I’m so sorry, Revolution fans. Last week’s episode was so good that I let myself hope the series had turned around… I was wrong. Feel free to disagree. Honestly, I’d love them all to be as good as last week’s, I’d love to see a season 3 – but if it keeps going this way, not gonna happen.
An Unnatural Breakout
In tonight’s episode, Rachel discovered that the typhus outbreak wasn’t behaving like an infectious disease, but more like a deliberate infection. Figuring that the Patriots wouldn’t play with something so dangerous without a vaccine or antidote, she sends Miles and Monroe (accompanied by skeptical Connor) to find it. They’re able to grab Truman, the leader of the Willoughby Patriots, and they inject him with the typhus bacteria to get him to lead them to the cure. Meanwhile, Gene has come down with the disease, and without the antidote, will quickly die. Rachel comes to a startling conclusion, looking at the typhus victims – she believes that the Patriots are selecting their victims deliberately. “They’re weeding out the people they think are undesirable. It’s a culling. They’re trying to make the town pure.”
End of the Nevilles?
The Nevilles face a family crisis: Jason has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into Julia’s new “husband’s” office, which of course, he did. Julia and Tom work out a scheme to try to get him back; Tom says that if they’re successful, they’ll never be able to get back to infiltrating the Patriots, but Julia is only concerned with Jason. We see flashbacks to 2 years after the blackout, when Julia and Tom both realize that they will do anything to keep themselves and Jason safe, including seduction and murder. But Doyle has figured out their plan, and is holding a gun on Julia when Tom breaks into the house. He tells them to say their goodbyes, because they’ll never see each other again. Wanna bet? Never discount Tom Neville’s ruthlessness and resourcefulness!
More Nano, Please!
Once again, the episode gave short shrift to the most interesting story line, the nanotech. Aaron, taking care of Priscilla at Grace’s house, sees his dead girlfriend Cynthia. Nano-Cynthia asks him if he’s ever been to Lubbock, Texas, and tells him that all his questions will be answered there. She says that both Aaron and Priscilla are in danger, and both are involved. Aaron asks her where she goes when he can’t see her, assuming he’s really talking to the nano-consciousness. Priscilla initially refuses to go with him to Lubbock, even though Aaron says he can’t face the questions alone. A nano-firefly stops her – just as huge tree falls right where she would have been with her next step. On Twitter during the broadcast, writer Paul Grellong said, “Big ol’ tree came late in the story break. It sparked very cool discussions. Helped lay ground for nano stories to come…” I’d like to see much more about the nano and how it’s affecting Aaron and the world!
In Willoughby, as Connor starts to pull the vaccine out of Truman’s safe, armed guards break into the office.
Get to the Good Stuff
This show’s premise has a lot going for it, but the writers are taking everything way too slowly. We’re STILL left to wonder who the Patriots are, how long they’ve been planning this, what they’ve been doing in the many years since the blackout, what the nanotech is doing… While Monroe’s son Connor is an interesting addition to the cast of characters, all of the storylines seem to be moving as fast as post-blackout transportation. There are hints of interesting answers and exciting possibilities, but STEP IT UP! Monroe is plotting to get his Republic back for his son – get a move on!