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Revolution S02E01: "Born in the U.S.A."


One of this season's most exciting new fall shows is Revolution, NBC's new drama about a world that's 15-and-a-half years removed from a worldwide blackout and six months removed from a domestic nuclear attack. Wait, what? Revolution is in its second season? Are you sure?

That's the mental approach show creator Eric Kripke hopes viewers will take going into Season 2, and really, it's the only way Revolution stands a chance at ever fulfilling the potential it had when it was but a wee logline gestating in Kripke's brain. At Comic-Con this past July, Kripke told me that Season 1 was full of mistakes and crashed several times, rendering it barely able to crawl across the finish line. Electricity was too common in a world that wasn't supposed to have any, there were guns everywhere, and the light switch that powered everything was the only thing people talked about, which meant people talked about it way too much.

So what did Kripke do to kick off Season 2? He blew up the whole damn show. He nuked it—literally—by letting the bombs that were launched in the Season 1 finale fall on Atlanta and Philadelphia in the opening moments of Season 2. Season 1, you are dust. Let's pretend you never happened. Not only was it the right choice to make for this one-time hit, it helped the series experience its own... Revolution. Bam! And sorry. I got excited.

All that's left in the ruins of Season 1 is probably what the show should have been in the first place: bleak, filthy, and chaotic. Gone are the Disney overtones, the terrible dialogue, and the useless characters (good riddance, Nora); in their place are a new team of writers (Supernatural's Ben Edlund, Defiance's Rockne S. O'Bannon) and a new attitude. Revolution felt like a completely different show in "Born in the U.S.A." Maybe the episode should've been called "Reborn in the U.S.A.," because aside from the familiar faces, it was almost unrecognizable. And dammit, it was good. Well, compared to what we were used to. 

The real villain or antagonist of Revolution isn't Monroe or Neville, it's the world that's been decimated by a universal power drain and an imbalance among who's in charge. And "Born in the U.S.A." took all of the show's characters and threw them right into this new life. Remember how Atlanta had a bunch of people walking around farmer's markets in fancy suits? Remember how stupid that was? Well, the dapper dandies are no more, and everyone is up against the same post-apocalyptic shit. I get that Kripke initially wanted to create a U.S. of A. that was cordoned off into different city-states that all evolved differently (cannibals in the Midwest, psychos in California, formal wear in the South), but that idea never took hold. It just wasn't believable, because wouldn't everyone have tried to move toward Atlanta? Now, as far as we can tell, this world is almost a uniform pile of rubble. 

We can see the effect of the destruction on all of the show's core characters, too. They all played a role in the obliteration of millions, and it's weighing them heavily, particularly with Rachel. And the nuclear hangover has carried over into the most important aspect of the show: its tone. "Liberty" gave us a Revolution that's much more subdued, much less cartoonish, as if the series went through puberty over the summer. Last spring, the show was a tantrum-throwing, babbling, hyperactive toddler; now it's a young man with whiskers sprouting under his nose. 

So yeah, I'm a lot more excited for Revolution's future than I was before. Kripke and his new team have done a lot of work to clean things up as fast as possible. There's still a long way to go, but as some guy who made a lot of money selling bumper stickers once said, "The most important step in a long journey is the first one" (or something like that). And at lease Revolution tied its shoes correctly this time. 

Okay! Enough of that! Let's briefly talk about what actually happened in the premiere. Miles, Rachel, Aaron, and Aaron's new girlfriend (nice work, Aaron, and way to get over that last woman you totally blew it with!) were all hanging out in the fake town of Willoughby, Texas, feeling mostly miserable about vaporizing the East Coast. And they should feel miserable. Rachel's dad was there, and he's a good addition to the group as a man who can lend more insight into the pre-blackout romantic entanglement of Miles and Rachel. The threat of well-organized militia armies has been replaced by the threat of savage, independently run war clans, bringing a Mad Max feel to the show, which I've always thought was appropriate. And you know what? These guys aren't dopes like the hapless fools of the Monroe Militia. They hang people! They're actually scary! And they scooped up Miles (who goes by Stu now, btw) and friendly Sheriff Mason. 


