Revolution "Home" Review: A Love Story for the Ages

Revolution S01E15 "Home"

Love is a precious thing shared by two people who really, truly care for each other. Seriously, don't diss love. It's the best. (I love my cat.) But in Revolution's world, L-O-V-E can also be between three people and it can also cause you to wimp out and abandon your loved one in the woods. "Home" was Revolution's soapiest episode to date, but it did nothing to lather away the filth that was crusted all over it. This episode was bad, bad news, and harkened back to the days when Revolution was its gloriously entertaining worst (Episodes 1-11 except for Episode 10, for those keeping score at home).  

"Home" was where Miles' and Monroe's hearts were. More specifically, "Home" was where their hometown was and their hearts were with Emma (guest star Annie Wesrching of 24). Who is Emma? I don't know, some character that the writers just invented for this episode. With Miles leading an army of rebels and Georgians to overwhelming successes over the Monroe Militia, Monroe decided (again) that NOW would be a great time to kill Miles (again) once and for all (again). And that's where Emma, young Miles' true love, fit into Miles' devious plan! And that plan? Go to their hometown and kill everyone, starting with Emma, until Miles shows up. Then kill him. There's lots of killing in Monroe's plans.

(Quick note: Monroe made his plan known to Miles through a courier of sorts, who told Miles that he had to deliver the message WORD FOR WORD, and this was the message: "Miles, you are to come alone. And you will turn yourself into me or else I'm going to kill everyone in our hometown, I swear to God. Anyone you've ever loved or care about will die, just because they know you. Starting with Emma." I think paraphrasing would also work, buddy. That wasn't that complicated.)

To establish Emma as a real person as quickly as they could and give her relationship with Miles and Monroe the kind of weight it needed to really propel this love-driven episode, Revolution spent about two minutes and fifty bucks on a series of flashbacks. We saw teen heartthrob Miles and teen queen Emma canoodling like it was Homecoming, and then the camera did that trick where it shifts focus and depth of field between the two lovers to show a jealous third party (young James Dean-era Monroe) look on with bitter rage. Uh oh, trouble in paradise! The following flashback then showed the young versions of Emma and Monroe touching hands and making out while young Miles was passed out on the couch just a panty throw away. Did Revolution actually expect me to give the teeniest tiniest shit about this chick? How this plot made it past one set of eyes let alone 10 is beyond me. One minute she's cooing over Miles and the next she's shlurping his best friend's mouth-hole. Sorry, lady. You're a no-gooder. This relationship, which was the basis for the episode's main characters' motivation, was shallow and dumb. But it would get dumber. 

With the greatest love triangle ever told firmly established, we headed back to the present. But keep in mind, all of this episode is built on the foundation of confused teeny boppers cheating on each other. Miles eventually made it to their hometown, alone as Monroe's incredibly specific instructions told him to. Then he went exactly against Monroe's specific instructions and started shooting the heck out of Monroe's men instead of turning himself in as Monroe asked. I asked myself, "Tim, why would Miles go see Monroe alone, per Monroe's instructions, if he was just going to disobey those orders? Why not bring some backup if he was going to go off script all along?" And then I replied to myself, "Dude, have you never seen Revolution before?" 

After some shooting and more shooting, Miles rescued the entire town from a burning building but got pinned down by Monroe's men. If only someone would come save hi–aaaaaaand, there's the cavalry in Nora and Charlie and Jim and others, who showed up at just the right time to bust Miles out after torturing the plan out of the aforementioned courier. More shooting. Some more shooting. Total disregard for the bullet shortage. More shooting (much better shooting by the good guys, I should add). And time for the big standoff! Monroe dragged out Emma as a human shield, immediately bringing all the bullet exchanging to a halt, and Miles barked at everyone to not shoot at Monroe because they might hit Emma. It's really unclear if Miles ever knew Emma was cheating on him, but even if he didn't know, if it came down to killing the modern-day equivalent of Hitler with the chance of also shooting my ex-girlfriend from 20-plus years ago, I'm taking the shot. I'm taking a few shots. And if I knew she cheated on me, I'm definitely taking the shot and maybe aiming juuuuust a bit to the right.

And that's when the writers went to TV Tropes for inspiration on how to get out of this mess, leading to Emma dropping a bomb on Monroe: they had a son together from their cheating sex! So let's take another look at this Emma chick, the love of these guys' lives. She cheated on Miles with his best friend, then had a baby with Monroe but never told him, and that's pretty much all we know about this character who we just met. Yet she's the pivotal emotional load-bearer of the entire episode and the show has the gall to think we might actually care for her or the feelings of Miles and Monroe. I'm rarely insulted by television (dulled by network sci-fi programs), but I seriously considered reporting Revolution to the Manners Police because this was rude.

The episode also introduced another character, the Georgia Federation general Dixon, whose sole purpose was to be a jerk and shoot Emma. Mission accomplished, Dixon! The jerk shot Emma (and nicked Monroe), and I didn't mind one bit. But Miles did, so he shot Dixon. Not a soul cared about that either. Good riddance, Guy We're Supposed to Hate. Meanwhile, no one shot at Monroe while he laid vulnerable without his human shield. In the emotional aftermath that crippled everyone with confusion and tears, Monroe escaped to his chopper while Miles and Charlie shot at everyone but Monroe. It was another Miles-Monroe confrontation that ended with Monroe choked up and no one killing the other despite the abundance of opportunities to do so.

