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Revolution S02E12: "Captain Trips"

Unlike Revolution, I'm going to make this quick. Since returning from break, Revolution has been more of an endurance test than a sci-fi drama, and after "Captain Trips," I don't think I'm going to make it. Go on without me! Save yourself! Just leave me here to die of boredom. The last three episodes have been SLOW. Like, Mad Men is riding up on Revolution's bumper and honking its horn. Treme is doing laps around Revolution right now. And to boot, both Mad Men and Treme are more uplifting. Would it be so wrong for Miles or Rachel or Charlie to experience something good for a change? Must everything single storyline be a depressing loop of getting captured, escaping, having some plans foiled, and arguing with family? Thank God there's no electricity in this post-apocalyptic world, because the first thing I'd do if my life was any of these people's would be to take a bath with a plugged-in toaster. 

At least we found out about those oranges, eh? The Patriots were injecting those Floridian sweets with a special designer strain of typhus that was just as potent as plain-old typhus but didn't have any of the contagious properties. (Apparently electricity isn't necessary to alter the properties of bacterial infections.) Why? So the Patriots could selectively infect segments of the population to kill off under the guise of a regular outbreak. It's cleansing time! Out with the people suffering from bipolar disorder! Are you an alcoholic? Typhus for you! Hey you with the lazy eye: *shoves an orange down his throat* Get outta here, lazy eye! This purification adds a bit of disturbing Naziism to the bad guys, which is alright by me, but I'm having a hard time caring about the residents of Willoughby in the first place. They seem like such a pain to look after. Do we even know any of the town residents anymore, or are they all just anonymous and helpless drones? 

Anyway, Gene got sick. I didn't see him eat an orange, though. And Miles and Monroe captured Truman and gave him typhus in order to weed out a cure from him, which was awesome. I like seeing this kind of ruthless craftiness from these lovable scoundrels. Well done, guys! Circumstances dictated that Connor would be the one to escort Truman to the whereabouts of the antidote, making it lil' Monroe's first big job for the good guys. And you know what? He did great! He was appropriately assholish for a young kid, evoking his daddy's best qualities. It's just too bad he didn't see that ambush at the end coming, so now we have another member of the gang captured. I can't think of a better way to initiate a new person into the group.


The Nevilles were still stuck in this continuous toilet drain of whatever was happening in Washington. Jason's captured, so Tom and Julia plotted and schemed to get him out. The stall tactic for the writers this week was an excruciating scene where Julia tried to squeeze Jason's whereabouts from Doyle via a barrage of obviously probing questions while Doyle sucked on Julia's neck. I'm pretty sure you could watch the first five minutes of each episode and the last five minutes of each episode and not miss a thing with this unnecessarily bloated series. Julia's seduction tactics failed, and Ma and Pa Neville tried a more straightforward approach by planned an ambush for Doyle, only to be out-ambushed themselves. See, Doyle had a tail on Julia all along because Tom and Julia were really terrible at keeping their secret on the down low. Now they're both... wait for it... captured! 

Aaron, meanwhile, continued to get jerked around by this all-seeing Nanotech. The mini-bots manifested themselves into the visage of Cynthia, which was totally mean, and told Aaron to go to Lubbock where he'll find all the answers he's looking for (yeah right). If he doesn't, he'll be in danger! Hey Nanotech, how about putting together a more efficient itinerary for Aaron? What is this, a walking tour of haunted ghost towns in Texas? Aaron's story did have the most interesting development in the episode, though. Priscilla showed a bunch of resistance (prolly cuz she jelly of Nanotech Cynthia) to going to Lubbock, and when she attempted to leave, the Nanos felled a tree in her path, their way of saying, "How about no." The implication here is that Priscilla really doesn't have a choice in the matter, and the Nanos will terraform all of the Lone Star State into a funnel to Lubbock if need be. Now THAT is interesting. 



POWER LINES

– The promo for next week looks... good? It seems lots of people will be coming together, with a reunion for Miles, Monroe, and Neville! Finally. There will be sex! There will be fights! There will be faith healers! 

