Killing off a character is a significant event on a television show, so it’s interesting that NBC’s Revolution went there so early in its first season. The question on my mind going into ‘Soul Train’ (aside from wondering how the popular dance show fits into the dystopian world of Revolution) is how much of an impact the death will have.
Let’s bitch it out…
As always, let’s break down the pros, cons and draws of the episode.
- Geography lessons: A quick peek at the map reveals that the Monroe republic is one of several independent states, including the Georgia Federation to the South, Plains Nation to the East, California Commonwealth (far East) with Wasteland sandwiched in between (Side Note: hilariously the map still ends at the Canada/US border). Small touches like this and the horses pulling a car help to make the show more interesting/memorable
- Nora’s (Daniella Alonso) logbomb: Neat concept!
- Miles’ (Billy Burke) look of resignation as Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) is tossed off the train: You just know he’s thinking “Why do I bring this b*tch along?”. The more that they acknowledge how much Charlie sucks, the happier I will be
- “Nate” (JD Pardo) is Jason, Neville’s son: Feels like I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t. So kudos to Revolution for that
- Maggie’s (Anna Lise Phillips) death: Killing the doc has about as little impact as the time it takes for the group to bury her.
- Jason’s escape: A guy with his hands tied behind his back can outjump, outclimb, and outrun a man with a sword. Weak…
- Charlie’s attack on Neville: You have arrows. G*d you are useless! Also as useless as Danny (Graham Rogers) – who literally cannot fight or escape no matter how hard he tries.
Draw (Jury’s Still Out)
- Good guest stars in bland roles: Jeff Fahey guests as Hutch, the lone rebel in Noblesville, who has a surface-level motivation to avenge his dead wife by blowing up the train. That’s it (aside from stabbing Nora). Same goes for Kim Raver as Neville’s wife, who looks pretty and then gets concerned when Neville Hulks out (see below)
- The train hijack: Much like the bridge explosion in 1×02 ‘Chained Heat’, this action sequence exists to entertain viewers who need a weekly action fix. It’s not bad, it’s just not good either. It’s completely perfunctory
- 12 Pendants:
JulietRachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) caves when she sees Danny and immediately gives up the electricity pendant to Monroe (David Lyons). A) Way to give in and B) 12?! Ugh – this feels like the search for the videotapes on Fringe. When they assemble the 12 will they unite to form a giant pendant like in Japanese anime or something?
Lazy Writing of the Week Award – TIE
- Neville’s (Giancarlo Esposito) backstory: A mild mannered man loses his humanity when pushed to the brink by a-holes. Oh gosh, I’ve never seen this story before (*cough Straw Dogs, Last House On The Left cough*).
- Nora is stabbed, but she’s okay (because – you know – the team doctor died last week). How convenient
- Danny (to Neville): “Does it make you feel tough, beating up an eighteen year old kid?” If we use Neville’s backstory, Danny should become just like him, so he can look forward to doing the same thing in fifteen years
- Hutch (stabbing Nora): “I have to do this for my wife!” Oldest excuse in the book. I stab women every other day in line at the store because my wife was killed by rebels. And when they try to grab the last box of crackers. And when they walk slowly
- Charlie (rah-rahing the team after their spectacular failure at rescuing Danny): “Nora, are you in or are you going to try and kill my brother again?” Zing!
So that’s Revolution‘s fifth episode. Are you sad that Maggie barely got a send off? Can you believe that Danny failed to escape again? Did you like Neville’s backstory or feel it was too cliched? And how much did you wish Charlie was either run over by the train or blown up by the logbomb? Hit the comments below
Revolution airs Mondays at 10pm EST on NBC