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Revolution Review: Haunting

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"Ghosts" revealed some of the events leading up to the blackout and the repercussions of it that still haunt certain Revolution characters, notably Rachel and Flynn.

The Thick of the Fight

Even as Rachel continues her attempts to at reconnecting with Charlie, she acknowledges (indirectly) that their relationship is still strained and that Miles has a better emotional connection with Charlie. In their small time together, they’ve built a bond that Rachel can’t compete with; Rachel is still stuck in this limbo between being an active parent and being a resistance fighter.

The weight and responsibility of Rachel’s actions heavily influence and drive her decision making process; she admits her own faults as a mother, but doesn’t want to let those faults get in the seeing more children die.

A recurring part of Revolution Season 1 is this form of dramatic irony the villains are under. Everyone wants to remake the world in his/her own image, the blackout happens to be the starting point to starting anew, and they believe that power in the hands of the few can create a new and perfect universe.

Flynn believes this and Monroe believes a version of it as well. They are both driven by good intentions that have gone askew somewhere down the line, and they cling to the hope that by wielding power no one else can access they can reshape their surroundings into something better or greater than what came before; conveniently disregarding what happens when some people have everything and some have nothing.

Miles’ decision to recruit his band of buddies, again, to try to assassinate Monroe - again! - is repetitive. Miles has had two chances to kill Monroe now, but instead lets him live out of respect for the friendship they once shared. Why go see the wizard again? Miles has proven he’s not the go to guy capable of killing Monroe. At this point, Rachel or Charlie should go kill him – at least their intent to kill to Monroe wouldn’t be in question.

Revolution did reveal more details leading up to the blackout. Flynn is the one who gave the go ahead signal to unleash “the virus” that originates from the tower, and Ben and Rachel still don’t believe that their testing is thorough enough nor is Flynn’s timetable acceptable.

Other Thoughts

  • Miles sure can rip through bad guys.
  • Congratulations are in order to Charlie for being a badass and for finally showing some emotion.
  • More shout outs to Stephen King tonight.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (42 Votes)

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

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i dont know how you can say miles isnt up to killing monrow considering the last time they met they had a huge sword fight and miles seemed pretty intent on killing monrow

Watchestoomuch

Note that there was some speculation in the Manhattan Project, the crash program that led up to the development the first nuclear weapons ever tested and the only nuclear weapons ever used in war, that the fission bomb would set off a chain reaction in the atmosphere, leading to the extinction of life on Earth. The consensus among scientists was that this was extremely unlikely ... but the fact is that they did not know 100% for certain -- how could they? -- what would happen when they conducted their first test. "Revolution" may not have been inspired by the debate over the possible destruction of the atmosphere by the A-bomb ... but, then again, maybe it was.

Watchestoomuch

@San: " I'm not sure which target they tried to eliminate but I thought it was some kind of, well, immediate object like a (head-)quarter or something? Because I understood it this way: Flynn wanted to turn the power off in certain areas while Rachel and Ben warned him something bigger might happen when he tries to do it so soon?!" They did announce the target. Approx. 38 minutes into the episode, Flynn says "We start with the Taliban compound in Peshawar." Peshawar is a city of nearly 3 million in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. Conducting your first major field test of a weapons system in a large allied city is not exactly a sensible thing to do, but TV veers wildly between portraying the military as sainted saviors, on one hand, and bigoted idiots on the other. Note that there was some speculation in the Manhattan Project, the crash program that led up to the development the first nuclear weapons ever tested and the only nuclear weapons ever used in war, that the fission bomb would set off a chain reaction in the atmosphere, leading to the extinction of life on Earth. The consensus among scientists was that this was extremely unlikely ... but the fact is that they did not know 100% for certain -- how could they? -- what would happen when they conducted their first test. "Revolution" may not have been inspired by the debate over the possible destruction of the atmosphere by the A-bomb ... but maybe it was.

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Loved the episode but I do think Rachel needs to remember that her daughter is no longer a child and that she is a fighter. I'm sure Charley will ask for her mother's advice at some point but Rachel, for whatever reason she left home, didn't finish raising her children and should not be offering advice at this late date. Also, Jim's wife is not a believable character. Not if she really loved him.

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Rachel is the same creepy character the actor played in Lost. I can't separate her from that earlier role. Love the back story as they insert it judiciously. Charlie is getting more interesting but she is still too much a Katniss wannabe. Love Miles and the dude with the beard, and the villains are always good theater.

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I loved the episode! Again a very strong one, just like last week's. Miles was awesome as usual, it's always nice to see Monroe and Neville, Charlie obviously learnt how to not annoy me every second she's on screen and the interaction between Aaron and Rachel was also good. WatchesTooMuch, I'm not sure which target they tried to eliminate but I thought it was some kind of, well, immediate object like a (head-)quarter or something? Because I understood it this way: Flynn wanted to turn the power off in certain areas while Rachel and Ben warned him something bigger might happen when he tries to do it so soon?!

Watchestoomuch

They risked taking down the global power grid and killing off a significant portion of the global population ... in order to hurt the TALIBAN? That makes about as much sense as nuking the Taliban. They're decentralized, they don't have cities, they don't have advanced infrastructure, they're among the LEAST suitable targets for this sort of attack. And the electricity inhibitor is a VIRUS? Huh? This nonsense does not negate the fact that the episode was action-packed and intense. Nor does it negate the fact that it was also annoying. Miles leads the bad guys to his old frenemy's house. Rachel has to be so slow in destroying her work that she risks getting herself caught, and then she and the group do a crappy job of hiding. The good guys easily slaughter the bad guys ... because they're good guys. As for the good intentions of Monroe and Flynn ... neither makes a very convincing humanitarian. It would be much cooler if they really did seem to be noble guys pursuing noble goals.

Marissa

Great episode. Miles, Nora, and Miles' friend kicked but and it was awesome. Charlie also like but all on her own taking out militia guys one at a time was great. Was glad to find out more about the blackout. Can't wait till the nex episode it looks really good and it looks like we get to see Jason again.

Revolution Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Conan the Librarian.

Miles

Aaron: It's a freaking flash drive? Rachel, what's on the flash drive?
Rachel: Nothing now.

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