Revolution season 2 episode 2 review: There Will Be Blood
Billy concedes that season one is now a distant memory; Revolution has moved on...
This review contains spoilers.
2.2 There Will Be Blood
The new season of Revolution continues to surprise me, mostly because the characters aren't continually doing stupid things, and we're confronted less by abyssal-sized plot holes. That said, when you're explaining almost nothing then it's relatively easy not to be contradicted, because you've not provided anything concrete.
Early scenes with Aaron-reborn also hinted at a direction that concerned me massively, where all scientific ideas might go out of the window to be replaced instead by irrefutable (if you have faith) spirituality. If that's the case then I will pull the plug on reviewing this show, because jumping the narrative shark is one thing, but jumping it with Jesus on your team is another altogether.
But back to the events of There Will Be Blood, which were oddly compelling.
Miles is held by certifiable wacko Andover, and has to suffer the breaking of his hand and seeing the good sheriff die. The extra tragedy was that he went to wherever believing that Walker Texas Ranger was a real person, bizarrely. This was a gag that built on an early scene where Aaron recounted the Ghostbusters to entertain children. This sort of stuff is the side of Revolution that I never bought in season one, and still don't. Just because electricity doesn't exist doesn't make books nonexistent, or even stop them being printed. And, while it might be beyond the budget of the show, there are many ways to drive machinery and even vehicles without it. Man hasn't relied entirely on spoken history for several thousand years, and the idea that turning the lights off would send us pre-iron age in sixteen years is ludicrous.
Meanwhile, Charlie goes after Bass, and finds the only attractive bounty hunter with perfect dentistry in the entire country to smoulder at. The scenes where she and Bass are chained up in an empty swimming pool confused me on a number of levels. Like how did they empty the pool without a pump, and why did they spend so much production effort lighting Bass and Charlie so perfectly? What I almost missed thinking about those things a rare decent piece of acting by Tracy Spiridakos here, and a not bad repost by David Lyons as Bass. I took from this that either Bass is an egotist of Nero-level proportions, or like Aaron he's realised that the experience in the bunker has altered him on some sub-atomic level.
Passing over Major Tom's overly devious scheme to insert himself into the US Government, the next point of real interest was the flashback sequence that Aaron experienced. This was odd, and quite unexpected. Maybe Tim Guinee (Ben Matheson) got a contract that said he could appear as a regular, even if his character died?
Whatever it represented, this lead ultimately into a better explanation of what happened in the bunker after they failed to stop the nukes. Clearly the system crashed before Aaron had a chance to activate the nanites once more, so the power should still be on. That's proven by them being hit by the electromagnetic shockwave, though technically it wouldn't propagate that distance. So how did they get out, and how were those in the bunker altered by the experience? It's a new experience for this reviewer to have questions about the show to which I'm curious to get answers.
The final scene convinced me that Eric Kripke spent his free time after season one playing Bioshock 2, because it had all the creepiness of a scene from Rapture. The music box and weird medical experiments is exactly the sort of texture that was missing last year, and the carpet of dead rats another very memorable moment.
It's hard to quantify how different Revolution is now from how it began, though I respectfully suggest that for the transformation of the show to be complete, a number of show regulars need to be removed. You can make your own list, but I can think of at least two that need to die. Even without this, I accept a real commitment on the part of the showrunner to make Revolution something watchable, and so far it is substantially better.
Read Billy's review of the previous episode, Born In The USA, here.
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