Revolution "Ties That Bind" Review: The Rio Bland

Revolution S01E08: "Ties That Bind"

Revolution had one thing for its heroes to do last night... ONE THING! Get across that damn river.

After an hour's worth of mixed messages about family, the scariest villain of all-time doing nothing even remotely scary, and daddy troubles for multiple Monroe officers, I still have no idea whether Pouty Lips, Budget Han Solo, That Lady Who Always Shows Off Her Rockin' Bod, and Wimpy Google Guy ever made it across the river in "Ties That Bind," an episode that I probably should have been watched in fast forward or on a handful of Oxycontin. I know that by the end, Our Gang jumped into a river to run away from the scary men, but was it THE river? Did they come out on the other side? Did the big conundrum get solved by them jumping into the river? You may be interested in Revolution's blackout situation, but now there's a new mystery that I'm way more invested in: DID THEY CROSS THIS RIVER OR NOT?

And I ask this because "Ties That Bind" spent half of the episode trying to solve that problem before abruptly abandoning it completely. Are you stoned, Revolution? It all started off with a simple question: Can Miles, Charlie, Aaron, and Nora get across the Allegheny River river via a militia-controlled bridge in order to continue their quest to save Danny? All the bridges within 100 miles were blown up and the Militia was sinking any boat that tried to cross. Their plight was as simple as storytelling can get: There was an obstacle (a river that needed to be crossed), and the episode was about overcoming that obstacle. It's a classic and effective and oh-so-safe setup for the most remedial of television. Unless you're watching Revolution, that is. In that case, fuck you, river! Fuck you, plot! And most of all, fuck you, audience! Maybe this is a two-parter and that river will be crossed next week, in which case, my apologies. It is a pretty big river, after all. But if it isn't going to be concluded next week, Revolution found another new way to waste our time last night, and that is astounding.

If you were thinking of buying the Cliff's Notes version of "Ties That Bind," let me save you the $3.99 you'd spend on the Kindle edition: Monroe got Aaron's pendant and Neville's wife wants Neville to be the new leader of the Militia. Oh, and Nora's sister is a bitch. There's nothing else to take away from this episode or its poor attempts at developing Nora into something other than a bad actress who can't keep it in her pants around Miles. If you think you'd like to continue watching Revolution, in the coming weeks you should feel free to set your alarm for 10:54pm and just watch the last six minutes of each episode, because the A-stories the series is flushing out are so impertinent to anything else that the show probably makes more sense without them.

But we're going to talk about that A-story anyway! The first attempt at crossing the river was actually an ambush by Strausser, Sebastian Monroe's really mean torturer. You know, the scary guy who ALMOST tortured Rachel. And ALMOST tortured Danny. He may have tortured someone else early in the series, but so far he's living on reputation, knife sharpening, and a satchel full of dental instruments. Miles sniffed out the trap and had a plan: Run away! Which they did, all while Strausser's cross-eyed soldiers fired guns in vain (their hit ratio suggests they might actually being using blanks). But Strausser is a cunning strategist, so he concocted a plan—some might call it a fairly elaborate plan—to use Nora's sister Mia as bait to draw out Miles.

Mia was strung up captive for Nora to see while Strausser shouted, "Hey Nora, we have your sister!" hoping that Nora was around to hear. Nora then planted a whole bunch of explosives that I guess she was carrying around in her backpack, and blew stuff up as a diversion so that the men guarding Mia would run in that direction and die in some of the explosions too while Nora and Miles cut Mia free and took her away. Muahahaha... just as Strausser planned! You gotta wake up pretty early in the afternoon to pull one over on old Strausser. Sure he could have just ordered his men to stay by Mia and not run into these explosions that were blatant distractions in order to capture Nora and Miles, but every villain in Revolution lives by one code: "We shall serve Sebastian Monroe by using only the most convoluted plans to defeat our enemies!" Seriously, it's written on their badges.

