Like most shows in a post LOST world Revolutionhas some big cataclysmic event that changed everything, the loss of power. Most of the other LOST wanabe’s whole plot was based around what this event was and how to change it. Revolution in it’s first 10 episodes did very little to explain why the power went out. There were vague allusions to it being man made but the particulars were never explained. This was a family drama not and event drama.
Then Danny died wrapping up the first 10 episode arc. Monroe got even more power in the form of Randall Flynn. Revolution is going down the event drama route and explaining it’s mythology. The back half of season 1 will be this quest to get to the Tower. After the end to LOST you’d think writers would realize that answers are never that good. Go back and watch Heroes after season 1. Writers Monica Owusu-Breen and Matt Pitts, explain and then quickly skirt the whole “What made the power go out” answers, if you looked away you would miss it. The answer to what turned off the power? NANITES, or something close to that. Rachel said they were the size of a virus. Super tiny computers that have two functions: replicate and consume electricity. I’d thought it was some sort of constant wide spread EMP thing, nanites sound a lot cooler. The thing is, I don’t really care about what turned off the lights. I rather explore this post power world and the people within it. What is left for season 2 if they turn on the power? It’s a plot line doomed to fail that could be best used later on.
With the introduction Colm Feore as Randall Flynn the big star of Revolution has been getting less and less time. Giancarlo Esposito was the bright spot in those early episodes and proves why this episode. His anger at a civilian like Flynn being so close to Monroe is just boiling to the surface. He used to be the attack dog of the Republic now this man in a car is pushing him out. Dressing him down with all his failures, killing Ben Matheson, letting Danny get away, letting Miles live on multiple occasions, helping Miles on one occasion. Before the blackout Randall was a manager and with a job performance like that Tom would have been fired long ago. Monroe gives Tom one final task to see if this old dog can learn a new trick. He wants him to go and pick up something. Something that costs 30 pounds in diamonds.
Tom Neville gets to find out what he is buying. Hudson’s network of scouts see him coming a mile away. If nothing else Revolution is a chance to see nice explosions happen. With Tom in the hands of the rebels, understandably most people want him dead. Especially Rachel, who blames him for all of this. Even though it’s her fault. Tracy Spiridakos is no longer insufferable, who knew seething with anger would be her thing. As she tries to dissuade her mother from killing the captured Tom Neville it’s she still has abandonment issues. This new serious Charlie continues to be more useful in the field to, killing more Monroe men. Looking more and more like Miles everyday.
The dramatic fates have fun by having Jason show up now fighting for the rebels side. His nonchalance at meeting Charlie again was hilarious. O it’s just the kinda sorta love interest that’s screwed me and my family over a lot (but not that much really if you think about it) he’s a rebel now guess he can’t be bad. Meeting Miles again was less casual, taking a swing at the man who threatened his mother. Miles is used to being hit by people he meets now.
Jason, like Charlie, is going through his own abandonment/parental issues. With Tom captured it’s time for a nice little father-son chat. Well, more of an interrogation then chat but since when has their relationship been normal? Jason is all annoyed that Tom never looked at him like a son. He did all of these terrible things for him and he still never received any fatherly love. Each of them are poking at each other for a sign of weakness. So when Jason calls his fathers bluff Tom double downs and brings up the one thing they have in common, Julia Neville. And it seems like Jason isn’t as good as he think he is. Sure he is doing it to protect his mother but it’s a little too easy for him to uncuff his father. When the door opens revealing Miles and Padre for a split second I thought that was it for father and son. Nope Jason is as good as he says he is. He sold out his own father.
Tom was supposed to go pick something up from a cement factory not to far from there. Being the new attack dog Randall goes and picks up a rather large briefcase. For some reason that cement factory housed materials necessary to make a nuke. The rebels have sticks and stones and Monroe has a nuke!
If helicopters weren’t bad enough this is even worse. which pushes the show to a heartfelt farewell between Rachel and Charlie. Rachel is going off to this tower and turn the power back on. she won’t be alone, Aaron is with her. Because he is truly helpful in a pinch. It’s a suicide mission and Rachel is being way too upfront about it. Standing still was never a good thing for this show but splitting the group in two doesn't seem like the best thing either. The previews say we are going to Georgia next, and man do they look different.
The Bits At The End
“In what world are you better for Charlie then me ?” It’s a innocent enough question to Miles. But with all these Stephen King references and now a journey to a tower. What if next season is effectively a literal reboot where they do another journey to the tower? This probably doesn't help that I’ve played a tone of Bioshock Infinite.
Did anyone else get a Phantom Menace Midichlorians feeling from the nanite reveal?
Lionel Richie the first chance to listen to music in 15 years and you listen to Lionel Richie? What would you listent to after not being able to for 15 years?
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