Love, or Revolution's idea of love, also trickled over to the B-story featuring Aaron and Rachel. Yes, there was more to this episode, and it too was awful. On their way to The Tower they reached the Plains Nation, which is no Atlanta let me tell you! It's like Tijuana or Chinatown but with white people! Knock-off bags, roasted birds hanging by their necks, and let's just call them indigenous woven blankets were all for sale in the busy marketplace.

But there was also Priscilla, Aaron's ex that he ditched way back when. We haven't seen her for a while, nor did we miss her. If this is how Revolution wants to use Aaron as a character, then I give up. The meat on this story was so thin that half of it was spent following Aaron as he looked around for her, and when he found her, she was with another guy and didn't want to be bothered by the man who abandoned her in a post-apocalyptic world. I totally get it, Priscilla. Aaron walked away sad, and again, we're supposed to empathize with him, but it's hard to empathize with people who are complete idiots. Turns out the dude was a bounty hunter and Priscilla was being hauled back to the Monroe Republic FOR MURDER. 

Aaron figured something was up, so he went after her and found the bounty hunter throwing her into the back of a truck like a sack of taters and finally had the taters himself to intervene. He got his ass handed to him, but Priscilla saved the day by knocking the bounty hunter out. Yep, that will get Aaron's confidence back on track. In the ensuing heart-to-heart, we found out that everyone Aaron abandoned her with died, she murdered a Monroe Militia sergeant, and was separated from her new family, who live in Texas. Aaron said, "Wahh wahhhh I'm sowwy, puddin' pop. I wish I could take it back." And then she said this, and I know some of you don't watch the show but read these reviews just to see if this show is still insane so if that's you put on a hat and hold on to it because this is a doozy, she turned to Aaron and said, "It's okay. It turned out alright." ALRIGHT? Everyone she was with died, she murdered someone, she is a fugitive being hunted by bounty hunters, she's separated from her family, and it's ALRIGHT!? Lady, that's some positive attitude you got there. Can't hate on that. Oh, after that she said buh-bye and left.

The only worthwhile moment of the episode came in the last 15 seconds, when Georgia Federation president President Kelly talked about a new operative who has been feeding them intel on Monroe. It was so obviously Tom Neville that he never even had to come through the doors, but he did anyway, and now Kelly wants him to work with Miles. 

"Home" was awful and an insult to homes everywhere. Revolution continues to think it can get us to care by just telling us things and plugging in new characters to fill requirements where they're needed, instead of working with storylines they've already started or making the characters we already know useful in any way. Getting emotionally invested in Revolution is on par with getting attached to an infomercial. This was easily one of Revolution's worst episodes, a feat that seems unthinkable given its history.


NOTES

– Got some GREAT Aaron faces in this episode. He showed a wide range of emotions, from shock to horror to bewilderment to dismay to confusion to horror. And he even almost smiled!

– Charlie is showing a lot of her mother now that she's turned into a crazed killer robot. Yet somehow this version of Charlie is more tolerable than the incompetent mess she was before. If Revolution finds a happy medium, she might just become an actual character. As of now, she's been reduced to a prop. And when will she finally learn what Miles did to Rachel? And is that related to the to-be-proven-but-almost-definite fact that she's Miles' daughter? 

– Monroe is essentially Joffrey Baratheon as a grown up. He's a petulant toddler in a man's body who suddenly has power. And it's difficult to tell if David Lyons' acting is part of the problem or if the character is so far gone that no one can save him. 

– Where are all these diamonds coming from!?!?!?!

– So far, if I'm vacationing in this wretched world, I'm headed straight for that bar in Plains Nation. Every place else looks terrible. 

– Wouldn't people's minds explode if they saw a bunch of helicopters coming towards them? One townswoman barely flinched from her laundry when Monroe flew over. 

– Flashbacks, making characters much more attractive in the past! Congratulations on the gig, young hot actors. And was the guy who played young Miles the same guy who played a young Dean in Supernatural? He looked familiar. 

– In case you missed the news, NBC renewed Revolution for a second season. 


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"And if I knew she cheated on me..." I'd throw a fucking grenade, better safe than sorry.
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Hilarious review for a hilariously bad episode.
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They could have made an effort for the youngest Emma (black eyes - black hair) vs older Emma (red hair + light color eyes). Same thing for Monroe. Come on Revolution, make an effort !
The thing about Emma telling Monroe about his kid !? Emma just being introduced to die very soon. No character development, nothing.
The two most annoying characters (Aaron and Rachel) are wondering in the "wild" together. Like they would survive a long time in such an environment without protection. It is true that Rachel is a real danger :-) Please, can someone nuke them both ASAP ?
Then, something happens: Aaron sees Priscilla and kind of saves her. This is pure rubbish.
This was for me the worst episode so far.
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I haven't watched Supernatural's eight season yet (therefore I have no idea if young dean has made another appearance), but young miles is definitely not young dean from season 4
And yeah, while I don't generally agree with all the stick you give this show, this episode was pretty bad, possibly the worst one so far.
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"Getting emotionally invested in Revolution is on par with getting attached to an infomercial."

