Revolution "Kashmir" Review: Total Freak-out, Man!

Revolution S01E09: "Kashmir"

While several viewers of Revolution hopelessly wait for the show to deliver the episode that turns everything around, there is a growing contingent—if our user reviews on TV.com and the Twitter conversations I've had are to be believed—of people who are waiting for the show to get worse. Nine episodes into the first season, the number of people giving up on Revolution is decreasing because those who have no patience for shows that struggle to find their footing should have already bailed Revolution when Nora got stabbed in the stomach for the second time. If you haven't jumped ship yet, it's because you either genuinely like the show or because you just have to see how far it will sink.

Obviously I'm in the latter group, and Revolution continues to amaze me. "Kashmir" was one of the worst episodes of the season (no small feat), and another waste of time, with bogus science and Charlie screwing everyone over with her incompetence. There were hallucinations AND dream sequences (unrelated), and a desperate move by Rachel against some unimportant character whose life she'd already ruined. In other words, it was exactly what I was looking for.

Things started (as they usually do) with someone getting punched in the face. This week it was Miles, who was being held captive by rebels in the base our heroes were trying to get to last week (so they DID finally get across the river!). We know Miles as the lovable cranky uncle, but in Rebel Country, he's just that no-good leader of the Militia who murdered everyone's families in the name of The Cape. The interrogation was intense. Here was the number-two bad guy in all the land right in the clutches of the Rebels, and he's trying to convince them that he's changed and can help them take down Monroe. It was a sticky situation for Miles, and there seemed to be absolutely no way out but—oh never mind, he just said, "How can you pass this opportunity [to catch Monroe] up?" and the Rebels agreed. They can't trust Miles as far as they can punch him, but he gives them the same type of logic that infomercials use to sell The Clapper and potato peelers, and suddenly he makes sense? Carry on then, Revolution.

Last week, the gang struggled to cross a bridge to get to the other side of a river. This week the challenge was walking through a tunnel—which of course Charlie, the walking disaster, would immediately fuck up because the girl can't put one foot in front of the other without creating a life-or-death situation. Nora and Miles wanted help from the Rebels, and the Rebels obliged with some extra manpower so that some people besides our heroes could die. The tunnel was a critical back door into Monroe's homebase of Philadelphia, and was guarded by two whole men! How would they—oh, a Hunger Games fan took them out with two arrows. Katniss would be proud, random Rebel chick.

After some meaningless walk-and-talks, including a particularly horrible one delivered by Rebel tag-alonger Sergeant Wheatley (guest-star Reed Diamond) on the merits of online gambling, guess who stepped on a landmine and needed some saving? Yes, the answer is Charlie. It's always fucking Charlie. If Charlie wasn't along on this adventure, Miles, Aaron, and Nora would already be clinking champagne glasses and eating lobster in Philadelphia while watching Monroe's severed head get kicked around like a soccer ball by Rebel young'uns. But Charlie stepped on a friggin' landmine. This created a tense plain scene with high sea-level stakes as the life of the show's star pretty face hung precariously very securely in the balance as Nora worked randomly fiddled with the mine to disarm it. To show that this team's loyalty trumps common sense, Nora, Aaron, and Miles all stood as close as they could to Charlie because if she was blowing up, they were going to blow up, too. I appreciate someone I can count on, but if my BFF is stuck on an explosive device that could go off at any second, I'm wishing him the best of luck and finding a nice safe place to hide from the shower of bloody bits and pieces. I watch where I step, why should I be punished because you don't? You step on the crack, it's YOUR mother's back, not mine.

Their idiotic one-for-all-all-for-one 'tude did yield a great cliched "running from an explosion" shot, but it turned out they would have been better off if they just left Charlie to rot. The ensuing chain-reaction of explosions, while not strong enough to hurt any of them because of the three-foot head start they had, was strong enough to collapse a reinforced underground train tunnel. And that's when the real fun began!

It seems like it was only yesterday (it was) that I wrote about hating hallucinations and dream sequences on television because the reveal that they aren't real is always anti-climactic and because television—especially bad television—can't capture the actual feeling of a dream state or the reluctant admittance and paranoia of a hallucination seeming real. So when I found out that this week's Revolution was going to include the gang totally trippin' out, I put a little extra butter on my popcorn. How would the hallucinations come to be? Would Monroe poison them with some wartime LSD? Would an old Twinkie, divided among the group, scramble their brains into seeing things that weren't there? Would Charlie lick a toad?

As laughable as those scenarios seem, they would have made a lot more sense than what was actually thrown at us and passed off as science. The tunnel collapse resulted in airflow being cut off, and the lack of oxygen caused members of the group to hallucinate. Keep in mind these are about eight people in a cavernous underground subway station for a major metropolitan city. Even if Aaron did some PX90 workout sessions, I don't think there would be any worry about oxygen levels for at least a few weeks, but Revolution assumes that its audience was educated by 12th-century witches and puzzles on Denny's place mats.

The hallucinations came fast. First Miles thought he saw a Militia scout, then Nora imagined she was being eaten by an alligator, then Miles was hugging his bro Monroe, then Aaron saw his wife bitch an earful at him, accusing him of being the yellow wimp he was for abandoning her because of issues with his own insecurity. It's a series of unintentionally hilarious moments because everyone knows they're hallucinating (Aaron laid out exactly what was happening to everyone in simple terms) and more importantly WE know they're hallucinating. We basically watched people freak out after smoking pot for the first time. Nora's panic over the made-up mystery sea creature (GIF'd above) was flat-out embarrassing, Charlie (and the Rebel extras) didn't have any hallucinations, and only Aaron handled the situation appropriately when he continued walking with a crazy look on his face as his ex-wife viciously emasculated him. The only thing of importance we gleaned from these daymares was that Miles hasn't completely ruled out rejoining Monroe, though we can all be sure that's an empty threat to be milked by a future episode.