– Way to sneak into that heavily guarded quarantine camp by stealthily joining that group that was walking in, Rachel. And way to communicate with Miles and Monroe with secret notes hidden under rocks. Ugh.

– Flashbacks this week highlighted the Nevilles' post-blackout plight and how they learned to work together to survive. It still didn't seem necessary, however. This show just does not know how to use flashbacks for anything other than stretching out an episode to 44 minutes.

– I think it wasn't until about halfway through the episode that Charlie finally had a line of dialogue, despite being prominently featured in the first half. 



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AIRED ON 5/21/2014

Season 2 : Episode 22

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We love revolution please do not cancel it we agree with alcalde please keep this show! ! Gloria
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&Must; everything single storyline be a depressing loop of getting captured,
&escaping;, having some plans foiled, and arguing with family?

I don't know how Tim would handle recapping Supernatural! :-)

I completely agreed with him about Season 1, but I am in complete disagreement in regards to this season. This episode was one of the best yet! While I saw the orange thing coming, I certainly didn't see a eugenics cleansing! If they're trying to make me completely revile the Patriots, they've succeeded. And Tom getting captured was another thing I didn't anticipate, but I can't help but wonder whether it was an act and Tom's wife sold him out.

Great episode, multiple twists, and some nice cliffhangers. What more did Tim want? I'm on the edge of my seat now wanting to 1) learn the whole evil plan of the Patriots, 2) hating the Patriots with a passion and wanting to see them brought down, 3) more and more curious as to what the nanites are up to and who Aaron and Priscilla were in danger from if not them.
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“I think it wasn't until about halfway through the episode that Charlie finally had a line of dialogue, despite being prominently featured in the first half.”

To use one of my favourite movie quotes:
“Do you expect her to talk?”
“No Mr. Surette, I expect her to die...”

Nah, just kidding. All I want to see is her getting punched and her failing in keeping her stupid to a minimum. ;-)
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For all the talk Kripke did before seaon two, he sure didn't see a major problem coming: the single worst thing the writers could do was remove the electricity mystery/supernatural plot, namely Aaron, from the Matheson gang and isolate it because in doing so they painfully revealed how little I care about the latter.

How are we supposed to be drawn to this show when the one interesting thing about it gets 5 minutes of screen time wholly disconnected from the "main" plot? There are and have been plenty of shows with a post-apocalyptic setting. This doesn't stand out for Revolution. They are completely neglecting their only strong feature (forgetting for a second that everything else on this show is shitty and even not neglecting the Aaron plot would only make this show incrementally better).
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I actually like Revolution and look forward to it,I am especially looking forward to next weeks show.Looks like there will be action of one kind or another or maybe both if we are all lucky.
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I admit I have a habit of reading Tim’s ‘oozing-dripping in vitriolic cynicism’ reviews after every episode of Revolution, I also fully realise that he probably types whilst watching the episode, thinking for a ‘just please punch Charlie’ or ‘Munro S1 was a Dictator always looking like he was about to weep’ line. For example, his review of ‘Three Amigos’ *completely* missed out on the fact that the patriots were causing the typhus outbreak (if the new ‘orders’ from the President forcing his underlings to tremble and reach for the hooch weren’t enough, we blatantly saw a Patriot sequence with masked men injecting the oranges! And Tim writes something about Revolution thieving the narrative from the Walking Dead. I agree that for much of season 1 the show was finding it’s feet and it still is, thank God the network is giving it some life space to deliver an excellent rather than ‘good’ season (anyone recall ‘Lost season 2? The Tail Section narrative that was scrapped essentially?)


This season I feel Revolution is building towards something and admittedly the episodes often leave the viewers with more questions than answers on many an occasion. The acting is top notch, obviously Giancarlo Esposito and Elizabeth Mitchell but also Zak Orth’s Aaron who is on essentially a one way ride through the looking glass with spikes, and Tracy Spiridakos, a character who has slowly evolved into a killer by trade.


Let this show grow and breathe and even the ‘haters-for-the-sake-of-it’ may turnaround. I just hope we get a season 3!!!


