This show really sucks at being consistent. Except at being consistently mediocre. Which honestly sounds exactly like the “broad” programming Robert Greenblatt wants. It’s just not what I want. Revolutions narrative, despite attempts, continues to be a winding road to nowhere. Every episode comes off feeling like some odd genre romp filler episode minus any deepening of character or uniqueness. There are only 2 episodes left in season 1 and it’s going to be a race to the finish. As Miles and Co. are hamfistedly put on a treck to the tower for no real reason other than it was always going to be that way.
The war with Monroe isn’t going to well thanks to those drone strikes. This sudden change makes logical sense after Miles and his scrappy coalition get utterly wiped out. Also explained away by single line. None of this was conveyed particularly well in episodes “The Longest Day”. Miles and Hudson (where has he been) just have a little aside about well this ain't working and that’s that. Robb Stark losing the War of Five Kings has been narrated better and that’s the worst part of the current season of Thrones! After having so many episodes with little narrative thrust beyond spending more time with Miles as he kills lots people, while moping about how all he does is kill people. Having a final push makes sense, just actually follow through on it.
The war with Monroe is not going the way of Georgia and the Rebels. After Nora is broken and reveals to Monroe where Miles and Co are as well as Rachel’s quest for the tower, Revolutions Han Solo decides to go for a hail mary. Meet Monroe at the tower and finally kill his former bestie. So Miles, Charlie, Jason, Neville, a freshly liberated Nora, Sanborn, Hudson and random Georgia General pile into a helicopter to find their destiny. For a show that features character with the ability to watch long distances in no time at all it feels odd that a lack of fuel would actually be a thing.
On the ground things pick up as their pilot and random Georgia general are both picked off. With the general hinting that one of them being his killer. Which is where the episode title comes from. This should have been an actual tense situation, everyone in the group has reason to distrust at least half the group. After “The Longest Day” everyone seems to have come to an understanding. Not total trust but it’s pretty clear none of the main pack would kill someone when the back is turned. A murder mystery would have been more effective back in episode 16. Making the completely competent execution for nothing.
How this whole thing gets solved is equally as hamfisted. Jason runs off after they discover a bloody knife, only for Sanborn to reveal the Maryland stamp pinning it on Hudson. Malik Yoba is a good actor and now that NCIS: Red won’t be seeing the cold light of day seeing him unceremoniously killed off is a gut punch. With that taken care of everyone just shuttles off to the Tower because it was always meant to be that way. “Clue” is another filler episode that desperately needs to be a main episode.
REvolution hasn’t handled the shows unqiue aspects all that well. It seems to come up with an interesting idea and run with it for a bit and than just get distracted by some butterfly. Take Randall Flynn, who in the first half of the season and initial part of the second was made out to be the ultimate big bad. “Ghosts” went a long way in giving his character an edge and logos that was simply missing from Monroe. 6 episodes later and Randall is suddenly utterly powerless compared to Monroe who lets everyone know “I DON’T LIKE YOU”. What happened? The vampire is defanged for little reason. The same goes for having sword fights and muskets, what happened to bullets being scarce? ow everyone has M4A1’s and all the bullets found in a Call of Duty game (now with dogs). Revolution dosen’t treat anything in it’s world with the consistency necessary to make me actually give a damn.
Rachel ends this episode by pulling the pin on a grenade (not that she’ll actually die but still go with me). Her quest for vengeance and cold out look on the world is such a new thing compared to her remorse for fucking everything up that it almost seems like they just higher writers for a couple episodes, fire said writers, get new ones and don’t give them context or a series bible. Revolution is theUltimate Warrior of television.
The Bits At The End
Giancarlo just killing it with the comedic timing this episode. Just killing it in general.
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