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Revolution "Ghosts" Review: Grieving on the Run

Revolution S01E12: "Ghosts"


This is my first time reviewing Revolution this season, so this is the first time I've really had to formulate my thoughts about the show. For a long time, Revolution didn't give me much to think about because it was too wrapped up in being dull and dumb. But now that the series has found itself a little bit in the last four episodes, trying to pin down where I stand with the show isn't easy. "Ghost" tells me that Eric Kripke and his team are still trying to figure everything out themselves, but there's a central tension now integral to Revolution's ongoing narrative that is, at least in the short term, going to keep the show from being anywhere close to great. 

Turning on the power happened really, really quickly. 

Now, hear me out: We've seen too many of these post-Lost shows screw around with their primary mystery/question/narrative for too long, resulting in plodding episodes that allude to a larger story but never fully get there. While the novelty of the post-blackout world carried the show in its first few episodes, I think most of us, and Kripke, recognized that "cool, swords!" wasn't going to drive 20 hours' worth of story. From a macro-level storytelling perspective and also for pure entertainment value, powering up some vehicles and tech makes so much sense. Just look at the last few episodes: The number of shootouts, chases, and showdowns has increased quite substantially, but so have the quote-unquote answers. In "Ghosts," we got confirmation that Rachel was working for Randall pre-blackout, and we learned that they were working for the Department of Defense and that Randall, burdened by his son's death in the Middle East, rushed whatever device down the pipeline, and that's probably what messed up all the lights.

Think about that. Even if we learn next week that there's more to the story (and we almost certainly will), Revolution is already answering the biggest question everyone had before the saw the pilot (who turned off the power?). This was Episode 12! Kripke and company clearly have a larger story in mind, but it's also apparent that the writers room knows that the best approach to this kind of story is to keep forcing yourself into situations where you have to tell the audience what's going on. Being overly secretive doesn't work anymore; push the narrative forward. 

HOWEVER, here's the problem with juicing up, overloading on the shootouts, and forcing the characters to move much faster or face more deadly obstacles every 25 minutes: During that slow period, Revolution struggled quite mightily to make many of the characters interesting. Consequently, the story is now up and running and it seems on the surface like the stakes are higher. But characters are still just moving from location to location, picking up stuff or old allies, stopping only to briefly deliver weak dialogue about moving on or rising up. 

Although I sort of appreciated how the show admitted that Danny was nothing more than a MacGuffin, the way "Ghosts" handled the aftermath of his death is telling. The episode gave us one very quick scene with his burial and with Charlie ignoring her mother's tearful pleas (few actresses almost-cry better than Elizabeth Mitchell). From there, the story was off again, with Miles drunkenly deciding that he was going to lead the resistance and kill Monroe, but only with his old crew, and with Charlie completely shutting down and throwing herself into dangerous resistance aids. 

Was Danny really worth remembering? No. But seeing that the show really and truly only saw the character as a plot device—and one that the writers apparently aren't even interested in using to make a dramatic impact—is disheartening. If we see Charlie, Miles, Rachel, and the rest of the gang avoiding hails of bullets every week and death isn't treated like it means something, why should we ever think anyone is in danger? 

To the episode's credit, it made a real effort to tell a series of stories about how people deal with loss and/or trauma. Surprisingly, Charlie's shutdown after Danny's death was the most successful. No shots at Tracy Spiridakos, but she certainly plays Charlie more cold and detached than anything. Spiridakos mostly held her own during Charlie's big blowout with Rachel, and I don't blame Charlie for being angry with her mother—especially in light of Danny's death. The problem is that "Ghosts" was too interested in other things to push Charlie's emotional instability further, and by the end of the episode, she and Rachel had mostly reconciled, cried about their loss, and hugged it out. Apparently Revolution didn't have time to foster a legitimate tension between mother and daughter, because it had a chopper to power up!

The stories of Randall and Jim (the always solid Malik Yoba) were probably more clearly followed throughout the episode, but less interesting than what was going on between Charlie and Rachel. In flashbacks, we learned about the death of Randall's son, and then we saw him holding the dog tags right before he made one of humanity's worst decisions, which skipped a few steps but got the point across that this was a man who so badly wanted to cease the conflict that brought him pain that he'd do anything. That contrasted a little with Randall in the "current" timeline, where he's jaded to the point where he believes only a few people should have power and safely provide it to everyone else. Politics aside, Randall apparently still trusts himself enough to rule this world even though he seemingly destroyed the last one. 

