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John Orquiola

Since: 28.2.02
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This is in no way meant to be a comprehensive nor, at times, possibly even coherent recap of Revolution since I stopped recapping it midseason. I did continue watching it out of some misguided sense of... I'm not sure what.

In any case, season one has ended, with season two assured. And my oh my, was the second half of the season's quality consistent with the show's first half. The high point during midseason was the show killing of Danny, but slowly and surely, Revolution went about deleting much of what made it unique or interesting, like the sword fights and what few inconsistent details they offered on the outset of what life would be like in a world without electricity.

No, Revolution often went to the same well: send the characters in small groups to whatever places they had to go for whatever reason, and watch them wrestle with insipid moral dilemmas while engaging in gunfights. Yes, in the second half of the season, swords and muskets gave way to everyone and their mother armed to the teeth with machine guns.

BLAM! BLAMBLAMBALABLAM! KA-BLAMMO! is how much of season 1.2 went.

We got constant drama between Miles Matheson and General Monroe, the show flogging their Good Friends/Better Enemies relationship and even mocking it in the finale with a funny line from Giancarlo Esposito's character about Monroe's "erotic fixation" on Miles. Monroe cemented his claim as one of the worst and most ineffectual villains in the history of television.

We traveled to other Republics, most notably the Atlanta Republic, at war with the Monroe Republic based in Philadelphia and the Great Plains Republic further out west. They all have two things in common: They all hate the Texas Republic, and all points are reachable on foot within a few hours, as Miles, Charlie and friends are able to just walk at any point on the map lickety split as the plot requires. Are there wormholes in the woods across America? Must be.

We learned what turned the power off: nanobots. I shit you not. Gazillions of nanobots released all around the globe. "They're everywhere, they're in the air, they're inside of us", the show not-so-helpfully explained.

And then there is the saga of the Tower, the government control system where the nanobots were launched and controlled from, which all roads lead to, and all the characters converged at. There are troops at the Tower guarding the secret of turning the power back on, and after a lot of gun fighting, a lot of regular fighting, a major character death (Nora, who died knowing Miles liked her more than Charlie's borderline insane mom Rachel), and a bizarre suicide by Colm Feore's ridiculous villain character, two major things happened:

1)Aaron, Rachel and friends turned the power back on.

2)Colm Feore launched two ICMBs at Atlanta and Philadelphia before killing himself.

Let's talk about 1. The power came back on, which we saw in some cutaways to various parts of the country where lamps came back to life, radios begin playing music, and cities started to flicker with light. Wait. Wait wait wait. It's been over 15 years since all the power went out. A generation has gone by without it. You're telling me all those lamps and electric devices were still plugged in? Those lamps still had bulbs inside them?

In the final shocker of the season, we find out the mysteriously silhouetted President of the United States is still President of the United States (what's left of it) and has been living in the US colony... in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba!

Boy, am I looking forward to season 2 when Miles, Charlie, and friends need only a scant few hours to walk to Cuba.

EDIT: Hey, I managed to click the wrong icon. Apologies to anyone looking to read me talk about The Venture Brothers. Please to fix?

(edited by John Orquiola on 4.6.13 1106)

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Boudin rouge

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.00
Yeah, I've been watching too. I wanted to quit but since I already saw so many episodes I might as well finish it off at least for Season 1. They said in the end credits Revolution moves to Wednesday so that might be a perfect excuse to quit as my Wednesdays are STACKED with TV shows.

Elizabeth Mitchell's "acting" is getting on my nerves. She just talks slowly, breaking up her sentences. Like she is talking to people who she thinks are dumb.

Aaron starts of admitting he is too dumb to even consider understanding Rachelle's explanation for why the power is out... then he tells her he has 2 doctorates from MIT. WTF? Then he trips out seeing his picture in a book on how to turn the power back on. He doesn't even remember he wrote an Operating System that they eventually used to run the Tower.

Whenever Charlie doesn't like Miles' decisions, she grabs guns and tries to take over by force. Eventually Miles does it her way.

Major Neville keeps flipping between sides and everyone just goes along with it. He quits Manroe's side today, he is in Georgia's side tomorrow. He quits that side, and everyone is cool with him in the Monroe camp.

After they turn the power back on, the nanobots that repaired Rachelle's broken knee didn't deactivate. So I guess that lady who beats Cancer via Nanobots shouldn't worry.

Meanwhile, I think I saw the actor who played Danny in a State Farm commercial.
Back to Back Survivor

Since: 3.1.02
From: Northern NJ

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97
I stuck with it too. Mainly out of a need for something to watch during my 3:45am workouts and the On Demand playback was the right length of time.

There were so many plot holes that you just had to check your sense of reality at the door when you turned on the show. Charlie did become a little less Katniss-like as the show went on. Rachel started to bug me in ways that she never did when she was Juliette.

Will I return in the Fall ? I guess it depends on whether I am still working out in the morning by then.

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Just don't let it be Izzard. He is not, not, not (not) who we need as the Doctor. Now I now need to find a way to watch the first episode. Any English types I could pay to send me a copy (or CRZ)?
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