With Revolution on hiatus until March, viewers have plenty of time to evaluate where this NBC drama stands.
What has gone right so far with the freshman hit? Where is there room to improve?
In our holiday tradition of grading shows at their midseason breaks (follow these links for our Supernatural Report Card and The Mentalist Report Card), TV Fanatic now turns its attention to Revolution...
Best Character: Miles, hands down. He's a three-dimensional character with hopes, flaws, mistakes and humor. We’ve watched him find his place in a family and willingly go against his former best friend for the good of his family. Miles thinks rationally and is cunning when he needs to be in this guerilla war against the Militia, but we also witness a sentimental side when he wonders if he will be able to go up against his best friend, Monroe, to save Danny; or if his role in Charlie’s life is something he can live up to (see “The Plague Dogs”).
Worst Character: Nate Walker/Jason Neville. While it was quite the plot twist to find out Nate was actually the son of Tom and Julia Neville (two incredibly competent and cunning individuals), that’s about all he has going for him. Aside from saving Charlie in “The Plague Dogs” and “Soul Train," he has contributed nearly nothing to the story.
Best Episode: “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” finally began building up Revolution from all the potential it sequestered after the premiere. Swashbuckling and explosive action, the power of the pendants, reunions, a crazy cliffhanger and characters that were finally acting in ways that were rootable... this midseason finale had it all.
Worst Episode: “Sex and Drugs” offered a decently smaller moment that built good things between Miles and Charlie, but was that reason enough to use an entire episode to get that as an end result? Absolutely not.
Biggest Head Scratcher: Keeping Charlie in the forefront for so long. Charlie isn’t a very compelling character. She's better relegated as support rather than a main driver of the emotion and drama. Revolution began to take notice of this and gradually shifted her from the spotlight toward the middle as the older adults’ stories began to build.
Best WTF Moment: This is a tie with Grace and Flynn tracking the pendants and Rachel taking out Dr. Jaffe with a screwdriver. While the former offers an interesting twist on the mythology and gives me hope that there's life after blackout mystery is solved, the latter was just freaking awesome.
Worst WTF Moment: Oxygen-deprived tunnels with fresh air blowing in from an exit. I'm all for hallucinations, but let's at least try to make them somewhat plausible.
Hopes for 2013: Revolution suffered through some growing pains as it began shaping its arc, but as the stronger characters received more and more story, things started turning around. My hopes are to see Rachel, Tom, Miles and Monroe continue to grow; to receive a few answers (mainly what Grace and Flynn are doing); and for the mythology to deepen.
Overall Grade: B-
YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: What grade would you give so far to Revolution Season 1?