Revenge Season 4 Episode 1 “Renaissance” Review; The Tables Have Turned

Revenge Season 4 Episode 1 “Renaissance” Review; The Tables Have Turned
ABC – Oct, 28th. 2014

Aiden is Dead

EMILY VANCAMP

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Sadly, Emily has overtaken the castle but still can’t have her happy ending without her prince. With Emily having found Aiden’s lifeless body on her sofa last season, I think we can say without a shadow of a doubt that he’s actually dead. The jury’s still out on Conrad though. With characters being resurrected right and left, I won’t be convinced that he’s actually gone until we see proof that nobody found him on the side of the road and saved him. It seems as though David has known about Emily’s quest this entire time and has been lying in wait for Conrad to be thrown in prison for Flight 197. It’s obvious that he and Officer Mostrowski (Prison Break’s Wade Williams) were working together to free Conrad, only to have David stab him shortly thereafter.

David is Alive

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Speaking of resurrection (not Resurrection, Revenge’s Sunday night neighbor), the now-exonerated David Clarke is back for his piece of the pie…or his piece of something. In the final scene, we see him kidnap Victoria using a chloroform soaked rag, but we know nothing of his plans for her. It’s possible that he still blames Victoria for his arrest, conviction and assumed death and wants to make her pay. It wouldn’t surprise me to discover that revenge runs in the family. On the other hand, if he still loves Victoria and wants to forgive her, he might have only drugged her to keep him from alerting his long-lost daughter. Of course, Amanda isn’t the only progeny that David might be anxious to see. With Charlotte getting into all sorts of trouble around town, the How I Met Your Mother fan in me was really tempted to title this section “Daddy’s Home…”

Daniel is Broke

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…and blackmailed. Gideon’s little set up also cost him a chance to be Margaux’s rebound. She seemed more than willing to meet him in his suite before he found a dead woman in his bed and cancelled on his gal pal. Now Daniel has quit the magazine and probably burned that bridge forever, not to mention he’s liquidating his assets to support his own image as well as Charlotte’s drug habit under the assumption that he’s paying her rent. Time to start clipping some coupons, Grayson!

 

Jack is a Cop

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I’ve seen my fair share of criminal-helps-the-law shows (White Collar, Breakout Kings, etc.) but usually the transition doesn’t happen this quickly. Though he was acquitted, Jack is obviously still carrying a lot of guilt for his part in Charlotte’s kidnapping, and also feels that his childhood relationship with Realmanda and his marriage to Fauxmanda is what caused the death of the latter, not to mention his brother’s demise. Unfortunately, turning a blind eye to Charlotte’s misdeeds isn’t going to release him from the weight on his shoulders. I predict Charlotte or Gideon to be the next character killed off on this drama, sending Jack to his darkest place yet.

 

The Door is Red

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Since Victoria’s Memorial Day party was Emily’s debut in the Hamptons three years ago, it’s only fitting that Emily uses the occasion to celebrate her premiere as the new owner of Grayson Manor. She’s also redecorated the entire home, from replacing Victoria’s throne with a chaise lounge that she’ll share with Nolan to repainting the once-black front door to her signature color, revenge red. Not only did she christen a friend’s yacht that day, but she also christened her new abode with another takedown. The bust of the week may not have been personal to her or her friends, but now that Emily knows that Victoria is free, Aiden’s death may fuel her addiction for retribution against the former queen.

What did you think of this week’s episode? What are David’s intentions for Victoria? Is Conrad still alive? Sound off in the comments below!