Settling the score
It was pure unadulterated soap – but audiences sure loved seeing spoiled rich people get taken down. DEBBIE SCHIPP looks back on four seasons of Revenge
EMILY Thorne’s ( Emily VanCamp) quest for vengeance is over.
Revenge, cancelled in US after four seasons, draws the curtain on death and vengeance in the Hamptons on Australian screens tomorrow night.
Some say it’s a mercy killing – Emily’s vengeance path took quite a hit when it turned out the dead man she was doing it in the name of – her father – was actually alive.
And really, how many bullets and jail sentences could one woman with a deadly vendetta dodge in a lifetime?
When Revenge launched, audiences relished in its irresistibly soapy – and often barely believable way – of taking down the rich and privileged. Here are five characters we loved, loved to hate, or left us mystified by their gullibility.
PLAYED with cunning borderingon- psychopathic aplomb by Emily VanCamp ( right), the woman born Amanda Clarke transformed into a killer with a new identity when she found out her dead father was falsely accused of terrorism, and that Victoria Grayson was responsible. Emily Thorne surfaced in the Hamptons as a wealthy socialite, and started crossing people off her revenge list – red ‘ x’s and all, with a special place marked in hell for Victoria. She either ruined their lives, or killed them. Along the way she survived being shot twice, buried alive, and found out the whole vengeance thing was misguided because her dad was still alive. And her mum, for that matter. Still, she ploughed on. And did it all while channelling ninja skills, wearing killer frocks, and sleeping with the hottest blokes on the show. Bravo.
PURE evil, Victoria threw anyone under the bus – ostensibly to protect her family – but we all knew the Hamptons society queen wanted most to protect herself. Madeleine Stowe ( right) – the mistress of the withering, icy stare and veiled insult – was delicious in the role. Emily’s nemesis faked her own death – twice, locked her own daughter up in rehab, and calmly recruited contractors to kill, or pulled the trigger herself. Emily locked her up in a mental health facility for six months, and she still walked out unscathed. The writing was on the wall in season one when she hissed at ‘ friend’ Lydia: “Understand something, Lydia: Every time I smile at you across the room or we run into each other at a luncheon or I welcome you into my home? Let that smile be a reminder of just how much I despise you. And every time I hug you? The warmth you feel is my hatred burning through.”
WE loved his many mad hairstyles, out- there fashion, unwavering loyalty to Emily, general smarts and evil side. But the thing we loved most about Gabriel Mann’s Nolan ( above) was that he got the lion’s share of the one- liners, delivered with sardonic sarcasm and wit. Some of the gems from the sidekick who often stole the show include: “Sacrificial lamb, reporting for slaughter”; “But then again I’m just a self- made billionaire with a 170 IQ, so what would I know, right?” and “Don’t do anything revenge- y til I get there”. So loved by viewers that they’re hoping he gets a spinoff show.
LET’S face it, Victoria got all the nasty genes. Her son was a sop. Josh Bowman’s character ( right) couldn’t even do evil convincingly. Despite being screwed over by Emily multiple times, he fell in love with her and still kept coming back for more. The puppet occasionally managed to turn string- puller but couldn’t channel revenge as well as the alphawomen in his life. When he took a bullet for Emily to save her life, fans mourned, but Bowman confessed he was surprised Daniel had lasted that long.