Revolution "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" Review: Miles Is Sorry for Everything He's Done to You

Revolution S01E14: "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

That Miles Matheson, am I right? He's always doing stuff to people. In last night's episode of Revolution, we were reminded that he did something to Rachel. Something bad! And don't forget about what about what he did to Alec, his student from back in the day when Miles and 'Bas ruled the Monroe Republic. Miles shipped Alec off to Texas for some Texas-shaped justice. Texas! Poor guy. And what about what he did to Georgia Federation President Kelly? He did something personal to her that she'll always remember, according to President Kelly. We also know he did something to Nora in the past, did bad things to every single villain-of-the-week in the first half of Season 1, and stomped on that kid's sand castle in Myrtle Beach right before he spit on the tyke's sandwich (just guessing on that last one). Plus he still owes me fifty bucks.

Yet when Miles pouted on the curb and emo'd to Charlie, "People count on me, and they get hurt. You want to know why? Because I hurt them. And I don't even think twice about it. That's who I am, Charlie. Now get the hell away from me," it wasn't a moment of maturation through self-reflection. It was "HERE WE GO AGAIN," because we've seen him do this before. 

After a string of pretty solid episodes, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" was a boring affair. Despite the imminent threat of a nuclear attack, the episode was built on character instead of real plot (if anyone thought the bomb was actually going to go off, I have a bridge to sell you), and Revolution's character-built episodes will always be boring until its characters grow before us. Miles' wrongs never stood a chance at being 100-percent corrected, but he could've at least shown some sort of authentic remorse other than saying something like, "But that was the old Miles!" Because this cycle for Miles is making me tired. The only time Miles actually admitted he was wrong was to Alec, and then he killed Alec a minute later. Yes, it's kind of sad to see Miles struggle with his past, until you realize that A) he's not doing much about it, and B) it's hard to really feel anything for the members of Monroe's Militia that he wronged in the first place. Isn't the point that we're not supposed to empathize with Stormtroopers? To truly feel the haunting of Miles' past, we need to see good people that he done wronged.

But enough about Miles and his warpath of destroyed personal relationships! I'd like to talk about Atlanta for the first time ever in my life. This episode gave us the only real good glimpse we've gotten at the rest of Revolution's universe, and sorry, I'm not sure what to think about this interpretation of the United States now. After spending time in the raggedy and smelly Monroe Republic, Atlanta was the Beverly Hills of the post-blackout world, its citizens packing the streets in elegant dresses and suits and not missing electricity at all. Did you see these fancypantses? It looked like Men's Wearhouse had a blowout Easter sale or something. 

It was definitely culture shock, not just for Charlie, but for us. Steam engines! Street food! Post-apocalyptic Ross Dress for Lesses! While the Monroe Republic wore loin cloths and army surplus gear, Atlanta somehow kept clothes on the racks and hoarded guns. While the Monroe Republic dragged helicopters by hand and hired hermits to build nuclear bombs, the Georgia Federation grew crops and developed steam technology for public transportation AND pressing suits. And we've been asked to believe both situations are simultaneously possible without understanding any of the basics. Atlanta could build steam-engine buses but Monroe couldn't? Monroe uses diamonds as currency, but Atlanta has "money"? Are these clothes old, or are they being made now? Where are the bikes? Is Europe really a convenient trading partner? What's going on in Canada (and/or Mexico) if the States can reshape borders into giant territories but we're still respectful to our neighbors to the North? Who wears a damn suit in muggy-ass Atlanta when they don't have to? Somebody's clearly put some thought into what these worlds should look and operate like, but there hasn't been enough devoted to how they came to exist or why. Based on its premise, Revolution is obviously going to attract a particularly curious crowd that will dissect the details, and opening the world up, while pretty cool, only reminds me that there's still a lot out there that's cloudy. 