Jim was mostly a means to an end here, despite Yoba's decent work. So much of his story was just so familiar, and we had to hear it in lots of miserable dialogue. Jim mentioned his new life and his family often, which reinforces the idea that he's tried to suppress all the nasty things he did while in the militia. Miles' line about Jim turning into Conan the Librarian was probably the worst thing Billy Burke's ever had to say on camera, and that dude was in five Twilight movies. But yet again, the result is a character who has great reason to hate Miles joining up with him. If the show is going to use flashbacks, I'd really like to see some of Miles and Jim's interactions. Don't give us flashbacks for some stories and then mediocre exposition for other things. 

I resist the urge to say that "Ghosts" was an improvement over last week's episode; the two felt about the same to me. Revolution has certainly picked up the pace and is seemingly ready to start delivering answers and blowing more stuff up. But I'm concerned that the character development is never going to catch up with the narrative's progressions. No matter how much we learn about the blackout and who was involved, until the show does a better job making us care about these people, Revolution will continue to struggle.


NOTES

– Tim will be back next week. He had to go to Culpepper to ruin a librarian's life and will meet us all at the rendezvous point.

– The library had a prominent Stephen King section, and the episode went out of its way to highlight The Stand because that's what episodes of shows like this do.

– The episode made allusions to both Georgia and "Governor Affleck" in California. I like to imagine the show's larger world, so hopefully we keep seeing new corners of it. It'll be interesting to see how Monroe's power fits within the framework of the entire nation. There are what, six republics? I can already imagine stories where Miles is forced to band together with Monroe to take on a larger level.

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So Stephen King caused the blackout!

"This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper" T.S Eliot That is the last line of the poem that is in the first page of Stephen King's "The Stand" For those who don't know it it's one of his best books ever, and starts with a lethal plague wiping out most of the population except for maybe 1 percent who have an immunity. Those who are left find themselves in the middle of a war of good and evil. Now here we have Revolution, The world ended in a whimper of sorts, except rather than a plague the power goes out. and here we have our survivors finding themselves in a war of good and evil. This show,especially this episode is full of references to "The Stand" hell tha was the name of last returning episode" Before this episode Miles once referred himself and Charlie as Stu and Frannie Redmond, characters from The Stand" Than we get to this episode and Charlie and Nora walk into a library to get Jim Hudson(AKA Bill from the very missed show "Alphas!") just as he is giving what book to somebody? I'm sure I don't have to say it. This show now also has referenced not just The Stand but King's epic "The Dark Tower" series. For one the villain in many of King's books, most notably TS and The Dark Tower is Randall Flagg, a dark powerful evil that manifests himself as if he were a living being jumping from book to book, sometimes disguising himself, he uses different names, but the initials are always RF. Now here we have Randall Flynn! coincidence? I think not. As for TDT, that seven book series encompasses every thing in the universe, universes I should say, that King created, almost every novel he has written has something to do with Roland, the last Gunslinger, a band of Jedi like warriors who once existed in a great alternate universe called Mid-World, and his journey to The Tower to fight an evil that is trying to use it to fully destroy the universes. The power that holds the Tower called "The Beams" have been slowly but surely failing due to The Crimson King, King's and ours worst nightmare. Along the way Roland finds other people from our universe in different times but from NYC, and he recruits a few of them and trains them making them his band of warriors, his Ka-Tet. One could almost say that every supernatural evil that ever entered our world in King's books are due to the breaking down of The Beams and the cracks in the universes. Ok I got off track, so back to Revoloution, Randall Flynn wants to get in The Tower and Rachel wants to do everything she can to get their first and stop him. So does this make Rachel the Roland figure? sort of but when you think of the great warrior it's Miles who has been recruiting his own Ka-Tet along the way. Like Roland, Rachel(R names!) and Miles are trying to atone for mistakes they made had something to do with as King puts it "The World Moving On" or dying, so Rachel and Miles are both Roland(you know what that mean, sorry Nora) Ok thanks for reading!
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Spot on! I really love TDT epic series , I really hope a tv series based on that ( one that will not suck).
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The show is more than comic relief for me this time around so I'm grateful. Unless they really screw up between now and the end of the season I'll be back next year. I would take all of the critical points this half of the season compared to the laughable mess that was the first half.
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For me, this show has now become a cheap Star Wars wannabe. Lets think about the characters for a minute:
Miles = Han Solo (with an element of Obi Wan)
Charlie = Luke
Nora = Leia
Aaron = Chewie (c'mon, he's big and hairy)
Monroe = Darth Vader/The Emperor
Now they add Jim, who is clearly Lando Calrissian.
And look, the group of 'heroes' are now joining the Rebels in fighting against an oppressive militaristic regime.

