‘Revolution’ Season 1, Episode 13 Review – Can’t Slow Down

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Tracy Spiridakos and Billy Burke in Revolution The Song Remains the Same Revolution Season 1, Episode 13 Review – Cant Slow Down

Since its return, Revolution has been moving progressively closer to revealing exactly what it is that caused the blackout, and how, if at all, the power can be restored. Admittedly, that was the conceit of the series from the get go, but for the first 10 episodes anyway, the story was somewhat muddled due to the characters being preoccupied with rescuing Danny.

If killing Danny in ‘The Stand‘ felt like the series was intent on moving forward at a faster pace and focusing the narrative a bit more, then Rachel’s reveal to Aaron of what caused the blackout, and what they can possibly do about it, was certainly intended to help maintain that momentum.

Without getting too analytical about the science behind it all, it turns out the world’s power was turned off by a manmade techno-virus that was designed to suck up all the energy around it, and replicate. Those were its two main functions and apparently it did them better than anyone thought possible. Of course, something went wrong and now the world is covered in them, and the only way to control or turn them off has to do with the mysterious Tower that only Randall has access to.

Giancarlo Esposito as Neville in Revolution The Song Remains the Same Revolution Season 1, Episode 13 Review – Cant Slow Down

The reveal is so low-key and vague that Rachel’s reluctance to share it with anyone is immediately clear. It’s like one of those moments where you’ve decided to tell a story, but half way through you realize it’s neither interesting or funny, but it’s too late to just stop. On the plus side, the indistinct answers do provide the opportunity for Revolution to modify things down the line without it feeling like a complete retcon, and considering Rachel and Aaron are now on a side quest to the Tower, that seems like the perfect chance for the show to make a bigger reveal.

After the nonchalant reveal of the techno-virus, ‘The Song Remains the Same’ quickly switches gears and centers on Tom Neville’s somewhat reduced role in the Monroe Republic following the arrival of Randall and the “death” of Jason. Early on in the episode, there’s an entertaining exchange between Giancarlo Esposito and Colm Feore that illustrates just how badly the series needs actors who can properly convey different levels of villainy. And while Randall appears to have earned himself a place at Monroe’s side, it looks as though Neville is now truly on his own.

Esposito starts things off on a lighter note, attempting to expound the virtues of Lionel Richie to a young soldier before the rebels intercept his caravan carrying a shipment of diamonds to an undisclosed location and Neville is taken prisoner. His arrival sets off several key moments for the episode, including an interrogation by Miles in which Neville seems to gain the psychological upper hand by asking him about burying Danny and pointing out the futility of his efforts. But more importantly, Neville’s arrival gives Rachel something to do now that the rather insignificant weight of the blackout has been lifted from her shoulders, while also helping to redefine Jason’s role in the rebellion.

Giancarlo Esposito in Revolution The Song Remains the Same Revolution Season 1, Episode 13 Review – Cant Slow Down

Jason’s moment with his father seems to be directly related to an earlier scene in which Charlie has to talk her mother down from killing Neville while he’s bound to a chair. For all her reasons to want Neville dead Rachel ends up relenting after a load of hackneyed dialogue about how “we are at war” and how she “can’t get emotional.” On one hand, it’s good to see Charlie becoming a more pragmatic character whose role in the conflict is similar to Miles‘, but it’s an unconvincing interchange between two characters that are supposed to have a strained relationship. That being said, the scene in which Jason dupes his father into revealing the location of the diamond drop-off is handled well and actually comes off as something of a surprise.

In the end, though, ‘The Song Remains the Same’ makes the questionable decision to split the core group by sending them off on separate missions – but not before stamping a huge question mark on Miles’ relationship with Rachel. The splintering of the narrative runs the risk of undoing the renewed focus the series had been enjoying since its return, but with Miles and Charlie chasing down a nuke (because that’s the next logical step after you’ve regained power, I guess?) having Rachel and Aaron head off in search of the Tower at least gives the characters something to do other than keep secrets or demand more information.


