Hello Revolutionaries! Well, they certainly left us on a cliffhanger for this "Mid-Season Finale" didn't they? Will it be enough to bring us back in March? Maybe. I was more excited by the previews for the 2nd half of the season than the cliffhanger. But, this episode was definitely a nice payoff for everything that was building in the 1st half of the season. Lots of nice character building with our rivals Miles and Monroe and some good action sequences. And of course, a few more "subtle" Star Wars references to mention. Let's get into it!
Okay, I've been busy in the mornings lately so the recaps have been taking a hit. So, we're going to go for the Short Short version today! ("Do you?" "Yes" "Do you?" "Yes" "Good you're married, now kiss her!")
Flashbacks (Miles and Monroe)
We got a look into what makes Miles and Monroe's relationship so deep and complex. They've been friends since childhood. They served in the military together. Months into the blackout, they were fighting together joking about having to take up sword fighting because the ammunition is running low. But, there were 2 real kickers.
Danny and Charlie break free of their prison cell and Charlie gets a nice fancy machine gun. She shoots a few people and Luke and Leia work on their escape from the Death Star. But, not before they rescue their mother. They run into Miles. Miles is shocked that Rachel is still alive. When he runs into Rachel he gets a nice slap in the face. (history there? You bet. But, he also was the former Militia Head, so she doesn't know of his turn to helping his family.) Did I mention Aaron has Norah's Macgyver bomb to blow a hole in the wall at the Power Plant? (I wonder if this was supposed to be a PECO plant.)
Forgot to mention the almost rape scene with Strausser and Rachel. Long story short, Rachel killed the dude! Now he is freed up for Justified again!
Aaron blows the wall and Rachel, Charlie, Norah and Danny all run out of it. Charlie just stands there waiting and hoping for Miles to come. And, of course, he does! Best line of the night goes to him when he tells Charlie to, "Run, you idiot!" But, Charlie's smile was the biggest expression she has made all season. I'd say it was almost earned at this point! (She also made a mention early in the episode that it was a long trip and she grew along the way)
So our entire band of heroes have escaped the power plant, but not so fast! Monroe climbs to the roof to oversee his new power. One of his choppers, powered by the amplifier is in the air and ready to take on prey. We see the gun start revving up and BOOM....REVOLUTION!!! (doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?)
That's where we head into this hiatus. A gun is about to fire on our heroes and come on, we know they're going to run and avoid it somehow! But, the turning point in the show here is that Monroe now has power and a fleet of helicopters. (we saw them escorting one of the choppers earlier in the season when Miles and Charlie freed Norah) It's a game changer that we knew was coming. And now our heroes will have new threats to face and will have to make some discoveries of their own. Overall, I'd say this half season built very nicely and definitely has me interested for its return in March. We'll see if anyone else comes back too!
Oh, and the Star Wars references? Sure I made a couple references above, but the biggest one was early in the episode when they told Miles to "be careful" and he said something like, "Hey, it's me!" It was paraphrased but the same kind of line was used in Return of the Jedi when Han (recently freed from Carbon freeze) and Chewie went to take out some Biker Scouts. I know, that line has been in lots of stuff, but knowing these guys are huge Star Wars buffs and the fact that Miles was modeled after Captain Solo, it fits!