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Revolution Review: The Lights Go Out For...

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"The Plague Dogs" was a disappointing episode - and I really hate saying that because all of the ingredients for a good installment were included here. 

But, when everything is mixed together and you taste the end result, things just end up turning out bland and overdone.

The Search For Miles

Maggie’s death is supposed to bring dramatic weight and spark a change in the characters she’s surrounded herself with, and while that change might have come to fruition in Miles... did anyone of us actually think he would pack up and leave Charlie?

That kind of emotional plot threat doesn’t ever work because viewers know that isn’t going to happen unless he gets skewered by an arrow, and only Charlie’s head nearly intercepted an arrow’s flight path tonight.

Getting back to Maggie: it’s sickening that the only decent character that sparks any resonance in the post-apocalypse-pack aside from Miles is getting axed almost immediately. She literally went to the ends of the country to get back to her children in England after the lights went out, and she had the pleasure of reliving all the things she wished she could have done better had she been given a second chance.

When she got denied any opportunity to get to England, Maggie lost all hope. And she was so defeated and searching, without any success, to find the words that accurately described her helplessness and her guilt. So much so that she poisoned herself. Is a character with that much potential really one we should be sacrificing when the rest of the cast hasn’t been elevated to that status?

Nate is supposedly a militia member, but whatever amazing skills he brings to the table suddenly vanish when Charlie is around because he’s so completely, unbelievably, love struck that any and all attempts to save her are rendered useless. Miles might be a giant jerk, but Uncle gets the job done whether it fits Charlie’s highly evolved moral compass or not.

Check box number one: overdone.

Revolution’s continuing epic saga of walking in Danny’s general direction would have a whole lot more impact if it could be set up in a way that made me care about Danny. But aside from the family bond, I don’t particularly have any interest in his character. Zero of the plot has been set aside for his character in terms of building it up in any way whatsoever, and, aside from his run in with Grace, hanging out in the back of a horse cart gets old quickly.

Charlie continues to be a character that I flip flop on. At times there’s moments of greatness and heroism, and at other times she is full of bad decisions and teenage meltdowns. Those traits don’t exactly fit with the girl that has been forced to grow up too quickly. The only reason I don’t wish that arrow went right through her skull is because of Maggie. Maggie sold me on that special something Charlie brings to the table, but I do hope it shows up sooner rather than later.

Check box number two: bland.

So, what did I enjoy about the episode? The core three of Miles, Tom and Rachel elevated this episode from hair pulling. There are layers and motivations for their actions, and it seems they are all beginning to come together. Tom knows what Danny’s worth to Monroe, and he’s proven himself to be a smart man who can read people, so it’s not hard to imagine that Danny is just the bait to get what Monroe really wants: Miles or Charlie.

Monroe probably thinks that one of them has the pendant, not Aaron.

Miles being a part of the Militia at one time continues to bring up interesting questions, and the list grows longer as we find out he is the one that ripped Rachel away from her family. Speaking of Rachel, the scene as she walks away from her family is incredibly powerful in the way it’s set up.

In the first shot we’re just shown her back, and there is nothing but hardened resolve. For Rachel to show anything would break her children’s confidence, and that is something she didn’t want to do in that scene; so, as we near the end of the episode and are treated to what’s going on with her back to the children, it becomes readily apparent she didn’t want to leave them - in fact, she was barely keeping it together.

Two other thoughts:

  1. Rachel is drawing up plans for a machine. Please don’t be human powered.
  2. Do all flashbacks happen on one paved road?

What did you think of tonight’s Revolution?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.7 / 5.0 (131 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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We see clearly what so many people are simply conditioned to support and believe, yet we see the deception and subliminal messages behind it all. Yes I know its just a stupid show but many will mock me for what I just said, but the truth is, when you have a brain and aware of those pulling the strings to make shows like this, you understand this is the way they condition, test and raise up a generation of fools to bow down to socialism, communism slavery. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Hitler did it perfectly. Dont let this nation be the next victim to a dictator. We must be preparing properly regardless of the outcome. Best portable water filter, best guns and ammo, best survival gear, best technology against thermal and night vision. Whatever you got to do to take as many of them as they are taking of us. That's the mission!

