Hello Revolutionaries! Welcome back for another helping of the swashbuckling power outage show! I still maintain that the show keeps improving each week. This week was no different. And somehow, they found a worse actress than Charlie to make her look better in this episode! (not that they had any face to face time) We'll get to that in a bit. But some interesting mythological developments occurred here. We'll get into it below. But, in case you tire of my constant Star Wars reference, I wanted to share an article about what inspired Eric Kripke and JJ Abrams to make this show. Star Wars and Lord of the Rings were definitely huge draws for them, mainly Kripke. Okay, now that that's out of the way, let's recap!
|Look, I can make a Charlie face worse than she can!|
- We find out that Strausser was some mental patient before the blackout. He insisted that it was the world that was crazy and not him. So, Monroe and Miles seemed to have been recruiting in some crazy places for their militia.
- Miles is furious with Aaron for losing the pendant, even though Aaron is very aware of his mistake. As we expected, Monroe will probably want to use the pendant to operate weapons, including that helicopter.
- The pendant turns out to be made of unbreakable material. Miles tried to destroy it before giving it up to Strausser and could not.
- We catch a glimpse of a map of the country in Neville's home. We have already seen a full map provided by Entertainment Weekly and I linked to it in a previous recap but I'll share this one here.
- And of course, here's a closer look at the pendant map. I guess we'll be running into these other people one of these days!
- Oh yeah, I totally forgot. Neville's wife is starting to whisper ideas of overthrowing Monroe into her husband's ear. She insists that he would be a greater leader to achieve what they need to achieve.
- Which begs the question, who has the motivation to do more good in the world? Randall or Neville? Clearly Monroe is nuts and is definitely not the man to advance mankind. Maybe Neville as militia leader would be a good thing? Maybe he wouldn't be as ruthless a person if he wasn't following Monroe's lead. It's an idea, there is a chance that Neville could be even worse if he was in charge. I just get the feeling that at some point, alliances are going to change. Like maybe the militia was an initial threat, but they might be on the side of the heroes eventually to take on a larger threat (like the California Commonwealth, for instance). Anyway, just throwing it out there! But on the flipside, it's pretty unclear what Randall's motivations are. Guess we'll have to see what Grace is up to in the episodes to come.
- So, that big generator thing. Do we think that's what caused the blackout? Maybe that was what magnified Ben, Grace, Rachel and Ken's accidental technology? Of course the big question is, could it turn the lights back on?
- More Star Wars references in this episode. When Neville learned of the colonel's son's rebel ways he told his wife "I love you" and she responded "I know". Such a Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi exchange! And we continue to thank Harrison Ford for his improvisation with the line that was originally in the script!
- Do we think that the end of this season will be a trench run to blow up Independence Hall? Norah will try to stay on target, Charlie will be making her run but Strausser will be after her. Miles will have left to claim his reward, but he'll come back in all swords blazing to throw Strausser off the path. Charlie will use the force and throw a grenade into a window where massive amounts of C4 are planted and BOOM! Great shot kid that was one in a million! The force will be with you....always. Okay, I digress!
- A sort of Lord of the Rings reference too. Monroe grabs the pendant and says something like "So much fuss over such a little thing". I believe Boramir (Sean Bean aka Ned Stark) said the same thing in Fellowship of the Ring. Don't be surprised of Monroe starts calling it his precious next!