Welcome Revolutionaries (Revolutioneers? Revolutioners?) to our 2nd recap of the power outage show! So, what's the verdict 2 weeks in? Well, I'm still interested by the premise. I still like where they're going with it. But, the same issues I had last week are still there. There are some pretty weak cast members that are playing major roles in the show. It might end up being a drag on the show. Some of the lines we are getting are skating along "Terra Nova cheese" level. I may have to reinstitute the "cheesy lines" segment at the end of the recap again. So, it's a mixed bag but it's still entertaining for now. So, we'll stick with it!
I keep thinking I'm going to stick to a quick recap, but it doesn't look like I really know how to do that! I'm going to keep trying though. I think all we really need to do is highlight the key things to remember from each episode. So, when time is short for me that's what I'll do. But for now, another wordy recap. So, let's jump right into this!
So our hero squad started off together and with Miles facing another fencing match in the middle of nowhere. A bounty hunter was after him due to the price he has on his head. (Seriously, we get it. He's Han Solo!!) Charlie has a conscience and won't let him kill the guy which only ends up causing them headaches 2 minutes later when they go to the Pontiac Market looking for some girl named Norah. Naturally, Miles finds a way to surrender himself and cause a huge ruckus and kill Greedo, err the bounty hunter without too much trouble.
Miles finds out that Norah got captured by militia but is absolutely certain they need her for their mission to save Danny. So, he said he'd meet them in Lowell, Indiana in 2 weeks. Charlie obviously flips out and sneaks off in the middle of the night to follow him.
Charlie falls down a hill and Nate just happens to be there to help her out. But she gets the upper hand and cuffs him to a pole. Excellent quotes happen here but you're just going to have to wait until the end. Nate is clearly conflicted in following his orders and his feelings for Charlie (who is obviously such a big catch with all of her whining and personal issues and dynamic persona...oh wait). Charlie asks Nate why he helped her and the camera cut to another scene. Score.
Miles stumbles upon Charlie and flips out. Charlie blames herself for Danny getting captured. We get help from flashbacks to show how her mom, Rachel (JULIET!!) asked Charlie to never leave Danny's side. It's something she's stuck by since the blackout and especially since Rachel "died". But, she got all mopey staring at postcards and Return of the Jedi lunchboxes which allowed Ben to be killed and Danny to be captured. Smooth move Charlie! So, this convinces Miles that she should come along. You know, because she's so reliable!
So, eventually we meet Norah (who looks super familiar, and after IMDB'ing her it seems like it's because she was on Friday Night Lights but I don't remember her from that). She is a prisoner on the chain gang helping transport a helicopter for Monroe. Miles has a brilliant plan to rescue her at night. And we find out Norah had no intentions of being rescued. She got captured on purpose to steal a sniper rifle. Arguing ensues, and then they all agree to get the sniper rifle before going to save Danny. They totally MacGyver up a wrist pistol with one bullet. Charlie volunteers to take out the Warden because she can free the prisoners in the process. Miles, obviously doesn't think she'll pull it off.
Cue flashback to a creepy guy trying to steal Rachel, Ben and the kids' food. He threatens to snap Charlie's neck. When Ben comes out he pulls a gun on him but can't shoot. But guess who can? Oh yeaaah, Rachel! She took down creepy guy just like she did Pickett on Hydra Island! BOOM!
So, Charlie knows she has the strength to do it. She cues up her "lost girl in the woods" face (by the way, it looks just like her other faces) and gets close to the Warden and takes him out! Sniper guy then goes for her and the scuffle on the ground for a bit. Meanwhile, Nora and Miles are just fighting away with their swords. And I know the whole sword fighting thing is supposed to be cool but does anyone else laugh when this is going on?
Anyway, Charlie gets the but of the rifle and whacks sniper dude, takes the gun and shoots him. 2 dead a la Charlie. She mopes about it for awhile. She provides a mini-monologue that announces her as the "hope for the future" of civilization. "We shouldn't have to do this!!!"
Meanwhile, Hannibal Smith walks on set with his cigar and says, "I love it when a plan comes together!"
Meanwhile Maggie and Aaron have some bonding time when Charlie skips town. Maggie is found to be holding onto an iPhone from back in the day. (She clearly didn't upgrade to the 5 before the power went out) She tells Aaron that it has pictures of her kids on it. All of the pictures from birth until the blackout. She didn't have one physical photo. And she knows that somehow in that phone she can see her kids again. (Who I am guessing are alive but in England or something) So, this is a lesson for all of you digital picture people out there. Print photos in case there is an apocalyptic blackout in our future! Yep, I'm one of them too.
