Revolution Season 2 Review “Austin City Limits”

Revolution Season Episode 18 Austin City Limits (3)

If it had somehow not been made clear up to this point, Revolution has moved into seriously dark territory this season. By the end of “Austin City Limits,” Jason had died, Priscilla had lost her free will and Miles had crossed a line he’d hoped to never cross again. The show has stepped up its game, and it’s awesome to behold.

Starting with the least shocking development, the nanos taking over Priscilla was still an effective turn for this slow-burning story. Save for the excellent Aaron episode, the show has done a great job of keeping the tech storyline on the back burner this season. In doing so, it’s managed to make it far more interesting, trickling the information out at a controlled pace. Sure, it’s still a bit fantastical, but it fits in with the theme of free will and control being explored in the rebellion arc.

Speaking of, the slaves of the Patriots dealt two major blows to our heroes this week, showing once again how evil the Patriots are. Miles’ decision at the end was clearly a tough one, but Monroe’s words earlier in the episode proved to be accurate. Miles used to be an awful person as a member of the Republic, but that’s the man they need if they’re going to have any chance of winning this war. There’s going to be a lot of death in this conflict; just ask Charlie…

Now, let’s get to poor Jason. The sad truth is that of all the characters, he really was the most expendable of the bunch. All of his storylines have been in service to other characters, and he’s never had much of a personality to invest in. Really, he serves well as a symbol of just how destructive the Patriots are. And though his increased presence this week made it obvious he would be dying, what a way to go. His fight with Charlie was long and brutal, and the lack of music added to the unease and realism. And from Charlie’s point of view, this won’t do much to help her downward spiral.

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