Revolution: Why Do I Still Watch Thee?
I got caught up on “Revolution” last night and still don’t know why I’m bothering to watch this show as it just infuriates me. Also I can’t believe this got saved, when other shows got canceled.
After spending half the season trying to find and save Danny, the show went and killed him off. What ?!?! Seriously !?!? Worse yet, they tried to make his death this heroic sacrifice because he destroyed the pendant and Monroe’s amplifier. Too bad the next week he had another one and a new amplifier thanks to his new friend Ronald (or Roland or something).
This week we learned Monroe’s new friend was Rachel’s old boss and secretary at the Department of Defense. His son was killed fighting in Kabul, and he wanted to teach those terrorists a lesson. Rachel, her husband and others worked on a secret project. It seems the project was a virus to blackout certain cities or areas of the world, and they were going to use it for the war. I guess the pendants were so that we could have power in select machines and bomb the hell out of other countries? They didn’t really explain everything. Something must have gone wrong, because it blacked out the whole world.
DOD dude has now rounded up Grace and another guy Rachel went to for help, but he really needs Rachel to finish things for him. He wants to turn the power back on, but only for Monroe. He wants to select who has and who doesn’t have power, so we don’t misuse it again. He’s trying to get into “The Tower,” which seems to be the old DOD headquarters and where everything went down and went wrong. Rachel is now on a quest to get in there first and turn the power on for all.
I’m actually annoyed at the explanation for why the power went out. It seems it was all one grief stricken father on a power trip?
NBC November Spoilers for Grimm and Revolution
Some November spoilers ahead for “Grimm” and “Revolution.” Nothing is out for “Parenthood” yet. It is pre-empted this week due to “The Voice” running long, and next week for the election.
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NBC Spoilers for End of October . . . .
A couple of spoiler releases for some upcoming shows on NBC. In this bunch . . .
-On “Parenthood,” Christina goes through surgery on the same day as Max’s big speech. Oh no!
-On “Grimm,” this is the post Halloween episode, and it seems Captain Renard’s obsession with Juliette may go to “the next level.”
-On “Revolution,” there is no show this week because of the debates. On the next show, we get a look at Aaron’s back story. This show kinda is becoming “Lost” in a lot of ways . . .
-On ” The New Normal,” two spoiler releases, one for what looks to be a humorous Halloween episode. Bryan plans a “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” themed Halloween!
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Catching Up On Revolution
My Monday’s at 10pm are pretty full between “Castle” and “Hawaii Five-0,” so I have to put “Revolution” off until it’s on Hulu or re-runs on Saturdays. I also have to admit I just can’t seem to get into it. I liked the idea at first, but it’s very heavy on fighting and action sequences, which just seems to dominate much of the hour. I also get aggravated by the “junk science” as one of my friends put it. She’s not a fan of the show much either. As another one of my friends who is a big fan astutely noted, I also never got into “Lost,” and this is just another version of “Lost.” If you think about it, it kind of is.
One thing is for sure with this series, don’t get too attached to someone, as you never know how long they will be around. I was shocked that they killed off Maggie so soon! I actually really liked her. The latest episode didn’t look good for Nora for awhile either. Something tells me she will probably go before long too given her recklessness at times. Though they seem to be billing her as a love interest for Miles . . . though my guess is Rachel will end up with Miles. I guess that might be icky though come to think of it.
Monroe has been having Tom bring Danny to Philadelphia in order to push Rachel into telling him the secrets he needs to turn the lights back on. Charlie, Miles and the others tried to stop Tom from taking Danny via a train, but they failed. This was one of my issues with this latest episode, as well as this show in general. Everyone was stunned that Monroe had got himself a working train, it was bad news . . . It’s been fifteen years! Did all the smart people get killed off or something? Fifteen years to get a train working? I mean you only really had to have made it through 6th grade to know about steam engines and trains!
Monroe is fighting off other republics, which is why he so badly wants electricity. We saw a map of the new United States in this episode. The Monroe Republic is the Northeast, with Philadelphia as their capital. To the south is the George Republic, and in the Midwest the Plains Republic. There is also Texas, The California Republic which is the west coast. The Southwest has become a wasteland area. There is something really amusing about the map they showed . . . Texas is basically still Texas!
Rachel, fearing what would happen to Danny, finally told Monroe what he wanted to know. She and her husband were working on something before the lights went out, some type of pendant. She drew it for him, which is what Aaron Google Guy has in his possession. However apparently for it to work properly, he has to assemble or gather all 12 of them. Yup, twelve pendants scattered across the land! This is clearly how they plan to drag this show out. Also we still don’t know why the lights went out, and what they have to do with this pendant project they were working on.
