Well, look at that! “Love Story” delivered another strong episode for REVOLUTION’s second season. The episode steadily built tension across multiple storylines before an explosive fourth act that ended with a reveal showing how connected those storylines actually are.
Miles vs. Titus
Our adventure began with Miles still trapped behind the red door in Titus’ House of Horrors, being strapped down for a blood transfusion into Titus’ sick wife. Luckily, Rachel knew exactly how to infiltrate the room so she could save him just in time.
NOTE TO THE BAD GUYS: If your lair has an unguarded drain pipe that leads directly to one of the reasons for your said villainy… you’re doing it wrong.
It felt a little rushed, but I’m glad the rescue happened early and didn’t take the entire episode the way I suspect it would have in the first season. Getting Miles back to town as quickly as they did allowed the episode to spend its time with a story that was far more interesting than another yet another REVOLUTION rescue mission.
This also allowed Miles more screen time than he’s received so far this season, and in a different way than we’re used to seeing him. After losing the ability to outfight his enemy, he was forced to outthink them. Billy Burke’s portrayal effectively conveyed the controlled desperation of a leader aware that the end is near but struggling to salvage any victory he can.
This created an interesting dichotomy with Titus, whose war clan gave him the ability to outfight Miles but not outthink him as long as his wife was a prisoner. Their standoff at the town gates was a great expression of this, and both actors’ performances made this scene work well. Matt Ross (Titus) was a barely restrained fury when demanding the release of his wife, and knowing that his fury unleashed would result in the deaths of everyone in town upped a level of tension that remained through most of the episode.
Another episode, another magnificent performance by Giancarlo Esposito, who continues exude a deadly single mindedness as a man driven only by revenge. After being outed as a former officer of the Monroe Militia, Neville found himself at a disadvantage when the Patriots saw through all of his lies. With nothing left to lose, he decided to tell the truth… most of it, anyway.
He dropped the controlled smile of defiance and told the Patriots of his desire for vengeance. But instead of letting them in on the part of the plan that called for their destruction, he focused his anger on Monroe. While his interrogator didn’t believe him, Neville was saved by the last second intervention of Justine Allenford, who decided to keep him around (on a short leash, anyway) for awhile longer.
What a fantastic job REVOLUTION is doing of revealing the full extent of the Freemasons/Illuminati Patriots’ villainy slowly and effectively rather than all at once (unlike the Monroe Militia last year). I’m really enjoying their phantom menacing of what remains of the United States through nuclear genocide and proxy threats that they can swoop in and “save” people from to insure their loyalty and adoration.
To what end, we don’t yet know, but it’s an effective strategy. A smiling, hopeful face offering you protection and stability in the face of fifteen dark years is an enticing prospect. They’re executing their plan brilliantly and I’m eager to see where this is all going, especially with the added knowledge that they want Monroe and Rachel captured alive.
I’m really enjoying this season of REVOLUTION so far. It’s firing on nearly all cylinders and has found a perfect balance of the kind of world building that attracted me to the show in the first place with the kind of character building that was lacking in Season One.
I’m not quite ready to call it a comeback yet, 3 out of 23 episodes don’t redeem an entire series. But I’m really starting to believe in this show again, and I’m looking forward to next Wednesday.
Was it just me, or did the deputy look like Rick Grimes of THE WALKING DEAD? I know it wasn’t him, but still…
Showing the Patriots to be two steps ahead of the most intelligent character on the show (Neville) was a great way of elevating them as a serious and legitimate threat.
I’m still waiting to see more from him this season, but I’m taking Monroe’s decision not to shoot Charlie (I would’ve) as another sign that losing everything has shaken him of his megalomania. I like the idea of exploring this in future episodes and am hoping they do.
Charlie is (for me) still far from tolerable, but she’s growing on me… a little.
REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- Episode Two, “There Will Be Blood”