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Revolution Review: Tom the Steam Engine

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While "Soul Train" started to pull Revolution’s heavy story-telling burden forward, some of its payoffs ended up holding everything back.

Neville Confronts Charlie

Let's start with the good: finally delving into Tom’s character and getting to know the man he is today - compared to the man he was before the blackout - made for one of the strongest parts of Revolution yet.

Watching Tom, as he morphs from a person who is just going through the motions of life and letting people walk all over him into an individual who dedicates his new lease on life to impact law and order as he sees it, was fascinating.

These competing personalities of Tom are what make him so compelling because on one hand we see someone who is continually giving Danny fatherly advice and using him like a stand in for his own son - but since Danny is a prisoner, Tom’s advice sometimes crosses into areas that are not necessary for Danny’s age.

We brought all this together with one of the final reveals: that Twilight Stand In Nate is actually Tom’s son, Jason, and all of a sudden most of Tom’s actions aren’t so off base anymore. While Jason is pulling off handcuffs very fashionably, someone needs to stand in for him while Tom passes on his words of wisdom for successfully being a Munroe Militia Man... and the unlucky winner gets to be Danny.

The other quality aspect is Rachel spilling the beans about the pendants to Monroe. With 12 in circulation and three of them already accounted for, the pendant becomes the new arms race.

Which brings us to the not-so-good about tonight: the train. While the train itself is solid, and answers a few questions about what is or isn’t working, it still doesn’t make up for the fact that the train is now in Philadelphia and Miles and Charlie are still nowhere near there.

This constant game of catch up, only to miss Danny by a few seconds, is starting to get a little old, and it begins to show one of Revolution’s biggest challenges: what happens when we’re not running toward someone? And possess the something we’re looking for? Hopefully, Revolution can bring an organic answer to that as time marches on for the series.

Other thoughts:

  • The horse pulling the car cart never gets old. Horsepower comes full circle!
  • Kim Raver is a welcome addition to the cast.
  • The map of the republics and territories is pretty awesome. As a California boy I’m happy to see California successfully overtook Oregon and Washington.
  • Aaron continues to be useless.
  • All Twilight couple needs is some puppy dog eyes and they’ll do anything for one another.
  • Charlie is once again a mixed bag. Her interactions with Miles, Tom, and briefly with Danny were a joy to watch, but when given material outside the character’s age and maturity bracket things start to take a dive.
  • These pendants are beginning to sound like a Captain Planet episode.

Finally, Miles totally wins tonight's one-liner contest:

You guard nipples. If he even tries to move, go ahead shoot him. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 (114 Votes)

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

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So, when Miles fights Tom after saving Charlie from him, and he successfully takes him down to the ground, why would he just run off like that? He had an EASY kill, which would have saved all kinds of trouble (except having to write out a major character so early on, which is why they shouldn't have fought, or TNT the fight was split up by other militia men, necessitating a quick exit without being able to take Tom out.) Danny got the HELL beat out o him at the beginning of the episode, but had ZERO bruising or swelling on his face. Yet he showed up with bruising bad enough for his mom to see from a ways away from the comparatively insubstantial hits on the train.) And I don't care how much you wrap your arm in cloth, if you stick it in to the furnace of a steam locomotive, which would have internal temps above 1500 degrees, after more than a couple seconds, you would have third degree burns, bare minimum. Plus, the black powder/nitro glycerine bomb would be SO unstable that jostling it around more than a bump would set it off. I'm disappointed.

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One thing that made me laugh though, is I thought for SURE the reviewer would throw a (justified) sh** fit at how gorgeous and pulled-together Kim Raver looked at the train station. Perfectly pressed clothes, awesome hair & make up in the electronic apocalypse??

I was thinking the same. How the hell did she manage to find a flawless dress with SUCH a bright, red color 15 years after all electricity (and washing machines / washing powders....) went out? And how do all the characters manage to keep their hands so clean and nice? Or their teeth healthy and brilliant white? Still think that Charlie is annoying and Miles should've seen Jason's attempt to escape coming, BUT all that being said, I actually liked the episode. I'll keep watching. And I was happy to see "Frank Lapidus" again ;-)

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Uncoupling the train my 13 year old can do it. Also Nora could have blown up the tracks and not the train. Causing a derail or a time consuming fix.

