Hmm, not a good sign that there's no thread over a week since "Deception" premiered. . . . I should note upfront that I passed on "Revenge," a decision I was regretting after the first season, but maybe it was for the best given some of the reviews I've read about the second season. Anyway, I realize that there are some similarities between the two shows, but I can't make any comparisons since I haven't watched "Revenge." With that in mind, I liked the pilot episode. The Bower family dynamics seemed a bit trite, but Victor Garber is always a pleasure to see on screen. I thought Meagan Good was really strong as Joanna, the detective sent to infiltrate the rich and powerful family that she grew up with . . . as the daughter of the housekeeper/servant(?). It's especially interesting that the lead actress and one of the other primary actors are African-American, yet the show hasn't, as far as I'm aware, made a big deal out of that. I think that's great, that this isn't billed as an "African-American show," but a mystery/soap that happens to have some primary characters who are African-American. There's not even an emphasis on Joanna's race/class, even that's an obvious part of the relationship between her and the murder victim that drives the main plot.