Free at last, Mia said she had a man who could get them across the river using a boat (never mind about that stuff about Militia men blowing up boats, apparently), so they went to see him except he was very dead. Mia also waited a day to tell Nora that she found their dad, because talking about how Miles broke up with her a long time ago was more important and dominated the conversation last night around the campfire. Mia said, "Hey let's go see Dad, he's in Texas," but Nora said, "Sorry sis, I made a promise to risk my life and save this stranger's brother because FAMILY IS IMPORTANT." Mia then sat down Nora and explained that because they had the same dad, THEY were family. Nora agreed and said, "You make a good point." The two then said goodbyes and went to find their daddy. (I paraphrased that, but not too much.)

Yes, it was obvious that Mia was a plant for Strausser, but Nora is really dumb so let's give her a break. When Strausser showed up, Mia stole the pendant from Aaron the night before and handed it and the whereabouts of Miles (and Charlie and Aaron) over to Strausser so that he could kill the rebel scum. Nora was not happy about this! "You just killed my friends, sis!" Mia tried to explain that she did it to save Nora, but she really should have shown some class and let the Militia kill her instead in order to save Nora and her friends because that's what good people do. Don't be so selfish, Mia! Also, that whole about their dad? Lies! Nora left Mia behind, and that's the last we saw of adult-sized Mia (there were flashbacks, more on that later). Good riddance, loser. I hope the Monroe Militia figures out how to build a cannon and shoots you out of it.

Then Nora single-handedly took down Strausser's hunting party while the others hid behind cars. Miles brought an empty gun (LOL Nora used all the bullets) to a knifefight with Strausser, the only man Miles said he was scared of, and we were all prepared for a brutal brawl. Except Miles kicked Strausser's ass very easily. I'm beginning to think this Strausser guy is a real wuss. Why are we scared of him again?

Before the chaos could settle, our heroes went to the very reliable tactic Operation Run Away but found themselves with no place to go except over a cliff into a river (was it THE river?), so they jumped into it to get away from Strausser and his men. And that was the end to this story. This story started with a river and ended with a river, like one of those lazy rivers at The Mandalay Bay, and the circle was complete. It's very fitting because this show is going around in circles.

Meanwhile, back at Monroe's, Jason/Nate was getting the black utterly beaten out of him by Monroe's men for bribing someone for info on Strausser's mission because he has a total boner for Charlie. You and me both, bro! Monroe, in his most lifeless, dead-on-the-inside, bored-just-to-be-there voice, told Neville that he was going to ship Jason/Nate off to California on a mission of diplomacy. Sounds great, right? A little sunshine, some killer buds, and I hear you can still go down the drop on Splash Mountain on a cardboard box. Except that was Old California! New California is full of rabid mountain men who kill anyone that doesn't end every sentence in "dude" or "gnarly." In other words, Jason/Nate would only need to pack his funeral suit.

What Neville needed was another officer's son who was doing something even worse so that Monroe's attention would be on that kid instead. But where? What are the odds he would find someone like that? It would take a miracle to find––oh, nevermind. Someone appeased the convenience gods, and Neville's wife brought in a Latina maid (I know, I know... ugh) that was cleaning another officer's house and overheard that his son was a member of the Resistance! So Neville ratted on him without a thought, and the father got tortured while his son and his friends all died horrible deaths. There wasn't much drama to the situation, just a series of things that happened. It might have been more interesting to put Neville in some moral quandary about whether to get his officer friend in trouble or not, but what do I know!? Instead, a solution to Neville's problem fell into his lap and said, "Exploit me!" because tension had the day off.

This taste of victory combined with Monroe's instability and paranoia got Neville's wife Julia all power hungry, so she suggested that Neville start making plans to take over the army while she lazes about and does nothing. Hey Julia, get a job you damn freeloader!

Finally, the ending may have looked familiar for all you Alcatraz fans out there. It was revealed that Grace and Randall, who live in some super high-tech sewer bunker, had a series of computers that are tracking all the pendants in the world and noticed that Monroe now has one of the pendants. So Randall told Grace she's going to do something about it. Revolution loves these cutaways to "big" moments at the end of episodes lately, but by now we're all too smart to fall for them. Right?

"Ties That Bind" asked us a question, "How will these guys get across this river to get a tiny bit closer to saving Danny?" and then interrupted itself with Nora's backstory, Neville's kid problems, and useless flashbacks before forgetting what question it asked in the first place. The episode was self-contained alright, but it didn't have a beginning, middle, or end. Where's my closure, Revolution? I've been able to get some enjoyment out of this show at least through making fun of it, but this was so lifeless and bland that I couldn't even get that. I'm going to cry now. Thanks a lot.



