‘Revolution’ Season 1, Episode 6: ‘Sex and Drugs’ Recap

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Billy Burke Zak Orth and Tracy Spiridakos in Revolution Sex and Drugs Revolution Season 1, Episode 6: Sex and Drugs Recap

After taking a week off for the presidential debate, Revolution is welcomed back into the lineup with the one-off episode ‘Sex and Drugs.’ Thankfully, instead of the twisted indecent proposal that had been teased in the series’ advertisements for the last two weeks, Revolution actually goes in another direction that helps define Aaron (Zak Orth) as a member of the group.

When last we saw them, Miles (Billy Burke) and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) had narrowly missed rescuing Danny (Graham Rogers), and that means he is now hundreds of miles away and in the clutches of Monroe (David Lyons). Meanwhile, in a brief moment of grief-induced insanity/rebellion Jeff Fahey’s character put a knife in the tough-as-nails Nora (Daniella Alonso) before scampering off to (possibly) be seen in a later episode with some flowers and a homemade “So I hear you got stabbed” get-well card. And while it seemed like an injury that Nora would be able to shrug off, the group instead find themselves desperate to find a doctor before she succumbs to her infection.

Besides checking in briefly with Danny at the Monroe compound, the episode takes a much-needed detour into nearly self-contained territory to tell a story about a local drug dealer named Drexel (Todd Stashwick) and the bloody dispute he currently finds himself embroiled in with the O’Halloran clan down the street. Taking the various players away from their pursuit of the youngest Matheson works out to be a decent way in which Revolution sets the stage for the next point in Charlie’s maturation, while finally giving the audience a chance to see Aaron (briefly) in his prime before the lights went out.

Zak Orth and Billy Burke in Revolution Sex and Drugs Revolution Season 1, Episode 6: Sex and Drugs Recap

It’s only natural to assume that given the things he’s seen done by Miles, Nora, and to a lesser degree, Charlie, Aaron might be feeling a bit out of place considering his particular set of skills have little value in the current environment. So, much of Aaron’s flashback sequence takes the time to set up just how difficult the transition from having a corporate jet at his beck and call to mistakenly giving his wife sewage-rich lake water as a beverage was for the man. Aaron once spoke to Maggie about how he’d been at the mercy of bullies before in his life, and after choosing a path that valued brains over brawn, his accomplishments had largely been taken away from him, and the world once more was in the hands of those more physically capable. Men like Drexel.

As Drexel, Stashwick becomes part of a trio of Justified actors that includes David Meunier (Sgt. Strausser) and, in this particular episode, David Andrews (O’Halloran) – who plays the corrupt, mustachioed Kentucky lawman, Tillman Napier. Drexel grows and distributes a vast quantity of heroin to the republic and, naturally, has a history that involves Miles in his pre-desertion days, telling the group, “I lined his war chest with so much gold you could dive right in and swim.” And as impressive as that may have once been, as soon as Miles did the ol’ cut-and-run routine, Drexel apparently suffered as a result of his affiliation with the former commanding general. So, being the kind of guy to hold a grudge, Drexel insists that Charlie pose as one of his girls and assassinate O’Halloran, in return for providing the medical attention that Nora needs.

The episode splits to illustrate a little bit of growth for both Charlie and Aaron. While on her quest to save Danny, Charlie’s story arc has been primarily to see her toughen up and act in the kind of no-nonsense manner of her uncle, or even Nora. There’ve been glimpses of her having to make hard choices, but facing the consequences – like the time she killed the guard so Nora could swipe the sniper rifle – hasn’t always come easy to her. Here, tasked with infiltrating the compound of an ex-cop, who is, for all intents and purposes the good guy in this situation, Charlie seems ready to follow through with the kill if it means saving Nora’s life, and, by extension, Danny’s. In the end, Miles stops his niece from stabbing O’Halloran, but as far as the evolution of Charlie’s character, this might prove to be a turning point for her.

Daniella Alonso in Revolution Sex and Drugs Revolution Season 1, Episode 6: Sex and Drugs Recap

Meanwhile, Drexel cements himself as a larger-than-life villain by pitting Aaron and Nora against one another for their lives. Here, Aaron’s history comes into play as we learn his inability to provide things like clean water, fire and protection for his wife, brought him to the conclusion that she would be better off in the company of those who could. So, when faced with the prospect of shooting Nora to save his own life, Aaron chooses instead to shoot himself – seeing Nora as more valuable to the task at hand than he is. Playing on the fact that Revolution did away with Maggie in ‘The Plague Dogs,’ it seemed plausible that Aaron would actually have sacrificed himself – choosing to be of some use to the group in death. But instead, it was all a bit of clever manipulation to lure Drexel close enough that Aaron might put a bullet in his chest.

Even though Drexel served as a one-and-done character, ‘Sex and Drugs’ serves as a turning point for both Charlie and Aaron. So moving forward, their characters may begin to carry more weight in the overall storyline of the series.

There’s even a little bit of development back at Monroe’s headquarters, as Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) gets a surprise promotion to major (making him Major Tom) while his son Jason (J.D. Pardo) learns that Monroe is planning to send Strausser in search of the pendant. Apparently, Strausser’s tendency to not leave survivors is of some concern for Jason, so perhaps we’re looking at another defection from the Monroe Republic in the episodes to come.

