Revolution season 2 episode 19 review: $#!& Happens

Review Billy Grifter 2 May 2014 - 11:38

The latest Revolution story is proof beyond all doubt that $#!& happens, especially on NBC...

This review contains spoilers.

2.19 S#!& Happens

What this story made me consider is that a few people who work on Revolution really like the show and the characters. Not sure why, but they do.

Because that’s the only reason that this episode could have such an excellent opening, which explains the aftermath of Jason’s death, and then descend into utter silliness in such rapid order. Someone did the start, and then the financial pressures of making TV shows kicked in, and they shouted ‘that’s a wrap!’

What transpires along the way is the nanites moved from being these problematic entities to wholesale villains of the piece, with a large chunk of the story revolving around a single idea that the writers got from the Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal drama, Prisoners.

Miles is injured and then trapped, in what starts out as bad luck and then evolves into a nano experiment about what motivates people, and how they live with the darker things they do. Surely a better choice of candidate for this would be Bass, but instead they trap Miles below ground and then torture him with ironic memory triggers that pile up so rapidly that you’d think he’s work out he was being messed with. Or, he could use them to form a staircase, preferably.

This could have been interesting, and even told us some things about Miles that we didn’t already really know. Yet what it did was remind us that those that write Revolution just don’t care about making their world remotely believable. Injured by the fight with the Texas Ranger, he uses his red hot sword to cauterize the wound. That makes sense, apart from the fact he’d obviously have asphyxiated starting a fire in an enclosed space.

And then, the final escape... The cordite from one bullet wouldn’t do anything, outside the bullet casing, other than make smoke. It certainly wouldn’t start a fire and shift a fallen wall. The Revolution writers are the world’s most optimistic physicists, I’ve concluded. Unless you want to believe that the nanites let him breathe and climb out, because they accept he’d asked forgiveness for his many errors. No, I don’t buy that either. But then to buy any of this you’d have to accept that, in looking for Miles, Rachel and Bass walk back and forwards several hundred miles in a matter of days on the trail from Austin to Willoughby.

Will Miles be reborn a new caring person? Not sure I care if he is or not.

Running against the Miles experiment, was the fallout from the death of Jason, where through amazing bad luck (or nanites) Charlie ends up with Tom. There was some half decent acting and development going on here, right to the point where I laughed out loud when Tom asked "what was that... on your face?" In my early reviews of this show I made much of the expressions Tracy Spiridakos made, and how it was often difficult to interpret them as emotions. That Tom eventually asks the same question seemed mildly hilarious. Though I accept the joke was possibly unintended.

How this scene ended wasn’t properly explored, but it seems reasonable to assume that Tom is heading to Washington to present his lack of voter confidence in the administration, once he’s found some more bullets. The show ends with Miles escaping from the cellar, unhampered by billowing clouds of CGI smoke. That explains how it didn’t choke him to death, probably.

There are now three episodes left, and they can’t come quick enough for this reviewer. The word is that Revolution won’t get a renewal for season 3. Unless the nanites want to continue the same cruel experiment on me, then it will be. Given that Almost Human, a TV show with more redemption that this was cancelled this last week, the continuation of this one would be proof that there is no justice in television these days. 

The next story is called Tomorrowland. A location that’s hopefully closer to walk than Austin for our much experimented on characters.

Read Billy's review of the previous episode, Austin City Limits, here.

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I think you were a trifle unfair to the episode, really. Kripke, O'Bannon and Edlund (when was the last time Abrams even watched an episode of this, much less contributed to it?) are talented and I reckon they've done enough to steer this series in the right direction that I'll give them three more episodes to see if they stick the landing.
Were there any sparklies round Miles when he fell into the basement? I just thought it was a series of unlucky events, not nanite involvement (they said they appeared to him 6 months ago). He was dying, but decided he wanted to live.
It's so much better than season 1. There are still flaws - Elizabeth Mitchell is an absolute charisma vacuum, for one - but Monroe and Charlie are so much better now than they were. I want to see where they take it.

