Hello fellow TV aficionados and welcome to the Revolution! Okay, so my last recap may have come off very sarcastic and given off the impression that I wasn't enjoying the show. This is far from the truth! There were definitely cheesy moments last week, and there really aren't many discussion points yet, so when this happens I normally result to humorous (well, humorous in my mind) recapping! We're going to try and go much shorter this week, so maybe we won't run into any confusion. I thought episode 3 was a decent outing as well. We are sort of starting to see what this show wants to be. A weekly adventure with a little bit of an advancement with the whole "power" thing. And of course, some short flashback segments to fill in some blanks about the post-blackout and our characters' pasts. It's a tried and true method. We'll see if they can keep upping the ante and getting more interesting along the way! Let's dive into the recap.
Okay, here were the storylines last night.
Nora needed to bring her gun to the rebel alliance (aka USA Patriots). But the rebels found themselves in the middle of a battle with the militia. An interrogation of one of the captured rebels by Lucifer/Jacob himself (Mark Pellegrino) led the militia right to the hidden rebel base. Sidenote: Mark Pellegrino was not only Jacob on LOST, but a recurring cast member on Supernatural (Showrunner Eric Kripke's other show). A sign of the talent they can bring to this show.
Long story short, a big battle was fought. Miles and Jacob (UPDATE: His name apparently is Jeremy on the show) reveal some shared history. Miles turns himself and the gun in to let the rebels and Charlie go free. But Charlie and Nora come up with an explosive plan to get Miles back, and blow stuff up in the process. Another win for the rebels! (Don't think they got the gun back though)
Danny and the Militia
Danny and some random militia guy that I'm sure will end up being his best friend 5 episodes down the road, got into some heated conflicts. Militia Dude lost a friend in the attempted capture of Danny's father Ben. Danny argued that they killed his dad. Danny ratted him out to Captain Tom and got his drink of water. But later when the Captain wasn't around, Danny got a sack of rocks whacked in his face a few dozen times. Ouch! No fear, Danny faked an asthma attack later to draw some sympathy of militia dude then choked him out for a few seconds. And he threatened to kill him if he ever touched him again. Captain Tom watched on with great interest in the boy. He may have found a dark side that he can corrupt over time. Maybe together they can even find a way to save Padme. (whoops!)
In all seriousness, did anyone get the vibe that maybe the long-term game here is that Danny will become one of the militia. And by the time Charlie/Miles get there he won't want to be freed? Just a hunch I'm playing.
We see Miles and Monroe on the army base 8 weeks after the blackout. Miles is tired of sitting around. He wants to go to Chicago and find his brother. Monroe won't let him go alone. They realize this is a long trek but they head out anyway! We follow them along the way stumbling upon murdered people in tents. Miles is shocked at how quickly things are unraveling. Monroe brings up that there's a struggle for food and people will do anything.
6 months after the blackout, they're still trekking to Chicago. And they stumble upon a large man beating down another guy. Miles takes matters into his own hands and pulls a gun on him and his friend. The man apologizes saying he just wants food. Miles shoots the 2 guys anyway and saves this guy. And who is this guy? None other than "JACOB" from the present day! Thus, the militia is born.
Aaron and Maggie head to Grace's farm to search for answers on the power. They find that she is gone (kidnapped by Randall last week, we assume) but they search the house. Aaron finds that Grace had built a computer and is very excited by that prospect. Why build a computer if it's not going to work? They also saw a Discman sitting out in the living room.
Aaron gets frustrated though not being able to crack the code. He tells a story of his past about how he was bullied in school for being a "nerd" but then got the last laugh when he got a job with Google, owned 4 houses and had an awesome wife. But the punchline is, after the blackout, it's the bullies who are in charge again. Maybe not for long. The magic necklace started powering up and the CD player started playing "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. Maggie got excited and powered on her phone. (This show without power is brought to you by Apple by the way) She got to see her kids for a brief second but then the magic lost its power. Maggie just asks HOW? And Aaron has no clue.
And that's where we leave things. What inspires these magic necklaces to power up? Solar power? Key words? Only hold so much charge? Guess, we'll find out!
- Charlie was a little more tolerable this week. Just thought I'd say that! Maybe because there were no awkward scenes with "my name is not Nate"!
- Miles is a co-founding father of the Monroe Militia. He has killed people to restore order to the land (at least the Chicago area). And, of course, it seems to have worked to some extent. We find out that all of the militia have been trained by him so he suggests to run whenever they come across them. (Of course, Charlie will never listen to that advice) But, at some point he must have had a change of heart or a falling out with the militia. Because he says it's been years since he's been an active part of it.
- Nora claims that she's part of the rebel alliance for a guy, which is Miles' assumption. But she tells Charlie it's more complicated than that. We confirm that she and Miles used to be together. But then she was with Frank. She and Frank ran into militia one night and had an altercation. She took a few shots and gave some back herself. Frank dumped her afterwards. But the big reveal is that she was 5 months pregnant during this altercation and lost the baby. I'm not sure how she would've known it was a boy without power unless someone magic necklaced an ultrasound!
- Read what you will into this, but Captain Tom is reading Lee Iacocca's autobiography. I guess reading about the automobile industry is a bit of history these days!
- Anyone notice that right by the rebel base was a blue sign for the "Lone Pine Mall"? That just happens to be the renamed mall in Hill Valley after Marty McFly knocks down one of the "Twin Pines" in 1955. So, nice random Back to the Future reference!
- Jacob had some crazy methods of interrogation with his pseudo version of Russian Roulette. Of course, then he ended up killing the guy when he got the information anyway. I wonder if this was a Miles tactic? Based on his flashback, it wouldn't surprise me.
|I grow tired of asking. Where is the rebel base?|
- Charlie is convinced there's still good in Miles (wait, so he's Darth Vader too now?) and that he still cares. Miles argues that he doesn't. But, obviously he does if he's trying to help her get Danny back. He's just a tortured and flawed hero.