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revolution recapping: sex and drugs

Previously on Revolution: Soul Train

I may or may not have developed a soft spot for this bizarre, little show. It’s sort of a silly mess, but I keep tuning in every week because – like it or not – I am entertained. Perhaps not for the right reasons, but entertainment is entertainment. Whether or not this is the tone writers are going for, Revolution is essentially a post-apocalyptic comedy, a niche show trying to pass itself off as a tougher Lost and a baby Walking Dead.

Plot

Nora’s stab wound needs some medical attention, so Miles takes the gang to the mansion of his half friend, half enemy Lando Calrissian – wait, I mean Drexel (played by Todd Stashwick, Heroes, Justified). Drexel’s a weird dude who somehow manages to grow drugs in his backyard and run a brothel-like establishment. He helps Nora, but makes Charlie dress up as one of “his girls” to go assassinate a neighbor he doesn’t like.

Meanwhile, this week’s flashbacks feature distraught, frowning Aaron. We meet his wife, Priscilla Pittman (played by Maureen Sebastian), follow the couple’s dysentery-plagued post-blackout adventures,  and meet Sean, the manly, one-dimensional hero who saves their lives at least twice. Turns out, Aaron left his wife almost a year after the blackout because he felt like he couldn’t protect her anymore. Hmm.

Miles escapes Drexel’s to stop Charlie from murdering the nice neighbor. Back at the mansion, Drexel tries to get Nora and Aaron to shoot each other (the winner gets to walk away!), but Aaron shoots himself instead. Aaron’s flask stops the bullet, and then he uses the shocked seconds following his miraculous recovering to shoot Drexel. Nora and Aaron meet up with Miles and Charlie – andddd we’re back at square one.

And over at Monroe City (probably not its real name) we find out that Monroe is sending a bad ass killer to hunt down our protagonists with instructions to wipe out everyone but Miles. Jason is sad because Charlie is the only love interest he has, but his dad, Tom, is happy because he is promoted to head torturer. Hooray!

Talking Points

Drexel Strikes Back

Man, this episode was predictable. From the weird Empire Strikes Back-esque stand-off in front of Drexel’s house (Cloud City, anyone??) to Aaron supposedly dying before his flashbacks had been neatly tied up, nothing felt that suspenseful. No offense, Revolution, but your strong point has never – will likely never – be your characters. You coast by on one ridiculous plot twist after another. Predictability is not your friend.

Rachel and the Big Evil Monroe Republic

So I’ve been legitimately enjoying (in a non-ironic and non-cynical) way the scenes set in Monroe City. There’s a bit more weight and substance available when the scale is set to republic leaders and republic warfare. Not to mention, Elizabeth Mitchell (Rachel) is easily the most convincing actor on set, followed closely by Giancarlo Esposito (Tom). Now that the two are in the same city, I don’t feel compelled to go anywhere else. (Downside is that the two least convincing actors also reside here).

In Defense of Complaining

I’m not alone, of course; there are a lot of Revolution “haters” out there. While I wouldn’t necessarily put myself in that boat, I do feel my metaphorical hackles rising when I hear people criticizing the criticizers for being too nit-picky, impossible to satisfy, ungrateful, etc., etc. Look, there is no reason a multi-million dollar show like this one should be so thread-bare on character development, acting, plot progression, and general purpose – not to mention a seemingly fundamental misunderstanding of the genre it reside in. Each week I try to keep an open mind, but it’s getting increasingly difficult. The more I watch, the more I feel as if I’m lowering my standards of what’s possible in television story-telling just to accommodate what exists. It’s not a good feeling.

News

Do you have a guess about the blackout’s origin? Well, you’re wrong. Take it from Revolution showrunner Erik Kripke: “The sweet spot is to find an answer that’s actually scarier than what you were thinking,” Kripke says. “Like, ‘Oh wait, this is not even just about electricity.’ And that’s what we’re designing.”

Ooo.

Hayley has other interests besides just nerdy TV shows. She also is a big fan of thinking. She ponders the great mysteries of life, like how more of her time can be devoted to watching those nerdy TV shows.

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thoughts on the walking dead: beside the dying fire

Previously on The Walking Dead: Better Angels

  • A herd of walkers are attracted to the farm after Shane and Carl’s gunfire.
  • All the survivors are split up. Jimmy and Patricia are killed while Andrea is, inadvertently, left behind.
  • Everyone, minus Andrea, regroup at the road where the season started.
  • Andrea runs through the woods while fighting off waves of walkers.
  • The survivors make camp near the road for the night.
  • Rick tells Lori that he had to kill Shane.
  • Andrea has run out of ammo and is about to be attacked by a walker when a mysterious swords(wo)man saves her.
  • Rick tells the survivors that Jenner told him – while at the CDC – that everyone is already infected. He also seems to take more of a stern approach with the group after they – again – challenge his leadership role.
  • A nearby prison seems to foreshadow the next locale for season three.

