‘Revolution’ Season 1, Episode 17 Review – Hunting Party

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Daniella Alonso Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito in Revolution The Longest Day Revolution Season 1, Episode 17 Review – Hunting Party

The last few weeks have been something of a mixed bag for Revolution. In addition to coming off two less-than-stellar episodes, the news that the series had been given an order for a second season was tempered by the unveiling of NBC’s new fall schedule, which moves the show to a more uncertain spot on the network’s Wednesday night line-up.

All questions about Revolution’s ability to survive in the wilds of mid-week network television aside, the latest episode continues to bring up more questions as to whether or not most of the show’s established storyline is being thrown out in favor of the magical fix-all known as the nanomachines.

The disparity between the Tower storyline and the war between federations grew to such a degree following the scene where Rachel’s broken leg mended itself (with the help of a first-generation nanomachine) that it almost felt like the series had split into two different shows. While Miles gets back to the relatively grounded business of fighting the Monroe Militia, the nanites continue to be slathered on the series’ plot holes like some kind of sci-fi salve, building anticipation for whatever awaits Rachel and Aaron in the Tower.

And who knows, maybe whatever is lurking on the mysterious Level 12 will turn out to be the game-changer this series needs to recover some of its dwindling audience. But right now, it just feels like grasping at straws.

Billy Burke and Daniella Alonso in Revolution The Longest Day Revolution Season 1, Episode 17 Review – Hunting Party

On the bright side, though, ‘The Longest Day’ works on an episodic level by creating an atmosphere in which it seems likely that one or more characters might suddenly be written off the show. Unlike earlier in the season, when the series surprisingly killed off Maggie Foster, or even the sudden but welcome removal of Danny Matheson, there’s a tension brought about by the devastation of Monroe’s drone strikes that permeates the episode’s atmosphere and gives the narrative some much-needed urgency.

The feeling is augmented by Nora’s remarks to Miles about how painful and unfair it would be for either of them to have to watch the other die. Even though it comes across as being more than a little telegraphed, the apprehension Nora’s comments create actually help to highlight the episode’s focus on relationships and the bonds between these characters that keep them together, sometimes despite their differing ideologies.

One of the most interesting portions of ‘The Longest Day’ deals with the strained relationship between Neville and Jason – which starts off with Giancarlo Esposito grimly challenging his traitorous son to demonstrate his mettle and follow-up on the events of ‘The Love Boat’ by executing dear old dad. Neville’s anger and disappointment toward his child is echoed through the flashbacks wherein Miles’ relationship with Rachel is fleshed out a bit more and we see a far more ruthless General Matheson who is willing to torture someone he previously cared for, in order to get exactly what he wants.

Daniella Alonso in Revolution The Longest Day Revolution Season 1, Episode 17 Review – Hunting Party

We now know that Miles eventually found a line he was unwilling to cross, which set him on his current path, and now we see Neville doing much the same. After recovering an injured Jason from the militia, Neville confesses there are plenty of horrific things he’s done in service to Monroe, but the one thing he won’t do is leave his child to die. While it’s unclear whether or not their relationship is salvageable, it feels like an indication that Tom Neville may be turning over a new leaf.

That brings us back to Rachel, who rather suddenly reveals to Aaron that she’s not interested in helping the little folks along the way; her primary objective is restoring power to everyone so that “Monroe’s enemies can wipe him off the map.” While this vendetta-driven version of Rachel seems like another quick turnaround to fix a gap in the plot, it presents an interesting dichotomy between her and Aaron in which she’s willing to do anything to achieve her goal (including abandoning him), while he’s far more concerned with the morality of their decisions. This may well lead to a conflict between the two as they approach the Tower could help make their journey a little less like stalling until the season finale.

While other characters demonstrate the ability to change given their circumstances, Monroe remains consistent in his paranoia. After an assassination attempt leads him to believe that Jeremy Baker (Mark Pellegrino) set the whole thing up, it appears as though Monroe has Baker killed. But this comes after Baker dresses him down, telling Monroe that his paranoia does not bode well for Monroe or the future of the militia. Then again, having Nora in custody probably won’t bode well for Monroe either.

