Revolution season 2 episode 20 review: Tomorrowland

Review Billy Grifter 9 May 2014 - 10:52

Revolution takes a turn for the worse in its latest episode. Here's Billy's take on things...

This review contains spoilers.

2.20 Tomorrowland

After a couple of half-decent episodes, the quality in this story returned to the dire level that’s pock-marked this season, and series.

Where I really start to get annoyed with those who create this show is when they introduce an idea - in this case Mustard Gas - and then can’t actually be bothered to spend five minutes to research what it actually is and does. What wasn’t appreciated was they once an area is contaminated with this stuff you can’t be wandering around there, like Bass and Connor do a day later, because it causes horrific burns to exposed skin. As such it’s a weapon more for denying territory than actually killing. And, they couldn’t even get the colour right… predictably.

Technical silliness is par for this course in Revolution, but so is the endless reworking of personal feuds, like Tom’s appetite for revenge, or Miles and Bass’ bromance. The idea that the nanites, by introducing a guitar pick to Miles, might alter his personality is pretty crazy, though we’re presented not only with that but the fact that Rachel actually believes it too. I was bored with Miles and Bass in the first season, and they’ve not really developed in any meaningful way since.

In the end, however you dress this up; these are sad people who couldn’t agree what ethnic food to order as takeout if their lives depended on it. And as such, the idea that they’d be able to take on the very single-minded Patriots is utter bunk. Unless, by an amazing quirk of fate, the super-powers of terminal indecision and incessant bickering are precisely those qualities that ultimately win the day.

Somehow, I doubt it.

The only scene in this I really enjoyed was the one where the Patriot followed Tom back to his home intent on killing him, only to discover that he’s not so easy to end. But after some dry lines from Tom they even managed to ruin that ultimately. Because why would Tom use a cushion to muffle the shots? It’s not like anyone listening wouldn’t be expecting shots. And, they were still very audible and visible from outside anyway.

And, then we’ve got the return of flippy-floppy Marion. She’s been a foe, ally, foe, and now she’s convinced to be an ally by them showing her a Mustard Gas canister, despite her having no actually knowledge of what it is or if there is any gas in it. I just hope Reiko Aylesworth is smart enough never to ask ‘what’s my motivation?’, because the writers have never considered that Marion actually needs one.

Another mystery, though I’m really hopefully that those behind revolution have worked this out, is what nano-Priscilla’s end game is, because she’s been super-creepy now.The speech where she highlights the destructive nature of humans didn’t entirely make sense, as her suggestion to alter mankind wouldn’t actually make it humanity any longer. As she’s a machine, I don’t really follow why she’d consider happiness superior to unhappiness in the human condition, or even care? Please, don’t let them steal the end of Darkstar, and have the nanites conclude that they’re God, by bringing ‘light’.

But in an odd way, there is light at the end of this particular televisual tunnel, because next week NBC will announce which of its ragtag collection of shows gets renewed and those that are cancelled, never to return (maybe).

If the words ‘Revolution’ and ‘Cancellation’ aren’t closely associated in my next review, I’ll probably be inclined to be less charitable to this show than I’ve been so far.

You’ve been warned NBC, just end this!

Read Billy's review of the previous episode, S#!& Happens, here.

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When Charlie picked up a rifle earlier this season and hit every thing she aimed even at even though the rifle she had picked had no front or rear sights on it nor a scope of any kind was when I knew the game was up for this show.

I had similar problems with this episode.

The most basic, basic search of mustard gas on Wikipedia by the show's writers would have confirmed to them what you said about it's denial capabilities.

To be fair...after walking around an area contaminated by mustard...you probably wouldn't feel the effects of it for a few hours or more. That's what makes it scary. And then things get "really" bad. So the entire gang should be dying from exposure in the next episode at least, but somehow I doubt they will. I don't understand why the Patriots aren't wearing US issue chemical warfare gear. There should be lots of it around.

Speaking of technical silliness. The nanites can apparently open and close doors now..

The Nano-Priscilla is such a potentially big bad, that it makes every other big bad look pathetically weak in comparison. A big bad that has every strength, no apparent weakness, can take over your body and mind, and finds humanity itself lacking. If the nano is defeated, it's going to come off as pretty silly I imagine.

It's obvious they is no one with any kind of military experience advising them onset.

For sure...i'm not surprised about the cancellation announcement a short while ago.

Seriously, how can this site knock on Revolution for its plot, yet give doctor who and mighty morphin power rangers flying colours? you people are beyond "special ed".

LOL. Seriously you're going to give yourself an up vote?

You're comparing completely different genres of television shows. One that tried to base itself on real world tech and future tech....and two other shows that deal with aliens, time travel, and live action anime...there's no comparison.

Calling people names doesn't strengthen your argument and it says something more negative about yourself than us.

I find there's a heck of a lot more deus ex machina going on in shows like Star Trek and Doctor Who. It doesn't really diminish the viewers ability to enjoy the show if they like it, though I notice when geeks don't like something they nitpick endlessly about it. It's little wonder the networks/studios care less about trying to please the scifi crowd (ie like making the latest Trek films more like action films).

I didn't get any suggestion the nanites were screwing with Miles in the basement. Aaron asked Priscilla to help find him, she said she knew where he was but wasn't interested in him after testing him once -- which was then shown when Miles had a flashback to meeting his dead brother in the shack he then burnt down.

The nanites' evil plan to lobotomise us all so we will be happy -- they're smart enough to know we won't like this. They should either just exterminate us, or make friends with us or at least Aaron -- no skin off their nose to help us and then have Aaron and real Priscilla to maybe help them if they need upgrades (though rationally they should be more than capable of doing that themselves). They have shown they can create an entire immersive virtual world -- the idea they need to "experience the real world " via reading old magazines is just silly. Their virtual world was enough to convince humans.

Most sci-fi TV show with intelligent machines eventually end up having them want to be humans, in every way -- Cylons, Data, etc, etc. It just panders to the "humans are the acme of creation" sentiment we have.

Anyway, the show's been cancelled, I wonder if they have or can make a conclusion rather than a lame never-resolved cliffhanger. "Last Resort" got enough warning they were cancelled they could wrap up, hastily, and blow the sub up in the finale.

Nanites want to eat pizza ! hahaha

I love this show :

after ten years without electricity, girls hairs are brushed as if they were out for a shopping saturday at the mall (indeed, look at their clothes : as fresh as from the store)

and the mustard gas, what a perfect option : no skin burns, no respiratory issues, people of the future as so resilient !!!!

after an episode, my day is so much brighter because nothing could be worse than Revolution at 8 AM during my breakfast (i know i live dangerously with my digestion processes)

"Seriously, how can this site knock on Revolution for its plot, yet give doctor who and mighty morphin power rangers flying colours? you people are beyond "special ed"."

Erm.......

Same reason that they have cars and trucks in CSI but not in Vikings.

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