Revolution season 2 episode 11 review: Mis Dos Padres

Review Billy Grifter
17 Jan 2014 - 09:15

Oh dear. After a promising start to season 2, Revolution is up to its old, repetitive, illogical tricks once more...

This review contains spoilers

2.11 Mis Dos Padres

The trailer for Mis Dos Padres did hint that this episode was dire, but it didn’t really sell just how terminally ponderous it was.

The episode had four threads, all of which were a sure-fire cure for insomnia. The majority of the seemingly endless running time was allocated to Monroe’s stab at fatherhood, as misplaced a concept as that is. That his son would turn out as ruthless as him was hardly a leap, and that he’s hand him over to the local warlord even less so. This is the same abysmal capture-escape-capture-escape garbage that the writers of Revolution seem to think replaces narrative and character development.

The lack of this production's imagination is well presented when Joaquim de Almeida turns up as bad-man-of-the-week Luis Nunez. He’s played this part so many times he probably comes with his own own organised crime costume selection. He was Bucho in Desperado, and Ramon Salazar in season three of 24, among numerous other drug baron outings. Someone on this production likes him, because as this section completed there was almost a jump-cut at the point where his character should have died. Having killed all his nearby henchmen Miles, Bass, Connor and Rachel are alone with Nunez, and none of them do anything other than retreat, illogically. This seemed remarkably jarring, and I can only conclude that they’re contracted Almeida to turn up and enjoy some more of the relentless capture-escape game later in the season.

The other three threads were variations on the notion of silliness. I’m not even going to talk about the Tom-goes-to-the-White-House subplot, because it’s too stupid for words. I’ll just comment that there seems little logic in making the interior of the building appear perfect, if they refuse to paint the outside or trim any of the shrubbery.

And then, if those parts didn’t hit rock bottom, we’ve got the redemption story where Grandpa Gene is determined to throw his life away in a meaningless gesture to prove to Charlie not much at all. The pair observe the Patriots camp, see overwhelming odds, ignore them, and get captured. Like Bass, and Miles, and Rachel, and Jason all did. Ed Truman then turns up and tries to flip things by telling Gene that they’ve got Typhus, and this is a field hospital.

I guess next week we get to find out how much of a quack Gene really is, because his friend was walking around just a few hours before he was dead, and it generally takes three-five days for a healthy person to expire from this infection. The mortality rate should also be around 10%, not 100%. And it’s not an airborne transmission, so covering your face won’t help, even if the JFK look-a-like thinks it does. It’s spread by lice/ticks, in case the writers were confused, like Ed is.

But these were all just distractions from the dumbest part of the show this week, when Aaron arrives in Spring City, where Grace Beaumont is happy to see him, once she’s finally lowered the shotgun. Once he’s been re-joined with Priscilla (Queen of the Desert…), so much could have happened, but almost nothing did. I never liked Priscilla, even if we’ve met her twice before, because she never actually contributed to the main story arc. She was a motivation for Aaron, who needs really obvious ones to put a foot in front of the other.

Having got them back together Grace lays her new religious theory on them, about how the nanites have become God. It’s a stretch, even for this show, because I can’t really accept they’re now outside the confines of planet Earth, and frankly other than healing some people and burning others, they’re hardly omnipotent.

What really annoyed me about these scenes was the apparent shock that Aaron went into when presented with this revelation, when almost nothing he was told was especially new. Personally, I like to see people driven to action, not utter inaction and petrification.

Season two, after starting off more promisingly, has dug such a deep hole now I’m not sure anyone inside can see daylight any longer. I’m heartily sick of capture and escape being the dietary replacement for plot, and the lack of character development has gone well beyond a joke. It’s become obvious that the lights going out was a metaphor for people switching their brains off, including those who are writing Revolution.

Can someone cancel this show so those involved can find more satisfying employment, and I can talk about TV shows that have something to actually say. The trailer for next week’s episode, Captain Trips, apparently reveals that Gene is an abysmal Doctor who couldn’t diagnose a common cold. Hooray!

Read Billy's review of the previous episode, The Three Amigos, here.

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