Revenge: Illumination

Posted on March 18, 2013

Once again, we feel ever so sorry that we didn’t get to last week’s recap. It’s not because we didn’t enjoy the episode. Quite the contrary, in fact. We’ve loved the last two episodes if for no other reason than they introduced the character who will forever more be known to us as Dominique Deveraux; Revenge+S2E16+3Emily’s (or rather, Amanda’s – can we go back to calling her Amanda now that Fauxmanda is dead?) foster-brother, Plot Contrivance.

Oh, sorry. His name’s actually Eli. We get those two so mixed up all the time. We are henceforth referring to him solely as Dominique, however.

But really, we do kind of like him as an addition to the story. For one, he’s essentially repeating Fauxmanda’s arc of being the person from Emily’s past who turns out to be more trouble than they’re worth, but instead of being a killer stripper in the Hamptons, he’s something that’s rocking that community even more: a black man in the Hamptons.  But he’s got Ems’ number and she seems pretty backed up against the wall by his presence, especially since he’s shown himself capable enough to essentially steal the co-chairmanship of Victoria’s hilarious new charity, The Dead Stripper Daughter of My Former Disgraced Lover Foundation, away from her. Now with Daniel making at least his 5th or 6th attempt to grow a pair of balls, and Conrad’s plan to hide the Grayson money among the charitable funds collected for The Dead Stripper Daughter of My Wife’s Former Disgraced Lover Foundation, the status quo seems mightily shaken up. Add Jack, who’s on his 8th or 9th Revenge+S2E16+9attempt to grow a pair of brain cells (and failing spectacularly once again) and Charlotte, who has moved on from throwing herself at the working class to throwing herself at the only black man she’s ever seen up close in her life, and you’ve got a rollicking fun time.

Who knew that yanking the focus away from the Initiative and nasally women who speak through limo windows could only benefit the show? EVERYONE.

Fauxmanda’s death added a much-needed shot of true drama and emotion to the story, and the way practically everyone involved in the story now is either exploiting her death or reeling from it, it’s probably one of the best ideas the creators ever had for Revenge 2.0, which has been all about expanding the story past the Clarke/Grayson war, only to realize that it has to be all about the Clarke/Grayson war. There’s a newfound sense of “We’ve been wasting our time” to the proceedings, helped along by Emily thoughtfully stating “We’ve been wasting our time” in several scenes. We dig it. It’s a low-level form of meta-self-criticism and it works. There’s still a lot going on that we either don’t care about, like practically anything to do with Grayson financial maneuvers, which the creators always seem to think is fascinating to the audience. Creators, remember classic Dallas and Dynasty. The business deals could have been written in crayon or cut out of felt shapes Revenge+S2E16+10they were so basic and easy to understand. Simplify.

But really, this was just fun. Not too much bullshit about the bar, or Carrion, or Padma, or The Initiative, or the Ryan brothers. Just Emily Thorne vs. Anyone Who Gets In Her Way. More, please.

Oh, and one other thing: we totally dig Aiden’s swanky BondCave as a new hangout for Emily. Now that there’s a renewed narrowing of focus to their partnership, the “James Bond teaming up with Batman” undertones have shot through the roof, especially with Nolan as Robin.

“Holy Matrix, Hamptons-Batman! It’s the nefarious FALCON! What are we going t–

Could you stop making out with James Bond, Batman? This is serious.”

 

 

[Photo Credit: Richard Foreman/ABC]

    • MilaXX

      They almost lost me when it seemed like Dominique didn’t recognize Emily/Amanda. Once he did and then turned out to be a grifter I was on board.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509434130 Michelle Le

        same! i’m really glad he recognised her. amanda should just cancel the cheque he hand-balled to victoria to prove her point that he’s a fraud. right?!

      • Kristin McNamara

        Which makes it all the more ridiculous that REALMANDA’S OWN MOTHER did not
        recognize her. All these months later, and I STILL cannot wrap my head
        around that one……

        • chelwi

          Her mother was also crazy. And it was the tattoo that gave Emily away, maybe her dad only started the infinity thing after her mother left. Ok, I really don’t know why I’m making excuses and defending this show. :)

    • Sobaika

      The last two episodes have renewed my interest in the show. We’ve brought it back to the roots, all the characters have roles to play in the primary storyline (seriously, I reached my limit on Jack wiping down the bar and worrying about money a long time ago) and it turns out most of the male characters aren’t dull as dishwater when they’re given something to do.

