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REVOLUTION: “No Quarter”

Remember when the biggest problem in Revolution’s post-apocalyptic world was the fact that Charlie couldn’t find a decent container of ice cream? Three episodes later, and a lack of ice cream seems like small potatoes compared to the killings, kidnappings and violent stand-offs that Charlie and her cohorts have encountered so far. It’s a smart thing Revolution is doing, delving into the more interesting aspects of its story at a quick pace – and a trend that I hope to see continue as the show moves forward.

Last week, we were introduced to a group called the Resistance, a band of rebels who sport American flags and are focused on taking back their country. This week found Charlie, Miles and Nora continuing their hunt for Danny with a visit to the Resistance base camp. While we’re still not sure of the seemingly complicated relationship that’s been hinted at where Miles and Nora are concerned, we did find out from Nora’s conversation with Charlie that her real reason for joining the rebels was because she lost her unborn child while fighting the Militia. Maybe it’s just the fact that I like characters that seem to exhibit darker (and potentially dangerous) histories, but I’m really enjoying Daniella Alonso’s addition to the cast. What’s more, I find her relationship with Charlie believable and quite honestly, if the entire show at this point were to drop the many tracks of storylines and simply focus on Charlie, Miles, Nora, Captain Neville and Charlie’s parents, I think I would be more than okay with that.

The plan was a quick pit stop before moving on, but once Charlie got a look at the many wounded individuals, she elected to stay and help Nora move the rebels to a safer hiding spot. This set the stage for the arrival of Milita leader Jeremy (a deliciously evil Mark Pellegrino) who mercilessly attacked the rebel camp before he was captured. It’s here that we’re clued into the fact that not only are Miles and Jeremy familiar with each other, but that our resident savior has more ties to the Milita than he’s let on to his friends and family. Apparently, not only was Miles once in charge of the entirety of the Milita: he’s the reason that it essentially exists. It’s not the most shocking of revelations given that flashbacks showed Miles and Sebastian setting out together immediately following the blackout, but it’s still intriguing to think about what might have led Miles down such a path – and what eventually got him out.

Just like last week, the plotlines of Revolution fall into four different tracks, with the two secondary storylines being noticeably weaker. Danny (still in the captivity) was learning to fight his own battles as one of Captain Neville’s men took the fact that he had killed his friend a little too personally. While a number of characters on this show are becoming fleshed out, I feel like I still need to be sold on the character of Danny and in that respect, it was refreshing to see Graham Rogers take on a more proactive role. Elsewhere, Aaron and Maggie also weren’t afforded the opportunity to do much with the exception of confirming that Grace had indeed been captured and kidnapped. But they were also the key to one of the night’s big revelations, as we saw the pendant Ben had given Aaron suddenly come to life just enough to give a few seconds of real power – at least, enough power to play music and turn on an iPhone. Nonetheless, it’s proof that outside of Grace’s computer, power does exist – though the nature of the pendant still remains a mystery, and one that I’m thinking is going to need more flashbacks from the Matheson family before it can be solved. In an episode that felt otherwise pushed by action, it was nice to end on a quieter moment that allowed us to refocus on the simple pleasures we often take for granted.

Not only am I fond of Revolution, I find to be an enjoyable hour of television – which is why I like to keep things in perspective while watching. As such, I realize that at this early stage in the game, every episode is a means for the show to establish itself and though all of its parts may not have been necessary, “No Quarter” itself was a necessary episode as it built on character relationships and further explored the state of this post-apocalyptic world – helping us keep our interest for another week, and hopefully, beyond.

Final Thoughts:

  • It was shown that Miles initially set out to find his brother, with Sebastian tagging along despite Miles’ protests. I’m wondering if this is why, among other things, Miles is so adamant about keeping Charlie from tagging along on missions and errands. Did something happen between the two that gave Miles a lingering sense of guilt, so much so that he had to go into hiding?
  • On that same note: knowing that Miles’ history with Jeremy is a little more personal (apparently Miles saved Jeremy from being beaten up) I’m inclined to wonder about the rest of their relationship and how the origins of the Milita really came about. Remember last week when I said I wanted more of a back story on Captain Neville and his involvement? Now I’m even more curious as to where he fits into the picture, given that I believe both Miles and Sebastian largely controlled the Milita in its early days.
  • For someone who was essentially thrown into a land ravaged by fighting, Charlie’s getting a pretty intensive crash course in how to live in a world of war. While I admit I wasn’t overly impressed with Spiridakos in the pilot episode, the character of Charlie is slowly growing on me (thanks in part to last week’s episode) and I’m looking forward to seeing her evolve even more as the story moves forward.

What did you think of this week’s episode? And do you think that someone is really dying this week? Share in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “REVOLUTION: “No Quarter”

  1. So let’s get something out of the way: Danny is an idiot. Last week, I compared Danny to a llama, but that’s unfair to llamas. Llamas at least know how to stay silent. Why does this guy keep talking? He practically got his father killed because of his big mouth (and quivering crossbow), and now he taunts his captor as a morally misaligned murderer? You know something funny about morally misaligned murderers? They’re not that forgiving to mop-topped young brats with an apparent death wish. This isn’t the actor’s fault, I should add – and maybe it’s actually no one’s fault. I just think that since a lot of this show currently hinges on rescuing this silly guy it would be nice to make him slightly more appealing . . . or intelligent.

  2. Because the show is still in its infancy, it’s easy to understand there being some wrinkles that still need to be ironed out – but by and large, it feels like Revolution is searching for a means of consistency and a stronger way of presenting its story. With ‘No Quarter’ the show has cut back on its tendency to leave so many question marks at the end of the episode, while placing a premium on making action sequences within the confines of a weekly television series work.

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