It has only been two episodes since the series returned from hiatus, and while it wouldn’t be practical to say the elimination of Danny’s character had completely refocused Revolution, it does seem to have made the series’ overall plot feel more active and responsive to the needs of the characters and their overall development.
As with last week, there’re still some debatable problems with the timing of certain reveals and the pacing of the show. It would be nice if Elizabeth Mitchell’s Rachel would just unload her knowledge of and involvement in the blackout so that the characters could all be on the same page and Aaron could be used for something more than hiding around corners and constantly asking “Who is Randall?”
But by the end of ‘Ghosts,’ it looks like those answers are coming in the form of a tale told ’round the campfire – but at this point, it doesn’t really matter how they deliver the information, but what they choose to do with it once it’s out in the open. Rachel could deliver the information via pantomime as long as it helped the series to find more propulsion.
Before that can happen, the episode must take a moment to address the emotional impact of Danny’s death, while, at the same time, actually giving the characters something productive to keep themselves busy for forty some odd minutes. For the most part that means Miles and Charlie need to find something to do, now that their shared primary goal of saving Danny has ended in shockingly short-term success.
This raises an interesting question regarding the decision to terminate an admittedly useless character that the series’ plot once hinged on. While on one hand it might seem as though Danny’s death nullifies the first 10 episodes of the series, it also becomes incredibly clear how much of a pure plot device the character was in the first place. Addressing his absence may hold some weight for the characters, but overall, a lack of Danny holds about as much significance to the storyline as Rachel dropping the pendants into a pan of acid.
So, with Danny’s rather succinct burial, Revolution presses on, and its key characters each look for some renewed sense of purpose, while, as the episode’s title suggests, find a way to initiate some kind of reconciliation with their past.
For Miles, that means heading out in search of former allies that can help the rebels bring down Monroe. First on the list: Jim Hudson, a man Nora insists might have strong feelings about killing Miles, since he was involved in the failed assassination attempt on Monroe’s life and, as a result, is now in hiding, posing as a librarian under an assumed name. Although we don’t yet know what kind of addition Jim will make to the team, the friction between him and Miles (especially considering Jim’s wife found out he was lying about his past) might add an interesting element to the overall team dynamic and will likely answer why Miles failed to kill Monroe when he first had the chance.
Meanwhile, without Danny’s rescue to keep her busy, Charlie takes part in dangerous missions with the rebels that leave her either splattered in someone else’s blood or nursing a nasty wound on her shoulder. Without Miles there as a confusing emotional buffer, the relationship between Charlie and Rachel is like an exposed nerve and soon the two are reprimanding one another until Rachel silences her estranged daughter with a slap across the face. While many viewers had probably longed to see this happen to Charlie for some time, the fact that it came from a legitimate emotional source was just icing on the cake.
A resolution to the Rachel/Charlie conflict is interrupted when Randall shows up at the rebel HQ after it was revealed he can remotely engage other pendants and track their location. After a tense cat-and-mouse segment that illustrates how much Charlie has grown into a semi-competent character, the entire confrontation boils down to Rachel destroying the rebel’s two pendants to keep Randall from getting his hands on them. But, as he reveals, his concern is in acquiring Rachel and her intellect, not necessarily the pendants.
As such, Colm Feore has proven to be a boon for Revolution, quickly brushing aside David Lyons’ Monroe as a contender for the role of top antagonist and, as we see in ‘Ghosts,’ he’s more than capable of filling the position. There’s even a bit of backstory on the character that helps to explain why he initiated the program that apparently led to the blackout, and what his intent was – which is pretty much summed up with Randall stating the blackout “wiped the world clean.”
So far, that statement also applies to the second half of Revolution‘s first season, as the initial storyline was all but wiped clean and now things are progressing into far more promising territory.
Revolution continues next Monday with ‘The Song Remains the Same’ @10pm on NBC. Check out a preview below: