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 enough morals to still care about his family), I have a feeling Gene and Rachel administered some sort of concoction that was powerful enough to make people believe Monroe had been executed. Hopefully my penchant to be predictable when it comes to this show is right and hopefully, come next week, David Lyons will be back in business. Because quite frankly, there’s a lot of opportunity to use him this season and I’d hate to see him go to waste more than he already has.
(Of course, I could be wrong, and this review could be wrong, but work with me here.)
All griping aside, “Dead Man Walking” continued the streak of what has been a generally strong run of episodes, attempting to clear our minds of the mess that was most of last season’s storytelling. Though Miles did a decent job of hiding the body and Monroe, the Patriots managed to snuff him out. Miles accused Rachel of tipping them off about Monroe after finding out Monroe had been moved to a place where he couldn’t be jail broken, which Rachel admitted to – she did not, however, sell out Monroe in the first place. That honor would go to her beloved father. I’m kind of intrigued that they’re making Gene into the bad guy, though could we also say that Gene is playing along with the Patriots in some kind of long con? I’m not really sure what Revolution is spinning this season towards in terms of story since every week seems to indicate a final destination of something different, but next week should give us more information on where we’re going with this. In the meantime, it’s fun to speculate.
We flashed back to six and three months before the blackout, before the Militia, and before Neville was even a technical part of our story. That’s when Miles and Monroe were debating whether or not to attack another camp in their quest for survival. Surprisingly, Monroe was against this – and much more content to play house with a girl he had gotten pregnant. (Monroe certainly gets around, doesn’t he? I mean, a kid with Emma, another kid here…maybe if there’s a mass blackout, I’ll find the long lost boyfriend I’ve been searching for.) We knew from the moment that we saw Shelly was pregnant, this couldn’t end well, and sure enough, both mother and daughter died in childbirth (I did enjoy the moment where Miles recruited Neville to help, showing the start of Neville’s involvement with the would-be Militia.) We finally get a chance to see more from Lyons as he deals with his grief, and it was a nice touch to focus on the blood on his hand that signified the literal blood he felt he had spilled (ironic that her last words were “I’m never having sex with you again.” Though it wasn’t meant to be anything but a playful jab, it certainly didn’t help his guilty feelings.)
In other not so surprising news, Charlie is still pissed at Rachel. And this isn’t just the typical teenage daughter angst, this is real, intense hate. She’s not only still upset at Rachel for everything that happened last season, she’s upset at Rachel for – among other things – being so hateful towards Monroe that she didn’t even bother to care about the well-being her own daughter. I’d say Charlie is a bit of a hypocrite – if things stay the way they are, she’s well on the way to becoming her mother – but I would be lying to say I’m not enjoying this emotional tug-of-war. Elizabeth Mitchell is at her best when she’s allowed to tap into her vulnerable side, and Tracy Spiridakos always benefits from being able to act opposite her. As much as I want Charlie to forgive her mom already and move on, I almost don’t want this conflict between the two to end when there’s so much they can do with it.
Neville and Secretary Allenford continue their journey to find Jason at the “reprogramming center” which is beginning to sound a lot less like a concentration camp and a lot more like a brainwashing center. Neville’s worst fears are concerned when he’s attacked by three soldiers who are hell-bent on killing him, one of whom is his own son. Desperate not to lose the little family he has left, Neville is determined to get Jason back, though judging by the way Jason is looking at Miles there seems to be no way Neville can pull him out of this without getting shot. He does, though – kind of. After Allenford saves Neville by knocking Jason out, Jason comes to enough to at least recognize his father (note to everyone who saw The Avengers: a little cognitive recalibration always helps when your mind has been taken over.)
- I really loved that as his last dying wish, Monroe asked for his best friend. Though their confrontation ended badly as Miles admits he knew about Monroe’s other child and hid it from him (another thing that can cause conflict when Monroe turns up alive), it still made me happy to see the existence of their bond of friendship. The scene was also, for me, one of the highlights of the hour.
- We didn’t see much from Aaron this week, other than a light conversation with a writer/reporter who was in town covering the Monroe capture. But I have a feeling her casual conversation about how the world is coming together with new governments will play into the next few weeks in some way. Willoughby better be on its toes.
- Zeljko Ivanek! Better known to LOST fans as Juliet Burke’s douche husband, who later met his end via a fast moving bus that may or may not have been conjured up by Richard Alpert. With all the hype leading up to his appearance, I expected more than a passing glance at the end of the episode but that’s what the show seems to be doing nowadays. And we certainly got enough foreboding set up to know this guy is someone who we definitely don’t want to mess with.
What did you think of the episode? Were you surprised to see that they (potentially) killed Monroe like the previews had hinted?