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Matt. far cry from your Will be Blood review! I'm with ya. That grit, and fire of that whole Charlie-Bass thing, has like faded, they had a good thing, the badassery. not sure where that went. it's like a diff show. But whenever they pair those two up, it gets back to that. Fall finale was great of them. Even with Miles with them, is good, but everybody else is flat. Everybody. The kid is good, he could be the 4rth wheel, his inmaturity is interesting. Charlie will eat him.
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What happened to all those devices that can disable nearby nanites for a while? Are they all gone? If there are some left, where are they?
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I loved the look Monroe gave Miles with the amount of noise made trying to break into the "secure" town...hilarious! Of course it didn't matter a lick since not only are Revolutions baddies idiots and terrible shots, they're deaf.

A genetically engineered strain of Typhus created in a lab circa 1840 diagnosed by Rachel with even less equipment? Really? I'm no bio chemist or molecular biologist...though last I checked, neither was Rachel. Maybe we'll just give her one of those degrees to go along with her various PhDs in multiple branches of engineering. But she was able to see a chemical tag on a cell through an ancient microscope without a light source, huh? The "medical" side of what this show expects fans to accept might be the most laughable of all.

Oh, we're going to take on the whole God/religion/faith subject next week...that should be fun. No, really...it should.

But wait...so Tom meets back up with Miles? I guess that confirms yet another ridiculous escape cause last we saw of Tom, he was being dragged off by 4 guys in the heart of Patriot country. Ugh. "Take a good look because you'll never see each other again"...has this dude not been paying attention to the show. Regardless of how they're imprisoned and living in a country almost 10,000,000 sq/km with no means of communication or GPS (or maps from what I've seen)...folks meet up all the time. Those two crazy kids will be hooked back up before long.
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Favorite part of review: So now we have another member of the gang captured. I can't think of a better way to initiate a new person into the group.

You can't be on this show even 10 minutes without being captured, so welcome to the group Conner. I wonder how many other people will be captured trying to rescue him? I'll bet that they can do the whole rest of the season with Aaron & Cynthia captured by the Nanos, Connor and his rescue party captured by the Patriots, and last and least Tom, Julia and Jason Neville also captured too. Oh God, just give me an orange please! My deja vu has OCD'ed itself to death now. Thanks Revolution!
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Betcha that one firefly that appeared in this episode is nicknamed Serenity.
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It was good not great but good, however next week looks great I was waiting for Charlie and Conner to meet and i get my wish next episode. I swear Rachel is miles blind spot his brain goes stupid when he's with her she needs to die so miles can get back to killing with Bas and Conner and Charlie can join them it will be one big brooding killer kick ass disjunction family.
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Rachel is the most badass of all! She's the Angel Of Death. First she plunges the entire world into darkness, possibly wiping out billions. Then she starts selling people out and stabbing them to get her son back. Finally she tries to get the power back on which results in two cities being destroyed in nuclear fire and the unleashing of the Patriots upon the continent! If this show lasts two more seasons she may succeed in wiping out the rest of humanity.
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Ha ha I've never thought about it like that.
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So glad I am not the only one who feels that Rachel just needs to go so we get "our" badass Miles back lol
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Last week is dishes this series, while i actually like watching it...
I said it had nothing to do with the whole lights has gone storyline...(still a bit feel that way).... but this weeks episode was great.
I like seen Tom, just after the blackout, still a normal guy, before he became the men he is now....that was fun.
First the whole Tyfus idea was in my opinion so stupid...but now this weeks episode explained it all and even tried to stop it...so it was cool.
I still don't get the whole Aaron storyline dough...him with the Nano's...what is their ultimate purpose...???
Liked how they stopped his ex with the tree...
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It might have been my last episode....There is so many other shows to watch
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I finally hit the "cancel recording" button, I'll miss Monroe murdering people (or watching his son do so) and smiling creepily about it though.
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Still not watching the show, but still reading the reviews every once in a while. Between hatewatching and LOLreading, I think I made the right choice.
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Having read the review, I'm wondering whether anyone thinks that this weeks episode actually revealed any information that linked the source of the Typhus outbreak with the oranges?
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No.
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Yes.
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Revolution reminds me of classic 80's TV. It required little thought, and gives you small doses of cliche action. The only things Revolution lack are a brat kid (nano tech?), or bad guy special guest star, ie Michael Ironside or James Hong.

