How Secrets Are Revealed

May 6, 2013 in Commentary, Entertainment, Review, Television

Prime time television has its way of building drama, breaking it down and keeping it going. It can get very tiring watching all the twists and turns sometimes. But, it gets quite obvious too!

I mean if you’re going to have secrets, maybe you should do certain things like:

1 – Don’t stand at an open door and talk about things you don’t want people to know!

2 – Don’t have secret conversations over the phone!

3 – Don’t accept gifts from people you don’t trust and then proudly display them in your private office!

4 – Question why a phone guy just showed up when you didn’t give them a call!

5 – Number 4 applies to anyone who wears a uniform for pest control, electric, cable, plumbing and cleaning the pool!

6 – Lock your doors! Even when you’re home! This pointer particularly applies to Revenge… It’s astounding to me how people just walk in and out of other people’s houses.

7 – Don’t meet in a public place…when meeting is a bad thing!

8 – Don’t make out in a public place…when making out is a bad thing!

9 – Don’t have sex at the White House…when having sex at the White House is a bad thing!

10 – Don’t talk about sensitive matters…in the middle of a party…when there are tons of people around you!

I hope this clears up how you can keep a secret! Don’t worry if you mess up every once in awhile. It is an art form that even the best secret keepers haven’t quite mastered. I don’t think I need to mention any names!

Revenge Major Story Shift

November 3, 2012 in Commentary, Entertainment, Shows, Television

Does anyone else feel as if the story on ABC’s Revenge has shifted in a major way? Ironically, I’m not talking about how it has dragged on for two seasons even though Emily has had several chances to destroy the Grayson family. I’m not even talking about the introduction of her mother.

The story I’m talking about is so far removed from either of those revelations and it has my full attention. I look back on Season One and I see so many chances for Emily to have destroyed the Grayson’s that now every move seems frivolous. All a bunch of something for nothing.

Daniel could be in prison for the rest of his life. Conrad could have easily been put in prison in exchange for David’s clear name. All the missed opportunities and I start to realize this isn’t a movie or a series. It’s clearly a show that is looking to hang on to life as long as it possibly can.

So, this season starts and we learn Victoria is alive. Not only that, but now Kara has come back from the dead as well. Ok great! All of these people are actually alive and our lives are going to be so full of drama again. Yay!

Seriously, I’m losing interest in that part of the story. I’m not even concerned about the fact that Mason is back in the picture snooping around. I don’t think I’ll ever see revenge and I don’t care anymore. I’ll get back into that part of the story when I see the sickening smiles wiped off of Victoria and Conrad’s faces.

The story I’m interested in is the deal going down between Kenny Ryan and Jack about the Stoway. Did Declan screw up? Yes. But, we know it was a scam so that Kenny could get his hands on the bar. That’s not the deal I’m really talking about. I can understand greed and underhanded business deals.

What I am talking about is what will it mean for the show! Will Jack and Declan find out they are getting scammed before the deal is done? What is it all about?

That’s the real story! And until Revenge gets back on track, I don’t care about all the meaningless meandering everyone else is doing!

The Fall of the Manipulative Itches

December 4, 2011 in Commentary, Entertainment, Television

 

RingerAt first, I was focused on Emily Thorne getting her Revenge.  All consumed in that drama that is twisting and turning with every new episode, I forgot there were other things on television. Actually, anyone who knows me knows that isn’t true.

But, I can only take so much of each type of drama.  No matter how good the new investigative show is, my plate is full.  I was into CSI: Miami until I met Body of Proof.  Actually, it was Law and Order: Criminal Intent until Goren and Eames were switched for Nichols. In the history of the show, that has never happened when we’ve had to watch the same two detectives every episode.  Anyway, that’s a tangent.

My original point is that I have my shows and then I’m tapped out!  It was the same with Revenge.  One manipulative itch to scratch was with Emily’s every move.  And now that the real Emily is in the picture, doesn’t seem like she’s trying to go anywhere any time soon, this cat scratch is about to get good.

But then I bump into Siobhan, and I mean the real Siobhan.  Now she’s another manipulative itch I have to scratch.  But just as I had the story figured out, they are really just throwing dirt against the wall.  It’s piling up and there are motives that have no account!

Bridget Kelly, played by the absolutely adorable Sarah Michelle Gellar in the new CW series Ringer, is a troubled girl who is cleaning her life up when she witnesses a murder.  Set to take the stand and take on a new identity, she is ill-advised to run.  The only thing she can think to do is find her estranged twin sister.  That’s where Siobhan comes into the picture.

When Siobhan dives off a boat, it makes it easy for Bridget to just assume her high class New York lifestyle.  From an addicted prostitute to a high class married woman with a step daughter, can anyone say Beverly Hillbillies?  It’s a fast switch.

But, Bridget does a great job taking Siobhan’s part in her life.  She fixes her marriage.  She bonds with her step-daughter.  She even is falling in love with Siobhan’s husband, for real.  I don’t think Siobhan would really care either.  She goes through boyfriends like they’re credit cards.  So the guy deserves a good woman, and now he has one.  He just doesn’t know she’s not really his wife.  She’s just someone playing his wife’s role.

With me so far?  The thing is that everything is really spinning out of control.  Siobhan was gone, off to Paris.  She was loving her new life, with freedom she enjoyed.  So, why is she back in New York?  Why did she give herself a black eye and tell her boyfriend that her husband did it?

Her partner though is the most confusing.  When we find out that Charlie isn’t really who we thought he was, that’s when the real Siobhan comes back into the picture.  But why does Siobhan want Charlie to kidnap her best friend, Gemma?  Then, why does he want to off her so bad?