The group trekked on through the tunnel and came upon a door that WAS LETTING FRESH AIR IN and oh my God did Revolution really just do that? Did it really just ignore the whole basis for these hallucinations for no reason? Did the door have to have holes in it? I can accept that deeper in the tunnels may have been less oxygen-rich, but the way the torches sprang to life indicated that there was some decent airflow in there. Maybe it was just a placebo effect from Aaron's faux-science explanation that gave these idiots hallucinations, I don't know. With the great Hallucination Crisis solved, it was time for one of these Rebels to show off their true intentions and go turncoat on the group. Wheatley used the opportunity to grab Miles and shoot his Rebel friends (but not Nora, Charlie, or Aaron) and barred the door behind him. He was working for Monroe all along! Months ago, everyone thought his plan to infiltrate the Rebel alliance and be stationed at a random Rebel post with the hopes that Miles Matheson would one day randomly walk in to that particular outpost and be captured so Wheatley could escort him back to Philadelphia and into Monroe's arms was crazy, but ha ha guys, shows what you know about military strategy.

In a Freaky Friday role reversal, it was Charlie who saved Miles with a crossbow shot to the chest! But Wheatley got off one bullet that grazed Charlie in the face, forcing her to spin out of the way and knock her pretty little head against the ground. The way this scene was shot was peculiar. It started off in slow-motion with close-ups of Charlie and her bow, making it seem like Charlie would be all badass, like this:

But then she fell down and hit her head, which is definitely NOT badass, and she ended up like this:

Charlie may be immune to oxygen deprivation hallucinations, but one knock to the head and she's off to Dreamland. Not content with just featuring stupid hallucinations, "Kashmir" gave Charlie a dream sequence where she imagined she was back home with dad in an almost Wizard of Oz moment. Dad didn't want her to leave, but Charlie was all like, "Sorry dad, all this is fake and I have real stuff to do" so she bailed and woke up. That was it. The group then left the tunnel and moved on to Philadelphia, and not a single tear was shed for the Rebels who lost their lives because some stupid girl stepped on a landmine.

Back at Monroe Corp., Rachel was putting together that mystery machine we saw last week. It was an amplifier designed to increase the range of the power-pumping pendants, which would allow Monroe to power up all his toys that were in a half-mile range. The scene that explained this was actually pretty nifty as Rachel moved the pendant back and forth and various electronics in the pendant's range powered up. But c'mon, did anyone even think this plan out? Let's say Monroe gets the thing to juice up his tanks and jets and helicopters so he can terrorize the countryside as innocent people fight back with sharp sticks and harsh language. The range is half a mile, which means his tanks and jets and helicopters would all need to be within that range to be anything more than scrap metal. I'm pretty sure jets can cover a half a mile in about a second and a half, so all I picture is Monroe leading the charge with his pendant amplifier and a bunch of his jets and choppers falling out of the sky as they leave the range of the device. Even if he gets all 12 (I think there are 12?) pendants and creates a dozen amplifiers, that's a range of six miles, enough to keep an area between Wal-Marts really safe. Not exactly ideal for an army looking to take over a country that's more than 3,000 miles wide.

Finally getting the hang of this evil dictator thing, Monroe did the smartest thing he's done all series and brought in another scientist-type to verify Rachel's work. And it's that guy from last week that Rachel already betrayed by trying to get information out of him for Monroe which led to Monroe torturing (and probably other nasty things) his pretty little daughter! Rachel's bridge-burning came back to haunt her as he said her device was actually a bomb that would be used to kill Monroe, so Monroe said, "Gotcha!" and promoted other scientist to Lead Scientist of the Monroe Republic. That meant Rachel was expendable, and Monroe ordered her to be taken away and ruthlessly shamed.

But you have to wake up pretty early in the afternoon to pull one over on Rachel, and she recognized a Breaking Bad Season 3 situation here. Like Gus Fring (the real Gus, not Tom Neville) needed a great meth cook, Monroe needed a scientist with knowledge of the pendants. Like Gale was being groomed to be Gus' replacement for Walter White, so was this new scientist meant to replace Rachel. So Rachel, who already ruined this poor guy's life about eight times, stabbed the guy to death with a pencil to ensure her own safety. The cold, heartless bitch, just seconds after skewering her old friend in the heart, told Monroe, "Now you need me." Holy crap I love Rachel now. This woman is CRAZY.

"Kashmir" was right up there with "Sex and Drugs" for best worst episode of Revolution, and I'm not gonna lie to you: I'm still having a lot of fun watching this series. Probably not in the way the writers intended me to, but fun nonetheless.



NOTES

– Any episode that starts off with the line, "I told you I'm a Rebel from the St. Anne unit" delivered by Daniella Alonso's Nora is of course going to be a beautiful mess.

– You're dead to me, Led Zeppelin! In case you didn't know, this was the big cross-promotion episode with the band's new album and featured many tracks from it. The episode was even named after one of their most famous songs, though I have no idea why. Has your opinion of Zep changed because of this episode?

– How did that arrow trick to take out those two guards work, anyway? I assumed she shot one arrow higher to give it more time to hit its target and then shot the second one straighter so the arrows would hit the guards at the same time. But watching it again, she shot both arrows up.

– To recap, this episode was full of scenes where people who were dreaming or hallucinating knew that they were dreaming or hallucinating.

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i enjoyed the episode despite the drawbacks and i for one hope Revolution will improve in future episodes.
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rachel's move at the end made me not entire regret watching this episode
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yeah it was unexpected and a twist to show that Rachel aint soft at all
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Great idea on paper - horrible execution. Revolution has been the biggest disappointment of any show I've watched this year. It's the new Terra Nova. Just plain terrible. 1/10.
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Terra Nova was better and we get dinosaurs.
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I've got to agree, the idea was good on paper but the execution never got around the potential it had. It didn't promise dinosaurs it didn't deliver, but it didn't deliver a dystopian future either. This is basically, the exact same modern day teenagers placed strategically as if postapocalyptic adults/young adults.
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I hope when they were looking for people to go on the mission, random Rebel chick yelled "I VOLUNTEER!" all Jennifer Lawrence-like.
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As of now I think I am giving up on Revolution. WIll watch Supernatural from the beginning instead.
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The again, the show is doing well ratings-wise. Why on earth would they give it a 4 months break to jeopardize this monumental achievement - considering NBC's track recod - is beyond me. But Revolution has healthy ratings so far
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I'm just watching the show so I can read Tim's reviews.
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The best thing about these comments is that they keep Revolution alive in our minds until the following week, when it's time to watch it again. It's a pity that won't work during hiatus.
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Tim is just salty that the show is doing well and that his opinion doesn't really hold any weight when you consider the big picture. The show is well liked, it's doing great in the ratings, it got picked up. He can trash it all he wants, but that's not going to change the reality of things.