Speaking of cloudy details, the magical nanites are good for more than just keeping the lights off. They eat tumors! The all-knowing Dr. Warren put it best with Revolution's take on science: "It's not magic, but it might as well be." Because these nanites, my friends, may as well be magic. At this point, they can do anything as long as you close your eyes and pray hard enough. Have a cavity? The nanite fairies will fix it. Can't reach the remote control? Just ask the nanites to grab it for you! Need Cyrano de Bergerac-type advice while you're out on a date? NANITES NANITES NANITES!

The new power of these cancer-killing nanites set up Rachel's story of the week, which saw her track down Dr. Warren, another one of these "rare" scientists who happens to know more about The Tower than anyone. Whenever Rachel hits a roadblock, all she has to do is visit an old coworker who conveniently happens to be within walking distance and not kidnapped by Monroe. Dr. Warren's lady partner Beth had Stage-4 cancer, or as the nanites call it, a tumor-licious buffet! The only thing keeping her alive were these microscopic electricity eaters, and if Rachel was to somehow turn them off, Beth would die. So Dr. Warren wantsed them to stay off, because all she could think about was herself and her girlfriend and not the rest of the world. We also learned that the only thing keeping Danny alive were the nanites (they also eat asthma!), but now that he's dead Rachel doesn't have to care about keeping them off. Basically, we saw a scene between two incredibly selfish women, one of whom (Rachel) is a total hypocrite for backing away from her belief because Danny is dead so who cares about what she said previously. 

It was only Beth who had enough sense to slap everyone in the face by promising Dr. Warren that she'd just kill herself by slitting her wrists (let's see your nanites fix that!) so everyone else can enjoy electricity, and you know, probably save a ton more lives in the process. It was an absurdly melodramatic scene, and it ended with Dr. Warren handing over her book of Tower knowledge to Rachel, thus bestowing all Tower information unto Rachel and rendering Dr. Warren to old news. Miles and Rachel deserve each other, since the thing they're best at is showing up at people's doors and ruining their lives.

The episode's most interesting development came at the end, when President Kelly handed Miles the keys to a mini-army (a couple hundred troops, a thousand guns) and told him to hit Monroe from the inside. I don't know how Miles casually strolls back into the Monroe Republic with hundreds of dudes each carrying five guns behind him, especially since he can't go 100 yards without being spotted as the most-recognized traitor in the territory, but I'm sure that will be solved with a simple cut to Miles and his men hiding out in Philadelphia if he does choose to take President Kelly up on her offer. It at least sets the stage for the rebels to get a powerful ally in the Georgia Federation, and practically promises all-out war between the two for a big season finale. This I can definitely get behind.

There wasn't much else to "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," which took teeny-tiny baby steps after the man-sized strides of the last few episodes. Until the show writes characters that are interesting for more than psychopathic tendencies (looking at you, Rachel), all we'll really be tuning in for is plot development, and I don't think there's enough of that for a satisfying season unless your idea of plot is meeting the new character of the week who opens the door to the next character.



PLOT HOLES, CONTINUITY ERRORS, AND SIMPLE QUESTIONS (formerly "Notes")

– How seriously can you take a threat when the people making the threat misspell "flyers" on a flyer? And how does Monroe find the time to have all that fancy cardstock individually printed with fancy fonts and line breaks? And how come the "flier" said that President Kelly has two hours until after the "fliers" drop to surrender, but President Kelly later said she has until midnight? Those "fliers" definitely dropped out of the choppers in the afternoon.

– If you were President Kelly, wouldn't you be shitting bricks to learn that your big foe had electricity? She was just like, "Whatever, man. I have money and more men." I'll take a helicopter with chainguns and missiles over a steam-powered Greyhound any day. Also, she was pretty cavalier about letting Miles go after he was arrested for killing one of her policemen. I guess she's a pretty chill prez overall.   

– What happened to the other guys in Alec's "three-man strike team," as the show called it? Were they too distracted by the clearance rack at Nordstrom? Why weren't they with Alec when he was about to detonate the bomb? 

– Do we even need Aaron around at all anymore? Right now, his role appears to be telling us when we should be shocked. 

