Welcome back to the Revolution! We got another solid episode to continue this already better season 2 last night. The bad news is the ratings were not too great. The good news is that it's NBC and the ratings are pretty much on par with what it was doing by the end of season 1. The ratings are also better than what was airing at Wednesdays at 8 last year for them as well. So, maybe there's a chance the show could stick around. Shows like this don't traditionally increase viewers when the decline starts, but if word of mouth continues to bring a positive buzz around the show you never know. With the Netflix model and people able to catch up on what they missed, anything can happen these days. Just look at Breaking Bad's ridiculous momentum gain in the final 8 episodes. (Totally different shows and no way am I even attempting to compare quality here!)
But ratings aside, the momentum of season 2 is pretty good and Charlie isn't making me want to scratch fingers on the nearest chalkboard for relief from bad acting. So, we're in good shape! And the mystery around the nano tech malfunction is only getting more interesting! Let's dive into what went down.
- Okay, clearly something is going haywire with nature. Is it strictly the microscopic malfunctioning nano tech in the sky that is causing this? For now, that's what we have to go on. But, is perhaps nature finding a way to fight back? But why would all the rats on earth just up and die? Even more interesting, why did they commute to this one area in texas and all up and die? Where did they all come from?
- So, we saw a dead rat earlier with Aaron and this could have easily been dismissed if it weren't followed by the thousands later. Aaron made the comment, "guess you weren't as lucky as me." I guess we still have the question to if it's just Aaron that will experience this miracle or if others are impacted too. Granted, we've seen other people die in these 2 episodes and no resurrections have happened. The key difference was that fireflies were present for Aaron prior to his event. And of course, fireflies were present at the rat cemetery as well. Maybe there was some kind of transference of "life force" from 1000s of dead rats to Aaron? That's kind of disgusting, right? Well, it's obviously up for debate and I clearly don't have the answers!
- This episode brought about the opportunity for the ol' Science vs. Faith discussion. Aaron being a non-believer and his girlfriend assuming that it was a miracle from God that cured him. This led to him mentioning that he knows how he was cured and what caused the blackout.
- We had one additional scene from the tower where we saw the aftermath of the bombs being dropped. We saw them watch helplessly as 2 cities were blown off the map. Tom and the militia were not far behind as the blew the door down. And then, everything started going haywire. There was a blackout and then electrical surges all around them. I'm guessing this is a brief glimpse explaining why the power is not on again, and maybe why the tower will never be able to restore the power ever again. But, we certainly didn't get the full story. And weren't they like 12 levels underground? If the power goes out, how on earth did they going to get out of there? Guess we need more flashbacks.
- One of Titus's henchman wrote a letter and stamped it with the pyramid from the back of the dollar bill. This letter (or a letter with a similar seal) was received by Secretary Allen. So, we have to assume that Titus is working with the Patriots. The letter also had some strange handwriting that almost looked Arabic (and I apologize if it looks nothing like that, but it certainly was not the A-Z english/latin alphabet!) So, obviously there's lots to question there. The pyramid being used reminds me of the Dan Brown book The LOST Symbol that covered the secret society of Free Masons and the shady stuff they were up to. Naturally, I googled the pyramid and it is called the Eye of Providence. It traces back to egyptian mythology and represents an "all seeing God". But it is also associated with Free Masons. So, maybe they're going to pull the whole free masons secret society into this Revolution mythology. Could be an interesting way to go!
- The show is finding new ways to reference older pop culture but in humorous ways. We have to remember this is 15 years beyond our present day. And that's 15 years where people had no power and couldn't watch reruns of television or movies or whatever. So, when the sheriff tells Miles that he wanted to become sheriff because of tales his father told him of Walker Texas Ranger, that was pretty hysterical. And Miles saying "his legend is known far and wide" may have been his best quip yet. Aaron telling a "scary story" and it ending up being Ghostbusters was pretty humorous too. There was also a Lord of the Flies reference. The stuff worked though and is much better than the cheesy humor they had going on last season. Hopefully, it continues!