He cites user reviews and twitter conversations as something to take seriously. Really? Want more salt loser? If anything, the user comments show that people who genuinely do like the show are speaking in support of it, while people who don't like it are plainly obvious and make themselves known.
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also I have to dispute that Tim has watched more TV. Maybe to most users but not me. He hasn't seen nearly enough TV as I have. Should I be boasting about that? Maybe maybe not lol
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If Simpson's Nimoy says so, I gotta believe him!
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In the old system, the most popular news on the web page would routinely report fewer comments than actual (because it didn't update in real time). In the new system, it routinely reports more comments than actual, because.... broken?
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Revolution rates about a "C' among recent Sci-Fi shows. Interesting concept with poor execution and casting.
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I think the show is suited for classic bands like AC/DC or Metalica. Just because the characters can't hear music doesn't mean that we can't-
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I'm sorry but having a zeppelin soundtrack made me appreciate this episode more, instead of respecting the band less. I think it's awesome that Kripke's fantastic taste in music keeps shining through by bringing songs from CCR and Zeppelin whenever there is a chance.
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"I agree with Stein. The scene where Miles opened the doors and the song 'Kashmir' started playing was fantastic. That was good television."
How? And I'm not asking because I didn't like it personally, I'm asking because I want to know why the song made any sense to you in the scene. I'd like to know what I'm missing.
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Revolution withdrawals, DinChild? What are we going to talk about during hiatus then? We have to find another polarizing show. Maybe Falling Skies can fill in temporarily. Or we can switch, I attack and you defend this time.
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Sigh...maybe I'm just going through Revolution withdrawals.
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In your dreams? Keep going, child.
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Several comments ago, I mentioned I knew the lyrics. Don't be an idiot.
And now you want to split hairs on "interested" and "take the easy route?" ... don't be an idiot.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, people who are actually paying attention to this show are not the ones who like it.
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You're a funny guy. He isn't 'interested' to join Monroe. He fears he 'may' take the easy route if given a chance. He doesn't trust himself. If you actually paid any attention, that's one of the most consistent developments with his character. Oh, and now you learned how the lyrics match. That's great.
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@Girish
Actually? I am saying that. It's been 9 episodes, and we're only now hearing about Miles' interest to rejoin Monroe? I'm not saying the writing needed to be on the wall, but subtly would be nice.
Just because we're told this, doesn't mean it plays off well. The character's actions and personality thus far don't reflect this revelation.
As far as the lyrics are concerned, yes they match, I guess the bigger problem I have was how out of place both songs were. Just not the tone the show set for itself. And it doesn't help that it was also probably a marketing decision. Which reminds me, I need to check out the Celebration Day release.
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I think the song is trippy and reflects Miles' dilemma and mental confusion because of the (yikes!) asphyxiation plot. But several other songs could've done it as well. All in all it was a great scene, one we're likely to remember in the future in our further Revolution talks.
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Are you saying you don't think Miles is weary of his old life, haunted by his past deeds and just wants to kick back and enjoy his days without fear? He has seen both sides of the world, the just and the evil. He's tormented inside on whether he'll actually join Bass if given an opportunity. That song was more than perfect for that scene.
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I think you're stretching here. Poetry is always open-ended, and I've read Kashmir's lyrics (I would have used other stanzas), but based on what you've provided, and thank you for that, I still think it's a reach.
Beyond that, it didn't follow a cohesive narrative. Sure, Led Zeppelin played earlier in the episode, but it was hardly indicative of Miles' character. Unless, once again, you have further insight.
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Amen!
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I recommend you listen to Led Zeppelin while you take a shit. That way, you'll appreciate it EVEN MORE.
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Har, har. I do several things while I take a shit, even, ironically, watch Revolution, and that makes me appreciate the moment even more.
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Haha. That's actually kinda awesome.
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Oh, but I Do! And it awesome....
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This show will be axed soon I suppose. No, any news somebody ?
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Its already got a full season. So, if you still want to watch, you have to endure atleast another 13 episodes.
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...plus 3 1/2 months of hiatus... That's a lot of supposing.
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I have 2 main reasons why I watch Revolution. First, so that I can fully enjoy Tim's hilarious reviews, which are so entertaining thanks to the show. It's almost like reading the transcript of a funny stand-up comedy act with great source material. The other reason is to watch the pointless but also hilarious arguing that goes on here in the comments section. The personal insults and verbal abuse people are giving each other all in the name of THIS show is quite amusing. This is hands-down the most indirectly entertaining show I've ever seen. Thanks Revolution!
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You're an idiot!!! Just kidding! I just wanted you to feel part of the family.
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LOL!!
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Why is this show #1 in the Nelsons?
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It is?!

Color me amazed
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"You're really hilarious. Don't you see you're a Tim fanboy!"

*head explodes*
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Gosh, I log on and see there's already 21 notifications! You guys have been pretty busy already!
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You're really hilarious. Don't you see you're a Tim fanboy! Lol.
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The intellectual isn't up for debate. It's readily apparent, but I appreciate the humor.
Every review he offers is subjective, apart from the moment when he comments on the cliche aspects of story-telling. Which are valid.
I don't deny there's less constructive criticism than hate-watching. You want to pigeon-hole me, but I'm not a simple person. However, he's also a confident man who's watched more television than any of us. A fact here and there can be wrong, but it doesn't change that the show does more wrong than it does right. Based on how he approaches other shows (and this is all any of us have to go on) Tim has given Revolution a chance every week.
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Consistent? Oh yes, the sarcasm and hate are fairly consistent. Intellectual? Now, that's up for debate.

I find the show to be mediocre with grand moments shining through time and again. Apart from the subjectivity involved which one could have respected IF he gave the show a chance, Tim gets tons of facts wrong and we're pointing them out. He also doesn't add anything that could be seen as constructive criticism, which I'm sure you'll argue against. So, maybe that's why the reviews for the show suck and not the other way around as you'd like to believe.
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"As would you, Child. Do review your comments as well as mine."
I don't need to go over mine because I am a consistent person. It comes with being an individual with an intellectual opinion. By nature, they don't sway. But, in honor of your statement, I'll review yours...here's a recent one:
"He Tim was whining since the first episode. He never gave the show a chance."
As if he hasn't been giving the show a chance every week. Maybe...JUST MAYBE...the show sucks. But no. The way your comment reads is you have the only facts, and Tim is significantly misunderstood.
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"I can say one more thing - you're the most screwed up person around here. Lol."

