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When I heard the title I immediately flashed back to Tony Scott’s 1990 Kevin Costner/Madeleine Stowe movie. Turns out Stowe is a major character in this “Revenge” too, even if she is playing the Anthony Quinn role.
A distaff “Count of Monte Cristo” set in The Hamptons, ABC’s “Revenge” is the brainchild of Mike Kelley, who wrote for “Providence,” “One Tree Hill” and “The OC” before he created “Swingtown.” The new series is about a hot young woman who uses an unexpected inheritance and a new identity in her quest for payback against the wealthy people she blames for the long-ago ruin of her late, beloved father.
It stars the fabulous Emily Van Camp of “Everwood” and “Brothers & Sisters” fame.
The scenery is pretty but the dialogue gets pretty awful and the characters aren’t terribly nuanced. I didn’t hate “Revenge” the way I hated, say, ABC’s new “Charlie’s Angels,” but I was never tempted with the second episode.
The critics were all over the place:
... it's just not that good. You're fully ready for to indulge your less noble instincts, but the whole thing is just sort of tasteless and bland. ... seems like it got lost on the way to the CW, or ABC Family, or some network that requires glossy, predictable soaps that don't ask much of the viewer except a high tolerance for colorless dialogue, uncomplicated plots and transparent motivations. …
... overwritten, contrived ...
... just enough campy suspense to be enjoyable. ...
... As is often the case with melodrama, I find "Revenge" essentially unconvincing and also quite likable. At times, it has something of the sound and silliness of kids playing at being sophisticated adults. ...
... campy and kinda fun....
.... the pace is often undermined by a one-two punch of bad dialogue delivered poorly. …
... has enough meaty characters and plot possibilities to keep it going for years. ...
... not-quite-camp, never-convincing ...
… delightfully frivolous …
... The show looks great, and it often sounds good, particularly when Emily is delivering a line we know is nasty but her victim doesn't. ...
... Intriguing and genuinely fun – though you worry about its long-term appeal ...
... doesn't quite pop, even with an opening murder to set the wheels in motion. Although the show incorporates the symbol for infinity, in terms of timelines, earning a full season order provides a more pressing concern. … there are traces of "Desperate Housewives" in "Revenge's" DNA, ABC's latest serial feels oh-so-last decade, which, particularly in the Hamptons, is about as thematically stylish as wearing white after Labor Day.
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