NOTES

Revolution's ratings are finally starting to fall as viewers bail. Last night's episode registered a solid 2.8 rating in the adult demo, but it was a series low. Expect the slide to continue.

– I highly recommend this Entertainment Weekly story on how Revolution was pitched. It pretty much confirms that the show is a product of a half-thought-out idea and studio notes.

– I didn't really mention the Nora flashbacks above, because they were pointless. At least Aaron's flashbacks gave us something to chuckle about. Nora's were just two kids tucking each other into bed.

– "You should know gravity is compressing your sister's organs." Great quote taken out of context. Or even in context.

– At the absolute most, a story should have only one scene where the bad guys are looking for the good guys with a torch but don't explore the area and therefore don't find the good guys. This episode had two of those scenes. Yikes!

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Sincerely hope your procrastination means that you will no longer spend any more of your (seemingly interesting) time on such a #obviously #shallow #show. I'm tired out with people who watch something for entertainment, only to slate it in extreme arrogance. It's hypocritical, as is life. Main point
1) it's "THEORETICAL" with the emphasis on "THEORY" pray tell how the F£$€ YOU would cross the river, nevermind survive a #blackout long enough to get to one.
2) This show will always have inference on a) how shit Americans are. B) how kids today have no real education and C) how faith, hope and indeed, LOVE can conquer all.

Albeit shitty "lost" type DRAMA with more inconsistencies than fudge, try to look beyond your ego to the sociological relevance of the "message" and maybe you would not distain yourself from the true meaning.

Hope you will one day understand how to value xoxoxo.....

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the abrams fanboys come out in flocks i'm going to assume based on 95 comments the same night the show aired. I made notes that may not amuse anyone but myself and am going to share them anyway.in a not-so-particular order because i've been drinking.

only dude that ever scared miles ...even though he appeared to be the nicest torturer ever.

that chick hanging from the flag pole who vaguely shares your ethnicity is your sister? you don't say. that dramatic pause certainly had a substantial effect. like most with this show.

only takes an hour to die being hung with your hands above her head. interesting that this wasn't a preferred form of torturous death in ancient and recent history.

muddied waters between right and wrong. it's just the same thing with j.j. abrams produced shows over and over again. or any other prime time soap i guess. soaps are for the mentally deficient btw.

never say that to me, nor anyone else [especially not anyone else.] *woman repeats herself*

"i'm not going to do anything about it" is never followed by a long

pause and an italic "you are"

with expectations so low that you're expecting something that's an affront to all senses revolution is watchable and almost enjoyable in all of it's amazingly found on network tv sub-par glory.

the nora mia flashabck served one purpose: introducing me to a hopefully of legal age (haven't checked imdb) chick who's more attractive than the older version of the character she's meant to portray. LOL, i'm talking about nora btw...

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These characters are so obviously illiterate, and I'm terribly ashamed of Google Guy. When you come to a river like that, he should know your options are (1) cross on the ice below the waterfall like Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Mr. & Mrs. Beaver, or (2) cross on the super lightweight rope that Legolas shot across the river. Duh!
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No muskets or flintlocks! damn!
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Well...I mostly have to agree. I mean what a waste of a pertinent new millenium catacylsmic event as the end of our powered era! So much could have been done with this, and what this show has shown is so little; what with its pace of watching paint dry not to mention the lame backstories which are only rivaled by the actual big story it never really reveals anything remotely believable pertaining to. I only watch it to see if anything will make any kind of sense. I give it lots of leeway because its sci-fi and good sci-fi stretches things while keeping believability at bay. So far this one fails and how long I can hang in there remains to be seen. Partly this hangs on the characters who are mostly unlikeable, and I'm talking about the ones that are suppose to heroes.
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Really liked this episode. I don't agree that the show is running around in circles. Its moving forward at a good pace, especially with the storyline involving the pendants. Some of the characters are done really well.
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I would love to see a crossover episode with Jersey Shore. Another show with great characters.
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Lmao. I'd suggest you watch the spin-off next season then.
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Unbelievably, this episode was an all-around series's low for this show - it was thoroughly stupid, lifeless and boring. Now, we can say whatever we want about "Revolution" thus far, but, before last Monday, I could at least justify watching it by saying how fun it is to laugh about its complete awfulness every Tuesday. But not for this sorry story - everything about it was just a big ol'... blah.

