I tried. I really tried to stick with Revolution last year. I had so many high hopes for a new Kripke/JJ Abrams series. After all, Supernatural is GENIUS, so a new post-apocalyptic Kripke series would have to be amazing, right? And JJ Abrams? One of the greatest shows on television was Alias. But with Revolution, I was struggling after only a few episodes – the show was entirely humorless. Even the most intense dramas have moments of good humor…but Revolution just kept driving me deeper and deeper into non-electric boredom. Both Kripke and Abrams have a well-documented history of making dramatic productions punctuated with really brilliant humor and action. Alas, not sure what happened here.
But, I’m going to try again. Despite the fact that it pushes the limits of belief that humans are not able to develop steam or wind power within 10 years of losing electricity, that the same loss of electricity also seems to have zapped all sense of humor out of humanity, and that we should care about a roaming dysfunctional family with crossbows, I am going to give the show another chance. I caught up on last year (well, I watched a few more episodes and the finale), and tuned in for the premiere of the second season.
Unlike last year, I’m actually working this year, so this review comes a few days after the air date because I don’t have as much time. But just because I love you… I watch Revolution so you don’t have to.
(Just in case it needs to be said: SPOILERS AHEAD, if you actually plan to watch it)
So when the first season ended months of the most relentlessly boring post-apocalyptic world ever, our hapless, frowny gang had breached the massive fortification called “The Tower” in Colorado. There they found all the algebra teachers controlling the power, fought the algebra teachers, turned the power on, and within seconds of that, watched a bad guy launch a shitload of ICBMs.
So of course we start Season 2 with everyone wanting to turn the power back OFF.
Six months later: Most of our main characters are holed up in a small town called Willoughby, in Texas. The power is off again. So they must have managed to turn it back off after the missiles launched.
MIT Aaron has found a girlfriend and as he stares into the night sky, he sees magical green fireflies everywhere. They swirl and swoop and then disappear. Huh, he thinks.
Mom/Rachel is now nurse assistant to the local doctor who we find out is … her dad! Played by Steven Collins, Grandpa does not appear to be in seventh heaven in his new television role.
Where is Charlie? Charlie (we used to call her Charlie-Katniss because she started off with some badass crossbow skills, but over season one she deteriorated into a humorless shell of a character) is roaming the backroads of the Plains Nation, we aren’t sure why.
At first, every scene starts off with some homage to classic rock (that’s Kripke for you), but then we lose even that subtleness a few more minutes into the show.
Suddenly we learn… NUCLEAR BOMBS DROPPED ON ATLANTA & PHILLY!!!
We catch up with Major Tom and his weirdo son Jason…or Nate…or whatever he’s going by these days … at the Savannah Refugee Camp, Georgia Federation (which appears to be a super-sized Hooverville). They are looking for Major Tom’s wife (so far with no luck). Major Tom has a crisis of futile-ness (really, it took him this long?) and tries to off himself. The kid calls his dad a “little bitch” for wanting to kill himself. They fight a little. Neither seems to care that much. Then there’s a community commotion. They run outside of their tent to discover a colonial ship sailing up the river, flying the flag of the United States.
Back in Texas, we see Uncle Miles burn a shack and walk away bloody. No explanation. So nothing new with Uncle Miles.
Sixteen minutes in and I’m nodding off…
Next, we get a little backstory about Uncle Miles and Mom/Rachael having a thing in the past and Grandpa not wanting it to emerge again. So Grandpa tells Uncle Miles he needs to get out of town. We get a Heartfelt Moment between Mom/Rachel and Uncle Miles as Miles rides off on a horse, and Miles says “Bad things happen when we’re together.” This is possibly because neither one of them is an Algebra teacher.
The action picks up a little when Miles comes across two marauders beating up on a homesteader family – he races through a corn field after them (no baseball teams in sight), slices a few bad guys and returns to town to warn the hapless (and need it be said, humorless) sheriff.
MEANWHILE, in New Vegas, where Charlie is slutting around for kicks, we learn that David Schwimmer is the “last surviving Friend.” Now THAT is post-apocalyptic. Then Charlie sees Monroe gambling with pretty diamonds, and ultimate fighting to win more cash. She secretly plots. We think (she has no facial expressions, so it’s hard to tell).
Bad news is coming to the Texas Frontier town. Uncle Miles tells Mama Rachel they need to get outta dodge before the marauders come calling. But she won’t leave until Charlie comes back and Uncle Miles won’t leave her.
Back in New Vegas: Charlie sees Monroe walking …aaaaand the crossbow comes out!
But before she can hit him, two other guys nab him, lock him up and take him away in a…stagecoach.
Oh NOS! Back in Willoughby, MIT Aaron is attacked in his own home by evil marauders! Uncle Miles goes after them before they can kidnap more screeching women – the sheriff shows up, helps out, but then Uncle Miles is surrounded….
Bye Bye, MIT Aaron, dead from the marauders’ attack… the only one who ever even tried to crack a joke in this show…you’ll be missed.
But in the last minute… you guessed it! The magical green fireflies appear and MIT Aaron rises from the dead!
Tune in next week, when I might watch Revolution so you don’t have to! Or, I might see it come on the television and…