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Revolution Recap: ‘Children of Men’ (Season 1, Episode 19)

Thankfully, the show gives another reason why it would be dangerous to return power. Sure, we get the usual crap exchange of “we can’t do it because people will have guns and be dangerous” with the follow up of ”But hospitals!” But tonight, we learn that when the light is restored, there’s a chance that the world will catch on fire.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Longest Day’ (Season 1, Episode 17)

There are a lot of interesting concepts operating within Revolution‘s borders. Unfortunately, it rarely makes proper use out of any of them. As the season progresses, it’s hard to not be increasingly disappointed by the potential it has squandered in favor of frustrating redundancy.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Love Boat’ (Season 1, Episode 16)

If there’s one thing Revolution has done wrong, and it’s done so, so many things wrong, it’s been the sidelining of Captain Tom Neville. Thankfully, “The Love Boat” at least attempts to remedy this problem by putting Neville close to the forefront as he joins Miles as a representative from the Georgia Federation.

Revolution Recap: ‘Home’ (Season 1, Episode 15)

Since the start of this show, Aaron has always been the most problematic character. While Tracy Spiridakos is probably Revolution‘s worst actor (though she has been improving), Charlie serves an important function both within the story and as a trope of the genre. But after more than half the season, the show still hasn’t figured out Aaron’s place.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ (Season 1, Episode 14)

There are two ways to view tonight’s episode of Revolution, both equally valid. One involves completely shutting off one’s brain to an extent that very few television shows or movies require you to do and enjoying the ride. The other involves taking it with a modicum of seriousness, which means going after ridiculous plotholes and developments.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (Season 1, Episode 13)

When Revolution was first proposed, those were some of the interesting concepts that one could imagine it dealing with. After Revolution premiered, it was obvious it wasn’t going to tackle them well, but they still existed and post-apocalyptic landscapes are kind of cool. What I didn’t expect was that we’d actually have to contend with a “find the nuke” plotline. At least not this soon.

Revolution Recap: ‘Ghosts’ (Season 1, Episode 12)

Tonight’s episode of Revolution, entitled “Ghosts,” showcases some of the best and worst elements of the series. Interestingly enough, the “good” portion harkens back to one of the show’s earlier concepts that it never really explored as much as it should have. The “bad” portion, unfortunately, is particularly hurt by the fact that it’s Revolution‘s exponentially-losing-its-novelty formula.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Stand’ (Season 1, Episode 11)

“The Stand” is simultaneously the type of episode Revolution needed to return with and the type of episode that really highlights its shortcomings. Like many episodes, it puts the vast majority of its marbles into a single sequence- this time being a dual Monroe helicopter attack on a resistance compound. It’s a mostly successful, well-done action scene, particularly for a network television show. However, the repeated use of heavy artillery makes me wonder if the show is going to backtrack from its use of more simplistic weapons. This is a shame, because reliance on muskets and swords was one of the series’ more unique features.