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Isn't she supposed to be 22 or 23? And she's survived 15 years after the apocalypse, so she really should be more mature than she acts now. Right now, she's indistinguishable from a 16 year old.

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You can live without most of your organs there, actually: you don't really need your gall bladder, spleen, appendix, only need one kidney, and can function on just part of a liver. Nor do you "need" your uterus. So yeah, as long as you don't bleed out you will survive. Nick an artery though, anywhere in the body, and you're toast if you can't repair it. That being said, it definitely needs to continue to work out its plot holes - spends way too much time on some things and not enough on others. I think Charlie's awkwardness makes a lot of sense based on who *her* character is. Miles was probably different at 18/20, and so were you. One thing that made me laugh though, is I thought for SURE the reviewer would throw a (justified) sh** fit at how gorgeous and pulled-together Kim Raver looked at the train station. Perfectly pressed clothes, awesome hair & make up in the electronic apocalypse?? :) Either way, I do adore her and am glad to see her on here. Totally thought Nate was someone important to Tom by his overcompensation of "kill him", but didn't think it was his son. Cool development.

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The one problem I see week in and week out in the comments is people get so ticked because the characters act differently than you "think" you would. We're all different and would act differently (I for one hope I would not become completely ruthless - but enough to help Danny - while others are impatient that she's not just like Miles yet - when she's just a damn kid still). And things like "all Miles had to do was uncouple the train". Seriously? A) it was moving, B) the guy was right there so he did have to take him out first, and C) that is not a quick, easy fix - they are meant to be difficult to do, what you see in Looney Toons is not real life *smh*.
Nora appeared to be stabbed right in the oblique muscle area. It would hurt but she'll live - just like you can live from a surgery. The abdominal artery is in the middle. You can live without most of your organs there, actually: you don't really need your gall bladder, spleen, appendix, only need one kidney, and can function on just part of a liver. Nor do you "need" your uterus. So yeah, as long as you don't bleed out you will survive. Nick an artery though, anywhere in the body, and you're toast if you can't repair it. That being said, it definitely needs to continue to work out its plot holes - spends way too much time on some things and not enough on others. I think Charlie's awkwardness makes a lot of sense based on who *her* character is. Miles was probably different at 18/20, and so were you. One thing that made me laugh though, is I thought for SURE the reviewer would throw a (justified) sh** fit at how gorgeous and pulled-together Kim Raver looked at the train station. Perfectly pressed clothes, awesome hair & make up in the electronic apocalypse?? :) Either way, I do adore her and am glad to see her on here. Totally thought Nate was someone important to Tom by his overcompensation of "kill him", but didn't think it was his son. Cool development.

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Well all I can say is..... I'm out.

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oh oh oh.. there where so many problems with this episode.. I don't even know where to start. well first things first. Hoe could Miles fight like a pro against Tom and then fail so massively when he just lets nate/jason walk out. how could he not have forseen that? second, so one charater dies because she was stabbed in the leg, ok. but an other one survives getting stabbed in the lower abdomen? not saying it's not possible but still.. there are a lot more vital organs there while there are less big arteries in your leg, what are the odds? just saying. thirth: blowing up the train? sorry.. but weren't you trying to save Danny? (who is also a very weak character imo) and then maybe 10 minutes later, oh wait lets not do that, can you say plotdevice: how are we going to get them on the train, oh lets make her change her mind so they have to get on and get rid of that weak bomb that would hardly blow up the entire train. sheezj

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I had such high hope for this show when it first started, but it is a terrible disappointment! I don't think it will last long. Each episode just keeps spinning it's wheels going no where.
It has a great premise. I think it has potential if they would just bring in different writers who have the brains to get the show in a positive direction. Right now, it is too boring a to watch with too many flash backs.

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Worst episode by far. Seriously, the storyline doesn't make sense and the writing and acting are HORRIBLE. Charlie is annoying and stupid, and most of the characters' actions don't make sense. For instance: Nora joins Miles and Charlie specifically to rescue Danny. Then they see the train, and they know Danny will be on it... but she says, "I'll still blow the train up and Miles will rescue Danny beforehand." She sets the explosive on the train and then sees Danny on board... and changes her mind... only to get "badly stabbed" (but it was apparently just a scratch) by this random character who sells biographies of Joe Biden... WTF?