I don't know how I missed this...but I'll stand in agreement with you here!
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As would you, Child. Do review your comments as well as mine.
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"You can't state your opinion as facts. That's what I'm saying."
Take a moment to review almost every comment you've ever made in opposition to us. You'd do well to heed your own advice.
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You can't state your opinion as facts. That's what I'm saying.

I can say one more thing - you're the most screwed up person around here. Lol.
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Yep .. I'm still glad I'm not watching this show anymore .. great review Tim :-)
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How can you know the review is great if you haven't watched the show???
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Good call, stanking. I think "mock review" defines it well.
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Why shouldn't this be a mock review in the same way that Jon Stewart has a mock news show? It's more entertaining and appeals to more people that way.
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I agree the laugh factor is always a powerful attraction. But that sounds more like great comedy than great review if the purpose is to make people laugh instead of actually reviewing something.
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well .. maybe because it makes me laugh?
Also .. I have watched the show's first 6 episodes - doesn't sound like it's getting any better.
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What on earth is Charlie's function in this show? Yes, find her brother, blah blah blah, but they don't need her for that. She just stands around pouting or frowning or mewling... she's baggage. Her acting abilities don't seem too expansive either. For me she is the by far the weakest part of the show.
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She is the pretty face, but yes, all the time with the same expression ...
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She has shown a variety of expressions and has a very expressive face. You can argue about the appropriacy of such expressions for the moments they are presented, but to say she has just one expression is absurd.
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To be fair, everyone else would let her brother die and move on to more important things.
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And when was the last time we as viewers saw this kid? When was the last time we gave a shit? I don't understand the Charlie sympathizers. Just 'cause we're told she cares, doesn't mean we need to. We certainly don't see it.
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So here is the master plan to save the show:

Danny will be tortured now and his mother Rachel will watch it. But she won't help until the end, when she tells Monroe where to find more amulets. But too late. Charlie, Miles, Nora and Google Guy try to save him, and Rachel, as soon as they see her. But they fail and cause an explosion in which Danny and Rachel seem to die. They flee but Google Guy gets captured.

The next episode will be 5 years in the future (so we can recast Charlie with an older actress with more than one facial expression)

Nora kept her promise to help get Danny but left the group when they failed, so 5 years later it's just Charlie and Miles, and Charlie became very bad ass to take revenge from every Militia she could get a hold of.

Danny didn't die in the explosion but was heavily wounded, lost an arm and a leg and half of his face. He lost faith in everyone as they all abandoned and disappointed him, even his mother was just watching him getting tortured. Monroe let his people help and heal him. He got mechanical steam-punk implants and they only work as long as he wears an amulet - and he also wears a face mask now. He joins Monroe and becomes his new minion. With the help of more amulets, Monroe now rules whole North America. Because of the amulet he wears all the time, the force is with Danny, he can use advanced technology and weapons.

Google Guy became a slave of the Militia in the meantime. Danny's mother also survived, unknown to all others and locked in jail. Google Guy manages to bring her one of the amulets and she programs informations about saving the world in it. Google Guy escapes with the amulet ("Hold your fire. There are no life forms. It's just a Google Guy") and he takes the message to the rebells "Help me, Obi Miles Kenobi!".

Nora become the leader of the rebells by now, and she sends people for Charlie and Miles. Charlie gets the amulet from her mother and now the force is with her too. Google Guy learns how to be funny and joins the team under his Google nickname C3PO. Nora secretly still loves Miles and so the band is back together to attack Emperor Monroe, Darth Danny and the Death Ray which puts the lights off.

Oh, and about the reason for all the lights out stuff. World War III was about to begin and satellites about to fire. The blackout stopped it. As the satellites have energy for 20 years, they couldn't switch it back on - but it's over now and the people who started WW3 probably long gone, they must switch the energy back on now - if only they can.
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Cool ideas, but you watch way too much anime.
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Oh, you don't watch anime! I missed that! Then you must have heard about FMA or such stuff from others.
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A mix of anime and Star Wars then. You sound like you're ripping off of FMA. Star Wars homages have been there from the start on Revolution anyway.
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I don't watch anime at all. Probably you didn't notice that this is Star Wars.
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Thank goodness you don't write for TV.
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Well, I think Papilloni is full of great ideas and he/she should write all of them down, write a book, and invest all you can to promote it. And don't pay attention if others are mocking your ideas because they are actually jealous of your talent and imagination. Go for it!
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Irony? Isn't that when you have your clothes pressed?
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Thank goodness you understand irony.
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When Aaron went "OMG! This totally makes sense! We're hallucinating 'cause the oxygen levels are getting low!", I couldn't help but laugh! Not only is this subway tunnel large and long enough to have plenty of oxygen for them, even if the explosion had sealed it tight, but also the explosion just COULD NOT do that, and the cute little brick wall in the station could not either! Hell! Why did we invent hermetic chambers? All we had to do was to loosely pile up a few bricks! Such a waste of time and energy...
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I think the writers are trying too hard to re-create Supernatural on Hunger Games coda: this isn't the CW "cute guys" and "babes" are not gonna cut it unless the plot makes sense. They should either replace Eric Kirpke or put him to watch The Walking Dead/Game of Thrones for ideas.
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What's there to understand? The power went off, end of story. Every flashback, layer and/or obstacle is born out of that single premise yet we see shallow conflicts well into episode 10, a simplistic plot that relies in the obstacle of the week and good guys that aren't invested in each other: how am I supposed to get invested on them?

