Revenge, why so serious? For an episode revolving greatly around a sex scandal, the salacious bits were significantly toned down, while the business dealings rose to the top. For god sakes, a man was brutally beaten to a pulp on the docks by Jack’s bar, and that incident felt less important than watching the Initiative monitor Daniel through his nifty Brookstone desk clock, which is of course, their hidden camera.
Of course, that’s because in truth, the implications of Daniel rising to the throne are so much bigger than a little sex tape or an age old grudge match between Jack and the Ryan brothers. Still, Revenge bought our love with a sexy promise, is it wrong for us to want just a little more?
The Boy Who Would Be King
Now that Daniel’s got his lynchpin in the form of Marco, Nolan’s bitter old CFO who’s privy to Nolan’s dealings with David Clark, he’s ready to nab Nolcorp for Grayson Global and take his seat at the head of the company. The vote to dethrone Conrad is imminent, and when Daniel takes a 51 percent share of Nolcorp for the company, he seems to have the vote in the bag. Of course, it can’t be that simple. There is one more piece: a controlling investor in the form of Salvador Grobet.
Conrad and Victoria are doing their best to woo Grobet into keeping his faith in Conrad, but it’s clear that Grobet is a malleable man. Aidan is determined to help Daniel secure Grobet’s vote, but when Ashley suddenly expresses her distrust of the Englishman, Daniel bows his head like an obedient puppy and follows her lead. It’s a bad move for Miss Ashley, because now that Emily’s got a partner in revenge and love thanks to her reconciliation with Aidan, they’re practically unstoppable.
Emily has Nolan send an incriminating video of Ashley having sex with Conrad to Victoria, throwing the queen bee into a vicious spiral that ended with Ashley being forced into a sexual encounter with Grobet to secure his vote for Conrad. Of course, this would be quite a turn for Miss Ashley if we hadn’t seen her willingness to sell her body in last week’s flashback which showed Emily saving her from a life of prostitution. She will do whatever she must to survive.
Unfortunately for Ashley, Emily and Aidan are always one step ahead (even when Victoria’s conniving ways throw them a curveball like the Grobet sexual proposition). Aidan meets with Daniel to convince Daniel to let him back into the fold at Grayson after Ashley convinced him to cut Aidan out. When Daniel’s arrogance slaps Aidan in the face, and Daniel simply says Aidan has no real right to be a part of Grayson’s ruling party going forward, Aidan unleashes the emotional Kraken: he takes Daniel to catch Ashley in the disgusting act. And in a move that signals this betrayal was the one thing standing between Daniel and him becoming his father, Daniel callously snaps a pic with his phone. (Was that a Blackberry? Get with it, Grayson-mini.) He threatens to send it to Grobet’s wife if he doesn’t support Daniel as the new head of the company.
The next day, Grobet reluctantly does Daniel’s bidding and Little Boy Grayson becomes the new head of Grayson Global, but the fact that he can only do so by scheming just like his parents brings this out of the victory pile and puts Daniel firmly on the wrong side of the battle. He’s just as corrupt as the rest of them. It doesn’t help that Aidan assumes that since he was the one who brought the Ashley situation to Daniel’s attention, he’d be guaranteed that board member position - an assumption Daniel firmly squashes like a pest underfoot.
Of course, while Daniel is stomping around his new empire like so many giant, city-gobbling monsters, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s just bought himself. Victoria tries to warn him that people will be after him if he takes the throne, but he has no idea what level of trouble he’s getting himself into. The Initiative inducts him into their little set of playthings with the gift of a clock along with a card that says “Welcome to the fold.” Of course, the hideous clock from the Super Rich People With Bad Taste Collection at Brookstone has a camera in it and Daniel is officially under Initiative surveillance.
But it’s not just the Initiative that’s becoming a problem for him. After he kicks Ashley out, he deletes all of their photos together in a swift motion. He then opens another folder: all of the photos of him with Emily that he clearly never cleared out. The suspicions that arose during Victoria’s marriage ceremony a few weeks back are a sealed deal: Daniel is still in love with Emily. Why else would he turn so quickly and easily against Aidan, who’s been his right-hand man but is openly with Daniel’s ex?
Victoria, of course, is the perfect helicopter parent and she’s well aware of Daniel’s poorly-hidden torch. She puts off whatever mission stems from her knowledge of Daniel’s feelings when she sees that Emily and Aidan are caressing one another on Emily’s porch, but it’s clear the Emily-Daniel story didn’t end with the return of Aidan. It would seem that given the intense connection between Aidan and Emily, that Daniel is S.O.L., but when Emily says Victoria’s call is an unexpected advantage, it seems that she may be back in the faux-relationship game. How this connection will benefit or even affect Daniel’s new position remains to be seen.
