Revenge Review: Legacy of Guilt

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Where last week's Revenge flew by at blink-and-you'll-miss-it speed, "Legacy" took things a little slower, as we went back to when the Emily we know and love was still known as Amanda Clarke.

I'll start off with the first shocker of the night: Jack's hair! Eww. Whoever convinced him to cut those mangy locks and make his way into the new century deserved a big tip.

It may just be me, I'm not a big fan of men with long hair. Still, I'm sticking with my gut reaction on this one: eww pretty much all around, right?

Emily and Roger

Speaking of Jack, it appeared he's never had much luck with woman; his girlfriend was more interested in Nolan's money then sticking around Montauk with Jack. But at least that one was just a cheating gold digger and not a psychopath. Jack's certainly worked his way up.

It looked like Nolan started his big brother crusade to rescue Emily from herself back in 2002. Unfortunately, when he got her to finally read those journals, it unleashed a genie he's tried for a decade to put back in the bottle. 

I got the feeling that Nolan really didn't have anyone so he took his promise to David Clarke to take care of Emily very seriously. It made me like him all the more.

The Graysons, meanwhile, were the same hot mess they are now, with a couple of little twists.

Watching Emily spy on the family was sort of like watching a tiger stalk its prey. I just kept waiting for the bloodshed but the Graysons supplied enough of that all on their own.

I knew Roger was a goner the moment he started talking to Emily. There was no way Frank was going to let such a weak link live. But even with his murderous tendencies it was good to see Frank again. I've always been disappointed that they killed him off so early in the series.

When Lydia hit the screen, I realized that I'd practically forgotten about her. I was surprised to find out that she propositioned Conrad and not the other way around. When Conrad told her husband that having him as a neighbor would be payment enough, he forgot to mention that sleeping with his friend's hot wife was an added bonus.

But I thought that Conrad echoed my own thinking when he told Lydia in this Revenge quote:

 It's perverse, don't you think? Destroy the man you love then weep for him eternally? | permalink

That Victoria seemingly loved David so deeply but could choose to destroy him makes her one complex and disturbing character. I wonder if I'll ever understand her.

Unfortunately we had to sit though another evening with Mason Treadwell. What made this worse was that he was in his prime, still successful and thinking he somehow had the moral high ground. 

I didn't think it was possible to feel that he was even more of an arrogant, pompous weasel but I was wrong. It made me wish that Emily had done worse than just burned his home and his manuscript.

Watching little Amanda with her father on New Year's Eve was heartbreaking. Her life really did get derailed and it changed who she was.

I have to believe that part of her obsession with revenge stems from the guilt over not believing in her father's innocence. Her father wanted her to run far from the Graysons and start a new life. Instead, she walked straight into the viper's nest and has no intention of leaving any time soon.

As Emily continues her quest for Revenge will she become the hero, the villain, or a bit of both?

Legacy Review

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Revenge Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

Destruction is in my DNA. Take it up with Darwin.


The guy you just toilet capped at the club, could press charges.