Aaron now has an interest in entomology because he witnessed a massive firefly fireworks show. He also talked about other critters acting odd, as though nature was ready to reclaim the planet from the human vermin that destroyed it. I seriously thought Aaron was a goner when he took a sabre to the chest and actually died at the end of the episode (and it made sense, with all the restructuring Revolution is doing), but the final frame showed Aaron gasping and springing back to life. You got me, Revolution. But what does it mean? Is this a phenomenon that's unique to Aaron? Is that why the fireflies were showing off for him? Is Aaron the Immortal King of the Bugs? Or did he just take a quick nap in the middle of a fight? I guess that's what next week is for. 

And how about the new Charlie? I'm kind of liking this version of her. She's sluttier, more driven, and she's finally believable as the badass that Revolution attempted to U-turn her into in Season 1. Maybe her reasons for leaving the group aren't so believable (she was mad at her mom?), but based on the limited time we spent with her, she's already looking like a much more improved Charlie. I still hope she gets punched in the face a bunch, though. 

Charlie stalked Monroe to New Vegas (helllllo, Fallout), where the latter was engaging in some bare-chested boxing for sport. The citizens of Under the Dome took an unbelievable eight days to start punching each other over resources, but here on Revolution I'll allow it. It's been six months since the bombs dropped (plus an extra 15 years of no electricity before that), and all hope was lost five months and 30 days ago. What else is there to do? Charlie tried to kill Monroe to take him off her list, but before she could put an arrow through his skull, Monroe was whisked away by some unknowns. The man has plenty of enemies, so that sort of thing is probably a daily occurrence for him. 


Over in the Great Plains Nation, the Nevilles roamed around what looked like a campground for Bonnaroo in search of Tom's wife, but things were looking bleak. She's probably all over Philadelphia, and I mean all over, turned into vapor from the nukes that exploded there. Tom was a broken man without a purpose until purpose sailed down a river in a shiny new boat. And on that boat was Secretary Justine Allerford, a representative of the U.S. government who was displaced by savages like President Kelly of the Georgia Federation and Monroe of the Monroe Militia. They're back to reclaim the country and supposedly make it great again, but all I got from them was a nutjob Tea Party vibe. Tom did too, because he stopped trying to kill himself and figured that Randall was working with them, therefore they're responsible for his wife's death. "I am going to rip them apart from the inside until they are begging me to die." It's good to have you back, Gustavo Fring. 

The world is different, the characters are different, the writing is different. And that's the best news I have about Revolution. I'm not foolish enough to say that the show is back on track. One better episode doesn't erase the 22 hours of disappointment we trudged through last season. But given the circumstances, Revolution returned in the best way possible. We'll see if it can keep moving in the right direction. 


POWER LINES

– One of this episode's greatest accomplishments was figuring out how to incorporate Kripke's love of classic rock into the show, and he did it by having hipster minstrels play acoustic and old-timey versions of "Crazy Train," "Smoke on the Water," and "Tom Sawyer." Maybe I'm just a music nerd, but that is awesome. It saves a lot on licensing, too!

– Didn't "Liberty" feel more like a show from the creator of Supernatural than Revolution ever did in Season 1? That's an improvement. 

– What the hell was Miles doing in that shack with his bloody hands? 

– Miles to Charlie: "Just try to keep your stupid to a minimum." See? The dialogue is getting better!

– So Monroe goes by Jimmy, and Miles goes by Stu, as in Stuart. JIMMY STEWART! Someone come up with some How the West Was Won or Rear Window conspiracy theories, please!

– There were a lot of different time jumps, which could cause some confusion, but they were necessary in order to keep the episode going. Six months ago, four months ago, present time, flashbacks to last season, etc. I don't see much more of that happening as the show moves forward, unless Revolution wants to fill in some gaps between the nukes and present time.


What'd you think of the Season 2 premiere? Where do you want to see the show go next?

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This is just like Prison Break all over again.
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With Prison Break all I was looking for was their escape and once that was done I was hoping for a conclusion but nope, they wanted to make more episodes so I lost interest just like I have in Revolution. But not because they got power on but because they failed and can never get power back.