I couldn't agree more. This sums all the problems with this show (and Supernatural)
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Just got round to watching this episode. It's crazy how they keep introducing new characters, that are (according to the writers anyway) very important to the story or characters, just to kill them off the same episode. It's like they want to have that emotional moment where a key character dies, but rather than killing of actual key characters (asthma kid not withstanding) they just introduce and kill of random characters, pretending they are important. It is very lazy writing, perhaps the most annoying thing the writers are doing (and keep doing).

In any case, awful episode again. Why in the world did no one take a shot at Monroe after that Georgia soldier took a shot and killed Emma? I mean, there was no risk taking another shot, Emma was dead anyway. That Georgia guy just stood there like: "Huh, I thought I got that, guess not.."

Oh and Tom is back. oh boy!


... I love this show :P
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Something that came to my mind while watching this episode: How many former 24 stars/guest stars is this show going to bring in?! It almost feels like one giant 24 reunion. I half-expected Kiefer Sutherland to suddenly appear on-screen and start helping the rebels!
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For those that hate this show, why do you continue to watch? Seriously, there are so many OTHER things you could be doing with your lives, instead of watching a show you hate, and the logging on here to circle-jerk with Tim and the other people that also hate this show.
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I can't believe Im gonna say this but, I actually really enjoyed this episode. It was probably the best of the season and yes I realize that is not saying much, but I truly believe it was a good hour of TV.

I liked the back story with Miles, Monroe and Emma. It was a quick flash in the pan type plot, but it gave the audience some perspective and established that there is a junior Monroe out there (I don't understand how she kept the baby a secret, but this is Revolution, so plot holes are par for the course at this point).

It was Charlie lite, so that was a plus.

Neville switching sides was a cool twist. Having him work with Miles could be interesting.

And finally, I know this is blasphemy, but...somehow they managed to get me to care about Aaron. Now don't get me wrong, I still think he is absolutely useless, but for this episode at least I didn't mind him.

I haven't read the whole review, but I read the end and its clear Tim thought the episode was terrible and he is probably not alone. To each his own and god knows that I have had some choice words for Revolution throughout the season. But, I cant say that I agree...for this episode at least.
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Just read all the comments. Holy crap am I in the minority. Hmmm, maybe my expectations are so low, therefore I thought it was a good episode...who knows, but I did enjoy it.
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I'm with you! I just watched this episode and came on here to see if the opinion of the reviewer had changed. I was shocked to see that the episode was panned. There was so much more to this episode than most of the others, and it set a lot of things in motion (Miles possibly going Dark Side, Monroe looking for his son and blaming Miles for not knowing what happened to him, Tom defecting to Georgia). I was really on the edge of my seat this time.

I think the comments are definitely too harsh.
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And its such lazy horseshit writing to end one episode w the offer to join up w Georgia to fight Monroe, then instead of showing how they go about it, the next ep starts w a "so they've been kicking Monroe's ass for awhile" montage. And of course Charlie is now a super fighting, weapons expert badass. Totally plausible. Oh how I hate this show...
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And we now have to female characters for which we get vague references to some horrible thing miles did to them. How do u make a character more likable? Naturally you imply that when he was a baddie he was also a serial rapist!!
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Let's not forget the magical bad guy burning device. And the new info that the magical self-replicating electricity-sucking nanites also... wait for it... eat cancerous tumors!! This show is beyond stupid and I swear the writers write every episode with no thought about future story. They just get thru the week by making up stupid new angles, new stupid tech, new character of the week to supposedly motivate characters and to provide the weekly death nobody cares about, etc. And every OMG moment is so friggin predictable. This week I was saying the characters shocker lines ("and you're son!!") before the character did. I'm only watching this garbage because a month ago I swore to myself I would watch the whole season to see if it gets any smarter. Unfortunately it just gets dumber and dumber. I will suffer thru the rest tho. And rejoice when it ends.
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Must.. Reboot.. Brain.. Loading.... There.. back to my old self. Oh but don't get me wrong. I just had an orgasm watching this episode. The worse the episode the better the episode.

The most memorable quote of the episode that blew my mind was where Aaron talked to Rachel about seeing his wife:
Rachel: "It was a long time ago, maybe you imagined it"
Wow you just don't see good writing like that anymore.

The funny thing is if you look at the writing staff on this show you most of them have done writing on a lot of successful shows like lost and fringe. So why is this show so badly written?

Remember the Naked Gun movie where there's a shoot off 5 feet apart. Classic.. Well in this episode they were a whole 30 feet apart and they still couldn't hit anything. These people really need some target practice.

Great episode. Keep 'em comin'
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How can this show get a second season when Hannibal may not ? Are we supposed to turn off our brains when we turn on the TV ?
For those of us who consider TV Shows as cultural products, of the same sort than movies or short stories, Revolution is an insult.
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I’m glad tvdotcom has good reviewers that provide careful analysis of the show and how it relates to the current television culture, witty writing, and constant interaction with the readers, as well as having something meaningful to say to both fans and complainers alike. Of course I’m referring to the likes of Cory, Ryan, Noah or MaryAnn. And if I want constant mockery and whining why a show is bad, I can always read these Revolution so-called reviews. But I get it, Tim writes specifically for haters, and that’s his niche. If you like anything at all about the show, you should find another reviewer.

