Hello TV fans and welcome to the 2013/2014 Television season! We are in brand new territory this year when it comes to our genre show of the year recap. Ever since LOST there have been many shows that tried to capture that core audience in subsequent years. Flashforward tried during LOST's final season and failed to capture an audience to get to season 2. Terra Nova suffered a similar fate. The Event was a non-event. Here we are with Revolution now heading into season 2! Season 1 was nothing to get too excited over, but it gradually improved over the year and a lot of us stuck with it through its growing pains. The ratings weren't wonderful by the end of season 1, but it had the fortunate circumstance of living on ratings plagued NBC which allowed it to continue its life into season 2. Now, this could be a blessing or a curse. But, in the capable hands of Eric Kripke of Supernatural fame (which I have yet to start watching on Netflix), anything was possible.
Season 2 is immediately better than anything that has preceded it on this show. It has a new gritty and darker tone, the characters feel 3 dimensional (I'm looking at you Charlie!), and the mysteries introduced are actually interesting! And as predicted last year, it would seem like all of our antagonizing forces from last year will eventually be united against a common and larger foe that they previously encountered. So, the conflict introduced (starting in the season finale last year) is more interesting as well. I'm not going to go as far as giving my "W" word rating to this consistently improving investment, but I will say that I'm excited about the potential of season 2. Hopefully, the viewers will stick around to let us find out where they're going with this! That's enough of an intro wouldn't you say? Let's dive into our quick recap!
When last we left our band of heroes, the power had just been restored causing a lightning storm of mass proportions, and allowing Randall to launch nukes at Philadelphia and Atlanta before the "Patriot" shot himself. We also knew this was some grand scheme of someone claiming to be and possibly could be The President of the United States (who was hiding out in Guantanamo Bay for the right opportunity).
While we did see some of the events that immediately followed this finale, it was mostly concealed from us to be revealed at a later time. We saw that they somehow got out of that locked room, and Aaron tried to stop the nukes and we know that he did not succeed. But, the clock was winding down. And we flashed forward to 6 months later where all of our characters are in a much darker place than before.
- Rachel basically went into a catatonic state after the nukes went off and entirely blamed herself for it happening.
- Miles led the crew to Texas where Rachel's father and doctor Gene was still alive. They didn't know who else to turn to.
- Charlie felt the need to run off on our own and departed for the Plains Nation.
- The rest of what happened is shrouded in mystery, but we do get some clues which we'll discuss in a bit.
- The Surge - Somehow I got through the recap without mentioning the power situation. The power only stayed on for 5 minutes. I know I said that maybe they could find a way to have a season 2 where the power is on but since the chessboard called USA has been reset there is still a revolution to be won. That's not the direction they went. And it makes sense. No electrical power and struggle for other powers is basically the premise of the show so they should stick with it. But this 5 minutes of power the world experienced is the new JFK Assasination, the new 9/11. Everyone is speaking about where they were when The Surge happened. Of course, contrary to those tragic events, this tragic event of losing 2 cities in the country has a tinge of optimism. The power came back. Everyone has their stories of what happened to them in those 5 minutes. People celebrated. People believe that the power can come on for good. Of course, our crew knows better. Something happened at that tower, and they aren't talking. But, if I'm a betting man, whatever turned the power back on probably doesn't exist anymore. Or, when they turned it on, some crazy stuff went down (like that lightning storm and probably worse) and they had to shut it down before worse damage happened. We knew there was a possibility they could set the world on fire if they restored power. I guess we'll find out!
- The Fireflies - Based on the season 2 promos, this seems like it will be a prevalent theme in season 2. What's going on with those fireflies? Is it a result of The Surge? Surely, that's the only thing that would make sense right? Are they somehow impacted by the billions upon billions of nanites floating around in the air? Did they truly resurrect Aaron or is it something else about this POST-SURGE world that caused him to breathe again? Well, we know that Danny had that capsule in him that cured him of the disease he had. And that was a prototype of the technology that shut power down globally. So, it would seem to make sense that something might be in the air that could heal. And maybe it directly impacted the people at ground zero of the surge? Maybe...but those Fireflies were in Texas. Unless the fireflies are drawn to some aura around Aaron and crew since they were near the surge. I'm totally speculating here and not making sense! But hey, it's good that it's making us think, right!?
- Aaron spoke about crazy things that happened to them at The Tower. This kind of lends to my weird theories above. We don't know what those things are yet. But he did mention Cicadas. You know, those crazy bugs that resurface every 9 years or something? What on earth did he bring that up for? Definitely interested to know more!
- We saw Monroe reading a paper that said "Philadelphia Holocaust". Not sure if that is just referring to the place getting nuked or if something else happened since then. By the way, RIP Philly! If this show was real, I probably would have some clothes burnt into my skin right now or worse since I'm in Philly Suburbia!
- Another thing I didn't mention above was Miles' little subplot of killing a guy (we think) and lighting a shack on fire. What was that all about? He then had to get stitched up by Dr. Gene. And nobody asked questions. I feel another flashback coming on!