Revolution could have done so much more with the power on, hell watching them rebuild Amercia during a 3 way civil war would have been fun... with that said WTF happened to Canada? they don't talk about it at all it's not like they are going to respect the US/Canada border are they?
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Several episodes into season 2, I have come to the conclusion that this show has no idea what it is doing and just sucks now.
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I agree it's better than season 1 , it couldn't get any worse , but i still can't really care about any of the caracters ; they dissapointed me so much last season that that's not going to change easily
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I watched Season 1, but we are SO done watching Season Two: Here are a few complaints...
1. Before there was electricity, we still had steam power and gas lighting. Did the nannies kill all the engineers and re-enacters and Steampunk fans, who would know about this stuff ???
2.In Season 1 there seemed to be a shortage of bullets. Makes sense after a fifteen-year grid collapse. Season Two ? No such Problem ! Wtf ?
3. Aaron. Too chubby to be subsisting what everyone is able to scrounge. And...Let's face it, a nerd like him would NOT have survived very long...and...he NEVER picked up any self-defense tricks in the interim ?
4. AND lastly...NO ONE knows what the triangle-eye stands/stood for ? Oh yeah, Nannies killed all the Conspiracy nuts and sci fi fans too...RIIIGHT !
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perfectly said. even if Aaron did survive he would have gotten in shape after all the walking and running he's been doing during the whole show.
I stopped watching the show after like episode 3 of season 2 so I don't know much else about what you said.
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I do love revolution. Miles and Bass are both lovely. It does go off on wee tangents but they can be forgiven and it's fun to watch. Looking forward to the following returning though too.
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what are u talking about? season one was great! I LOVED revolution! I don't think season two should change too much because then Charlie will be some careless slut who doesn't have her same values. and then miles won't seem as though he has a reason to fight. so as long as season two changes in the right places it'll be good! the acting was good to me in season 1, I didn't recognize any fault. I thought it was just a lot of fight for whats right, keep on doing the right thing no matter what kind of thing. I liked that. a lot :D so bring it on season 2! CANT WAIT! <3 ! :D
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Season one was action packed and I loved it, I've never seen a show where the genre was primarily action, gun fights, sword fights, fist fights, helicopters and rocket launchers blowin shit up. Borrowed talent from the likes of LOST, Supernatural, Justified and Breaking Bad, from the creator of Supernatural my favorite show. Good times all around; although I will say that though I loved Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet in Lost she is quite annoyingly flat in this and then it's like the same mannerisms thing haha makes her character feel awkward sometimes.
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if you like action packed shows try watching Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 should be starting soon if it hasn't already.
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No mention to Miles' new haircut?
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Must say that it is pretty funny how many people hated "trudging" through all 22 hours of last season... If you hated it so much, why keep intentionally turning your tv to this channel on a certain day or find it on the internet to watch. You had to deliberately watch the show. If you don like it, don watch it. There are like 800 channels on cable these days...plenty of choices people. I liked Revolution season 1 and season 2 is even better. Don't hate or say its unrealistic. If all the power really did cut off all of the dozens of nuclear plants in America alone would overheat within 3 months after they ran through fail-safe water cooling systems. Boom! end of USA period. No more show.... It's a made up story for entertainment so leave it alone with the "it's not realistic" bs... :)
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Come on it was plain bad, many of us kept watching just to read Tim trashing it afterwards, and in my personal case because i'm a tv junkie and love all things science-fiction and post-apocaliptic.
But it was a terrible season, even without nitpicking all the technical aspects of the absence of energy.
The writing was bad, the characters were awful, and the choices they made were sometimes hilarious and sometimes infuriating.
The season premiere was a step in the right direction though...
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Just got around to watching it. Revolution was my hate watch show last season. Such hate.

This ep was pretty cool. I'm attributing the better-ness to the new writers, I just consider Kripe a disorganized hack and nothing will convince me otherwise (SPN bitterness 4Evah). But good job, gold star, I was entertained. I even felt something other than contempt for Miles and Rachel, then I remembered what a pair of assholes they are and promptly got over it.

I wonder when Steven King is going to file a lawsuit. First the Tower, then Randall, now Stu. Still not as bad as the Neil Gaiman homage on SPN though.
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Stephen King. Good grief.
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I completely agree with Tim's Review.

Best line of the night was Miles to Charlie, "try to keep the stupid to a minimum". Awesome.
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Iron Horse - Crazy Train cover
The opening number sounds similar to this.
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Nutjob Tea Party vibe, huh? You just had to work a political statement into your review, didn't you, Tim?

Well, I can do that too. Hey, what about a "crazy Hope-and-Change vibe"? After all, you know this New American Government is going to be all about quashing individual rights in favor of community organizing and gun seizing.

And, they've apparently been holed up in Cuba, which is about as far from the Tea Party as you can get. Communists all! Next thing you know, Secretary Allerford will be announcing a brand new, totally ineffective, massively over-expensive health care plan!