      I kind of want a scene between Dominique and Ashley sharing a beer and rolling their eye’s at the 1% shenanigans.

      • JosephLamour

        In a place as white as the Hamptons, you better believe there’s a black nod or two by passers by every day.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        Same here! I was about ready to give up, may I add that I find the addition of THE FALCON (must be written in all caps) completely hilarious and awesome! It’s “going back to basics” as James Bond put it, a new red X to draw.

        PS: Are hackers still using matrix animations with magic eye 3D images? SO 90′s! LOVE!

    • gabbilevy

      Aiden as Bond, Ems as Batman, Nolan as Robin — best Halloween/costume party ever. Also, kinky. I’d watch that scene.

    • Ziuskin

      I’d be all about Robin & James Bond making out and getting interrupted by Batman, but I’ll take that last scenario too. Totally awesome and fun episode. So ridiculous! SO great.

    • Leslie Streeter

      Dominque has the prettiest eyelashes, which has nothing to do with the plot, but…him pretty. As you were…

      • gabbilevy

        Don’t think I’ve seen him in anything but a quick glance at his IMDB implies that he’s a singer and dancer too… (sooo hot) I’m thisclose to being majorly into this guy.

        • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

          He was featured in some red carpet pics on this site last year. I’ve been in lust ever since. Thanks TLo!!

    • lobsterlen

      Not sure why but Jack is annoying me.

      • MilaXX

        you need a reason? He’s been an idiot pretty much from episode 1

      • Adriana_Paula

        It’s all the guyliner.

    • Zippypie

      Loved the last two eps! All Em-Aidan-Nolan need are little black masks and capes! Go, go, GO!

      And Dominique is delicious!

    • Inspector_Gidget

      So much soap! And it’s just what this show needed. Not only does Plot Contrivance show up, but we also get the bonus reveal that Amanda burned down their house! And Nolan and David Clarke went up against an ace hacker! The David Clarke Saga gets crazier with each retcon.

      My Bold Prediction: Ashley is secretly… the Falc0n! Dun dun dun….

      • CarolinLA

        That’s a very interesting idea. I like it except she would’ve been about 8 at the time that David Clarke was first framed as she and Emily are about the same age.

      • Prout-prout

        I think Padma is the Falcon. Her was was weird when Nolan handed her the Carrion program

    • TAT93

      I have a bad feeling about what Jack is going to do next. It seems that Jack doesn’t trust any one of them anymore and he’s becoming a ticking time bomb that will probably blow up everyone in the face anytime now….

      P.S. Love the new Bond-Batman-Robin Cave! Although it looks a lot like the mansion in Red Widow before the husband got killed….But then they are both on ABC, and the Cave is fabulous, so no complaints there.

    • Little_Olive

      Amen, uncles!

    • Jess5628

      Oh thank goodness, I was worried when you guys didn’t recap last week!

    • GTrain

      *dead* at the Dominique reference. Love this entire post!

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      I guess I’m in the minority here, I think the step-bro is a dud; delivering his lines like he’s practicing them for the first time, thinking this show is a daytime soap. No thank you.

    • elirt

      PHEW! I was worried you’d lost interest and no more fun TLo recaps – I’m so glad I was wrong because it is finally getting juicy again! I am loving Nolan more and more by the second he has screen time. He’s the first nerdy tech dude on a show who flaunts fashion rather than sit unshowered drinking jolt cola in his basement. I don’t know how they can make the falcon seem more powerful than Nolan – I’m guessing that’s where the atypical tech nerd shows up.

    • lindsey tam

      Hilarious recap, and I agree that this was a pretty good episode. Hopefully this week’s show will be just as good. I won’t be able to watch this week’s episode live because I work late at DISH when Revenge airs, but I’ll catch it on my DVR. Revenge auto-records on my DISH Hopper along with everything else on ABC during primetime, so I won’t even have to worry about setting a timer.