Revolution Season Finale Review: True American

Revolution S01E20: "The Dark Tower"

Revolution's first season came to a close last night in a more spectacular fireball than even I could have imagined with the nonsensical "The Dark Tower," an hour's worth of last-minute saves, puzzling reversals of allegiance, and Rachel being awesome Rachel. There was even a nod to one of my favorite scenes from The Event, another attempt at a network sci-fi show that I had a steamy love-hate affair with, and it was just so appropriate and made everything we've been through with Revolution feel worth it. Revolution is almost always bad (more on that later), but at times it's just the right kind of bad that it can't help but be fun to watch, and there's definitely a place on television, particularly NBC, for that kind of entertainment.

"The Dark Tower" was really the second of a two-part finale exploring the mysteries of the Tower, a government defense outpost that also served as the nation's fuse box. Last week's episode introduced a new threat to our heroes: The inhabitants of the Tower had been tasked with making sure the power stayed off for fear of a one-in-a-billion chance (their words, not mine) of turning the world and all its creatures into a huge chunk of smoldering charcoal. So "The Dark Tower" became a question of whether or not (and how) they should flip the switch and turn the power back on and risk Hell-ish levels of immediate climate change. Just to give you an idea what a one-in-a-billion chance looks like, it's this: 0.000000001. Let's say the events of Revolution were real life and I was playing the part of switch-flipper. If the odds were one-in-a-hundred, I'd have a good ponder over it. If this were real life, and the odds were one-in-a-million, I'd punch that button without hesitation. One in a million? I like my chances. But this is television, where all risks should be cut down by a factor of 1,000 because it's television and it's not real. Have you ever played poker with fake money? All in, every time. Why? Because who cares, it isn't real, and the stakes are pointless. So why Revolution decided to dilute the stakes to one-in-a-billion is beyond me. Wouldn't one in 100,000 worked?  What about one in 78,317? Even one in 10,000 makes for better TV drama, especially if they tightened the tension with an imminent threat to Georgia if they didn't get power to defend themselves in time. But one in a billion, and let me number it out for you so you can see how big of a number a billion is—1,000,000,000—seems like a no-brainer given what I'm calling "television stakes." That's what we were working with in this finale right off the bat. So did they plug in the world once again? Of course they did, and we'll get to that. 

First, the show took steps like those of a lightweight at a St. Patrick's Day drinking contest, stumbling around in directions that made no sense. Rachel, Charlie, and Aaron were held captive by the Tower Defense Force and threatened with their lives if they attempted to turn the power back on. Yet they were left unsupervised enough that Aaron was able to hack the Tower's operating system (lol) to discover that it was based on code he created at MIT. Meanwhile, Miles, Nora, and Monroe found a common enemy in the Towerfolk and teamed up—yes, Miles and Monroe became friends in the heat of battle and Nora didn't even blink an eye—and then were swept away in what I can only assume were the currents of the Tower's sewage system and shot out onto a beach. Upstairs, Neville managed to convince 100 men that they should start a coup against Monroe and he took control of an army in the middle of nowhere in Colorado. Annnnnnd we were off! 

We'll concentrate on Charlie, Rachel, and Aaron because all you need to know about Neville's storyline it that it became a holding pen for people being captured and rescued, and Miles and Monroe's odd coupling was so fascinating that it requires its own separate article (look for that to be posted soon). Aaron and Charlie must have come around to Rachel's need to turn the power on, because they were fully on board. The problem was they needed a keycard to access the Tower's brain (Aaron's 1337 hacking skills only go so far). Rachel called in Grace for a last-ditch attempt to convince her that powering up was the right thing to do because dead Danny deserves revenge, and when that didn't work, Rachel chloroformed Grace and took the keycard out of her pocket. I need to say how awesome it is that Rachel must keep a bottle of chloroform in her purse at all times. I LOVE Rachel. 

From there, Aaron explained some techno-gobbledygook about a "back door" in his code that could allow him to access whatever controlled the power, I guess? But that wasn't the important part of this scene; the important part was how Rachel and Charlie reacted to him geeking out. Rachel groaned, "Not now Aaron," when he began to talk and rushed him through his speech, and Charlie thought Aaron was literally talking about a physical back door. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but I can see Charlie's ignorance because she grew up in a world without Person of Interest reruns. This series has shown a definitive lack of humor ("Run you idiot!" being an exception), but this was some subtle genius at work right here. Watch for yourselves.