OK, so the show is bad. And this episode was bad, bad, bad. I get it. The message is loud and clear. Too much in fact, as the reviewer goes into details just to reaffirm how bad the episode was. No redeeming elements whatsoever. The expression beat a dead horse comes to mind right now. The show is terrible, the episode even worse. Great, now move on please.

Well, at least that’s how the reviewer thinks. I for one thought the episode was lackluster, but even then I think there are positive parts to be highlighted. For instance, I’m glad the writers came up with a conclusion for the Aaron/Priscilla story. If that hadn't been addressed, some people now would be complaining, “hey whatever happened to Google Guy’s wife? She was never seen again. Incompetent writers!”

I also liked to see at what lengths Monroe is willing to go to catch Miles, or what evil scheme he’ll come up with next. I know that doesn't really make solid, serious drama, but it did surprise me that Monroe was willing to kill everyone Miles ever knew including his teenage sweetheart, even if that meant they were everyone Monroe ever knew including his own teenage sweetheart. That was extreme. And crazy. One thing I agree with the reviewer, Monroe reminds me of a grownup Joffrey Baratheon, and to that I should add, he reminds me of what is mentioned of the late Mad King. That alone already makes Monroe interesting.

So, yeah, I liked those parts and a few others, but hey, what do I know? I’m now the TV expert. Perhaps I shouldn't have liked that. What’s wrong with me?

But I get some people have fun complaining about things. Like first Charlie was the focus, and I constantly read, “why is Charlie the focus? I want to see more about Rachel, or Miles. Charlie is too annoying.” So, now the story has shifted to other characters, and the word is, “why is Charlie reduced to a prop?” Or, “why kill a character we barely knew, Emma? I don’t care about her. They should've introduced her earlier.” But then when Danny or Maggie were killed, “why go into so much trouble with a character just to have him/her killed? Everything that happened so far involving the character was a waste.” But I understand Monroe and Miles practically grew up together, and there must be many untold stories involving both. For instance, we haven’t seen anything about their families, or their army life. So, yes, you might still see new characters come and go.

So, besides going on a one-note “the episode is so bad” mockery fest, we could have some real analysis for a change. Like, if the show is so bad, why was it even renewed then? Why do so many people watch it? Why do so many (at least some) people claim to like it? Someone might give a simplistic explanation, “it’s hate-watching.” But I can’t agree with that.

Normal people with limited time for television don’t hate-watch, or at least don’t do it for long. You might hate-watch a movie and endure two hours of bad story and characters just to mock it, or a few episodes of a new show. But if one is all the way into the season, and knows all the characters and what has happened to them, there’s only one explanation, they find at least something legitimately entertaining about it.

And there’s more. Even the reviewer admits there have been good episodes. Or at least not-so-bad episodes. So, how does “Home” relate to those episodes and to the general storyline? How will the events in “Home” affect the characters and their actions from now on? Will Aaron become more determined and less unlikable? Will Monroe, in his deranged mind, blame Miles for Emma’s death? And how will Neville fit into all this? Any predictions of speculations? Where’s the analysis of all that?

But I realize that’s asking too much.
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Clearly we didn't watch the same episode. Could I get a pair of your rose-colored glasses? Tim's the reason I still tune into the show, giving NBC one more set of eyeballs every week. And it breaks my heart that Hannibal will likely be cancelled, which writers are head and shoulders above this lousy group of underachievers.
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I don't wear rose-colored glasses. I mean, if I did, there would be nothing wrong about it, since we're talking about a TV show, a piece of entertainment, and as such its very purpose is to bring us some form of relaxing pleasure. It's not like we're talking about looking at serious issues like politics or economics with rose-colored glasses, because in that case we'd be alienated.

But in the case of my comment, I never showed to be wearing rose-colored glasses. Instead, i'm pragmatic. I see things exactly the way they are. I praised the episode for at least bringing closure to the Aaron + Priscilla story. And hey, guess what, the show did brought closure to the Aaron + Priscilla story. I said it was interesting to see how crazy Monroe can get when he decides to kill everybody Miles knows even if that means killing everyone Monroe knows. That's cool! Crazy cool, but cool! So there's no fantasy in my comments.

Did I say the show is wonderful? No. Did I say the episode was even good? Not at all. The word I used was lackluster. If you don't know what it means, check it in the dictionary then. I said people complained when Charlie was the focus because she was annoying, and now that she isn't the focus, people complain that she isn't the focus and has been reduced to a prop. Go figure. Where are the rose-colored glasses there? I just call it as I see it, very objectively.

But are you suggesting around 5 million people watch the show every evening just because they all have rose-colored glasses? Really? THAT'S your explanation for the show's relative to good popularity? Is that the best you can do?

Yeah, Tim's reviews are the only reason you talk about this show. I get it. I never said wasn't a talented writer, just a terrible reviewer when he doesn't like the show, The fact you only talk about the show because of him is exactly my point: Tim is writing reviews for people who don't like the show, possibly people who don't even watch it. What's next? Bible studies for the Atheists? A sports page for nerds who hate sports? What's the point of reviewing a show if the reviews are for the people who don't watch the show being reviewed?