– I was hoping that when Miles was telling the story about the knife's origin to Alec, it would veer into Pulp Fiction territory and Miles would say how his father hid the knife in his ass in his best Christopher Walken impersonation.

– Sebastian Monroe is FREAKING INSANE, man! He just shot that dude in the beginning because the guy knew Neville, and that's it. If this show is going to be ridiculous, I think I like him this way. But he won't have anyone left if he keeps this pace.

– I think I'm more interested in seeing where the Nevilles ran to and what they're doing than I am in tracking bombs that I know won't explode.

– Miles chased Alec all over the city, knocking down fruit baskets and clothes racks in broad daylight, but it wasn't until they turned down a small alleyway that they ran into six cops—one conveniently alone and ripe for a murder-framing, and five more to come around the corner just in the nick of time and arrest Miles. Silly cops! Can someone make a show where the authorities aren't complete nincompoops?  


So, what did Miles do to you?


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I agree with almost every single reason shared about why this show is crap. But I just don't care lol. I just love it despite all its shortcomings and eagerly await each episode lol
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A hot chick and a fat nerd who can't fight go walking through the wilderness and everything is supposed to be okay... Just two more weeks and I'm done.
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WTF when the two men melted and the writers didn't even attempt to have a reason how that just happen, terrible.
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The reason the power has been out for 15 years, causing millions to suffer and die, was that the 2 people who could turn it back on didn't want a loved one to die?.. really?....

Really??........

The only thing that can surprise me now about this show is if it somehow managed to get any worse. Now that would be something..
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I said it before....

I really wana like this show..but Eric Kripke is not ready for the big league...

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Wow. After a dip to 9,5 on the stupidity scale they just turned it all the way up to 11 again. And rightfully so. I mean whats the point of watching a crappy show if it isn't mindblowingly bad. I mean c'mon, it's not like we watch it for its fantastic action or engaging storytelling. If I can't slap my face and yell OH COME OOOOONN or YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME, then it aint for me. But boy does this show deliver. It's like looking at a circus freak, you're disgusted but you just cant look away because it's so unusual yet interesting at the same time. Please writers of revolution. Don't try to make this show good. That ship has sailed. Keep the knob at 11 and don't ever touch that dial. Keep It Stupid!
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"Flyer" and "flier" are interchangeable. http://grammarist.com/spelling/flier-flyer/
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I like how Miles handles Charlie so far.
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Ok so first Charlie's Dad and Mom are the HEAD scientist for the nanobots but this gal out in the boonies has the "plans" her Mom needs for the tower and the nanobot attack gun but Charlie's mom doesnt..... Guess they are typical scientist who stole the nanobot plans from this old gal.
As far as the power thing. If Atlanta has steam power, then for anti helicopter they could have steam powered gatling guns and as Afganistan and Vietnam show, low tech can still cause casualties.
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Miles did nothing to me...yet! Except I would really appreciate if he gives the petty party a rest for an episode. I stopped looking for sense in this show a long time ago but come on NANITES stopping cancer and asthma? Still don't know why I watch the show maybe this is what they call a guilty pleasure!
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nanites being used for such medical purposes has long been a topic in SciFi books and movies. But i do agree that the show is getting more and more ridiculous by the episode.
This time Tim has some really good points with the plot holes and the whole setup of the Revolution Universe.
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I really want to like this show ... but I simply can't get past how the characters walk from Chicago to Philadelphia to Atlanta in a matter of a couple of days (at most). Would it really be that hard to maintain some kind of internal logic to the high concept? Hitch a steam train or something? Really distracting and make the rest of the ridiculous even moreso.
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So they stop recapping a great show on at the same time, "Bates Motel", and they still cover this rank piece of sh!t? That makes a lot of sense.
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Timmy Surette: new Jaime Lannister beard. Same funny-ass results...

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And just like Jamie, Tim types one-handed but for different reasons
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yes, with the other hand stroking his weenie
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I actually liked this episode! The guest stars were well acted and the pace was brisk. Now for the traditional bashing of the plot holes...

