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Disclaimer: This is not a review or recap and if you haven't seen the episode, it might spoil it for you. Or not. Just sayin'.

I haven't seen theGuyLafayette post his photo recap yet, but hopefully he will. (Check his recaps out if you want play-by-plays.)

Revolution, why do you torture me so?!?

Nobody’s on the road yet! Get on the road! And how did everyone get SO competent at bungling up rescue/escape missions? It’s not like they don’t get to practice!

There was ample running-around-trying-to-rescue-people-then-almost-instantly-getting-caught in this episode.

I know a lot of people probably found this episode disappointing BUT I am going to hold onto hope that these past couple episodes will result in some kind of worthy fun, drama and excitement down the road. (We’ve got Connor, a typhus outbreak, Charlie & Gramps captured and Jason captured… there are introductions to be made, diseases to cure and rescues to be planned! Woo…)

Aaron and Grace
Guess who else pops out from under a rock in Spring City, Oklahoma?

Duh! Of course! And she's hallucinating, too? Why? Why Aaron and Priscilla? Well, because even the Nano wants a mommy AND a daddy. Wha?!

What does that make Grace? Fairy godmother?

Miles, Miles & Monroe
I love that Miles used the old hiding-his-face-behind-a-crate-of-tequila trick to infiltrate the infamous Nunez, uh, compound (party house?).

(Oh, and where is this Tequila factory? 'Cause if the power permanently goes out, that's where I'll be pointing my horse.) (No, really, I have a horse.)

Miles and Monroe locked in a jail cell in Mexico(ho, yay!)? (It’s like when they were in the Marines all over again, just without the one-legged dancer. Or something.) This is where my favorite moment of the episode occurs:

...And I’m pretty content for a good few minutes with Miles going off on Monroe and Monroe looking pretty much like he could give a shit.

Monroe & Connor
Desperate much, Monroe? Giving up yourself AND Miles? And I disagree with Miles- this wasn’t a selfless act, it was an entirely selfish bid to gain some good paternal feels regarding Connor. And what does Connor give him in return? A big ol’ can of whupass! (or whipass, as the literal case may be.) Second favorite scene:

The whipping scene was pretty brutal. Ouch. That had to hurt beyond pretty-damn-bad.
(I did hear the sound of keyboards clacking away across the internet as Monroe-fanfic-ers got busy with this new piece of bait.)

Connor is a BRAT! I could get sick of him really quickly. chortle I liked the bit where Monroe was admiring his boy’s fighting skills: “He’s not bad!” Miles gets to look exasperated. When Rachel bonked that guy over the head, all I could think was, “Where’s Charlie when you need her?” Right?

Rachel & ... CONNOR? WHA?
Okay, I was really joking last week when I mentioned that maybe Rachel and Connor would have a little chemistry. I was JOKING but… I’m Charloe fan in part because it is just so wrong it would drive Rachel even more batshit cray-cray than she already is, not to mention all the exasperated snark it would elicit from Miles(provided he doesn't just KILL Monroe outright). Maybe I was just hallucinating that whole scene?

Rachel, upon realising Miles must've been caught, sneaks in on the arm of one of Nunez's men. She just bats those purdy blue eyes and voila! (Apparently blond hair and blue eyes are almost as good as diamonds in post-apocalyptic Mexico.) Once inside, she runs into Connor who gives her a big ass key to go free Miles and Monroe- of course, he does this all with her pinned up against the wall. Creeeepy. Like father, like son, I guess.

Rachel and Connor seem like the craziest, most-illogical, unlikely pair to ship, which in the case of Revolution means it must be shipped, right? Um.

Charlie and... Grandpa
Charlie and Gene were a double-hero-fail. Gene tries to rescue his friend and gets caught, at which point Charlie appears outta nowhere and almost saves him but... *doh!* then they both get caught. Awesome!

Good news, though, the Patriots don't immediately execute both of them. Instead, Mr. Ed shows them some typhus patients. OUTBREAK!

I was SO right! It's the oranges, I know it is. (See, I HAVEN'T been watching too much Helix.) Is it *really* typhus, though? Looks like we'll have to wait 'til next episode to find out. For now, though, looks like Gene and Charlie will be spared to... help treat patients? cue anticipatory music

Charlie should wear a nurse’s uniform.

Charloe Report

--->NONE. That's right. Zero. No love for the Charloe fans!

AND from the episode synopsis (Captain Tripps 1/22/14 "When Gene decides to assist the town of Willoughby, Rachel and Charlie feel compelled to help too as Miles and Monroe continue to join forces in order to survive.") sounds like next week will be Charloe-less.

Good news? YES! The FOLLOWING week looks like we might get to see Charlie back in action with Monroe and Connor (Happy Ending 1/19/14 "Monroe leads Connor and Charlie on a risky mission, as Miles and Rachel keep an eye on things in Willoughby. Meanwhile, Neville gets a new assignment and Aaron reunites with an old friend.")

Clan Neville
Um. Still not feeling it. I did pick up on Jason saying that the reeducation camps were just the tip of the iceberg and that the Patriots have plans to do so much worse, wiping people out and all. (I knew it! I love how smart this show makes me feel!)

Jason seems to have lost all this reeducated-verve. He’s been captured again, though. What’s the plan now, Tom? Mr. Evil Genius better get his mustache on and plot how to save his son and overthrow the government at the same time.

Questions?

