Revolution Season 1 Finale Review “The Dark Tower” — On or Off?

Revolution Episode 20 The Dark Tower (4)

Season finale time! The first season of Revolution wraps up with ‘The Dark Tower’. Here our gang finally get down to level 12 and turn the power on, but not before losing one of their own on the way. A decent episode, it was propped up mainly by its last ten minutes. Before that, nothing much of consequence happened.

I say that while obviously meaning nothing of consequence to this particular episode. Did we really need half an hour of people running around the tower — and outside the tower — and Monroe all but confessing his love for Miles? Probably not, but at least we got a bit of context as to why Monroe went bugnuts crazy five years back. I have to say, the slightly creepy declaration that they will always be ‘brothers’ — made creepy by just how crazy Monroe is — was better than the actual supposedly-romantic part of the episode, wherein Nora acknowledged that Miles has feelings for Rachel and then conveniently died. I’ve been waiting for her to die for half a season, but that was sort of a let down.

On the bright side, there was Neville continuing to be a glorious bastard. While Monroe slipped through his fingers, Neville was left firmly in charge of the militia, but for how long? With the president of the old United States trying to destroy the hearts of both the Monroe Republic and the Georgia Federation, it seems likely that Neville, Monroe, Miles and maybe even Kelly Foster will have to come together to fight back. This is an exciting thought.

This brings us back to those last ten great minutes. Best moment of the episode: The reveal that Randall wanted to destroy the divided nations in order to usher in a new united state of America. Better moment: Finding out Randall’s plan was all under the orders of the old president of the USA who wanted to regain his seat. The part where the president’s last standing United States colony was at Guantanamo Bay? A little pointed, but it was still a great moment, nonetheless.

Alas, as with all episodes of Revolution, I can’t let this one go without being confuzzled/despairing over the dumb bits. I get why, when the power came back on, it had to do so in a conspicious way. But where was the power coming from? The energy stations would all have done offline years ago. I suppose the nanites were releasing stored up energy back into the grid, just as it seemed to be offloading it in the atmosphere, but that raises questions.

For example: If the energy in the atmosphere is creating massive electrical storms then it mustn’t be offloading at a steady rate, surely, so why isn’t the electrical grid overloading too? How’s the electrical grid still even functional? How is power getting back into batteries? I’m all for suspension of disbelief, but after a season of suspending it, I’m happy to finally let my disbelief drop.

I wasn’t sure whether I would continue to watch Revolution next season, but the reveal of the president pulling Randall’s strings has definitely piqued my interest. What about you, dear reader? What did you think about ‘The Dark Tower’? What about Revolution‘s first season overall? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!