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Revolution Review: The Life and Death of Sebastian Monroe

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I was left with one overwhelming thought as Revolution Season 2 Episode 6 came to a close:

I really hope Monroe isn’t dead.

Monroe's Motives

One thing Revolution Season 2 has done very well is make Monroe a likeable character. Last season never really gave him that chance. There was flashback Monroe and present Monroe, and no links were offered to show why Monroe snapped, or turned in to, the ruthless man who carved out his own corner of the country.

That link was offered tonight, though, with the flashback of Monroe losing Shelly and his baby after the blackout. That loss was the catalyst that shaped present day Monroe.

Before talking about Monroe, I really want to talk about the flashbacks to the campgrounds. I absolutely fell in love with it for those brief few minutes we were there. A show about a group of people learning how to survive after a blackout - and flash forwarding to the future to learn their outcomes - sounds like a compelling show. It’s very Jack & Bobby and I would DVR it instantly.

Getting back to Monroe: this season is a character study focusing on him. He’s lost everything he has to the Patriots, and his run in with Charlie forces him to reexamine what is important to him. Monroe wants to get back to what works with Miles, and part of doing that is taking down the Patriots.

The rekindling of their friendship was probably part of what saved Rachel, Charlie and Miles’ lives. Monroe didn’t give them up for information. He took his punishment and remained tight lipped.

Well, the gesture was nice on his part, but the likely reason they aren’t dead is because of Gene. In an episode full of surprises, Gene working for the Patriots was the biggest.

I wonder if Rachel suspects her father. Between her phoniness with Charlie in front of Gene, preparing the syringe for Monroe’s lethal injection and then going to dig up his gravesite... something feels off. Rachel’s a smart girl, has she figured Gene out?

Tom and Secretary Allenford’s run in with the Hitler Youth Camp on Meth very much mirrors Monroe. Tom, too, has lost most everything he holds dear, and it’s only after he finds out what kind of danger he’s put his son in does he actually realize his mistakes:

I have lost damn near everything in this world, but you are my son you are all that’s left. So whatever it takes you are gonna come back from this.

Tom

Jason sacrificed for Tom and followed him when he didn’t have to. Now Jason is in this drug-induced killing machine phase, and it’s time for Tom to step up as a father.

Even after this Tom’s speech, I’m having difficulty believing a word of it. He always has an angle and a plan for himself.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (54 Votes)

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

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I love d way it was played bt i belived racheal faked his death cos monroe my man cant jst be dead now.

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Well I don't think he is dead. I mean if he was, why would Rachel be digging him up.

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So sick of Monroe almost dying or escaping death every other episode,done with this pos show, it'll be canceled soon

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I was wondering that maybe the reason they have apparently killed off Monroe only to bring him back is to give some real momentum to making him a character the viewers can have a much more positive feeling. If they can pull it off and it appears they might do it, it would be a bit of a feat on their part.

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I want to know who Monroe's son is. I have a crazy theory on who it might be. but will wait and see if they tell us before this current season ends.
With Rachel bing a scientist it wouldn't be hard for her to make a "cocktail" of sorts to make it look like Monroe was dead.. 10 bucks says he's not dead. Too important to the storyline to die... yet.

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Best episode this season. And, I do believe that Monroe is alive with the aid of Rachel. He is too pivotal a character to kill off.

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Monroe's death seems very Romeo and Juliet.. Take a syrum that slows down your bloodstream, stops your pulse, makes you appear dead, etc. He'll most likely wake up in the coffin underground just in time for Rachel to save him (thank goodness)!

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I assume I am not the only one who didnt believe that Monroe would be killed off because this is after all a TV and he plays a key role in it. Because of that when I saw Rachel with the needle used to execute him I wondered is this going to be a fake out where she actually has a liquid that will appear to have killed him but really does not. Of course when I saw Rachel with the shovel that confirmed for me at least that this is in fact what happened. It would appear Charlie's lecture about Rachel not always being right about everything hit home with here. That coupled with Miles telling her they cant beat the Patriots without Monroe ties things together for me at least. Did anyone else suspect that Rachel put into play faking Monroe's death?

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@ tompapp

That's exactly what I was thinking. Also, if you watch the preview for next week's episode, I'm pretty sure you can see him.