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"You are decepitvely brilliant." "I learned from the best..."
Buena Vista / 946 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: August 20, 2013
You certainly get what you pay for with a release like Revenge: The Complete Second Season. This TV-on-DVD set about a young lady hell-bent on getting back at those who have hurt her family may have elements of melodrama and loveplay here and there, but there is a dormant layer of deliriously pointed aggression that lies below the show as a whole. Don’t cross Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) – she’ll cut you if she gets the chance.
Just because Revenge errs on the dark side of things, though, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t offer frequent soap opera fun. It will prove to be a spoiler alert if you watched the first season and haven’t officially dipped into this set of episodes, but not even a plane crash could kill Victoria Grayson (the wonderful Madeleine Stowe), and once she pops up again here, she chews scenery with a full-on-idle Joan Crawford ferocity.
Some roles have been recast, a few of the plot arcs are turkeys, and Revenge may not be the kind of series that provides extraordinary fun on a binge-watching spree (a little goes a long way), but The Complete Second Season is completely successful escapist entertainment. You’ll have to align yourself with the telenovela hyper-emotion of the show in order to reap its rewards, but it’s easy to say that succumbing to Revenge isn’t difficult at all.