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Revolution Review

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  • Episode: Home (Season 1, Episode 15)
  • Starring: Daniella Alonso, Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth
  • Written By: David Rambo
  • Directed By: Jon Cassar
  • Network: NBC
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Revolution: Home Review

Tin roof rusted

By Chuck Francisco     May 02, 2013

Full spoilers in the review below!

David Lyons deserves an Emmy.

I've trod this territory before, sounding his praises from these very pages. Lyons takes Monroe from the mundane level of scowling evil dictator to nuanced mad man, tortured but beyond redemption. The man doesn't simply emote, as Monroe we're given subtle facial shifts that relay so much more detail than dialogue could. This week's episode of Revolution is about as Monroe centric as they come. I bet the situation didn't resolve itself at all in the manner he expected though.

Faced with Miles in command of a solid military company, Monroe recognizes the need to kill his old friend before more of his border outposts can be removed from the board. With that in mind, Bass loads up his lackeys for a chopper road trip to his and Miles' home town. Taking the entire town hostage in a bid to force Miles to show is cold, but for a time we doubt he'd actually murder so many people from his own life including Emma (Miles' ex fiancé with whom Bass had an affair). The final shared moment between Emma and Monroe is amazing; I held my breath as two sides of the same man fought each other in his mind. Watch it again; you can actually see the moment evil Bass mortally wounds his better sensibilities on the face of David Lyons.

Emma's reveal that she bore Bass a son is huge. How he takes it in the wake of her death is going to dictate the course of his republic's future. Will this save the better man inside of him? Will he see a child as a weakness to be found and snatched up before it can be used against him? Will Miles beat him to this child (and how would he treat the spawn of his ex fiancé)? There's quite a bit of questionable linage coming out on Revolution this half season.

We visit the Plains Nation for the first time (scenes set within The Tower aside) as Aaron and Rachel cross the Mississippi in exchange for some diamonds. I continue to be confused by Rachel's motivation. Aaron states he has two doctorates from MIT, yet she blows him off like a soccer mom would a Starbucks barista. What if she doesn't survive the journey to The Tower? Doesn't it make the most sense to trust the information to Aaron as backup? She seems so recklessly self absorbed, learning no lessons from this repeatedly punished behavior.

Aaron commands the limelight this week, crossing paths with his long ago abandoned wife, Priscilla. I find it fascinating that Aaron actually expected that she would be willing to take him back despite him running out on her. He seems to have regressed as well from the growth in brutality he was forced to learn in the plantation episode; he still cannot defend his wife with the reasonable application of violence as it's called for. It's also interesting that she settled her new family in Texas, as crazy as Miles insinuated them to be. 

I still can't get over how much of a bad ass Charlie is becoming. It's pretty much exactly what the fans asked for and the execution is sound. Did she undergo a reasonable character arc, now that we can look back on fifteen episodes worth of her? She's certainly evolved, but the real question should be: did she change in a believable manner? Despite my loud protestations about her early on, I have to conclude that it works in full context.

A few inconsistencies rear their pimply hides which I've got to address. A good friend of mine commented on the availability of premium hair dye in a post blackout world (for Emma's cherry hair); I don't find that beyond the realm of believability, given we except their designer fitted clothing. Humans have been dying their hair for centuries. Accepting that, I still cannot buy the very overweight in a post blackout world. I'm not referring to Aaron (who appears to have shed a few pounds in recent episodes) but instead the townsperson beat to death by Monroe's men. Where is the surplus of food coming from for this guy to be fifty to one hundred pounds overweight? 

Stretching my suspension of disbelief even further is Miles' ability to run after taking a bullet to the leg. My guess is that we are to assume it only grazed him, but a line of dialogue would have gone a long way toward clearing that up. His improvised bullet shield was brilliant, but I'm not sure why he disregarded it. 

Very soon after, in the burning building, a gout of flame races across the ceiling above the townsfolk; it's a case of incredibly poor looking CGI, so noticeable that it caused me to do a double take.