As with many others I liked this show's premise but it seems to me that the writers aren't sure whether to make this show a slow-burner or turn it into an all-action show with heavy narrative and little character development. I agree with Cory's view that the angst between Charlie and her mother was over far too quickly - that should have played-out over a longer storyline than just one episode. Yet it took Miles 10 episodes to start caring about his new family. The writing is becoming consistently inconsistent.
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Ok first. Diamonds?! Diamonds serve no use now. They are going to serve less than that during an apocalypse. Gold, food, water, clothing, shelter and weapons. These are the things that would be worth something, not freaking diamonds.

Charlie and her interaction with Rachel is annoying, the whole, it's not my blood thing, as if we are supposed to believe that she isn't going to clean off her face by the time she got back.

Rachel is now the smartest person on the show. Which leaves google guy with nothing to do, he isn't necessary, he provides no comedic relief, he can't fight, he apparently can't lose weight, so there is literally no use for him at all. Kill him. Please kill him. Please try to salvage some sense of logic and pragmatism in this show.

The places that they are traveling too are not down the street. It would take them days, not minutes, not hours and that area is a river centric area, they are going to have to at some point in time cross another fairly large river.

Sending the Pendants out to capture one woman is illogical as well. They need them to build things. Likely they have access or can get access to a industrial ammo press so that that they can make bullets. This seems more important than sending them out in order to get Rachel. And though the rebels are rather useless, they risk losing the pendants. No military leader is going to allow his trump card to extend beyond his grasp. Also, Humvees have horrible gas mileage and I am pretty sure any viable gas left would be hard to come by.


At this point since they are dealing with the whole nation. I would scrap the whole lot of the characters and start anew next season.
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Why would gold be any more valuable to these people than diamonds?
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Because gold, with simple tools can be broken to be used as a form of money. Buying something, you have a gold nugget, you discuss with the retailer how much of that nugget would be worth the items. You take your hammer and chisel, crack off a piece and there you have it. You can't do that with diamonds. Gold is just easier to utilize. Also, the varied uses of gold. Because of the forced use rudimentary tools, it could also be used in dentistry.
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People still give this show a chance; I'd rather watch a Disney movie than the ridiculous nonsense and laughfest that is "Revolution" which unfortunately is far from being revolutionary television!
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Neville needs to be gone like 10 episodes ago.
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I agree that Revolution has finally picked up pace. I saw this episode after leaving work at DISH last night, and the flashbacks really filled in a lot of the gaps in the story of how the power went out. But the ultimate question still hangs in the air and I am certain they will reveal the answer to it on the next episode. I didn’t have time to set it to record before I left town, but my DISH Hopper has my back. It auto records every one of NBC’s prime time shows, so my busy schedule hasn’t stopped me from watching my favorite programs in months.
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Not sure if someone mentioned this already, but Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet on Lost was a member of the Others' book club and they were reading a Stephen King book! (first episode of season 3)
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Yes, and Ben Linus thought King was beneath the literary standards of the book club.
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Still waiting for Aaron to die. Maybe in the series finale???
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The most important thing about this show from NBC's point of view is that you watch it and they couldn't care less why you watch it, only that you do. I watch it because it's a pretty good premise but if asked how I feel about its execution I would have to say I'm all for it - a pendant powered electric chair springs to mind. How this show slips through the cracks week to week escapes me but I don't absolutely hate it, and perhaps that is the reason for its success so far. How did the long hiatus affect it, I haven't read anything about that...
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Can someone please buy the writers a map?

I'm willing to suspend disbelief as much as the next guy - good guys are all great shots, bad guys can't hit the broad side of a barn; "downtown" Annapolis looks nothing like "downtown" Annapolis; etc. - but somtimes it becomes impossible.

Distance from Philadelphia to Annapolis - 124 miles, or figure 3 days hard walk at the good pace of 4 mph (and the not insignficant challenge of crossing the Susquehanna) - our heros take what appears to be a couple of hours, but maybe we can assume that more time passed.

However, distance between Annapolis, MD and Culpepper, VA is just under 100 miles and requires crossing the Potomac river. It would take at least 2 days there, and 2 days back, even with horses. But it takes Miles and company a couple of hours, and certainly all in one day? Do they also have a secret helicopter they aren't telling folks about?