Nora and Mia relationship:...blah; Nora and Mia flashback:... bof; Aaron's weekly suckiness - this week, letting a girl pickpocket the only worthwhile thing he carries:... saw it coming; Strausser:.... zzzzzzz; the Nevilles scheme to take over the Monroe Republic:... whatever, (plus doesn't it seem like even Monroe himself any interest he had for the job anyway?); that underground bunker:... so what? And on and on it goes...

The only good news out of this dread is that I'm finally starting to find "Revolution" too boring to even hate-watch now. If they come up with two other stinkers of this level before the end of the month, I can genuinely said I'll finally be able to move on and do more productive things on Monday evening - like, said, take a nap. Yeah... napping instead of watching "Revolution". That's sounds about right.
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I sometimes feel like I should join Team Purple...But then I realize reading these recaps is good enough. Btw, that EW article was awesome and I have a problem with this:



"One of the things that's difficult and frustrating about all the technology we have is it eliminates a lot of potential for drama," Really, Mr Abrams? REALLY? People aren't watching Star Trek because it has epic FX. Geez.
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u know, i stopped watching the show within the first 10' of ep 2, but i still read your reviews :D
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DING, DING!

And right out of the gates the Revolution Haters land body blow after body blow, finishing the combination with a furious uppercut!

It's almost like the Diehard Revolution Supporters haven't even shown up for this bout!
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Don't worry. There are very few fans who'd stick around and keep coming back even after 8 weeks for these foolish reviews. I praise the show because its unfairly maligned in these forums, not because I think its the greatest and best thing to ever be created. Its the best new show this season though.
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"unfairly maligned"? Yeah cause it's a giant internet conspiracy to put down this awesome show for no reason.

Can't be that this show is actually horrible. Right?
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I wonder if you are this vocal about shows that are actually horrible and not just mediocre (mind you, I still think Revolution is good).
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Boy you fanboys are blind to reality.



Mondays are my fun night I get a good laugh out of to bad shows. Hawaii 5-0 which is boring fun entertainment and Revolution which is turning out to be a great comedy though I don't think that's what the creators intended the show to be. Heck some nights this show is actually funnier then most of CBS's comedies on the same night.
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Correction: 'Sensible world'
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@GirishStewart: In Bizarro World that statement might actually be true.
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@John: You know, more than half the episodes of Revolution were between average to good. Last Resort had two truly atrocious episodes and three good ones. So, they're on the same boat as of now.
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I agree with you last weeks episode of Last Resort was really bad, but are you really comparing one really bad episode of Last Resort to 8 below average to terrible episodes of Revolution?
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Who said anything about an internet conspiracy?
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Some would argue Last Resort or Arrow is the best new show this season. But I've got to say, after reading so many comments that mercilessly (and often justifiably) crucify this show, it's actually pleasant to read a positive take from someone.

Keep it up, GS!
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Well, those two are my next fav new shows of the season. But, come on. After last week's episode, even Last Resort is looking more preposterous than anything on this show.
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Haha! Touche! Score one for the Revolution Supporters.
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Don't worry, the fanboys are always a bit late to the party, but they will show up eventually.
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Or maybe they've finally seen the light that Revolution is only good for the unintentional comedy value it brings to everyone.
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I still watch the show, but not sure why. The 'bad guys' in the show are absolutely horrible at going after the good guys, and it was unbelievable that they would leave no guards to fend off any would-be attackers. The bad guys also don't seem to put a lot of effort into finding the group, who light fires to sit around and banter in regular voices, etc.
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I really don't understand why you hate this show so much. Maybe you should pass on the task of writing this re-cap to someone else.
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Surette is actually paid to watch that show.

And something tells me no one at TV.com would want to be force to review "Revolution".

Honestly, I'm pretty sure the huge majority of the hate-watchers of that series (people like me!) keep on watching it solely to see him write, on Tuesday, what we were justifiably bitching about on Monday.