Next: Is Nolan going to keep giving up everything for Em?Nolan, Interrupted
Now that Nolan’s a part of Grayson Global, you’d think his troubles had fully taken their toll. But you’d be wrong. Marco hasn’t quite finished taking his revenge. He notes that “Amanda Clarke” hasn’t seen a penny of the money Nolan said he was giving her. This is, of course, because Emily is the real Amanda Clarke, but Nolan can’t spill those beans. He instead, falls prey to Marco’s threats and has to find him a position at Nolcorp. Naturally, Padma is indignant, but Nolan’s hands are tied. Of course, Nolan has now compromised his company and his lady love in the name of Emily Thorne. He’s loyal, but how long will it be before Nolan gets tired of being her lapdog and left to a few tiny scraps of happiness? Yes, as Aidan and Emily both note, a lack of solid happiness is part of what it means to be in the revenge game, but Nolan isn’t a career revenger like those two. Will his resolve hold out?
Trouble by the Bay
Jack and Amanda are celebrating their happiness with baby Carl’s christening, an event that makes Emily question her choices and covet Amanda’s newfound happiness. But little does Emily know, that happiness is actually under siege. As we found out last week, the Ryan brothers are actually targeting Jack because they think his father killed their father. It turns out the killer was Carl’s fellow business owner Mr. Duncan, who used Carl’s gun so the goons would think it wasn’t him. And so far it worked.
The brothers take down Duncan on the docks because they think he’s got information about Carl committing the murder, but even after they beat him senseless, he doesn’t give up the truth about his past actions, leaving the brothers to assume they’re on the right track by going after the Porters.
But Jack knows the truth. When he helps Duncan and takes him to the hospital, he learns the truth and realizes he needs to find his father’s gun. Of course, before he grabs it from beneath the floorboards, the Ryans come by the bar with all the elements of your average threat disguised as a friendly visit. When Jack grabs the gun, it’s unclear whether he’s planning to get the gun dusted for Duncan’s prints or if he’s planning on using it against the thugs that he’s welcomed into his life. Either way, Jack is forced to become a more vicious version of himself.
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When X-Men: First Class hits theaters on June 3rd, you may notice that the blockbuster series has changed a bit. The costumes and setting are different, as are the actors playing lead characters Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr/Magneto. But the most noticeable departure for the franchise is its super-powered roster. The A-team of Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey and Wolverine are gone, along with heroes-in-training like Ice Man, Rogue and Kitty Pride. And though you’ll hear a few familiar names like Mystique and Beast, you won’t recognize their faces. Filling in for these future fighters are a new batch of mutants who join Xavier in actually founding the X-Men, and a young and talented cast of newcomers who you’ll be seeing a lot of in the coming years. Let’s take a look at the new mutants (well, not THOSE New Mutants…).
Emma Frost/The White Queen
Played by: January Jones
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Men #129 (1979)
Mutant Abilities: Various telepathic powers, including mind reading, mind control, mental sedation and psionic force bolts. In addition, she can transform her skin and hair into a diamond-like substance, rendering her nearly invulnerable.
Emma was born into a wealthy Boston family, but shunned its success and instead wished to make it in the world on her own. Guided by her ambition, intelligence and charm (not to mention her telepathic powers), she climbed the corporate ladder of big business and became the majority stockholder of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate principally involved in electronics and transportation. Her success caught the attention of the Hellfire Club, an elite secret society bent on global domination led by Sebastian Shaw, which is at the center of the conflict in X-Men: First Class. From there, she became one of the Club’s most respected members, and eventually its White Queen.
Played by: Kevin Bacon
First Comic Book Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #129 (1979)
Mutant Abilities: Can absorb kinetic energy and re-channel it into superhuman strength, speed and durability. He also has minor telepathic capabilities.
It’s no wonder that Frost and Shaw hit it off so well; they come from different sides of the same coin. Born to a poor family in Pittsburgh, Shaw turned his fortunes around by his mid-twenties with Shaw Industries, a company he built from the ground-up. He was quickly invited to join the Hellfire Club, and rose it ranks to become the Black King with relative ease. At this point, he planned to use its political and economic resources to further his own goals of global domination, but the X-Men surely had something to say about that…
Played by: Jason Flemyng
First Comic Book Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #428 (2003)
Mutant Abilities: Like the video game Portal? If so, this is the mutant for you. He can teleport by opening portals from one dimension to another. He can also concentrate this portal energy to conjure devastating blasts. Additionally, he shares a mental link with all of his offspring.
