Revolution "Sex and Drugs" Review: Aaron's Pity Party

Revolution S1E06: "Sex and Drugs"

First of all, I'd like to wish all of our East Coast readers a hasty recovery from Mother Nature's totally uncalled-for wrath. And the fact that millions of you were unable to watch Revolution because of massive power outages up is cruel irony (or a very dangerous viral marketing campaign). Hopefully you all were able to reenact your favorite Revolution scenes and Charlie faces by candlelight. Don't worry though, because I GOT YOUR BACK with a reviewcap of "Sex and Drugs!"

But there is a silver lining to your blackout, East Coasters—and Midwesterners, West Coasters, Mountain Time Zoners, Canadians, and Texans will hopefully agree with me: It's a bold statement, but this may have been the worst episode of Revolution yet. I'm pretty sure NBC knew that, too, because while CBS, The CW, and Fox all decided to postpone original programming for the evening and air repeats, NBC went ahead with its new stuff hoping that it could sneak this failure by without anyone noticing (ABC also aired originals, but that's because those stars were ready to DANCE!). Nice try, NBC! And don't worry about losing continuity, because this was a total sidequest.

I was really excited for "Sex and Drugs," because A) sex and drugs are the best and if you're a kid out there who's curious about those things the answer is YES IMMEDIATELY (ask your parents first) and B) the promos promised us that Miles would sell Charlie into prostitution in order to get home-grown penicillin to cure Nora's ab-stabbing infection. For a refresher course, here's the promo that aired two weeks ago, at the end of the last episode:

Doesn't that imply that innocent Charlie would be defiled in exchange for some Band-Aids and Advil? Am I hallucinating here? Didn't NBC put this on a tee for us? YOUR PROMISES OF INDECENT PROPOSAL DID NOT HAPPEN, NBC. You totally Punk'd us with that deviously edited promotional video! There was no prostitution, there was no pervy uncle selling out his niece's vajayjay, and the home-grown penicillin was just there for decoration! In fact, there was neither sex NOR drugs in this episode! False advertising! If you are a lawyer who specializes in false advertising, please start a Facebook fan group and let's make sure this never happens again, or at the very least let's ensure that a future episode features Miles putting Charlie in heavy eyeliner, pumps, and a short skirt before smacking her on the ass and barking, "Now go make me some money." This tomfoolery on NBC's part made me really sad. I'm beginning to think NBC does not care about my feelings.

So what was the episode about, then? Very quickly, it was about an old friend of Miles' who was absolutely insane and made no sense, it was about suicide-murder missions in miniskirts, and it was about Aaron's epic wimpiness.

Things started off fast! Remember when Nora got stabbed in the abdomen? No not that time, the other time? I know she said she was fine and it didn't hit anything vital and she stood up and walked away like it was just a paper cut, but this week the wound decided PSYCH it was really bad and Nora's life was hanging in the balance. Luckily, Miles had a "friend" who was just five hours (maybe six) away by stolen horse carriage, which seems like a pretty serious distance for someone as near-death as Nora was, but what am I, a doctor? (I am not a doctor.)

Five hours (maybe six) later, they arrived at this guy Drexel's mansion, and Drexel was really upset they came by uninvited, so he pointed a gun at Miles' head and counted down from three! This was the big pre-title sequence hook, the first grab that was supposed to really set the tone for the episode. So the title sequence ran, and I for sure thought Miles was dead (no I didn't), but it turned out it was all a prank by Drexel. Haha, he said, I was just joshing, he said, it was all fun and games, he said. Yep, that's how the episode started. Nothing sucks an audience in like a big "just kidding!" to kick things off.

[Commercials]

Charlie's face said it all.

Drexel invited them in, and this guy was living large because he's a drug dealer. He peddles the white pony, the Big H, ground poppy. Yep, HEROIN. And heroin is apparently a big deal in a world with no power because being blitzed on the H-train and soiling yourself is the only substitute for television in this universe. I will let you make the joke that pooping your pants and drooling is exactly like watching Revolution, because I'm not going to.

Everyone settled in, Aaron twiddled his thumbs, Miles gave his universal donor blood to Nora with a bike-pump transfuser, and Charlie took a bath. I know I said this might have been the worst episode of Revolution ever, but Charlie taking a bath was the best scene in Revolution ever. Say what you will about her acting and the character in general (which, is you're 99 percent of the population, is probably something bad), but let's be real here: We all want to see her naked. And we got DAMN close! NBC really pushed the limits of decency on network television, and I painstakingly examined this scene frame-by-frame in slow motion and took screenshots to expose this scourge on our children's future! Parents Television Council, call me!

Not gonna lie, I felt kind of dirty doing that, but this episode was asking for it. That was full-on sideboob, and somewhere out there some kid had his way with a stuffed animal while watching this, I guarantee it. Anyway, Drexel'd had fields and fields of heroin poppies, but some anti-drug neighbors had recently torched them and ruined their value (in this cashless economy, one bushel of heroin = two pigs, an old Celtics World Champions T-shirt, and a broken Speak N' Spell). Then Drexel got REALLY racist and spewed epithets about Irish people that made me really comfortable, and I don't even really like Irish people myself! Near-nudity first, then Klan-ish hate words? Revolution was really working on an image makeover last night, going from family-friendly to family-enemyly. Parents who watched this with their kids probably had a lot of awkward 'splaining to do.

Because Drexel helped Miles out with the blood swap that saved Nora's life, he demanded payback. He insisted that Charlie put on a slutty outfit, go to his neighbor's heavily secured fortress of potato-eating leprechauns (his words, not mine, seriously, he said that), and stab the boss, Uncle Bill, in the eye with a chopstick shank. And if she didn't, Drexel would KILL them all.

Yes, this drug dealer and his army of armed men were sending a girl to do their dirty work. What ever happened to street cred? Who is actually buying heroin? How did Drexel get all his guns? Why hasn't Monroe hanged all these guys for possessing firearms? Who were all the scantily clad women in the mansion? Did they do all of Drexel's laundry? Where did his henchmen sleep so that he had so many fancy spare bedrooms for uninvited guests? What was up with the penicillin? Why did Drexel need Charlie to kill Uncle Bill? Didn't he just want Uncle Bill dead? How can a show make viewers ask so many questions? Stop it, brain! You're not supposed to work when I'm watching Revolution! Take a hike, brain! Go take a nap or think about kittens or something.

Thus began Operation Slutty Assassin, and let's just say Charlie looked aiiiiight in her outfit! But in order to make Charlie look like a convincing prostitute, Drexel punched her in the face. He got her good, too.

With a shiner applied to elicit maximum compassion, Charlie strolled into the boss's house and found out that Uncle Bill had torched Drexel's poppy fields because his daughter had gone to Drexel for drugs and became a heroin whore and OD'd. I don't know about you guys, but it sounded like a combination of she deserved it and bad parenting if you ask me.

