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Dataloungers Please tell me all about US drama series REVENGE. Whats it all about? Is it any good?

The only things I have heard about the series which ended several years ago is that it is apparently a bit on the camp side and is rather sexy with some of its castings and style.

Is it comparable or similar to any other TV series like Dynasty, Knots Landing or LA Law? Is it worth me checking out and maybe investing in a complete DVD boxset of all episodes? Was it very popular or more of a cult hit?

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by Anonymousreply 79a day ago

OP, dial it back. Your disingenuous is on full blast.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Wednesday at 6:23 PM

??? Nonsense r1 dial back your venom and stop standing in the way of a potentially good interesting thread.

I have never watched this series, a number of friends years ago said they thought I would like it when it was aired in the UK but for whatever reason I didnt or couldnt get around to checking it out at the time. Its very fertile ground for a good discussion thread on datalounge and if you are not interested or dont like thread then thankfully taking part is not mandatory.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Wednesday at 6:31 PM

It was loosely based on The Count of Monte Cristo. It should have ended after the first season, but instead the ran it into the ground.

Madeline Stowe's botox budget almost bankrupted ABC.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Wednesday at 6:35 PM

Thanks r3 So how camp was it and did you stick with it until it was axed?

by Anonymousreply 4Last Wednesday at 6:37 PM

It gave Madeline Stowe a short lived resurgence. I remember her performance being one of the most praised that year, even getting her an Emmy nomination for the first season.

After season one it lost its critical praise and you didn’t hear about Stowe anymore

by Anonymousreply 5Last Wednesday at 6:38 PM

Just so you all know OP is always making these threads about shows he personally likes, pretending he’s never seen it etc. to get people talking about it.

He did it recently with SATC too, despite having started SATC threads before and commenting on others about that show.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 6:39 PM

Like R3 said, it was pretty good in the first season, then it just ran out of steam FAST. Became very repetitive and annoying.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 6:41 PM

r6 Wrong or an outright malicious lie and if it means much to anyone in terms of importance then they can do some detective work with the blocking button to find out if what you are saying is true.

I am fine with that because big revelation of a hint I know they will find out you are talking nonsense. Now please take your obsession elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 6:44 PM

I seem to recall a long thread on this series in 2020 and yes OP is disingenuous.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 6:44 PM

Cheers r5 Am I right in thinking Stowe was the one who played Blackie the brothel madam in the original Twin Peaks.I would have liked to have seen more of her character and some development for it if the show hadnt of been axed in 1991 after just two seasons.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 6:46 PM

r7 What elements in the first season made it good? Thanks in advance.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 6:47 PM

R11, It's been a decade but here goes. It had a dreary and suspenseful film noir feel--a throwback to old Hollywood with glamorous women and suspenseful "who done it" storylines. I loved Madeline Stowe's rich bitch role and her husband was played by Ethan's boss in Mission Impossible (he was also the pedophile priest in The Boys of St. Vincent). But they were clearly trying to drag the story out longer than it should've...some shows should only be one season.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 6:57 PM

Tonight, OP is the UK. Last night, he had just moved to Palm Springs and was living with his parents.

It must have been a long travel day. It would only make sense that he arrived in the UK and immediately starts a thread about avtelevision show canceled years ago.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Wednesday at 6:58 PM

Thanks r12 Did Madeleine Stowe in this role remind you of any particular star from hollywoods old era of film noir? Was her character clearly a 'baddie' or was she more nuanced and layered? Thanks again.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Wednesday at 7:02 PM

I liked it even in later seasons, and it did have some impressive hunks.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Wednesday at 7:02 PM

Thanks for reply . r15 Any particular hunk that you would highlight as a favourite? Was there much nudity in the show?

by Anonymousreply 16Last Wednesday at 7:04 PM

It became less about REVENGE and more about their love lives

by Anonymousreply 17Last Wednesday at 7:20 PM

What act were they originally avenging r17?

by Anonymousreply 18Last Wednesday at 7:22 PM

Watch it just to see Madeline Stowe deliver the line “I WILL DESTROY YOU!”