Now the fact that Hannibal is on the bubble is a shame and I do hope it gets renewed. But the fate of Hannibal has absolutely NOTHING to do with Revolution's. I happen to enjoy both, but they are completely different shows, with completely different tones, probably aiming at completely audience groups. So, apples and oranges, my friend.
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Maybe it isn't glasses, rose-colored or otherwise, maybe it's just a willful pass on bad writing from the beginning. I had high hopes for this show. It's why I've stuck around as long as I have. But much as you deride Tim's reviews, he hits a lot nails square on the head.

I wasn't saying everyone was wearing the glasses, just you - yours were the only comments to which I responded. There's no accounting for the taste of the masses. I hope there'd be a lot less reality TV if there were.

With any new show you suspend a certain level of disbelief, but the world the writers create has rules - implied or stated - and when they start breaking them because they are too lazy to figure out a creative way around them or depend on so many tropes you feel you're watching classic television, then something is clearly wrong. And seriously, this show has had so many red-shirted ensigns with crammed on back stories that it's become ridiculous.

Charlie? Talk about disbelief. This is a girl who supposedly provided food for her family by hunting with a bow and arrow, but couldn't translate those skills and marksmanship to hunting humans. Except now she's graduated to guns, for which she had no training, and she's a perfect shot. She still can't track or be situationally aware, but hey no one's perfect. It's perfectly rational she'd absorb gun skills like water, but still be captured in every town she visits because she can't skulk like the hunter she's supposed to be.

When an episode is as seriously bad as this one was (there was no closure for Aaron, IMO, Monroe only raised more questions as to how he took over a territory if this is how he runs a war, I could go on and on), then it doesn't deserve a serious review. When the show returned from the break and seemed to be on an upswing, there were a couple episodes that got fair-to-middling reviews. Maybe you didn't read those.

As for Hannibal vs. Revolution, it's not apples and oranges but I'll give you tangelos and navels. You're making the leap that I think Hannibal's fate is somehow tied to Revolution's. That's not what I meant. I'm looking at how the network treats it. Hannibal was put in the Thursday death slot. They have killed off a number of shows there over the past couple seasons, one of them my beloved Awake. They know what that time slot is. It was a deliberate decision to put Hannibal in Purdah.
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High hopes or not, you're obviously wasting your time watching this show if all you can see are flaws. I don't get why people like you simply don't switch channels and find something that suits their tastes better.

The way I see things, every show has flaws, and quality on TV shows varies a lot, and most shows, if not all contain complete absurdities. The trick is the show must catch you emotionally and get you involved. If it does, you keep watching, if it doesn't, you simply stop. (Or if you're a masochist, you keep watching.) That's why I don't watch The Vampire Diaries or Deception and troll around their boards trying to convince fans their show is ridiculous. I think they are, but I respect their fans' taste. Obviously they find something appealing in these shows, which I don't.

You had hopes for the show and I had high hopes for Tim's reviews. I guess we both feel underwhelmed. I just think he exaggerates the bad aspects and overlooks the good ones. And the show is popular (not Big Bang Theory popular, but popular enough to warrant renewal) because it's doing something right, obviously. I think it's entertaining and good adventure, and has a somewhat intriguing mystery. (And yes, there are better shows on TV for sure.) I could go into more details but what's the point? It's not like you're going to change your mind or even that I care you do.

The fact that Charlie quickly learned to use guns is not something new on television. (And quickly is a relative term since we don't really know how much time has passed and how much training he has had.) The same happened in The Walking Dead and a bunch of other post-apocalyptic shows. Andrea, who soon became a sharp shooter, admitted she has never used a gun before, as she was a lawyer. I think only Rick had gun experience. Yet, I don't see such vicious comments against the Walking Dead about how accurate those guys' shooting is, or how they waste so many bullets. This is simply part of an adventure story.

Yes, Aaron had closing concerning his wife. He hadn't seen her for 15 years. Now he has. He knows she has a family and still loves him. She'll move to Texas and out of his mind, hopefully. Then he'll move on to bigger things, and his marriage was part of his past and that was anchoring him.

I can't see the connection between Revolution's success and Hannibal's failure. Are you saying Hannibal needs Revolution exact schedule spot to succeed? There are 7 days a week. NBC could have placed Hannibal in any other time slot other than Revolution's.

The problem with Hannibal is that it was created by Bryan Fuller. He's a genius but he doesn't connect with larger audiences. We've seen the same old story again and again in excellent shows like Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, and, by what I saw in the pilot, Mockingbird Lane. None of them went too far. But if you want to use Revolution as a scapegoat, suit yourself.

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I find it hilarious how I'm sometimes questioned why I keep pointing out that tv.com hates most of television if it's not TWD or GoT. I decided to wait and let the next Revolution review make my point for me.

So thank you for being such an excellent example. Tv.com posts a review or article that is less of a review and more of a "This is terrible" checklist, the comments section gets filled with hate because people who like the show won't ever come to a website that consistently hates the thing they like, which as I pointed out is almost everything, and since there is no positivity to balance out the negativity, the comment section of this website becomes a gathering place for haters.

Go ahead, go down the comment list. If there isn't a comment about punching Charlie, there will be soon enough. It's getting to that point where I'm wondering why they're reviewing it at all. Okay, so that's a lie. Look at the number of comments for this review. Is there a page view counter somewhere?