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I was looking for a phrase to describe Revolution and capture my confusion that Tim complains about fights, captures and escapes every week. You found it for me - "classic 80s TV"! Thank you! I wonder how Tim would recap SeaQuest DSV....
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This episode should have been called "Where we all get captured" (again, and again, and again)
Still, I prefer dark, slow with little dialogues and no action in season 2 than light, stupid monologues, speeches and dialogs with some non sense action in the first season. Though the swords fights were better in season 1 (no swords fights in season 2). One thing: The Nevilles should never, ever, consider serious to be con artist. They really suck.
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"(Apparently electricity isn't necessary to alter the properties of bacterial infections.) "
-At this point I'm assuming that they already had this synthesized virus before the blackout occurred because it's already been said that the whole blackout was done on purpose by someone in the former government, most likely to do exactly what they are doing now, cleanse the country and start fresh with mind altered citizens programmed to believe whatever they want. It's a politician's wet dream!
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I think you see the big picture that Tim doesn't. Even Charlie should be able to start putting together the depths of the evil we're facing in the Patriots by now....
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First episodes of season 2. where did you go? We want you back.
Sincerley, people still watching Revolution.
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-Is it just me or was it not really obvious from the start of this that the patriots were behind the "outbreak"? Come on people, half of you are suppose to be some kind of genius scientists!

-The preview for next week was more exciting than the whole episode before it.

- Dear NBC, How am I suppose to know how I feel about Charloe/Marlie if they are never together anymore?!
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It was obvious to us since we had seen them inject something into the oranges. I don't think it would have been obvious to the characters. And they discovered it very quickly, so I can't say that they were too stupid this time.
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I set a record. Deleted in 8 minutes off DVR. Kripke - you really SHOULD have quit after 5 seasons of Supernatural. This is wretched. Is the real Kripke being held captive somewhere?
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I kept having to pause to yell expletives at the screen. The level of idiocy in this show is beyond laughable now. It's gotten to the point where I want every character to eat those oranges, die, and the show to end. Jeez, even Hostages was better than this crap, and Hostages was seriously dull. And that promo... 2 seconds of footage that are REMOTELY related to ANYTHING we saw in this episode. Just ARGH.
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"Since returning from break, Revolution has been more of an endurance test than a sci-fi drama, [...] The last three episodes have been SLOW."

This is what I was thinking too. Aaron's arc is the worst. I mean not the worst, but the one where the slowness is the most annoying. They're even using nonsense tropes like "your questions will be answered in Lubbock" to avoid answering them now.

Aaron's ex-wife is an idiot. If you're one of only two or three people in the world who has a connection to the omniscient nanite hive mind, you don't try to give it up. Of course Aaron did the same recently, so he's an idiot too. But at least he's doing the only thing that makes sense now.
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Okay, I give up. I tried to somewhat defend the show after the last episode, but I can't do it anymore. The past few episodes were like they came from the season 1 writers. Is it possible they left some - terrible - material around, which is being recycled? All the idiotic things came back from season 1. Why does it have to be modified typhus??? Let's just assume for a second that they had a bunch of samples lying around, and somehow they managed to keep it alive for whatever time period without electricity. So they had a few vials, or whatever. How the hell do they make enough now to start a population "cleansing"? I'm not a biologist, so I'm seriously asking if anybody knows, if it's even a little plausible. Again, I'm not an expert, so my next question is also to people, who are: is it possible to actually see typhus on a pre-electricity microscope, let alone tell it is modified? Especially keeping in mind that as far as I can remember "Juliet" is not a medical doctor (maybe, she is, I honestly don't remember, because that's how interesting the character backstories were in season 1).
And even if all of the above is plausible, why the hell are they using oranges??? Seriously. "We don't like you, so here is an infected orange. Eat it, and die. We like you, so you get a healthy one. I just hope I didn't get them mixed up. oranges all look alike, you know". Is that the logic?
And I don't even want to start on the capturing (as mentioned in the above review). Everyone is in trouble again, what a cliffhanger. I'm seriously starting to root for the bad guys to successfully kill at least one of them finally. But unfortunately the bad guys are as incompetent as the writers, so they will never succeed :D
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Typhus is commonly spread as a result of poor hygiene habits with feces and urine via food. So the patriots mimicked this by using oranges. As its not natural, then that is probably why Gene comments that it's not spreading as it should i.e. the specific cases Rachel identified. The test that Rachel did was for proteins associated with the presence of typhus and not Typhus itself which is maybe why she could replicate a simple test in those environments. Hope this helps. As for whether the disease could be easily replicated, this depends on what, as yet unrevealed, facilities the Patriots have.
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Hate to be a nit-picker, but Typhus is spread by lice. (Get it? ha ha ha)