When S1 first aired there was usually a DL viewing/discussion thread that week.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Wednesday at 7:25 PM

Here's some of the main cast, R16. However, there were more. The guy playing Aiden was a personal favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 20Last Wednesday at 7:32 PM

R18 The protagonist Emily (tries to) avenge her fathers death. He died when she was still a child that made her an orphan. There is backstory of her learning the art of Revenge with some kind of Revenge guru. She goes back to live in her old (rich) town to enact her plan on the people that killed her father.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Wednesday at 7:33 PM

r19 WOW That one line is just ooozing and dripping in camp!!

by Anonymousreply 22Last Wednesday at 7:38 PM

Here's Barry Sloane (Aiden)

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by Anonymousreply 23Last Wednesday at 7:38 PM

Thank you r20 that was a hot photo! All those shirtless actors starred in Revenge? Very hot!

by Anonymousreply 24Last Wednesday at 7:39 PM

r21 Thanks for the foundation stone to the story.Is it very much all about that one characters family ie like Dynasty and Dallas were about one main family and their entanglements or did it branch out more? Are you one of the viewers who believes it lost its magic after season one and if so would you say the change and drop off in quality was quite steep in season 2 and apparent early on in the second series? Many thanks again in advance!

by Anonymousreply 25Last Wednesday at 7:43 PM

r23 I like VERY MUCH!! Much appreciate the link! Post Revenge did he go on to great things in his acting showbiz career?

by Anonymousreply 26Last Wednesday at 7:44 PM

I enjoyed S1 a lot, but I’m easily distracted and never returned for future seasons.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Wednesday at 7:51 PM

R21, Season One was the best, and yes i only watched til Season Three and then i got bored with the storyline. The story revolves mostly around the Grayson family (Madeline Stowe's character) but also Emily's family too. It's a fun show until i lost interest.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Wednesday at 7:53 PM

r28 Do you ever get curious how it ended and how season 4 played out? Have you googled the details since?

by Anonymousreply 29Last Wednesday at 7:58 PM

The writers felt they had to come up with ever more crazy cliffhangers. They sank a superyacht one year.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Wednesday at 8:51 PM

[quote] Whats it all about?


by Anonymousreply 31Last Wednesday at 9:17 PM

R5, Stowe was actually nominated for a Golden Globe - not an Emmy.

I've watched all four seasons on Amazon Prime; probably watched Season 1 several times. The structure in Season 1 was unparalleled. So beautifully cast, so well-written. Twists galore. Wonderful dialogue.

Even when Conrad and Victoria were at each other's throats, they'd share a wry smile; you know why they were together.

When Victoria would threaten to destroy someone, like shrink Michelle Banks, Stowe delivered that line on a different level; Victoria had destroyed the man she loved, David Clarke; so, I imagine her take was if I could destroy someone I loved, imagine what I could do to someone I hate.

It was a one-season show; it should have ended with Amanda getting her revenge in the finale.

But the show was a hit, other seasons followed, but that involved re-setting the show a few times. Amanda was always two steps ahead of everyone; it became challenging to throw her off track. I marveled at the end how many people died who were regulars in Seaosn 1. Conrad's takedown was epically masterful.

All the acting was great. Well, I take that back. I could not stand Declan. What Charlotte saw in him, I have no idea. The actor just couldn't make that little snot seem likeable. I imagine Connor was hired, in part, due to his height; it's a rule that younger brothers MUST be shorter and certainly, no taller than their big brothers and Jack, while he has a beautiful face, was not 6'2" 210 lbs.

One of my favorite non-Season1 moments was when the show re-set Victoria as the top dog. Helen, supposed head of a crime cartel, threatens Daniel; orders Victoria to open a safe.

Even when Victoria offers up the safe combination: "1...2.....6,7,3..." she's in TOTALY command.

Sorry, Helen.

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by Anonymousreply 32Last Wednesday at 9:34 PM

A good number of the male actors were exceptionally beautiful, the casting director certainly had an eye.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Wednesday at 9:45 PM

Season One was incredible must-see trash. Every episode seemingly ended with Goddess Stowe looking down from her mansion balcony onto the murky sinister Southampton waters, with the moonlight shining off her ginormous botox-smoothed forehead like a lighthouse beacon. Fivehead, really.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Wednesday at 9:53 PM

That chair with the writing on it needed to be burned at the end of season one.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Wednesday at 10:01 PM

that chair was magnificent; people wanted to buy it.

in later seasons, Lydia, suggesting the room needed a 'splash of color', poured a glass of red wine on it.

later, Victoria got the chair back and blew it up.