Then they ran into Nora, who was walking down the hall by herself, because where else would Nora be? After a chat between Nora and Rachel during which Nora took herself out of the running for Miles' heart and gave her spot to Rachel (sorry, Rachel, but Miles' heart belongs to Monroe), the gang came across a huge group of Tower Power Protectors huddled in a tight ball near the doorway to the 12th level, where the power switch was located. Rachel needed to get down there, but how? A tripwire bomb made out of twine and old liquor bottles, of course! I'll ignore how they acquired the parts and asume demolitions expert Nora devised the explosive and strung it out across the width of the hallway since all Charlie can do is put herself in danger, Aaron is a pussy, and Rachel likes to look into the eyes of her victims as they expire. Bombs aren't her thing unless she drops a grenade at your feet. Cue a noise distraction, and the entire group of stairway defenders huddle-marched down the hallway in a formation particularly vulnerable to explosions. But Dan (Landry's dad from Friday Night Lights) saw the tripwire before it could blow them all to smithereens! Knowing they were hosed unless they could get to Level 12, Nora grabbed a fire hydrant, popped out into the hallway and chucked that thing at the wire, setting off the bombs and blowing up all the bad guys. All of them. Because they all left the door to Level 12 in a tightly packed group. I'm not talking three people, there were about a dozen. But in the process of being a badass, Nara also took some nasty shrapnel in her stomach. Now I know she's survived two stabbings in the stomach before, but this one was on the side of her stomach that wasn't indestructible. More crunches next time, Nora!

The group found safety in a hall closet and it was decision time: Tend to Nora's wounds by going to the infirmary or move on with the mission and keep pushing toward Level 12 because all the guards were dead and more would be coming any second. They only had one keycard, so they couldn't do both. Charlie was into saving Nora, but Rachel didn't give a damn about Nora because she needed to get revenge for Danny, so she took the card and Aaron and they moved on with a half-ass reply of, "We'll be back in time to save Nora." While everyone was arguing about what was best for Nora, Nora was begging everyone to leave her alone and let her die in peace.

But even Nora couldn't die quietly, and one of her painful grunts was heard by a nearby militia dude who entered the room and beat the crap out of Charlie. And you know what happens when Charlie is in danger! Miles, who we'd last seen outside, showed up 11 floors underground to save her ass, doing so by knifing the guy in the throat! (For a giant underground government installation filled with coilgun-toting separatists, it sure is easy to regroup in this place.) Remember last week when I begged for better kills? It happened! Thank you, Revolution! Miles wouldn't leave Nora there alone, so he carried her toward Level 12, but then the unthinkable occurred. Game of Thrones may have been pretty tough this week, but it had nothing on "The Dark Tower." Nora died. In Miles' arms. And Miles was sad for a long time. Inspired by fan reactions to the now-infamous GoT Red Wedding scene, I recorded myself watching Nora die in Revolution:


Upstairs, Neville's men got word that there was a race to get to Level 12, and they intercepted Aaron and Rachel on their way to the control room. And you know what happens whenever one of the good guys gets in a pickle! Miles showed up just in the nick of time to kill 93 percent of Neville's men. [*Bang bang* *Cut to guy falling backward dead* *Repeat 12 times*] In the ensuing chaos, only the good guys made it into the control room, where they locked the door behind them. OKAY GUYS, THIS WAS IT. CLIMACTIC FINALE. But first, Rachel asked where Nora was, and Charlie I-told-you-so'd her with a spiteful, "She's dead."

Aaron hopped on the computer, stroked some keys, and then it was time to "get the command line," "run the shutdown script," and authorize some execution! Aaron hit enter and then... cut to commercial. Ugh. But back from commercial, the power started to return, as shown by a montage entitled "The Secondary Women of Revolution Watch the Lights Come Back On." Julia was reading a book by candlelight in a cocktail dress (?) when the overhead lights flickered, Aaron's wife heard her boombox power up (sweet battery life), and President Kelly saw the Atlanta highrises brighten. Me, I would have said something like, "HOLY F*CKING SH*T THE POWER IS BACK ON AFTER 15 YEARS, THERE IS A GOD NOW WHERE'S MY XBOX?" But the ladies were just like, "That's nice." Except for President Kelly, who immediately called for all her tanks and helicopters to go blow up Philadelphia. Really? Just go to war right there and then, eh? What the heck?

Meanwhile, Monroe was wandering around by his lonesome outside and there was a bunch of lightning. I'm not sure what the point of that was. What the heck?

But that wasn't the ending. No siree. Remember Randall Flynn? He had gained access to the control room a long time ago, but had to wait for Rachel to turn on the power before doing what he'd really come to do: be so damn patriotic that he'd kill a ton of Americans. After calling Aaron "portly" (low blow) and muttering cliches like "When you burn down the old, new things grow," Randall flipped a few switches in another totally separate control room (but one with big windows so Rachel could see what he was doing) and launched ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) to wipe Georgia Federation HQ Atlanta and Moron Republic central Philadephia off the map. "A house divided amongst itself cannot stand," he monologued. "I'm a patriot, Rachel." And then he shot himself in the head. What the heck? If that's what being a patriot is, then screw you, America. 

