Revenge Season 3 Review “Impetus”

Revenge Season 3 Episode 21 Impetus (6)

As season three of Revenge begins to wrap up, we were about due for a major shake-up. With Pascal dead, Emily decided to throw subtlety and caution to the wind by kidnapping Charlotte in an attempt to force a confession out of Conrad.

As if to punctuate how unimportant a character Pascal was, only Victoria and Margaux were still in mourning over him as this episode began, an episode that takes place literally the next day. Even Victoria seems to have forgotten about him by the end, so that only his daughter is left to remember him as more or less a huge jerk. Admittedly, there was also a detective going around investigating the murder, but it was really just there to throw a wrench into Emily’s plan.

Now, let’s get to Emily’s plan, which had more than a few questionable parts to it. I can get behind the emotions she was feeling; Pascal’s death was another frustrating setback, so she was ready to go with a desperate play. However, there seemed to be a lot of hoping for the best with this one. As Conrad pointed out, any confession made with Charlotte threatened would be under duress, and Emily knew that; the real plan was for him to confess to an angry Charlotte.

Obviously, Emily originally planned to be there to let her go herself, so why would Aiden not just tell Jack he could free Charlotte when the time came? Further, even with all of the evidence she’d been shown, there was always the chance that Charlotte wouldn’t believe it, or that Conrad wouldn’t immediately shout out a confession. Possible, sure, but it seemed like a lot of hoping for the best went into this plan.

Still, for the logical flaws, there were still some solid emotional moments as the characters dealt with exactly what they were doing. Emily admitting she didn’t know if she could be Amanda Clarke again rang true, as she’s never really seemed capable of true happiness throughout the course of the show. This was echoed at the end, when she was unable to find joy at finally accomplishing such a huge goal.

Of course, Victoria’s investigation threatens to throw everything into chaos. Previews do have a tendency to overhype certain moments, but with next week being the finale, it seems that Victoria might finally learn the truth about who Emily Thorne really is. I’m excited to see where were left as the season comes to a close.

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