Revolution is a show that is often spinning it’s wheels with plot and character development. Over the past 15 episodes it gets into ruts were entire batches of episodes are about the same thing in slightly different circumstances. Would it have worked better on a tighter say 15 episode season instead of 20? We’ll have to wait another 5 weeks to make any sort of judgements on the first season. “Home” for it’s part at least expands on this idea that Miles is a beyond any form of redemption due to past sins no matter how hard he tries, by replacing the Miles part with just the entire cast. Now that’s a bit nihilistic. Still it is at least a little more interesting than just focusing on Miles being histories greatest villain.
“Home” is a nostalgic melodrama, managing to be slightly affecting, all around competent and the best episode since “Kashmir”. Even with everything just going completely stupid in the final 10 minutes. Faltering at the end isn’t new for Revolution as a series.
Faced with war on two fronts Monroe goes to the supervillain handbook by returning to his and Miles hometown, set to kill everyone that just knew Miles unless his former BFF turns himself in. Thankfully the episode doesn't make a big deal out of that plot. David Lyons does not ham it up acting all dictatorial over his former neighbors and teachers. Instead Lyons is forced to constantly react to his former lover and his own earlier sins. Lyons in these “quieter” ( by Revolution standards) moments is actually really good, he’s always been better at playing quiet then a dictator descending into madness, though that is happening. What really strengthened these moments were the flashbacks, often becoming the most interesting part of the show. These ones are shorter other than one they had no dialog. As Monroe goes looks upon his old house he thinks back on the night he unknowingly put a baby in Miles’ girlfrend/future fiance. These sudden flashes gave “Home” a bit of artistry to an episode that had several VFX shots that just didn’t look good.
The inclusion of Emma was necessary and it isn’t like they had much time with her anyway but some further explanation about that trio would be nice. For lore purposes and becasue the actors they hired to play young Monroe and Miles look like Twilight vampires by way of The Lost Boys.
Flashbacks have been used mainly in the pre-Blackout world. Instead “Home” opens on a recent battle as Miles and Jim reflect about the toll of war and how much they really hate killing. Intercut as they drink whiskey this moment narrated better than anything in the past three episodes that Miles and his group desperately want another set of skills.
Meanwhile Aaron gets wrapped up in his own nostalgic melodrama as he comes across his long lost wife. It’s a predictable and necessary plot for Aaron to go through. For his part Zak Ortho does a really good job reacting in shock to his lost wife telling him to leave and all that. There is certainly plenty of screengrab material there.
All of these things are predictable plot points but “Home” sells the hell out of what it has been given and gets pretty good performances from everyone. Then things just get stupid in the final 10 minutes. During the first half season the sword fights and action where the reason to soldier through this show. This has built in the expectation that every episode needs to have some kind of action element. Just don’t have it be based around the idiocy of a Georgia Captain shooting Emma, thus having Miles coldly double tap him in the chest making everything around it explode into chaos. It was really really dumb. Emma was never going to get out of this episode alive but her death was utterly fumbled.
The Bits At The End
- I recommend "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes for musical acompanment of AMV making purposes.
- Man part of me was really hoping for some slightly repressed homosexual tension to be coming from Monroe this week.
Seriously Zak Ortho’s funny faces and general presence was great last night.
2 Ph.D’s and he can’t take a look inside the journal of ultimate knowledge aka Da Vinci on Meth. I guess we’ll just have to wait for people to talk to one another. It’s not like they have plenty of time when they are walking everywhere.
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