Aaron shares his own secret with Maggie that he has Ben's magic necklace. He thinks it's a key to the whole blackout. He thinks the blackout might be manmade, which Maggie never seemed to think was a viable thing. This goes to show there are various theories about what caused the blackout. Ben apparently instructed Aaron to take that gizmo to Grace, who we can assume is the lady that turned on the Swan Hatch computer last week. He thinks she may hold the key to turning the power back on. This gives Maggie hope that she can see her kids again. Of course, they really wouldn't be kids 15 years later!
Captain Tom Neville/Danny
Tom stumbles upon a man with firearms on their way back to General Monroe. He gaves a dynamic performance (clearly the cream of the crop of acting on this show) in weeding out the truth from the rebel. Of course, the man still tried to keep one of his guns and ended up shooting a militia before losing his own life in the process. Tom ends up making the shot militia man kill himself via a red death drink. He seemed very sympathetic and talked the man through it as he went to a better place than where they would remain.
He gives a big religious speech at the man's funeral, and Danny scoffs. And it seemed like his hair kept growing longer the more he stared at people too! Danny makes the mistake of calling Tom a psychopath who loves killing and uses the reasoning for the militia's existence as his excuse to do it. Tom says that the militia is the one thing standing between mankind and total anarchy. Anyway, Tom didn't take too kindly to the accusations and gave a little Vader Choke to Danny thanking him for the honesty.
We think we see Aaron and Maggie approaching Grace's house, but it turns out it's some other power necklace dweller named Randall. They clearly don't show us his face for now. Grace seemed to be trying to get some messages off before getting caught. We also spot a book with the "power" symbol on it. Randall has some kind of taser device and that's the last we see for now!
Monroe gets a bigger introduction in this episode. He interrupts an interrogation claiming to be a calm individual. But all he wants is information from the rebels. (For some reason, he didn't just tell people "I'm The Cape!" Guess that doesn't get you very far, even on NBC.) He ends up killing the guy that he saved from a violent interrogation. He claimed to not be scared of Monroe and that was his death sentence.
At the end of the episode, we see him show up at an "Independence Hall" type place, which it clearly wasn't since they're in the Chicago area. And who do we see as a 1st class captive but RACHEL Mathesson! Yes, the biggest theory from last week was that she was still alive and this turned out to be very true! Of course, I thought they'd at least keep it a secret a little longer than a week. Monroe breaks the news of Ben's death which hits Rachel pretty hard. But, then he goes one step further saying that he has Danny. Rachel tries to take a swing at Monroe with a knife or letter opener or something. But Monroe was ready for it. He wants information and he wants Rachel to give it to him. He wants to know about "THE POWER". EVERYTHING! Dun dun dunnnnnnn!!!
- The "Rebels" are US Patriots. People looking to restore the United States of America. Or they could be the members of the Old Republic trying to overthrow the Empire and restore peace to the Galaxy.
- Ben's place of employment was The University of Chicago - Computer Science Department. He clearly has some kind of knowledge or involvement in the blackout.
- As I mentioned earlier, Grace had a "POWER BOOK" which seems like it will come into play later on. Maybe even this Randall will get his hands on it. Does it contain the information for turning off/restoring power? Guess we'll see. But, if it was that easy, it would be a pretty lame show!
- Nora apparently is an explosives expert. She also has become a Patriot since she last saw Miles. The tattoo on her back of the american flag seemed to symbolize that.
- Miles and Nora clearly have some history that we'll be learning about. Miles said that she owes him one and it seems to be something significant. There's probably a romantic past there too if I were guessing. And there was definitely a fallout as she did not expect to see him again any time soon.
- So, Monroe wants a helicopter and definitely has intentions of getting power back for himself. Surely, someone of importance will end up with one of those magical necklaces at some point this season.
- I think everything else was covered above!
- "Careful, Monroe wants me alive, doesn't he?" says Miles. Bounty hunter retorts, "That's true, but he didn't say how many limbs!" There has to be a Monty Python joke in here somewhere.
- Miles trying to be Sawyer and calling Aaron, "Chuckles". He just hasn't earned it yet!
- Charlie asks Miles where he's going. He answers, "Uh, this little place called shut up and stay here." Ouch.
- When Miles was captured, he claimed to not know the other people but then said he was trying to "bang' the British chick. Wow.
- Charlie to Nate when calling him out on being used to get to Miles. "You're a son of a bitch!" Hmmmm. I mean, you can say "You used me you S.O.B.!" And that works but you don't just announce that they are one. And the delivery of the line didn't help either.
- While this should be a point of interest, it's interesting to no one. Nate is not his real name!! Woaaaa mind blown!