How delicious is Tom Neville taking the role of Miles' Georgia Federation liaison? The man is a fearsomely brilliant spark dancing above a  lake of gasoline. As tightly coordinated as this week's episode may have been, I have to image next week's Neville vs Miles standoff is going blow the doors off. So all told this was a solid outing from team Revolution.


Chuck Francisco is a columnist and critic for Mania, writing Wednesday's Shock-O-Rama, the weekly look into classic cult, horror and sci-fi. He is a co-curator of several repertoire film series at the world famousColonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. You can hear him drop nerd knowledge on weekly podcast You've Got Geek or think him a fool of a Took on Twitter.


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RedHood2010 5/2/2013 7:58:53 AM

My only problem with this is episode was when Monroe was down on the ground for what seemed like FOREVER, that NOBODY started spraying bullets at him?

I too was surprised at Aarons expectation that he and his wife would just pick up?  I could understand him being relieved that she was alive and okay, and maybe save her to make it up to her, but to think they would walk away together?  That is a lot of years after he left her.

Iridan 5/2/2013 12:18:40 PM

I still have a hard time with how fast they can travel to different locations. Monroe took helicopters to his hometown (I'm not sure where it was) but it seems like Miles got there about one day later. They really need to tighten up their writing.

CyanideRush 5/2/2013 12:23:50 PM

 Iridan, I've been turning this over in my mind. I've come to the conclusion they does really take the characters a long time to travel between places, but we're not at all being given any sort of information to tell us that. What makes me believe this is the speed which wounds heal between episodes. It's leading me to believe that time really is lapsing. They really would do well to show us dates/times at the beginning of each episode so we don't have to speculate on it.


gumbo82 5/2/2013 12:29:52 PM

This show is terrible. I set my DVR to record it and wanted to give it shot since Jon Favreau and Abrams were attached to it but it is time to accept the reality that this show is getting cancelled.

CyanideRush 5/2/2013 12:33:14 PM

 Gumbo82, I'd love to hear why you think it's terrible. I don't think it's being cancelled though; it was just renewed for a second season. -Chuck

gumbo82 5/2/2013 12:53:49 PM

I can't get attached to the characters. Charlie is hot but she is all over the place when it comes to who she is and how she reacts to certain situations. By the way, how does a removable flash drive power a helicopter? Certain aspects like that have me wanting to turn it off but I kept watching. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. It just wasn't entertaining. The fact that it's supposed to be a puzzler but I don't really care what the truth is tells me I should give up. I'm glad you like it but it's not working for me. Maybe it will get better.

CyanideRush 5/2/2013 1:04:00 PM

 No worries man, I just curious. Do you not think Charlie's been much more consistent and believable lately?

If I'm speculating correctly, the housing of the pendant is sheilded against the power sucking nanites and contains a signal broadcaster. The Flashdrive part contains the code which dictates the instructions to the nanites. So together it tells the local area nanites to stop draining power (and posibly to give power to objects in range). I'm totally speculating, but that's what I figure is going on.

I'm sorry you aren't enjoying it, but thanks for answering me. Cheers! -Chuck

Iridan 5/3/2013 10:17:55 AM

Right, the flash drive does not power the helicopter. It works with the pendant to stop the nanites.

How long would it take to walk from Philly to Georgia? I don't know, but I figure it would be a long time. I don't know where their home town is, but it seemed like Miles showed up shortly after Monroe arrived. Maybe they should just show more horses.

It also seemed a little to coincidental that Aaron just happened to bump into his wife.

Anyway, despite a few complaints, I enjoy the show.

ddiaz28 5/6/2013 12:01:49 PM

Iridan, Cyanide.  I made the same comment in last week's review regarding the speed at which everyone travels.  They need to mark the passage of time better.  I'm sure time is passing between shots but when from one cut to another these characters have walked hundreds of miles, it's a little jarring.



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