BUT THAT WASN'T THE END! Cut to a mysterious office where a man flicked the lights on and off and another man said, "Randall Flynn did it. It's time to go home... MR. PRESIDENT." Then the camera zoomed out with the shadowy president standing in the window looking out over GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, where apparently the President of the United States has been chilling this whole time! What the heck? Mind blown. Well, strike that. Mind confused, really. It was the kind of cliffhanger that makes you say "What?" more than "Whoa!" and it was just crazy enough to out-crazy everything that'd happened before it. That's exactly what I was looking for.

As far as I can tell, after the blackout the president established an American colony on Cuba and has been waiting 15 years for the power to come back on and for Randall to blow up the warring militia states on the East Coast. Neville is trying to gain power over the Monroe Republic (Neville Nation, baby!), Monroe might be friends with Miles, and our heroes are locked inside the most powerful building in the world. What the heck?

Look, I don't know what it all means or why Revolution took the direction it took to get here. Throughout the season, characters had all sorts of problems, many of the storylines wore out or were simply ignored, and even the overall mythology—which should have been laid out before the season started—seemed clueless as to where it was going. And that was all reflected in this crazy—but gleefully entertaining—finale. Now who is going to pay the electric bill?



NOTES


– I'm very happy the finale started off with one of the Kripke-style music-based montages that were so wonderful on Supernatural. It wasn't really necessary, but it's always nice to see Kripke's footprints.  

– I did not ignore the homosexual subtext between Miles and Monroe. In fact, I wrote so much about it that, as I mentioned above, it's getting a separate article... so keep an eye out for that. It was BY FAR my favorite part of the finale and series. "You have a borderline erotic fixation on Miles Matheson," Neville told Monroe. AND HOW!

– Is it worth mentioning that the secret keycard Randall found was hidden behind a picture of George Bush and that Randall broke the picture to get to the card? Nah, not really. Hollywood hates Bush, what else is new? 

– Why is Jason working with his dad? Do people actually get mad at each other on this show or do they just yell at each other?

– Rachel to Grace: "Did I ever tell you about the day Danny was born?" No, and we never asked!

– Remember when this show was about Charlie? She's been completely pointless for a long time. 

– I like how when Miles picked up Nora to carry her down to Level 12, the first thing he said when we saw him carrying her was, "How much further?" like he already regretted the decision.

– Did you see the Easter Eggs I put in the first image?

– Thank you for reading these reviews all season long! There were lots of times when I wanted to going to quit writing about Revolution but several of you talked me back into it. And now I don't regret watching and reviewing the season at all, it was a blast. 

– Will you be tuning in for Season 2?

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I get it now. No, seriously. It was the one in a billion thing that did it. You see, I watched the first two episodes but there was no way I as going to watch the entire season so I read Tim's brilliant reviews instead and all the indications point to one thing. Think about it:
*An incapacity to understand relationships and sex
*Fight scenes are "the good guys going, "Pew Pew!" and the bad guys going, "Ugh I'm dead!""
*A complete incomprehension of the meaning of adversaries - hate, loyalty, determination
*Misunderstanding the significance of numerical values - who is likely to think that 1 in a BILLION sounds more significant than 1 in a 1000.
Children.
That's right, the show is written by children.
-"Yeah, but if they turn it on the world will burn",
-"Yeah there's like a 1 in a 5 chance the world burns",
-"No, it needs to be bigger",
-"yeah, 1 in a BILLION",
-"yeah, cool, that's massive"
Sounds massive, but they could possibly turn it on 999, 999, 999, times without incident.
I suspect the kids took over somewhere between five minutes into episode 2 and the end of episode 3, but I could be out by a few seconds.
Right, I'm off to watch the Season 2 opener, my fingers are crossed that Edlund and O'Bannon have sent the Season 1 writing team back to school with a fresh apple and a song in their heart.
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>Meanwhile, Monroe was wandering around by his lonesome outside and there was a bunch
>of lightning. I'm not sure what the point of that was. What the heck?

Monroe needed to learn the power was back on too, but he wasn't near a light switch. If nanites were absorbing all the electricity for fifteen years, that would have meant no thunder storms! Seeing the lightning for the first time in 15 years was Monroe's way of realizing the power was on.

