‘Revolution’ Season 1, Episode 9 Review – Inner Demons

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Billy Burke in Revolution Kashmir Revolution Season 1, Episode 9 Review – Inner Demons

In the penultimate episode before the series heads off to hiatus for four months, Revolution could have gone the standard route of mixing the elements of flashbacks with the show’s present-day narrative, attempting to string together a cohesive thematic structure that ties the various facets of the show together. With Miles (Billy Burke) and the rest of his group so close to Monroe (David Lyons) and Danny (Graham Rogers), it would be easy to see the episode ramp up the tension and add more sword-fighting, fisticuffs and musket action to the mix.

Instead, ‘Kashmir’ decides to forgo the usual structure and (mostly) take a look into the mindset of the main characters as they wander into almost certain death.

‘Kashmir’ stands as the build-up to a showdown between Miles and Monroe. It also places Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Aaron (Zak Orth) and Nora (Daniella Alonso) on the precipice of completing the mission they all signed up for. Naturally, that’s not going to be the case, but since they’re all likely to die the next day, it does make the group a tad more introspective than usual. Helping the self-reflection along is the fact that their jaunt through the tunnels beneath Philadelphia has them deprived of oxygen and experiencing some rather poignant hallucinations. Well, unless you’re Nora – in which case you think an alligator is attacking you.

Still, after the last couple weeks of watching the show drift a bit off course, ‘Kashmir’ puts things mostly back on track (in terms of the situation’s immediacy), and offers up an interesting notion of where the series should have been focusing instead. It turns out Miles deserted the militia he helped establish after attempting to assassinate Monroe, but came up short because he couldn’t pull the trigger on his best friend. Later, Miles loses himself completely to a hallucination and basically ponders what would happen if Monroe were willing to take the former commanding general back.

Daniella Alonso and Tracy Spiridakos in Revolution Kashmir Revolution Season 1, Episode 9 Review – Inner Demons

As far as the series is concerned, this makes rescuing Danny an objective, but puts the weight of the storyline where it should be: on Miles’ shoulders. That doesn’t correct what’s fundamentally wrong with the series, but Miles’ personal journey of redemption (and the question of whether or not he even wants it) makes for a far more interesting concept to follow.

Of course, despite the episode being filled with Aaron seeing the wife he abandoned and Charlie thinking she was back home with her family, there’s still the need for a little villainy, which comes courtesy of the Ken Cosgrove doppelganger, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse, Moneyball). It turns out the group is being led into Philadelphia by a Monroe spy named Wheatley, who is posing as a rebel and believes the capture of Miles Matheson to be worth blowing his cover for. Charlie shows some nerve and disposes of Wheatley with a crossbow, and takes a glancing bullet to the head for her trouble. She recovers, but the group suffers heavy casualties, which means they will be without rebel assistance as they enter the lion’s den.

‘Kashmir’ is not a terrible episode by Revolution standards, but it does mean there’s still a lot of work ahead for the fall finale – especially if the show wants to keep its audience after the long hiatus.

Zak Orth Revolution Kashmir Revolution Season 1, Episode 9 Review – Inner Demons

Highlights from the episode:

  • Aaron just now realizes he’s part of the fight against the militia.
  • After Dr. Jaffe (Conor O’Farrell) confirms suspicions that the amplifier she’s constructing is actually a bomb, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) kills him in order to prevent Monroe from simply disposing of her.
  • Considering his ambitions, it seems Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) missed an opportunity to get Monroe out of the picture.
  • Oh, and there’re a few Led Zeppelin songs played during the episode. While that seems like a fairly thin reason to tune in, and NBC’s marketing of it felt silly and completely out of left field, the show did manage to integrate the tunes into the episode without being completely ridiculous about it.


Revolution continues next week with the fall finale ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ @10pm on NBC. Check out a preview of the episode below:

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  1. It’s painful to watch, that’s how incredibly bad this show is. Apart from Billy Burke, literately everything is wrong with this piece of nonsense. Why more people watch this instead of the superior Last Resort is a mystery.

    Bad Robot should get its groove back. Like Revolution, also Person Of Interest has a very thin concept, Alcatraz was way too slow and probably didn’t really have a clear idea of where it was going, Fringe has the looks but finds its own cleverness much more important than human emotions and three dimensional characters. All these shows seem to have in common that they have a high concept but keep very shallow, floating back and forth on a surface, without going into the water – where the good stuff should be. I’m starting to get the sense that there’s a high concept but no depth.