If Lori dies, I know why Rick looses it, Glenn digs the graves or Beth looks after Carl, I know how and why these people are invested in each other but, on Revolution, I don't know where Aaron and Nora are supposed to go or what's the story behind Bass and Rachel.
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Revolution has connected some of the characters quite well, but not all. They will do more during the course of the rest of the season. There are no love 'triangles' on this show which is pretty refreshing. The TWD's love triangle was pretty irritating though.
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If I were talking abour love triangles then I would've brought up Jason & Charlie, but this isn't about who's going to date/hook up with whom, it's about lack of layers within the group dynamics. It's not enough to label a character as the geek (Aaron), the babe (Nora) or the dragon slayer (Miles), a show needs to establish how these people are inteconnected to each other and, so far, Revolution hasn't.
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Its been more than 2 years since the show started and we've had plenty of time to get invested in them. I don't care for anybody except Maggie and quite recently, Rick. We understand them because they're predictable, which is not always a bad thing. But more often than not, it was for TWD. I've only been getting invested with the show this season.
Even I don't know where Aaron and Nora are supposed to go. But I know Nora is still in love with Miles and would do everything she can to help him. Aaron is trying to brave and protect the girl who has grown up in front of him. The real highlights for the show is Neville, Miles, Monroe, Rachel and the pendants and I'm enjoying that part of the show.
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Kripke should be made to watch his own show - Supernatural. Have you even seen Supernatural? Its so much more than that. If you didn't understand the plot, then that speaks more about you, honestly. I don't see any 'cute guys' on Revolution. But it would have been better if some Supernatural writers were on board for the show.
If you're gonna hand out opinions for good writing, Walking Dead shouldn't be on your list. It has as many flaws, if not more and the ideas all come from comics which are already written and mapped out for them.
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What's there to understand? The power went off, end of story. Every flashback, layer and/or obstacle is born out of that single premise yet we see shallow conflicts well into episode 10, a simplistic plot that relies in the obstacle of the week and good guys that aren't invested in each other: how am I supposed to get invested on them?

If Lori dies, I know why Rick looses it, Glenn digs the graves or Beth looks after Carl, I know how and why these people are invested in each other but, on Revolution, I don't know where Aaron and Nora are supposed to go or what's the story behind Bass and Rachel.
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Is your opinion that Billy Burke is a "cute guy"?
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That two hooker scene was one of the most stupid scenes ever. I understand Isbloom. In season 1, I didn't like the pointless nude scenes. It bordered on exploitation, just like True Blood. But thankfully in season 2, pointless nudity had been toned down considerably. Doesn't mean it wasn't there, but compared to season 1, it was practically fine. I'm reading the second book now and am quite satisfied with how the show turned out.
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I've watched GoT and I've read GoT and there weren't long scenes with two hookers pleasuring each other that had nothing to do with anything, and on and on. There are lots of people who weren't happy with the amount of straying season 2 took from the books, especially after season 1, and a great deal of that was to accommodate explicit sex and stupid new characters. So, yes, it was to the detriment of plot and it was because sex and violence sell.
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I think she was referring to Aaron as the "cute guy."
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I seriously doubt you even watch Game of Thrones judging by your opinion of it: for one, the books were a lot more explicit than the show ever was and there is absolutely nothing tantalizing about it.
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I don't think you understand the show or it's opinion or Supernatural or the Hunger Games. Or what HBO has done to Games of Thrones, a la boobs and sex, to the detriment of the plot and sense in order to tantalize the audience.
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It's the SHOW'S opinion Miles is as cute as Jason only because he uses a sword: that's Supernatural criterion, not The Walking Dead/Game of Thrones.
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I was more disappointed when they just kept walking on even though the oxygen was supposedly low. It was a plausible scenario. The way they went about it was contrived and half-assed.
Have to disagree. Zeppelin in Miles hallucination was nothing short of perfect. Miles' fears gave a new facet to his character. The hallucinations and dreams were intriguing. One should pause to think why Nora would be afraid of alligators. That scene wasn't funny in the least if you ponder about what might have happened in her past. Charlotte's character is growing on me every episode. Rachel and Monroe stole every scene they were in. If only the execution in the beginning had been better, this episode would have been completely satisfying.
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I'm amazed at this show! Two military experts couldn't stop that walking talking disaster named Charlie from stepping on a mine ten minutes into the show. Nora was instead to busy gossiping with Charlie about her uncle's past to notice the death traps that were clearly established minutes before. That's even before the hallucinations begin! It was mildly amusing in a absolutely terrible sort of way. Tim's reviews are much more entertaining and I feel kinda sorry for him he has to endure this every week.
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another shitty tim review ftw
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Charlie:Josh::Revolution:TerraNova
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Please tell me you've already taken your SATs because I don't think you understand how an analogy works.
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Welcome! I tried to do so through irony. Your original analogy was sufficient. I don't know how anyone could have misunderstood it, much less argue with you over how analogies work...
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Din, if your statement about the relationship between Charlie and Josh, et cetera, is valid, then so is my original statement. It becomes (in your opinion): "Charlie is completely different from Josh in the same way that Revolution is completely different from TerraNova". Thanks for validating my analogy statement. :)
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I never wanted to kill Charlie. So, there's that.
I didn't watch after episode 4 or 5 and just jumped in to the finale. To keep up, I used to read about it in Tim's hilarious reviews. His Revolution reviews have been disappointing though.
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Which begs the question why so many people have watched Terra Nova.
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Stanking. You clearly don't understand how analogies work. Josh and Charlie are two completely different people, and those are two completely different shows!!
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How about "Charlie is the new Josh in the same way that Revolution is the new TerraNova"? And I'm okay with you not agreeing; you're entitled to your own opinion.
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Well that's good!

I think you meant Charlie:Revolution::Josh:Terra Nova, ie, Charlie is to Revolution what Josh was to Terra Nova. I don't agree :) But Just to be clear. Unless you are saying Charlie is infinitely better than Josh, as Revolution is infinitely better than Terra Nova? But that seemed less likely.
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LOL. Well, I took my SATs years ago, and I believe they've changed the scale since then, but for some strange reason they named me a National Merit Scholar. Maybe we have the same misunderstanding about analogies. Regardless, you made me laugh, which is worth points. Thanks!
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The question for me is not whether or not some people have electricity. The question is whether they are the good guys or the bad guys.