BECAUSE IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW MY OPINION ON POLITICS, THAT'S WHY.

Sounds pretty stupid, huh? And so did your Tea Party jab.

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The Tea Party are nutjobs. So any reference to them as crazies makes perfect sense.
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I know a lot of Tea Party people. They aren't any nuttier, percentage-wise, than the far-left democrats I know (and I know a lot of them, too), and they're far less violent, believe it or not. They're angry about what our politicians have done, and while I don't agree with everything they say or do, I'm angry with our politicians too. All of them. Aren't you? And if not, why not? What has either major party done so right that you feel you owe them allegiance?

But my main point was that political opinions in a TV review aren't something that readers come here for. It's easy to avoid making politically charged comments, and I wish Tim would refrain from doing it. It reveals things about Tim, not about the show.

And while I understand that a reviewer's personality is tied up in their review somewhat, I'd hate to think that poor Tim's personality involves being a one-sided political hack.
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I really hated on this show for most of season 1, but this was a fairly solid and grungy episode. Will agree in that it almost felt like the mood of Supernatural. Aaron's immortality thing upset me a little but let's see how it is handled. God knows Sam and Dean have died a handful of times so I can't hold that against this show if there's a reason behind it. I'll tune in a couple more times to see if it can keep up this momentum.
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Even the best episode of Revolution season 1 was much worse than the worst episode of.. umm, let's say Supernatural.
So I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I liked this episode. And I don't mean "it's such garbage that it's fun" liked it, but really liked it. *checks if the apocalypse didn't start, better be careful with such statements*
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Instead of writing my own comment I'll just say that for the first time i completely agree with Tim.
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I've always thought the show was pretty good.I have no idea why there are so many haters.
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I agree. I enjoyed season 1. season 2 is no longer my thing though.
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It ended up not being mine either and I regret having ever wasted my time watching the show.I do still like season one better but all and all I wished I had never seen the series.
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the show was'nt as bad as u or anyone else said it was. This episode did get me more excited to see the new mystery of the patriots, war group and the animals
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Yes it's better but at this point I can't seem to care. Curiosity got the better of me to watch this but I doubt it's worth me investing the time in case it eventually becomes high-quality tv.
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Oh, and I still hate Charlie. I hope the actress learns how to do a different facial expression than "deer-in-headlights" SOON. Also, Elizabeth Mitchell is still way too good for this show.

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The first season was so bad I really can't imagine how they could have made it worse. It seems like they've repaired a lot of the big problems of the show but I'm still a bit wary. Some laughable stuff from last season still managed to creep in.

One of my biggest issues is with the diamonds as currency thing. Forget the fact that it really doesn't make sense that people could get their hands on so many loose, cut diamonds. What do they really need them for? It's not like you could buy a big house, a fancy car, or whatever if you had enough diamonds. It would make more sense for them to have some sort of trade system. The "currency" would be small slips of paper that work like IOUs.

Another thing is the guns. I couldn't help scoffing at Fring's big, shiny gun. Where did he get that and why does it look so new?

Finally, the clean-looking leader of the bandit camp/war clan totally reminded me of the Governor from Walking Dead. :p
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I was just thinking about that when I watched latest episode. Monroe just bought some 10 or 15 mercenaries at 30 diamonds each! at least 300 diamonds in cash!
Even in our days, underneath our 'virtual money', there's always Gold as real money. It would be reasonable to go 'back' to Gold. But diamonds? 3 diamonds for a chicken? come on.. Where do all these diamonds come from anyway?
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I am no longer embarrassed to admit I watch this show. The re-imaging of this series was a brilliant and so far (it's early so we NEVER know) successful move on Kripke's part. If only Falling Skies and Under the Dome would follow suit ......
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Stopped watching Revolution after episode 5......but I'm thinking I might actually try it again...
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Whats this Thing? Where is the Show we loved to Hate ? Why nobody Punched Charlie ? Aaron got balls and fighting skills? Ahhhhh Come ooooon give us the stupidity back!!!
P.S. : This mean that Aaron is a FireFly Zombie ? Thats somehow cool... I think
P.S.2: I Admit it , i have the hots for the new Dirty and Slutty Charlie, if she only got just a little punch on the face....
P.S.3 : Miles seems that he lost his touch. He was overcomed by a measly 20 enemies . Season 1 Miles would had them for breakfast
P.S.4: A much wiser option than XBOX ONE :P
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lets just say season 2 > season 1
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no, at least for me... I'm done with revolution.
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Call me crazy, I actually enjoyed the last quarter of Revolution S1, and this was one of the best premieres I've seen in a while - I'm EXITED!

