I was on board when the Mike Kelley series Revenge debuted on ABC. Watching did indeed feel like a guilty pleasure for I do not condone revenge, and yet watching justice play out on this show was so incredibly satisfying. Until the ramifications rippled wider and wider, and the characters’ responses got crazier and crazier, and I tuned out. I wasn’t the only one; the show ended after four seasons. No question, revenge gets old.
I generally let life play out, believing what goes around really does come around and I don’t need to get in the middle and micromanage. That said, I do sometimes feel a need to push back to maintain or regain balance, to keep a person or a situation from going too far outside what I’ve judged to be an appropriate box. I’m surmising we all have this initial response, to “push back” or, to take it further, retaliate when we feel we have been wronged, mistreated, ignored, or injured. Whether we chose to act on this instinct, and how is where the variety comes in!
So where did the panel stand on revenge?
B: Enticing though it may be, I think revenge is a dish better not served at all.
D: No (not best served cold). Hit ’em while it’s hot.
P: I can’t remember plotting revenge against anyone. Revenge is not something I think about.
R: Doesn’t matter when as long as it goes to the heart.