I'm surprised that you didn't call out the fact that the Tower had huge blast doors and since it had facilities to launch nuclear weapons presumably also hardened against nuclear attack. Yet in Revolution a small pile of C4 is enough to blow a hole "under the door"? What, under the door was just some bricks and dirt and not 12 feet+ of steel-reinforced concrete like other nuclear-hardened facilities? And how did "all thumbs" Randall manage to target Philly and Atlanta? There's no way the missiles were targeting our own cities by default. I'll allow that if the President was in on it, he could have provided the access codes needed.
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So for 15 years a bunch of people kept on turning up to work at power stations across the country to keep them all running, despite the fact that electricity didn't work, all so that when the power went 'back on' there would be a plentiful supply of power for the grid ... I think they are the real heroes of the story.
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That's exactly what I have been raising hell about since day one after they got the power on again.. There is no way the power grid would come back online immdiately or even months later. No one is tending to the power stations and even if they are they have no equiptment to keep everything maintained so the power stations would be half rusted and rotted away. Not to mention most of the power lines that has degrated or been taken down for other uses or just destroyed. Electricity is produced somewhere, we don't magically make it then run it through powerlines. Even if someone had been waiting at all of the power plants and had found a way to maintain them, there would still be a boatload of other things that would have to be done first before they could turn it on again. But we know there was no one obviously. So what the Hell. Yes, the show is fiction, but unless it's supposed to be a show based on magic or magically powered super heroes then you have to keep some things legit, or at least logical. Apparently the producers and writers are dumb or they think everyone that watches their show are too dumb to know this... BZzzz wrong! The only way I can see them fixing this is maybe to say the nano's were dying because of it and their dying was powering things up temp.
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I'm wondering if Nora really is dead. Once those nanites were activated again, why couldn't they have healed her like they healed Rachel's leg?
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love revolution when if the second season comming out
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i actually play candy crush/coasterville/the last one on facebook whilst watching this crap, just cos this show is so retarded thing s change every episode, someone we've known for a while and sort of like is killed off in a such a nooby stupid way...

now how did the militia get in to the bunker after the c4 pile only damaged the concrete around it ?

all those big ass 'converted' grenade launchers made funny sounds and the stunt crew must of been knacked with all that bungee cord pulling... plus used alot of fake blood...zap ...pow... splash splot sput....gargle noise...

omg nora died wow, beaten up drugged, shot/stabbed blown up nope i'll just walk away...suddenly gets shot just be throwing a fire extinguisher is what does her in....writers GTFO...

will neville survive the icbm launch ? well charlie and jason survived a drone strike so it's possible..

will aaron turn off the power to stop the missiles ?

will rachel have to pull out another wild theory of something she has to do ?

this show is a train wreck where the only people aboard are clowns..
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This show has too much fail to comprehend. I wanted soooooo bad to like it...
From start to finish, I couldn't stand Charlie. Wish she died. I hate her character, and I don't like the actor portraying her. If I was anyone in that group who understood the way the world was working, I'd have ditched her ass long ago. Very glad they stopped focusing on her halfway through the season.
Aaron - The last fat guy in the world. In a world with no power, when the only transportation is your feet, when food is grown in the ground or shot out of a tree, this guy started fat (saw his flashbacks) and stayed fat. If I were any of the other people in the community he was living in, I'd be asking where MY extra rations were!
Rachel - A little too starey...all the time, she stares at everyone. Other than that, I didn't mind her.
Nora - She aight.
Miles - What a crappy commander. Who would follow a guy, seriously, that basically took orders from a whiny little girl?
So many of the situations they were put in were just beyond ludicrous. They were able to walk into the heart of enemy territory, they were the ONLY people with any shooting ability (even Charlie was a master marksman (WTF??))...I could go on and on, but there's been so many that I've forgotten and can't be arsed to watch that show again.
This last episode...apparently, this top secret super secure bunker has a 6-inch thick ceiling right outside the front door.
Flynn eats a bullet...for why? And why were nuclear missiles already aimed at Philly and Atlanta? Seriously, he just turned the keys and hit the big red button and they were off.
Flip the switch, and...the power comes back on. Glad there were folks all over America keeping the infrastructure in good working order in case this day ever came.
Tom is Tom. The way he flip-flopped these past few episodes, he must have been a Romney fan.
And the U.S. president in Cuba, apparently sailed there in old wooden ships. Go him. I'm sure the survivors of Philly and Atlanta will welcome him home with open arms.
Not sure if I'm gonna watch season 2. Probably the first episode and if something spectacular doesn't happen I'm done with it. This is right up there with The Following in terms of shoddy story-telling.
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Nobody seems to be picking up on all the hints that Rachel caused the blackout. She did it to save Danny's life - we already know that the proliferation of nanites was keeping him alive. In "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" she alludes to Dr. Warren that she has done horrible things to keep Danny alive and killed "too many people". In a flashback in "Children of Men" she has a suicidal breakdown about over it (although she does not tell Ben the whole truth). And in this episode she hushes up Aaron when he starts to explain how someone used his backdoor to purposely cause the blackout. It was Rachel - crazy-ass Rachel!!!
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I have to say, after just watching the finale, I am thouroughly confused.

If you compare where this show started and where it ended up regarding its mythology it has traveled lightyears. But they did not fill that "travel" with much entertaining and high quality television. The first and the last episode compared, except for some characters, its almost a totally different show.
To bad, because I thought the pilot had real story and character potential in an interesting universe.

I am suprised they renewed it. I will check back into the show next season but to be honest, I don't expect much anymore.