In my opinion this show has potential as it basically fixed some very very stupid behavior/mistakes seen in the first season - I can't say the same thing for Under The Dome...
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who knows, maybe under the dome will do a total revamp next summer... although i think their problems also go to really bad actors, which I don't know how they could fix...
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What the hell.. Where's all the stupidity that made this show good.
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You have to watch the episode with your brain. Try again, the universe is still in balance. But if you need further proof...keep watching ;)
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Look they did some great things in this premier: 1) reduced Charlie's dialogue to what 12-20 lines tops; 2) reduced Rachel's dialogue to about the same; 3) put in a new Suit Wearing Evil Villain Titus implied that yet another Suit Wearing Evil Villain in our future "POTUS"; 4) Turn Off the Power again (reason unknown) and implied that some how the Amplifiers and Pendants are broken-- why? Because it is cool to be in the dark; 5) Played all that really cool acoustic garage band Rock Cover Album stuff; 6) Made sure that Rachel & Co. didn't die in the Tower after Tom wanted them so very very dead even before he knew they helped indirectly to turn his wife into Strontium 90 and Cesium 131 related thermonuclear ash by products; 7) Had all those really nifty swords fight scenes back again; 8) Brought out the sheriff of Mulberry; 9) Once again they found a long lost family member in no time (Rachel's' father); 10) Made them look really dirty for what about 10 seconds; and finally 11) Total brought the fact that Nanobots are evolving into a new and really cool species of "self-aware machines" that will save humanity from themselves starting with saving Aaron from Death! You know that last one is the best really because now we have one question can only die again?
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I'm not saying it wasn't without flaws but compared to last seasons piece of shit this is like a.. gold.. covered.. piece.. of.. shit.. It's better is what I'm saying.
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giancarlo's face says enough for me to start watching this again. i called it quits after the 4th episode of season 1 and from reading the reviews of later episodes it kept going downhill from there.
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Some words about Aaron: I think that killing Aaron in this episode was a wink to the critic comments this character received so far the viewers. People wanted him dead, there you go! He died! Now... nobody said anything about not resurrecting him... right? :o)

There was this conversation with the girlfriend about him being sweet and that being a rare commodity. Nobody has appreciated his sweetness among the viewers, it seems. So given he just died and resurrected after that conversation, I take it he's not going to be THE SAME when he wakes up! - Who is Aaron going to be going forward?? :)
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So when the idiot finally adds two and two to get four, do we start applauding? The show is only better because Gustavo Fring has a stubby beard. Otherwise, I see no important or fundamental differences between the two seasons. Most notably, Charlie's dumb half-raised eyebrow face is still dumb. She is so unbelievably unnecessary. Why not kill her off? Also, who the hell, 6 months after two nuclear bombs go off, is playing a rendition of Tom Sawyer? I get that Kripke has a love of rock music, but really? I would have accepted Blue Oyster Cult.

What I do respect, however, is the creative team's acknowledgement of their first season screw-ups. O, the validation! Sweet, ripe vindication.

Here's to another season of hate-watching terrible television! Now all we need is for The Following to start!

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i also liked that one scene with they guy luring people into a tent to see reenactments of the show Friends with the last surviving friend David Schwimmer. Way to go writers for making the future something that is rooted to the prezent, i mean past, plus that guy? is the last friend alive? not Joey?
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When I began watching, I thought "President Hathaway? So Rachel is the president's daughter? But wait a minute wasn't he killed by Lourdes?" Then I realized I was having Falling Skies flashbacks. Speaking of which, now Revolution has a Tom and a Mason. But does Sheriff mason have the same awesome masonness?

I don't know why the surprise about Aaron's resurrection. After all, didn't the nanites cure Rachel's exposed fracture in, what, five seconds? OK, so that glowing pill was necessary, now I remember. So, probably Rachel used it in Arron.

I had mixed feelings about Aaron's death. I wanted First season Aaron to die, but second season Aaron was fighting and defending his girl, so he was starting to look cool. I imagine the disappointment expression on the face of Revo-haters with his resurrection.

As for the "patriots", let's see, i think they are mischievous, unreliable, liars, manipulative, and responsible for countless deaths. In other words, typical American government, so, yeah, I think their president is the real deal.

