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Check Out 'Revolution: The Complete Second Season' On DVD Aug. 19

8/17/2014 5:15am EDT
Check Out 'Revolution: The Complete Second Season' On DVD Aug. 1
"Revolution" centers on a world where all technology, including computers, planes, phones and lights, is extinquished suddenly and without warning.

The series begins 15 years later, where life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution.

Both paramilitary groups and freedom fighters inhabit the post-apolyptic society, struggling to survive.

The series centers on a young woman named Charlie Matheson, who with a band of rebels, including her her mother and estranged Uncle Miles, try to overthrow the Militia who rule the land.

Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, and Gianc...

'Revolution' Series Finale: Farewell

5/21/2014 10:26am EDT
Revolution aired the last of its episodes in its two-year run tonight. Lots of it was excellent, and made me sorry the series was ending. But one thing - the very ending - was just the opposite in every way.

Among the good things: Charlie's talk to Miles about getting together with Rachel - made sense and would have been fun to see in a third season. Bass keeping his word to Miles was a high point in both seasons. And the Texas Rangers getting the jump on the President, preventing a war with California, was a fine piece of futuristic television, too.

But the ending... well, I've bee...

NBC Cancels 'Revolution' and 'Community,' ABC Renews Three

5/9/2014 4:04pm EDT
NBC Cancels 'Revolution' and 'Community,' ABC Renews Three
NBC has cancelled Revolution after two seasons. Revolution was a bubble series for a while, and its prospects just kept getting worse. There was a rumor that NBC would order an abbreviated final season, but ultimately NBC passed on the show altogether.

In other news, NBC has cancelled Community, which is surprising after most people thought it would get a final season order from NBC. Community has one of the most devoted fanbases of any TV show, and there has been talks of reviving Community on a Netflix/Hulu type basis. Now that NBC has released the show, hopefully we will hear word of of...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 20: Hillary

5/8/2014 9:48am EDT
Well, you have to hand it to Revolution 2.20, which came up with a great line at the very beginning of the episode, when the President says to his man called back from Texas to see him, "Hillary had a pair like yours." So does this mean that Hillary Clinton was President some time before the big blackout? Likely yes, otherwise why would the President years after the blackout make reference to her? A very nice provocative touch of possible future history, which Revolution has been very good at this year.

The story tonight was pretty good, too. Tom, at the very end, makes an alliance with M...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 19: No To Nanites, Yes To Post-Apocalypse

4/30/2014 11:04pm EDT
Watching Revolution 2.19, after a four-week hiatus, it became more clear to me than ever how much the nano-tech story has hurt this series. It connects to almost nothing. Although it lead to at least one good episode - the Aaron thinking he had gone back in time thread - it lingers now in the series like a vague, bad dream. It may lend some profundity to whatever happens at the end, but at this point it's contributing nothing.

For example, it didn't save Miles, which would have been a nice touch. On the bright side, Miles had one of his best episodes as he managed to find his commitment to...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 17: Arabic Writing On The Wall

3/20/2014 4:08pm EDT
No nanites but lots of welcome action in Revolution 2.17 - welcome, because it's good to see the "patriots" crushed whenever that's possible. This means that I agree completely with Monroe taking the opportunity with or without Miles and against Rachel's increasingly annoying opposition.

But it was interesting to encounter the continuum of motivations and likely future actions of our freedom fighters. Monroe's son is beginning to be a little put off by his father's violence - or at least, it seems that that's what we're supposed to think, based on the look on Connor's face. Charlie's joi...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 16: The Manchurian Post-Blackout Patriot

3/13/2014 5:58pm EDT
After the heady pseudo-time-travel nanite-induced dream of last week, Revolution 2.16 returned to its more conventional story of the US at war with itself after the blackout, and put on a pretty good hour of it.

The most interesting part of the episode was the back story of how these new United States came to arise out of Guantanamo. This has been hanging as far as specific details since the beginning of this season or the end of last season, depending upon how you look at it, and it was good to see it played out with some of the people we've come to know and hate in the post-blackout pre...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 15: Not Time Travel

3/6/2014 8:37am EST
Well, it turns out in Revolution 2.15 that Aaron did not travel back to 2014. He was dreaming, courtesy of the nanites, of being back in 2014 - which as Charlie in his dream tells him, is like The Matrix. In other words, a much less impressive gambit than time travel - though I liked the first Matrix movie well enough - with a few clunkers and some good sequences mixed together.