Also, I am suprised by the choice of shows you are reviewing. I think there are shows out there WAY better than Revolution that you could review but don't. Like Banshee, Longmire or Copper.
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I'm confused - are we supposed to know that Rachel caused the blackout to save Danny (allow for the proliferation of nanites) or is this supposed to be a mystery - or did something else happen?
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There's a few problems with this show. Like... why are people alive? The nanobots are inside everyone and in the air and they suck out all electricity. Shouldn't all people then be brain dead since well... the nanobots suck out electricity now? Also I really don't like all the flip flopping of the attitudes of the characters.
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Charlie was pointless even when the show WAS about her. What can I say, I have not now nor have I ever been a Charlie fan. It's interesting that she combats with her mother so much since she's kinda just like her. And her father Miles...I mean, am I not supposed to think that charlies is Miles' kid? Anyhoo...
-I never expected that Aaron would last this long, and even though they legitimately stole and plagiarized his work...I still feel like he should be dead. Why must we suffer Aaron just because he's the resident geek?
- "And your borderline homo-erotic fixation on Miles Matheson". My night was made with that line. Nothing else mattered after Giancarlo delivered that line in a way that only he can. That's what I'm talking about. Everyone else thinks it and Neville freaking says it. Screw Charlie. Screw Rachel. Screw Aaron. Screw everybody up in there. Because I am all aboard the Neville Nation train. He's my kinda a villainy person. I love how he straight up got into the Monroe Militia's head and played tiddlywinks with their brains. Mind warfare. Psychological warfare. It's the best and most effective warfare. That's why we chicks own that shizz while guys like Miles are out there awesomely wielding swords.
-No one ever really seems to get mad at anyone. They get frustrated. Their idea of getting mad is pretty much like toddlers. They throw a few alphabet blocks around and say they won't play with that person anymore, then ten minutes later everyone is sitting at the same bench sharing a PB&J and sipping on a juicebox. Torturing moms? Shrugs. Killing brothers? No biggie. Assassinating dads? Who cares! Abandoned me for 14 years? So what! Disowned me? Eh, that's nothing.
-So, um Nora died. I didn't feel lots of stuff, but I didn't NOT feel stuff either. So there is that.
-Monroe was professing his love and I was snickering.
-So the ending was more of a "WTH?" especially for me, because it pretty much means that my mild amusement and vague interest has led me to possibly watching this show for another season. Oh Revolution. I don't know what it is that keeps me coming back to kinda, sorta hate watch you this much, but I'm coming back. You got me. The REAL President in the Revolution world (because I totally thought it was the Atlanta chick) is at G. Bay, the power is back on and shizz is about to get real. I just hope to see more of a reaction because guys THE POWER IS BACK ON!! Get excited or something. Ugh these people.
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few things: Georgia didn't go to war the second the power went on, they were losing the war before they flipped the switch due to Monroe's advantage. The second the power went on they simply started using their stockpile of former lawn ornaments.

in regards to Monroe and the lightning storm: my best guess is that the scene was symbolic for the destruction of the little machines and the releasing of all that electricity that they have been absorbing for the past 15 years.

one final theory: The United States Colony of Cuba was probably established shortly after the power went out, and "the president" was probably with a bunch of important figureheads and one hell of an army on those old revolutionary/civil war vessels that use that old source of power, wind. You know the ones shown in that last photo in the article. They also could have stockpiled supplies and ammunition in Cuba prior to the blackout.

I had the same reaction to this episode that i had to the end of GoT's The Red wedding, things just got interesting.
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Now who is going to pay the electric bill? hhhhh
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Jackass!!
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Well I guess its a good thing Obama never shut down Guantanamo Bay, the new president would have had to escape and hide out in Canada. Wish we could have seen the ICBMs hit, get a few good scenes of mass destruction as an exciting end
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Hoping someone can answer this.....a few episodes back when Grace got the elevator to work - the guy who was guarding her, took the elevator down and something attacked him and killed him - cue the bloody elevator. It was mentioned in another episode - don't go to Level 12 cause "it's" too big and out of control (or something along those lines)....so just what is on Level 12 that killed the guy? It never came up in the finale. Maybe I need to go back and watch a few episodes again....
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I heard the same things. I thought there would be something big, a dangerous nanobot beast. But nothing. It is like the lightning around Monroe in the Finale: I think there will be nothing about that afterwards. This show makes no sense atl ...
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It was the guys with the accelerator guns. Grace didn't know that there was anybody in the tower, guarding the towr, at that point in time
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Thank you......
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Was the deal with the lightning that there had been no lightning storms on earth for 15 years? The nanobots absorb all electricity. I would assume that includes lightning. So all of that pent up electrical energy finally was released.
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good theory!
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Best episode ever with regards to non sense storytelling.
What I like the most was Randall Flynn pushing the red button: the ICBMs went directly on two American cities. It means, that 15 years before, people knew that the 2 American cities would have to be destroyed.
Monroe is clearly in love with Miles, no doubt about that.
Here you have a tower, which is supposed to be safe and well guarded. And then, just blow up some explosives on the floor in front of the entry and there is a big hole into the ground. And this tower is like a market; people come and go as they wish.
I'll be tuning in next year just to have a good laugh and read your brilliant reviews.
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Awesome review, as always. Love your Easter eggs and reaction video.

