Revolution — The Plague Dogs (S1E04)
This episode of Revolution explores Maggie’s story and her life before the blackout, just to make it more painful when she dies. This didn’t really do the trick, at least not for me. I felt no attachment to Maggie, so it didn’t sting when she lost her life. For those of you that did develop a liking for her, it was mostly out of pity. She wasn’t with her kids when the blackout hit and she never had the chance to say goodbye to them. The last words they heard her mother say were “I said no!” She walked all the way from Seattle to New York to try to catch a ferry back to England, but all the boats have been taken over or were destroyed for scrap. After years of searching she gave up, she realized that her children had probably died and was about to commit suicide when Ben found her. He invited her to join him and his children, they gave her a reason and a desire to live. Maggie gets the chance to tell Charlie that she saved her life before her lights go out.
When Miles debates sneaking off and leaving Charlie again, Nora is quick to protect her. He doesn’t think it’s worth it for him to stay, not if Charlie is going to interrogate him about his past so consistently. They may be family, but he doesn’t know her, he doesn’t owe her anything. But he rationalizes his decision, he thinks that it’s better for Charlie if he’s not with her. The entire militia is gunning for him, and she will get stuck in the crossfire. Nora reads right through him, she knows he’s being completely selfish. When Nora can’t get through to him, Maggie tries next. She agrees that Charlie might be better off without the cross hairs on her back that he left, but he isn’t better off without her. When you have nothing, family is everything, and Charlie is the only family he has left. When Maggie dies, he realizes that she actually spoke words of wisdom; he promises that he will be there for Charlie, he’ll never leave.
Nate (or whatever his name is) finally proves his worth when he helps save Charlie’s life. When the creepy guy has her chained up, he looks genuinely scared. And Miles doesn’t hesitate to ask him for help. He risks his own life by going after the dog trainer and ends up stabbing him in the chest with his arrow. They don’t say another word to him after that, maybe they are starting to trust him. We will soon see where his allegiance truly lies.
When he has Charlie tied up, the dog trainer says something quite astute. He tells Charlie that everybody is a monster inside, most people know how to hide it. But when they are put into a terrible situation, their true, evil selves shine through. Though many people disagree with the idea of the Lucifer Effect, I think that it applies to most human beings. When put into a situation where one’s life or power hangs in the balance, most people will become completely self-motivated and can easily be corrupted. And I have a feeling that Revolution is going to stress this point, especially while we see Monroe and Miles’ ascension to power.
This episode shows further that Danny isn’t anywhere near as smart as he is. He tries to escape from Monroe’s Militia a second time and is quickly captured. He doesn’t have the wits to formulate a successful escape, especially if he doesn’t want to risk an asthma attack. The only real shot that Danny has at saving his own life (though he’d probably get lost finding his way home anyway) is to slip out when Neville is trapped under the debris. Instead, he is easily persuaded to help his captor with a mention of his father. If Neville let him escape, he would be as good as dead anyway, so why would he let him go? Danny’s naivete even surpasses Charlie’s and will keep him in Neville’s arms until they reach Monroe himself.
Bass, out of respect for his friendship with Rachel, hasn’t thrown her in a dungeon. Instead he keeps her in a swanky room with the constant flow of food and water, but with a dose of torture. He knows that Ben knew more than she is letting on, and needs to discover whether it is possible to turn the power back on. I think that there’s a good chance that he wants to know if the power can return so that he can stop it. He will lose his power (no pun intended) over the people if there is electricity once again. If torturing her won’t work, he tries a different tactic: he tries to make her feel bad for leaving her children. And one of those kids will soon return to her and be tortured just as she was. But we see that in the past she had a tearful goodbye with her children and came to Bass just as he had asked and was handcuffed on the spot.
Posted on October 24, 2012, in Revolution, SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror and tagged aaron, bass, ben, charlie, children, danny, death, dog trainer, dogs, england, handcuff, lucifer effect, maggie, miles, militiamen, monroe, monroe's milita, naive, naivete, nate, neville, new york, plague docs, rachel, recap, review, revolution, s1e04, seattle, torture. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.