The first inkling we get that this is not time travel is when Aaron sees Chris Hayes on .

So rather than our reality, Aaron is a victim of a nanite induced dream, for the purpose of getting him to fix their defec...

'Revolution Season' 2 Episode 14: Time Travel!

2/28/2014 9:29am EST
'Revolution Season' 2 Episode 14: Time Travel!
Revolution was back with the 14th episode of its second season last night, which ended with a surprising turn to my favorite staple of science fiction: time travel.

I've been not overly thrilled with the nanite story so far, especially the mystical elements, which take the series out of science fiction and into fantasy and mythos. So, on that account alone, it was great see Aaron suddenly transported back to 2014 as he struggled to put the nanites out of business for good, by introducing a virus destructive of the nanite code. My assumption is that the nanites had to be responsible for wh...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 13: Steven Tyler Mummy

1/30/2014 8:55am EST
It's the little details of alternate history/future in Revolution that I most enjoy - Mexico using its border guards to keep what's left of Americans from entering Mexico, new configurations of nation states arising in post-blackout North America, that kind of thing.  And last night, in Revolution 2.13, we get another tidbit: in the new Las Vegas, they're hawking a look at Steven Tyler's "mummified remains".  Something about this struck me as funny, maybe because Steven Tyler in our reality already looks a lot like a mummy?

Otherwise, there's good plot and character development on all sort...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 12: Eugenics And Lubbock

1/23/2014 10:21am EST
A fine double-barreled Revolution 2.12, with stories booming out West and back East.

Out West we have the targeted typhoid outbreak, meaning the Patriots are using it to eliminate undesirables - the physically weak - from the population.  If we needed any more evidence that the khaki-suited Patriots are really American Nazis, working either for themselves or whatever other power, this is it.   Best of part of this story is seeing Monroe's son step up to a major role in getting the cure, which he doesn't quite get - yet - but shows some smarts and bravery in the attempt so far.

Meanwhile, ...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 11: Captives And Nanites

1/16/2014 11:04am EST
Revolution 2.11 continued the quintuplet set of parallel stories it sprouted last week, and which are now beginning to converge.

Three of the four involved captives.  Miles and Monroe are captives in Mexico, where the people are singing "Born to be Wild".  Charlie and grandpa get taken into custody by the Patriots, as Charlie tries to do her best for grandpa on a foolish mission to save an old friend, who, unbeknownst to Grandpa Gene, is already dead.   And back East, Jason gets himself taken into custody, presumably because he broke into his mother's new man's room, he being Chief of Staf...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 10: Mexico And More

1/9/2014 12:03pm EST
Revolution resumed its second season with episode 2.10 and a story that multiplied its previously two-part parallel storyline into four.

The most interesting of the four - although all are good - finds Miles, Monroe, and Rachel in Mexico, in  pursuit of Monroe's son Connor.   The scenario for this is what Revolution does best - showing how the world has changed ever so ironically in the aftermath of the blackout and the bombings.  So there's a big fence between Mexico and what used to be the U.S., but it's intended to keep riffraff from up north from going into the promised land of Mexico,...

'Banshee' Season 2 Premiere: Sneak Preview Review

12/26/2013 9:18am EST
I just saw Banshee 2.1 - the first episode of the new second season, to air on Cinemax on January 10, 2014 - courtesy of a screener from Starpulse. Here's a brief review, with no specific spoilers:

All major characters return, in the same condition they were in at the end of the first season.

Hood sleeps with an unlikely beauty - her initiative.

Zeljko Ivanek's on board as a new character - a Fed interrogator.

A few more words about Ivanek - he's starred in either series-wide or more limited arc roles in more gritty television dramas in the past few years than I can keep track of, i...

'Revolution' Recap: 'Everyone Says I Love You'

11/21/2013 3:17pm EST
It’s been a bit of a ride on Revolution so far this season – but dare I say that it was a ride I enjoyed? Sure, the series is still far from perfect. Most shows, even those I deem my top favorites, are. But after Revolution’s sizeable misfire last season, there was little they could do to make my skeptical (and loyal) self roll my eyes less than I did for most of season one.

All of which leads me to say, Revolution is probably the best example of what happens when showrunners listen to their fans and realize their mistakes. The show’s second season was not only tighter in storyline but als...