Battle Royale at the Barn: The amount of walkers that stormed the barn was insane! Were they all really following that helicopter until they heard Shane and Carl’s gunshots? Why didn’t the survivors just camp out on the road for awhile then head back to the barn? It’s not like the walkers are going to take up residency. I doubt they care about thread counts and rooming arrangements.

Jenner Knows Best: Now that the survivors know they are inevitably doomed to be among the walking dead how will they react? Is all hope lost? I don’t think so. As far as we know the infection doesn’t affect life util after death so…party on dudes!

Samurais With Slaves? It doesn’t make any sense to me either but we all saw it. Who is Andrea’s hooded savior and where did they come from? Are they going to actually help Andrea or is she in more trouble than she was before? Why were those walkers in chains and why does the fact that their arms were cut off deter them from still biting..ya know…with their mouths? Someone better answers these questions for me…but without all those icky *spoilers*.

Zombie Baby?! Here’s looking at you Lori. I wouldn’t think that the infection would cause two living humans to create a dead…living…baby? But don’t quote me on that.

Rick, Finally! Was I the only one who almost leaped with joy when Rick told everyone to STFU? Maybe him killing Shane was exactly what he needed to push himself over the edge and I can’t wait to see how everyone reacts to it. They have been challenging his leadership role all season and, now that he is claiming it, I can’t wait to see who is the first to rebel against a more aggressive  Rick.

Salvation in Solitary? Maybe it sounds like an oxymoron – or just plain stupid – but prison could be the best thing to happen to our favorite group of vagabonds. I think it’s safe to assume that the prison is going to have a few inhabitants already nestled inside upon arrival though. I’m hoping for a pleasant mixture of living and dead – all about equal opportunity around these parts. Rick asked for a place to “fortify”, and when I think prison just guess what word comes to mind? Cell blocks unite!

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thoughts on the walking dead: better angels

Previously on The Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner

  • The survivors have a funeral service for Dale.
  • Carl tells Shane that he is the reason Dale was killed by the walker.
  • Hershel allows the survivors to move into the house after Dale’s attack.
  • Rick decides that he is going to let Randall free miles away from the farm.
  • Lori thanks Shane for keeping them alive and apologizes for her part in their relationship.
  • Shane frees Randall and heads to the woods where he snaps his neck.
  • Shane goes out with Daryl, Rick and Glenn to find Randall.
  • Daryl finds Randall but he is a walker. Daryl finds that Randall has no bite marks though.
  • Shane gets Rick alone, with intentions to kill him, but Rick ends up killing Shane instead.
  • Carl finds Rick near Shane’s body. Shane then comes back to life – in walker form – but Carl shoots him in the head.
  • A horde of walkers are headed straight for the farm after the gunfire.

Yes Carl, It Was Your Fault: I understand that Shane and Rick didn’t want to make Carl more emo than he already was but I can be honest: I blame you Carl. Had it not been for him playing arround with that walker in the woods then Dale would still be alive. Plain and simple.

No More Mr. Nice Guy: Shane has been pushing Rick’s limitations all season and it finally got him killed. Never did I think Rick would be the one to kill Shane but it made the scene 10x more awesome. I was actually prepared to see Shane try to branch out and make his way to Randall’s group. Even though the survivors are surrounded by walkers and rival groups Shane had managed to become the main antagonist of the season. I have no idea what to expect now.

Necessary Overkill: So you don’t need to be bitten to turn into a walker now?! We saw it with Randall but I assumed Daryl overlooked a bite. In the case with Shane, there was opportunity for a walker to bite him. We saw some random images of walkers…being walkers(?) but definitely no bites. I’m thinking that after extended exposure to walkers one doesn’t have to be bitten to transform, but if they die due to head trauma then the change does not occur. I’m no doctor but I am a pseudo-specialist in the field. You are welcome.

On the next The Walking Dead: Beside the Dying Fire

Will is a (not so) recovering TV and movie addict and TVDM only helps in feeding his vices. TVDM is the best outlet for him to spread his disease -without the use of airborne pathogens...

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thoughts on the walking dead: judge, jury, executioner

Previously on The Walking Dead: 18 Miles Out

  • Daryl beats Randall in an attempt to get information about his group.
  • Rick decides to kill Randall to eliminate him as a potential threat. Dale disagrees and tries to get other members on his side.
  • Carl finds a gun and heads into the woods where he finds a trapped walker. The walker manages to free himself as Carl escapes.
  • Dale finds that no one agrees with his effort to keep Randall alive.
  • Hershel gives Glenn a family heirloom. Maybe a sign that Hershel is accepting Glenn’s relevance in Maggie’s life.
  • The house rules that Randall be killed.
  • Carl walks into the barn as Rick is about to execute Randall but Rick can’t pull the trigger.
  • Rick decides to keep Randall in custody until they can come up with an alternate solution.
  • Out on the farm, Dale is fatally wounded by the walker that Carl encountered earlier. Daryl shoots Dale to end his suffering.