I appreciate the attempt to drop in some local names, but sometimes it just backfires, especially if the writers/producers are unfamiliar with the area and not willing to do even the most basic research. I doubt they would have made the mistake if they were writing about San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego (or Malibu).
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" I doubt they would have made the mistake if they were writing about San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego (or Malibu)."

I guess you didn't watch "24", where Mr. Sutherland would travel 10 or 20 miles across Los Angeles traffic in minutes. :)
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Your review is interesting Cory, a bit more analytical than Tim's (i had to make the comparaison), a bit less funny also ...
Since a few episodes, I find Revolution less ridiculous and more boring : before, it was so ridiculous I would laugh. Now, I just fall asleep.
The actors are bad, all of them, including Mitchell who only seems has one face's expression : "almost in tears" all the time.
As for this episode : Charlie's sadness was too cliché and terribly acted : of course she's going to throw herself into the resistance ! She's going to do that with her hair perfectly in order, like she just got out of the hairdresser ! And of course, she's gonna have wounds she doesn't want to show ; well she accepts to show them but only topless, allright ? It looks like a 15 years old kid is writing the show !
Could the authors of this thing learn the word 'subtlety" ?
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I do wish we'd pause for a second and think about all the things they are throwing in there. How are we blanket making fun of having a Stephen King section in the library without stopping for a second and discussing the potential allusions with "the tower"? I mean Dark Tower is King's one big attempt at fantasy...in a wild west setting.
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Cory--can we keep you please? The utter lack of bile was so refreshing.

However, there have been A LOT of Stephen King references throughout the show, especially The Stand and especially names.

I think they "tried" to develop Elizabeth Mitchell this week, but since she can't show a range of emotion it didn't translate. They gave all the emotional stuff to her, especially the death of Danny, which I think was a mistake, but some people think she can act. But she ran to his dead body, she had the scene in the morgue, she was talking about losing her family. And she was the foil for Charlie talking about trying to save him and how he will never be saved. The fact that all of that fell flat on its face for viewers is squarely in "I only have one annoyed sad pout face and I frown at the end of each line" Elizabeth Mitchell's court.

I think the show is still having trouble balancing back story and action. The flashbacks still aren't working. I appreciate explaining things, but two sentences will do without having to construct an entire scene around it. Randall could have been holding the dog tags in present day the same as in the war room.
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I so want the governor of California to be Ben Affleck!

My eyes nearly rolled out the back of my head when she dissolved the drives from the pendants. We have the power! We conveniently no longer have the power! Seriously.

I'm sure I heard the phrase 'release the virus' mentioned in the war room scene. Wonder if that means a virus was uploaded to satellites that a broadcasting a signal that interferes with the power. The pendants then create a field that blocks that signal. Will find out next week hopefully.
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And here i thought that the reference to "Conan the Librarian" was a Weird Al Yankovic reference, to the movie "The Vidiot form UHF"

Yes it was!!!
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Don't you know the Dewey decimal system!!!
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This has to be one of the worst episodes - so full of cliché's. It was so predictable I was bored by the time the episode ended. I'm only watching 'cos the baseline story is intriguing.

Why is everyone with an automatic weapon such a bad shot from so close? So Charlie hap-hazardously fires her weapon towards the bad guys (and her mom) and barely manages to hit anyone, but manages to fire 2 shots accurately at the feet of mom's ex-boss without even holding the rifle properly.

The storyline could flow so much better if they just put some effort in to it and left out the cliché's
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Governor Affleck of the Californian Republic. lol
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Shouldn't there be a 'None' option on that poll?
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Totally with you on that one ! And what about an option "I don't know their names coz I'm too busy doing anything else while this show happens" ?
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This show has always been hit or miss, more often miss... but it seems to have a fairly loyal fan base that's not sure why they're still watching. Maybe like you, we see the faint glimmers of a good show (which is mostly due to Billy Burke) and the infintesimal hope that it may yet get better despite all previous pointless deaths and bad dialogue to the contrary.
After this ep, eh... I'll still watch it if nothing else is on.
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Did I just see two of the worst uses of guns outside of a GI Joe cartoon within minutes of each other?
1. We've got you surrounded, with guns, so instead of shooting your leader off his horse, we're going to surrender our tactical advantage and submit to a swordfight.
2. Hello new villain, let me waste precious ammo by shooting an automatic weapon near your feet.
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Again, I gave up on this show a while back. I remember something about a tornado, unnatural dogs, and a nearly-cool blonde chick dying. But I was told that Tim wasn't here this week, and I could *finally* have the answer to the question asked since episode two: "DO any of these guys like this terrible, turrable show?"