Something tells me that appealing to the hateful masses is very profitable. They could stop doing reviews for a tv show they obviously don't like, or they can keep the reviews going to make more money. Of course that's how it works. But besides page views, there's absolutely no logical reason to keep reviewing this show.

I just find that interesting. Tim really doesn't like this show, but he's the one who always reviews it? Isn't that like having someone who hates FPS play Call of Duty? Or having someone who hates horror movies watch...whatever horror movie someone can come up with because I hate them myself and don't know any good ones. Or maybe it's like having someone review Glee when they can't stand the show.

I know I'm being an ass about this, and I wish I could say I was sorry, but you guys are setting these shows up for a proper bashing. I'm absolutely positive that Tim is going to hate every single episode, but he's also going to review all of them as well. At what point does a review stop being a review. I'd personally like to know the answer to that, because these don't feel like reviews anymore.
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couldn't agree with you more, but when I read everything he writes, I realise that I like the episode I've seen even more, haters are gonna hate, but don't worry some of us who like the show sometimes write back, I know not many of us do so but the main opinion isn't necessarily the truth, however I wouldn't be against a new reviewer for next season cuz even if I might find those reviews funny since totally biased I wouldn't mind so who doesn't bash the show to review it
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Maybe Tim gives bad reviews because this show is actually that bad. Have you seen it? He does give credit where credit is due thought and he did so a few episodes back. But you're right, why have someone who hates the show write reviews. But what difference would it make to have someone who loves the show do the same? It's impossible to write reviews objectively. But you know it kinda would be interesting to read a review by someone who actually loves the show. You seem to like the show and is able to write articulately, so please give us a review to contrast this one.
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Corey Barker managed to give interesting and insightful reviews for Gossip Girl. Imagine, that that's Gossip Freaking Girl! The fact that he considers the show bad is not a real reason. Also, it's ludicrous to ask a reader to give his own review, though I'm sure the reader in question could. Will tvdotcom provide a space for readers who want to become TV reviewers? But writing TV reviews is a job of the Tv experts, those who are paid to do so. If you don't like a meal, are you expected to cook a better one? If you think a song is bad, is it reasonable to ask them to compose a better one?
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just a suggestion

ps nice avater
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Yes, and a valid suggestion. The avatar is from the game Grim Fandango.
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Every reviewer has a different approach. Tim is caustic because that's his style. MaryAnn and Corey have different styles because they're different people. It would be kind of boring if every reviewer wrote in the exact same way, right? The aim of a site like this, and the reason they have so many different reviewers, is to appeal to a variety of different readers. To use your analogy: if I don't like a meal at one restaurant, I go to a different one. If I dislike someone's song, I listen to someone else's.
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Good point. The thing is that I like tvdotcom, and this website doesn't present another kind of review for Revolution. It would be nice to have more than one reviewers working on the same show, kind of a point and counterpoint space.

And in this particular case, I mentioned Barker as an example of why saying the show is bad is no excuse for a bad review, as the crenshawk admitted Tim's reviews are bad supposedly because of the bad quality of the show. I wasn't implying Tim was supposed to use Barker's style.
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Finally some clarity here. You've said it all.
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How, HOW did this mess of a show get renewed for a second season?????? I'm sorry, but Last Resort was 100x better!!!
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I need more limb severing cutlass chopping action. NOW.
And less of all the rest. They do, however, make some progress by reducing Charlie to a prop. Leaves Aaron and Monroe Beutlin being chopped to pieces - that would be a milestone! Still kinda fun to watch. Kinda.
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Let's be honest, it was a terrible episode if one thinks any further then two seconds around what is being shown. No logic, no personalities, no Charlie slapping, no development, no intelligence, no arch, no nothing. Thank you Tim for making this episode worth seeing so I can understand your review and laugh with you about it.

Am I the only one who thinks it is not really probable that, if there is a child, it would be Monroe's if she's been with him only once? She was Miles' girlfriend. But, probably, it will play out that there is a Monroe child. How did Emma know it was his instead of Miles? The only reason I can imagine is that Emma and Miles never touched fourth base (being Dutch I'm not really sure if third base could have done the trick, we have different names for it), but why would she do it with Monroe if she never did it with Miles? Horrible logic.

Looking at the episode guide, there are people and comments that really love this show. They gave 9's and 10's for the quality of this episode. They are really a different kind of people then we, who are writing about this review are. Looking at all these comments below, we do not think it's even a modest quality. Why do the people that are bothered enough to comment here do not take the time to score the episode? If we would do so, the grades would probably be different.
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what a waste of Annie Wersching. Seriously? Why couldn't she have been introduced a little more slowly, over the course of a few episodes, become a NEW love interest for miles/monroe, then the other one accidently kills her, it catches us off guard, and pisses off monroe/miles? Rivalry ratchets up a bit. Growling about each other ensues.

You can't just force us to care about someone by giving us a couple 'emotional' flashbacks in the same episode that they die. That's so immensely lazy.
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I fell asleep a bunch of times watching this episode, did Miles ever say what he did to Rachel?
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Does Kiefer Sutherland sit at home watching this crap with a glass of wine saying - you can ALL have my sloppy seconds! This show is the greatest collection of Jack Bauer exes ever assembled. At some point doesn't Kripke just throw up his hands and say, this is why my other show is just about two dudes!