But I can see, on this last review, that Tim is getting tired of this nonsense - like the rest of us, really. So do not despair, mac - if things continue to go the way they've went (which, at this point, is what everybody should expect, really), you should expect a whole lot of us to just stop watching "Rev", so you will be able to enjoy it without all the negative feedbacks it gets... 'til it finally goes the way of "Heroes" and become one of the biggest miss opportunity in TV history.
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Things that bugged me:

1 - More senseless, sadistic, violence just for the sake of it.

2 - Young Nora grows up to look like Older Mia...and the maid, Rose.

3 - Nora never yells to Miles, or anyone, that Strausser has the pendant after she returns to the them and they fight? Guess it's not that important after all.



Yes, they made it across the river. How did you miss that scene T.S. when Aaron is arguing with Miles while the girls were around the campfire? Until I read this review, the stupidity of them just jumping in after all that didn't really occur to me probably due to the distractions noted above.
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Wait a sec... They made it across the Impossible to cross, all bridges are blown up for 100 miles, all boats are burned and destroyed on sight river...

BY JUMPING IN AND SWIMMING?

what. the. $#%
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In each episode they say in the first 15 minutes that something is impossible. It's always something that turns out to be easy by the end of the episode.
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What. the. $#%, you asked?

Answer: just another day in the illogical world of "Revolution", of course.
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hahahaha "Budget Han Solo"



Revolution sounded like it had a good premise, but it's been a huge disappointment. I guess it's never a good sign when the flashbacks are the best part of the show.
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Now the real question is which show dropped the ball worse, Revolution or Terra Nova?
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The greatest disappointment on the last decade in TV land is, hands down, "Heroes".

Frankly, after its first season, it shouldn't have fail, but, only two seasons later, Tim Kring made it completely unwatchable. All the other shows named here went bad pretty much from the get-go; "Heroes" went from definitely awesome to 'WTF is that?' literally in the blink of an eye.
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Tough one, actually. My gut says Terra Nova, but they had a good cast at least.
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Alcatraz.
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Alcatraz was the greatest disappointment of them all, I had so much hype for that series.
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I'm going with Yikes!
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If this show was a book it wouldn't have any chapters. This episode was the absolute worst. I had such high hopes for the show but that hope is fading fast. Here's hoping it picks up the pace a little before the season ends.
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I have stopped watching Revolution a long time ago (after episode 2) but these reviews are the best. Finally something this stupid and boring show is good for. Keep it up!
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Spot on review as usual this one was bad but without the awful appeal. It really showed how poorly written and acted the show is. No longer did we have a terrible guilty please. Last night we had just a bad show. Oh well ratings will take this one out for me but I will finish the season since I'm so far in.
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"I didn't really mention the Nora flashbacks above, because they were pointless. At least Aaron's flashbacks gave us something to chuckle about. Nora's were just two kids tucking each other into bed."

Sad but true. They need to pick up the slack and fast; The Walking Dead/Game of Thrones/Lost trope would have had these people's background running by now. All what Revolution gave me so far is who's the nerd, who's the sword and who's the Katniss Everdeen.
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It's time to play, "What Did We Learn!"

I learned:

1) If you're considered the most sadistic and evil man in the world, it's important to be a man of your word and exercise extreme mercy.

2) When your first plan of shoot-first-ask-questions-later fails, pull out your back-up plan which is smarter than your first.

3) When your enemy is calling out your name and saying they have your sister, it's good to be reminded that it might be a trap.

4) If a character is introduced, he or she is probably a mole or a weak link. At any rate, they can't be trusted.

5) The people you are most frightened of and scare you more than anyone are the very same people you can beat the shit out of without thinking.

6) Pendants are best worn in your pocket.

7) If your son doesn't something wrong, someone else's son probably did something worse.
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Worst thing about this show... Charlie's stupid "concerned face". She's almost as bad as kristen stewart with the lack of expressions except hers just looks so quizzical that it's annoying.
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Hey now. When they were *still* walking into the trap, her face was concerned. She nailed it.
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lol that's the only facial expression she has.
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There are no words to describe how much I love Kim Raver and Giancarlo Esposito.

