Revolution - Season 1

With two episodes to go in Revolution’s first season, time is moving fast. Maybe too fast. While “Clue” benefited from a good pace and decent use of most of its cast members (something that I feel has been wavering from episode to episode) it also seemed a little rushed, as if the show was trying to cram in as much as possible in the third-to-last hour. With Monroe now setting up camp at the The Tower (the basis of where we’ve been trying to go all season) Miles and Co. on their way there via helicopter, and Rachel and Aaron finally enacting their revenge plan, it looks like we’re headed to a decent showdown before the season is over. It’s almost as if the writers were drilling thoughts into our heads: get ready, because the next two hours are going to hit the ground running. There’s going to be no time to establish storylines. We’re going to give you so much action; you won’t know what to do with yourself.

In other words, Revolution asked us, as television viewers, for our trust – which is essentially what “Clue,” the “whodunit” classic, was inspired by. The hour gave us what we really wanted at least four episodes ago, and what should have happened soon after Neville and Jason joined up with the rebels – a standoff that pitted most of our main characters against each other, each one caught in a situation where they doubted the person closest to them upon the discovery of a sabotage and murder that could only have been done by one of their own. Miles was wary of Nora, fresh off her Monroe torture treatment. Charlie was wary of Jason, whom she didn’t quite trust due to his past. Neville was wary of Miles, whom he continued to think would kill him in order to save his own ass.

The big reveal? It wasn’t any of our main heroes who were guilty – it was Miles’ trusty friend Jim (Malik Yoba), who revealed that not only had he been in cahoots with Monroe for awhile due to his wife being captured, but that he was also responsible for giving the Militia intel on the drone strike and most of the rebel camp’s secrets. I thought it was rather fitting that Miles was saved by Jason, who put a few bullets in Jim as the two were fighting – Jason may not have loyalty to his father, but he certainly has loyalty to the built in family he’s acquired with becoming invested with Charlie, and choosing to help Miles is something that will no doubt help his cause with the girl he likes.

“Clue” served to clear up some of the lingering tension/guilt between Miles and Nora, with Miles finally coming to terms with his responsibility in Nora’s capture and his potential guilt of not telling her his feelings. Last week’s episode ended with the capture of Nora, where I theorized that Monroe’s treatment was going to be similar to what Miles may have given Rachel when she first gave herself up to the Militia. Turns out that Nora’s torture was more for Monroe to figure out what Miles was up to, which she managed to hold out on spilling for 21 days until she was broken down and rescued by a man named Sanborn (Leland Orser), one of Flynn’s scientists. We’ve seen the cruelty of Bass extend from his brutal killings to his cold detachment of people’s feelings, but this is one of the first times we’ve really seen his ruthlessness come into play where torture is concerned. Needless to say, I’m glad David Lyons is getting a chance to show more of his character, and I’m also glad that the show has finally found a way to use the talents Daniella Alonso, rather than just having her serve as the third part of a messy love triangle. The women characters in this show have so much potential to be fleshed out, yet beyond Rachel, there seems to be little for them to do – even in their flashbacks. I feel that Alonso was given more (both emotionally and physically) in this episode than we’ve seen so far in an entire season, but I wish the show hadn’t waited this long to make her more of an involved character.

It says something when the best (and most compelling) scene of the hour is about three minutes long, but the emotionally charged exchange between Elizabeth Mitchell and David Lyons at the episode’s end was more than enough to invest me in the final few moments. Nevermind that cliffhanger, which the preview for next week cleverly kept itself vague by not including Rachel or Monroe – having Mitchell and Lyons in a scene together for the first time since early in the series made me realize how much I missed them. It’s common knowledge that Mitchell has a tendency to elevate those around her, which always helps with a scene or conversation – but David Lyons is just as formidable in his own right, and it’s always a treat to see these two feeding off each other.

Final Thoughts:

  • Based on Monroe’s comments to Nora while in captivity (“you used to be so much more fun, Nora”), I still want to know more about Nora’s past and how exactly she was involved with Monroe and Miles.
  • Given that we’ve previously ended with Grace being terrified by something – or someone – in The Tower, I assumed we would pick up with that at some point this week and was a bit disappointed that we didn’t (the closest we got was a quick shot of faceless individuals who were presumably inside The Tower watching as Randall tried unsuccessfully to open its doors.) I understand the need to set up plot and focus on character’s that the audience wants to see – but this is a prime example where I feel that the show has bit off more than it can chew in terms of how to manage storylines. And since I think it could be one of the show’s best mysteries, I’d hate for the audience to forget or lose interest in something as important as The Tower, or what lies there.
  • Everyone is predicting a character-heavy death by the end of the season but aside from Flynn, who I’m predicting to go at every episode at this point, I’m hesitant to add to theories that Monroe won’t make it through the season alive. I think there’s so much they can do with his character if given the opportunity, and it would be a shame to throw Lyons’ talent to waste.
  • I’m not entirely sold on Charlie and Jason, and I’m not sure if it’s because of chemistry or simply because it was a predictable hook-up that most of us saw coming. Still, it makes for an interesting conflict for Neville, and as I always want more from Giancarlo Esposito, I can’t complain.

What did you think of the episode?

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