Meanwhile, Aaron was having fits about Charlie going over to Uncle Bill's, because Drexel straight-up said it was a suicide mission and Charlie would never make it out of the drunken Irish family's house alive (yes, he called them a bunch of drunks, too). Irish people, I apologize for NBC bringing you into this mess. So Aaron convinced Miles to go over to Uncle Bill's and save Charlie. And what do you know, Miles just killed his way out of Drexel's fortress like it was no thang and waltzed into Uncle Bill's house with only a bit of intermediate parkour despite Drexel saying Uncle Bill's was the Fort Knox of the Monroe Republic. Miles arrived just in time to stop Charlie from stabbing an unconscious Uncle Bill, thus preserving her as the moral center of the show even though she was prepared to stab an innocent man RIGHT IN THE EYE to death and had been making such a big deal about "doing the right thing" in every single previous episode while Miles was the "at any cost" guy. This wasn't character development, it was a character U-turn.

But the best best best part was happening back at Casa de Drexel, where his twisted games were raging. Having discovered that Miles killed his way out of the mansion, Drexel brought Aaron and a barely conscious Nora into the courtyard for an old-fashioned duel! Drexel had his doctor inject Nora with pure adrenaline, which instantly healed her and sprung her back to the vivacious Latina we all knew her to be. I've never taken hostages or prisoners in my life, so I'm no expert, but I think one of the basic rules of prisoner-keeping is, "Don't give them guns." Drexel thought otherwise, and handed over pistols to both Aaron and Nora, then told them to have at it, the winner being the one who didn't end up dead. To make sure Aaron and Nora didn't shoot him, he stood near a bulletproof car door. Not behind the car door, not inside the bulletproof car, but near it with all his vital organs exposed and about five feet away from his gun-toting prisoners. I guess he's a thrill seeker who gets off on danger, because any rational person would have said, "Thanks for the gun, dummy" and just put a bullet in him.

However, Aaron had a plan. And this is when I should probably mention that this week's flashbacks involved Aaron, because they were sort of jammed into the theme of this storyline if you just relaxed and let them in. We all knew that Aaron was a Google executive billionaire tech nerd, but did we know he had a sexy Asian wife/fiancé? Well he was in a limo at the time of a blackout about to take his woman on a private jet when—OH NO—the lights went out and the car stopped right in the middle of an intersection! And then a huge truck or tank or maybe a PT Cruiser smashed into the side of the limo full force! The limo came to a complete stop, but for some reason the truck didn't stop? What, did brakes not work in the blackout either? Did the limo stop at the bottom of a hill? Was the truck a fancy hand-crank-powered deal that didn't rely on an external power source? BRAIN WHAT DID I TELL YOU?! GO BACK TO YOUR CARRIER!

Flashforward a few months (and also please forget about the truck barreling into the limo because it was never brought up again), and Aaron was carrying his wife who wasn't looking none too good. It turned out she'd sipped some poisoned lake water and had dysentery (a.k.a. bad diarrhea), according to a handsome stranger named Sean. Flashforward a bit more and Aaron, his lady, and Sean were being attacked by marauders, and Aaron couldn't do anything because he is a gigantic pansy. He went into his natural defense mode and played curled-up armadillo while Sean saved the day and Aaron's girlfriend. I bet he totally could've out-coded the bad guys, though. Aaron felt pretty bad about this, because while he was able to take his lady out for fancy drinks pre-blackout, all he got her after it were irritable bowels and a near-raping. I really thought and hoped this story would end with Aaron's lady running off with handsome Sean because she deserved a lot better than Aaron and even I was kind of swooning over Sean, but instead it took a turn for the wuss. Aaron's lady woke up alone the next morning with a "Dear Lady" note and his wedding or engagement ring. Yes, Aaron abandoned his wife because he felt like he couldn't take care of her. SMH ("shaking my head" for those of you over 23) @Aaron_Revolution #KingOfAllThingsPathetic.

As Lost once taught us, these types of flashbacks are all set-ups for redemption, and present-day Aaron had a HUGE plan up his sleeve (well, technically it was in his shirt pocket). Both Aaron and Nora refused to shoot each other and play Drexel's stupid game, even after Aaron pleaded with Nora to shoot him so she could be saved. I'm assuming that part of his plan was that he assumed she wouldn't shoot him, but I don't know. This is the same woman who had no problems blowing up a train with her friends on it to settle an old grudge. But surprise she didn't shoot him! So Aaron decided to SHOOT HIMSELF. I had already thought about doing this if I were in his position because A) it would get me off this show and B) anything to never have to listen to Drexel again, the most annoying and ludicrous villain I've seen in a long time. But instead, Aaron shot himself in the heart area (very Elliot Smith), and he had a flask in his breast pocket so it just LOOKED like he shot himself.

A flask once saved my life, too. In fact it was last night when I was watching this show because I would have died if I wasn't buzzed while watching this. Thanks, flask! While on his back playing dead (classic Aaron!), Drexel came over to investigate and Aaron shot him in the chest region! Did I mention that Drexel's little game was playing out in an open field created by a ring of Drexel's armed guards? It's important to note that, because all of Drexel's men just stood there and watched and did nothing after Aaron shot their leader. And after Miles killed a handful of them in his escape. This group of people came into their house, took baths with their hot water, killed some of their friends, killed their leader, and they just stood around like confused robots. Aaron—one man with a gun against a few dozen guys carrying all sorts of firepower—said that he just wanted to take Nora and leave and—I'm totally serious, not even joking because nothing I type here can be as funny as what actually happened—the apparent heir to Drexel's empire said, "Grab your crap and go." Worst. Drug. Dealers. Ever.

Cut to Aaron and Nora walking outside and Miles and Charlie meeting up with them. Miles said, "Everything turned out alright, then." Alright? Charlie got a new cocktail dress... I'd say that's a whole lot better than just "alright." And that's how another episode of Revolution dazzled us. I have honestly gone from disappointed sci-fi fan to popcorn-eating rubber-necking train-wreck watcher with Revolution. I can't wait for the next episode. I haven't been this excited for a series since The Event.



NOTES

– The guy above is also a character now. He's the torturer from a recent episode who never tortured anybody. His name is Stausser, I think, and he's a really mean guy who hasn't done anything mean yet. He's my favorite character on the show.

– Other things happened, too, including the reunion of Danny and his mom. One of the people I was watching this with said, "Am I supposed to feel something?" during this part, and I told him, "I don't think so."

– Neville got a promotion also. He's now a Major, in the Intelligence and Interrogation division. I can't help but imagine Monroe and his men all just being a bunch of grown-up kids playing Army Men.

– OMG I just realized Aaron is basically Nora spelled backwards! Do you think that has something to do with the blackout?

– Drexel also happens to be the name of my favorite psycho drug dealer of all time, Gary Oldman's character from True Romance. And that is where the coincidences stop.

– I liked how the way to get past guards in this episode was to say, "Okay, well I'd hate to be you when [bad guy] finds out you didn't let me in!" It worked twice! Once by Miles to get into Drexel's, and once by Charlie to get into Uncle Bill's. I'm going to try this the next time I'm waiting in line for the bathroom.

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OMG! I love these reviews. I had such high hopes for this series but it really has turned into a bit of a polished turd and is only really useful to mock/throw things at the television/take shots when Charlie gets punched in the face-type of show. Such bad writing, such useless plotting, too many comparisions to Lost (even the soundtrack seems to have been ripped off). The flashbacks only remind me of how frustrating Lost became. If they can't get the mythology of this show right it won't be renewed. The episodes up to this one were bad, but this was the nadir. Completely wasted 44 mins of television. If they wan't to make a decent post apocalyptic drama they should take some lessons from the writers of The Walking Dead.

