Revenge, Ep. 2.11, “Sabotage”: Thwarting devils

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EMILY VANCAMP, JOSH BOWMAN

Revenge, Season 2, Episode 11, “Sabotage”

Written by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattle

Directed by John Scott

Airs Sundays at 9 pm (ET) on ABC

“A plan will always have a weak point”, Emily (Emily Van Camp) warns at the beginning of this weeks Revenge and with the season so close to the end things are starting to come together.

The Initiative storyline, which keeps getting deeper and deeper each week, keeps pulling me back in. It’s probably the most divisive storyline this season. I just can’t help but feel like the writers are chasing their tails a little until they can come up with a tighter storyline similar to season one. Needless to say it has a lot of issues but each time I’m about to toss up my hands I still find myself curious to see where exactly it goes, even if it is hopelessly tangled.

Victoria (Madeline Stowe) playing sabotage by new character Jason (Dylan Walsh), Grayson Global’s biggest competitor to Emily’s charity event is way too much fun. It also made me curious to see if he was going to be more than one of Victoria’s pawns or if he was going to play a much bigger roll later on.

Even though we did find out that Marco wasn’t quiet as evil as I had initially thought I’m still not digging Nolan’s (Gabriel Mann) ex (but really who could be good enough for our Nolan)? The sulky, ever creepy lurker is getting almost as annoying as the Initiative. I think it’s safe to say by this point that I have developed quiet the obsession with Nolan and the shocking reveal that Padma was in fact working with Helen was a great twist.

I had my suspicions (like most viewers) about Padma but the night’s big shocker was a great way of drawing Nolan even deeper into the fold. That does seem to be one problem that the show has fixed this season. In the first season it always seemed that characters were spinning around the central Emily revenge storyline with no real connections. This time around everyone has some kind of connection to a bigger deeper story. Like Conrad helping to get Jack out of jail or Ashley coming back into the picture.

I was never a big fan of Ashley’s but it seems that on Revenge the seedier a character gets the more fun it is to see tem back on the scene. Playing Conrad’s campaign manager, in what I’m sure is going to be a very entertaining political run, is a good fit for Ashley.

My favorite scene of the night had to be Emily, Nolan, and Aidan’s brief interaction at the charity auction. Somehow those three together has become my new favorite thing on Revenge, even if it doesn’t happen very often.

For all the indecision issues that Revenge has had this season and the storylines I’m still a little shaky on (really Amanda buying a gun? That’s going to turn out well), the writers always manage to pull out an entertaining episode. “Sabotage” being one of them. Even though I have no idea where their going to take us I’m sure it should be good.

 

– Tressa

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