Revenge Season 3 Review “Addiction”

Revenge Season 3 Episode 17 Addiction (2)

Revenge is getting downright frustrating at this point. For every week that gives us forward momentum for the overarching plot, we get an episode like “Addiction” that bizarrely chooses to focus on a bunch of new side characters instead of the revenge plot we’re allegedly supposed to be watching.
In fairness, Emily was still hard at work, but we don’t really have an idea of what she’s ultimately going to get from going after Pascal. They both have their guard up around the other, and with Victoria also in the mix, there wasn’t a lot of information on offer. Really, we got more dirt on Victoria and Pascal’s history, which speaks to the problem of focus falling on the new characters.

Similarly, we saw Stevie dealing with her alcoholism some more, which has yet to go anywhere interesting. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen her resist a drink, so it actually felt like more of a retread. Sure, it came from her emotional encounter with Conrad, who was trying to get a document from her, but it just serves to weaken her character. I’m not against flaws, but she started off as such a legitimate force, it’s a shame to see her falling for ploys so easily.

Speaking of falling for simple ploys, the Margaux storyline really bugged me this week, creating drama in the most contrived way possible. Daniel’s attempt to turn her against Jack was so flimsy, not to mention he was quite possibly drunk as he made it. Given how sharp and smart Margaux is, it just didn’t feel right for her to fall for such an easy play, especially coming from a character that isn’t known for his tactical prowess. Plus, the scene where Margaux saw Jack comforting Emily, completely out-of-context? That is some lazy, clichéd writing, and the show deserves a big red mark on its permanent record for it. Still, at least Jack and Margaux were able to work it all out by the end of the episode.

Javier making a move on Charlotte is… random. His simulator program was clever, but other than the extremely selfish goal of trying to seduce Charlotte, there doesn’t seem to be any point to this story. Honestly, there’s yet to be any point to this character, who doesn’t offer any services that Nolan isn’t fully capable of handling. I’m willing to give the writers a few more weeks to flesh the guy out, but this close to the season’s end, I wonder if they’ll have the chance. Also, if he can manipulate his tracker signal, can’t Nolan kick him out now?

What did you think of this week’s episode?