It wouldn't be far-fetched to suggest that the entire series Revenge is about trust or, at least, the lack of it. After all, Emily is taking her revenge against the very people who turned against her father and betrayed his trust. Episode 2 of Revenge, airing tonight, is simply entitled "Trust" and I think it perfectly displays that word in a variety of forms.
The Betrayal of Trust
Once again, we're presented with a character who betrayed Emily's father. This episode introduces us to "Uncle" Bill Harmon. Bill is a hedge fund manager who used to be a family friend of the Clarkes. In fact, he was the very person who gave young Amanda her dog, Sammy. But, like the other conspirators, Bill testified against David at his trial. We didn't get much clarification as to why Lydia agreed to testify, but it becomes clear later in this episode why Bill turned against his friend.
In the present, Emily has set her sights on Bill, who is visiting the Hamptons for a polo match. It's her apparent friendship with the very wealthy Nolan that catches Bill's eye and Emily plows ahead with her plan to take him down. In some respects, it's almost too easy, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. Perhaps the only problem I have with Emily essentially destroying one person per episode is that we really don't have enough time to get a feel for these conspirators. Bill is portrayed as a bit of a money-grubbing snake but you don't understand more about him at this point in time. I'm hoping that we'll get more backstory about all of these players in the future. I would hate for them to just be one-dimensional characters. But these things take time and I'm having too much fun right now with Revenge for this fact to ruin my enjoyment of the show overall. Read More...