Believe it or not, mutants have been around since biblical times (Jesus? Maybe?). Azazel is one of the oldest, and he’s a pretty bad dude. As ruler of the Neyaphem (demon-like mutants from the old days), he believes that Earth and everything in it belongs to him, which kind of puts him at odds with the X-Men. It’s quite strange, then, that one of his children would turn out to be one of them! That’s right: Nightcrawler, the blue teleporter from X2, is the son of this evildoer, though I wouldn’t expect him to bring that up in First Class.
Played by: Zoe Kravitz
First Comic Book Appearance: New X-Men #118 (2001)
Mutant Abilities: They’re quite icky, actually. Angel possesses a few abilities akin to that of a common housefly. Aside from having a pair of wings that allow her to both fly and create a deafening ultrasonic sound by vibrating them, she has an insect like reproductive system that lets her lay eggs that can hatch after just five days. If that’s not weird enough for you, she can spit up an acidic bile-like substance that’s probably not too good for your skin.
Not to be confused with Ben Foster’s winged character from The Last Stand, Angel comes from a very different background than Warren Worthington III. Her abusive stepfather drove her out of her home, forcing her to sleep in the woods where her mutant abilities kicked in a formed a cocoon around her. When she woke up, she had her wings and ran into Wolverine, who took her to Xavier’s mansion. On an interesting side note, actress Zoe Kravitz, who plays Salvadore in First Class, briefly dated the fore mentioned Foster, bringing the cinematic mutant universe back full circle in a sense.
Played by: Lucas Till
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Men #54 (1969)
Mutant Abilities: Havok can absorb cosmic energy into the cells of his body, transform it in an unknown manner and release it as waves of energy that heat the air in their path enough to turn it into plasma, which is a super-heated state of matter consisting of charged subatomic particles.
This is where things get tricky for the chronology of the mutant universe. You see, Alex is the younger brother of Scott Summers a.k.a Cyclops. When we catch up with him in First Class circa 1963, he’s well into his teens already. How, then, can Scott the elder brother be in his early thirties in 2000s X-Men while Alex, the younger is 16 in the sixties? I really hope that director Matthew Vaughn and his army of writers address this fallacy, because it actually has kept me up at night.
Anyway, after a tumultuous upbringing in an orphanage followed by foster care, Havok joined the X-Men and fell in love with Lorna Dane, a.k.a Polaris (who is noticeably missing from the roster). After time spent abroad together doing research, he later would rejoin the X-Men and eventually lead the second iteration of the government sponsored mutant fighting force known as X-Factor.
Played by: Edi Gathegi
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Men Deadly Genesis #2 (2006)
Mutant Abilities: As his moniker would suggest, Darwin’s game is adaptivity. If he’s trapped in a burning building, his skin becomes fireproof. If he’s deep underwater, he grows gills to let him breathe. Get it? Unfortunately, he has no control over his powers; they are purely the result of an instinctual response. However, they have increased his intellect to near genius level.
Darwin is a relatively new addition to Marvel’s mutant universe, but no less important. His story begins in a 2006 run of comics in which he’s born to a father who rejects him and a mother who resents him. However, his intelligence got him a full scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, where he was bullied because of his wraithlike appearance. At 15, his latent abilities kicked in and he used them to fight back. It was then that he was sent to Dr. Moira MacTaggert, a renowned geneticist and friend of Charles Xavier. Eventually, all of MacTaggert’s students joined Xavier’s growing band of freedom-fighting peacekeepers known as the X-Men.
Played by: Caleb Landry Jones
First Comic Book Appearance: X-Men #28 (1967)
Mutant Abilities: Sean’s got a powerful set of pipes; thanks to his superhuman lungs, he can produce a sonic scream for various effects. First off, he can stun, disorient or knock someone out with his deafening shriek. He could generate sonic blasts that strike with tremendous concussive force, liquefying or outright disintegrating targets at his highest levels of power. He can even concentrate the sound waves to enable himself to fly.
Cassidy belongs to a noble line of Irishmen that dates back before recorded history. Born into a happy home where as a youngster he dreamed of heroic acts, he discovered his mutant abilities as a teen but concealed them at first, fearing for his own safety. He frequently clashed with his mutant cousin Black Tom, and the two had a longtime feud over a local girl who Sean ended up marrying. After a career in law enforcement with Interpol, Sean teamed with the X-Men to take on the rising mutant subversive organization Factor Three and, following their defeat, joining the team full time. In First Class, Cassidy will be one of the younger team members, but in comic book lore he’s actually of the same age as Charles Xavier and became a close confidante of the leader.