Typhoid Fever(as in Typhoid Mary) is spread by fecal contamination of water or person-to-person contact after not washing hands, poor hygiene, etc..

These are two different syndromes caused by totally different kinds of bacteria.

Having been a microbiology major, I question deeply the ability of anyone being able to immediately identify proteins produced via recombinant DNA technique- especially without the proper reagents and enzymes and especially without having to culture the bacteria(grow a condensed sample of the bacteria, which even now usually takes more than a few minutes, at least). There are rapid tests for types bacteria these days but those would not likely be available(would expire and would likely be impossible to manufacture without electricity) and they are inaccurate even in the best circumstances. Some bacteria, with proper staining, can be roughly identified under a microscope with good magnification(can't even imagine what you could see via candlelight) but proteins are not generally visible under a microscope. The only way I could imagine actually 'seeing' that the bacteria were engineered would be if whoever made it had inserted plasmids that cause the bacteria to secrete stuff that either fluoresces or glows in the dark (would need a black light for the first).

But... this is REVOLUTION!-Universe of Dubious Science!
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This was a crazy good episode which ended in a few cliffhangers that caused me to swear at my tv when the closing credits came on.

Tom and Julia's story for the first time really interested me. After seeing how they had to adapt two years after the blackout, I finally understood their relationship and saw just how good of a team they make. Unfortunately, I think Julia isn't long for that world and I won't be shocked if she gets killed off next episode, especially considering the actress is likely leaving to film the new season of 24. I wonder if Jason will survive--his character has become rather expendable at this point.

I doubt Conner will die but I think that Gene is toast. If Gene doesn't die now, I suspect he'll bite the dust by season's end.

I was a tad disappointed Charlie and Conner didnt meet. I waited all episode for that. I'm a Charlie/Monroe shipper all the way but oddly I am intrigued by a potential relationship between Charlie and Conner. Speaking of Conner, I am thinking Monroe was manipulating him when he talked to him in the room alone about Miles--I don't buy his thirst for power for a second. I believe Monroe has changed but because he wants to keep Conner with him he is using his talent of manipulation quite well.

And then there's Aaron. I care very little for that storyline. The whole nanos as god concept is a little too out there for me to truly connect with.

This was one of the series' best episodes and cannot wait to see the next one.
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&but; oddly I am intrigued by a potential relationship between Charlie and Conner.

That will make for the most awkward Thanksgiving dinners ever.
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Charlie/Conner ugh NO. There can be only one monroe in charlie's life and his name is Sebastian.
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That's the thing with morality and American television. You can show muder and torture, but an older man dating a girl "barely in her teens" or something, that's a big no-no. So they got her a psycho of a proper age.
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&So; they got her a psycho of a proper age.

:-) :-) :-)
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I mean barely past her teen years.
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I thought we'd all be on the same page about the oranges by now.....oh well! I'm glad the reveal about the Patriot's dastardly, scheme came to light so quickly but I was'nt expecting it to be as sinister as a Nazi-like plot to cull vulnerable people. Ugh!.............Vile!!!!!!!! Can't imagine what Aaron and Priscilla will find at their destination but any chance Aaron had to play Daddy and control these nanites evaporated when he rejected them.
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The typhus was in the oranges
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Think so too, but how did they know which oranges had the typhus?
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I think the Patriots put the antidotes in the oranges and handed them out to those they didn't want dead.
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Interesting twist. Never thought of that! It still begs the question though, of what was their original mode transmission?
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