The Monroe vs Rebels plot seems to be a completely different conflict than people who have power vs people who have not.
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I'm still waiting on the explanation on where electricity has gone to. Is there some device running somewhere hidden that placed the planet in some kind of shield that absorbs electricity? Is the sun sending some kind of continuous emp? Is it caused by mankind or is it a trick of nature? And what exactly does the pendant do? If it generates electricity, how does it do so? Or does it suppress the thing that nullifies the electricity? I hope they will give us some answers soon, because I think more viewers will stop watching this show if they don't get little pieces of the puzzle every one or two episodes.
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I've heard we're getting a great deal of answers by the end of the season, though if the writers plan for more seasons, they can't spill all of the beans in the first season.
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What thisismetoo did was to explore a few possibilities: where the electricity went, (and I add what caused it, why tghe effect still lingers), if a device absorbs it, it it's a natural phenomenon or something caused by man, what the pendant does exactly, And I could add how it does it, if it generates or redirects power, how it can be controlled, what's that big machine Randall shows Grace, what's the nature of the group or secret society that controls electricity, why they were started, why they don't anything now, who Grace was talking to trough her computer when Randall abducted her, and then all the questions relating to reuniting the Mathesons, overthrowing Monroe, the fate of other main characters, the destiny of the Republic and the other republics in North America. If it makes you happy count the exact number of "questions" that makes, (and has potential to unfold into other questions), but my point is that there's enough room for several speculations to make the story interesting, not just one as Papilloni suggested.
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That's not six questions. That's six question marks used in relation to the potential answers to the one question. @thisismetoo got a little bit clever with the punctuation and the the rhetoricals, but the question was the first sentence (without the question mark).
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No, Papilloni, for imaginative people there are far too many beans. For instance, thisismetoo has come up with six questions. And there could be many more too. So the writers could answer a number of questions and still keep a great deal of mysteries for further seasons.
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Especially when there is only one bean.
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I'm optimistic by nature, so I hope the show will improve. But the writers sure take their time. What keeps bothering me the most is why only the militia is concerned with restoring the power and why the ones with the power don't use it for anything useful. They argue the militia will only use it for weapons, but why would the militia need it for weapons because they are already in control. And if the ones with electricity would have used it, they could have destroyed the militia a long long time ago...
So maybe I'm stil watching to see if the writers are able to tie every loose end together somehow.
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They have answered why Monroe wants power several times over many episodes: he wants to take over the North America (and maybe more) and if he is the only one with advanced weaponry it would be pretty easy. The people who can use power are nerdy scientists who felt that hiding was a better alternative than losing their amulets to Monroe to do bad things with.

It is frustrating to me that people who don't like the show have so many silly questions that the show answers time and time again. Pay attention and it might not seem so "dumb" to you.
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Monroe wants his militia to have powerful weapons to conquer the other republics (Georgia, Plains, Texas, California). Miles anticipated that in a previous episode.

We can only speculate the reasons behind the people who already have electricity. They seem to be acting like a secret society and it seems their priority is to remain in secret (most probably for some nefarious reasons).
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A Good episode with intriguing hallucinations!
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TTW, I can't figure you out. Either you're a network shill for like every television network there is or the most laid back person on the planet. I can't even go back and check your older review because there's so many that every time I click "all my reviews" it crashes my viewer. Every review of yours I have seen has been a 10 positive. You seem to like all shows from all networks though, so unless you're an amalgam of various shills from various networks all using the same account, I'm guessing that you just love TV. Like all of it. Ever.
What's the deal?
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Yeah intriguing that nora is afraid of alligators... wait what? This whole episode is dumb.

The most personality came from rebel arrow chick who unfortunately dies.
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You can count me as one of those who keeps watching only to see how far the show will sink. And boy do they live up to expectations!
By the end, I was wishing that I was the one that was hallucinating and that they really didn't give Revolution the full season pick up while Last Resort got the axe (oh the humanity!!!). Sadly, no lack of oxygen for me :(
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You said it!
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No, he must be smoking!
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Yaaaawn, Revolution. So far I've been watching with a mixed interest, and even managed to occasionally stumble onto something enjoyable; all the while cursing over the amount of silly elements, that is. But this episode... it takes the cake. It has absolutely helped me in making the transition towards : "why the hell do I still bother with this show?"

Need to fill the episode with something, you say? Let's bring in some senseless and useless hallucinations and/or dream sequences. Maybe one out of ten viewers will actually care, the rest can just sleep through them.
So we have a tunnel, or a net of tunnels - supposedly full of traps, too. One would assume that new traps could've been added over all these years that Miles spent away from the militia. But naaah, what good is the basic logic for. Let's just walk through the area carelessly. It's not like stepping on a mine ever has any real consequences.
The collapsing debris cutting off all the oxygen plus the consequent actions/explanations were too ridiculous to even try to make fun of.
Oh, and a mole. Let's not forget a mole. There must be a traitor to raise the stakes. That dramatic tension. Even more useful when he conveniently shoots all the extra actors and then dies himself, so all we are left with is the main cast.

Ahhh. I swear, the only saving grace were the few final minutes. Elizabeth Mitchell makes a fine job with her character, and it gave us some twists that weren't as easy to predict.
Come to think of it - if Revolution consisted only of these final minutes for its episodes, it would've been pretty interesting.
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I realize the immediate response is, "Miles knew where all the traps were," but couldn't we have seen at least one of them (not including the mines.) It didn't appear as though they were trying to avoid any trap whatsoever. Also, considering they were "tripping out," you'd think some of Miles' faculties would render his trap-searching muddled. No. Instead, what we got, was a fake alligator attack.
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Aside from the horrendous set-up in the tunnel which was around 4-5 minutes and the reasoning for the hallucinations, the rest of the episode was fairly decent and entertaining.

Favorite quotes:

Monroe: You look tired, brother.
Miles: I am tired, Bass.
Monroe: So was it worth it? Leaving the militia, trying to kill me? Why did you do it Miles?
Miles: You went too far... So much blood.
Monroe: Yet you still regret it. There's a part of you, big part, that wishes you could take it all back.
Miles: No, you're wrong.
Monroe: (smiles knowingly) Miles you're forgetting. This is not real. I'm in your head. I know what you're thinking. I know your dirty little secret, the one you don't want to tell Charlie or Nora.
Miles: What secret is that?
Monroe: That if I take you back, you just might do it. You might just sell out your friends. Fall straight back into line, right beside me. You're scared, Miles. You're scared its gonna happen.

Monroe: We had a deal and I kept my end of the bargain. But now, its over.
Rachel: I'll build you another amplifier. There's..
Monroe: You're dead! And Danny is dead.
Rachel: You need me.
Monroe: Huh, I need you? No, Rachel. I don't need you. I have Dr. Jaffey. I have his pendant and he's been a hell of a lot more cooperative than you've ever been. This is over.
Rachel: (kills Jaffey by stabbing him through the heart and breaks down) Please, I'm sorry.
Rachel: Now, you need me.