I’ve heard the line before, but never so clearly.  If she’s Gemma’s friend, I’d hate to see how she treats her enemies.  So this fall, I’m addicted to two manipulative itches now and I’m not going to quit either one.  I will follow Emily’s every move, or Amanda, whichever you prefer.  But now, I have to see how Bridget holds up through all this.  I mean the real Bridget.  I know Bridget can hold her own.  But if you’ve seen Siobhan in action, you’d be thinking twice too!

If you’ve missed any of the episodes, catch up on Hulu!

Revenge Update: I Guess the Bodyguard Is Dead

November 21, 2011 in Entertainment, Review, Television

Revenge ABC Emily VanCampAt first thought, I didn’t allow myself to slip into the mind frame they had set for us all. The investigative television shows have taught me a great deal about that. Never believe anything of what you hear and only half of what you see.

But when Conrad is asked to identify the body of Frank Stevens, it’s a pretty clear indication that he is actually dead. This is a gift to Emily, which should make her happy since Frank had figured out who Emily really is. But, it brings problems with it. Amanda is now in the picture and she has no idea what she is getting herself into.

But, the first issue that confuses me is why does Declan think Emily was misleading his older brother Jack? Does it make any sense? She didn’t do anything to make him think she liked him. He hit on her. He offered to fix her porch swing. Then, he caught up to her at one of the parties and she had to literally tell him she was with Dan.

I don’t know if she is really into Dan or if he is just another pawn in her scheme. She seemed so honest when she tells him she loves him. But, she confided that he was just part of the plan. I wonder if she is catching real feelings.

The evidence is starting to stack up that Emily can be very diabolical, even when it comes to matters of the heart. We see a glimpse into her life in the Juvenile Facility. When the Warden gives her a lesson about building trust and turning the enemy into an asset, we see that Emily might only be on one mission. There is nothing that can distract her. But, what is Amanda going to do?

It’s like she’s playing some kind of crazy game, like Cheeky Bingo only this is dangerous. Responsible for Frank’s death, she decides to stick around in the Hamptons while police are investigating his murder. Emily gave her a ticket to France to live in her condo until she figures out what to do with her next. I would have been gone! I would have been sitting nice in another country while the police lose all their leads.

This show is really amazing!  But, I’m not sure why Emily has slowed down. When the show started, Emily was knocking people down left and right. The therapist who took orders from Victoria and kept Emily away from her father under false pretenses, she was the last to go that Emily had anything to do with. Before that Emily set her sights on Bill Harmon, the hedge funds manager who testified against her father.  Then, it was the district attorney’s chance. But, what’s next? Who is next?  I’m patiently waiting for the next strike.

Finally Figured Out The Punk Tyler, Revenge’s Orphan

November 3, 2011 in Entertainment, Review, Television

Drama in the Hamptons? What? Tell me it isn’t so!

It seems a good bit of shows are coming out about the Hamptons. We really must vacation there one summer to see what all the fuss is about!

The latest show to hit the Hamptons is Revenge. I love that show. Emily, well Amanda is a very beautiful lady. Her stare is so charming, it can make you melt. But, I love her passion for getting back at those who took everything from her.

In fact, I can figure out most people in the show. The fake couple who are too rich for their own good. Rebellious kids who have nothing else to do but sit and watch their trust funds grow. Leaches who try to get in the circle rather than watch it from the outside.

But, I couldn’t figure out Tyler. He was one punk getting on my nerves. At first, I thought I had him pegged. I thought he was a leach who was going to straddle up to the Graysons and get in so that he could secure his future with a Fortune 500 company. Easy enough!

But, he kept messing with things. That’s what threw me. Normally, a leach wants to keep things running smooth. No friction means security. But, Tyler keeps touching things and putting his filthy fingerprints on everything he sees.

He was the one who got Daniel to start drinking again. So, I dismissed that as an attempt to push Daniel to the side and snuggle up next to Pappa Grayson. But, his constant lies and perpetual finagling only seemed to be putting him at odds with Daniel. So, what’s the deal?

His latest antics include administering Daniel a drug that makes him pass out, and then Tyler bangs his head against a post to get a cut. He blames it on Daniel, but he doesn’t do anything with it. I mean, if there’s a long term goal in mind I can understand. But, I really couldn’t figure out this kids deal!

That is until now. We finally learn he’s a hustler. He has some kind of hustle in play. So, I’ll take one wild guess and say that all of his activities are to make Daniel look like he can’t handle any responsibilities with his father’s company. Tyler swoops in and saves the day.

Only one problem! Daniel is already out of the picture. Cut off from his money, he’s bartending. He and Emily get along great. No problems there!

Tyler! I think the road is clear. Green light! All systems go! So, why are you still hustling it?

And why would you jump into bed with a man you know is trying to get leverage on you? It’s a moment in the show that doesn’t make sense to me at this point, might just weaken the entire plot structure. But, the sexual episode Tyler had with Nolan, Emily’s confidant, was either A) bad judgment or B) a device to add drama but will only serve to weaken the plot.

Nolan, now more than ever, has leverage on Tyler. He handed it to him on a silver platter. It is possible Tyler did not know who he was dealing with when he offered to make a deal. So, I might have to give that trip up some graces. We’ll see in the coming episodes if it means anything! But if it doesn’t, then you’ll know I was right. It was only a device to add drama, nothing more. And that weakens the plot.

In life, things don’t have to always make sense. But in a show, they definitely have to make sense. Maybe not right away, but eventually the meaning has to come across or it’s just plain bad writing!