These reviews nail it every time. Told myself I would stop watching after this complete BS episode, but now might watch to see how much lower it can devolve till someone puts a metaphorical pillow over its face.
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Sheesh, the attention span is appalling. No wonder. There's your problem. This isn't a post-apocalyptic drama. That part only exists in some of the flashbacks. TWD is not something you should brag about. Its a mediocre show with one truly great episode this season. Other than that its contrived, illogical with plenty of lazy writing which bring about the excitement for it.
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This episode was a mixed bag for me. As always, you're missing many of the parts that actually made the episode good. Well, if you enjoy warping the truth and being misogynistic so much, I guess this is a great place for fans of your reviews and not the fans of the show.

Know what I liked about the episode? Charlotte's character development. Her character is slowly trying to detach from her past. She's trying to be morally right and yet try to be as brave and strong as her uncle. Tracy gave an amazing performance. Aaron had character growth. What started out as hate for him slowly turned to a painful understanding by the end of the episode. Drexel's plan was filled with astute planning, hatred and craziness. It had its share of small flaws, but was a pretty enjoyable episode as a whole.
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If you think that character development should look like that... I mean she totally deserted her moral claims and decided to be the bad ass killer. I really thoght she could strike a deal with Bill (was that his name? I don't really care) What did she plan to do after she killed him? By the way: Do you know what mysogynistic means? It's not that anybody hates the women in this show... but we hate how poorly written their actions are... of all the characters... remember the soul train episode in which Esposito's character talks to the train engineer? It was totally like "I know that I don't understand any of the technical dangers and difficulties, but I am a military clich and that is why we cannot wait!"
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that was the best review i ever read.everything was so spot on with my experience :)
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I just watched this episode.



Tim you are truly unprofessional. This sis not a fairly balanced review. You hate the show. That's evident. Find another job, because you suck at yours. I've decided that from now on, I'll be finding reviews that are more professional than the crap you've written here. Between you and Lily, I'm not sure what's going on with this website. It looks like I'll be looking for another site if this pure negativity continues. Absolutely uncalled for.
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Your reviews of this show are amazing, spot on cynical. Thank god I'm not the only who thinks this show is just too overrated. So far I find myself thinking every week 'please let this one be better'. Too bad. It's almost funny to think with every Danny scene 'I hope he doesn't fuck this one up too.' I'm only really watching this for Elizabeth Mitchell, but maybe I'll just limit it to watching only her scenes.
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What a horrible show, I mean the setting, etc is so promising. But the godawful writing and acting. Lets face it, the sideboobs were the best part of the show. She sure can look quite cute, but she can't act, it always looks the same somehow.

They couls have saved the whoel storyarc if they all together just shot the episodes bad guy instead of moving to the "oh so poor and innocent" rival clan who willingly accepts "beaten up prostitute"-gifts. What a silly episode ... and series ... I mean how the super bad guy is the best friend of the uncle, who was also the super bad guy and now the undercover bar keeper, google guy and silly stepmother happen to find the only house where the brother was taken into, the only house with a computer and power it is all so horribly connected.
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My god. Just as I thought this show couldn't get any worse they pull out something like this... AND TOTALLY REDEEM THEM SELVES! (yes a reference to dumb and dumber). You know I'm not watching this show because I'm hoping that some day it will actually get better, that ship has sailed with this episode. Now I'm just watching to see how bad this show can get so i have something to bash during lunch at work.
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Kudos on the True Romance reference.
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Are we watching The Event Part 2?
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next weeks episodes looks soooo good when they tell hwat happened to the lights. One more thing i fell like this show wont get picked up for a season two....how many seasons can a show like this produce?
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Just look at Firefly, great show canceled mid season ... and Lost Girl (EWWWWWWWW) running in its third season now? :D
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This show is quite strange for me to be honest. I keep watching it and don't really know why. Every episode seems like a disappointment and yet I am watching the next one. It's something about it but I don't exactly know what...I can't remeber the names of the characters but I am curious what will happen next to them. I quite like the spark between Charlie and this Kid ...whatever his name was :) I want to see how this is going. What else ? Maybe, I want to know why the electricity went down but...no not really I am sure it's going to be very "Lost" like. I guess I'll keep watching for now. As for the pity party of this episode I can' wait for this particular character Aaron to go...missing or something I don't like him at all and he doesn't fit in the picture for me. I guess that want happen...
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Meh. You are blinded. This episode wasn't as awesome as the last two, but was still good. Revolution, as a whole, is becoming pretty darn amazing.
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Aaron surviving that gunshot has to be the single most disappointing death fake-out I have ever seen.
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That's how I feel about the show in general...
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didn't the truck hit side of the car where aaron was? at least him or his wife should have been hugely injured judging by the size of that car and truck
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As with most of Revolution's episodes, there were flashes of good acting and writing that would crop up every now and then. Elizabeth Mitchell continues to be a bright spot on the show, and even Tracy I'm-not-even-going-to-try-to-spell-her-last-name had a couple good moments in this episode.



The show is just trying too hard to set up this new world and it's being done very inorganically with very contrived plots. We got that the world went to hell after the blackout in the pilot, which is really the only time they ever had a straightforward plot in the episode that made sense in the end.
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Whoever wrote this episode must have been high when they wrote this because it truly was awful! It's laughable how these characters flip flop so much, I mean seriously Charlie! If she's going to be a tough chick, make her tough instead of wallowing in guilt over not being able to save her brother. And it was a dick move for Aaron to leave his wife because he couldn't protect her. So stupid!
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Charlie was supposed to 'flip-flop'. That's why they even addressed it by Miles asking wth was wrong with her. I really liked her performance in this episode. Also, why must one conform to the 'touch chick' or 'pretty wallflower' stereotype! Why not have a balance? I think they are trying to make Charlie go to the edge (if she isn't already there) and then reign her back in to make her character more consistent.
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worst episode of the worst sci-fi tv series premiered this year. seriously when will they announce cancellation?
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Okay, this is interesting. I stumbled onto Entertainment Weekly's review of this episode, and it is the EXACT opposite of this review. Everyone there seems to love it; they loved the wooden villain, they loved Aaron leaving his wife, their only complaint was the sideboob. "Too gratuitous!" they complain.

http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/revolution-season-1-episode-6-sex-and-drugs/
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Seems like they have given a true review along with the recap.
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We're all free to choose which article we prefer. But EW's writer did a RECAP. I personally could not tell whether the writer TRULY loves this show. I would say her article is more NEUTRAL, rather than POSITIVE.



