Revolution Season 1 Review “The Love Boat”

Revolution Episode 16 The Love Boat (2)

I don’t think it’s going too far to assume that Revolution‘s plots are being thrown together on the fly, with no real detailed plan for the season. I say this because in ‘The Love Boat’ (what a stupid title) Aaron has seemingly just been made the most important person in the show, the one who can get the power back on, even though two weeks ago Jane didn’t recognise him and just last week Rachel didn’t want his help with her techie calculations.

This all came about after Rachel broke her leg while escaping a couple of armed men who wanted to kill her and Aaron for stealing food. It could be argued that they would have stood a better chance at surviving unharmed had they just hidden — in amongst the surrounding buildings, for example — and shot the guards if they were spotted, but instead they opted for running along an empty road and going full pelt down a slope. Obviously a couple of geniuses.

Anyway, Aaron can presumably get the power back on — probably something to do with the software mentioned in the newspaper clipping — and may have to leave Rachel behind to do so. Will she actually die this time, or rise like a phoenix from the ashes yet again? Who knows. I’m just hoping we won’t have to watch Aaron making his way to the tower for the next three episodes leading up to the season finale.

And that was just the B storyline. The A storyline saw Neville arrive at the rebel camp with plans to capture a scientist who is being forced by the Monroe militia to create anthrax. They do just that, but then Charlie gets uppity about Miles and Neville’s plan to 1) hand the scientist over to the Georgia Federation and 2) not allow him to see his family in the meantime.

This leads to the best part of the episode, when Charlie and Jason take down Miles and Neville and reunite the scientist and his family. It almost goes to hell, and Miles has to save the day, but was still a nice bit of initiative from the kids.

The problem is that this was yet another plot that has no real bearing on the season overall. Monroe planning to use anthrax to attack his enemies wasn’t brought up before this episode, and now that the scientist has escaped with his family, it probably won’t be in the next four episodes either. (Knowing that the Georgia Federation was hoping to develop their own biological weapons isn’t particularly interesting.) The only thing to come out of this was more character building for Miles.

It’s as though the folks behind Revolution haven’t quite cottoned on to the fact Miles isn’t actually all that interesting. It’s the premise, the overall situation which is the most intriguing part of the show, not how angsty Miles Matheson can be this week. He was still upset about his ex-girlfriend dying last week, which is understandable for him, but has no bearing on the audience — we didn’t even know enough about her to care for her! And it’s hard to give a damn about the other things he’s done when he’s still slitting throats left, right and centre.

Still, the show tried to make Miles feel better for his past wrongs by making him do the right thing in the end and help the scientist and his family escape, which was lovely and all. But that just wasn’t enough, was it, Revolution? I’m no big feminist, but I found it irritating how doing the right thing and feeling okay about that wasn’t a big enough reward; he had to be given a lapful of naked hot woman. What was Charlie’s reward for opting to do the right thing and free the scientist and his family? Presumably not a lapful of naked hot guy. Double standards, much?

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