Revolution — Chained Heat (S1E02)
Many shows that have successful pilots drop in quality for the second episode, Revolution is not one of them. I don’t think they faltered in any of the categories that they seem to be targeting: intrigue, action, family, and danger.
There are consistent flashbacks throughout the episode (and I’ll assume the rest of the show) to give us more clarity on who the characters are and what they stand for. We see that Charlie was given only one task when she was young, to protect her baby brother, Danny. Charlie clearly blames herself for his kidnapping, if she had been watching him, this never would have happened. She is, of course, being incredibly hard on herself. If she were with Danny when Neville showed up, there would be a good chance that they would both end up either dead or taken. She just blames herself because she’s scared and there’s no one else to blame.
Maggie carries around her old iPhone with her everywhere, because it’s the last memory she has of her children. She has no physical pictures of them, and this is the closest she’ll ever be to seeing them again. Because of how we live our lives now, completely electronically, this idea really resonated with me. If all we have is technology, what will we do without it? I guess this must be a little bit like how people felt when they though the Y2K virus would take out everything.
Miles level of badassery didn’t fall at all. While handcuffed, he managed to take out at least three militiamen and capture the fourth, choking him for the information he needed before snapping his neck. Miles encounters these men when he’s searching for Nora, someone who is good at blowing stuff up. This introduction sounds very familiar, almost exactly what we heard about Miles before we met him. Though we don’t get to see Nora’s skills with explosives, we learn that she has joined the Rebel Army since Miles last saw her. Miles considers the Rebel Army to be “deluded bleeding hearts,” but Nora begs to differ, calling them patriots.
I seriously can’t believe that Charlie is this naive. If she were raised in the harsh environment that Revolution portrays, then she would learn to trust no one. Somehow she turned out to be incredibly unguarded and gentle. When Miles was about to kill a militiaman out to get him, she prevents him. She decides that this would be a senseless killing, which is wrong. But is it really senseless if he was trying to capture her uncle? She makes up for this naivete when she tricks Nate (who isn’t actually named Nate?) and manages to handcuff him.
One good thing about Charlie’s youth is that she still genuinely cares for people. Nora and Miles want to get rid of a small group of militia to get a hold of a sniper rifle, Charlie wants to do it to save lives. She wants to save the thirty or so prisoners who are being treated as slaves. She is aghast that Miles and Nora didn’t even mention them. So she offers to shoot the warden with a hidden gun to save their lives. Though Miles insists that she will choke, she stays true and takes out the leader of the group of militiamen and grabs his sniper. When grappling with another militiaman, she manages to gain control and shoots him, too.
We get to see both sides of Captain Neville, the brute that we saw before, and a man who cares deeply for his men. He has no problem killing a man for having a gun. And when he sees an American (Rebel) flag in the man’s house, they torch the place. During this scene, one of Neville’s men gets fatally wounded, which allows us to see the gentler side of the Captain. He gives the soldier the option to die painfully and slowly or quickly and peacefully with a drug. Though he doesn’t look too mournful as he gives his man the poison, he assures him that it will be quick, painless, and he will be going to a better place. They bury the soldier and have a proper funeral. When Danny scoffs at the fact that he cares for his men but can kill so easily, Neville admits that life under Monroe isn’t perfect, but it’s the best option they have. It’s some sort of order, and that’s better than nothing. He does have a decent point… Otherwise they would be thrown into even further chaos.
Near the end of the episode we get another glimpse at the electricity that is still alive. Grace (the only person we have seen with technology) has time to let the person on the other end of her computer that Randall is there. That’s all she has time to say before she is attacked by this man with an electrical prod.
And, not surprisingly, the episode is concluded with the discovery that Rachel, Charlie’s mother is still alive and in the custody of Sebastian Monroe. It is not clear how willing she is to be there with him. She doesn’t seem to be there out of her own free will, but her situation is not terrible. I’m sure we’ll find out next week if Bass is forcing her to stay there or if she has agreed on some other terms.
The only real problem I had with this episode is with Monroe. For the leader of the biggest militia, he seems rather nonthreatening. We see him kill a prisoner for disagreeing with him, but something about him doesn’t seem so frightening. Maybe it’s the way that he treats Rachel or how he spoke to the prisoner before he killed him. But something about his character seems a bit off.
What did you guys think of the second episode? Did it hold up to your expectations?
Posted on September 25, 2012, in Revolution, SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror and tagged charlie, danny, electricity, grace, miles, militia, monroe, nate, power, rebel army, revolution, y2k virus. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.