You may or may not agree with Tim, but what he wrote was a REVIEW. It's strongly a negative one, sure. But I think negative criticism, AND the ensuing discussion/debate, can be essential to help make the show better.
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Look closer, they have given their opinions along with the recap.
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I'm really impressed. After reading the critique and many of the comments, I'm impressed on how the subjective tone of the review sets the tone for most of the comments that follow. This is a good example of the power of the media and ow powerful journalists are to influence people.
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You would be even more surprised how big of a difference positive reviews make in terms of getting advertising money for a website.
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Its all about the page hits, not if its a positive or negative review. Even the bad reviews attract as many, if not more, readers.
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Well, judging by the amount of readers Tim gets, I have to agree with that.
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Makes sense. For an entertainment website fans want to be, well, entertained, instead of aggravated. Which doesn't mean the review won't be honest and consistent. It's just adding quality to a smart business model.
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That's interesting. Which shows how subjective this whole business of critiquing art is. All the more reason for us to accept opposing points of view.
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No, it doesn't. EW are notorious ass kissers. Most of their reviews are positive, they aren't critiquing art, they are producing feel-good puff pieces as per usual.
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I read the review and many of the comments and found the review much more professionally written, consistent with the story being analysed, and much more objective than this one. And by the tone of the comments I felt it's the kind of website someone might feel much more comfortable expressing an opposing point of view. Definitely my new reference for an amiable exchange of opinions on the shows I like.
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Well, I enjoy spirited argumentation as well, and this is why I'm here, but I do have very little patience following shows I don't like.

"Fair and balanced" has lost all its meaning, apparently. Anyway, Tim's reviews aren't, because they are personal impressions and greatly subjective. But they are well written (he's a great writer) and very funny and they're worth reading because of that.
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No complaint here regarding the time wasting. I work 5p to 1a on the average. Watching TV is all I have toward the end. Add to the fact I enjoy spirited argumentation; Revolution is perfect entertainment for me -- even if it isn't the kind of entertainment they're looking for.

I respect that you're looking for balanced reviews, but you can't tell me that TVrecaps is fair and balanced (zing!)
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The so-called "negative" comments on this forum are from people who didn't enjoy the show. Remember the primary purpose of a TV show is to entertain and the emotional component is fundamental. Something totally logical might not entertain, something flawed may.

That's just all right. the problem being when this become an excuse for people to ridicule what they don't like, and even worse, the people who do like it. that's bad behavior.

As for the show's logic, I've refuted several of the points Tim raised already, but honestly at this point I'm getting tired of it. the reviewer has already made up his mind, and his bias is evident.

Personally I prefer reviews that make a balance of good and bad aspects of a show, highlighting the good ones and suggesting ways for the show to improve. and if the reviewer only find negative aspects, than definitely this is not an appropriate reviewer for that particular show.

Now, what I still don't understand is why people who don't like the show keep watching it. Personally I don't have the time or disposition to watch shows I don't like. I could hang around the board of Gossip Girl and bash the show every time I have, but what would be the point? It would be a waste of my time and I'm not a masochist.
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Here's the problem. The so-called "negative" comments on this forum are actually judging the quality of the show based on standard of story-telling and logic. Two things this show humbly lacks. I don't mind that tvrecaps writes reviews praising it for being the best episode of the series to date, or that they believe it to be a heralded exercise in character development, but it doesn't make them right. At all.

The problem I have is, when other shows, books, movies, mediums in general, have done it better -- to a degree worthy of notable status, I naturally search for similar traits in future media. Revolution is falling on its cliche face time and time again based on that. I don't know who's writing tvrecaps, but they're not being fair. They are, as Safi has stated, being kiss-asses.
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And Republicans think Fox News is fair and balanced. Of course you think that.
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Same here. Everyone over at EW is pretty positive.
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Jersey Shore has fans too. Doesn't make it good TV.
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I get that they had to postpone the search for Charlie due to Nora's infection, I only remember ONE mention about why power was lost/how to get it back. But if this episode was an intro for Uncle Bill's family of cops, then I'll get over the piddly single morsel about the power-mystery. A family of cops would be a good ally, but since Charlie bonked Uncle Bill's noggin, forming an alliance will be tricky.
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Implying that he wanted a natural disaster to happen where lives were lost, so he could miss a tv show. As if your fanboy love for this show wasn't grotesque enough already...
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I deleted the comment because I came to realize it could be seen as inappropriate and I'll apologize to the person who wrote the original comment if he or she manifests themselves again. It's just that I found it inappropriate that someone would be "glad" because of a consequence iof this terrible tragedy.

Now, your willingness to label people who just happen to have a different view than yours as "grotesque" reveals intolerance and a warped perception of other people's opinions and the repeated use of the label "fanboy" in this forum for someone who simply has different tastes shows prejudice and an incredible lack of creativity.
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It was just a misunderstanding. I misread your post, Big_Pecks, and I'm sorry if I misinterpreted your message. Sometimes the meaning gets lost in written messages, something perfectly normal, especially when English is not the first language of one of the people involved in the communication. And thanks for being civil, Big_Pecks.

Things just escalated because DutchZombie decided to be rude and made up a story about blind fanaticism just to justify his rant.
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Wait, what? I'm not glad about the disaster at all. I'm glad that I didn't miss any particular plot developments in the episode.
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I deleted the comment and said i would apologize, what else do you want? At least i'm big enough to admit a mistake. You, on the other hand, are attacking me just because you're rude and intolerant. Yes, you have a lot of problem with different opinions if you have to call them blind fanaticism to justify your bad manners. And how many times I hit the enter key is my business, not yours. I so happen to like to interact with other people and confront contrasting opinions. That's a perfectly healthy attitude.

Who do you think you are to judge others?
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I have no problem with differing opinions. Blind fanaticism such as yours where you could type a post like that, look at it and hit the enter key just because someone had a differing opinion to yours, is what I take issue with.



It was simply uncalled for and if you want people to be tolerant towards you, then maybe you should do the same.
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People seem to be living on the hope that Revolution is gonna get better. I voted for it as the show I was most looking forward to before it aired. I was so wrong, 6 episodes in 6 hours wasted. Thank goodness for Last Resort.
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OK, AFTER reading this review i decided to watch it just for the sake to see what's all the fuss is about and as usual it kept trying to bore me to death but that dude shooting himself at close range and escaped death because of his flask is pure comedy.
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Star Wars gone bad. One has always to remember that they used Star War and Lord of the Rings as role models for Revolution.

The scene when Miles meets Drexel is a copy of the scene when Han Solo meets Lando Calrissian - even using some of the exact same dialog - just done in a bad way because holding a gun to his head was just too much for the joke to work (so was using it for an advertising break).

The scene with Google guy and Nora was loosely based on the fight between Luke Skywalker and his father, with the emperor being in control. Luke was the captive and the emperor let him take his light saber. In this case it was horribly made. In Star Wars it was all about conflict. The inner conflict of Luke, the inner conflict of Darth Vader, the conflict between Palpatine and Luke. Every second you could almost touch the sheer mass of conflict in this scene. With Revolution there was just nothing - a crazy drug lord and an idiot Google guy who got lucky.

Both scenes are good examples for what happens when you copy something without getting the point what it really is about. It's just bad, from writing to directing, producing and acting.

