I gave in to reader pressure and downloaded 19 episodes of ABC’s new hit series Revenge via Vuze.com.
To be honest, the show isn’t all that great, but there’s no denying that I finished 19 episodes in only three sittings.
At first I didn’t want to watch because the main character is a contrabida (read: evil person) and I can’t stand stressful shows with killings, kidnappings, and plotting.
On the first night I watched a few shows. Second night, a few more. And on the third night the marathon ran up till 4 in the morning. I actually just wanted to get it over with because the show is mega stressful.
I’ll tell you why I continued: one of the lead characters is just my type.
British actor Josh Bowman plays Daniel Grayson, the JFK Jr-esque heir to the Grayson fortune.
Here’s what I think about the cast and characters:
Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) is the main character.
As a nine-year-old girl, her father David was framed for a horrific crime by the Grayson family and was killed in prison. Emily never saw her father again. Through the years she gets to know the truth behind her father’s misfortunes. She comes back 17 years later to take down everyone who contributed.
It’s not clear why she’s mega-rich, what her net worth is, or how she can spend 20 million dollars like it’s 20,000 pesos.
She loves to speak in poetry while lisping, and can be heard saying:
“Amanda Clarke no longer exthith.”
“When I wath a child my father wath framed for a crime he didn’t commit.”
“We all have theecrets we lock away from the reth of the world.”
“Truth ith a battle of pertheption. People only thee what they’re prepared to confront.”
“A conflicted heart feedth on doubt and confusion.”
“Did he fixth the phone?”
“No, I’m just enjoying the thunrithe (sunrise).”
“Yeah, I’m thorry. I’m juth getting uthed to thomeone thleeping nexth to me.”
It’s a good thing she is neither drop-dread gorgeous nor annoying. It isn’t clear whether she is good or evil and I neither hate nor like her, but I hope that she ends up with Daniel.
She’s sharp and intelligent and I love it when she puts down the psychotic Tyler Barrol in an argument about Aruba.
Victoria Grayson (played by Madeleine Stowe) plays the matriarch of the powerful Grayson clan.
Some say Gretchen Barretto is her peg, some say Lucy Torres Gomez 20 years from now.
Madeleine Stowe plays really well because I hate her to death. I hate that she always smiles, even while saying something evil. Planning one event after another seems to be her hobby.
Queen of the Hamptons, her throne is the nicest chair in the house.
She doesn’t ever wear pambahay (house clothes) and has a preference for Herve Leger.
She also has grey kili-kili (sorry po….)
Daniel Grayson (played by Josh Bowman) is Victoria’s golden son who falls deeply in love with Emily.
I find him so adorable, he reminds me of a young Peter Lawford with his smiling eyes and the British accent I can only imagine as he speaks American in the show.
He doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. You just want to take care of him.
He is awfully sweet to Emily, it just kills me because it isn’t clear whether she really loves him or not.
Jack Porter (played by Nick Wechsler) is the other man in Emily’s life.
Unknown to Jack, Emily is his long-lost childhood friend, who was taken away when Emily’s father was arrested.
Jack’s peg seems to be Rufus Humphrey of Gossip Girl.
Even though he is the nicest guy, I don’t want Emily to end up with him, simply because I find him too short.
Declan Porter (played by Connor Paolo) is Jack’s brother who’s in love with Daniel’s sister Charlotte.
I cringe every time I hear the name Declan. But I’ve liked Connor Paolo since Gossip Girl. It just takes a little getting used to seeing Eric van der Woodsen making out with a girl.
Charlotte Grayson (played by Christa B. Allen) is the Greyson heiress, sweet, pretty and only 17.
She dumps her rich boyfriend to go out with busboy Declan Porter against her mother’s wishes.
Nolan Ross (played by Gabriel Mann) is the bestest friend any girl could have: he’s gay and a hacker.
He’s the 7th richest billionaire according to Forbes magazine’s youngest billionaire, having made his fortune in the techie world. Nolan is Emily’s strongest ally in seeking revenge for her father and I think he’s all right, if you can get past the apple-cut hair.
There are many other characters I didn’t mention, but get the feel of the show by watching this trailer.
Can’t wait for the next three episodes before season finale.
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