With her mother in it.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Wednesday at 10:18 PM

I want to talk about Revenge, and I want to talk about it NOW!

by Anonymousreply 37Last Wednesday at 10:37 PM

I wish the gay TMZ like journalist had had a larger part.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Wednesday at 10:41 PM

I liked the show, & like most here agree that season 1 was the best. I swear, all the men on the show were super hot & sexy, even Conrad. My favorite was Josh Bowman, who Emily can Camp later married irl. Justin Hartley was on one of the later seasons, playing quasi-gay, & showed off his bod a lot.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Wednesday at 11:10 PM

I loved the show the first season, liked it the second, tolerated it the 3rd, and hated myself for watching the 4th.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Wednesday at 11:57 PM

One would think this was a Ryan Murphy production based on how quickly it jumped the shark, but it wasn't. Creator Mike Kelley basically admitted he wasn't equipped for writing long term stories.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Thursday at 4:29 AM

r39 Sounds heavenly!

by Anonymousreply 42Last Thursday at 4:54 AM

r32 Thank you for your detailed reply Would you describe it as super camp ?

by Anonymousreply 43Last Thursday at 4:57 AM

If you were serious, OP, just look-up the dozens of threads there have been about this shitty show already.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Thursday at 5:26 AM

r41 What was the jump the shark moment in your opinion?

by Anonymousreply 45Last Thursday at 6:33 AM

Is there some reason you can’t just watch it yourself?

by Anonymousreply 46Last Thursday at 8:15 AM

r46 Is there some reason why your full of snark? I am interested in whether or not it is worth investing in a complete boxset of the serious. Something I alluded to in my opening post and I thought Datalounge would be a good place to get enjoyable but informative feedback. But aside from that discussion of tv shows past and present is a stapke main ingredient of Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Thursday at 8:39 AM

r47 Series not serious

by Anonymousreply 48Last Thursday at 8:40 AM

Here you go OP. Many spoilers within. If you're interested, waste 45mins and watch the first episode. Why do you need so much egging on?

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by Anonymousreply 49Last Thursday at 8:50 AM

I wouldn't have thought it was possible to purchase the first episode alone to watch r49?

I am torn between buying Riviera, The Affair, Billions or Revenge in a boxset. Revenge is the one I know the least about and I thought dataloungers with the benefit of time and hindsight as the show ended a fair few years ago would be a good port of call to fill in the details and analyze the show without spoiling the storylines and thus help me to make a decision.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Thursday at 8:57 AM

I would not pay anything to watch this shitshow. Billions was better. It might be streamable for free, too.

by Anonymousreply 51Last Thursday at 9:16 AM

It's streaming on Hulu. Or you can buy one episode for $3 on iTunes. You can get Hulu with ads for $6 a month and cancel at the end of it the month. Or, hell, sign up for Hulu, watch a few episodes and cancel before the trial period expires.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Thursday at 9:18 AM

r51 r52 Many thanks 🙂👍

by Anonymousreply 53Last Thursday at 9:30 AM

You have spent way more time asking these detail questions and follow-up. His watch it or don’t.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Thursday at 9:39 AM

r54 Stop being so pompous and controlling of what other people post. That kind of behaviour is helping kill forums all over the Internet. People complain if royal threads are started, people complain if other kind of threads are posted, people complain if new threads on previously discussed topics are posted, people complain if old threads are bumped, people complain if there is a thread on a subject they ain't interested in , people complain then if the forum is too quiet.

All of this is often done by people who rarely start threads themselves but complain that a lot of other threads are boring, shouldn't exist etc. The narrowing down of what is acceptable for discussion to their own preferences whilst simultaneously not often making the effort to post threads themselves is contradictory and self defeating and definitely not a recipe to help a forum thrive and stay afloat. This thread exists , if you want it to disappear because you think its pointless or boring or whatever then not posting on it will assist things in your direction Some of you are so joyless and squeezing all the fun out of discussions on here instead of scrolling past or starting your own threads that you think will be better. If people heeded everything that habitual complainers on here said about threads on here being pointless or not being started etc then this forum would be so quiet it wouldn't be worthwhile the sites owners keeping it going. Think on folks and learn to ignore , step up with your contribution or live and let live.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Thursday at 10:00 AM