There were quite a few things that bothered me in Revolution. I guess the worst was the caricature thugs of the Monroe Militia, and the way Monroe would kill people for no reason. But all things considered, Revolution had a certain innocence it seems to have lost. While it improved in some aspects, it's beginning to look more and more like other post-apocalyptic shows I've already seen. I'm not sure this is good. Still, I'm interested in what happens next.
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you know the world is gone to hell when the only tv entertainement left is David Schwimmer from Friends, ugh.. I'd rather go see the fight club its less painful lol
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I'm cautiously optimistic.

IDK, but for some reason Tim, whilst reading your review comments on S01, I had a sudden vision of the cast of Revolution reenacting The Wizard of Oz, with Charlie as the Scarecrow, Miles as the Tinman and Aaron as the Cowardly Lion, following Rachel to the Tower as Dorothy. The Oz theme dynamics really fit all of S01 if you think on it a moment.

Now that Charlie is Slutty Spice I'll have to pay attention to what classic tale they borrow from this season. Perhaps Rachel reveals that Miles is Charlie's bio-daddy after Miles finds himself a new squeeze then Rachel kills Charlie ala Medea? Too Greek tragedy? You're probably right, but I'd vote for the Odyssey as totally plausible. What about Neville is murdered by his wife's new hubby and Jason plots revenge ala Hamlet? Too Kenneth Branagh? (As if that is even possible) Ok, so maybe Othello would work just as well. Half the cast dies is a fiery plane crash ala Grey's Anatomy? I'd rather see them take on Scandal with the mysterious new old POTUS.

I'm open to suggestions y'all.
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This isn't the first time Miles has called himself 'Stu.' In Season 1, he introduced himself and Charlie to some strangers as 'Stu Redman' and 'Franny' - an allusion to Stephen King's 'heroes' of The Stand. Check it out on Netflix - episode 6 or 7.
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Hey Tim! Let me guess: You wrote this review while rewatching the premiere of NCIS: POI...;)
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so re runs of friends are still on after all that time, way to flog a dead horse ross
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Lookin' good for now. But I said the same thing about the midseason premiere earlier this year, so you're still on probation, show.
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Yes, to this review, Tim. Just yes.