Rachel the best

I agree. Last time I checked, nanites wasn't capable of setting up traps, nor leaving ironic jokes to people (Miles) who fell into it. The nanite flashbacks was unrelated, addressing the moment way back in the season 2 premiere.

You know, I thought that this was one of the best of the season. It was definitely not super actiony, but I thought that the acting was good and it was great to finally get some stuff answered about that burning shed at the beginning.

Even though the show writers break physics all the time, I still enjoy it. I mean, I'm not studying to be a scientist, and I like to be entertained so most of the time I just roll with the punches.

I've stuck with this show since the (rather terrible) beginning and I'd be sad to see it go seeing as how much it's progressed.

I can't criticise Revolution much, it's trying to merge Sci-Fi with Post-Apocalyptic and I think it's doing a great job, Season 1 was all over the place and seemed to go for shock factor but Season 2 has pacing and structure, it's an overall better show this time.

Anybody got predictions of what the promo/trailer after the episode was about with the flock of birds. A huge bunch of birds flies overhead in an unnatural way and Aaron asks the nanotech controlled Priscilla "are you doing this?" To which she responds "no, but you should run".

My prediction = the unnatural congregation of birds clearly is (or more accurately signals) a threat to our heroes based on what the nanotech-controlled Priscilla said when telling them they should run, obviously for their lives. And the nanotech is usually pretty honest about these things for the most part having no need to lie. And seeing how there is absolutely no way the show, especially at this point in the season, would introduce a new threat/enemy, it means it's one of the two main threats already established that exist in the show currently, either the Patriots or the Nanotech. And seeing how the Patriots using their refined tactics of mindcontrol on birds to form a bird army (joke) is unlikely, that leaves just the nanotech to be behind this unnatural surge of birds in the skies. And since weird acts of nature like swarming fireflies and biblical-type looking stuff such as violent strikes of lightning assaulting the earth as far as the eye can is their trademark (or at least just clear sign of the show's writers working hard to make the viewers draw the comparisons they want us to make as the nanotech scarily starts to assume the role of God over man, gifter of miracles and healing and deliverer of wrath and death), this mass flight of birds screams nanotech all over it.

However, like it says above, when Aaron asked nanotech-controlled Priscilla if she was the one making the birds do what they were doing she said "no". And she warned Aaron that it was (or more likely, signaled) an impending threat to Aaron's continued survival, this after she had made a point of telling him in the episode reviewed above that she wanted Aaron as her/the nanotech's maker to stay alive and well.

So if it's not the Patriots and not the nanotech controlling Priscilla, what is it? My guess is the nanotech. What? Answer being ever since the nanotech became self-aware, sentient, and alive (with what we call and know as the "nanotech" being an uncountable number of individual nanytes that have self-replicated so much that they exist by the trillions in every part of the air and in all things found on earth's surface) they have acted as one collective, unified mind, as one really large singular entity (for any trekies out there, think the Borg). But Nano-Cilla has shared with Aaron news that the nanotech for a while has been trying to learn what it is to be human, has been conducting many experiments to do so, and has been possessing other people like it has Priscilla to help it gain that knowledge. Which inevitably means exposure to the concepts of "individuality".

My thought is the once unified, collective mind and singular entity that was the "nanotech" having discovered, experienced, and learned about individuality has splintered into numerous smaller entities, or at the very least two separate entities. And while it was a split conceived from newfound awareness of the concepts of individuality, it was most definitely fueled by an opposition of views amongst the nanotech. So it could very well turn out that the scary, dangerous, and deadly nanotech we've been watching Aaron talk to and deal with all season might actually be the "good guy" version of the nanotech with the birds signaling the arrival of another bit of the all-powerful, sentient nanotech that definitely doesn't want to learn all about what it is to be human and definitely doesn't want to listen to their bad pop songs on an old walkman while chomping on a slice of pizza. Something that has more sinister plans where humans are concerned.

My guess. Could be wrong. If you've got a better one...

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