Revolution – “Ghosts”, or Crossbows, Flash Drives, Swords and Machine Guns #revolution

“Ghosts”

Revolution for me is generally the equivalent of theme week on a singing show, only instead of bad versions of Bon Jovi, Motown or classic rock songs, it’s always the scumbags-being-murdered-in-gruesome-ways theme week! So far in 11 episodes, we’ve had branding, stabbing through the heart (with both sword and screwdriver!) and, who can forget all the samurai swords?!

Rebels

  • I’d say they want to cheer us up – within 20 seconds, they’re showing Danny dying again!
  • They obviously can’t be bothered bringing Graham Rogers back to take part in the grave scene though.
  • There’s a lot of talk of increasing resistance – Charlie’s resistance to her mother’s sudden reappearance, Miles’ desire to build up the resistance to Monroe – but it’s more the lack o
  • Hey, Rachel – Charlie’s not trying to go out meeting boys, or selling her body (although to be fair, she has tried!) – I’d try a bit harder if I were you to stop her fighting those bastards!
  • “It’s a frigging flash drive?!” – well, yes Aaron, keep up! We knew that 11 episodes ago! It’s the question of what was on that flash drive that’s the important bit.
  • And finally, 28 minutes in, we find out the theme of the week – CROSSBOWS! Straight through the chest! TWICE!
  • Seriously, Charlie – why bother blocking the door with a table? It’s as useless as your lack of character development.
  • I love how Miles’ resolution to every situation is basically just out-samurai the shit out of them. If he didn’t have insane fight skills, he would just be a complete snarky bastard version of Aaron.
  • “Good to see you, Rachel” – something tells me that he won’t be seeing her for much longer.
  • “The way to protect the many is to keep the power in the hands of the few” – that’s one way to keep the series moving!
  • Surprise! We’re machine gunning you! And as expected, Rachel escapes! And Colm Feore gets to have a look of “I’LL GET YOU HARRY POTTER, YOU SEE IF I DON’T!”
  • There’s a mighty load of machine gunning, crossbows, and a good deal of hacking with a sword, just for all fans of brutal deaths in this episode.
  • The rebels seem to be forgetting the old adage – never bring a knife to a gun fight! You’ve got to find some fun guns to actually combat Monroe.
  • Miles is a damn wrecking ball. I expect to see him knock down some walls with the sheer force of his snark.
  • Seriously, I get that Charlie’s emotional apology to Rachel is supposed to be emotional, but could someone tell that to the muscles in her face?
  • “There’s this place. It’s called The Tower.” Huge revelation there.

Militia

  • Oh good – Colm Feore can track pendants. That’s a nice convenient plot twist. Something tells me that Randall won’t be able to give Monroe everything. A son would be a good suggestion of a thing he couldn’t provide.
  • You really really have to be stupid to have an evil scar and look sinister into the camera – obviously you’re gonna be backstabbed and forced to give the diamonds back – just be glad this isn’t the molten gold week, or disembowelment week.
  • So Monroe doesn’t trust Randall. There’s a surprise.

Flashbacks

  • FINALLY! We learn about Randall! Neville was an insurance broker (turned batshit insane guy when a guy broke into his house), Rachel was a scientist taking an opportunity to save her (ultimately useless and annoying, but quite handy with a rocket launcher) son, and now we find out Randall was an army dad. And former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense. And Rachel’s old boss. And evil bastard.
  • It seems Mr Flynn was a bit of a prick to Rachel even before the lights went off (I refuse to call it a blackout, cause that just reminds me how much I miss FlashForward!), forcing her and Ben to work harder and ignore their reservations with this mysterious massive weapon they’re creating (I sadly suspect it’s going to be a power bomb or something stupid). They’re not the only eggheads who work for him.
  • And there’s another reference to that mysterious Tower. Who let Randall give orders when his son just died? Obviously his decisions are going to be motivated by fury! He shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a position of power without a clear head!

Another good, if flawed episode there. Like I said last week, if you don’t take it seriously, it’s one of the best shows on network television. Sadly there are so so so many holes to pick! Also, next week looks like it has one of my favourite parts of Revolution – a shit-ton of Giancarlo Esposito being evil!

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