Revolution returns next week with ‘The Children’s Crusade’ @10pm on NBC. Check out a preview of the episode below:

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  1. The only reason I’ve continued to watch this show is to see who/what turned the power off. I dislike the characters and the writing of them. How did some of these people survive- nay- THRIVE for 15 years of societal collapse and remain such wimps? It boggles the mind how misplaced their emotions are in life-or-death situations. It was a relief when the portly fella finally sacked up and defended himself and his friends against the drug lord. I was starting to hope they’d off the character. The lead chick is still irritating. Hope they toughen her up a bit.

    • yeah same here only reason im still watching is cause i wanna know what turned off the power its the only intersting thing about the show. dont even care about the characters

      • I honestly really enjoy Miles, and Charlie their chemistry is awesome, i honestly am not all that interested in the power storyline, i’m more intrigued about the eventual showdown of Monroe and Miles. I’m actually impressed by this show, i felt the pilot was a bit weak, convoluted, they tried to put a lot of stuff into that episode, and didn’t flesh out characters well, but i think it’s going on all cylinders now, and starting to really thrive.

  2. I thought this episode was excellent. Todd Stashwick’s turn as Drexel alone made this episode a stand-out. Revolution continues to entertain with its smart writing and surprising twists. It also continues to push the envelope of what can be shown on network television. I’m impressed.

  3. I haven’t seen the show- but if there’s a storyline that involves eliminating the rotund bearded hipster in the first picture, I’d start tuning in. Sad to see the Zack Gundalfaoks/Jonah Hill “weak but clever bearded man-boy” trope that corporate media pushes on young Americam males hasn’t fallen out of favor with the appointed network writers.

  4. the girl is irritating and the show is poorly written, the characters reactions aren’t believable at all, the only thing interesting is how the light were shut off and how they never figured out to turn it back on and thats it

    • Amen, bruh. Whoever thinks the writing is good doesn’t understand that clever dialogue doesn’t make up for a lack of story in an episodic serial. A show with stand alone episodes maybe, but gets old fast in a broader story arc.

  5. Who played Drexel in the Sex and Drugs episode? I can’t find it anywhere!!!

    • Did you try the article posted here?

  6. Well said.

  7. It took every ounce of willpower I possessed to sit through the entire incomprehensibly awful pilot episode.

    I found every aspect of the show to be embarrassingly cringe inducing and ridiculously unbelievable. I can suspend disbelief….to an extent, but this is just an insult to anyone with an IQ above double digits.

    The sets, “plot”, acting, fight choreography, writing, and props are all so laughably awful, it boggles the mind how this is still on the air.

    This show makes Terra Nova look like a multiple Emmy winner.

  8. This week they run into someone else who knew Miles back when that gives us insight into what a low-life he was, thus trying to hammer in the redemptive, reluctant hero angle. To be honest if he is all that bad, why don’t these guys ever just kill him?

    The combination of someone else getting sick due to lack of medicine and them having to find proper medical attention seemed like a busy-work, away mission episode in a series that really has not explained a lot of other things yet. It’s also funny how Nora was okay after the gunshot wound, but the stabbing pushed her to the brink of death.

    The blatant Star Wars references were cute though, the Return of the Jedi lunchbox that Charlie had (must have been a knock-off since those kids are too old to have been around for lunch boxes and Return of the Jedi). And the bad guys whole, “You have a lot of nerve,” line was what Lando said to Han in Empire. Yeah we get it, the creators watched a bunch of sci-fi growing up and now they are putting it all into a blender and hoping it comes out good.

    Also what is the over and under that Aaron’s wife shows up and is hooked up with the MMA fighter she was with in the flashbacks?

  9. I dropped it after the third episode…Reading the comments here it looks like the show wont go too far…Just too many things wrong with it…

  10. After last night I’m officially done with the show. The episodes are largely meaningless and stupid, the acting is forced and fake (especially from the female lead who always has that all too serious, crinkled forehead “look of concern” on her face ALL….THE….TIME) and I’ve gotten over the slightly interesting premise. I can find out how/why the power was turned off (and remains off) by reading about it after the fact.

    • I am not one of those rabid haters of Lost (I just stopped watching it after a while), but the paint-by numbers formula J.J. is trying to use here just isn’t working. The whole flashback thing not only seems like a gimmick to pad the main plot line and keep it going, but it almost seems more interesting then the main storyline. The whole guest character actor making a cameo is also just a diversion in a sense. But when the side characters that show up are more entertaining then the main characters you have a problem.

      • But LOST was excellent right up until that turkey ending. The ride was still worth the time regardless and I didn’t regret tuning in to watch it every week.

        The thing is though, LOST was lightning in a bottle and they are just trying tooooooo hard to capitalize on the same formula which is the biggest mistake of all.

    • @mongoose: I loved your comment (especially “that all too serious, crinkled forehead “look of concern” on her face ALL….THE….TIME” – I feel exactly the same way lol).

      Around ep3 I decided to give the show another chance and watch a two or three more episodes… this episode airs in South Africa next week I think and looking at the comments here, I won’t even bother making this my last episode.

      I’m done too.

      • I swear that is all I saw this last episode and just wanted to reach into my TV, slap her around a bit and tell her to TRY a different expression. Drove me freakin’ nuts! We already have KStew’s one note, “helpless waif” block of wood acting and we don’t need another one note actress.

  11. So Aaron is madly in love with his wife and instead of sticking with the group so he can learn those important survival skills… he abandons her. Yeah… that’s what ever rational person would do.

    So how did he end up with Matheson’s group? And for not knowing how to survive… how did he stay fat for 15 years?

    • Hormone imbalance.