Charlie: You look terrible.
Miles: (winking) That's part of the charm.
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Q: “How did that arrow trick to take out those two guards work, anyway?”
A: “The one shot first took a detour to punch Charlie’s face.”
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I really wish I could just either hate or like the show like everyone else, but here I am, on the fence every single episode. I feel like I'm constantly waiting for the show to get better, for one episode to actually be incredibly exciting, but it never does, and I have no idea why I keep watching it.

I really believe the plot is a great concept and all the characters are great concepts, but the execution is always terrible. This could've been a great episode. I'm reminded of the landmine scene and wonder, had it been another director, better actors and a better script, it could've been really intense. Sadly, it wasn't and I wished it would've finally been the moment when we all say good riddance to Charlie.
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Right you are, Tim.
It's fun to watch this comedy show dig it's own apartment-type grave one on top of the other.
Hahahaha.
Funny review, Tim.
Have a down-right nasty day. :)
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Aw, man... and I was hoping we could trade Charlie in for the random rebel chick with the bow and arrow... I guess I keep watching in the hopes that Charlie will die somewhere along the way and we'll just carry on without her...

On a side note: wouldn't it have been better if there really were a Monroe scout and a secret passage, and something trying to eat them in the water, not to mention some sort of hallucinogen in the tunnels... But no, they had to go with lack of oxygen in a way that they couldn't possibly be having lack of oxygen...
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Good question: Did they ever get across the damn river or that's still an ongoing plot?
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Best thing about this show is reading these reviews and many of the comments. I laugh every time.A whole episode of hallucinations - how can anyone take this show seriously anymore?
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As of this week, Revolution officially became one of the funniest sitcoms of all time, topping "I Love Lucy." I am 100% positive now that producers of the show are letting their 12 year old "aspiring screenwriter" kid pen some of these scripts.
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As usual, I don't agree with several points in Tim's review. I think he shoots at the show in all directions. Some things he gets right, several others, wrong. And i'm trying to be as reasonable as I can here.

- "so they DID finally get across the river!" - They had at the end of last episode, and we already knew that.

- "Here was the number-two bad guy in all the land right in the clutches of the Rebels, and he's trying to convince them that he's changed and can help them take down Monroe." - The way I see things, the rebels could've killed Miles out revenge, but didn't see much advantage in keeping a retired second-in-command of the Republic, who had a falling out with the General, a fact that should've been widely known. Instead they preferred to use his knowledge to get Monroe, and they were expecting Sergeant Wheatley to kill Miles eventually. As the saying goes, the enemy of enemy is my friend. I think the only problem here was that they should've used Miles in a much bigger attack, but they might've been undermanned.

- "Charlie, the walking disaster, would immediately fuck up because the girl can't put one foot in front of the other without creating a life-or-death situation." - That's totally unfair. I understand if a character does something stupid and that makes the audience angry, like Aaron letting his pendant get stolen several times. But stepping on a mine is not the same thing. Most probably Miles and Nora wouldn't step on a mine because they have military experience, but Charlie and Aaron were perfect victims for a mine. Regularly lots and lots of civilians lose limbs due to mines and not because they are stupid. Mines are insidious killers, and Charlie was not to blame.

- "Nora (worked) randomly fiddled with the mine to disarm it." - they showed Nora open the mine, we saw the mechanisms, she secured one little part with her tool. I'd say the scene was well made and she seemed to know exactly what she was doing.

- "Nora, Aaron, and Miles all stood as close as they could to Charlie because if she was blowing up, they were going to blow up, too." - So, yeah, Miles & Co. had suicide tendencies, but we knew Charlie wouldn't die anyway, so there were no stakes, and the scene was terribly made, after all it's Revolution what else would you expect. Interestingly, the scene reminded of the ending of Fringe's S01 ep.14 "Ability," in which Olivia had to disarm using the power of her mind to turn on and off a few random lights, and Peter decided to stay put, and we all know they wouldn't die because, come on, Fringe without Olivia and Peter is not Fringe at all, and guess what she disarmed the bomb. But I don't remember any outcry at that time saying this scene was terrible.

- "his plan to infiltrate the Rebel alliance and be stationed at a random Rebel post with the hopes that Miles Matheson would one day randomly walk in to that particular outpost and be captured so Wheatley could escort him back to Philadelphia and into Monroe's arms" - Wheatley had infiltrated the rebel base for other reasons, evidently, as the militia have other concerns besides Miles, but Wheatley said that capturing Miles was worth blowing his cover.

- "one knock to the head and she's off to Dreamland" - Knocks to one's head can cause all sorts of damaging effects, even death.

- "The range is half a mile, which means his tanks and jets and helicopters would all need to be within that range to be anything more than scrap metal." - Come on, you don't have to be an evil genius to predict that. Rachel was building a device the size of an old vacuum cleaner with the range of half a mile. I suppose if that works, Monroe will want to build a bigger one. Imagine building an amplifier the size of a room or a warehouse.

- "So Rachel, who already ruined this poor guy's life about eight times, stabbed the guy to death with a pencil to ensure her own safety." - Actually it was a screwdriver or a small metal shaft, but if it were a pencil, that would finally prove that the pen(cil) is mightier than the sword, right? Besides, what a snitch! The blabbermouth had to say "it's a bomb" when he had a chance to shut up and both get rid of the dictator. In my opinion the idiot got what he deserved.

- "I'm still having a lot of fun watching this series. Probably not in the way the writers intended me to, but fun nonetheless." - I know the feeling, I'm enjoying these reviews the very same way.
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@GirishStewart - Just a couple more examples. last week I saw Homeland and Roya and Brody drive off to a secluded clearing in the country at night. They meet a terrorist, and Carrie, who's doing surveillance, says, "they are gonna kill him!" But OF COURSE Brody isn't going to be killed. If the writers wanted him dead they would've done it at the end of season 1, when he SHOULD have died. Also, I just watched Person of Interest and tried to remember the countless times John Reese was in "mortal danger." Same for Jack Bauer.

