Revenge is categorized as a soap opera so the melodrama and quite unbelievable twists are expected. But well written soap operas can be riveting. And the first season was truly riveting. Man is framed by rich, powerful family to take the blame for plane crash that killed hundreds of people, man goes to prison, his young daughter is taken by social services and ends up in juvenile detention, daughter grows up and is released only to find out that her father had died and she inherited hundreds of millions of dollars. But, instead of moving on (all that money!) and living happily ever after, she goes on a vendetta. Set in the Hamptons, it is every inch the story of rich, powerful and greedy bitches and bastards.
Truth be told, somewhere after Episode 15, I had lost focus. The only thing that prodded me to resume watching was… well, two things, actually. The beach house and the wardrobe. A beach house that falls within our definition of the ultimate dream house, and a wardrobe that brings out the girl in every girl. Speedy watches with me because of the beach house but has no interest in the wardrobe. Good for me, he says, that the women’s wardrobe is fantastic but all the men in the show look like “tongot” so there was no fashion for men that could rouse his interest.
What’s so special about the beach house? The location, of course, the wrap-around porch and the open-floor plan with the shabby chic decor. The funny thing is that although the beach house is a real house, it is physically located in North Carolina and it overlooks Cape Fear River (and it is currently for sale at some $1.5 million). The interior that I love so much is a studio set — a recreation of the original house.
And the wardrobe? Let’s just say that whether you’re a teenager, in your 20s or 50s, there’s something for you to drool over in every episode.