Are we supposed to give a f' about fat useless pile of crap Aaron? Pricilla, why did you love this feckless asshole? Because he ditched you "the love of his life" in the woods? Because all this blobby piece of sh1t could do this time is anger your captor while you beat him over the head. (That whole side track would have been much more interesting if the red shirt bad guy was whoring her out.) That story was as pointless as keeping him with a character you actually give a crap about. Poor Elizabeth Mitchell stuck out with the garbage of the cast. He is dead weight and needs to die - NOW. Crappy character played by crappy character actor does not help this show.

And next week just because it serves this piece of refuse to amp up the soapiness - they are bringing Giancarlo Esposito to Georgia to serve with Miles and the gang. That only make sense to serve the plot and doesn't naturally flow from the actual story - it makes no sense.

That may have been the worst hour of this awful show and its suppose to be getting better? Bad bad sign.

The only person having any fun on this show is Mark Pellegrino - the best part of this episode - the best reaction shots and calls to action of any character on this mess - he should have played Monroe not that speck of nothing David Lyons.
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Thanks Tim - that review really cracked me up, Revolution really gave you some good material. Still grateful to only read the reviews and not endure the episodes waiting for the mythical "better" story. Keep up the good work - I need the laughter.
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Man, I watch so much crappy television in the hopes that someone will review it funny. Thanks for making it (almost) seem worth it!
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I like Revolution, I truly do. I like how everything's set up, the world or universe or whatever. But GOD PLEASE JUST GET BETTER. This show was from the creator of Fringe and the creator of Supernatural, my two favorite dramas. But so far I couldn't imagine it coming close to either one of those shows.

Maybe seeing as how both Fringe and SPN had "rocky" first seasons, Revolution's 2nd Season can be...better.
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Wishful thinking... I hope so too, but chances are better that Fluffernumpkins, my dead gerbel from the 2nd grade wakes & rises from the grave...
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But can we talk about how Miles was like "if anyone takes the shot I swear I'll kill you". And then that guy took the shot, and in a totally unironic way Miles shot him!! That was so unbelievably great. I laughed so hard at that.

Seriously though, I am minorly excited about this Tom Neville scenario. Obviously he's the best actor on this show and he has really had nothing to do for like 13 episodes of the first season so far.
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Ya that was pretty awesome

Don't say he didn't warn you dead guy
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As always Tim funny review.
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Even if the ratings are better for this show, I'll just be depressed if Hannibal is canceled and this isn't
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I agree with you with Neville coming through at the last few seconds being the only thing worthwhile of this episode. I was happy when i saw him. Him and his son are literally the only people i like in this show.
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Heh heh...good stuff. Those Aaron faces made reading about this episode all worthwhile.
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Am sorry Tim I have finally trancended to utter indifference about this show. I used to only come to read your reviews but even that cant keep my interest anymore..... I couldn't care about this program anymore.
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Whoa, whoa, whoa, Revolution, I'm gonna let you finish there, but Annie Wesrching's character on 24 had better depth and her death near a loved one was more gut-wrenching to the audience than on this mess of an episode.

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NBC should start paying you, because these reviews are the only reason I still watch Revolution
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the review should have a little thumbs up button.
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Remember when Jason was a character? Yeah, me neither. Where IS that guy?? Also, remember when Charlie was the focus of this show? When did it become Miles and the many reasons he feels guilty about stuff... and how many ex-girlfriends does this guy have? Norah (LOL, Norah), Rachel, the Prez, now this new chick who was inexplicably red-headed in the present, even though she was a brunette in the past.

I'm calling shenanigans, writers!
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Women use to dye their hair ...
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Yeah, they ditched Charlie, killed Danny, crazied up Rachel, and made Miles the main act. My reaction: meh.
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The fact that is really bothering me is that they try to show Miles as an honest guy towards woman, but he seems to have (lets call it) dated every woman around him. It's just Revolution logic.
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He dated every woman (except this episode he was the screwee, and not of the screwer), and dicked over every guy. He's a real charmer!
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It also bothered me that the actress who played young Emma looked nothing like Annie Wesrching. I kept expecting Monroe to say "wow - I noticed you changed your hair!"
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I might be depressed, but I actually liked this episode. Blame Annie Wersching and her red hair. Sigh.

When did What's her Name become a psycho-killer?
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"When did What's her Name become a psycho-killer?" - during the huge hiatus
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You mean Charlie? After Danny died and went to the magical land of hot tubs, she went all Rambo and has not calmed down ever since.
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Why am I still watching this mess? *shrugs*

This ep was awful.
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Ok, so your enemy is holding your ex-girl friend with a gun at her head. Then she gets shot and Monroe catches the same bullet as it passes through her.

WHY DIDN'T CHARLIE, or anyone else, SHOOT HIM AGAIN???

Sorry, had to shout that one, it's what I was shouting towards my tv.
Seriously, is you have a clear sight on your enemy, shoot to kill.