What I want to know is... how did everyone get electricity? Wouldn't someone need to generate electricity for everyone? Plus, after 15 years, people still have light bulbs hanging around everywhere? I could understand ceiling lights, but lamps? seriously?
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Rachel and Aaron look at each other for 1 second. Like with Philip and Elizabeth (The Americans) understanding comes without words. Aaron runs back to the computer (pushed hard by Rachel), does some key typing staff, watches some matrix like numbers on screen and all electricity agains is turned off. Again. Missiles never reach their destination. Revolution goes back to Start. President goes back to Guantanamo.
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Love that reaction video.
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review fine but no way does Revolution finale compare to red wedding for GOT, games of thrones is miles away better then revolution, Revolution lost it's way and if it is picked up for a second season , the end game storyline better get better.
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I've just realised I haven't actually finished the episode. I turned it off when Aaron flicked the switch thinking that was the end. I thought it was going to be a cliff hanger on whether or not everyone would die. How great would season 2 be if everyone did? Revolution is actually about the nanobots evolving into Cylons. Revolution is the other prequel to BSG.
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Great review. I love the show. Of course, it's utter nonsense. That's why it's so fun to watch. My favorite part of your review was your reference to Julia's dress attire while she's sitting at home (in Georgia?), reading. I notice she wore that dress all season in different colors. I guess she had time to pack her best outfits before she had to flee from Philly. My guess is Monroe may somehow become aligned with Miles and Rachel to fight other forces (a la Ben from Lost).
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"asume demolitions expert Nora devised the explosive and strung it out across the width of the hallway since all Charlie can do is put herself in danger, Aaron is a pussy, and Rachel likes to look into the eyes of her victims as they expire." - LMAO (I think that is meant to be "assume")

"– I like how when Miles picked up Nora to carry her down to Level 12, the first thing he said when we saw him carrying her was, "How much further?" like he already regretted the decision." LMAO, AGAIN!!!

This episode review was seriously, ridiculously hilarious. The video was priceless. Thanks for sticking with it for the season. I will be back for S02, because this show is so crazy it can't help but entertain, and hands down it was far superior to the train wreck that was The Following.

Any bets on who the President in exile is, and which actor will portray him?

I can't wait to read Tim's analysis of the quagmire that is the Miles Matheson/Sebastian Monroe relationship! I also think there is plenty of Greek Tragedy/Freudian level angst between Charlie and Rachel to keep an off-off-Broadway production and Dr. Drew busy for a season.
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Also did anyone else think that Tim looked a bit like Ash from Pokemon with that hat on?
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Your reaction video is spot on!
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well actually it will be on to season 3. Season 1 (before the mid season break) was sci/fantasy with muskets, swords and the story of survival in a land without electricity. Season 2, since the mid season break they finally found the ammo after 15 years and ditch the useless swords, crossbows and muskets for real firepower. Found the steam boats to patrol the river (oh and now we found out where all the sail boats went. South to Cuba!). Ammo is plentiful. Fuel never goes bad. All is good.
The tower was just silly addition without much thought. So these "guardians" just let Randall play around the first 6 or 7 levels without evicting his ass cause they wernt ready to be revealed till Charlie showed up. Guess rope was scarce in the new world since you can only reach the 12th level riding the elevator. No prying the doors open, lifting the elevator then climbing down to the 12th. Nope super security there. Oh and what the hell are they eating down there after fifteen years? Anyway, fifteen years without trying to turn the power back on cause while all the millions are dying, cause hey ya know the rest might die if we turn on the power. Your chance of winning the lottery, 1 in 186mill or so, the chance to blow up the world same or worse if ya believe Rachael. Nope cant take the chance. Whats a few billion deaths live on our shiny monitors.
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Randall shooting himself in the head will never beat The Events Dempsey shooting himself; I was in tears of wtf laughter at that.
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Tim, I miss your Fringe reviews! FYI

I'll be back for Season 2. I pretty much agree with everything you had to say about this episode except for one thing, I'll actually somewhat "miss" Nora. Now by that I mean while watching the show, not that she was THAT great of a character, but she was entertaining and I seemed to root for her more often than pretty much any other character.

Yeah, Neville bitch slapped Monroe with reality, huh?

When I heard the song at the beginning that's exactly what I said, nice touch Kripke but of course it works better on SPN.

Thanks for sticking with the reviews, although I really only saw the first one and the final four or so, because I didn't start watching until I pretty much knew somewhere near when it was renewed for Season 2
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This review is like the series, grew bored after the first few sentences, sorry Tim :D Now it is just a wall of text I see ...
Sad to see all the horrible acting one more year, but maybe they will end it prematurely, I hope. Was hoping they'd make the show better by removing Charlie, but well ... better she continues to ruin this than a new show ... She is kind of cute to look at, but nowhere the Warrior she's playing ..
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You didn't even mention how in this world people can sneak up on you in a wide open plain field. It's just like The Walking Dead, except there is less groaning I guess.

