From the show's standpoint, Charlie is supposed
to be this character who was once innocent but was brought in the world of death and torment, stemming from the death of her father, the departure of her mother and the capturing of her brother and Miles is supposed to be this character with a hard edge stemming from a deep, dark and hidden past and a lack of connection to her sister but from our standpoint, both characters are less than expected
. This episode claims to do things for both of the characters but alas, it ultimately does nothing
The episode appears to have a thing going on, a thing where Miles claims to leave and a thing where Charlie attempts to keep those who she loves. It's one that reflects within the closeness nature of Revolution; a guy always wanting to be alone, a daughter who just wants someone together and there is some depthness in claiming that he's doing this to reduce the danger but ultimately it just seems shallow. Watching both characters is sort of watching two stereotypes with each other, you get what they're saying but they don't know how to deliver the argument naturally
, only knowing how to do so in a pandering way; this dilutes the argument because both of them aren't showing any sort of true emotion that could be essential
in hooking us; it goes on and off throughout the episode, getting hinted at, getting proven but it never gets developed; through Charlie's instances, through Miles ruggedness, you get a feeling that they're going to remain together no matter
what they say or do. They do try to reinforce it buy putting her in dangerous and emotional situations and it does work well in showing the common bond that they have but it doesn't do anything in making Charlie seem appealing. We're supposed to care for her because someone closed to her died, because she's in a scared situation of her own but the problem is she can't emote properly, she lacks bite in words that she says, she can't speak in a natural way and at times it even seems like she's literally forcing
the emotion out of her; her acting is a major detractor getting in the way of her character and us getting to like her and forcing these situations on her is a cheap way of trying to include depth in a character and getting the audience to like her. What she needs to do is act better
; this is a character with potential, a character who could legitimately grab people in with her charm, she has an interesting history, an interesting position and with a bit of effort she could actually create a compelling character, as it stands her character is in a position for the audience to hate her, actually expect her death and yell out and boo at the screen for her emotional moments.
Care for her!
Much of this episode is set in the most interesting
setting out there; yes a theme park with no name. I'm surprised that they managed to utilize the former Hard Rock/Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach as a filming location, that park has been closed for 4 years and yet only now it's being used; I don't mind, it's got that quaint environment that's scary but perfect for the show, in fact barely any of the environment seems to be designed for a specific purpose, it fits many purposes realistically from character interaction to action to exploration. It may not be as run down as other places or battered up (compared to Flannigan's from the previous episode) but this is possibly the best
setting in Revolution so far; I'm guessing there has to be some sort of boost for the park in real life being on that show, maybe it reopening perhaps? There are several people who join Charlie in this magical theme park, her love interest, the guy who stalks them and the titular dogs themselves; each of them serve to enforce this crazy world but barely any of them manage to provide something truly mindblowing. The guy has an interesting story; living in a theme park, surviving with the loss of her daughter from tetanus due to overprotection, it is definitely something that fits his scary mood and makes him somewhat creepy but he ends up somewhat one-dimensional with his acting that resembles anybody
desperate; still, you can see that he's at least trying
to seem crazy and insane. The type of vocal inflictions, the various pauses between dialogs, the delivery; this is something that you rarely
see in Revolution and it's a fresh breather from all the generic contrived dialog and Star Wars situations, in fact you care more for him than you do for Charlie. Unlike the titular dogs and her love interest who seem uninspired and inconsistent, the love interest should of seemed more of a spy rather than someone whenever they need to have a prominent similarly aged guy around Charlie and the dogs should of attacked within an instant rather than taking their sweet time; to invoke the fear that rabid dogs usually do of course.
It seems like there's a real surprise to this and those surprises are the plots involving Danny and Nevil and Maggie, both
of which get a chance to show their struts. I'm the most surprised of Maggie's plot, her backstory was really engaging and really compelling, I could just feel for her as she looked for her kids, encountered everyone she could just for a boat to the Atlantic; the emotion, the compassion, the determination, the worry, her actor finally brings out the potential of a character that has long since lingered
on the wayside. It is miles better than that phone plot and it also gives weight as she gets herself injured, lingering on the lines of possible death. In terms of her character, it's sweet to know the bond between herself and Charlie's family, the kind of happiness that she found, the magic she's capable of, it truly
sells the fact that this is a woman who was able to gain a new grasp on life; unfortunately, this is her last moment on the show and it's both good and bad, one one hand, her death is beautiful and it closes the story they had going on, on another they closed it when her story was getting good
and the involvement of Charlie made her death into forced
growth. Death can be wonderful when it's natural but when it's used as a plot point, to provide the illusion of character, that's when it becomes questionable
. Nevil continues his reign as one of Revolution's best characters; here we can definitely see the best example of a person who has a sweet side underneath that sinister side, His lines about his son are done in a soulful way that warm and fuzzy, we can imagine what he must be feeling every time that he speaks and the brief moments he spends with Danny shows that there is more
to him than just the Milita side, that during times of danger they could forgo everything bond; that doesn't mean that his bite is gone, he manages to yell out and lead better than any milita guy out there but this just enforces Nevil's character, It is hurt by Danny's out of place role though; is he portrayed as a tough guy or is he portrayed as an awkward guy? There needs to be some common ground in order to give Danny some sensibility.
The bliss of Maggie.
So surprisingly Revolution is getting better.
This episode is furthering it's promise by coming up with compelling stories for both Nevil and Maggie and the plot regarding Rachel and Monroe is progressing in a decent rate but... Charlie is still the weakest character on the show, Miles' character is still uninteresting despite his interesting past and worst of all, somebody dies just so character can be forced. There was an interesting setting and good ambitions but those two things an episode does not make. Still... Baby steps.