'Revenge' review: Delicious drama, at any temperature
Loosely based on "The Count of Monte Cristo," pre-revolutionary France is exchanged for the present day Hamptons, where Emily ( Emily VanCamp) moves back into the childhood home she shared with her father.
We quickly learn that their time there was hardly idyllic. Their closest friends and neighbors sold her father out for a crime he didn't commit, sending him to die and jail and her to get bounced around the system until she came of age.
Under a new name, and apparently unrecognizable as an adult, Emily moves back to set her plan for vengeance to action -- with neighbors Victoria ( Madeleine Stowe) and Nolan ( Gabriel Mann) Grayson as her primary target.
The task of destroying her unwitting enemies is something Emily seems to relish, so fortunately for her, and the longevity of the series, there's a town full of double-crossers she plans to put through the ringer before finishing off the Graysons.
These marks also serve as ancillary characters, with their own secret vendettas, aspirations and affections easing the rather heavy premise of a woman seriously scorned.
Dark, polished and just the right amount of soapy, "Revenge" promises something that many returning series doesn't even offer: years' worth of storytelling possibilities. The characters and betrayals presented in the first episode alone could keep "Revenge" vital for seasons to come and viewers equally invested.
"Revenge" premieres at Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.