No. At best, this show has an overall idea that many of us want(ed) to enjoy, especially when we're basically genre-starved, but we don't respect it. Is it on the way up? At best, Cory makes it seem that it now has more potential that it's ever had before...but likely no.

There's only so much that I can say about an episode that I didn't (and willn't) watch, but after learning what actually happened, much of the review at least feels like how I would see it (more than with Tim, as he and I often seem to hate things from different directions). And with other reliably-like minds saying similar things, I truly think that's enough for me.

No offense to Tim, but if he were to stay in the real world juuuust a week longer...
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What has really stood out for me in the last two episodes is the "close-up and quick cam" style of shooting and editing.

We normally see this in low-budget action movies (or any recent Steven Seagal flick) where they need to hide the lack of budget, substance, believability, and/or actor talent (acting or action/fighting skills).

It seems Revolution is a culmination of them all. Last week it was the "surprise helicopter" - the rebel looks out the window to see a minigun two feet from his nose.
This week it was the Miles et all 3 vs 50 sword fight (forget about the fact that no one soldier fired a shot...)

Lacking budget, substance, believability, and/or actor talent...

Yet I keep watching... for now...

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Okay, so what have y'all done with Tim? He stopped reviewing TWD and now Revolution? Be honest with me--is he locked up in the tv.com basement and being subjected to unspeakable horrors? Like being forced to watch a constant stream of the worst of NBC?
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Hopefully he's been removed from reviewing any & all shows due to his lack of an actual when doing them, instead making lame jokes and trying to be the Queen "Female Dog"
He's easily the worst thing about this site.
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Wow. Well, I happen to enjoy Tim's reviews. Then again, I pretty much enjoy everyone's reviews since I can accept them as the personal opinions of the staff, and understand that said opinions don't necessarily match mine in every case.
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I can accept peoples personal opinions too, what I don't accept is when a persons job is meant to be reviewing a TV show for a TV show website yet they don't actually review it, instead offering up nothing more than a string of "witty" comments.
He's a joke, I can't even remember the last show where he did an actual review for it, even the shows he claims to like don't get reviews, instead it's the usual constant stream of comments you would expect from a 13 year old girl trying to sound cool..
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He's busy preparing for the summer season of ABC's Splash.
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... as a contestant?
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What else?
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This episode marked an important milestone for me. About 5 minutes in, my sister simply gave up. Last week we were laughing, as always. Revolution was back and it seemed to have gotten only more ridiculous than before the break. This time though, it was too much for her. And I can't blame her. Sad though, because I learned that Revolution is a lot less fun to watch on your own.

Personal drama aside though, this episode was a(nother) well.. Revolution episode. That is to say, Charlie displayed a wide range of facial expressions; from "My brother's death gave me poker face" to "My brother's funeral just doesn't faze me at all", but also "I'm angry at my mother and show this by staring blankly everywhere" and let's not forget "I made up with my mom with whom I had a long standing (about 40 minutes) disagreement and now I'm sad because my brother is really really dead and still I find time to train my poker face". Honorable mentions go to: "I'm aiming my crossbow while frowning slightly", "I'm killing dudes, I guess I should look angry" and of course "Oh sh*t there's my mom, surrounded by some armed men and a really bad guy, I guess I should just hipfire this automatic rifle I just lifted of a dead guy in the general direction of them INCLUDING MY MOM?!! uh.. emotion?"

Another stunning development was Miles' apparent audition for the role of Sword of the Morning (like if you get THAT reference ;) ), cutting through about a dozen armed men with his trusty dual blades. In a storyline that had some legs, they went to this guy they just introduced, and outed him as a militia killer to his new wife and then the guy agreed to go with them to kill Monroe. About Monroe, he has found a new ally in mister bald man aka Juliet's boss (for the life of me, still don't know her name in this show). This bald man got some serious character development when it was revealed his son died in Iraq (that's harsh by the way, the scene where he got the news was pretty decent, but not something we haven't seen a thousand times on tv). This angered him so much that he made the eggheads of his department finish the weapon ahead of time to fire it at all those Iraqi soldiers. As far as I can tell, this actually caused the blackout. It all happened from The Tower. The Tower is a thing now, because Juliet also mentioned it. The Tower you guys. It's probably a submarine or something.

