Revenge “Chaos” Review

This episode of Revenge is an weird one. It’s certainly a turning point in the show’s development. From episode one I believed that Daniel was destined to die. Nothing about the show changed my opinion, not even the opening scene of tonight’s episode where we saw Daniel, face down in the sand, and cut to a gun popping off two bullets, presumably into him. From the get go this is a show which has subverted expectations, went left when you thought it was going right, took drastic, crazy u-turns at the most unexpected moments, all the while keeping on that facade of cheesy schlock which makes it so delectable.

As the show progressed and built Daniel into a character I actually liked, my admiration for the show deepened. Never did I expect them to back off of killing Daniel. I know that it’s silly and gullible of me to expect something so risky as, say, Game of Thrones, but expect that I did.

Alas, Daniel did not die. Tyler was the body lying in the sand, and while this might have been an interesting development on a normal episode, for the twist of the show’s selling point, I can’t help but feel deflated and disappointed. Tyler, no matter how snarling, is not a character I cared about: and honestly, after chaining up Amanda (literally) for half of the episode, was there any doubt his death was inevitable? Don’t get me wrong: I still enjoyed the episode and I still really like the show. But I think, had the show stuck to its guns and took that leap and killed off Daniel, this would have turned from a show I really liked, to a show I loved.

There was still a lot to appreciate about this episode: Grandpa Greyson’s essential dismissal of Charlotte as a person he has to care about. With the revelation that Charlotte is the illegitimate daughter of David Clarke, Grandpa Greyson has clearly washed his hands of her and no longer considers her family – his confrontation with her, where he blackmailed her with Declan, was one of the juiciest moments the show has ever done sans Victoria.

And there was plenty of Victoria to dig your teeth into and Madeline Stowe was one “glorious” mode throughout the episode.

The episode had plenty of turns. Jack is only slightly less boring that he ever was and the outcome of Tyler’s murder will surely lead to more developments…I’m just not certain these developments will be great.