Monday, November 19, 2012

'Revolution' Review - 1.09 Kashmir

        On the newest episode of NBC's Revolution, Miles and the gang are bound for Monroe's lair - Independence Hall, but their efforts are impeded when they begin to have difficulty separating fantasy from reality; and Monroe starts to grow suspicious of Rachel.

        For a brief moment, I was on the cusp of giving Revolution very high praise. The show had a very golden opportunity to make a huge and shocking narrative twist by killing off Charlie. If the series would have struck to its gun and went through with this, I would have had the utmost respect for it. Charlie has just not been a very good character on this show. Sure, over the past few weeks, the series decided to toughen her up and not be a pouty and annoying teenager. But that initial damage was done and she has moved past any sense of redeem-ability in terms of emotional depthness. Her death would have done wonders for the series because it would eliminate the narratives biggest issue as well as open up fantastic emotional doors for various characters. But alas, we not so lucky to have this actual play out as Charlie survived to live another day. In that sequence with the parallels between reality and the dream, it felt like the show wanted us to desperate want her to wake up and be devastated if she didn't. However, as it actually played, I was rooting for the show to actual kill her off because of those reasons I mentioned before.
        In the end, this hour was all about setting all the pieces and important players up for next week's fall finale. Miles and his gang (along with some new rebel fighters) are in Philadelphia. Yet all of these moments are purely physical and would have made for quite the boring hour (as most penultimate ones are). However, the show's was able to take a very murky plot device with the hallucinations and use it effectively to show the inner turmoils within each of the main characters in a way that simply wouldn't work elsewhere. We are now entering the fall finale with the information of Miles' internal battle of rejoining the Militia and Monroe vs. continuing to battle with Charlie. We saw that Aaron's decision to leave his wife is still eating him up even though a ton of time has past. Charlie wants her family to be reunited even though that is physically impossible. It should be interesting to see how all of this knowledge effects the events of next week's finale as well as the characters for the back half of the season.

So what did everyone think of the episode? In that moment, were you hoping that Charlie would die? Is a crazy psychopathic Rachel better than the current version of the character? Share your thoughts in the comments.