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  1. I think the Nanobot introduction gave us more questions than answers. I would like to know how are we even living when our body has nerves, heart, brain that works purely on conduction of electricity? As it is said, they are breathing in nanobots but why are they not absorbing the electricity produced? And where are they getting the material responsible for replication? I think we need to watch a few more episodes.
    Also, I am glad that Charlie is sidelined and she has always been the root cause of all the problems on the show. Terrible acting and writers had put so much trust on her, which has utterly failed. I am glad post-hiatus episodes have more of Rachel, Miles, Neville, Aaron rather than Charlie and the annoying teenager bunch. And for god’s sake, I hope this show doesn’t start love story between Charlie and Neville’s son.
    And this show should spend less time on family drama. It just isn’t right on this show, considering terrible acting from the one of the leads.
    Also, am waiting for a war between the two republics – Monroe and Georgia.

    • Excellent points KS, I totally agree with you.

      • Maybe it only effects electric currents along metal conductors?

  2. “What’s a boy band?”

    Heh… called the Twilight/Juliette romance… I even think that Charlie is actually Miles’ daughter.

    So there has to be something special about Danny’s implant since it still has electricity despite the Blackout Nanites.

    Randall must have access to some Apple factory workers to be able to churn out amplifiers so quickly.

    So everyone knows how dangerous Neville is but they don’t keep a guard with a gun trained on him at all times? How did that pastor survive all this time?

    So the new storyline has split… Trip to the Tower and Find the Nuke? Why doesn’t an armed rebel go with Rachel and Aaron?

    And in a post apocalyptic world… what is the value of diamonds? Wouldn’t that guy rather have food, water and one of those electric pendants?

    But I’m still watching… Walking Dead and Justified are done.

  3. i just cant see this making it past the first season but ill continue to watch it

  4. My favorite character on the show is Aaron he needs more bad ass moments

  5. still not canceled yet, eh?

  6. So here is a shot in the dark @ this show. They used nanobots to heal danny a year before the blackout. The capsule pulled out of him has something to do with the nanobots and that this is how they leaked out into the world to begin with.

    Obviously the nanobots needed to be leaked out before the blackout happened to have it happen worldwide at once. They’d need a reason why they were supposed to do what they do (replicate) to begin with. Someone just did something to reprogram what they did once they were worldwide.

    It’s also pretty clear that they allow people to be resurrected as this show seems to kill off main cast members at the drop of a hat, even when it seems to make several episodes worth of the series to be utterly a waste.

    Racheal died (or appeared dead) so it sure seems that these nanobots allow some form of revival somehow.

    Really this show is a great example of how to take a Nice theme/story to start off a series and how to utterly ruin it with bad acting, poor storyline progression and dropping the ball on keeping viewers interested in the characters, story and events.

    • If they start bringing people back from the dead this show will have jumped every shark possible. As for your last statement, I would have to agree that this show is an interesting idea dropped in a blender with things that are popular in the genre right now.

      Sticking with the geek vernacular, this story seems like a cliche RPG campaign where the person running it has no idea where anyone is going and just throws every random idea from the handbook at people to keep them following along.

  7. Giancarlo Esposito is an excellent actor who portrays a great villain. I hope that this season ends with him in control of some military….Monroe’s, Georgia, California, or even Texas. That way this season could be the origin story of a great evil villain.

    As for the airborne nano-computer-virus, it’s an interesting concept that I realize has issues. The main issue could have been solved with one line of dialogue stating that it doesn’t integrate with organic material.

    I feel as if this show has taken leaps and bounds since after the break, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this season plays out. I started this show because I enjoy Eric Kripke’s ability to tell an overall story arc as he did with the first five season’s of Supernatural. And I’m sticking with Revolution to see if he can pull off that magic once again. I’ve been more satisfied with the past couple episodes than I was with all 10 of the earlier ones.