Hello all and welcome back to the Revolution! Not a terrible episode, but very little plot movement in the scheme of things. We're just seeing things develop as we kinda assumed they would. But, I'll do my due diligence and call out some of the key moments from the episode. Though, my DVR seems to have cut off the final moments of the episode, so I'm not sure if I missed anything important. You guys can fill me in. Here we go!
- So there was a whole storyline of Gene wanting to recruit some good people from town. So he and Miles risked their lives to go into town and convince them all to come out and fight the good fight. Except, all they did was go see Gene's ex fling and try to convince her. I guess if she ended up being convinced maybe that would have had a trickle down effect. Naturally, Monroe ruined that. Obviously we recognize the actress who played Marion from 24 and LOST fame. And she's engaged to Truman further complicating the situation. Long story short, she started to believe Miles and Gene that she's been lied to but due to Monroe's Massacre, she ratted them out to Truman. Gene got shot but the bullet went straight through. That guy has lasted much longer than I anticipated!
- Tom barely escaped death YET AGAIN as Doyle interrogated a brainwashed Jason for information. But, of course, Monroe's Massacre gave Tom the leverage he needed to take out Doyle. RIP Doyle? Naaa he was as much of a doofus as Ted Beneke was on Breaking Bad! And now Tom is spinning the story that Truman will tell to D.C. to keep Julia (still filming 24: Live Another Day) all in one piece. Truman will save the town from being overthrown!
- Meanwhile on the outside, the dude that Rachel made Miles let go ratted their safehouse out to the Patriots. They were running out of places to hide due to Rachel's mercy. Monroe was fed up with the situation. What great timing that more of Duncan's people found Monroe and were looking for some revenge! Apparently Duncan was killed by the Patriots off screen. So, Monroe wasted no time. He had loyal soldiers and went on a hit to the Patriots. I'll admit, I was half paying attention, but I am going to assume they took out the Reeducation Camp as they kept referring to killing children. Charlie went too because her portion of the militia were going too. Rachel, the hypocrite, was naturally beside herself! In case we haven't picked up on it yet, this is what I've been referring to as Monroe's Massacre.
- Monroe was shown in the most negative light mercy killing a bunch of Patriots after they were already down. Charlie made sure Connor was witnessing the brutality of his father. Anyone else sense foreshadowing of a choice Connor will have to make eventually?
- There was a theme the whole night of WHY everyone is fighting. Miles is trying to make up for the awful things he's done, but he sees no hope for the future of things. He wants to keep the girls safe. Rachel is fighting for Charlie, whose humanity seems beyond saving at this point. Rachel even apologized for the bad example she and Miles have set for her. Gene just is fighting for the hope of making things better. And of course, Monroe is fighting for world domination! Basically, we knew all of this already! It may not go down as one of the greatest episodes of a TV show named "Why We Fight" (I would give that to Band of Brothers), but hey we'll go with it.
- And the big cliffhanger at the end is where I'm a little sketchy. There was a handbook written in arabic which was translated by an ex-gulf vet on Monroe's squad. It would seem that the plan for these reeducated kids was to send them to Austin to overthrow the local government. Again, we already knew the President wants Texas as a key cornerstone to taking the whole country back. So, I missed if there was an extra nugget of info here.