Last week, with all the stuff that went down in Boston it wasn’t surprising that Revolution was preempted by news coverage. Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller even pulled the show's fourth episode, it just won’t air apparently, because of this “climate” and that one didn’t even have a bomb in it. Just kids killing other kids. “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” is a total bomb episode nuclear infact. I’m not going to say NBC or the shows producers aren’t in poor taste for airing it. It’s one of the networks few “hits” but the lack of any sort of title card warning would've been a little nice. This episode was made long before last week happened, just kind of funny how things sort of coincide with one another.
“Pack your crap. Were going to Georgia.” With that and a pair of wire cutters Miles, Charlie and Nora are in the Georgia Federation. Following Monroe’s lone bomber, Alec, as Monroe finally makes a big play for some good real estate. As it turns out the rest of the world isn’t all that bad. The Monroe Republic is just a totally underdeveloped and poorly run state. The Georgia Federation in contrast would be considered modern, they have working vehicles powered by steam,large urban centers, the semblance of industrialization. They even trade with Europe. Of course Monroe would want all of these things. If he can’t have them well there is always that nuke he just bought.
I’d wish this episode spent more time exploring what made Georgia so different then the Monroe Republic. It wouldn’t have been hard, Charlie has never left the Republic. It would have been the type of world building sci-fi stuff that I just love. Other than some cramped urban centers and shots of steam powered cars there isn’t much. There is that matter of the bomb.
The trigger man, Alec, like most soldiers seems to have had quiet the personal relationship with Miles. Something that shakes him in a very melodramatic way as he discovers his fromer sidekick (as Alec puts it) efficient dispatchment of three Georgia soldiers. Leaving Miles’s old lucky knife behind as a calling card. Alec’s apparent insanity and hatred for Miles isn’t totally unfounded. Alec failed an assassination Miles turned him over to the Texans who did “things” to him. Alec has a very noticeable scar on his neck. Alec also gets a nice run in with Charlie, giving more vague warrnings about how Miles is history's greatest villain.
All of this is on paper should be engaging and tension building plot points. “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” lacks tension even when Miles is fighting his surrogate son over the trigger it packs no punch. Everything just happened to fast for it be anything other than in the moment.
In the other direction Rachel and Aaron continue their quest towards the tower. Stopping off at Rachel’s old colleague Dr. Jane Warren (Kate Burton) for information. Warren apparently knows more about the tower then most, not that her character or what she is exactly good at is ever explained. She simply is. It appears that while Miles section of the show will clearly be the action-adventure side of things Rachel’s will be more steeped in explaining the lore of the series.
As it turns out Dany had some sort of disease or cancer. It was something bad. The nanites that have those two functions of eat and replicate were eating away at whatever ailed him. The nanites are also keeping Warren’s partner alive (16 years of stage 4 cancer). Obviously with the nanites turned off all of that would come back.
There was the chance for something emotionally gripping here but it really isn’t beyond superfical features. Warren doesn't want to turn the power back on or because her wife will die. Chiding Rachel for wanting to turn the lights back on simply because Dany is now dead. That whole scene could've been so much better. It was fine, nothing in last nights episode was bad it just could have been more.
Revolution isn’t good at fulfilling emotional beats. It is good at decent action so Miles returning from Georgia with lots of men and guns ready to open up a second front on his old buddy will be entertaining enough. It’s also a clear sign that the writers and producers realize that Billy Burke > Charlie Spiradokas.
The Bits At The End
- Sumbag Miles: Is asked what he did to Rachel. Gives same tired anserw about how people around him get hurt.
- As someone who's family made a steam powered motorbike it was very cool seeing them used
- Is it steampunk if people arent' wearing gears and stuff?
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