Putting a main character in constant "mortal danger" is a staple in American TV, even for shows considered good. Few shows challenge that notion, and even in the ones that do that, like The Walking Dead, we know some characters are untouchable (I mean Rick). So I hardly find any reason to criticize any one show to use that plot trick.
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You're right on the money. They'd never kill off their main character. If Rick died now, I promise you a considerable amount of people would stop watching the show. Whenever Bauer was put in harms way, I'd roll my eyes. They were the most predictable and pointless scenes. I share the same views as well.
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I mostly agree with all of your points. Nice touch with the Fringe example btw. Nora working on the mine was so much better than LR's 'do not touch this wire'. Wouldn't the wires already be in contact with each other when she was thrown down! Such stupidity.

Wheatley did infiltrate for other reasons. Tim made zero sense when he said that.
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Since Aaron has had the pendant come on a few times in different places, it would seem the pendants are portable power extractors. So perhaps a tight squadron could wreak havoc as long as they stayed in formation, which shouldn't be a problem if no one else could get planes in the air. Ground missiles might mess that idea up.
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Just having one or two bomber jets gives them a huge upper hand. It makes perfect sense if they're in perfect formation.
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Yes, using the pendant + amplifier in a moving vehicle would increase their reach. And I was thinking if they have just one or two jets of bombers in working order, that would make a huge difference already, because none of the other republics would have any defense at all against them.
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Actually, I think we saw them jump into the river... and then roll credits...
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No, actually a lot happened after they jumped. In a nutshell they got out of the river, dried their clothes, Miles and Aaron discussed what Monroe would do now he had the pendant, Nora and Charlie bonded, Nora had a flashback, Strausser gave Monroe the pendant, Julia tried to persuade Neville to overthrow Monroe, and Monroe gave Rachel the pendant. Then credits.
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The focus of this show is good, but there is no balance. They need like a week off the hunt or something in order to recapture what could be between Jason and Charlie. It is more than overdue for that 'talk' or them being seen together at all. I watch in anticipation of the milestones of Charlie and Jason's relationship, but nothing. Do you see the direct correlation of the number of viewers and rating verses the episodes we see JD Pardo in? Life, Love, and the Pursuit of happiness (Ultimately what we all want).
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That's what the show needs, constructive criticism.
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I think Rachel was trying to make an amplifier but accidentally made a bomb. Her family does not have a great track record with scientific results matching intentions.

I wrote a summary/review of this episode that was a few thousand words, but it could honestly be summarized as such:

Main characters ends up marginally closer to goal.
Extras die.
Rachel is awesome.
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Why oh why bring Led Zeppelin into this pile of shit Mr. Kripke? The stuff I saw on the internet coming from him made me think maybe this episode is going to at least attempt to scuffle in the right direction - Eric do you really believe in this creation of yours? - but blam total garbage and just a little Led. One more episode then gone til April. This show is going to have no viewers when it returns.

The whole scene with Elizabeth Mitchell made ZERO sense - wouldn't the corpse have done this back in the episode he was introduced in the cell? Now they create a perfect storm where The Cape could just kill this idiot and her kid but because the plot and NBC don't want one of the few capable actresses in this cast dead, she lives. Mitchell, Esposito, and Kim Raver are the safest members of this cast.

Keep on sucking "Revolution"!
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I loved this episode. In the first few minutes Miles said something like "We have an impossible task and we need help" and this line works like a charm! Whenever Miles says something like that, the gang always go and get that impossible task done pretty easily. I think Billy Burke should, like, sell recordings of his lines of this type and if you have something particularly difficult to do, you just play it on you phone or something, and - voilà!
Another thing, I love how the gang needs help from other people all the time, and then these people die horribly and then the gangs just goes on and do their thing, like nobody just died for them senselessly.
I think I only watch this show for Elizabeth Mitchell who's always awesome and her storyline is the only one that still holds some genuine interest for me.
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why do people even comment on this crap?
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Let's start with : Why on earth has the UN forbidden landmines ? Apparently, they're harmless (or they could be tricked with a swiss army knife) ! Great news !
The explosion of the landmine was not big enough to harm the people who were near it, but it was big enough to close a tunnel with rocks. Hermetically.
In 20 minutes, 4 people have beathe all the oxygen there was in all the tunnels ... With the quantity of oxygen they breath, I wouldn't want to be in a room with one of them ; in 5 minutes, I might suffocate...
People don't have enough oxygen to breathe, so they hallucinate. But they have enough oxygen to talk and run. Must not be the same oxygen...
To conclude : I think when the writers (can we still call them that? Were I a writer, I would be insulted to be in the same category as those people !) wrote this episode, there wasn't enough oxygen in the room ...
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once again, an "impossible" situation easily solved by walking. I still can't get over how easily they crossed the river from last week. Last week's entire episode of bribing, fighting, explosions, rescues, was negated by jumping in and swimming. This week's impossible situation was solved by walking... though a tunnel.

ughh don't even get me started on the lack of oxygen in a miles long tunnel, with an OPEN END I'm too tired.
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The writers of this show continue to amaze me. Seriously, how can you pull off this crazy amount of inconsistencies and lack of logic? It's like the Mythbusters are writing this shit ... (see who is going to defend them hehe)
And Tim seems to reach the intellectual bottom too maybe due to watching this show. His mumblings of a madman about range and versatility of the pendants and whatnot is as insulting as is this show. Ever considered to take them(with or without amplifier) "on board" or to make an array with several amplifiers? I don't want to defend anything but there is no reason to get absurd when there is so much to dwell on in terms of idiocy.
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"It's like the Mythbusters are writing this shit"
*shakes head*
Some people just want to watch the world burn.
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I can't blame Tim honestly. I guess he tries to review the show going by its own logic and offer some constructive criticism, but that's like trying to make the statue of David out of a pile of poo.
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Hahaha! Constructive criticism - I don't think that means what you think it means.
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Thanks for the understanding, DutchZombie. But I have to say Tim's criticism is anything but constructive (even though it might sound that way for you in Dutch, perhaps)
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It's ok mad-pac. I know English is not your native language, so you probably misunderstood the subtle meaning of my post.
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"Offer some constructive criticism." LOL. Thanks! That was the best joke I heard today.
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Let's hope it's not too late before the evil militia unleashes Armageddon with their new-found power.
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That gif is making my head hurt omg! I'm definitely going to miss these reviews during the hiatus.
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Your head hurts? It could be serious. Better have that checked! Are you having hallucinations?
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Like you wouldn't believe...And they are more interesting than the ones in this show!
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