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03 November 2011 @ 05:31 am
Revenge: "Charade" Episode Review  
Revenge 1.07 "Charade"
"Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside. A duality governed by the balance of light and darkness, within each of us is the capability for both good and evil. But those who are able to blur the moral dividing line hold the true power."

This episode was all about duality, two sides to everything and everyone. Each character was shown to have two sides to them, having something to hide while wearing a mask in public, of secrets not wanting to be revealed.

No one is perfect in playing the charade game better than Amanda Clarke, who we know as Emily Thorne. As this episode reveals how she retrieved the name, back when she was in juvenile detention as her inmate was named Emily Thorne. The reasons of how and when this happened and why still remain a mystery, perhaps we'll find out later in the episodes to come, but this switch-a-roo of names and aliases managed to get Amanda the leverage she needed to play both sides of the coin. Of coming up with an entire history for herself, and backbone to how she would get her revenge. It's also interesting that the warden from the detention is actually helping her out with concealing her true identity. We also learn that this isn't the first time she helped Amanda out, either. In fact based on the brief conversation they had on the phone, this woman actually taught Amanda some things which has helped her get to this stage in her mission. I would like to know more about that, see more flashbacks to her time in juvenile detention.

That fact that the real Emily took care of Frank, it leads to the question if she just knocked him out or if he is really dead? Either way, seeing as how Amanda has connections and allies it really makes me think about how far she has been planning her schemes of revenge, and how she managed to get this far. Again, more flashbacks would be lovely.

Alrighty, now onto the second exciting aspect of the episode....Tyler and Nolan.

I suspected something was up with Tyler although I never guessed about Nolan, however I am not displeased about this at all. Clearly this is used for their own personal gain, although Nolan has some kind of plan to expose Tyler at his own game, of course. I hope it's gonna be good. But nevertheless, the fact we have both gay and bisexual characters on the show makes me happy. The line Nolan gave about him being "three on the Kinsey scale" was like whoa. I wished we could have seen more of a kiss instead of cutting away, however we did get the little videotape of them with the promise of more from Nolan himself as part of his scheme. ;)

But other than that, yeah. This episode was amazing. I was scared for Amanda there for a moment because of Frank getting all up in her business -- when he uncovered her classified files about her being in juvvie, I was worried and afraid he had found her father's box (but thankfully she had hid it better) -- and not to mention Tyler still being problematic. But of course, she has backup plans, some which are only used for emergencies.

I am still shocked that Lydia is still alive. I wonder if she remembers anything at all, if she is gonna reveal the truth about Frank, and I wonder how Victoria is gonna react about what happened to Frank.

Never mind now her suspicions regarding Emily/Amanda are now higher due to his warning before the real Emily knocked him out before he finished his phone call.

The plot, it be thickening even more.

Question, for those who watch the show: do you call Amanda by her real name or by her alias, Emily? It's kind of confusing going back and forth between which identity to refer her to, esp after this episode.
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chosenfire28: Revenge - Emily beautifulchosenfire28 on November 3rd, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
I still have to see it but this review has me excited and I couldn't resist!

I call her Emily, interviews all call the character Emily and I've gotten into the habit of it as well lol.
Renée: Claire. No ordinary girl.rogueslayer452 on November 5th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Hehe, same. It's just hard to write out a review without having to repeat the name and identity change and referring to flashbacks and whatnot. ;)

Also, she says that Amanda Clarke doesn't exist anymore. Which in a way she is right. That little girl lost her innocence and Emily Thorne is the woman she became, the woman who is hungry for revenge. I have a feeling that once her mission is accomplished, she can finally breathe and become simply Amanda again.
philstar22: Supernatural: Dean checks Cas out subtlyphilstar22 on November 3rd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Personally, I call her Emily. As she says at various points, Amanda Clark is dead. I think of Emily as the person she is now, the person bent on revenge. Once she has her revenge, maybe she'll go back to being Amanda, but right now Emily is who she is.
Renée: Kahlan. Beauty in the breakdown.rogueslayer452 on November 5th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm the same for those exact reasons, as well.

It's the same how I feel about the whole Daniel and Jack thing. While some may think she is developing actual feelings for Daniel, I truly believe her heart lies with Jack mostly because of that part of her wants to be Amanda Clarke again. But that won't happen until she gets her revenge and is able to be herself. You can tell she wants to tell Jack, but can't. Emily Thorne is who she is and until she finishes her mission, Amanda Clarke does not exist.
aliasagent on November 4th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
I go back and forth between Emily and Amanda and I think I tend to use the latter a bit more but I haven't thought about it too much.

The Tyler/Nolan stuff made me very very happy :D (Is Tyler gay or bisexual? I don't know if that was hinted at or something. Nolan's in clear territory but I'm wondering what's his deal and how that deal is connected to Ashley).

Some people seem to think that Amanda/Emily seems to have real feelings for Daniel, but I'm really not getting that read at all. Jack is where the true feelings lie I love this show, it's just so... all over the place and I like the pace and that it doesn't dumb down the viewer :)
Renée: Alex. Behind the mask.rogueslayer452 on November 5th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Is Tyler gay or bisexual? I don't know if that was hinted at or something. Nolan's in clear territory but I'm wondering what's his deal and how that deal is connected to Ashley

I'm wondering the same thing, actually. He's obviously conning them for his own means and purposes, but what those purposes are I'm not entirely certain. We've got details about him wanting to get in with good graces with the Graysons and perhaps replacing Daniel in their respects, but I'm not entirely sure how Ashley fits into all of this, exactly. His cover? Perhaps he is gay but hiding behind a facade? We shall see as the season continues.

Some people seem to think that Amanda/Emily seems to have real feelings for Daniel, but I'm really not getting that read at all.

Me neither. She may care for Daniel, but she's made it abundantly clear that she is only using him as part of her plan. Her saying "I think I'm falling in love with you" was telling him what he wanted to hear, what he needed to hear so she can continue with going ahead with her scheme.