Revolution Review: The Adventures of Stu Redmond and Franny

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Revolution has now aired three episodes with the passing of tonight’s "No Quarter," and a general rule of thumb is if a show can’t hook a viewer within the first few weeks, it loses a great deal of momentum.

But Revolution might need a little longer to real find its stride.

Charlie with a Crossbow

“Quarter” offered up a mostly plot-less, albeit fun, adventure. And while I would hope for things to begin shaping up a little better by now, at least the show is giving information out in dribs and drabs rather than in an all or nothing format.

As Charlie, Miles and Nora begin to vaguely “go save Danny” in some general direction that we’re just supposed to go with, hijinks ensue. These pit stops work on a basic level because they accomplish two goals:

  1. Fleshing out the characters.
  2. Ensuring overall arcs aren’t exhausted too quickly.

But they come at a cost: the pace was often boring, as simple as that.

Mark Pellegrino’s officer offered up some humor and some information about Miles: that he was second in command, a founding father to the republic, the militia and the trainer for the men. The Officer did all of this without viewers getting to know his character. I didn't even catch his name. So it's actually a lot of fun when all of the plot points come together on characters for whom we know so little about, and it's something that went well tonight as we followed The Officer through the present and the aftermath of the event when Miles and Monroe stumbled across him.

It's an awesome reveal for The Officer, but without a little more information, it’s still mostly meaningless for now; however, at least the flashbacks did give some weight to why Miles would decided to form, train and build something like the Monroe Militia and the republic - but until Monroe is expanded upon and we learn his history, we’re just left with Miles as character that has straddled both sides of the fence, and no reasons why he did the things he did.

Meanwhile, Aaron and Maggie were at Grace’s house and found she’s not there. Instead of doing what Ben asked of him Aaron, grew distracted by a computer that, for all intents and purpose, won’t turn back one. 

Aaron and Maggie are on the right path, and they have the key to turn things back on, but if my key turned things that I wanted back on, I wouldn’t worry about music. I’d run right back to my computer, but the power was fleeting and soon everything turned off again. I wonder if that's because the drive might only works computers, or there's just not enough power in that device.

Other Thoughts:

  • I’m not sure why I’m laughing at Stu Redmond and Franny.
  • Digging a hole? Really? Only the Adventures of Pete and Pete could pull off a hole-digging episode.
  • The priest needs a new job. He’s terrible at being a priest.
  • Slightly disappointed Charlie didn’t drop a Hello Kitty bag filled with explosives.
  • Explosions! So, just to get this straight, very little plot and plenty of action scenes. This sounds like a Michael Bay movie!
  • How long are Miles and Monroe going to walk this road during these flashbacks?
  • No Tribute Nate tonight! Automatic point increase!
  • No Rachel tonight and Tom was basically a background ornament.
  • The power is on and the first thing we do is listen to music? I can think of about a hundred more important things to do. Let’s get it together Aaron.

What do you think? Is Revolution is still worth tuning in for?


Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 (89 Votes)

Did anyone else feel alarm when the power just turned on all of a sudden? Why did it do that? Didn't Grace have to activate it? (I also wondered why Aaron was never tempted to just press the damn button before to see what the heck it did... but I digress). We were wondering if that meant that the dangerous person from last episode was nearby again. Didn't like that they left that a total mystery, btw.


Wow just saw the episode and it was awesome!I love miles!I like how one minute hes good then hes bad then hes good again.You just cant tell if hes a good guy or bad guy.I love his dry sense of humor too.Him and Jeremy and monroe are so entertaining and amazing as actors.


A great episode and really great acting from Billy.I agree with Mindi this show is one of my favorites as well.Id like to see more of monroe though.At ps in seattle the actor who beat danny was on pan am.He played Ted I believe..


hahaha i was actually thinking the same thing! its REALLY bad when youre rooting for the villian over the main "good guys"...


Charlie's a b!#$h. like seriously. fake crying and vulnerable one minute. then she's confident, arogant, disrespecting her uncle, up in his face. who does she think she is... katniss?!
Dont get me wrong. i like the show. the uncle is a character who i would love to see unfold. and i wanna see how the heck monroe got in charge. i like the premise, and want to see how it unfolds. some of the characters seem flat, and but i'll stick it out because i want to know the back story. but...
its the acting of the main character that i cant get past. its pathetic. might hang out for another week or two. but if charlie-katniss-wanna-be doesnt improve, i'll turn off the tv.


I love me some Billy Burke!!!Absolutely FANTASTIC episode and definitely one of the BEST shows out there!Billy and Mark Pellegrino knocked their scenes out of the park and Charlie actually grew on me.This show is amazing and one of my favorites already.Great choice of cast and great storylines.A defenite win for sure.


After tonight's episode, mid way through it, I decided that this show was a waste of my time. First thing that is driving me bonkers is Charlie. I cannot think of a dumber, more self-righteous annoying character on TV. Someone shoot her already or knock some realpolitik into her. Next is some of the anachronisms in the show. Like they can't manufacture bullets. Really, how did they do it before electricity. Anyways, can't stomach it anymore. So much better TV out there.


It's a bad sign when you like/root for the villains/antagonists over the heroes/protagonists. I wouldn't even book Spiridakos for an acne commercial. Miles calls the militia smart but they're the opposite of smart.


I'm trying to figure out why the militia soldier who was beating on Danny looks so familiar. Can anyone tell me his name?


Mrs. Cleaver, with all due respect to you and young Theodore, your proposition that most/all adult men would have beards in an electricity-free USA doesnt add up. Does the word 'razorblade' ring a bell? Take a look at the One Dollar bill or the Deuce. Neither Washington nor Jefferson had beards, yet by your standards, they must have since there was no Norelco to be had. And of course, did all of society wear dirty clothes before Maytag was invented? I don't think so. We all know that pre-industrial society washed clothing in streams, and other bodies of water, among other things, some using rocks to remove filth. This show is as "realistic" as any, given that we have no idea only speculation what would happen after a Jericho or Dark Angel type blackout occurred.

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Revolution Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

There's a lot of men out there, okay, and sooner or later they're coming in. So we are gonna Shaw shank our asses outta here.


Nora: Wow, can you boil everything down to getting laid?
Miles: Yeah.