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?

Review

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Jericho--Great Show. Couldn't believe it was cancelled. Watched every episode
Falling Skies--Heard it was a great show by many people who don't watch the genre. Saw a couple episodes myself, pretty damn good show. The show is a disgrace to the genre and frankly a waste of time. I almost fell asleep after the first episode. There were many good shows that were abruptly cancelled and were somewhat good:
Stargate: Universe
Legend of the Seeker
Jericho Revolution isn't one of them. Revolution is instead one of the pieces of garbage that J.J. Abrams has been pumping onto t.v for the past few years. In a line-up with:
How I Met Your Mother Season 8 (The Final Season)
Psych (Starting in January)
Breaking Bad (Midway thru the Final Season)
Leverage (Midway thru the season) &
The Mentalist (Just Started), Revolution wouldn't break last place.

Mrs cleaver

This show is SO unrealistic, everyone has great clothes & hair fifteen years after the last washing machine and hair dryer died. Lots of clean shaven men too - power goes out, first thing my hubby does is give up shaving.
And the militia is still in tents fifteen years in? Really? No one thought "let's take over a college campus so we can have real beds in the dorms?"
Jericho and Falling Skies happen right after the power dies, they were/are much more realistic. And I agree the lead actress is not very likeable.

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My response to this episode--stupid, stupid, stupid. I'm going to keep watching, mostly because I can watch it whenever it squeezes into my life, but it's not very good. I wonder about all these post-apocalyptic visions--what happens to the nuclear power plants when the cores are no longer cooled? I'd think that would affect life in a big way. As for what they were doing when the power came on--if you didn't hear a song you loved, it would be nice to hear it again, and she got to see her kids again, but the truly surprising thing is that the batteries still were operational after so many years.

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I think your antipathy towards "Revolution" is a reaction to its not-so-subtle advocacy of our 2nd Amendment rights, showing how every dictator from King George III to the Monroe Republic disarms his subjects. It's much faster paced than "Jericho" and is well worth watching. I hope it gets good ratings.

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The officer's name was Jeremy.

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Glad I stopped watching after last week. This summary convinced me I was right.

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I liked it. What bugged me most was their clothes! Seriously, are solar powered washing machines operational? They all look so new and washed.

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Sadly, the only emotions that shoutout gave me were a desire to see a competently done post-apocalyptic story. Revolution is not it. God, Tracy Spiradekos is such a terrible actress. She may very well be the new Sarah Roemer.

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It's Stu Redman, not Redmond. Stu Redman and Franny are two major characters from Stephen King's "The Stand."

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.

Miles

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