Oh yeah, all those times the pendants just flicked on for no reason except for being a very generous plot device? That was the bald man just checking if their GPS locater still worked. Great show.
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I laughed when Google Guy turned to Juliet and said "there's a flash drive in there?!"
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Looking forward to the answer of why the power went out next week. I just hope that the reason isn't underwhelming and anticlimactic and that it pushes the show in a new direction where it takes advantage of the potential that it has. This was good review that I enjoyed reading and I hope that Corey writes more of Revolution's reviews because I rather that he keep writing for Revolution than Tim does.
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Okay. So, I'm a very torelant TV watcher. I can suspend my disbelief in most situations. I even enjoyed the first Twilight movie (Hell, I read all the books, despite the English linguist screaming inside in pain), but I have my limits. What truly takes me out of the experience of watching any TV (or movie, or game, or book, or whatever) is characters acting stupid or unreasonable. And, this episode, I had plenty of reasons to be taken out of the experience. I hate-watch this show since, like, episode two or three. Now, I'm rapidly getting tired of that, too. Sheesh.
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I totally see what you mean, I'm starting to have the same problem with Revolution. I think the writers started with this idea of the power - who turned it off and why - and know that even if it is the concept of the show, won't work to keep it hidden for 3 years because people get bored, like the -A card is being played in PLL, so they decided to answer the who question by now. A little too soon, yes. Not because, oh well, we know is that Randall guy to screw up the world, but because they will be spinning around the how to go back to the way it was before the blackout probably way too long, but worst of all, they'll start making stuff up as they go.
If a show is not well thought of, everything they make is more probable to fail due to lack of interest. I'm afraid it will happen some of the things that happened to Lost by the end, too many questions out of nowhere and not enough answers to the point of being ridiculous.
On the Danny note, it was clear from day one that he was not a character but a plot device, and once he'd served his purpose, why keep him alive? Even if it was unnecesary or too soon, that should have given the characters a window to act out and grow. Yet I don't see that anyone has in the last 12 episodes. Granted, Charlie acted out. Somehow I doubt I'll be more than that.
Too bad, because I like the general concept of Revolution...
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I might of stopped watching the show if they caught rachel again...I mean the first half of the season would have felt even more like nothing if they took rachel along with killing Danny. The next to die i think will be nora sometime soon
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I'd like to see what happened in the rest of the world. 'Murica is all cowboys on horses again, but I can hardly imagine life will be the same in other countries.

Also, there would be ships traveling the world, like they have done for thousands of years. You don't need advanced technology to sail, you need wood, some nails, a sail and a bit of time to put your boat together (a bit more if you got your boat+manual at IKEA).

I'm glad that they are starting so early to reveal the truth though, because the storylines of the episodes are boring at best. I couldn't check any of the boxes above, because sadly I care about noone in this series.
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No one's spoken a word on the recent ratings for this show. I expected to hear "ratings waaaay down!" like with every single other NBC show this season, but nothing. Where do we stand here?
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It came back with just over 7 million (just above a series low) and 2.6 average in the 18-49. Last night's was 6.36 and a 2.3, so it's dropping a bit. Of course this doesn't account for the DVR and other delayed viewing numbers which will likely supply a bump. But it is drawing better in the 18-49 than Chicago Fire, which NBC's other top drama right now.
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Jim's pseudonym as a librarian, Henry Bemis, happens to be the name of a character in a Twilight Zone episode, "Time Enough at Last." In this episode, Bemis is also a librarian in a post-apocalyptic world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Enough_at_Last

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He wasn't a librarian, he worked in a bank. Reading was the one simple pleasure in his life. He was in the bank vault reading when the bomb was dropped.
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Ah, you're right. I think it's time for me to re-watch the series.
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I can't believe I missed that. That's just insulting to The Twilight Zone. But I give the writers props for knowing their classics.
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I have to say, ever since the "Adventure of the Week" style ended after they got Danny, the show has improved a bit. A BIT.

So I'm starting from the beginning with some things that stood out to me. A few are just because the show is, well, Revolution, but for once mostly others because it's amusing.

Miles' face in the opening shot. I'm sure it was supposed to be read as sorrowful, but instead I translated it as, "We came across the country just to do this?" He looked almost a little irritated more than anything.

Seeing Monroe get talked down to with the line "Whether you were worthy, or had your head up your own ass" was actually good writing. It spurred a tense conversation for the next two minutes where you got to see Monroe holding himself back from exploding.

Conan the Librarian was such a bad pun I actually had to replay it to make sure what I heard was real.

Elizabeth Mitchell slapping Charlie. This character of hers is violent! If I remember correctly, she did the same thing to her son in V. I think. WTF. I guess we can establish this as an official Mitchell trademark. Again, Elizabeth Mitchell is the best on the show.