Unfortunately even they can't save this show.



Where did all those explosives come from? Why leave mia to be fake rescued, when capturing the whole group would have been easier and much less time and effort consuming. There's no need for such a convoluted and contrived scheme, just shoot them all and take the pendant.



How do you allow the one ring to be pick pocketed so easily arrgghgh!!



Holy hell where is the logic in any of this? Frustration never ends.
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When the militia had the semi-automatic rifles they shouldn't have set them to miss... at least Nora figured that out.

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So, I did say I was going to try and be nice to Revolution for this episode, but it's truly taking everything that I have to ignore all the nonsense.

So here we go. Only the pros, none of the cons:

Giancarlo Esposito is awesome no matter what he's told to say.
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Miles is hilarious. Kill everyone else and give him a dog as a sidekick and let him go around the country banging bitches and having wacky wise-cracking adventures. There should also be zombies.
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why do you think he tried to break the pendant. That's exactly the story he wants. lol
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Now this would be a huge improvement. I am on board.
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Tim, we all know this show isn't the best thing on tv, and you put so much effort on it. I actually laugh out loud about your river jokes, you're the best writer on TV.com.

I wish you would write longer reviews of Fringe, it's ending, and there's a lot to say about it.

And I wish you would do the review of Last Resort, nobody is doing and it's a great show that you know for a fact it needs more audience, and you could help.
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Coincidentally, last week's episode was entitled "Last Resort Declassified: THE TIES THAT BIND".
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I'd also wish that someone would pick up reviewing Spartacus again after Seth cried himself away.
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Last Resort's last episode was horrible. Especially compared to the one the preceded it.
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Horrible? Do you even know what the word means?

And Revolution episode must be good? Is that what you're implying?

Last Resort is no Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, Lost, or whatever... but it's great, much better and fulfilling story than this mistake from Kripke and Abrams.
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Yes I know what that word means. And last week's episode of Last Resort was horrible. The one that preceded it was fantastic, absolutely great, i thought wow, they really stepped up with the story and maybe the show is worth saving. And then they followed it up with last week. And I then thought, wait what, is this the same show. What in the hell happened to all the progress that was made in quality from the previous episode.

I am not saying it is the worst on TV. Revolution comes close to that, at least with the shows I watch. But in comparison to the previous episode it was horrible and the pilot it was unbelievably bad.
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He's right, though. Last Resort's recent episode wasn't up to par. I'm not saying the show's brilliant, but it's certainly the best of the new releases. Still, I'd chalk this latest installment as the worst so far...which, as you pointed out, is better than anything Revo has done.
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thank you, yes, it wasn't the best, only for the continuity from the last episode... but still, It's the best from this year like you say....and the main reason I ask is because Tim was wondering if him or Peterson would do the review.
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And I wish that someone on this staff does a weekly review of Nikita, but hey we can't all have what we want, right?
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Hey! Tim asked himself the question between him and another guy who would write the review of Last Resort... and nobody is doing it. I'm just asking.... what? I shouldn't ask? I should shut up?
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I loved how their get away from the ambushed relied solely on the Militia having terrible aim with their automatic shotguns... this is recurring theme - why are these guys so terrible at shooting that they can fire off a hundred rounds at four people running un-covered away from them and not even wound one of them.

I know bullets can be hard to come by - but I can think of a better way to spend 100 bullets, about about 90 shots at a target and spend the other 10 actually shooting people.

Did Miles fail to train them well so that he could leave the militia and never get shot down in a hail of gun fire?

Get it together Monroe Militia.
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"I loved how their get away from the ambushed relied solely on the Militia having terrible aim with their automatic shotguns"

And automatic rifles...yes. But the best part was Miles saying, "we're walking into a trap." For the following 5 seconds, they kept walking into the trap. Also, what ambush isn't complete without covering the exit? Only a Monroe Ambush is so savvy. They're playing the long con, obviously.
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There is no way to cross that river anywhere near. NO WAY.

Every episode starts with some impossible thing. Then someone (usually Charlie) does something totally stupid to put Miles into trouble for the rest of the episode. And then they end up with doing the exact impossible without any effort and in no time. Of course they crossed the river, how could you even ask, Tim?

