of time for the deliver what they truly deserve.”

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