I just about burst out laughing when I say the pendants were flash drives this whole time. I wouldn't be surprised if NBC actually makes them and tries to sell them as a marketing scheme.

I think it's funny the one show Tim doesn't review, Charlie actually does something cool. She stabbed the guy in the chest like a boss. I also saw she was holding the gun as a south paw, and stabbed the guy with her right. Is Spiridakos ambidextrous? Cause it didn't look awkward at all.
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Good review but I do like how Tim makes fun of how ridiculous this show is. I can laugh at how bad it is rather than analyze how bad it is. Either way, thanks for the review.
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Wait, I thought I was on the wrong site when I read an actual review (tv.com's Tim doesn't do that) for Revolution!!! I wish we could have you review Revolution every week, Cory. You did a fantastic job! So balanced! That was almost scary!

I agree that they are not as fleshed out as I'd like them to be, but I really do care about Miles and Charlie. Tracy does quite a decent job.
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Obviously none of the 'M squad' saw Indi' and his "F' this" moment in his shooting of the master swordsman. :)
I love how arrows/bolts are never collected up post shooting and other resources just get left behind.
How many bullets are in those assault guns clips? A lot it'd seem. And are all of the 'M squad' just simpleton bullet run-ons? It'd appear so. The three of them just ran off as per and not one of the troops could've used his scope amd shot them at leisure.?
The oh please factor is on 11 for this show. Once it was a guilty pleasure.
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Great review! The main drag for Revolution is that it care less for its characters and more fort the plot as the focal point of the show, so the gangs continuing their schemes to kill Monroe than reel from loosing Danny is not shocking.
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My most favorite moment of entire SHOW was ^the SLAP^ blam. Man that was a good one.

Rachel should at least give a try to snatch that energy star from her ex-boss. She had a pretty good chance to take them out of wheels. And how come she did not put an ON OFF button in them? What a waste, she could use those pendants to their own advantage.

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I thought that Monroe was on Grimm.
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You need to add another channel to your selection...
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The only character I care about is Rachel. Elizabeth Mitchell is the sole reason I'm still watching this abomination.

I'm hoping that in one of the episodes Google Guy and What's her face will walk on a land mine together. This show would be so much better without them.
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Elisabeth Mitchell is by far the best actress/actor in the series. The only problem is that her acting is so outstanding next to the other ones, that it almost seems of. But I think it makes the series better. The same way that 'one facial expression' Tracy Spiridakos brings the series down due to bad acting. She probbaly would be better if she would be more expressive.

But, I have to agree that this episode was better then the first ten due to less illogical moments. This gives me a problem. I'm one of those who love to hate Revolution because of its illogical and bad acting. But if they both are upped a bit, it is just a bad series and I don't want to watch again. Problems, problems.
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That's so true. Mitchell is always on the verge of a breakdown, while everyone else just stares blankly. It's amusing.
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So, I was irritated by this episode. First, it actually would have been interesting for Charlie to actually be hateful toward her mother for a few episodes, like, hit her back when she slapped her, sort of turn your nose up after you saved her from Randall, and just take off. Have Aaron try to talk to Rachel and Rachel bristle. Have Rachel be weirdly jealous of Charlie and Norah's relationship. Have Miles finally notice like in episode 18 and have a father/daughter talk with Charlie that Rachel overhears and feels horrible that Aaron and Miles are more parents to Charlie. But no...

