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Revolution Review: "The Stand"

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After a four-month break, Revolution returned to NBC tonight, more electrifying than ever. 

"The Stand" posed more questions, featured more conflict, presented more power, included more weapons, and, overall, delivered more drama than ever before.

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However, for all the firepower that are now in the hands of the rebels and the militia, the price of power is still paid in the same way: death. In a moment of joy and complete sadness that transaction was completed on the spring premiere. Danny was able to take down Monroe’s helicopter with the amplifier on board, but as the other chopper went down from its sudden loss of power, so did Danny as the bullets went flying through him.

It was uplifting to finally see the family back together after watching so many detours in the first half of the season. The emotional whiplash as I went from elation to yelling at my screen as Danny was gunned down... nothing could have possibly prepared me for it. While I’ve had fault with some of Revolution Season 1, at its core the show has always been a family drama. So to see Danny killed gutted me.

In hindsight, Danny’s death - while completely devastating to watch - is necessary for Charlie and Rachel. Something needed to be done to remove the barriers between them. Charlie is still holding resentment at Rachel for never coming back to them and she’s lost almost all of her family now. The comfort she gives Rachel as they are mourning Danny is the beginning step in healing their relationship.

But Rachel still holds a lot of answers and she’s been unwilling to give them up. Every time there’s a chance of learning a little more about Revolution’s past, Rachel’s past, or how the blackout came to be ,she ends up dodging the question. It’s even alluded to that Rachel’s faked her own death.

Then there’s Rachel cutting a hole in Danny’s corpse to remove a tracking device. Danny’s been through enough as it is - and he can’t even find some peace in death.

Jason, meanwhile, is finally standing up to Tom. He makes the distinction between fighting and butchering. Jason, for as much grief as he’s gotten in some Revolution reviews in the past, finally drew his line in the sand and stood by it. Contrast this with Tom, who is mostly redrawing the line wherever he can as a matter of survival, and Jason ends up being far more like the man Tom used to be than he is now.

If Jason is to join the rebels, then they have the potential to really do some damage against Miles’ sudden need for a Manifest Destiny battle for the Monroe Republic. Which could be the perfect counterweight to Flynn’s decision to contact the Monroe Republic.

Other thoughts:

  • The place Grace is being held at is named “The Tower.”
  • Since Flynn drove to Monroe, I would guess that The Tower and Militia aren’t very far apart.
  • Miles and Rachel still have some kind of chemistry between them that is not being explained.
  • Locking themselves in the walk in refrigerator as everything is blowing up around them is very Indiana Jones.

Grade Revolution's midseason premiere! Did it pass or fail?

 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (47 Votes)

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Worth the wait! Glad the show is back. I totally love Miles and Rachel, I'm guessing they fell in love with each other, Monroe felt betrayed for some reason and faked Rachel's death (hoping Miles would just forget her in time) and the plan backfired on him. I like the new developments. But I have to say, it's funny how possible spoilers are handled on TVFanatic: asking Who died and showing a picture of Danny right next to it ;-) You guys did the same with Lori's death on TWD and Cora's on OUAT.

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the budget for this show is impressive wow
this was the first episode l actually felt connected to the characters
Charlie also seems better than she was last year l hope it sticks
-l enjoy watching her scenes with Jason
Miles and Rachel's actors are the best next to Tom Neville and Monroes everyone else hasn't had an opportunity to show their chops

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Awesome episode, glad this show is back.

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U know i was thinking the same thing mindi.It looked like they were going to kiss.I think her "death" may have been the reason miles left the militia.he sounded so scared when he asked if monroe hurt her.I personally love them but i also love him and nora.Its going to be an intense triangle.With danny dying,i was so sad.finally having his family reunited and then him dying?and watching rachel at the end just killed me.what a great show and what great actors.Special accolades to elizabeth and billy,they brought it this episode.

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So worth the wait!!I loved this episode and even though it broke my heart to see Danny die,it was so brave what he did and just propelled the story forward in a major way.Now as for Miles and Rachel...maybe I'm imagining it, but did he almost kiss her?They were leaning in until she moved back.I have no idea what transpired between them but I love their chemistry and can't wait to find out!!Love this show!Its the best one out there.

Marissa

Great returning episode I loved it. When I saw the previews for this half of the season and saw Charlie trying to run towards someone I figured someone had been killed and I had a very good feeling it was probably Danny but I was still shocked when he died especially since it happened so fast. I truly wanted to cry when Danny died but I couldn't because I haven't seen him enough and even though he wa important and in like every episode he wasnt as big as a character for me and he didn't give me enough to make me love him and make me really miss him. I felt like killing him was the right hung to do and it had to be done for the other characters to grow. I will miss Danny and feel terrible especially since they just got their family back. From the previews of the next episode it looks like Jason joins there group. I was so glad that Jason finally realized what was right and stood up to his father and left the militia. I was very happy when he came clean to Charlie about who he really is. When Neville hit him and kept punching him and said he was a disappointment I couldn't believe that because all the times before it seemed like he loved his son and wanted to protect him but after that it seems like he doesn't care enough about him to listen to him and make the right choice but when he was with Monroe and he told him his son was dead it showed he does still care. I can't wait till the next episode it looks really good.

Revolution Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Those choppers, we're not fighting. We're butchering.

Jason

I'm coming with you, someone's gotta keep you in one piece.

Miles [to Rachel]
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