The same is true for the whole premise of the show. In Lord of the Ring they wouldn't have succeeded without the help of everyone involved. In Revolution I always just wonder why they didn't let Miles get Danny back alone. Everybody else in the group is just annoying.
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You're kidding. They must have used those movies as role models of what not to do. Don't make it interesting. Don't make characters people can grow to care about. And don't have cohesive story lines with characters acting in ways that are both honest to themselves and move the plot along.
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It's interesting (to me at least) that a writer called this episode as the best in the series yet in the EW recap and that Tim called this as the worst episode on here.
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A good episode, better than those in the past with more room for development. I look forward to more episodes!
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This was just neck-cracking (X2!), RIGHT IN THE EYE rubbish. Real rubbish!

I still watch, but hope for better has abandoned me.
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Love the review! Revolution is hilariously bad.
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1) Why is "saving" Danny such a big deal? I understand why Charlie may wanna do it, but why is Nora willing to put her life and risk a bunch of people's lives (last episode) for him? Why is Aaron so he'll bent on helping get back Danny? Why is Miles? Also, Miles knows Danny's mom is with Monroe, and probably knows Monroe hasn't harmed him. Why does he think Monroe will harm Danny?



There really is no reason for them to jeopardize so much to "save" him. (Ironically, the only danger Danny has gotten into since being captured is when his saviors tried to blow him up).
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Aaron wants to save Danny because Danny is his personal friend and he wants to help protect Charlie, even if he's a failure at protecting. Miles wants to help because Danny is family. Nora, until now, had just tagged along because that was her interest. In the train episode, she wanted to destroy the train and almost went along with it. And now she owes them her life.
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Don't think it's that much of a stretch that the bad guys didn't react to the crazy dealers death. After all they inherited all his stuff and he was a jerk.
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You could make that leap, and it would probably be correct. But, from a storytelling view, there were no shots that showed his crew uncomfortable or exasperated with Dexter's hijinks so giving Aaron a pass was illogical.
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Truth be told you could make a leap in both directions, that Drexel's henchmen despised or adored him. there's no indication of either, except what they did in the end letting Aaron go, which showed they were glad he had died.
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Dude, I totally read your review with Stewie's voice in my head saying the words.
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I missed this episode because of Sandy, but I'm glad to see I actually didn't miss anything at all.
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That GIF of Charlie getting punched in the face amused me more than any of the episodes of Revolution so far...
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When folks first heard about this show, you expected the questions to be why, how was the power lost and what happened. It would seem to be a man made event. So what exactly was the motivation for that person. After 6 episodes, we are no closer to finding out. Power?, only if he gets off attacking black women. Greed? Maybe but hard to see how. Terrorist? Most likely but why would the Matheson family be a part of it. Instead we get a story about a girl growing up in a wild wild west dog eat dog world she somehow missed out on for the last 15 years and her travels. That is the bigger bait and switch then the promo.
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Well, in the Walking Dead we're no closing to finding out who or what caused the zombie apocalypse, yet, the battle for survival still makes it an interesting show. Obviously I'm not comparing he quality of both shows, but a show doesn't necessarily have to be about finding those answers.

Personally I think we'll get much closer to that by season's end. It's just the sixth episode so there's much more water to run under the bridge.
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And if the story about Charlie and the gang was in any way interesting, I would have more patience but really I just watch now to see if they will ever give out the reason why someone thought cutting the cord was such a good idea for humanity.
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Truth. The Walking Dead is, in my opinion, not great television either, but no one is watching it to know why the apocalypse happened because it's more focused on character development. Hell, at the beginning of every episode or Revolution, Miles' character asks the question, "why the power went out?" It's RIGHT THERE.
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Oh come on, Mad Pac :) It's episode 6 of season 3! The question of "why do zombies exist" is hardly an important one to the writers. I personally don't care if they answer that question. It doesn't matter. Nor should it matter for Revolution why the power went out. It should be a character study...but as I stated, Revolution asks the question at the onset of every episode.

Another TV show that didn't require an answer, "Awake." People wanted to know why the universe split. It didn't matter! What mattered was how his character responded to the crisis. It's my belief that proposing questions is a weak exercise in sustaining a viewership. It's weak writing. Here's the crappy part though, Awake didn't have bad writing. It was one of maybe two procedurals that I could stomach...still gets canceled.

Anyway, sidetracked, it's not too early for The Walking Dead. That's my point.
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Well, it's still episode 6, so early to expect such bigger questions will be answered. So far I'm being patient.
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6 Episodes in, the only good thing I can say about this show at this point is - It's not nearly as bad as The Event was... But 6 episodes is more than enough for me, I'm done with this show..
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I don't remember the Event anymore, was it realy even worst than this ?
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I loved the Event. Never a dull moment! Sofia miss your character inconsistencies and your good/bad flip-flopping.

Really, it was a fun show to watch, which is more than I can say about many shows today.
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Yes, it was action-packed but soooo illogical. I realized it's just bad writing when that poor agent Murphy was arrested because of a fingerprint at the crime scene although he clearly was in the control room all the time with his superior. In the second part of the season they tried to change the direction of the show (tagging Sean with Vicky was a good move) but everything was so contrieved and illogical... just like this episode.



Good writers are hard to find these days, it seems.
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It was illogical but still fun. it was so unpredictable, anything could happen. Really, anything.
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The Event was so bad, it broke my television. J/K, but you get the picture.
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This episode was as bad as most of The Event episodes.

Revolution has much more potential, but if the writing doesn't improve, I'm done.
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I think it was better. Not much, but a little bit.
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One last thing I remember. In the scene in which Charlie was in a dress looking into the mirror, Miles said, "I'm sorry I got you into this."

I had a big laugh because for a moment I thought "this" referred to the dress.
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Oh, another thing. Giving the hostage a weapon and asking him to shoot someone is something they've done a million times in movies too. It's easy for us to say we would've shot Drexel on the spot but I assume Aaron was under great emotional stress and not thinking straight. he had to assess his chances, and concoct a plan. that took some time and this is why he didn't act immediately. But I've seen a movie in which the victim was given a gun and told he would be released if he killed some other random dude. then the victim tried to shoot the bad guy instead. It turns out the gun was unloaded and the bad guy said "IT WAS A TEST" and shot the poor guy. So trying to shoot the bad guy might not be the best choice unless you're sure the gun is loaded.

And the fact Drexel's henchmen let Aaron go, was perfectly normal. If you kill the kingpin, they might kill you. Or thank you. I'm sure Drexel wouldn't be mourned, and some his lieutenants were more than happy to take over his place.
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Yes, it was done before and yes either with no bullets at all or just exactly one bullet. Never with a full loaded weapon and never solved by a lucky idiot (outside of comedy), as far as I know. And mostly, in these cases, I was rooting for at least one of them and not hoping they get killed.

Nobody said the show is in general just using bad ideas - the main premise is even very good - it is just very poorly executed.
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I think I've seen all of the possibilities involving giving guns to hostages. But yeah, the idea itself is ludicrous. Just imagine if Aaron and Nora did try to kill one another but were terrible shots. Imagine bullets flying everywhere and killing several of Drexel's men in the process. It would be a blood bath.

On second though that might've been exactly what Drexel wanted...
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I completely lost my humor because of this show. It sucked my soul in and maybe some NBC executives are just eating it now.