1. No one's seen a working helicopter in years then Monroe has his casually fly over Atlanta and everyone isn't freaking out?

2. Why on earth do people live in the Munroe republic! (Crop taxes, militiamen kidnapping children and raping women, no consistent forms of mechanized travel, Aaron...)

3. Why are the guest actors consistently better than the main cast.

4. Rachel really is the most selfish person on the show (Danny's dying let's turn off the lights, Danny could die let me tell Munroe everything, Danny's dead let's turn the lights back on even if it means more people could die)

5. I was...I was kinda rooting for Alec after I saw his flashback (just sayin...)
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2. Because there's a barbed wire fence between the two nations, duh.
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This show just keeps getting better and better.

Rachel and Dr. Warren are seriously horrible people. They basically just admitted to killing millions just to keep two people alive. For two supposed genius scientists, surely there must have been another option.

I find it incredible that there's such a disparity of technology between the Georgia Federation and the Republic. Also, that the Georgians just haven't driven/sailed up to Philadelphia and strung up Monroe seeing what a backwater that part of the former US of A is. Ugh.

I think the only reason I'm still watching this is just to see how much more of a train wreck this show is.
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Yeah, it's pure 100% grade A absurdity.
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5 stars for your review. Made my day!
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Not even the rewiev is funny anymore. It's just like blah...cancel this and spend time writing about fabulous shows like Southland who nobody hardly mentions.
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I missed our running gag this week: nobody slapped Charlie in the face.

Next to all the other things mentioned, loved the fact that:
- nobody ran into the room of Monroe after he shot the guy; obviously his guards aren't bothered with any possible danger ot him
- all three (times two) uniforms were a fit as well for the members of Alec's team as for team Miles
- there is barb wire around the republic of Georgia; it will only keep the bigger animals out but surely not humans, what's the use?;
- All teams were always within minutes in the right place; I'm not from Atlanta but I image one can walk around for weeks without meeting the one you're looking for
- the knife left behind was a message, but what was that message?
- it seemd like something from Lost was creeping up to the bad guys who were trying to do something bad to Google guy and Rachel (and that's not consistent with the way the nanites work)
- etc. etc.

This was another one of those love to hate episodes although it didn't top the tunnel hallucinating one.

still I'm still watching, what can I say..........

And Tim, are you happy that Cory had to review the episodes there were the best till now or would you wanted to review them. They might have driven you to another kind of review.
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So evidently Miles slept with every woman in this show and never called, right? This is why they are so pissed/hurt/whatever?
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Miles has fucked over every other living human being at one point or another.

Next week:
Rachel will look for yet another ex-scientist pal. Miles will come in contact w/ a soldier he trained, but hates him now (see above). Charlie will make weird facial expressions. While the actress that plays Norah will once again attempt to act. Oh boy, this show...am I right???
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I love you just for that comment.
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LOL. Of all the things to get hung up on - the flyers? Really?
People, you do remember that humanity invented fancy printers centuries before there was Benjamin Franklin, right?
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Hey Tim, where's the Awkward coverage? I'm lost without the Jake-Matty meter.
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Another error??? How did the Georgia federation manage to print a sign at the boarder, saying you are now entering their territory, on metal? I thought electricity may have been needed for that.
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Er... paint...?
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Thank you for making this show worth watching. I laughed thrice.
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If Georgia is trading with Europe, then why didn't the English woman find a way back home through them?
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She didn't know... That's the tragedy :(
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I finally decided to stop complaining and stop watching.
Someone please let me know if a major character is killed off (I'll get the popcorn)!
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That kind of show (revolution, terra nova, following) give me (all of us) a guilt pleasure over tv.com staff...

