Revolution

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Revolution Review: Welcome to Bland-land

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Because Revolution spent plenty of time catching up to Danny two weeks ago, the gang took a pit stop to get Nora all patched up.

Travels Through Unfriendly Territory

As always, "Sex and Drugs" continued Revolution’s attempts to spin together complex characters surviving in a complex situation, and, as always, it completely missesd the mark. The situation is certainly complex, but the characters are trying to fit squares into round, three-dimensional holes. Granted, it’s going to take some time to smooth the edges of this shape until it becomes a circle, and I really am trying not to be impatient.

But when the words and actions on the page come across so poorly that I’m actively rooting for the villain of the week to successfully murder nearly every single character... well, things could be better.

Charlie’s reminiscing as she took a bath was bad. All of the terrible things that have happened to Charlie before and during this journey to save Danny should have sparked something within her, and without the montage reminding us of what has happened the scene would have been completely lost. 

Perhaps it’s taking Spiridakos and the writing team some extra time to figure out what is and isn’t working for Charlie as a character and my complaints will be long forgotten by the end of the season. But until that happens, if it does, other characters should be picking up more of the slack.

Not all about the episode was bad, however. Learning more about Aaron’s backstory certainly upped his appeal, although some of it by proxy. Mostly because I found Aaron’s wife, Priscilla, and Sean, the man who ends up helping them survive, to be incredibly compelling characters in their own right. Priscilla’s dedication to him was genuinely heart-warming, going against the stereotype of the beautiful woman only being interested in the rich, nerdy guy for his money. She was truly with him for thick and thin, and stayed by his side.

Other thoughts:

  • Danny and Rachel are finally reunited, and I’m truly excited to see what happens next with them on Monroe’s compound.
  • Aaron’s value suddenly increased greatly after Jason informed Monroe that he has a pendant.
  • A horse pulling an actual cart today!

Review

Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.7 / 5.0 (100 Votes)

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

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This show keeps getting worse---and I really wanted to like it, had so much potential. But I don't care for any of these characters! I don't really care what they do or who gets hurt next! If anything else was on television, I'd watch--maybe I'll Netflix a movie!!
Dumbest bunch of survivors I've ever watched!

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The premise of the episode was that a drug kingpin could become rich and powerful by running a heroin operation. That doesn't hold water. It's like Prohibition: you can't have organized crime bosses getting rich off of bootlegging unless alcohol is illegal. Opium was inexpensive and abundant before laws were passed to regulate it. The poppies on that farm can also produce morphine and a variety of other painkillers with legitimate medical uses.

Fortyseven

@Lady, Charlie is the farthest thing from real. She grew up in a post-apocalyptic hell but doesn't act like it.

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The moment when the sidekick turns out to be a clever badass ;-) Totally liked Aaron's story!
Charlie's still annoying, but I'm not sure if I'm not liking the character in general or if the actress is just bad... Agree this episode was a filler, nothing more.

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I like the show, and I disagree with the notion that the actors are bad or that Charlie is a bad character. I think Charlie is a REAL character, and that's what people dislike. They don't want a real person, they are watching TV to see a fantasy. They want a heroine that is intelligent, quick-witted, and always makes decisions they agree with. It's hard to find a balance of stupid and smart but in this situation I think they hit the money right. In The Amazing Spiderman, they didn't hit that sweet spot. I found myself facepalming half the time. With Charlie I can see where she's coming from and I can understand. Yes, I personally would have talked to the guy and explained. But she is how old? She's a teenager, and she's being emotional and not thinking clearly and is scared and has no idea how he is going to respond. She's REAL and that's what people aren't enjoying. She's not someone they want to root for, she's just a person. I agree that they're still smoothing the characters out and the writers are at this point still trying to "find" Charlie. They want to find and cultivate the Charlie that audiences will grow to love. However doing that without adhering to the typical Television Heroine Kick-Ass Girl trope is going to be difficult and so far I think they are doing a good job avoiding it. I look forward to seeing how everything plays out because I enjoy that these are characters I can relate to for once.

Fortyseven

Put it out of its misery.

Marissa

This wasnt the best episode. It seemed more like a filler episode. The next episode looks good so can't wait for that. The only thing this episode had me wondering is of Arron's wife is still alive and if she is will the see each other again.

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this show is just bad. I was into it at the start but week after week it makes me sick seeing Charlie's poor acting and how poorly some things are written together. Why did Charlie have to kill that guy? Why didn't she sneak in and talk to him. Tell him to lay low until her and her group can leave then they could have their way with them. It is such a bad show. Sorry but cancel this soon and start with something new.

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