"Revenge" is back and it really does offer a lot more than what we are expecting. I just love this awesome world that ABC has created. I think this series is the 'resurrection' of ABC's rise back to power.
(Big Time Warning: "There will be spoilers! You have been warned!")
Last season we were left with the shocking discovery of Emily's mother being alive. Not to mention the "supposed" death of Victoria Grayson. Was that a cliff-hanger or what! We return with season 2 to see Emily searching for mother and putting her revenge plans "on-hold". I know, something we don't want to see happen, but we do see some results due to it. To add to the list, Amanda is struggling with her relationship with Jack, especially with her being pregnant. Declan and Charlotte are back together (what a surprise). And we have Daniel, who is grieving for his mother and also "hooking" up with Ashley. Oh, yeah, and Nolan is homeless (thanks to ordeals with Tyler and the White-Haired Man in the last season). The only one who seems to be doing well is Conrad.
Now that we have that all cleared up, lets review on how this season was like. And I will try to keep my spoilers to a minimum (but no promises). ;)
Well, the season starts off not so bad. We see the return of Victoria Grayson (don't get mad at me for spoiling that, we all knew she wasn't dead) and also the search for Emily's mother, which both of these storylines will leave a big impact on the season (at least in their own way). We see the development into the terrorist organization known as the "Americon Initiative", who have been mentioned in the first season. Also, we meet a new character in this series, someone who Emily has a history with. I will also spoil that we will see pretty good development between Amanda and Charlotte in the beginning of this season. And there is more trouble for Jack and Declan, as they take on a new enemy.
Okay, I will admit that this season doesn't exactly sound like what we were expecting from how season 1 ended. I completely agree that this season does pull away from the direction of what the first season had in mind and heads down another.
I will admit that there are tons of things that went wrong with this season. First off, the "Initiative" storyline (which is the biggest one). I saw plenty of opportunities to make that story a great mix into the world of "Revenge". It starts off in a good way, setting up the threat of what the Initiative can do and what they plan to do. But it is the mid-section of the season that really goes down hill with that storyline. It even gets a little confusing. Secondly, the Ryan Brothers. Now this was a storyline that I really loved. I like how we got to see Jack and Declan take on their own enemies and also deal with the consequences of their father. It goes pretty well. Until they add a very familiar face to the picture. I won't reveal who, but I think you will figure it out on your own. Thirdly, Emily's rebirth of vengeance. Now, there is a major event that happens by the middle of this season, one that really works and really fits. I won't reveal exactly what, but I will try to explain. This "major event" makes Emily realize that she has been concentrating on the wrong road and manages to put her back on the right path. At first, we actually think it works. But.... it doesn't. Instead we see her waiting for the right moment, while also taking on the Initiative. And fourthly, NolCorp. I won't spoil what happens to Nolan's company, but I will go a little bit into it. There is a storyline that involves something happening to NolCorp and it really impacts Nolan. But we do see Nolan plan his own "revenge" (title spoiler) for what happened and it is actually a good plan. But we don't see anything happen with this plan. Nothing happens at all.
Okay, we have went through what was wrong with the season, but now let me explain how this season still holds up and why it isn't as bad as you think it might be.
In this season, we actually see a couple of characters, that we really like, get killed off (I promise I won't reveal who). We see Emily go through some hard times that we didn't get in the first season. We see her struggle as her actions have reactions on the people she cares about. And all of this actually sets-up really well for the third season. If you actually think about it, while this season may have messed a couple of things up, it actually allows a new direction to be opened up to fix all of it for the next season ahead. Now that is pretty impressive. In fact, I think this season was meant to be a showing of what happens when Emily goes off course and doesn't concentrate on her revenge. It shows that things get out of control and people die because of it. So, in my mind, this season really does offer the one thing we never expected to see: "reactions". We all thought that season 2 would just continue Emily's revenge, but really it was just setting up the plot for the consequences of her actions from season 1. Heck, we even learn a dark secret about Jack and Declan's father, one that comes back to threaten them. Even Conrad has a "really big" secret that comes back to threaten him as well. This season is about reactions, not making more actions.
So, do you think this season is as bad as you think it is? I, for one, don't think so. Yes, it does go off course and it does head down a new direction that messes a few things up. But it does offer something that seems to fit this season. There is development in this season and it really does adds more to Emily than we know.
Even though it may not be better than season 1, it still holds up as a good season. It could be a lot worse. At least there are some elements that keep it from getting worse. Besides, season 3 gets better and it fixes everything that was done wrong in this season. I say buy it, because no matter what, season 2 still deserves to be enjoyed and watched. Just go ahead and buy it!