I will definitely be back for Season 2, after all this is the best comedy show around! It has to be, because I laugh out loud a lot.
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Loved your review, especially your reaction video of Noras death. I really hope you'll struggle through season 2 and keep on with these reviews :)
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Your video was brief and ballsy. You seem to have no fear and your acting was "decent,"--no way was it candid...
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Are you saying he doesn't *always* record himself when he watches revolution?! (lol)
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Yeah dude, that's definitely a LOLer...
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. . . and that man is playing "PAC-MAN". He thought we wouldn't notice -- but we did.
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i'm here for the comments.
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Pac Man I got right away, GoT took a little longer. Nice!
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overall it was a good finale
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First of all, your favorite aspect of the episode was a possible gay fixation of Monroe on Miles?! That's pretty ridiculous, to be honest. Who the hell cares about that?

Second of all, smashing the picture of Bush was downright disrespectful. There's ZERO excuse to be disrespectful to the former President, and also zero excuse to be putting political statements into an action show.
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What kinda bubble are you living in. The guy's a war criminal. He destroyed the economy. Put millions of people out of work. Getting his picture smashed is the least this guy's deserves. He's as stupid as this show. In fact he fits right in to this show.
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First of all, you've already proven your ignorance with your comments about President Bush and the economy. President Bush literally had NOTHING to do with the economic collapse. The three main causes of the economic collapse were (a) the defaulting of subprime mortgages, (b) the defaulting of risky loans, and (c) credit rating agencies assigning high credit ratings to risky and poor-performing companies and agencies. You see, people took out ridiculously risky mortgages and loans from banks, knowing full-well that they likely wouldn't be able to repay them. When all of those mortgages and loans were then defaulted on, the stock market collapsed, which then led to millions of people and businesses losing their invested money. As a result of that, businesses severely laid off their workers to help soften the blow. At the same time, the artificially high ratings from the credit agencies caused millions of people to invest in companies that were actually not all that well-off, causing another massive loss of money when those companies went under. Not that you would know that, though, seeing as you swallowed all the lies and BS of the lame-stream media. The blame for the economic collapse lies with the banks that gave out those subprime mortgages and loans, and with the credit agencies that assigned those artificially high ratings. President Bush being the one sitting in the Oval Office during the time of the economic collapse does not make him the reason for the economic collapse. Please, learn some economics before you write lies like this.

Second, your comments about President Bush being a "war criminal" are absurd. I am so thankful that we had a President like President Bush in office after the events of 9/11, a President who had enough backbone to actually deliver a blow to terror and take a stand against our enemies. I can just imagine how someone like President Obama would have responded after 9/11 - he'd probably draft some sanctions against Al Qaeda with the UN like he is currently doing with Iran, then demand an apology from Al Qaeda and threaten a response without actually ever delivering. President Bush delivered a massive blow to terror in the Middle East, and I am extremely grateful of that. My only regret is that he didn't kill MORE terrorists during his time in office. Clearly, you must be on the side of the terrorists, because President Bush fought terror, and you're calling him a "war criminal". If it's a crime to fight terror, I hope that crime is committed every day of the week.

To Hollywood directors, producers, writers, etc.: When will Hollywood realize that Republicans also watch plenty of TV as well and do not take kindly to messages like this? Even Tina Fey admitted that her Sarah Palin impersonation on "SNL" led to a drastic decrease in ratings for "30 Rock"! I would not be surprised if "Revolution" sees a further decrease in ratings next season as a result of Republicans being upset with the show. I, personally, will continue to watch, but I would not be shocked to see another ratings dive for "Revolution" next season.
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Though it sounds like you know what you're talking about you're really missing out a few details. Wow lame stream media. Did you come up with that yourself. What a cheap shot, and it only shows that you have absolutely no skills for debating. People didn't just take risky mortgages they were advised to by the banks so yeah the banks have a huge responsibility but the reason the banks did what they did was because of deregulation courtesy Allan Greenspan. Granted deregulation started back with Clinton, Bush made it way worse. Plus he wrote a blank check for all the pointless and false wars he waged. If you're actually under the assumption that government has nothing to do with the economy then you have no grasp of how a modern society works.