We also learned Captain Tom’s back story in this latest episode, and met his wife (played by Kim Raver) and his son Jacob. It was great to see Kim again. It was was no shock that Jacob turned out to be Nate, the militia guy who has a thing for Charlie. This storyline is so “Twilightish” it makes me a bit ill.
Charlie, Miles, Aaron and Nora headed for Philadelphia on foot by the end of the episode . . .
Grimm and Revolution Spoilers for October
After tonight there are no new releases for “Parenthood” and “New Normal,” Presidential Debates interrupt them next week.
“Grimm” and “Revolution” do have some spoilers for the next few weeks. Read on for them . . .
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More Thoughts on NBC’s Revolution . . .
First up, the good news. NBC ordered a full season of “Revolution.” So we should have no fear of it going away in the near future. However a second season decision is along ways away, so there is always that fear we’ll be left dangling as we have with so many NBC shows in the past few years. That’s one of the biggest reasons I’ve been afraid to get into this show.
I enjoyed the pilot, but as I previously posted, had a lot of issues with the science of it all. How does electricity cease to exist? It’s like saying gravity stopped. Electricity is not just man-made, it’s a part of nature!
Since the pilot I feel like the show has been a little slow. There has been a lot of emphasis on fighting. I get that will always be a part of the show given the post-apocalyptic world, but I’m interested in story as well. It seems as if all the major things happen in the final few minutes of the episode. It’s the “aha moments” I honestly have issues with, as I feel in some ways it’s a tactic to make you hang around. It reminds me too much of “The Killing” and in many ways “Revenge.” Obviously it’s a good tactic to put a twist at the end, but when I only enjoy the last few seconds . . . . well I end up not paying attention to much of the rest of the show.
I definitely like the story with the “Google Guy” and the blonde (I haven’t learned their names) the best, because that’s where the mystery is. Why did the lights go out, and what are those little necklaces about? Clearly they are some kind of portable power source . . .
The twist with Miles knowing Monroe wasn’t really much of a twist, as we knew that from the pilot. However it almost is looking like Miles was really the initial leader, and Monroe was a follower at first? Then there is that third guy they picked up along the way, who looks to be as ruthless as Miles once was. I’m getting the feeling that Monroe was a wimp who just went mad over time?
NBC Spoilers: Parenthood, New Normal, Grimm, Revolution
Some spoilers for several old and newly adopted NBC shows . . . . .
On “Parenthood,” Kristina struggles with the aftermath of the news that she has breast cancer, while Sarah grows closer to her new boss.
On “The New Normal,” Jane has to go to David for medical, and sexual advice. Oh boy!
On “Grimm,” Angelina returns to town, which can’t be good.
On “Revolution,” Miles ends up captured by the militia.
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Parenthood Returns! Plus Other New NBC Shows . . .
“Parenthood” returns tonight, and thank goodness I heard a commercial for that on the radio or I would not have remembered! I’ve included the spoilers for the first two episodes. Also in here are spoilers from other new NBC shows starting in the fall I plan to give a try – “Revolution” and “The New Normal.” I watch several 1/2 sitcoms, mainly the ABC line up, but don’t really blog about them. The main problem is they usually are stand alone shows, and I find it hard to blog about shows that don’t have some kind of storyline arc. “The New Normal” looks to have this . . . . I hope! Also “Grimm” returns at the end of the month, and “Smash” isn’t back until next year.
Spoilers all below the jump! . . . .
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You Say You Want A “Revolution?”
So Hulu, as well as some cable’s On Demand channels, are playing a preview of several new NBC shows right now. One that I watched this week is the upcoming J.J. Abrams’ drama “Revolution.” I have been somewhat looking forward to this. My issues with getting into it are basically that 1) I don’t always like the weird and unrealistic world of J.J. Abrams and 2) NBC doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to giving shows like this a chance to grow and find an audience.
Still, I watched the pilot, which I would say seemed like a cross between “The Hunger Games” and “The Walking Dead,” just without Zombies. I think audiences of both will be drawn to the show, which is about a post apocalyptic United States 15 years after “the lights went off.” However this is a J.J. Abrams show, which is where even if it survives . . . it may eventually lose me. Like “Lost,” which I gave up on, the laws of nature are simply cast aside and to enjoy the show you have to be able to overlook that. For example, it’s not just that the power gets shut off . . . . it seems that electricity as we know it just seems to cease to exist? It’s confusing, and you have to watch to understand. For example, when “the lights go off” planes just start dropping out of the skies as if they got turned off . . .
There are some good twists and turns throughout the pilot, and a final scene that will make you say “Huh?” and will really confuse you!
If the show finds an audience, it could last. The scenery, the stunts, everything was well done. I can’t imagine this is a cheap show to make, so it’s probably going to have to pull in some numbers. Again though, you have to just take it as it is and not ask questions . . . like “So does this mean there is no more lightening or static electricity?”