is hilarious to me to try to imagine them writing (or trying) reviews for shows like these
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Tim, no comment on the phaser?
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Not a phaser. It was a device similar to the pendants that they've used to temporarily disable nanites in the vicinity to get electricity flowing again. This one obviously did something different, like have the nanites self-destruct.
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Are you a writer for this show?!?
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No, I just thought it was pretty obvious that those guys were getting burned by nanites. I thought so even before we saw the woman with the device. My first thought was actually that they had just encountered a "mutated" version of the nanites. When I saw the woman and her device, it seemed obvious that she had used it to make the nanites burn those guys.
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Flier was spelled that way on purpose as a subtle reminder that it came from the sky. It's a power pun. Psychological warfare. Or something.
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Flyer and flier are essentially the same word. Either spelling is acceptable.
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A 'flier' is a thing that flies. A 'flyer' is a rotating device that adds twist to the slubbing or roving and winds the stock onto a spindle or bobbin in a uniform manner.
Brought to you by dictionary.com
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LOL. It seems Monroe should've thrown FLIERS and DICTIONARIES for the spelling-challenged people.
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If you were referring to me as spelling-challenged, I take great exception to that. I pride myself on my good spelling and grammar. In fact, I'm a bit fanatical about those things. I would never spell the word that way given the context in which it was used but that doesn't mean that the alternate spelling is categorically incorrect.

Dictionaries differ in their acceptance of flier as a synonym for flyer. I would have assumed the opposite was true but had the good sense to look it up at multiple locations before making my original comment. Check Wiktionary's entry for the word "flier" (third definition). If you disagree, your quarrel is with them, not me.
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safibwana, Wiktionary wasn't the only place to say that, just the only one I cited. You're certainly right that wikis can't always be trusted, but the reputable Merriam-Webster's third definition of "flier" also suggests something similar:

/usually flyer/ : an advertising circular

The use of the qualifier "usually" implies that while seldom used, "flier" (in this context) is still an accepted variant spelling of "flyer," at least by some lexicographers.
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Damnit! Sorry, WavSlave, I didn't mean as void at text interpretation as you are at spelling. I meant "as good". I'm using a Samsung tablet with Swype keyboard which sometimes says the opposite I meant to say! But it never occurred to me it would write void instead of good...
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Is the Oxford Dictionary edited by idiots?
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Oh, boy, I wish you were as void at text interpretation as you are at spelling. Obviously I wasn't calling you spelling-challenged, since it was precisely you who first spotted the reviewer's error. And I didn't have to check several dictionaries, just the Webster and thefreedictionary.con. I just think Tim in his hate to ridicule the show at any cost, overlooks basic things as well as plausible explanations because all he wants is to make silly jokes.
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Any idiot can edit wiktionary. Don't cite wikis, they aren't reliable sources. Note the complete lack of citations for that word.
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The nanites are interesting. They are a programable do really do anything. And yea if Beth slit her wrists the nanites technically could repair the damage before she bled out. Her devices that seem to control them could essentially be just as useful as Monroe's weapons if not more so.

At this point google guy is really just a blob of useless and hair and that is it. I don't understand how the show justifies his existence.

But the biggest question for me would be with the Georgia Federation in existence. Why in the world would anyone aside from Monroe's army live in the Monroe republic? Seriously? Why in the hell were the Matheson's in the Republic?


And also? Danny had cancer? Which his little implant cured him of or continued to do so. But they couldn't you know fix his chronic inflammatory airways, (asthma). The nanites can shut off the power, continue to eat cancer. But are incapable of fixing that? Meh.

The show is beyond silly. It like The Following is hilarious stupid and mundane despite what could be an interesting plot.
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I dont get it, if Monroe Republic is a shit hole and the neighbouring Georgia Federation is advanced, what is stopping people from crossing a border that consists of an unarmed fence? Also, what was the point of wearing soldier uniforms if all they needed were suits. This episode was back to the lame plot points that did nothing to establish the world they are living in.
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I would have been stoked to see those chicks (whatever their names are, I don't really know any of the names on the show) in some fine linen suits.
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He bored me so badly I quit watching the show.
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When Rachel met her friend they talked about the nanobots curing cancer. I then realized something.... our brains and muscles use electricity too, so how can those people be alive if those bots are inside them as well???

