Tonight on Revolution; we got the moment of revelation as Monroe, the guy everyone thought was behind everything they ever knew, dies... Or at least we're led to believe that. Too soon? Oh well, at least there's an episode where Monroe goes through all the bad things that he did leaving him to wonder about the consequence of his actions... Oh wait, there isn't. Then what is this episode about exactly?
From the promos NBC had aired, I was fully expecting a morbid episode full of thought not unlike previous episodes which featured mainly action and pop-culture references; think about it, NBC picks the scenes that air for the promo, why chose the scenes they did? Unfortunately this leads to false expectations that are quickly broken; barely do we see Monroe in his jail cell or people contemplating his actions, we get scenes where Miles and co. quickly set out to break him out of jail for the sheer purpose of the fact that he's a part of the gang; this is wasted potential from the get go because this counteracts with the supposed purpose of the episode. Monroe has killed people, interfered with the heroes actions, you think that would of been given a second thought
The only scenes we truly get from Monroe are Rachel criticizing him for losing peoples families (while providing an okayish performance) and of course the pivotal end scene where he dies; it's the moment where all reflection and sadness should come across and it proves itself to be one of the best moments of the episode with it's somber moments and it's connection with the audience that yes, you're going to be losing a truly pivotal character who's been with us since the dawn of time but then the episode tricks you by having an end scene where Rachel basically digs him up alongside the various scenes where it's emphasized that "yes he's dead, stop thinking and enjoy the show
". That alone screams deceptive and makes people question their investment of the show.
We also get 3 flashbacks regarding how Monroe became the way he is. Average people will give this episode 5 out of 5 stars because of this moment but I think it's a cheap way of retconning something to make Miles look like the sensible person despite the fact that Miles willingly went along with this stuff and was even the one to suggest the militia in the first place. Yes by involving Monroe, a love interest and a death, the show attempts to use cheap writing in order to justify his decisions; it's quite shocking to see him kill an entire camp of people but to do it because someone died of natural complications, it isn't thought provoking, it isn't provocative, it's just an illusion constantly presented by the writers. And that moment about his son, I was grabbed in by the tears he shed for his son but it got ruined by Miles being cockeyed leading me to declare him as "worse than Monroe
"; seriously, why even do that in the first place?
Scenes involving Charlie and Aaron are passable
; I will never be a fan of this Charlie/Rachel relationship that the show tries to force on me mainly because the rebellious attitude never seems natural and Charlie's acting is very, very subpar; even when she tries to compensate by being Sarah Connor, however it's a natural reflection of the family themes Eric Kirple keeps forcing on us. By having two people apart, it gives the picture that their reunification is going to be long and hard which gives promise to future plots. Aaron was better because it gave him a platform to interact with a love interest who proved herself to be somewhat good. She glued to Aaron as if she were the peanut butter to her jelly; describing what goes on in the politic filled world of Austin and basically gawking over her and if that wasn't enough those observant fans will note symbols being written down.
Classic guy/girl relationship.
Truly the best
moment in this episode has to be the scenes involving Neville and the Senator as they run through the reprogramming camp trying to get his son back. It starts off weak with metaphorisms and disappointing acting galore but as the stakes got raised I found myself oddly invested to the plot; we can definitely
see the type of family man he is as he cares for his son, tries to debrainwash him from the things that the patriots did to him, tries to knock some sense into him. This is the type of Neville which we rarely get to see, the one who provides the best performances hands down and this is no exception. Of course, his son doesn't get to be left out of the action as he talks back to Neville criticizing his decision to destroy the patriots in addition to mocking his deceased wife and generally tempting him; this type of son who doesn't care for his father enhances the proceedings as it provides meaningful action and a sense of paranoia. I found these scenes good but not enough to raise a disappointing episode.
To all you watchers out there, just because an episode contains a premise of Monroe being put down does not make it an A- episode; it has to explore that premise, make us care for the character being jailed, even connect with him possibly. Alas we live in a world where action and revelations such as the one at the end of the episode constitute the grade of which an episode is given. I still don't believe this is must see TV
, I don't believe this is the "best TV show ever
" and I definitely don't believe this show has the ability to last; sure, it has the ability to surprise and provide good suspense but I don't watch a show to be pissed off, which is what this episode made me feel like. It made me feel like I was being mocked, because I wasn't like the rest of the audience. I respect those opinions but episodes like this make me wonder why I'm even watching the show in the first place. Alas, with a couple more episodes left; I still hold hope that Revolution can improve. Somewhat.