R45, it was the season 1 finale. This should've been an anthology series. Emily should've taken her red sharpie to the photo at the end of every episode and when the last one was crossed out, it should've been over and a new story started. I don't care if season 2 DID have Barry Sloane. It just got ridiculous. SPOILERS: Her mother, whom she thought was dead was alive. And then her father whom she thought was dead was alive.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Thursday at 1:48 PM

r56 Thanks . Those spoilers which I should have been disciplined enough not to read but wasnt !! do sound very much stretching the realms of even semi credibility! I do think I am more likely to enjoy it as campfest taken with a pinch of salt rather than with any high degree of seriousness. The original Twin Peaks for instance I knew from the off was leftfield and I didnt take the context as believable but did take the writing or rather treat /regard the story ,plots etc seriously. In other words a bit like the attitude you would take to well written science fiction series. Whereas Revenge sounds like I just need to take the whole journey as a ride to enjoy and not take seriously in any regard .

i am still drawn towards Revenge and buying a boxset of it but with a different perspective or mindset than I had originally .I am also rather drwn to buying a complete boxset serious of The Affair which is a very different prospect to Revenge!!

by Anonymousreply 57Last Thursday at 5:07 PM

At least The Affair holds up until the end.

by Anonymousreply 58Last Thursday at 5:12 PM

r58 Yes I have mainly only heard very god things about The Affair and it does look like a very nuanced multi layered look at human relationships so it is definitely up my street but appeals to a very different part of my psyche and will give me a very different kind of kick than watching Revenge will.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Thursday at 5:18 PM

Billions is a far better show, but doesn't have the eye candy. Cum se cum sa.

by Anonymousreply 60Last Friday at 1:32 AM

r60 Better than The Affair?

by Anonymousreply 61Last Friday at 4:05 AM

Loved it at first. Season 1 was amazing and I got my best friend hooked. The third ep or so when she fucked over the therapist was gold. Madeline Stowe’s show son was hot.

Then I think I stopped watching in Season 3? I never finished it and my friend was pissed.

It got wayyyyy too twisty for its own good. The 10-head assistant friend chick in particular was such garbage writing to give her something to do beyond Season 1.

by Anonymousreply 62Last Friday at 4:13 AM

You're much better off, Surviving Angel, reading the original source material, [italic]The Count of Monte Cristo[/italic], by Alexandre Dumas.

by Anonymousreply 63Last Friday at 5:09 AM

All OP had to do was either WATCH IT (which he has, he’s asking to get replies) or use GOOGLE.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Friday at 5:17 AM

R1 needs to chill the fuck out.

by Anonymousreply 65Last Friday at 5:37 AM

I liked the dude that owned the bar (if I recall). He was super hot but also super short.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Friday at 5:44 AM

r63 Gosh that is certainly not a ringing endorsement of the show!!

by Anonymousreply 67Last Friday at 6:52 AM

r66 Would you say he was the hottest actor in the show?

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by Anonymousreply 69Last Friday at 6:54 AM

r62 Yes twists are a tool that should be used wisely in storytelling whether in television, film or literature etc .Overuse them and they kind of render the story meaningless or at least diluted and less impactful.

by Anonymousreply 70Last Friday at 6:56 AM

r69 Stop being so dramatic for gods sake and more to the point get lost trying to police what other people post.

by Anonymousreply 71Last Friday at 6:57 AM

R71 THE POST IS ALL BULLSHIT. You aren’t being sincere in the slightest.

by Anonymousreply 72Last Friday at 7:02 AM

Based on DL lore, it started great in the first season, declined the second, then utterly failed with only a few shining moments.

It does have some good homo action, so there's that.

by Anonymousreply 73Last Friday at 7:08 AM

r73 Where the homo scenes more implied or quite visually erotic? Was there any kind of backlash when the gay scenes aired into the US?

by Anonymousreply 74Last Friday at 7:20 AM

Ah, despite dying on the show she still ended up with him IRL and they’re happy, happy I tell you! She really got the puck of the litter. That is the sweetest revenge!

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by Anonymousreply 75Yesterday at 7:05 AM

First Dave Annabelle and now Josh Bowman... What's this homely chick's secret to seducing her co-workers??

by Anonymousreply 76Yesterday at 9:17 AM

She's not homely. At all.

by Anonymousreply 77Yesterday at 9:19 AM

r75 Lucky lucky lady!

by Anonymousreply 78Yesterday at 9:47 AM

OP, just binge it on Hulu.

If you live in America, of course.

Great first season, second season went way off course, but rebounded somewhat.

Last few seasons are ok/good.

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