Revolution Review: Patching Up the Plot

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Revolution attempted to smooth out its narrative potholes in "Chained Heat," but did the new NBC drama succeed?

For me, it’s a simple yes. But judging by some of your comments following the Revolution premiere, the sell could be much more difficult.

A key aspect of the series is why the technology is or isn’t working. Aaron’s theory that the switching off event might be due to something man-made is easier to stomach than some unknown Earthy phenomena. Because it pushes the super special flash drives into the realm of being things that fix the event, as we’ve seen with Grace, and since Ben knew it was going to happen, this makes Monroe’s actions against Matheson’s that much believable.

Chained Heat Scene

The second big reveal that began framing the narrative is the reveal of just where Rachel is now. She’s basically the Belle to Monroe’s Beast, and Monroe is determined to use whatever means is necessary to learn what she knows about the event... even if it means using her family against her.

Monroe puts Rachel in a tough position because she may be forced to betray either side of family. Ben is dead and Danny is being brought in. If she says what she knows, she potentially betrays her dead husband’s memory; and if she doesn’t say anything, she could betray her son. The one thing Monroe isn’t accounting for is Miles, and without the aid of technology, word doesn’t exactly travel quickly anymore.

The other side of episode two wasn’t quite as interesting. Charlie is still a mostly one-dimensional character. As a result, her pleas to Miles or her personal hardships don’t exactly deliver any emotional payoffs, which is a problem for a drama that plays up its family aspects. Charlie’s ease at switching off her fear of killing someone in about twenty minutes flat was hard to believe at times.

Mainly because that plot point is far too soon. Featuring the parallels between Charlie and Rachel are great. They want to protect their families. That’s not the problem. The problem is that we still know about next to nothing about them, and until we have those gaps in character investment filled, there’s not really any need to focus on those types of challenges so early in the show's run.

I certainly didn’t say Revolution smoothed out all of its narrative potholes.

The rebel plot line with Nora is interesting because of who they are. They’re patriots, they want to restore the U.S. government to power. The series has a very colonial feel to it, making it kind of cool to think the rebels want to break free from a power to start lives over again.

Other Thoughts

  • I’d like to replace Nate’s name with one of the annoying tributes from The Hunger Games. Suggestions?
  • Miles in captivity lasted a long time.
  • Nate and Charlie are quickly becoming an insufferable Twilight couple. Here’s hoping he stays handcuffed to the sign.
  • I’m really wishing Nora had a paperclip to assemble that homemade gun.
  • The creepy, sweaty, businessman should know that you don’t get between a mother bear and her cubs.
  • For holding the key to unlock the world again Grace sure has terrible locks.
  • How many damn flash drives are out there?


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Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 (142 Votes)

Giancarlo Esposito's performance was the only redeeming aspect of this terrible, terrible episdode. The writing was full of painful exposition. Don't they know you're supposed to show, not tell?


How many more episodes do you think they will take up tv time with before they cancel this turkey?


Hunger Games name -Foxface.


Charlie is annoying the shit out of me and my kids! The show is obviously supposed to be centered around her and I find her (and the bearded google guy) the most uninteresting one dimensional characters on the show. She's supposed to be a hunter and so far we've seen shoot nothing with that cross bow other than people, but one minute she doesn't want to kill and the next minute she's volunteering. Also, these people have supposedly been around for 15 years with all the "danger" on the road. They've been attacked once and they still aren't staying up and posting a guard at night? Really? And "Billy Bad Ass Uncle" doesn't think of that either? And I still have a problem with the lack of pre-electricity tech.


I'm with the other commenters and the review. Charlie thus far is one of those annoying self righteous protagonist whose sense of morality in relation to reality is unbelievably warped. Being the moral compass doesn't mean that a persoñ has to lack common sense. I also resent the gender roles thing between Charlie and her brother. He doesn't have to come across so helpless and bordering on pathetic in order fir Charlie to be the strong independent woman. Although he showed promise and heart in this episode and it has me wondering if he'll somehow end up joining the militia himself. And Nate the stalker just sucks. I can't even tolerate the star crossed lover's bit. I'm so over it and it hasn't even begin.


I LOVE the idea of this show. I am SERIOUSLY annoyed with Charlie. The actor must have only been hired because of her ability to give a mean stare. I mean, SHE'S NOT GOOD AT ANYTHING ELSE. I agree that Nate should stay tied to the pole. Also, call him Glimmer. ;)


I really want to like this show--but darn, these are some of the dumbest people on tv! A man stands on his porch with a gun and doesn't shoot the bad militia leader?? How did these people survive for 15 years? Maybe all the smart people got killed off? Charlie, the girl, had nice blue eyes, but what other factor about this character interests me? Not much!
Like the previous comment, where are all the people? Only the militia have horses? And how long has Charlie's mom been held in--I had to laugh--Independence Hall? Dressed in a virginal white blouse, writing her ?? diary? or whatever she's doing with a ball point pen?
I think the show missed a BIG introduction by NOT showing us more about adapting to no-power.
Another thing--someone is making clothes and shoes!! Knit and leather, nice looking, so where is that power coming from?
Again, I want to like this show, but I don't want about "Lost", please!


Once again another show with a great premise but they have no idea how to execute upon it. This episode was just as silly and stupid as the premier. The concept while great, leaves much to be desired. The writing is poor. The character development is even worse. And the pacing is completely off. If Miles is the most wanted fugitives in America why would he ever allow a militia man to survive who is tracking? It just makes no sense. We also have zero feel for the scope of the show. How big is the militia? Do they control the entire United States of America? Or do they control just the state of Illinois? We are people living? Are they in cities? Other in small villages that we still on the premiere? If Munro does have complete control over the entire country and taxes every single citizen, why does the power even matter so much? Why does he care so much for getting back electricity when he already controls the world? Finally, the Charlie and Nate Romance is brutal. This girl witnessed her father being murdered by the same militia in the reports too. Are we supposed to believe that in just a matter of hours she's going to overlook that and follow love with this guy? It is just brutal.


I liked this episode a lot more than the first episode. Infact, I liked pilot too, but I blame the fact that it was not premiered in a 2-hour fashion and everything was too chaotic. On the other hand, we are eventually getting an inner view of all the characters and also of various aspects introduced in the pilot. I am huge fan of Supernatural and that series developed slowly overtime and it didn't become interesting in just two episodes. So I believe later episodes are gonna be more and more exciting and we can invest in the characters as well. Finally, In Kripke we trust.

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Revolution Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Charlie: Where are you going?
Miles: Uh this little places called shut up and stay here.

Most people do.

You have family? Miles