Revolution

Season 2 Episode 5

One Riot, One Ranger

18
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2013 on NBC
8.8
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Texas Ranger John Fry comes to town who may be the only man capable of taking down The Patriots.

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  • About time the writers realized the representatives of the USG have to be the bad guys!

    8.0
    Thank god the writers for Revolution have finally figured out the political message they should be conveying. Namely, that the USG is the bad guy. This is the reality, and this should also be the fiction.

    During Season 1, series creator Eric Kripke and the writers couldn't quite make up their mind who they wanted the bad guys to be. Out of left liberal Political Correctness they tentatively made the militias the bad guys.

    Bad call. Very bad call.

    Fortunately they reversed themselves toward the end of Season 1, when the USG carried out a Boston Bomb style false flag operation in which it nuked Atlanta and Philadelphia.

    The writers saw the light by Episodes 1 through 5 of Season 2.

    Assuming this is not a red herring, this reversal was absolutely the right move. Had the writers not done this, Revolution would no longer be worth watching. It would be little more than US government propaganda.moreless
  • Got to love Monroe!

    9.0
    Monroe's back, and no ones happy to see him! he's still evil and sneaky and this time his evil sneakiness may just save them all!
  • Don't Mess With Texas or Aaron!

    9.0
    Revolution has settled into an improved neo-western version of itself. The lawlessness is like a blanket covering everything. Miles and company, which by the way now includes Monroe, simply can't trust anyone. Surrounded by the mysterious so-called United States government troops, Miles and Rachel are ham stringed as to how they can fight this shadow government. Well, they have something unexplainable in Aaron. Aaron can see bad things, as well as react to anger, to which he just, sort of, wills a positive outcome. Only Aaron is overwhelmed and plain scared that this power kills to which his conscience is against. Rachel attempts to reason with Aaron that this power has only killed people who seek to harm those who Aaron is connected to by trust and love. Yet, Aaron remains deeply conflicted even while Rachel brings him back into the fold. A ray of light comes when The Texas Rangers appear to contest The US forces in their sovereign state. As expected, the US isn't about to go quietly so "Ranger John" is just trying to feel them out as to their intentions. While he detests their commanding officer he decides there isn't any proof they are subversive. Miles, having a checkered past with Ranger John, gambles on a meeting to prove The US Government is actually anything but. When the plan goes sideways Monroe does what his cold nature has always allowed him to do: kill an innocent for the greater good. Monroe shots Ranger John in order to pin his assassination on The US Forces. It's a telling thing regarding the brittle partnership of Miles and Monroe even though, admittedly, it will likely work. The question of what exactly is the greater evil and if Monroe can be trusted looms large. This is inspired writing because Monroe is a detestable character and this is not unlike a Faustian bargain.



    Thus, Miles & company are heading for a showdown with The US Forces and, hopefully, The Texas Rangers are going to sign-on to keep their territory. Aaron is going to have to "man up" and be the secret weapon he's capable of. While all this is going on Tom has his own path toward the same agenda hit a snag. The acting lady leader is not clearly what she appears as the most radical of her own attempts her assassination. Tom decides still to save her for his son's sake yet it isn't clear if she can even be trusted to that end.



    This was a solid episode, a western at heart yet in the bleak latter-day aftermath of a shadow government's nuclear holocaust created to keep the power off. The struggle of Miles & company has never been grittier or more interesting. Revolution has found it's footing with a good sci-fi post apocalypse wild west backdrop.moreless
  • Revolution.

    9.5
    As for Aaron having these premonitions, its not the nanotech's, its the fire flies that has given him this power which isn't a bad thing to have and he shouldn't keep beating himself up about it. As for Charlie and Monroe coming back and all fighting for the same cause against the Patriots is a good thing and as for what Monroe did by killing John the Texas Ranger, it was the only way to bring the Rangers into the war, by blaming the Patriots. Now for Justine telling Neville that she wrote a letter to high command to send only the healthy and the young to another camp, a reprogramming center, Really Justine. You protested about this (yeah right). So of course she sent Neville's son there for blackmail so he wouldn't leave her there to die, I am glad you got shot Justine only because you deserve everything you get and I hope that bullet wound hurts like hell. Another Fantastic Episode. Thumbs Up NBC. Damn I Love This Show.moreless
  • Great!

    10
    Revolution is getting better and better and this was definitely the best episode of the season so far! Characters are reunited as the story goes on and our main characters attempt to trigger a war by siding with the Texans.



    It was very interesting to see the reactions to Charlie's return to Texas, as well as Monroe's sudden appearance. Very mixed reactions for sure!



    Meanwhile we had some really intersting developments with Neville and that US lady in Georgia. It feels like the story is very much moving forwards now.



    Cannot wait for next week!moreless
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Carl

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Barry Tubb

Barry Tubb

Malcolm Dove

Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

John Franklin Fry

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Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins

Dr. Gene Porter

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Jessica Collins (II)

Jessica Collins (II)

Cynthia

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Steven Culp

Steven Culp

Edward Truman

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