by Billie Doux
This episode began in a very Supernatural way, with a catchy song and a "road so far" sequence of clips. But it was no "Carry On Wayward Son". And Revolution is no Supernatural. Not yet, anyway.
When the episode began, I said to Dan, "Nora is so toast. Someone is going to die and she is by far and away the most disposable character." And voila. Nora's exit was full of self-sacrifice and totally lacked the element of surprise as well as any emotional resonance whatsoever. At least she got that final cool scene with the bomb, reminding us that she was originally supposed to be a bad ass.
But I spent the entire episode hoping they would kill off Monroe. And they didn't! We got Miles and Monroe fighting on the beach. Then they were fighting in the woods. At one point while the lightning was hitting the ground behind him, I was hoping Monroe would get electrocuted. But nooooooo! Frankly, the best part of the Miles/Monroe conflict in this episode was Neville saying,
"I could never say this under your employ, but you have become foolish and deranged. And you have a borderline erotic fixation on Miles Matheson. There. I said it. I feel better."
My favorite line for the entire season. No contest.
Okay, I did enjoy the moment where Miles just looked at Monroe, Monroe picked up on the unspoken communication, and they both turned on their common enemy. It made it feel like they actually were old friends once. And that was the focus of the flashbacks, of course, the bombing in the café about five years ago, and Monroe's psycho decision to execute the offender's wife and family. It felt as if that incident was the turning point for Miles.
I don't usually divide my review sections with quotes, but I think I will this time.
Grace: "We still don't know what went wrong the first time."
The scenes in the Tower with Rachel and Aaron changing the nanowhatever code command, which allowed Randall Flynn to launch a nuclear strike on Atlanta and Philadelphia, felt like a big game changer -- if the nukes actually hit, since it hadn't happened yet when the episode ended. When they cut to the president at the United States Colony in Guantanamo Bay, I couldn't help laughing out loud. Maybe not the reaction the writers were hoping for. Or who knows, maybe it was.
So much for Randall Flynn (Colm Feore). It didn't make sense for his character to off himself, though. Especially without seeing the bombs actually hit their target. Although maybe that was the point -- he did his duty, but couldn't bear to watch it happen.
Jason: (to his father) "Sorry, sir, but my head is spinning from how quickly you switched sides."
Charlie and Jason are having somewhat parallel parental experiences these days, with Charlie completely furious at Rachel leaving Nora to die, while Jason watched Neville use deception to take over the local Monroe militia. Neville wants it to appear that he is neither brutal nor capricious, but in fact, Neville is as evil as Monroe. Possibly eviler. He's just smart enough to keep his evil a secret, something Monroe isn't capable of doing. Or maybe it's that Monroe believes that killing innocent people on a whim is perfectly okay, because it's him. At least Neville is aware that it's a bad thing.
Bits and pieces:
-- I liked that the secret key card that will ultimately cause the destruction of much of the east coast was hidden behind the photo of George W. Bush.
-- I also liked how our TV screens went black for a few seconds after Aaron hit the button. Nice touch. Although...
-- When we first got into the level 12 computer room, all of the computers were on. No screen savers? Wouldn't the monitors have burned out by now?
And in conclusion,
Dan told me a couple of weeks ago that he can tell I'm not really into this show because of the tone of my reviews. And he's right, I admit it. This week, we heard that Ben Edlund, arguably the best writer on Supernatural, is jumping ship and moving over to work for Kripke on Revolution. It's certainly a good first step toward making Revolution a better show. But I haven't decided yet if I'm going to continue reviewing it.
What do you all think? Is Revolution a keeper? Can you see the potential? Or have you had enough already? How many erotic fixations on Miles Matheson out of four for this freshman season finale?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.