-Was it just me or did Miles look like he wanted to clock Rachel in the beginning of the episode? I was happy because she was way less annoying for the rest of the episode after that and actually was successful in helping Miles, Monroe and Connor escape. (It was probably just me.) (I thought he was going to throw the drink at her.) (Okay, maybe I was just hoping.) (*sigh*)

-Was the whipping scene over the top? I didn’t want to watch but I had to! squee Ooo, now that I think about it… Monroe’s flayed back… Charlie in her nurse’s uniform… more squee I will say, I wouldn’t be waiting around or doing any favors for someone who whipped me(LITERALLY) like that. Holy crap.

-Did anyone think Connor was trying to help Monroe, even while he was whipping him, putting on a show or whatnot? Connor seemed truly conflicted but ultimately self-serving (contrast his behavior with Charlie putting herself in front of the gun for her brother/mom). I trust him not a bit.

-Anyone else enjoy Charlie showing up to rescue Gene? (This family definitely has the “surprise! I am rescuing you because you’re just like _____ (mom/grandpa/me)” trope down.) Charlie reminded me of how she was in the episode where she covers (heh, with a shotgun) Miles and Monroe while they pick off the Patriots that followed them from the train yard.

-Is Connor an even bigger whiny brat than Charlie was last season? Did you catch the little bit at the end where he’s all, “You better not be lying about me getting to rule a Republic!” Yes! Brat! Whiny! Worse than Charlie plus evil, too!! Amazing, but Revolution has managed to swing it! Props!

-What's up with Grace? Why is she lurking and eavesdropping? Something suspic-u-ous is going on, I thinks!

-Is Julia waffling on Tom? Will she forsake Tom for her newer, shinier, Patriot-model husband? Um, hell yeah! She’s Julia! In fact, I still don’t know if I believe her story. Could she have been a Patriot all along?

-If the Patriots laced the oranges with this typhus-like illness, why try to save people? Why get Gene and Charlie involved and try to get Gene to ‘help’? Does Ed not know? And I thought they had antibiotics? I haz confusion. Help!

Don’t mind me! I didn’t hate this episode(like I ever do?) and while there wasn’t a whole lot to luv, I always find stuff to squee about. Nothin’ to see here, folks! squee
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Audible Squee all you want! I really want Revolution to go places and as you said "I just felt I was being tortured!". My Squee is Aaron and the nanites. When will Aaron realise as scary as they are he is the Daddy and having reached consciousness they are looking for love and leadership. Aaron and the nanites could sort out the whole Patriots thing in seconds... Aaron needs to grow a pair and hack the base code kick some ass! Frustrated!
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The Aaron thing is pretty torturous to me, too. Someone needs to whack Aaron upside the head with a clue stick about 50 times. In his favor, it has really got to mess with your head(literally) to have nanites crawling around in there making you entirely uncertain of what is real or not.

LOL re: hacking the base code. After the whole tree incident, Aaron might incite his demise if he tries to hack the Nano. Plus, wouldn't he need the tower? Maybe not, since his brain now seems to be the UI...
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If Aaron does sense the nanites (which does not appear to at the moment) he has to see green fireflies at the moment and the brain (his brain) is now the UI there is a whole matrix style storyline that could be envoked. It is messy enough when the nanites manifest to Aaron etal. You could make a choppy, twisting, storyline even more messy!
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My only criticism with this episode, is that it seemed implausible that after Miles and Monroe were captured that Rachel would have been left to her own devices and not taken into custody as well. They did all arrive together.
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The whole Rachel-rescuing-Miles-rescuing-Monroe-rescuing-Connor thing was almost comedic. Not sure if it was meant to be, but... Rachel going in after them didn't really do anything for me or tell us anything about Rachel we didn't already know. I'm not sure anyone, beyond Connor, was really aware of Rachel's presence? (But maybe I missed something.)
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Rachel coming to the rescue was probably the simplest and most expedient option for the writers. As for other characters being aware of her presence, I wrote my comment in mind with their initial arrival into town. Everyone was staring as they were the newbies in town; also, they were seated at a table in that bar before Monroe's altercation with Connor.
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"You're a dick" (*but I would still so rescue you again...*) was also my favourite scene in this episode:) It just somehow concluded Miles+Monroe thing in full.
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I hadn't thought about it like that but, yeah, thinking about it, it does seem like a little bit of closure there. I don't think Monroe and Miles are done, per se, but Monroe does have Connor to fixate on now... Monroe keeps comparing himself-Connor to Miles-Charlie...
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"Was it just me or did Miles look like he wanted to clock Rachel in the beginning of the episode? I was happy because she was way less annoying for the rest of the episode after that"
Loved this as well...and I loved it that Rachel pretty much didn't get to say anything for the rest of the episode..way to make her more bearable..just shut her up lol.

I liked the episode, yeah it was predictable in many aspects but I also feel that we are finally seeing how the writers will tie it all up. We finally know what plans the Patriots have for Willoughby, and I guess this will lead the Neville's to this town as well. Not sure if Aaron will go back there yet, but I am sure the Nanonites will play a big part in solving the Patriot problem so he probably will.

My biggest question from this episode is: If Rachel, Grace and this other guy programmed the Nanonites with Aaron's code, and Grace pretty much knows everything about them, why did Rachel never tell Aaron any of this? Is she not as smart as we have been made to believe or is Grace not who she seems to be and is really the AI? I admit, I am not really interested in this part of the story, but the above has me intrigued and I hope we are getting the answers to it.
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I am wondering about Grace since she was doing the creepy-lurker thing, listening in on Aaron & Priscilla talking. There are some things that just don't add up. Hmm.. Grace as the AI is interesting and there as a product of both Aaron & Priscilla's minds? The whole Nano=God and Grace's explanation of how the Nano just wants to find mommy & daddy doesn't seem to mesh. But, hey... not my universe. :)
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