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ENTERTAININGLY OUT TO GET THEM
on 29 September 2013
Condemned as a terrorist and murdered in prison, David Clarke was in fact innocent - framed by people he most trusted. Daughter Amanda, now calling herself Emily, vows to destroy all who betrayed him - ultimately the entire Grayson empire to be brought crashing down. Years have been spent planning her moves. Now she is ready to begin....
There is no messing around. The pilot starts with a fatal shooting, most of the following episodes flashbacks showing how this came to be. Portrayed here is a world full of luxurious locations, people exuding power, extravagant parties (that often do not turn out as expected). Demurely in their midst is new neighbour Emily, ever plotting how best to undermine. Aiding and abetting her is willowy camp Nolan, his skills with computers and bugging devices useful indeed.
Inspired by "The Count of Monte Cristo" (which alert viewers will spot on a bookshelf), this is enormously satisfying fun with highly influential characters rendered increasingly ill at ease before their comeuppance. (Enough must survive, though, to ensure a second season.)
Acting varies, but Emily VanCamp and Gabriel Mann are great as Emily and Nolan. Particularly revealing are the flashbacks showing David as the devoted father so adored by his little daughter. It is easy to appreciate the craving for revenge on all who caused that idyllic childhood to end in tragedy.
Bonuses mainly comprise deleted scenes, but Disc 6 contains interesting features. Surprisingly blue/green screens are used far more extensively than expected - many of the outdoor shots in fact filmed in a studio.
Glossy escapism, full of twists and turns with frequent quick thinking to avert detection and catastrophe. Final cliffhangers tantalise. For many, the next season cannot come too soon.