Also, Jim/Henry's wife really pissed me off. I really cannot believe that anyone over the age of fifteen has absolutely no exposure to any violence in this world. Yes, she should be pissed that her husband lied to her, but that is just it SHE SHOULD BE PISSED!! Not hurt and disappointed. Heck, it irritated me about Jim too, you know the danger, even if your wife thinks you are crazy, teach her some self defense.
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I couldn't agree more about Charlie. If you're going to develop that tension between her and her mother (and they should), let it simmer for a bit. This was all resolved too quickly.
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Another episode, another punch\slap in the face for Charlie!!
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And that's, ladies and gentlemen, how a review is properly made. I rest my case. Good job, Cory.
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Was gonna write as well how happy i am that the reviews have changed hands, but you beat me to it :) So glad to see that not everyone as as biased as some other reviewers that shall remain unnamed
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Guys, Cory like went to school for journalism or some other writing thing. I'm pretty sure Tim walked in off the street 10 years ago and just kind of hung around until people thought he worked there and started asking him to write reviews. You shouldn't compare the two. Cut the guy some slack.
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Oh, thanks! But Tim is awesome. Easy to turn in one good review, he does it every week.
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Oh, please! He hasn't written a decent review in ages. No need to stick up for him man. Nobody will hate on you for that.
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I think humor by ridiculing is a low form of humor, even if the target of the mockery isn't something I'm particularly sensitive about. The show has good and bad points, and there are people that enjoy it, at least enough to watch an entire season. And come on if Cory managed to get something relevant to say about Gossip Girl, for crying out loud, that shows how competent he is.
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@GirishKrishna1 I totally agree with Oathbreaker. At this point in the show it's almost not worth reviewing, especially not a serious review for a ridiculous show. I love Tim's review of this show because it's hilarious and points out all the ridiculousness of this show. I only watch this show because of how far fetched crazy ridiculous it is so Tim's reviews are fitting.
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@Oathbreaker: Seems like you haven't got all the facts and are just content with being prejudicial. If you're talking of Tim a year or so ago, then I absolutely agree with you. As for me, he was the reason I kept coming to this site. He hasn't been clever for months now and has frankly just degraded.
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Seems to me the folks hating on Tim are somehow fans of this show and dislike his derogatory (and hilarious) reviews. Frankly I only watch this show to read Tim's lambasting of it the next day. I think the guy is brilliant.
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At some point in the first 10 episode, when Rachel showed Monroe the drawing of the pendant for the first time, I know she said there were twelve of them, and that they were the key to turning the power back on. But did she say that you needed ALL twelve of them to turn the power back on? If so, I have to imagine that destroying two of them wouldn't be ideal.
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Awesome things:
Governor Affleck? Can we call Vice-Chancellor Damon and set-up a meeting?

Charlie's cold, dead, pyscho yet terrified eyes. Bitch looked like she snapped. But during the chase actually looked like she was running on fear and adrenaline. It might just be naturally gigantic eyes, but I thought it was a solid performance.

Without getting into the practicality of a device that shuts down the world's power, the person who deployed it and his reasons for doing so were actually very believable. If anyone is in a position to turn off the world, the assistant director of the DOD with a dead son who's trying to cut off the power to the people who killed his son with an untested device that if it backfires will turn off the entire world? With no sarcasm whatsoever I can say that that is a scenario that I can see happening.

Malik Yoba!! Remember Defying Gravity? I totally watched that show.

Rachel finally answering some questions.....next week. I'm sure it will be interrupted. Hopefully they can disseminate the information without it being an infodump.
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I still can't forgive ABC for cancelling Defying Gravity. I loved that show! :(
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The handled that show really badly it started in the middle of summer practically. I remember fall shows premiering and going where's defying gravity only to discover it'd already been canceled. I had to watch online.
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Totally agree... It was a promising show, which added scifi and drama... Maybe we should Kick starter it...
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*nod*
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I've heard that next week's episode is full of "answers." So maybe, maybe not.
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I thought it was "Governor Affleck."
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Casey, obvs.
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Seems so, I'll fix it.
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I care about the main four. Charlie, Miles, Nora and Aaron.
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You really care about Aaron? I like him, but the show hasn't really done that much to make him a fully developed person has it?
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Alot of people doing dumb things with suspect motives to further a plot:

Rebel goes to Militia for money for selling out other rebels, gets killed to show how "ruthless" our bad guy of the week is. Maybe the largest military outfit in the region might have some type of information network that would know where the rebels are?

Malik's wife, he lied about his past, you can't trust him? walk it off, you would be a whole lot of dead without him.

The entire fight between Miles and the militia. I know you guys are probably shittily trained, but if a guy walks out from behind a tree with a knife and you have a gun, just fucking shoot him. I guess if your Miles Matheson you really can bring a knife to a gun fight.
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haha that last bit really go to me, Miles is like Hans Solo in this world and considering he trained most of them he is favorite in 1:12 fight
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All these are just parts of the 'logical' way it works out. There were so many scenes I thought the same. If You're on a horse and an officer, you''ll probably have a gun. Why not shoot Miles cum suis but go to the dame instead? Why is Charly able to outgun ten militia guys with guns without gunning down her mother who is in the middle. Why is her mother cornered by militia guys on both sides and do the other ones only encounter a few. Etc. etc etc.
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Yeah, red shirts on this show tend to just stand around and wait for Miles to light them up with swords. Though it's not all on him, Kripke never knew had to envision fight sequences on Supernatural either.
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Also, how do the Monroe guys all have the same uniforms and boots? Is there a factory out there hand-making these things under duress? And has Charlie been using the pendants to straighten her hair again?? So many fascinating questions.....
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