I woke up this morning with sweaty palms and a racing heart. But instead of racing to WebMD like I usually do when my body does anything out of the ordinary, I just checked my tv’s guide to make sure that tonight’s Revenge wasn’t a rerun. It’s the only show I absolutely cannot stand to miss and it’s the only one I race home to watch every week. After the longest TV hiatus in the history of TV, the show finally returned last week and reminded me why I got so addicted in the first place.
I’m not addicted because Revenge’s the best show on TV or because I feel connected with the dialogue or because it’s doing something groundbreaking. I’m addicted becaues it’s not any of those things.
It’s a one-hour primetime soap that doesn’t pretend to be anything else. While every other show on TV these days tries to cross the line, redefine boundaries and influence your perspective on life, Revenge just aims to be good old-fashioned soapy TV.
The show follows Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) on her mission to seek revenge on everyone who helped incarcerate her father for an incredibly horrible crime he didn’t commit. And rather than hiding out in wait for her enemies, she confidently enters their world by dating Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman), the son of the couple responsible for the conspiracy and cover-up, and using her access to him to destroy the lives of everyone who wronged her family. Within weeks she’s turned the Hamptons upside down and created an unforgettable summer for everyone who came into contact with her.
The plot doesn’t always make sense and events slightly change week to week to make sense within the constantly evolving story — and surprisingly it doesn’t bother me at all. While these tiny inconsistaent details usually drive me crazy when I’m watching other shows, it’s completely acceptable in the surreal TV world of Revenge. The show never presented itself as a snapshot of real life and therefore it doesn’t need to be.
It’s a show based on an incredibly ridiculous premise. From a terrorist cover-up to a beach shoot-out to an incredibly old dog to an unrequited childhood love, the show doesn’t even try to pretend it’s based in reality. So I don’t try either. Maybe it is impossible for Emily to get from here to there in the time that the show allows, but who cares? The incredibly complex and intense plot more than makes up for those kinds of small problems.
And that’s the beauty of Revenge. It’s a show that knows exactly what it is and what it isn’t. The plots good enough, the acting’s good enough and Madeleine Stowe’s botox is certainly good enough.
So make sure you’re home at 10 PM tonight when the new episode premieres. I promise you that you’ll end the episode on the edge of your seat. Seriously, I’m always about to fall off the couch when it ends because it’s just so darn good at those soap-tastic TV show cliffhangers.