Season 2 Episode 1

Born In The U.S.A.

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2013 on NBC
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After the power is turned on, Rachel Aaron and Miles end up in a small town. Neville searches for his wife with Jason.

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  • The Power comes back ON.... after years....

    Electricity has to come from power plants, (in usa - it is mostly from COAL burning generating plants).

    Even if from Nuclear - with so many people having died when there was NO power - all the people 'MANNING' the power plants would have either died or done other things in search of that thing called FOOD.

    After YEARS of No One working at a power plant - EXACTLY HOW does a person flip a switch and have ALL the power turn back ON.

    Far fetched and totally impossible from a Scientific or Engineering Perspective!moreless
  • The whole show has took on a brand new feel. I hope this lasts!

    The whole show has took on a brand new feel. I hope this lasts!

    Set 6 months after the bombs and everything's changed. Still no power, but even though the bombs have nuked the major cities, people seem a lot more hopeful and happier. We hear about Rachaels mental breakdown and her recovery with her father, Charlie has gone off to do her own thing, (namely revenge stalking Monroe, who's now a bare knuckle boxer with a new name!) Aaron has settled down with a nice girl and Miles is pretty much the same Miles. We have new and mysterious fireflies!

    Uncle Sam turns up to thank everyone for fighting while the president was in hiding and they are now ready to return into the whitehouse. They have 'proof' that Monroe set off the nukes. Tom Neville has a lot to say about that! Bandits attack the town and kidnap Miles, the sheriff and Monroe, and they attack and kill Aaron. We have a shock ending that, for the first time in Revolution, makes me want to see episode 2.. NOW!moreless
  • Post Nuke Reboot?

    As the first season ended Miles and company did not have nary a moment to enjoy capturing the tower technology to turn on the power. Randal, Monroe's late-coming technology "czar" revealed his agenda using the power so he could launch a thermo-nuke orchestrated destruction of Atlanta, Philadelphia et al.

    As the second season begins with a short recap, there seems to be a chance that some of that nuclear holocaust was averted due to the power being cut at just prior to impact. Or did it? Miles, Rachel, Charlie, and Aaron find themselves at Rachel's father's place. Cities hardly exist any more, but small pockets of people live in a few make-shift towns just trying to survive the new threat of theiving and killing courtesy of many small gangs. It's a strange mix of weary people who are suspicious. Charlie is peeling off from the others and she's newly focused as a one woman deathsquad in her desire to hunt down and kill Monroe. Miles is reminded of his fear that he is bad for Rachel courtesy of her father. Miles wrestles with his situation as he deeply cares for Rachel, but inwardly believes he does need to leave. Rachel is trying to come back from crippling guilt and the mental condition heaped upon her by it - she feels she is largely responsible for the power going off in the first place.

    The story telling isn't exactly linear here. It seems to start 6-months after the nuclear event, but it segues, possibly, back and forth to maybe up to a year ahead? Seems a bit clumsy, but this new season has a much grittier and darker feel in which this jumping around, time-wise, helps build some much needed realism of a fractured hardened survivors.

    Of course we need some good sci-fi to bang against the realism of hopelessness. Enter Aaron because he's got the pendant, but more than that: a brilliant inquiring mind. After bottoming out declaring the power will never be back he seems to be descended on by a pack of fireflies. This starts Aaron's mind cranking, but with what we'll have to wait and see. While this is going on the post-nuke aftermath has almost reduced Tom to a shell of his former self. He can't find his wife and is despondent. Here's a nice turn-about, Tom's son slaps the $#!+ out of him as a wake-up call. Tom relents his death wish. Charlie has found Monroe, he's living and fighting for pay as Jimmy King. Charlie will bid time for whatever she's got planned for the time being as a first attempt to kill him fails. But even as Aaron has some kind of possible new knowledge, he's cut down by an intruder. Aaron, shockingly, dies. It's just not clear what all of this means at this moment. Miles attempting to find Aaron's killer is captured by a warlord. Oh yeah, here's the big sci-fi I thought might be needed: Aaron comes back from what we thought was dead. Game on as Revolution is definitely a bit different and is ramping up accordingly.

    Season two opens a bit slow with all the required stories woven to catch viewers up to what the writers now have in mind. Nonetheless, it is going in a good direction, perhaps, as Revolution now has the ability to overhaul itself with lessons learned and the ultimate struggle for survival with infinitely more desparation.moreless
  • thinking, this first episode was better than the entire 1st season put together... :):)

    only, are these fireflies an evolvment of the small viruses that destroyed the world??... well, nano technology ruining the world is one thing, fire flies reviving a dead man is whole new enchilada to swallow...
  • Revolution or just a fresh start?

    I loved season 1 of Revolution and have been eager for the start of the new season.. Set 6 months after the end of season 1, we find the main characters split up and leading very different post apocalyptic lives. Myles, Rachel and Arron are still together and trying to build a life. Charlie is out for revenge and looking far meaner than ever. Tom starts off broken and destroyed with the presumed loss of his wife, only his son seeming to be able to contain and hold him back from the brink.

    The eposide is a little confused as we do not know what really happened in the tower and after Arron managed to get the power back off to try and save the USA. I am sure this will all become clear later on but on this episode there are gaps where seemed to feel disjointed to me.

    The fireflies have got me wondering.. Has Arron done something in the last six months to the nanoprobes. We saw he still has a pendant so presumably can still power things if he has to. But did he start something before they left the tower or is it nature trying to tell him something? I am looking forward to finding out.

    The world is darker. Much more scarier. Gangs and not militia rule. They run smaller areas, exactly as you would expect. Warlords, not rulers. AS Myles and the Sheriff went to the camp of the gang who captured them you where expecting something form Mad Max or the WildBoys video from Duran Duran of the 80's. It was nasty, full of large biker types who looked like they would rip your spine out just for looking in the wrong direction and then you met the leader and that was not what I expected!

    My overall feeling was it was a touch disjointed but showed the promise of a reborn series that is out to make up for the errors of the past and engage with it's audience and say "LOOK AT ME!!!" and that... that is a good thing!moreless
Adam Beach

Adam Beach

Sheriff Mason

Guest Star

Patrick Heusinger

Patrick Heusinger


Guest Star

Blake Hood

Blake Hood


Guest Star

Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins

Dr. Gene Porter

Recurring Role

Jessica Collins (II)

Jessica Collins (II)


Recurring Role

Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker

Justine Allenford

Recurring Role

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