TV Review - Revenge: Season 2
|Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne,|
who is not all smiles inside in "Revenge"
The writers of Revenge can always tease the star-crossed romance between Emily and Jack Porter, played by Nick Wechsler. The two of them do have chemistry and it's VanCamp's scenes with Wechsler that allow her to show some range beyond her usual stoic or bourgeois personae. There is a scene of Emily being held under water as part of her Japanese martial arts training. At the end of the first season, Emily uses martial arts. When given the opportunity to kill, she doesn't, which already establishes how far she won't go.
The question of whether she'll ever go for true revenge in that moment is answered. The best she can hope for is Victoria and her husband Conrad, played by Henry Czerny, going to prison, or Conrad who is shaping up to be the most evil getting killed. The real fun will be when the Graysons learn Emily's real identity and what she's been doing all along. Sadly, the show isn't ready to kick it into that high a gear yet. Hopefully, it can come up with just as interesting antagonists for Emily in the meantime like last season's Tyler, played by Ashton Holmes, or, Frank, played by the awesome Max Martini, but I'm weary.
Four Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Airs Sundays at 9PM on ABC.