I was kind of hoping Miles would pick up the radio after he stabbed his former friend to death and told Munroe he was going to give the bomb to Atlanta so he better stay away from them.
Munroe's face would have been awesome...
Or even better, prez kelly telling him "Thanks for the bomb, now go to hell".
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GO away with that "brains talk" thing of yours... this is REVOLUTION!! and not a hbo show... Go away demon!!!
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Its more like witchcraft - BURN THE WITCH!!!!
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You're absolutely right on the electricity in us part; people have brought it up before too. It's a major plot hole. What REALLY would have happened is every living thing would have died as soon as the power turned off. It's a major plot hole that kills the entire show. But you know, "It's not magic, but it might as well be."
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I don't consider that a plot hole. All they would have to do to plug it is to say that the nanites are programmed to not absorb electricity when they're inside an animal's body.
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Those nanites. So smart.
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Revolution is still managing to stay entertaining, but I'm already nostalgic for the days where Charlie was punched in the face and they hallucinated in giant underground facilities.

The only thing that caught my immediate attention in this episode was Aaron being called a chubby man.

I cringed when I saw the flyers falling. Where did they get that paper? And they really put THAT much time and effort into selecting different font sizes and fancy little dividers? REALLY? I mean, okay, if you're going to nuke a city, I guess you want the warnings to be presentable and show you have a graphic designer behind enemy lines, but that doesn't change the fact that despite all of the prop designers efforts it still looked like it was printed off of a laserjet printer running out of toner.

Also the makeup (or lack thereof) is really bothering me. They're in a middle of a war and their faces are all spotless and they actually look like they're wearing makeup. It just bugs me.

Other than the more technical problems, the characters are actually improving/standing still. Charlie's actually becoming a mini Miles and a good shot, Rachel's going even more full on insane, and Miles is just kinda reaching a depressed state. It seems like the collection of characters is becoming more like some of those on the Walking Dead. Underdeveloped, or developed and annoying.
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"I mean, okay, if you're going to nuke a city, I guess you want the warnings to be presentable and show you have a graphic designer behind enemy lines, but that doesn't change the fact that despite all of the prop designers efforts it still looked like it was printed off of a laserjet printer running out of toner. "

now that really made me laugh:) a graphic designer behind the enemy lines, my oh my, if that isn't terrifying, I dunno what is:) and , what the hell is "nuclear event".. event? really?:)
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lol
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Truth be told, that flier was no work of a designer. The text was too small, there sentences were cluttered, and there were way too many fonts, making things confusing.
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My point exactly.
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This show just keeps getting better and better.
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Miles (aka Billy Burke) has inspired a major and likely misguided crush on this 50 year old girl. That's what he's done for me. As for what he can do TO me shall be left to the domain of fantasy.
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I still think he looks better with a Rainier tallboy in his hand.
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Well, Miles could keep the expression off his face that seems to be internally reading, this show is ridiculous and I cannot stand it.....we all know, you don't need to make us feel like you are phoning it in.

I find a lot of shows do this, they drag stories along, then suddenly get exciting and then the next episode is this random one off (like, I almost wonder if this is one of the original episodes that didn't necessarily get fixed when Kripke promised the plot would move faster)...for instance, on TVD, Bonnie's storyline gets some teeth, it makes us feel somewhat bad for Silas, the Salvatores have a plan that seems like it could work and we are going to get a back door pilot next week. Here, yes, the Nevilles would have been very interesting, they don't seem equipped for a long trek - if they went far.

I don' t know...more like this and if Lost Girl were back with their Season 4 right away and Bates Motel kept being good....
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What about Dr.Warren's killer nanite device. Harnessed correctly that device would be more powerful than a bomb because it would not destroy the buildings. If the rebels had a couple of those they could just march into Philadelphia and take over.
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That it would be...smart!... go away with that "brain stuff" of yours ... this is not HBO!
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