Hello everyone and welcome back to the Revolution! Well, we finally got some answers! Sort of. If anything, we validated your favorite blogger's opinion of what was going on. (is that a sly way of saying "I told you so" to stuff we all probably assumed? Probably.) I'm sure I'm sounding like a broken record by saying this show has been on a roll. It definitely continued this week in what MAY have been the mid-season finale. NBC didn't promote it as such last night, but they also didn't show any previews for upcoming weeks. (Note: IMDB still has an episode slated for 12/12, but that could change I'm sure) Anyway, let's dive into our discussion points from this week!
- Well, the title of the show is certainly true. I think pretty much every character pairing had an "I Love You" moment in the episode. Even Monroe came back for Charlie (ewww, gross don't go there right? Then why did the show make me think THEY might go there!?). We got a flashback to when Rachel and Miles were having their affair behind Ben's back. 6 years before the blackout, Miles was shipping off to the army or whatever armed forces he joined. He did the noble thing by telling Rachel he didn't love her and that Ben was the better man for her. He told her to have kids. All things she did. By the end of the episode when Miles is apparently dying from infection, he tells Rachel he always loved her and he should've never let her go. It was always her. We'll talk more about Miles in a second. But, then there was the Cynthia/Aaron moment right before she was shot (which we'll also discuss more). There was the Rachel/Charlie moment where they both said I Love You to each other expecting the worst. And of course, even Tom Neville's wife, back from the "dead" and remarried to Ted Beneke, told him that she loved him. I guess when you have that kind of public displays of affection in an episode, it's very fitting to name the episode that!
- So Neville's wife is alive! We found out that house we saw her in during the bombings was a friend of hers outside of Atlanta. She wasn't there when the blast hit. The details of her marriage are sketchy at best, but she apparently did what she did to stay alive, and Tom was apparently okay with this (since he still got to have his action on the side with her anyway!). Okay, kidding. He's not fine, but wifey has a big plan to get what they always wanted. Power? Have we ever known what her intentions were? Her behavior made it seem like she was always the mastermind behind Tom Neville's actions. Anyway, she put a halt to his path to killing the President at the White House. She wants him to keep his current position and she's going to maintain her cover being married to this seemingly powerful gentleman without a name. But, he'll always be Ted Beneke from Breaking Bad to us! And not much to add in this department except Jason did get to see his mother was alive too, but was quickly brought up to speed on a new plan in motion. Maybe this story will get a little more interesting now!
- In Texas the mission was all about saving Aaron. Rescuing Gene was put on hold much to Rachel's chagrin. She wanted to tell him how she really felt about him before it was too late. (Hmm, another "I Love You" perhaps?) Their last conversation didn't go down well. We've been predicting Gene's demise since episode 2 this season, so I still have a bad feeling about this!
- Mile recruited Monroe for some help in rescuing Aaron and Cynthia. Okay, they have to stop calling him Stay Puft. Hurley will always be Stay Puft thanks to Sawyer's fantastical nicknaming! Anyway, he recruited Monroe in exchange for helping him find his son. Monroe was reluctant but definitely did help them in the end. After all, "he's Batman". I wonder if that was a sly nod to his venture as The Cape?
- The journey to rescuing Aaron came with some pretty interesting consequences all due to the nano-tech, which we'll discuss all in one shot. Knocked out bodies, healed knife wounds, flaming Patriots (and yes, I realize that could be taken a different way. Clean up your minds people!), etc... Loved Miles comment that he's not all into this X-Files stuff. Of course, he probably wouldn't have minded getting healed by Aaron's minions of nanites ready and willing to do his bidding. By the end of the episode, it's not looking good for Miles. In fact, it appeared like he died right after he told Rachel he loved her. Now, us as TV aficionados know better than that, right? They won't kill off Miles! There's no way. So, it's really just a cliffhanger to keep us coming back.
- But while everyone is working on rescuing Aaron, Aaron and Cynthia are hiding out in a high school with some kid he went to grade school with. Of course, Cynthia can't see him, but encourages Aaron to talk to him. She still is that woman of faith to Aaron's man of science. Anyway, both win out as we find out what we assumed, this kid is visually representing the nano-tech. And here is where we confirm exactly what's going on. Ever since The Tower, the world went crazy. Lightning struck all around, Aaron feared that he was going to destroy the world, the people of level 12 warned of restoring power. And something did happen that day. They WOKE UP the nano-tech. Well, Aaron did more specifically. He gave them some kind of human-like quality where they feel like they owe a debt of gratitude to their creator. Somehow they can read what Aaron is thinking and react to it. So, he was thinking he wanted to kill Patriots, and Patriots would light up on fire. He didn't want to die, the nano-tech restored him. They healed Cynthia for the same reason. But, Aaron didn't want the nano-tech's thanks. He wanted to be left alone. He didn't want to be a freak. Naturally, this was very bad timing for this to happen. Aaron was left to face a dying Dr. Horn who wanted his brain tumor to be removed/cured. He threatened to kill Cynthia, and then followed through with it. The nano-kid returned and Aaron's first thought was to kill Horn and all of the Patriots instead of heal Cynthia. The nano-tech was confused about the conflicting directions from Aaron and decided to leave, but not after burning ALL of the Patriots, at least on the high school grounds. YIKES!
- So many questions. Did this end the Willoghby conflict? Did Aaron kill ALL of the Patriots or just in the school? I'm going to guess just the school since we didn't see Truman perish, and they still have to go after Gene. Did this officially end Aaron's command over the nano-tech? I assumed that Aaron would heal Miles, but it looks like he won't be able to do that now. Oh and by the way, RIP Cynthia. Was just starting to like her. Also, what was up with the dead rats and the unconscious Patriots? At first I was thinking the nano-tech absorbed power from the rats to restore Aaron. Maybe that's still true. But were the Patriots knocked out to restore Cynthia? Or was it just a command from Aaron's mind to get them out of there? If the latter is true, then did Aaron wish 1000 rats were killed? Maybe absorbing powers from rats and crows (they showed one on the ground next to the Patriots) kills them, but humans are just knocked out?
- The biggest lead to where the story is going was the suggestion that Aaron needs to go to Spring City, Oklahoma. After all, they do have the 2nd biggest ball of yarn in the world. Why does he need to go there? Who knows? Maybe the Nano-Tech have created some kind of virtual civilization there. Maybe there's someone there that has more intel on the situation. It's anyone's guess. But, I'm just going to assume we're going there after this Texas disaster wraps up. Maybe we'll find out that's where Monroe's son is, and when Aaron finds out Monroe is going there, it will trigger him remembering what the kid said to him and realize there is some connection there. Lots of possibilities, I guess!