Wednesday, October 10, 2012

∞ + ∞ Reasons I ♥ Revenge

By Erin Jackson

Revenge is one of those shows that is at once ridiculously addictive and addictively ridiculous. I found myself going through season one in about a week of binge-watching on Netflix and find myself looking forward to Sunday night TV again. Why does it have this power over me and all its fans? To start, here are infinity plus infinity reasons I love Revenge (okay, it's just eight, but eight is a lot):

1. Nolan and his spy cameras. There are Revenge fans that think he and Emily will hook up eventually but honestly I don't see how he could ever love anything as much as he loves spy cameras. It's adorable how his face lights up with glee any time he has an excuse to make a hidden camera and it's like half the reason I watch Revenge, if I'm honest. Why even write the rest of this article? Oh, that's right because of...

2. The Luke and Jess-ness of the brothers Porter. They live above their liquid and food selling small businesses in a town of quirky rich people and don't fit in. The younger one (Declan) has the hots for the wealthy daughter of the least liked and richest person in town (okay, so not quite Rory, but still), and they are kind of grumpy a lot. It warms my Gilmore Girls-nostalgic heart.

3. Apparently, the Hamptons should be called Schrödinger's Town because everyone is pretty much both dead and alive, depending on when they are observed. And I like that. They play it up and it works for me.

4. Emily VanCamp's face. It's pretty adorable and great, and can really handle the layered nature of Emily Thorne. Sometimes, she'll deliver a line that is so innocuous but she'll give this furtive look, and other times, she'll talk about all her conniving schemes with Nolan and she'll say it so matter of fact that it makes you go "dang, girl, you're nuts".

5. The music gets a solid B+ from me. I have whipped out my phone to Shazam a few times and that's always a good sign.

6. Dramatic irony is pretty standard for soaps, but Revenge takes it up a few notches and it's delightful. Its narration helps make this even more delicious.

7. It's a show that my mom and I can watch and talk about. Now, my mom has awesome taste in TV (she managed to work Breaking Bad into a Sunday school lesson a few weeks ago) so it's not an issue of us watching the same shows, but it's fun to have an out there, over-the-top, soap-like show that we can call each other and be all "what?!" about.

8. Backstory and flashbacks! I love a good flashback episode, and there are a number of them, especially in the latter half of the first season, as well as a peppering of them throughout the series. They really help move the show along and keep it grounded in Emily's quest, which could easily be dwarfed by all the mess around her.

Intrigued by this list? Revenge is on Sunday nights on ABC and can be watched on Netflix Instant, so vengeance can be had by all!

Erin Floyd Jackson has been BFFs with TV since she was a wee one when she would play TV Network Executive. She went to school to learn about how and why TV is the way it is and hopes to someday tear someone's creative vision down and re-edit it to her liking. In the meantime, she and her husband live in Huntsville, Alabama and they occasionally "blog" here ( when they are not geeking out over all the SCIENCE! in the Rocket City.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to hear more about this "Breaking Bad" church lesson, please.