Will I ever laugh again?
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People have been complaining about the flask and the bullet. Honestly I thought Aaron had killed himself. (They had killed Maggie, so they might as well kill Aaron, why not? the stakes are high.) then when it turned out he was alive I found it surprising and exciting. Nice twist.

As for the flask's resistance, well, this happens a lot in movies and shows you get used to that. Bullets are often stopped by Bibles, badges, cell phones, why not flasks then. In movies, cars also explode on impact, and wounds heal faster. That's the fantasy world.

By the way, I just saw Homeland in which Brody had his hand impaled by a knife and at the end of the episode all he had was a bandage around his wounded hand. In reality a person would have serious problems moving his arm, would need months of physiotherapy to get better, and might lose some movements of the hand. But in Homeland, Brody will be fine in an episode or two.
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try watching mythbusters once in a while, the badges stopping a bullet, only one type of badge made a very specific way managed to do it... and as for those other things, they don't work at stopping bullets. Personally i don't watch this show, i read the reviews cause they make me laugh and glad i never bothered with this show, but come on, the best shows at least try for realism.
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Well, if you don't watch the show, I can't really consider your opinion about it, since you're just reproducing somebody else's views.

I've seen Mythbusters quite a few times. They really destroy many ideas used in films and shows. Of course cars almost never explode on impact, cowboys can't cut a rope with a bullet, the sheriff can't make the villain fly out of a window with a gun shot, and Tom Cruise can't climb the outside wall of a skyscraper by using suction mounts. And how boring movies become if they observe all this.

Which doesn't necessarily make more exciting stories by the way.
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Exciting stories do not exist in pure fabrication. Especially when it takes a leap of faith to accept. The real world has more than its fair share of material to draw from. Revolution is harvesting nothing from said real world, it's just writing for the sake of writing. I'm actually surprised you're defending such a weak scene.
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If the scene were to go according the how the characters have been developed, Nora would have shot Aaron between the eyes and passed back out. Done. Does that make for good television? Actually? Yes! That would have been a stronger and more believable ending. Instead, what we got was an impossibly strong flask deflecting a high velocity bullet; and a man recovering from said bullet mere moments later while STILL grasping the gun. It didn't take careful analysis, Mad Pac...it was common sense from the get-go.

I used to love 24, too. Then season 5 ended. Nothing was good after that. And of course, 1 man could hardly pull of what Jack Bauer did, or even what the technology proposed by CTU could do. But it was enjoyable because Jack's character was consistent. He had depth, even if his character was wooden. It worked in a weird way.
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The scene itself was weak, especially after careful analysis, i'm not denying that. I just said in another comment that if you imagine Nora and Aaron try to kill one another and were terrible shots, it would be bullets flying everywhere killing all of Drexel's guards. But I did enjoy the way it ended. It was surprising and exciting. I really thought Aaron was dead, but he didn't die.

TV is full of exciting absurdities. For instance, I used to love 24, it was a very enjoyable show, but come on, if you stop and think what's going on... it all falls apart. In my opinion that's not the say to approach such a show.
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I was shocked and thought Aaron died as well. That scene was really good.
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Yes, the scene was cool and I liked it. later we start thinking of the possible realism of it, but the moment I saw it, I was surprised and that was entertaining.
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I don't know who "later thought of it." It was pretty ridiculous at every point. And no, this isn't because I'm some cynic. I watched the episode, as I have every other, for glimmers of progress...this was not progress. I'm glad you were entertained though. I'm starting to understand that Revolution has a demographic.
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You still didn't say which demographic Revolution has in your opinion.
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The demographic that provides constructive criticism and doesn't pat the idiot on the back for doing one thing right out of a million. Not everything Revolution does is bad, but it does a LOT of things poorly. Even technically! I was watching the scene with Charlie and the Irish boss. It was all lit by candle-light. Watch it again, for some reason, the characters are completely lit. Fore and background. Even the top of their heads sustained a soft white light. No flickering whatsoever, unless you're looking directly at the flame. I realize this is nitpicking, but it honestly does detract from the moment. You're not in the scene...you're on a set.
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@mad-pac The word you're looking for is "academics".
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And just by curiosity what kind of demographic would that be?

And what kind of demographic would be the people who keep pointing at flaws, don't give the impression to be enjoying it all, and keep on watching and watching?
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I knew he wouldn't die because he didn't tell anyone about the fancy necklace. And obviously that has to be passed on to someone else.
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I imagined he had just thought, "to hell with this damned pendant. i'm out of this mortal coil," and then would take the coward's way out.

and when he rose from "the dead," and started fumbling on his breast pocket to show us what had stopped the bullet, I thought he was going to produce... the broken pendant with a bullet embedded in it, and say, "well, so that shit works for something after all."
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I was shocked when I learned he wasn't dead.
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So many things in this show made no sense or was down right idiotic. The bad guy who played the joke on Miles said. "You should see the look on your face right now!" Umm... the bad dude was standing behind Miles and even he could`nt see the look on Miles face, just stupid and lazy writing.
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I think he was ready to say that no matter what face Miles made. It was not about his face, really, it was a way to make a stupid joke at Miles's expense. The scene showed that Drexel was crazy and unpredictable, able to switch from friendly to unfriendly back and fourth just at a whim. It says that in this world order, crazies like that will rise to power.
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So Aaron's wife/fiancee tells him that he is the only thing she has left in the world that she cares about - despite his epic pussyness - and he "Dear John's" her? If they give these two a lovely romantic reunion in the future (and seriously, how much time does this garbage have left - wait this pile of crap with an unmemorable character actor Billy Burke, as its primary lead got a full season pick up?) it will make no sense. Note to the man in charge: The only thing that could save this train wreck is if Sam and Dean Winchester showed up Mr. Kripke. They would be invincible in this environment.



I really think its time to just cancel NBC.
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I respect the fact that N.B.C is trying to do shows like this. The Event, Flash Forward but they just have`nt found that Lost show phenom yet. I really hope they keep trying but let`s face it the networks are hampered by censorship. They can only get so dark or violent. Right at the begining of The Walking Dead the sherriff shoots a kid. You will never see that on a network.
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Yeah, there's certain things you can't do on network TV, but I don't think you can lay NBC's failures at the door of censorship. "We wanted to do this story better, but we need to be able to show more sex/violence to really sell it." Nope. I don't buy it.
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When I was watching Aaron and Nora point the guns at each other I really did`nt care which one died. That is the problem with this show for me. I don`t care about the cast especially Nora and Aaron.

This was the worst episode ever, please producers take a page from American Horror Story and kill off pretty much all of the main characters and start next year with a new cast. Go back in time to right after the blackout, to the early fall of civilization that stuff was more interesting.
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"American Horror Story and kill off pretty much all of the main characters and start next year with a new cast"

They recycled half their old cast. Just goes to show how much you pay attention.
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This. Even in the flashbacks, they skip right past what happened then. Not coincidentally, probably the only interesting flashback was the one where Neville kills his neighbor right after the shutdown, in front of his family.
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" Go back in time to right after the blackout, to the early fall of civilization that stuff was more interesting. "



Exactly. When I first saw previews for this show, this is what I thought (hoped?) the series would be about. Watching people trudge through the wilderness finding adventure after adventure is just kind of lame.