Dale’s Demise: I have had my opinions about Dale – most of them being of a less favorable nature – but I was actually saddened to see him go out the way he did. Yes, he can be annoying. Yes, he does pry in everyone else’s affairs. Yes, he has floral patterns on his shirt. As horrible as all those things are he was still the most solid moral compass left. No one else is going to be able to play his role. Shane is clearly a lost cause and Andrea is close to following suit. Rick is still being influenced by Shane’s opinions of him. Lori has settled into her role of being a homemaker. Daryl is a wild card but I don’t see him making the decision to save a life as opposed to eliminating a threat. I guess this is where T-Dog steps up? Nah…

Hardcore Carl: I don’t know what Carl experienced while in his coma but he has gradually been becoming mini-Shane. Even though he doesn’t dominate the screen as much as the elder characters he manages to be just as erratic in that compact time frame. Clearly his world has been drastically changed, as has everyone else’s, but I didn’t expect him to change so suddenly. Maybe his realization that he is, in part, responsible for Dale’s death will make him understand that he has to play by the rules before he causes more trouble for himself and the group.

Passive Aggression: Did anyone REALLY think Rick was going to follow through with executing Randall? Because if you did this may have been the first episode you’ve ever seen from this show. I knew as soon as I saw that Rick was to be in control of killing Randall that he would be gun shy. Carl’s sudden appearance is a good scapegoat for his reluctance but I can see through that smoke screen. Rick is still a decent man and he isn’t use to killing those who don’t deserve it. I’m not sure what has to happen for him to cross that line but it makes for good tension betweeh he and Shane at the moment so I’m good with it.

On the next The Walking Dead: Better Angels

Will is a (not so) recovering TV and movie addict and TVDM only helps in feeding his vices. TVDM is the best outlet for him to spread his disease -without the use of airborne pathogens...

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thoughts on the walking dead: 18 miles out

Previously on The Walking Dead: Triggerfinger

  • Shane and Rick head out to leave Randall (Michael Zegen) to fend for himself (at least) 18 miles away from the farm.
  • Rick tells Shane that he will do whatever it takes to protect his family.
  • Lori stops Beth from committing suicide.
  • After Rick and Shane get into a fight, the three road trippers are caught in a walker attack.
  • After being left alone with Andrea, Beth locks herself in the bathroom and…makes her decision?
  • Rick and Shane decide to take Randall back to the farm after they escape.
  • Maggie tells Andrea to “Never step foot in the house again” after putting her sister’s life in danger.

Rick Rules: I’ll translate Rick’s speech to Shane for you all: “Shane, stop trying to snatch up my family and rank because I’m not as soft as you think I am. You weren’t with me when I had an OK Corral-esque shootout last week. Quick Draw Rick is alive and well.” Whether Shane takes heed to Rick’s hidden warning is yet to be determined but now he knows he is on Rick’s radar moving forward.

Skipping out on Laundry Detail: It’s clear that Andrea has always been the “odd-woman out” when it comes to the group. The other women tend to favor household duties whereas she is comfortable going on dangerous excursions with the men. As long as she is doing her best to help the group survive then why are you so upset Lori? Weren’t you the one who just wrecked a car FOR NO REASON last week?! Talk about counter-productive. I don’t care if you prefer clothespins or headshots, just don’t be Dale.

Suicide Watch: I do hope that this story arc is over but it did do a great job in further pushing Andrea towards Shane. Everyone knows what Shane’s methods are when it comes to survival. They now know that Andrea isn’t afraid of some rather unconventional methods of self-preservation. I still don’t think Andrea is ready to branch out and completely sever their ties with the group but I think they are ready to shake-up the hierarchical structure before the season ends.

Randall Rides Again: Honestly, I thought Randall was going to be walker fodder last week. I thought the same thing this week until he said he went to school with Maggie – Rick wasn’t going to let that fall on deaf ears. Somehow he managed to keep himself alive again. I don’t trust that he is as innocent and upstanding as he says he is and I don’t want him to be. Shane might need a new recruit if he plans on a coup. Rick might need a new deputy. Daryl might need another brother. Glenn might need some competition – because no one else has come close.

On the next The Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner

Will is a (not so) recovering TV and movie addict and TVDM only helps in feeding his vices. TVDM is the best outlet for him to spread his disease -without the use of airborne pathogens...


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