You came out the gate impressively... but as time dragged on you became less and less watchable. Sure, you had some good ideas and some halfway decent episodes, but you’re mostly residing in mediocrity, as noted and detailed in the following TV Fanatic Report Card.
Best Episode: The series premiere. It’s where all of Revolution held so much promise. The lights were out, and Charlie’s world was beginning to fall apart as her family was taken away from her. Charlie was determined to bring whatever semblance of family she had left back together and then rescue Danny. She was one girl going on one small adventure in a world with far greater problems. The pilot did its job exceptionally well in introducing the potential of the show; sadly that momentum died quickly.
Worst Episode: When “The Plague Dogs” killed off Maggie – one of the stronger characters this season – so quickly it left Miles as the only person capable of carrying the dramatic side of the show. Additionally, Maggie’s death did absolutely nothing to further the stakes or characters. It was merely a poor decision for shock value; for Revolution to metaphorically put its hands in the air and yell, “we’re not afraid of killing off interesting characters!”
In a fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice shame on me way, ”Sex and Drugs” ended up being the confirmation I had hoped I would never see after “The Plague Dogs.” The latter was a filler episode thrown in early on in Revolution’s first half (episode six) and it culminated in everything currently wrong with the series: pacing and boring, two-dimensional characters. The guest stars and flashbacks ended up telling far more compelling stories than the main plots could ever hope to.
Best Character: Rachel Matheson. Rachel is engaging, flawed and desperate. She puts everything on the line to make sure she gets the revenge she’s desperately seeking against Monroe for everything he’s done to her family and she does not care what gets in her way. She willingly decides to take the risk of a scorched Earth if it means being Monroe-free. She’s given up and sacrificed her children and her life to see that Monroe pays.
Worst Character: Monroe somehow sunk to the bottom. Watching him grow more crazed and desperate to finish whatever it was he wanted to finish with Miles only made him more and more cartoonish. With any luck Monroe will be struck by the lightning as he ran away from The Tower.
Best Reveal: The President of the United States is alive and well…and hiding in Guantanamo Bay. It has the potential to bring the series back to what made it compelling in the beginning.
Hopes for Next Season: Revolution needs to find a way to reinvent itself. It is no longer behind The Voice and will be forced to stand on its own. With the power on and the President back in…power, It’s the perfect time to begin redefining the stakes and the outcomes. But, most importantly, the characters, while better from where they are, are still mostly inconsistent and generic. There are very few that I want to root for, and the ones that I do end up connecting to end up getting killed.
Season Grade: C-
YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: What grade would you give Revolution Season 1?