Not sure why I keep watching.
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You keep watching because you loooooooooove making fun of this show and all his inconsistencies. It's probably the only show where we prefer the bad guys (giancarlo esposito) over the good guys ....
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You make the comment 'let's ensure that a future episode features Miles putting Charlie in heavy eyeliner, pumps, and a short skirt before smacking her on the ass and barking, "Now go make me some money" ', are disappointed that Charlie's 'vajayjay' wasn't pimped by her 'pervy uncle', talk about how the best scene yet from this show is a semi-naked Charlie...but somehow find it offensive that a drug lord uses derogatory language about Irish people? You need to rethink this.
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Tim knows about irony, Revolution does not.
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I think Tim's sarcasm levels have broken my macbook. Off to the genius bar.... Love it though!



I actually don't understand how NBC have managed to take such a strong premise and crap all over it. Why do the networks keep taking reasonable ideas for sci fi drama and then make all the characters intolerable morons?



The ratio for good characters IMO is 3 parts likable, 1 part annoying, to make them believable. In Flashforward, the Event and Revolution its the other way round. Don't even know where to start with Charlie...
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You know what the one thing is that keeps my interest. Actually two things. The looks of Charlie and the mystery of why the blackout happened.



If this was just a police drama without that big question. This show would already be cancelled 2 episodes ago
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True. If this were a police drama, I wouldn't be watching it. That's why I gave up on Alcatraz.
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Why are people using muskets and flintlocks as weapons?????
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That's only a sub-question to the real question: why are there no smart people in this world?
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Because apparently electricity makes people smart. They needz interwebz! :P
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Best. Question.Ever
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Because the writing on this show sucks and was designed for people with no knowledge of weapons or technology and will buy a mere 15 years of no electricity would have us using them.
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Thats it for me, no more Revolution I just cant stand it anymore.

While I was watching and fastforwarding (haha sci-fi graveyard reference:-) throuh this latest installment I humored myself with comparing the casting and writing choises between Revolution and another of JJ.Abrams babys: Fringe.

And while the casting on Fringe was spot on from episode one the casting choices in Revolution makes me question how they obtained their roles, did someone owe someone else money? did someone sleep with an producer? Does the same theory apply to the writing staff? Is there a writing staff on Revolution? Finally JJ Abrams previously stellar tvrecord is in my book now going downhill fast.
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He initially did not want to do Fringe, if I am not mistaken. He had to be convinced and gave in for whatever reason, if not money. As the show went on, he seemed to go from not really wanting to be there to enjoying himself and the show, and that's why he's done a decent job since.
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Joshua Jackson was a spot-on casting for you, eh? Hmm...
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Joshua was iffy at first, but by the end of season 1, like everything else on the show, he just fell into place perfectly.
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Don't you dare say a word against Joshua Jackson! Where's Fringe Fanatic when we need him? Do we need to use an FF sign in the skies?
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Bring Fanatic on. I can't wait to hear every illogical, ill-tutored reason why Joshua Jackson deserves to be an actor; especially on a respectable show like Fringe.
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To me he's quite good. Why do you think he's wrong for the part?
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'Cause he's a terrible actor. I'm not saying this based on some subjective notion; Joshua Jackson is terrible. I don't know what you're looking for in the part of "brilliant young thinker," but if this character is supposed to emote at any human level, Jackson doesn't do it.
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Then watch it for his emotional scenes. They're truly comical.
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I'd say the character has two important qualities. Brilliant is one, and lazy is the other. He embodies lazy. I'm not sure brilliant can be acted, as that is largely internal. I didn't buy him as brilliant at first, but that's probably because I'd seen Dawson's Creek.
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I could`nt watch Fringe because of Joshua Jackson I just never bought into him as the lead.
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You got me there Sir :-) I think he grew in to it in the second season though I cant see anyone growing on me in Revolution. Not even my idol esposito who it just pains me to watch in this series.
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Aaron's morality...

- "Random Dudes": Innocent people who live their lives.

- "Some Militia Soldier": scumbags worth murdering.

(VERY NEXT SCENE) Aaron's Idea for escape...

- "Miles, murder this guard dude after I say something's wrong with Nora."
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i stopped watching in the middle of episode 3... then i read reviews here that the show has improved but if you ask me, people are really giving this show too much credit and good will. i can get over the fact that they did not include what would really interest me in such a scenario but i cannot get over the same numb facial expressions on these semi talented actors and the really boring story lines. there are worse shows out there but i doubt it will ever be renewed for a 2nd season. like Terra Nova it is running on the wrong channel.
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What shocks me more here, is that a vehicle such as the one Aron was driving stopped right here, in less than a second ; I know there is no power anymore but, if a vehicle is launched at a certain speed, it should continue, even when the motor has crashed. As for the truck, with ist mass, it's completely normal for it to have keep rolling for a few seconds. It's not science, it's basic common sense.

That's what annoys me the most in the show : the science is completely wrong ! And I'm not talking about college complex physics things , just basic science people learn in high school ! (Well, I suppose they do, I'm nor from the US)

Why can't they use hydroelectric energy ? Why can't they use windmill energy ? Do we (the viewers) really think that in those 15 years, no one, not a scientist, a geek, a teen in a garage would have thought of new forms of energy ?

As for the scenario : a guy who is taken hostage and given a gun doesn't shoot his taker but himself : morality : if you want to take hostages, only take depressive (stupid) people ; they won't give you any trouble.

This show is even worse than terra nova... But what fun I have to criticize it !



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I think it's fairly obvious that what Kripke is going for is that something is preventing metals from conducting electric currents. So you can build a wind powered generator if you want, but you won't get a current to flow in the wires.

Every show gets basic physics wrong. I find it pretty annoying too.
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You can use windmills and hydro electric energy without ever needing electricity.



People have been doing that for millennia. You could run mechanical machines if all sorts using those sources of power.
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HydroELECTRIC energy involves an electric current. Yes, you can have windmills in this world, but who says that there aren't any?
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There are scenarios that would (in a Scifi way) make sense. The main problem of this show is, everything is unbelievable until they explain it, but if they would explain it, the story would be over.

I said it already before, we got into Lost because it started out as a normal world with just details of mystery. Revolution starts out with a world where nothing is like we know it. That's just too much right away to let it go without any explanation at all.
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"Why can't they use hydroelectric energy ? Why can't they use windmill energy ? Do we (the viewers) really think that in those 15 years, no one, not a scientist, a geek, a teen in a garage would have thought of new forms of energy ?"

Excellent question, but we haven't seen the proof that supports your claim or query. We have only seen a small part of this world. Have you already forgotten about the steam engine and bicycles that people were harping about?
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Maybe that's what bothering me the most : we've only seen a small part of the world. Why concentrate the plot on the small part ? I mean, the guys who wrote this show invented a world with no electricity and all they care about is the samll life of a family who is looking for a teenager ? They're wasting a good plot by concentrating on the wrong things !

