By Kate Emswiler
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. And sometimes bad casting happens to good shows. For this sophomore season of “Revenge”, Jennifer Jason Leigh was introduced as Emily’s mother. When I first learned of this, I was stoked. Good idea! I thought. A good actress that I could imagine being related to Emily Van Camp. This will be awesome!
Silly, silly me. The idea might’ve been great, but the reality is so profoundly disappointing, it’s liable to dampen my love for this dark and twisty thriller series. In the past, I’ve loved JJL’s performances; she dominated as the sad-eyed, mumble-mouthed girl suspended in adolescence, unsure how to progress into womanhood. The problem is, now she’s a mature woman and she still hasn’t climbed out of her teenage years. Yes, her character as Emily’s mother is supposed to be unhinged and somewhat immature, but we can’t trust a character who seems to have no moments of real lucidity. It’s boring for one thing, and weirdly embarrassing for another – like watching an older woman dress like a 15-year-old. Perhaps it’s just not the right vehicle for her, but her performance on “Revenge” is one-note. And that note is: Lame.