'Revolution' Review 2.9: 'The Boy And The Attitude'

11/21/2013 8:56am EST
A strong but flawed Revolution 2.9 last night, in which we see the nanites or nanotech that heal and kill on behalf of Aaron in the incarnation of a boy - a friend of Aaron's when both were boys in grammar school.

Fair enough - though the incarnation seems to trivialize or at least makes the nanites less mysterious, which is not a plus - but the nanites in the form of the boy also have something of a petty attitude. Aaron tells him and them to get lost. They come back to help Aaron kill Dr. Horn and all the pseudo-patriot soldiers. But when Aaron then pleads with the "boy" to once again he...

'Revolution' Review: 'Come Blow Your Horn'

11/14/2013 10:42am EST
Continuing its dark road – as it has all season – this week’s Revolution picks up with our character’s current perilous situations: Monroe, Aaron and Cynthia in hiding after being attacked, and Miles, Charlie and Rachel dealing with both Aaron’s disappearance and the knowledge of the fact that Gene is a traitor. I really love the path that’s being chosen for Stephen Collins’ character – it demonstrates that the show is adding people that it cares about fleshing out, as opposed to just throwing random guest actors and additions into the mix because it might help the story along. To that end,...

'Revolution' Review 2.8: Family And Faulty Experiment

11/14/2013 9:28am EST
A powerful family-dynamic on Revolution 2.8, in which Rachel comes to terms with her father - that is, moves from professing to not care what happens to him to wanting to save him from the pseudo-patriots - while Major Tom back East learns the truth about how his captive's husband really feels about her.

We also get a good flashback retrospective of Dr. Horn, which gives us context as to how and why he's torturing Aaron.   As is often the case with these sorts of quietly sicko people, Horn's reasons go beyond just patriotism.

But the logic of the experimentation on Aaron is somewhat lacki...

'Revolution' Recap: 'The Patriot Act'

11/7/2013 4:22pm EST
Last week’s “Dead Man Walking” may have been more hyped on the promotional front, and it’s not that the hour wasn’t good. But “The Patriot Act” was, in retrospect, a much stronger episode in terms of both character development and plotlines, introducing a formidable new villain and lots of new issues that should help continue to steer the show forward as we head into sweeps season and eventually, into the winter finale.

Last week, we were (briefly) introduced to the unsettling Dr. Calvin Horn, Rachel’s former Department of Defense co-worker, better known as Zeljko Ivanek, better known to L...

'Revolution' 2.7: Firestarter Aaron vs. The Creepster

11/7/2013 10:22am EST
Well, Zeljko Ivanek, who's specialty is playing oldster cerebral creepsters, usually working for the government or in some position of administrative power, has made his way to Revolution in just such a role.  We saw a bit of him last week, but in this episode 2.7 he's on the scene in full force, using the weight of his vicious intellect to identify and get in tow the firestarter - that is, Aaron.

The other major character is Rachel's father, the not-so-good Dr. Gene Porter.  Last week, it looked like he was the patriots' mole.  We learn that for sure, and Stephen Collins puts in a good pe...

'Revolution' Recap: 'Dead Man Walking'

10/31/2013 4:13pm EDT
Oh, Revolution. You almost had me.

I have to admit, I started writing a rather angry review before the episode was even over, when I was convinced the show had actually killed off one of its best – and most underused – talents. Thankfully, I was able to contain my rage, because honestly? I don’t believe Monroe is dead. Rather, I would be surprised if Monroe was dead. While we certainly saw him die, down to the closed eyes and burial, Rachel digging up the grave at the end made me think otherwise. And though it was eventually revealed that Gene is working for the Patriots (he at least has e...

'Revolution' 2.6: Heroes and Villains

10/31/2013 9:10am EDT
A good Revolution 2.6 tonight, but I guessed the ending long before Rachel started digging up that grave site. After all, Rachel listens to Charlie, whatever Rachel may say to the contrary.  And Rachael prepared the lethal dose that her father administered with pleasure.  So I could see it coming that it was less than a lethal dose, and Rachael would be digging up the unconscious but not dead Monroe shortly after he was buried.

What I didn't see is that the doc, Rachel's father, would be the mole, feeding the faux US patriots what they need to know.  Whether the doc is doing this to protec...