As for the science, you're right, we haven't seen any evidence of what I'm saying but that links back to the global problem : why aren't those problem adressed in this show ?
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"Why can't they use hydroelectric energy ? Why can't they use windmill energy ?" Oh, my God! Electricity doesn't exist in this world, except when the magic pendant and whatever else is nearby. So you can make a windmill, a damn, or whatever, and still you won't get electricity. Like it or not, that's the basic premise of the show!
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Dude, people were using windmills and water turbines well before electricity was conceived. (In fact granaries, etc have been run by them for millenia)



And if it is just electricity, why do all cars stop? Cars in and before the 90s needed electricity only for ignition. You could easily work around that by some other form of ignition (something people would have figured out in 15 years). The only answer to that would be both electricity and explosive chemical reactions don't work. However, how do the guns work then (chemical reaction).



Finally, it is entirely possible that windmills are being used (this is just basic physical energy with some gears to redirect the torque into different forms of physical energy) and they haven't shown us yet. Well, that is a major failing of the show because it is ridiculous that a show about all our modern technology not working dies not even hint at the technologies which do continue working.
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Well, you said hydroELECTRIC energy, and I was just showing you there can't be such thing. Of course the mechanical energy of a windmill can be used. And it most probably is, it's just that we haven't seen it. This is an adventure show, not a documentary on "how stuff works" on a post apocalyptic world. Besides it's just the 6th episode. Who's to say we won't see a windmill by episode 8 and shut up the naysayers same way it happened when they showed the steam train so many were complaining was missing?

OOMG, cars need electricity for the spark plugs to work to make the compressed air/gas mixture explode. Don't you know that? Even old cars do. Other than that I'm not an engineer to know if there's a viable substitute to spark plugs, so I'm happy with the explanation given in the show.
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It would actually be nice if NBC'd make a "damn". Or give one, for that matter.
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But the electricity inside of the human body still works fine and a thunderstorm also has perfect electricity. While a Diesel engine, which doesn't need electricity, doesn't work.

And in the past 15 years all of mankind just let go. Inventors are dead.

From what I've seen so far, the main issue with the show for me is, nothing and nobody in this show has been smart so far - how could I believe there is a smart explanation for all of this?
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@mad-pac: It's not the topic and neither is it the direction the show is taking I'm complaining about. Quite the opposite, I love the idea of the show. It's the execution and writing which makes the show painful to watch.
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Oh, I love The Walking Dead zombies! I think the show is doing great.



I think it's very frustrating to watch a show and expect it to take a certain direction, and only be satisfied if it takes said direction. Unless you're the writer of the show, you'll probable won't get the angle you expect.

This is an adventure show, it's called Revolution, not Invention. Now, if in the end they don't show any revolution at all, then I agree we should complain.
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@mad-pac: Zombies just bore me, so I don't watch The Walking Dead. No idea.

My question was, where have all the inventors gone in the past 15 years? There are just way too many thing that could have been invented, and a Diesel engine without electricity is really easy. "It's fantasy" is not an option, as the show itself makes the blackout the central point of the show. All I can do is judge what I have seen so far, and I haven't seen anything smart.

In the end it isn't MY job to convince me that this is a good show, it's the job of Revolution to do that - and it fails.
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Oh, while we're at it, maybe then you could explain how the dead walk in the Walking Dead, or hoe they even growl if their lungs don't work and zombies have no breath! The thing is, that doesn't matter! it's just the fantasy premise of a sci-fi show. Accept it and enjoy the show.
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Electricity inside a human body works because of the midichlorians in the human blood stream, of course. Besides electricity failed to work in the body of cats. Think about it. Have you seen any cats in the show so far? Ha! I can't believe you're arguing without knowing the fantasy rules that apply to this world. It's fiction so if for some reason electricity outside the human body doesn't work, and inside it does, well, it's all nice and dandy, at least until they give us an explanation and we can judge the writers by their own standards.

Diesel engines are another story. We haven't seen most of the world, so there might be a diesel engine somewhere. We simply don't know that. Nobody said in the show that diesel engines don't work. And it's just the 6th episode. maybe episode 10 is called "the Soul Diesel Car" and then you'll be happy.

I don't know much much about diesel cars, but this is what I got from the Wikipedia, the source of all valid knowledge:

"A vital component of all diesel engines is a mechanical or electronic governor which regulates the idling speed and maximum speed of the engine by controlling the rate of fuel delivery. Modern electronically controlled diesel engines control fuel delivery by use of an electronic control module (ECM) or electronic control unit (ECU)."

Which means modern diesel cars have many electronic components, so they do need electricity to work. So they really would have to find an old diesel clunk, which reduces the numbers drastically. And there's more. I've read somewhere that Diesel motors need a starter mechanism even in older cars, which could possibly be achieved by a handcrank. That means even a diesel car from the 1970s wouldn't work without such a mechanism, and possibly would have to be adapted to work with a handcrank or something. That would reduce the number of diesel cars even more.

So, not impossible, but improbable that we would have seen one by now considering Miles and his group are rarely in highly populated areas.
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Wow! Mad-pac, I was on autorun mode. I swear I didnt even read the thing properly! I know that! I am ashamed of myself!!!! O_O

Dammit! Can I blame this on a lack of sleep?? I will! But no amount of blaming sleep deprivation will be good enough for me! *facepalm*
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Ha, ha, that was funny!
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There was a reality show called "The Colony" . It was o.k. but the people on that show built a windmill within a few days and had power no problem. We have`nt seen anyone try that yet on this show. And we know electricity is possble, I guess only if you have one of those necklaces you can have electricity.
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With no real back story available, I made up my own theory. Snake Pliskin had a device that told a satellite to turn off the world's electricity (Escape From LA). Since the satellite was always there orbiting the earth, any attempt to start up electricity could not be successful. In this iteration of the story, the device is replaced by these flashdrive pendants. Any attempt to restore electricity without the use of the pendants (to shut down the satellite) will not work. See,I can write crappy television plots, too. NBC, where's my contract?
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Maybe the pendants are what Benjamin Franklin used to invent electricity? The Revolution dad (and some coworkers?) discovered this. One of the coworkers then decided to deactivate/steal/whatever the pendants in order to turn off all electricity for some devious reason.
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You raise all perfect points. I've said before that the show chooses story over logic. And the story is hardly strong enough to detract from the other. But you're right, something as simple as a windmill could be erected by anyone. Reference, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," about an young boy from Africa who educated himself to bring electricity to his impoverished village. Assuming electricity exists (which it does, thanks to computer lady. Still, I can't wait to find out the "truth" behind the pendants.)
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Again, windmills can power all sorts of machinery without electricity. Electricity would be nice but is absolutely not necessary.
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Was just a point...
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Thanks for the reference "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," , I never thought we could be talking books while discussing this show !
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This show is just awful. Hey, Tim, Falling Skies is looking better and better by comparison, isn't it?
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This show makes Falling Skies look like Breaking Bad.
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That's definitely going too far. I don't even think that Revolution is worse than Falling Skies. They're doing everything wrong on FS too. Their characters aren't any better, their storytelling technique is no better, and their dialogue is worse.
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I'm not sure how you can even pretend to compare at that level of quality. It's like comparing cat feces and dog feces.
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LOL. You have a point.
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BLASPHEMY!
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Hey, I said earlier Falling Skies was good, but nobody listened!
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