Another thing is those Monroe people. They didn't react and pulled him away from Emma right after he got shot, no, they waited until bullets were flying around again.
Come-on, writers, I know it's a science fiction show, but at least make the shooting stuff more realistic.
If Monroe was to be killed, it could, of course, change the whole show, but on the other hand, a new leader could take his place and he doesn't have to be a good one as well.
It would at least have made more sense.

Something else I don't like about this show is the change of lead roles.
In the first season, it was about Charlie on her way to get her brother. Miles was asked to help her and he [must have] learned her some stuff.
She was strong headed, tough and to be honest, good for my eyes.
Now it seems to be all about Miles. Charlie has been pushed a little bit to the back, although when she is to be seen she is doing some awesome stuff like killing Monroe soldiers like a trained killer. I would like it if it was more about her, not only for my eyes, but also to see her grow into a Miles Matheson.
I also cannot stop thinking he is her biological father? It is pretty clear there was something between Miles and Rachel so it would not surprise me.

As for the rest of the story, I like it when Monroe needs to run and hide.
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Well Tim, let me tell you this: Your reviews are the best part of the episode, which this week in particular feels kind of insulting because come on, worst episode so far. Anyway, it's not an insult. You read my mind on this. I don't think it's even worth wasting time typing so yes, it was crap, I couldn't care less about anyone, specially this cheating bitch Emma, your reviews are flawless as usual and the only worthy part of the episode was literally that last scene with Neville.
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Just from scanning the reviewing and the comments I can see there still is no reason to come back to this show.

Good to know!
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The episode didn't seem that bad to me. Maybe I have just learned to lower my expectations.

The young version of Emma would have made a great young version of Kate Beckinsale, but she didn't look anything like Emma.
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I think if I am going to commit to watching the rest of the season, I need to get either completely drunk or totally high while watching these episodes. At least then I can imagine flying mushrooms/papayas and hope they have better stories than Aaron, dumbest wimp to graduate MIT. Also Monroe!
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Very bad episode Charlie didn't get punched in the face even once :)
Here are some script lines they should added in the episode:
Miles to Emma in the middle of the burning fire: "Boy you look hot"
Priscilla to Aaron after he got his ass kicked again: "Oh Aaron you're my zero"
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why just why
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ugh. it's the future with no power, and yet nobody bothers to learn how to shoot worth a damn? come on!

and the whole Emma/Miles/Bass thing is so annoying.. and also incredibly weird that she banged her boyfriend's best friend in the kitchen when he was, what? 10 feet away sleeping on the couch? crazysauce.
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Seriously. What if he woke up to take a leak???
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Sulky Emo Fuhrer Monroe is the least convincing villain on tv
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How is google guy still alive? Seriously how. Rachel is a no nonsense badass, there is no freaking way she wouldn't have killed him because of his uselessness. And why would you waste half an episode on that big (still as fat as the first day of their 1000 plus mile trek across the nation at a speed that can only be called Physics and physical fitness defying ) bag of useless and hair. I don't understand Kripke's reasoning for keeping this guy around. 2 degrees from MIT, the man can't even outrun children and is apparently incapable of gaining any type of physical fitness.

The rest of the episode is as blah as you said it Tim. That was a big waste of time. I don't for one second think that Miles would have shot Charlie if she would have taken that shot. And also how does that guy miss that wide, he had a freaking scope and Monroe was giving him a very easy target. I know ammo is short, but learn to aim.
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The only reason I want Revolution to survive is so you can keep doing these reviews. Obviously I need to drink a lot if I'm gonna watch the show, so reading your reviews is much more responsible.
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Welp, the militia's gotta get it's funding somewhere....
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Well. I don't even know where to start on this one. If you look at Revolution from a bare boned point of view, it sounds like it has potential. The tale of two former best friends in a post apocalyptic setting who formed a government together, but now have things to settle. Not to mention the fact that the "post apocalyptic" setting is caused by one of the friends' brother and sister-in-law. Okay, looking at that as a short pitch, I'd give the show 2, maybe 3 seasons.

But WAIT. That show turned into Revolution. Last night's episode was the equivalent to the love story of Twilight. It established Monroe as a shallow selfish jerk all the way back in his teen years, and Emma as a shallow cheating girlfriend to Miles. Really, no. There was no emotional pull for me towards her character. I applaud Dixon for taking the shot. And really, Miles, after you shot him, why did no one fire a round off in Monroe's direction? That makes no sense to me whatsoever. It ALL could have ended. Right then, right there. But no. That would be too convenient.

In the words of Priscilla, this episode turned out alright.
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It makes me wanna cry that it truly does sound like it has potential and suddenly we have THIS.
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It had such promise. Bad Robot is a great production company, but now it has its first flop.
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It's first flop?
Compared to Alcatraz this is pure magic.
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Nah, Alcatraz wasn't better. It was the same EVERY EPISODE.
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I dunno, Alcatraz might have been better. whatsherface was a hottie...
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Ah yeah. Forgot about that one. I always, always watch a show through, but I never got past the pilot on that one.
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I'm not getting my hopes up for the rest of the season, but I do hope next season it gets at least decent.
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They need to start making a little more sense and come with better plot twists. So yeah, basically that. And if they could stop throwing in new character they try to make me care about and then kill them, that'd be great.
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They need to kill Monroe, and re-fuckin-boot!!!!
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