'Revolution' Review: 'One Riot, One Ranger'

10/24/2013 9:38am EDT
I’m not going to bore you with repeated statements about how impressed I am with Revolution’s upgraded performance, but after “One Riot, One Ranger,” I’m now absolutely sure more has happened in the past five episodes than in all of last season’s 22 episodes combined. The action-packed hour not only gave us some interesting intel, but also gave closure to the split group storyline by reuniting all of our main characters for the first time since May (recall that we began the season with everyone already split, hinging on flashbacks to show us exactly what went down that caused Charlie to str...

'Revolution' Recap: 'Patriot Games'

10/17/2013 10:27am EDT
I’ll start by being completely honest: Revolution is not my favorite show, but it’s worlds better than it was last season. More importantly? The program is finally, finally, finally getting on track to be what it should have been all along. (Remember how I pointed out that things were getting progressively darker? Apparently now we’ve gotten to the point where we have to put up one of those violence warnings. I’m not sure why NBC decided to move the show to an earlier hour only to have it be ten times more graphic than it ever was last season, but I also don’t claim to understand the inner ...

Revolution Recap 2.4: Nanites And... Maybe Aliens?

10/17/2013 8:32am EDT
On a night in which our real US government finally got down to business in Washington, the faux US government - the self-styled "patriots" - took a beating from our heroes in Atlanta and the Plains Nation in Revolution 2.4.

The Atlanta scene featured Major Tom eliminating his patriot superior and taking over that position himself.  It was a good move towards Tom's goal of destroying them from the inside.  Tom is sure that the patriots are not really a vestige or descendant of the US government before the blackout, and a sheet of paper in Rachel's hand out West seems to support that.

The b...

'Revolution' Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: 'Love Story'

10/10/2013 10:55am EDT
I have to hand it to Revolution – they certainly know how to pace their second season. Within three episodes, we’ve not only established the whereabouts and motives of our main characters but we’ve also introduced new ones, created entirely new storylines, had a few big fights, and moved pretty quickly across the country. Perhaps we’re moving a bit too quickly – with one main storyline already tied up, it almost feels like Revolution is revving up faster than it should – but to be honest, I’d rather have a season full of quick, interesting action than one that goes along spinning its wheels...

2013 Fall TV Season: What Will Be The Second Cancellation?

10/8/2013 6:00pm EDT
NBC- The Voice is still doing good numbers on Monday/Tuesday. The Blacklist is winning its timeslot, and was the first show (technically) to be rewarded with a back-nine pickup. Chicago Fire is also doing solid numbers on Tuesday. Revolution needs to regain some audience members if it wants a second season. With the success of The Blacklist, and Chicago Fire doing OK, Revolution is looking to be one of NBC’s weaker points right now. I can’t see it not running the full second season, but it might not get a third. Also, Ironside is definitely going to get cancelled. The premiere was so low, a...

Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

10/5/2013 2:06pm EDT
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Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.


ABC doesn’t have a lot to celebrate about. Once Upon A Time and Revenge are both down season-to-season, yet up from last season’s finales. So, really, you could say they are even for the night. Their new drama, Betrayal, however is a disappointment. Low ratings. Does ABC have anything ready to replace Betrayal though? They’re already definitely going to cancel the much lower rated Lucky 7 (an almost certainty), can they afford to axe two shows?

CBS has a nice strong lineup of returning shows, all performing well. FOX’s shows are ...

'Revolution' Review: Season 2 Episode 2 'Reanimation'

10/4/2013 9:43am EDT
Revolution 2.2 continued its mix of smart-alec humor and science fiction blood and guts, but there was much less humor this week than last.  And the humor comes early, as the town sheriff who was captured last week with Mile tells Miles what inspired him to become a sheriff: tales his father told him about a Texas ranger.  Not, not the Lone Ranger, but a ranger the sheriff thought was real: Walker, whom Miles and we know was a television character, when electricity still coursed through the world, and jokes were getting rife about Chuck Norris.

That's the last joke we'll hear from Miles, w...

'Revolution' Review: 'There Will Be Blood'

10/3/2013 8:50am EDT
Revolution continues its revamped second season by picking up where we left off last week, with Aaron waking up after being mysteriously revived. It seems like this is going to be one of the bigger ongoing plot lines, and as much as some people might think it’s a bit “hokey” I actually find it interesting – we’re not only giving Zak Orth a storyline with potential, it’s also one that’s big enough to involve other characters (case in point, we see a bit more of Rachel’s uneasiness and guilt as Aaron tries to reconcile his resurrection.) While Aaron believes that his revival is due to the nan...