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  1. I know I say this every week but please for the love of all that is holly get rid of Charlie, she is infuriatingly annoying, and its ruining the show, she was barely in this episode yet her presence still made the eppy almost unwatchable. to be honest most of the characters are becoming boring but at least their manageable. i didn’t mind the nanotech side story i understand them wanting to prolonging the tower arc till the season finale. we’ll see how it goes but sorry revolution wed at 8 is Arrow time and i will definitely be watching it over revolution, i still have no idea why NBC moved it to the time slot, but when does NBC actually think about anything.

    • Eh… I like Charlie.

      You know she’s the love child of Miles and Rachel, that’s why he cares for her so much.

      Gotta love nanites, they can fix anything, Rachel’s shattered leg, plot holes… etc.

      Has Miles even been shot this whole season?

      Again, once someone programs the nanites to reanimate the dead, Revolution will start getting TWD ratings.

      • @BigNerd – haha, I was writing a post about that zombie idea at the same time.

    • I like Charlie too. But I agree she’s getting useless by the minute. She needs to have skills that will make her a bit more kick ass to make her at least likeable to other people. Probably Miles could teach her a thing or two. Swords maybe. She’s definitely not the bow and arrow girl.

      • Her skill is “eye candy”.

        She can use a crossbow, has become weirdly efficient with automatic rifles, and can avoid major injuries like her “father” Miles.

        Maybe Aaron can program her nanites to give her Matrix-KungFu powers.

        Since they’re thinking about bringing back Heroes, maybe they should combine the two and have each person programmed to have different nanite powers.

  2. They killed off Mark Pellegrino’s character with no fanfare. What was the point of giving him a back story earlier in the season with that episode where he captured Miles? It was like…lets have this guy come back onto the scene and then we’ll kill him in the first 15 minutes even though he could serve a more useful purpose in the future.
    And now, they’re changing Giancarlo Esposito’s character? When the militia surrounded him and his son, I thought they were going to reveal that he is the mole and still in cahoots with the Monroe militia. Honestly, I feel as if Esposito should become the big baddy in the next season. That position could have gone to Mark Pellegrino, but they ruined that idea.

    The nanotech fix-all is interesting. Will they go full-on sci fi and have Elizabeth’s Mitchell’s character become a bionic woman? Is she now indestructible? That thing repaired her leg because it is programmed to heal, right? If so, why can’t it heal her broken heart from the loss of her son? So many questions. Maybe Randall Flynn will use the nanotech to resurrect Mark Pellegrino and he’ll become a super soldier zombie that will take on the mysterious beast in the elevator that will become Aaron’s best friend and the bionic woman will kill Monroe…and Nora because she is in love with Miles. And Charlie is their kid. The End.

    If this all turns out to be purgatory, I’m going to be pissed.

    • It’s the side universe.

      I’m with you… still irritated at that last season of Lost.

    • Neville has been the only likable character for me so far because he has been the most consistent, so if they pull some kind of good guy turn with him then it will kind of be par for the course as far as this shows writing goes. They have gotten so stuck on trying to swerve people every week that they seem like they are just writing things in for the gotcha factor.

      Pellegrino’s character being killed is another thing that has become a staple of the show, people being introduced and then either taken out of the story for weeks at a time and/or killed. I am waiting for Fahey to show up again and get killed or Malik Yoba to die after they kidnap his wife that they showed once.

      As for Miles, Charlie and Rachel, every week it seems like they make them more and more unlikable. Charlie has just always been a weak link and the actress paying her does not help. Miles always slips into this emo, I’m a terrible person thing which he snaps out of by the end of the episode; and anyone else notice he has hooked up with every other female character they introduce? And as for Rachel, well since most of this is her fault anyway and she seems to be willing to do whatever she feels is necessary to achieve her goal at the moment she seems as unstable as Munroe. It may also be a case of type casting, J.J. should just do a show called don’t trust Elizabeth Mitchell….

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