Revenge Season 3 Review “Disgrace”

Revenge Season 3 Episode 16 Disgrace (2)

Upfront, I’ll say that if there were any thematic ties between this week’s episode of Revenge and Pagliacci, they won’t be discussed here. I’m certainly familiar with the work, but my opera experience extends as far as a single trip to see one in the third grade. And I claim to be a critic. Still, opera knowledge or not, “Disgrace” was an episode that made me think the writers are spinning their wheels a bit.

I don’t think anyone would disagree that, now close to the end of its third season, Revenge has started to string its audience along a bit. What started as a focused, soapy tale of Emily’s revenge has devolved into a string of red herrings and ridiculous revelations. That’s not to say the show hasn’t been enjoyable – save for the unfortunate first half of season 2 – but there needs to be a sense that things are going somewhere. It’s why the first half of this season was so exciting; everything was building to Emily getting shot.

Right now, though? Well, the show keeps saying Emily has a new plan she’s setting up for, but it needs to give us a better idea of what it’s building to. Yes, Emily released her medical records so the divorce would seem like a victory for Daniel and Victoria, but I keep wondering why. Hopefully, the show will finally give us an idea next week.

Meanwhile, this episode continued this season’s trend of introducing recurring characters that feel like they’re around just to pad out the plot. Margaux’s father was fine, but Javier really did come out of nowhere. I’m glad Nolan and Emily’s conversation about Javier semi-acknowledged how random his appearance was. When Nolan rattled off his origins as a “millennial computer genius,” it was hard not to roll my eyes. While it’s always possible he’ll bring an interesting new dynamic to the revenge team, I currently feel about him the same way I did about Nico and Patrick. Which is to say, I just don’t see the point of him.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!