Revolution Review: Power Play

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"The Dark Tower" was mostly concerned with tying up loose ends for some Revolution characters, while widening the emotional gaps between others. It also set out to fundamentally redefine the show - and it succeeded beautifully.


The small moment that changed everything for Miles - Monroe killing a rebel’s wife and children - was what ultimately altered Miles’ entire outlook on the militia. Tom is right: Monroe’s obsession with Miles is borderline erotic.

The latter’s friendship with Monroe completely dissipated after he killed the rebel’s wife and kids, as he lost all interest in ever getting it back to a better place. He acknowledged what they once shared, but Miles merely uses Monroe as a distraction to get in The Tower, not caring if he gets shot or not in his escape to the forest.

Rachel’s singular mission of turning the power back on blinded her to all of the consequences and drawbacks; she wanted Monroe gone even if it meant powering up wars. Watching Monroe burn is the only solace she’s willing to accept after Danny’s death.

This sole focus is also the reason why Nora is now dead. While Nora has never been the most interesting of characters, her passing does have lasting consequences for Miles. He has a genuine love for her and she literally dies in his arms as he’s trying to rescue her. Nora might believe he always chose Rachel above her and it’s tragic that only in death did she get an honest answer: he chose her over Rachel.

Watching Nora die only further alienates Charlie from Rachel. Charlie looks to her mother for some kind of affection and Rachel usually opens up and gives Charlie what she emotionally needs. It’s only fleeting, however, as Rachel always pulls away or becomes focused on something else. Rachel wants to reconnect with her daughter, but she continually believes she has more important things to do. Rachel is out of free passes at this point with Charlie.

For all the faults I gave Revolution Season 1, the show was always ready and willing to answer questions and propel itself forward in new and interesting directions. Tonight was no exception.

But nothing could have prepared for Flynn’s final mission.

I assumed Flynn wanted to get the power back on because he viewed himself as the last living American determined to bring The Union back to life in his own image. And, while some of that turns out to be true, in the end he was a patriot following through with his final mission. Manipulating and using the pendants to his advantage Flynn was able to lead everyone back to The Tower, sending nukes directly to the Philadelphia and Georgia, and allowing the real President of the United States to be leave the safety… of Guantanamo Bay.

What are you thoughts on Revolution's season finale?

The Dark Tower Review

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Revolution Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

Rachel: Randall, what are you saying?
Flynn: I'm a patriot Rachel.

You think I give two craps about Monroe?