  • I don't understand how they did it. I had every intention of not watching Revolution again. I mean, I hate watched it all season last season, I really did, and every time I decided I wasn't going to tune in again, something brought me back. Now, now I don't know if I can stop watching it, after that premiere, and I don't know how I feel about that.
  • Nora is gone. I'm okay with that. Clearly they trimmed the fat a bit and it was never more apparent of how much they needed to do that, as it was, seeing how awesome the show is now that there are fewer characters.
  • Charlie...I can't believe I'm about to say this. Charlie actually isn't annoying. I liked this version of Charlie. This version of her is believable. She felt authentic as a character. I wasn't rooting for wild banshees to appear and tear her apart. Okay, that was harsh, but I'm just saying. I think she needs the separation from the others. In the short amount of time that we seen her, she seemed more mature and grittier. She seemed like the character they tried to convince us that she was last season, but we just couldn't buy it. Maybe the actress has found a way to pull this character off now. Boozing it up and sleeping around with strangers and on a path of vengeance, she's finally coming across as the mini-Miles that they were trying to do last season but failed at doing miserably.
  • Not only did they cut out physical characters but they cut out the ghost of previous ones and it was much needed. Miles' brother and nephew had this heavy presence that was hard to connect with long after they were gone, all last season. Now, as horrible as it sounds, I'm grateful that Rachel isn't mentioning them all the time, or letting just the memory of them weigh her down and affect her character. Instead, she's a woman who's fragile and a little broken after the nuke thing. Understandably so. She feels like a new character, and I appreciate that, because as crazy as most people are for Elizabeth Mitchell, Rachel kept coming across as a repeat of her character on Lost or something. I like the connection she has with Miles in the premiere, the history that you can really feel between them, and I love the addition of Stephen Collins as her father. It's a breath of fresh air.
  • I agree with this review. The show finally looks and feels like a post-apocalyptic show. The suffering, the danger, the despair...all of it is so visceral, so much more compelling to watch than the campiness of the first season. Everyone is on an equal playing field now. The aristocratic vibes of the big cities from last season are gone...there is just dust and destruction everywhere. It finally feels real. All the things that could and would happen in a post-apocalyptic world with no structure is happening. The war clans, and scavengers, just all of it. Last season watching them travel on foot through various towns had me feeling like modern day folks were suddenly dropped onto a Xena Warrior Princess set or something.
  • -I love that Monroe is in hiding and using a fake identity. The bar brawling for money and keeping a low profile This works for him. He was never really believable as this ultimate villain and his attempts at running a militia were comical at best. He never came across as an honest to God threat. Now, I'm actually looking forward to a reluctant alliance being forged between him and Charlie. That could be beyond interesting to see, and I feel like they may be heading in that direction.
  • -If you would have asked me a year ago if Aaron would make it to season two I would have laughed. Jokes on me. I spent a whole season just waiting for him to die, because it made sense. I mean, it's Aaron. Half the time he was a liability. He couldn't wield a crossbow, a sword, a staff. He couldn't run,he was whiny, I mean this guy was never cut out to be amongst a group of folks trying to get the power on and save the world. I was surprised that he had made it to the premiere. Even more surprised that he got himself a girl. I chuckled over the prospect of him getting laid, just because that never works out well for the geeks...clearly imminent danger and a promise of sex meant he was going to die, obviously Then he did, and I sighed a little bit, because it was coming for a while now. Then his eyes open and he gasped and I may have uttered my version of obscenities, fell off the couch, and resigned myself to another freaking season of Revolution.
  • Neville is awesome and his son finally grew a pair. Fantastic. The Tea Party came in the form of the US govt who were conveniently gone for fifteen and a half years of militias running ish and pandemonium chaos, and insanity. They missed all that suffering and showed up when all the bad stuff appeared to be gone. Now they are the big badbecause ..obviously. They played up the politician stuff to perfection, with accolades given to the people, and hats off to the Rebels/Patriots. Um, no. I'm with Neville. I don't trust any of them, but if they gave Neville a purpose to be the badass mofo that he is, than bring it freaking on.
  • -Curse you Revolution. Curse you for dragging me back in and shocking the hell out of me with the potential for awesome. Gobsmacked!
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I told you, you'd be back.
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*sigh* I should have listened.
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Dude, it is all a slight of hand trick... This series hasn't changed at all. The only thing they did was just a) not mention things, b) add more mystery for mystery's sake, and c) just play down other problems. But under surface all the stupid stuff still exists.
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Dudette, babe. Eh, I like a good magic trick. ;)
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Be one with the DUDE... Dudeness is transgender! Just ask the Dude himself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oLE0GUtOWs
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Love the direction that this show is going, but damn when Neville was shaving dry like that I think he gave my face razor bumps ouch.
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Now I'm gonna watch it!
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I didn't expect Aaron to be killed off... and then I sure as hell didn't expect him to ressurect. wtf?!
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The Neville's were in a Savanah, Georgia refugee camp.His wife was in Atlanta when the bombs went off.
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Obviously Aaron is the monarch
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Rachel has this super healing capsule in her knee. I think she probably took it out and used it to heal Aaron.
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How did she do that without removing her own leg to get the imbedded capsule in the bone?
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NO-- Aaron is the CHOSEN ONE! You know the Electromagnetic Spectrum's very own Sub Atomic Quark Loving Nerd Messiah!
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I stopped watching Revolution around 1x12... would I miss anything if I just continue with season 2?
I wanted to catch up forever, but I don't think I'll make it if I have to sit through another few boring episodes... Any suggestions?
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It never gets less boring. Even the last two eps are pretty terrible, but you should be able to tolerate them. Just don't put yourself through all ten or whatever. No one deserves that kind of torture.
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You will be a little confused if you don't watch the other episodes but don't worry the other episodes are pretty good!
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The comedy is great because it is pure!
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Seriously, what was up with Mile's bloody shack business? Was he killing a murderer for whatever reason? Does he have an obsession with setting innocent shacks on fire? Does he feel bad afterwards?
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Sat down and binged/watched S1 b4 S2 premiere. Am enjoying the Tracy/Charlie transition (how many people has she killed anyway?). I like the direction S2 is taking so I will be mindlessly watching it.
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WHo were the musicians playing "Crazy train" on Revolution 2:1?
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That song was the best thing about the episode.
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I just have to comment on Criminal Minds which is just getting worse by each passing episode. Who comes up with the bad stories? I have tried to keep watching but now Im done.
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