However, I think this was the best episode so far. There was the longest snipped of the storyline (a minute or so at the end?) and it had the least of Charlie in it. Doesn't make it watchable TV but the best of Revolution.
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I'm just waiting for the day when the militia start shouting 'Rebel scum!' all the time...
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That was an earlier complaint of mine about the pendant not being hidden MUCH BETTER! They do it all the time in movies & tv where and important item which should be kept safe is either just being carried in the hand where it easily drops or in such an obvious spot. I am tired of tv & movies treating us like idiots just to make a plot, albiet a dumb one on a dumb character.
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Isn't it a pendant? Shouldn't be be wearing it around his neck under his shirt?
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YES! Thank YOU! Something so important, you'd think even if you weren't wearing it, you'd be conscious of it at all times. Frodo knew exactly how to handle the ring, and he's 10 times smaller than Google Guy.



I realize it's cute to do homages to stories you've taken influence from, but when Monroe held up the pendant and said, "so much fuss over such a small thing," J.R.R. Tolkien must have rolled over a few times.
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Can someone please explain to me why in the world Grace and Randall were looking at something that looked like a particle accelerator? Is it because the obvious solution for electricity is fundamental physics?? (It's not.)
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I'm assuming it's the device that shut off all the power in the first place. In last weeks episode when they showed the flashbacks of creating the device I think Randall asked if they could make it bigger or something.
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Yea that was the first thing that I thought too.
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Large Hadron Collider destroying the planet conspiracy: check
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So the first week, they obtained a pendant that had all the answers to their problems, but when they weren't looking Charlie pawned it for a big box of cherry-flavored lip gloss. Uh-ohhhh! Then the next week, Miles was about to meet a vital contact that had information that could bring down the militia, but Charlie saw a boy she thought was hot and ran off, and they had to spend the entire episode tracking her down, missing their chance. Then the NEXT week, Aaron built a stable electricity-generating machine out of coconuts, but Charlie came around and ate it!

Ha ha, they're never getting off that island!
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Nice Giligan reference. However there is nothing thus far that would lend to Aaron being able to build anything but piles of feces.
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That is it. Screw the good guys. I am rooting for the militia now. I can't root for the good guys because they are so blindingly incompetent that you simply can't root for them.

And their incompetence is rubbing off on Miles. How he does not kill Aaron after that is beyond me to figure out. He is beyond useless and has now become a liability and given the enemy their only bargaining chip. I means it isn't like he didn't get the pendant stolen last week by the tubby lost boy. Did he learn from that? Of Course not. One would think, after such an important artifact was easily stolen by a kid. He would do something like,, I don't know. Put the freaking thing around your neck. Does he? No and it gets stolen. And Miles is partly to blame, he saw that it got jacked before. There is no way in hell, the person Miles is/was would have let him keep that. If Miles would have he should have stapled it to his taint.

Miles is slipping or the writers are merely dumbing him down to the level of the rest of the group. Which is astonishingly low. I am pretty sure that they crossed the river. Or at least they got out of the river. Because google guy had his I am the non-athletic kid who lost the game moment and told Miles forcefully that he "got it". He got it. He freaking got it. If Miles was smart, which he no longer is. He would have gutted Aaron for the betterment of the group. Because now that the DOD guy is around, now there is literally no reason, what so freaking ever for Aaron's character to be there. NONE. KIll him and be done with it.

And now that I think of it. How in the hell did Aaron survive the river. What in the whole of what we know about him, (one being that he got winded chasing the tubby lost boy around for about 15 feet), how did he survive the river. Undoubtably his uselessness and lack of anything resembling fitness and competence, would lend one to the presumption that he can't swim. Or at least not strong enough to fight the current of the river.

I want Aaron dead. I want Strousser to come back and kill him since Miles can't seem to do that himself.

Speaking of Strousser, did his horses have jet packs? How in the world are these people getting around so fast. Horse travel is slow. They are faster than the group. But given that they have Aaron I am surprised that they can make any forward momentum. He makes Charlie look competent and that is something. The Allegheny River is probably a god 300+ miles away from Philly. It is damn near the length of the whole state. These people are covering whole states in what is seemingly being presented in days. I can't help but think some of the time they aren't screwing up and being moronic in their little adventures, would be good. Please for the love of everything good, have a couple of episodes where Miles is training these morons.

