September 21st, 2011
“This is not a story about forgiveness” are the hauntingly chilling words that Emily Van Camp’s character Emily Thorne/Amanda Clark says at the end of the pilot episode of “Revenge.” And it perfectly sums up the premise for the new amazing ABC Drama. Amanda Clark (Van Camp) grew up with her loving dad and new puppy in a picturesque Hamptons town, until her life was stripped away from her. At the time, she was just a child, forced to get by on her own and come to terms with her father’s downfall. When she’s eighteen, she meets quirky Nolan Ross (played by Gabriel Mann) as she gets out of some sort of prison. Her father has since passed away and Nolan gives her a box full of things that her father left for her. In Amanda’s mind, her father was a bad person who did horrible things, but what she comes to find out is a very different story.
In present day, Amanda moves to the Hamptons, to the same house she grew up in, and changes her identity. Her purpose is this: to get revenge on those who wronged her family. But there’s a hierarchy in the Hamptons. There are wealthy people with a lot of power who clearly can take anyone down. Amanda takes on the persona of Emily Thorne, and she does a damn good job covering her tracks. The beginning of the episode starts with a death (I won’t tell you who dies) and Emily’s engagement party. Then it flashes back to show us the story of the summer and Amanda/Emily’s master plan. We throw into the mix her love interest Daniel Grayson (played by the super good looking Josh Bowman), Daniel’s mother Victoria (the “Queen” played by Madeline Stowe) and her mischievous sister Charlotte (played by Christa B. Allen). There’s also the Porter family Declan (played by “Gossip Girl’s” Connor Paolo) and Jack (played by Nick Wechsler) who are helping to keep the family bar/restaurant afloat.
The pilot of Revenge is absolutely phenomenal. It was one of my favorite dramas of the fall season and it continues to hold up through episode two. Emily Van Camp is an absolute treasure and she fits perfectly into this role. The supporting cast is also fantastic and it is just such an intriguing story. There’s only so much we learn about her family in the pilot and there is so much more we need to find out. And how does Nolan factor into the whole equation? Will anyone figure out her secrets? Will anyone figure out her true identity? Only time will tell. If you choose one drama to watch this season, watch Revenge. You won’t regret it.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 PM to ABC for the series premiere of Revenge!