Played by: Alex Gonzalez
First Comic Book Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #210 (1986)
Mutant Abilities: Riptide can spin his body at incredible speeds, creating a vacuous suction that draws in nearby objects and allows him to throw objects at equally powerful velocities; chief amongst them calcified “daggers” which he grows from his own body.
Another villain who has clashed with the X-Men on numerous occasions, in the comics Riptide is a member of the mutant collective the Marauders who serve Mr. Sinister. In the film, he’s one of Sebastian Shaw’s henchmen and in all likelihood a low-ranking member of the Hellfire Club.
Top Story: Sandler Ties Knot
As Adam Sandler's Web site states, "Sandler got married: Woopity Doo!" The Associated Press reports the comedian wed his girlfriend, actress Jackie Titone, on Sunday in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, Calif. Photographs of the nuptials showed Sandler in a black tuxedo and white yarmulke, and Titone in a white gown with spaghetti straps, standing among hanging pale rose bouquets and chairs draped with pink satin, AP reports. Even Sandler's dog, Meatball, got in the action, dressed up in a black tuxedo jacket. It is the first marriage for Sandler 36, and Titone, 28.
Lil' Kim's Jewelry Swiped at JFK Airport
Lil' Kim claimed she was robbed of $250,000 worth of jewelry when one of her bags was tampered with at the John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport Friday. AP reports the hip-hop artist's Louis Vuitton bag, which carried as much as $500,000 in jewelry, was mistakenly mixed with her regular luggage before boarding a morning flight to Los Angeles. When the bag was retrieved, it was found to have some jewelry missing, including her signature "Queen Bee" necklace. A spokesman for the Port Authority said Lil' Kim "filed a report for lost jewelry, and the incident is under investigation by the Port Authority police."
Harry Potter Book Flies Off Shelves
And the phenomenon continues. The release of the fifth Harry Potter installment Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Saturday set publishing records all over the world, including in the U.S., where on the first day alone an estimated five million copies were sold, AP reports. "We expected to sell 1 million copies in the first week and we sold that many within the first 48 hours," Barnes & Noble CEO Steve Riggio told AP Sunday. Amazon.com shipped out more than a million copies of the new book, making Saturday the largest distribution day of a single item in e-commerce history, AP reports.
2003 Idols Gear Up for Tour
Ticket sales for the upcoming American Idol tour--which features the second season singers, including winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken--are already surpassing the sales from the first Idol tour, Billboard magazine reports. Expanding to 41 dates from 30 in 2002, the tour starts July 8 at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., and wraps Aug. 31 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets range from $25-$45 apiece, the same as last year, Billboard reports.
Nelly Sets Up Bone Marrow Search for Sister
Nelly has formed a bone marrow campaign in search of a donor for his sister, Jackie Donahue, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001. AP reports the Grammy-winning rapper was on hand for a drive in St. Louis, Missouri over the weekend. "It's not just a one-day event and you'll never hear from us again," Nelly told AP. "It could be a match for somebody else's brother or somebody else's sister."
Playwright George Axelrod Dies
Writer George Axelrod, best known for writing The Seven Year Itch, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Manchurian Candidate, died Saturday of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 81.
Cedric Show Yanked for Now
Fox Television has stopped production on the variety and sketch comedy show Cedric, starring Cedric the Entertainer but plan on running the remaining unseen episodes in the fall, Reuters reports. Despite Cedric's mediocre ratings, Reuters reports Fox originally wanted the show to return for a second season in the fall in hopes to keep the comedian in its fold until the network could develop a more suitable scripted comedy for him.
TV Movie About Fugitive Rapist Changes Ending
Producers of the Lifetime television movie A Date With Darkness: The Trial of Andrew Luster, about real-life fugitive rapist Andrew Luster, are having to rewrite the ending six days before wrapping due to Luster's capture Wednesday in Mexico. Reuters reports Luster, who was confined to house arrest during his trial on charges of drugging and raping three women, escaped five months ago but was apprehended by an American bounty hunter in the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta. The heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune had been sentenced to 120 years in prison.
Role Call: Portrait of Dali To Hit Screens
Director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) has signed on to helm Dali, a biopic on famed artist Salvador Dali. Variety reports the film will focus on the artist who captivated the American art scene with sex, sin and surrealism only to fall eventually into scandal and misfortune.