As for the great militia stuff. Who would have thought that Neville's wife would do that. I mean granted it is pretty much the usual plot of shows and movies like this. I mean wow, way to divert and be original. However that will be more interesting than the group. And Monroe is just weird. I don't know if it is his eye liner or what. But weird none the less.

I am kind of sad they didn't drown.

I am in the purple section. I really love disliking and pointing out the stupidity of this show. Plus I think we should start a petition to have them kill off Aaron.

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In before the fanboys will tell you, that you are completely wrong and Google guy and Miles are great buddies and always do what's logical in the situation.
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Did I actually see the bad guys spraying precious bullets in the vague direction of the enemy in automatic mode? Or did I hallucinate that?
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Nope, that did happen. One would think someone would have told them what fire discipline was considering there is supposedly not enough bullets to last.
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That's because of Strausser, he is so bad ass, even his men waste bullets.
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He didn't seem that bad ass. When you are tied up i am sure he is very intimidating. But that might have been the second easiest bad guy that Miles beat.
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Tim another great and well written review. Keep up the good work.



I'm with Stanking in team Purple: I switch between the boring entertainment of Hawaii 5-0 and the funny entertainment of Revolution, but have no real respect or like for either show. In actuality I think Revolution is better in a bad way. You get more humor out of it then Hawaii 5-0. Of course the humor is unintentional for Revolution.
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The only good thing about this show are the comically evil bad guys.
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Well, last night's epsiode sucked. I know some would argue that the entire series sucks but last night was the first time that I would agree. It's ridiculous that on a show with so few characters they manage to keep all of the focus on the least interesting of those characters. Who cares about Nora or her sister? Who cares about Aaron and magical lack of a metabolism? I may be transitioning from casual fan to someone who just watches the show every once and a while on Hulu.
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Thanks Tim. I'm all caught up with a smile on my face. I never would have had that if I'd watched the show. Better you than me.
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The only good thing about this episode was that Danny was a no show...
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Well it was funny that Nora gave Miles an empty gun. You just knew it was going to go click. Its story rule number one for this show that any modern weapon doesnt work in the heroes hands. Guess the guy she took out didnt have any extra clips and the idea of grabbing a gun from one of the guys she shoot and giving them two rifles never occurred to her.

Also noticed only 7 markers were on map. Wonder if that means he has 5 of them or they left the country..
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Could not help it, but TOTALLY misread this note:



" I didn't really mention the Nora flashbacks above, because they were pointless. At least Aaron's flashbacks gave us something to chuckle about. Nora's were just two kids tucking each other into bed."
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yeah, I had to read that one a couple of times myself. lol
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I almost died of laughter when Neville said his son "had a weakness for Charlie's pretty face, and he's afraid of what Strausser is going to do to it."



PUNCH IT.



Other than that the episode was boring. Now if he had actually punched it I would've said this episode held up as entertaining as the others.
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Welcome to the most contentious forum in the world!

In the Blue Corner we have the Revolution Haters! And in the Red Corner we have the Diehard Revolution Supporters!

LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET'S GET READY TO RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMBLE!
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Team Purple: Revolution mockers. We watch it for the entertainment, but have no respect for it.
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I wouldn't say that I'm a diehard Revolution supporter but I do support it. You should be labelling mad-pac as a "diehard". :)
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Why do we have to label anyone? But if you have to, I'm a diehard Tracy Spiridakos supporter, which is different. I do support the show with reservations, It's just that why am I going to trash a show if almost everybody else is already doing that? I feel no need to conform to a crowd. Actually it compels me in the opposite direction.

Besides, if I watch something it's because I enjoy it enough, otherwise I wouldn't watch it. Come to think of it, I'm one of the few people that makes any sense here.
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mad-pac, you're the most sensible person on this entire site. You make absolutely valid points.
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Point taken. It's just that you always reply to a comment on these reviews expressing your point of view in a way that seems like you're a diehard of the show.
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"It's just that why am I going to trash a show if almost everybody else is already doing that? I feel no need to conform to a crowd."

Die, rebel scum!
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