An episode that’s pretty good, then kinda weak, then hilarious, then good again, then predictable, then hilarious, then okay. And then done for several weeks.
Why beat around the bush? You knew what you were getting by coming here. SPOILERS
*Aaron died, but didn’t
*Monroe died, but didn’t
*Jason was brainwashed, but isn’t (but might be)
*The Patriots are here to help America, but they’re not. Dr. Horn especially
*Miles had his hand broken and now it’s infected
*Neville is a schemer, Rachel is a wreck, Charlie is in her mid-twenties, and Gene is a Patriot
When Season 2 of Revolution started 9 weeks ago I wasn’t convinced it was going to last the season. With the dipping ratings, it’s still not a certainty it will make it to May. A three week hiatus after only 9 episodes isn’t, in my mind, the best route to take, but if the people that scheduled Community, 30 Rock, and The Tonight Show starring Conan O’Brien think it’s a good idea, I don’t know how it can go wrong. So, how does Revolution end what’s been a surprisingly strong run of episodes?
Blink if you can hear me, Rachel. Blink if you’re even still awake.
One spoiler-ish spoiler “Don’t Trust Neville” ohhhhh, I ruined the surprise
*Dr. Porter aka Rev Camden, is a Patriot
*Jason is a Patriot
*Willoughby, TX now belongs to the Patriots
*Secretary Allenford and Tom Neville are no longer Patriots
*Aaron can burn people with his brain (even before he died)
*Miles’ hand is broken (it is again mentioned in this episode)
*Monroe is killed (except he isn’t)
I missed the first five minutes of this episode, but that 300 seconds completely negated all of “Dead Man Walking”. Monroe’s already alive again and we haven’t even reached the opening credits. Why is he alive? I don’t know. It’s never brought up again in the next 55 minutes. We all knew it was going to happen though. If you didn’t figure it out from the fact that they executed him with “a lethal injection” rather than say, firing squad (they have the bullets) or gallows (if they want to pretend they don’t have the bullets), then Rachel digging up his grave at the end of last episode should have been a good clue. If that didn’t do the trick, he was IN the PREVIEWS for this week. I personally don’t care why he’s alive. He was in my first, third, and fourth favorite parts of this episode.
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
If you saw the commercials for this episode, you’ve already seen the spoilers
*Monroe and Charlie came back to Willoughby
*It was magicalscientific firefliesnano-bots that brought Aaron back to life
*Aaron may control fire, but he’s still a wet blanket (badump bump)
*Neville and Press Secretary Allenford are on the run from The Patriots and trying to free Jason from a Reconditioning Camp
*Monroe kills Jim Beaver, hoping to blame it on The Patriots and start a war with Texas
*Miles’ hand is broken. This is apparently a major plot point, because it’s referenced All. The. Time
I knew this episode was coming sooner or later, it was only a matter of time.
No, I don’t mean the episode where Sebastian “Bass” Monroe dies. I mean the dud.
*The Patriots rescued the citizens of Willoughby from The War Clan. But they’re eeeeevil.
*Lotta people got stabbed, lotta people got their hands smashed
*Neville continues to move up the ranks with The Patriots
*Monroe and Charlie are begrudging Besties
*Aaron can control fireflies. And fireflies in Revolution can set you on fire
Good news for Revolution fans. This season has been pretty good. By Revolution standards.
Bad news for Revolution fans. Ratings have been on the decline the first four episodes, so Revolution might not even make it all the way to May.
Just plain news for Revolution fans. Short of being on the CW, being on NBC right now is probably the best place for a sinking show to be on. If this was CBS we’d probably already be watching re-runs of NCIS in the Wednesday 8/7 Central time slot.
So, in short, enjoy it while it lasts Revolution fans. (more…)
Spoilers. Sometimes there’s no funny joke beforehand.
*The Patriots had Atlanta and Philadelphia nuked
*Everyone but Charlie moved to Texas to live with Rachel’s dad
*Aaron died, but he got better
*Neville is going to kill all The Patriots Ever for nuke-murdering his wife
*The Patriots have taken over Willoughby and they want Monroe and Rachel …Alive.
Okay, I’ll admit it. This was a pretty good episode. If they were all like this… well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
…in which the writers of Revolution have never seen Love Story
Government Can’t Shut Down These Spoilers (Topical Humor!)
In last week’s review I groused that most of the plotlines didn’t have any forward momentum. Well, be careful what you wish for, because this week two of the three major plot lines were concluded in rather abrupt fashion.
First there was Charlie’s search for Monroe. Poor Charlie. I know she’s not really good at emoting, or looking like she’s a teeanager, but she can’t help it that her script is apparently being written by committee, and that no one in that committee is talking to anyone else in it.
After a pretty good, by Revolution standards, season premier, the show had a lot of places it could go. But, this is still Revolution so all the momentum is quickly dissipated with some good, hard, reign pulling.
Let’s start with Rachel, who had the least amount of momentum going into the episode. I mean, even Aaron took the time to die and come back to life. An action so shocking they decided to re-use it to open this episode. Rachel, much to my wife’s chagrin, immediately starts in with CPR. My beef was doing chest compressions on someone with a chest wound from shoulder to hip. “You don’t give someone mouth to mouth if they’re already breathing. He woke up, took a breath, and she immediately covered his mouth.” This was not the only time tonight my wife chimed in on Revolution‘s weak grasp on the human body. (more…)
So, September got here WAY fast. You can’t stop the turning of the clock, but you CAN jump ahead six months in time. Which is how the new season starts. After a little bit of recap business, we find ourselves in a nameless bar “Somewhere In The Plains Nation”. During the blackout Mumford and Sons must have splintered into various acoustic rock cover bands. Tonight we’re treated to “Crazy Train”, a “Ramble On” reference, and “Tom Sawyer”. Why? No idea. Is it world building? Is that what distinguishes The Plains Nation? Nattily clad troubadours, roaming the settlements, well-worn copies of “Beginner’s Guitar Guide to Classic Rock” stuffed in their satchels? Instead of following that plot string, we start the show off with Charlie in said bar. Way to lead with your strongest foot, Season Two. (more…)