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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Revolution- Chained Heat

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No, this episode wasn’t porn, as the title suggests.

What happened: Miles says that he needs a friend, Nora, if they are going to rescue Danny, so he ditches the group to rescue Nora from a militia prison camp. Charlie goes after him and helps him get Nora back, along with a swanky new rifle. Charlie kills two men in the process. Aaron and Maggie are supposed to meet Miles and Charlie later. Aaron tells Maggie that Ben gave him a necklace and told him to bring it to a woman named Grace, the black woman who has power from last week. Unfortunately, it looks like Grace is in trouble. Someone named Randall is in her house.

At the end of the episode, we see Rachel, Charlie’s mom, is alive and living in General Monroe’s camp. She doesn’t seem to like him much, so she’s probably not allowed to leave. Monroe tells her Ben is dead and he has her son. She tries to stab Monroe with a pen, but he grabs Rachel’s arm and tells her that she is going to tell him what she knows about how to turn the power back on.

What we thought: Does this show remind anyone else of Firefly? We don’t want to overpraise this show too early by saying this, so know that we don’t think this show is anywhere near Firefly’s quality yet. It just reminds us of it, kind of. We said we liked Charlie’s trusting nature and softness last week, but it’s time for her to reel that in. It was annoying us at the beginning of the episode. She and her uncle have a Luke Skywalker/Han Solo relationship, only they need to start being friends soon. This is why we’re glad Miles let Charlie go with him to get Nora. We’re also glad Charlie didn’t really hurt her ankle when she was trapping Nate. She needs to be competent, like all women need to be in order not to be mocked beyond what they deserve for their mistakes.

Of course Nora ended up looking like a model. There’s a reason most lead actresses aren’t as attractive as models. Oh, they are always good looking, but they aren’t perfect. We like actresses with some character in their faces, not those who look the same as every bland, hot girl selling clothes in Vogue. Look at Emma Stone. Pretty, but also character. This show might be barking up the wrong tree with Charlie and Nora, even though it’s plain the producers think the Charlie actress is going to be a star.

It makes sense that the dad didn’t shoot the potential food thief. It explains Charlie’s hesitation in killing. Her mom is a bad ass though. It’s not like that guy wasn’t warned! And he threatened a little girl. Hopefully Charlie proved herself to Miles a little in this episode. So, there’s a resistance and they love American flags. We love Nora’s tattoo. We kind of want one. We knew Rachel was alive. She is probably involved with the resistance in some way too. We like that each episode so far has ended with some kind of twist. This episode took a plot detour to get Nora, but we were fine with it. It wasn’t boring. It was a fine second episode, still setting things up and revealing the main players.

Episode grade: B


  1. When I watched this episode (before I read this post) I TOTALLY thought of Firefly. I am not sure that it will be as good but it has that same futuristic western feel.

    I'm kind-of obsessed with post-apocalyptic stuff so I will watch this show even if it turns out to be lame. It does remind me of Terra Nova though.

    I like that you divided the "What happened" from the "what we thought" in this post. Much easier to read your commentary for those of us who already watched it. :)

    1. At least it's not a kid's show like Terra Nova turned out to be. Worst idea ever.

      Ha, yeah, we try to remember to divide it lately. We only don't when it's more thought than recap/if the recap sentences make up like 10% of the post. Weirdly, people tend to revolt when we don't recap. We'd rather just put our thoughts and not recap at all, but everyone whines.