With Revenge now in its second season, the overall reception for the show has been positive. However, there is some stiff competition for its Sunday night timeslot and big shoes to fill in a timeslot previously occupied by Desperate Housewives. The show incorporates mystery, sex, murder and the glamorous lives of high-society Hamptons residents with an emphasis on money and scandal. While all of this makes for great television, there are some suggestions that might help to gain some additional viewers and keep the show on air for seasons to come.
Trouble From Jail
Mason Treadwell (Roger Bart) was a huge obstacle in the plot for revenge by Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) during both the first and second season. However, the storyline regarding Mason during the second season seemed a little lackluster. Although Mason doesn't actually know that it was Emily who framed him to take the fall for Gordon Murphy's murder, it seemed strange for him to trust her enough to strike a deal with him in prison. For her to convince him to admit to crimes he didn't commit for a promise that she can get him out of prison after he publishes a book of true confessions is a litte farfetched. It would be a little more believable for Mason to have a change of heart once he actually sees what it is to do some hard jail time. It would be interesting to see if he could do some digging and conspiring of his own while behind bars.
Part of the great draw during the first season of Revenge was the fact that there was someone that was so close to the real Amanda Clarke before she took on her new identity as Emiy Thorne. Audiences were able to see the childhood budding romance from the memories of Emily. However, it seemed strange that Jack (Nick Wechsler) never had any kind of flashback memories regarding Emily. Although he seems to have taken a completely new storyline with his new wife, it would be a great plot twist to see him have some flashback memories of his own. Questioning whether or not his new bride is in actuality the real Amanda Clarke (Margarita Levieva) would be a way to rekindle the feelings he once had for Emily Thorne.
Love Can't Stay Away Forever
When the old flame of Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) came back into her life, audiences saw a completely different side to the character that is made to be the villain in the show. Dominik Wright (James Purefoy) brought out a tenderness and vulnerability that isn't often seen in the Victoria Grayson character. Although Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) was able to blackmail him to stay away from Victoria, bringing him back to the show would be a great way to extend their relationship. Since neither Victoria nor Conrad are strangers to having extramarital affairs, having Dominik back in the picture could cause some mischief in the renewed marriage between Conrad and Victoria.
Spouse Can't Testify
The main reason Conrad and Victoria chose to remarry was due to the stipulation that states that spouses have immunity in testifying against their partner. However, in many legal proceedings, that stipulation is null and void. Just as in the Sopranos where Adriana tried to speed up the marriage between her and Christopher in an effort to get out from under the control of the FBI, there are many cases where spouses are still required to testify. It would be interesting to see how that would affect their marriage dynamic if they were to find out that neither is exempt from testifying, regardless of their recent nuptials.
While there have been some instances when Emily has started to doubt whether or not she was on the right path, she has never really doubted her father's innocence. Although he may not have been guilty of the actual terrorist funding and plane crash, introducing some other shady dealings he had in the past might put some extra doubt in Emily's mind. Opening up some past relations and cover-ups on his part can give the viewers a little more insight on his character. Viewers have already seen his affair with Victoria and anyone who can align themselves with someone so devious is bound to have some skeletons in their closet.
While Revenge seems to be maintaining stability in their ratings, keeping a Sunday night timeslot can be difficult for some shows. Implementing a few suggestions can help keep the show going strong and add some viewers who may be new to the show.