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It's really sad that we just sit back and let snakes like Obama even mention the banning of our assault rifles. Then we have a snake like Romney who wants to do more than Bush did. An armed nation is a free nation. If you want to be a slave people, and then suffer torture etc, then by all means turn in your guns and assault rifles. But if you care about this country and the freedom our constitution and founding fathers gave us, then dont hesitate to shoot to kill when the real lights go out. Dont let martial law dictate your right to bear arms! And for the record. MILITIA is a friendly word according to the 2nd Amendment! So the next time you hear someone bash Militia, tell them they are ignorant, or at least know they are and educate them. Without Militia forming and organizing your own this country will be murdered! PERIOD! As for this show It's only entertaining because my wife and I enjoy seeing how they actually lie and twist the truth. We see clearly what so many people are simply conditioned to support and believe, yet we see the deception and subliminal messages behind it all. Yes I know its just a stupid show but many will mock me for what I just said, but the truth is, when you have a brain and aware of those pulling the strings to make shows like this, you understand this is the way they condition, test and raise up a generation of fools to bow down to socialism, communism slavery. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Hitler did it perfectly. Dont let this nation be the next victim to a dictator. We must be preparing properly regardless of the outcome. Best portable water filter, best guns and ammo, best survival gear, best technology against thermal and night vision. Whatever you got to do to take as many of them as they are taking of us. That's the mission!

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This show is nothing but a cheap brainwashing attempt to prepare American minds for absolute control from this tyrannical New world order Government. Fema camps, Martial law, and the military will be the bad guys, The Militia will actually be the good guys...in real life that is. I love how every time a show or movie comes out about end time or apocalyptic events, they twist the truth around simply to control the majority so that good guys like "Militia" are looked at as evil and terrorists etc. What a lie, not to mention NBC is owned by the same liars who sacrifice children. Dont believe me? Sucks to be you if you have children then cause I know first hand the kidnappings in this country are for satanic sacrifices and the ones controlling our governments are the ones in charge of this.

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Very annoying... cant stand... charlie is just unbearable...

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Stupid! To keep the story going, the writers just keep having these people do stupid, stupid things. We're gonna bomb the train...oh cool, explosions...oh no, we can't bomb the train. We're gonna risk our lives and UNbomb the train. The bomber gets stabbed...oh, but she can't die, like Maggie...she's too hot! And like Diane, I am so irritated with Charlie.
Aargh!

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Ya, this series keeps you on the couch. Thats not a good thing. I wasnt to be on the edge yet, I have no reason to get excited. The produces need to listen up and quick cuz all I see and read are peolple wanted this show to be good. could have been great but,,, way to clean and polished. Give its some dirt and meat.

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I had great hopes and enthusiam for this program. Week by week I am loosing interest. I am beyond exasperated with Charlie, hurry we have to get to me brother, no we have to wait and mourn, hurry we have to get to my brother, wait, we have to take time for this that and the other thing. Her Character is irritataing. She is beyond a spoiled child. In this type of environment, a young person would take direction from the man they walked miles to find to save her brother. Instead she constantly argues and "stomps" her little foot in defiance. Charlie's character is irritating. And the last episode, blow up the train engine! Derail the train. They act like the explosion would have blown up half the country side. Ridiculous! Too bad. This whole show is becoming one disappointing episode after another.

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I had great hopes and enthusiam for this program. Week by week I am loosing interest. I am beyond exasperated with Charlie, hurry we have to get to me brother, no we have to wait and mourn, hurry we have to get to my brother, wait, we have to take time for this that and the other thing. Her Character is irritataing. She is beyond a spoiled child. In this type of environment, a young person would take direction from the man they walked miles to find to save her brother. Instead she constantly argues and "stomps" her little foot in defiance. Charlie's character is irritating. And the last episode, blow up the train engine! Derail the train. They act like the explosion would have blown up half the country side. Ridiculous! Too bad. This whole show is becoming one disappointing episode after another.

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OK - I'm gone now after seeing this episode. Apparently, the writers don't think someone like me - middle-aged mom w/naturally curly hair who would go to the ends of the earth to find her kids - warrants screen time. Nooooo...you have to either be Katniss Redux, Warrior Woman, Psycho Militia Soldier, Fallen Billionaire w/tech skills, or be exceptional with a sword to be worth exploring. Average people who are lovers, not fighters, are disposable. Fine. Let me then dispose of your series as yet another derivative, thoroughly pedestrian exploration of male post-apocalyptic fantasy. GEEZ! Did it ever occur to JJ Abrams that perhaps, maybe, older people who survive with their brains, minus the superhero skills, are worth the audience's admiration?

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What was that ? prooving to the audience that you had the guts to kill someone ? And what was that scene with Nevil and Danny since you save and trust your enemies whom are keeping you prisoner ?
I can't stand Charlie anymore , her mimic, her teenage drama and the whole " I talk for nothing" is just annoying.
But the most ridiculous thing was that weir kidnapping plot ,what did the guy wanted ? why did he followed them in the first place.they just needed someone to kill Maggie.it reminds me of that lame scene in S3 of PLL when Hanna stab herself with a knife

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