Bush didn't deliver a massive blow to anything but the economy. Bush created much more terror than the defeated. What you don't get is that you can't defeat terror. It doesn't have a country, a face or even a religion. you can't fight terror with terror. You think that terror is something only done by everyone else but America. Air strikes against innocent civilians are just as much acts of terror than anything else. Bush is a war criminal because of the Iraq war. They went in there on false pretenses and killed thousands of innocent people. And don't start assuming what Obama would or wouldn't do. If you wan't a to discuss this inflamed subject on a serious basis the at least keep to the facts. I'm the one against waging war here and you're calling me a terrorist? You're whats wrong with this world. Intolerant, misinformed and narrow minded.
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Spectacular finale! Can't wait for Season 2!
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Think about the power coming back on after 15 years, in real life not tvland. Nobody is working at any power plant, which means every coal powered plant wouldn't even turn back on. Nuclear power plants would perhaps still come back on, but without maintenance would soon blow and not only turn the lights back off, but much worse. And all the solar power would still work, but how much of the world currently uses solar power? In the show the lights all come on at night, but it's daytime outside when they cut the switch? And the lights come on across the world without any assistance after 15 years? No.
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You don't know all this, of course, but I'm betting it's all a pretty decent guess...
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Hahaha nice easter eggs. Game of Thrones & Pacman :D
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• 8 nukes to blow up two cities? Isn't that a tad overkill?
• The power has been off for 15 years and somehow all the power-plants are still entirely functional and switch on automatically?
• It has been 15 years, the president isn't the president anymore is he? Or is this a new one? Did they have elections every four years in Cuba?
• Why didn't the Tower Defence Force just disable the elevators again once everyone just started walking in?
• Super secret government facility with super thick front gate has a simple concrete floor under it?

Man, this show is so awesome.
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This series went from bad to terrible. The series finale was a mess. Bad directing, bad editing, appalling script. I hope they don't waste money on a second series.
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hmm
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"So why Revolution decided to dilute the stakes to one-in-a-billion is beyond me."
Because the writers of this show are shitty! No wonder Kipke brought in new writers for season 2! Where did they even get that number. It doesn't make any sense. Why not, I don't know, for the sake of drama, make it 50/50!

"of course! I'll ignore how they acquired the parts" This is where on of the problems with the show lies. The writers don't know shit about story structure. There are just way to many plot holes where you just go - hu.. wha..(squinty eyes)

"Thank fucking god!" Lol epic!

"Remember when this show was about Charlie? She's been completely pointless for a long time."
Yeah because the producers quickly realized they hired a shitty actress for the part so they forced the writers to write around her and focus on the more interesting characters.

"Will you be tuning in for Season 2?" HELL YEAH, who doesn't enjoy the epic fail compilation this show is!
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I keep telling everybody how pointless Charlie has become like you said above, i get comments on that. So very curious how they are going to work that out for her....! I wonder after a very intimite scene between Monroe en Miles, will they still try to kill each other or will they be forced to work together against Neville and the rest of the world....everybody has light again..that was cool to see...the reaction of the 'normal people"
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Supernatural STILL does the montage with Carry On My Wayward Son at the end!! Or does it?
OK, I for one am done with this show. Finally.
I can't stand the acting, mainly. The story is kind of ridiculous but the actors and the characters!!
They kill Nora, a believable one. Wrong!!
Monroe: I haven't seen a single scene between him and a woman in which he's not ridiculously close to her, looking at her with crazy eyes, like: Now, I'm going to rape you. Mwahahahahaha! Or, I know you want me because I'm evil, but hot. Boring.
Rachel: I know many people love the actress because of Lost. I never saw Lost, so for me, she looks exactly like she's been lobotomized, or she's had one too many diazepams. All. The. Time. Unbearable.
Charlie: Terrible. She looks like she's trying very hard not to burst out laughing, also, All The Time!! She has two facial expressions. I just can't stand it. She is also kind of useless as a fighter, I mean, why does she always end up under piles of things, and always having to be rescued!? FCS!!
The others are passable. Billy Burke, poor guy, is pretty good, if it wasn't for the silly dialogs.
I don't really care about action scenes in general, only in shows i really like, so I don't care if they are good or not. So, when characters are terrible, actors are unbelievable, the story is uninteresting and implausible, dialogs are dull and too obvious and there is nothing surprising or innovative about it, I'll just say goodbye and thanks. Don't need a silly tv show to wast my time with! So, Aloha bitches! See you around in better shows' forums. Thanks Tim for the delicious reviews.
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Spot on on everything, but you'll be back. They always come back. You need the stupidity just like the rest of us. You belong here. This show is like heroin. You got the first taste for free when you started watching this show. There's no turning back now baby. Don't fight your addiction. Just lean back and enjoy shooting the stupidity right into your veins and let your eyes glare over and vomit your disgust in here when the show is over.
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Ahhahahaha!! The funniest reply I ever got here <3
Yes, I need silliness, crazy action, and some degree of implausibility. But Banshee or even Defiance do that So. Much. Better!! More fun, (better) humour, (better) acting! No I won't watch Revolution again, but I'll surely come to check in here though, it's too much fun, how couldn't I! Specially if you keep that lovely Shaun avatar ;)
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Shaun aint going nowhere:)
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Much better review. Thank you Tim.
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oh and I enjoyed that GoT fan reactions. That was priceless!!
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