To get behind Revenge, one need only to get behind the main character and hang on for the ride, however messy and wild it may get. And with the fresh-faced Emily VamCamp playing the main character (also named Emily), it shouldn’t be too hard. She looks so damn innocent, but her actions are the exact opposite, creating a subversive aura around she.
The plot is laid out in a peculiar manner, starting with the death of Emily’s fiance, before going 5 months into the past and later, years into the past. The pieces are set for a sprawling guilty pleasure set in the Hamptons, with pretty people abound and money thrown left and right. At the center of it is Emily, whose desire for revenge provides the force behind the show. We see all the things the terrible things these people have done in the past and Emily taking them down one at a time sure feels good.
In comparison to Ringer, Revenge feels like a godsend. We actually learn the motivations of the main character and the pilot doesn’t get two caught up on the soapier elements. With the intense focus on the revenge, it doesn’t get tangled up along the way and Emily’s acts carry a sense of earned justice.