As a society we’re constantly told we are supposed to forgive those who do us wrong. Turn the other cheek. One look at the news though and it’s obvious people aren’t in a forgiving mood these days. That’s what makes Revenge such a fun show to watch and my new favorite guilty pleasure. Who am I kidding? I don’t feel guilty at all.

Revenge is everything I had expected Ringer to be: glamorous, wickedly enticing, and pure vicarious fantasy.  Is there anyone who hasn’t wanted to exact revenge on a co-worker, classmate, ex, or even a family member at one point or another? Honestly, though payback takes a lot of plotting and planning; it’s time-consuming. So, for those too busy with jobs, families, and lives to run around doling out karma, for an hour a week you can watch rich girl, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) take vengeance on the people who destroyed her father’s life. Experience the pleasure of getting even without any of the risk.

The targets of Emily’s wrath are Victoria (Madeline Stowe) and Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) and the circle of players who helped them frame her father, David Clarke (James Tupper) for a crime he didn’t commit. They’re the “mean girls” and boys all grown-up and with money, set loose to wreak havoc on the Hamptons. What they didn’t expect is that David’s little daughter, Amanda would one day grow up to be wealthy and bent on retribution.

Emily quickly infiltrates the exclusive Hamptons set and wastes no time setting in motion her plan of destruction without any hesitation or sense of remorse. Aiding Emily is pesky tech billionaire, Nolan Ross who is indebted to her father and serves as the twisted conscience Emily consistently ignores. Her “friend,” party planner extraordinaire, Ashley, also unwittingly helps Emily carry out her plan.

And, what would a show like this be without a love triangle. In one corner, there’s the object of Emily’s conniving ways, Victoria’s son, Daniel Grayson and in the other, working class Montauk boy, Jack Porter who’s been carrying a torch for Emily/Amanda since they were children. They’re all a part of Emily’s web.

The secret ingredient to what makes Revenge so good is that it knows and acknowledges its DNA. “Everyone has their South Fork Inn. I’m going to find yours” says disgraced socialite, Lydia Davis (Amber Valletta) to Emily. You have to love a show that gives a shout out to arguably the best nighttime soap ever—Dallas and aspires to follow in its deliciously devilish footsteps.

My only concern with the show is the extent to how far the revenge storyline can go and last. Once Emily dispatches her list of victims or is found out, what’s left? Where do the characters and story go from there? The series could fall victim to the fate of Prison Break, which is that once the objective is reached the show loses tension and purpose. Until that happens though, there’s nothing sweeter than Revenge.

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