    I loved Alias and Lost, so what happened? Does the Bad Robot team take their new shows too lightly? Revolution is their most recent one and a disgrace.

  2. WOW,

    This was the WORST episode of the 9. My wife likes the show, I only watch to make fun of it. How long was that tunnel? Miles upon Miles, and yet an end being closed off would cause them to lose that much oxygen, as they kept walking? and then the second they get near a door which is closed, the oxygen all comes back?

    Oh yeah, and what happened to the rest of the group of rebels? he shoots 1 or 2, and the rest dissapear?

    For a science fiction show, there isn’t much science fiction happening, just ficton. for an action show it’s too predictbale.

    I hope this only goes on 1 season.

  3. I agree, this episode has been the very worst of all so far. Apart from the ridiculous concept of a lack of air (yes we did get it that it was all used as a tool to enable those “hallucinations” but come on…!) then the quick and amazing rescue action then the at first so anti-militia scientist turning – out of the blue – into Monroe’s best friend…

    I am hoping for Season 2 to implement those changes:
    - Add some dirt to the population (do we really need those Ken’s and Barbie’s who all just seem to come out of the cosmetics spa?!?)
    - Allow for more creativity during some (survival) side stories (look at The Road!).
    - Allow for even more creativity with perhaps new technologies being invented (guys, come on, don’t you ever play adventure games?!) such a alternative wind farms, etc etc etc…
    - Include maybe some native american tribes who might have a better handle on survival and warfare techniques (if we are already going back to bows and arrows…)?
    - Focus more on emotions, feelings and character development not only on Charlie! Make it a real soap for #@!# sake!
    - In general, make Season #2 more of a darker show at it seems to currently attempt to be somekind of a scout mission with predictable obstacles…

    This show has so much potential but it seems that the outcome of each new episode is based on some brainstorming session where the writers aren’t on the same page… It’s time for a revolution, dear writers!

  4. I want to like the fiction, but can’t lack onto the heart of the show. I guess for me this is NBC’s Terra Nova, with the promise of something I’m just not getting right now.

  5. I think the show is fantastic. I don’t understand why you guys are hating on it. enjoy the show, and stop over analyzing it for christ sake.

  6. The ads for this episode made it seem like something was going to happen, and nothing actually did. The flashback gimmick, though overdone, does have it uses in explaining the back story of various characters, even though at the end of the day it is still a time sink. This episode was just nothing but filler, and yet another character actor cameo book-ending about 5 minutes of actual story progression.

    The fact that Danny and Rachel are even still alive is even more astounding, and at this point I think that whenever Elizabeth Mitchell is in a JJ Abrams project she should just not be trusted. Where is Danny anyway? The questing gang’s whole purpose is the find him and he doesn’t even get screen time some weeks.

  7. Hallucinations from lack of oxygen = poor plot device… esp when they have to continue walking for 10 more minutes… and then more after that.

    Was hoping Katniss would pull some around the corner bow shot but then she bites it so easily… boo… I must be watching too much Arrow.

    Why didn’t Jaffe play along, once he knew it was a bomb, he should have realized it would probably fix his situation… bleh.

    Nice move for Rachel, “You don’t need me… well… I’ll kill Jaffe so you will” (and actually, deservedly so since he wouldn’t keep his mouth shut).

    And I agree… Neville needs to get in the game, stop sucking up to Monroe and start scheming to make him go bye-bye.

    So are they saying the pendants are power supplies? I was going on the presumption that they were more like supressors because the world is under some giant anti-electricity field (or else they would be able to generate electricity via wind, water, steam etc).

  8. I started watching this season so i will most likely finish it but it definitely is getting harder and harder to watch

  9. Even as a fan, each week on our podcast we (me and my co-host) find ourselves picking apart the show… Sure, the premise is very captivating but the execution can be non-plussing (if that is a word)

    The idea of losing our power grid is not fiction… there are two very real very probable ways we could lose our grid and we discuss this on our podcast – in fact, this is the very reason we launched our podcast in order to educate and use the TV show as a platform… each week we tend to hold our breath to see if the show will find it’s legs… we’ll see, I guess, in season two…

    • Losing the grid is one thing… losing the ability to produce electricity at all is fiction.

      Why can’t they generate electricity via other methods?

      • true that…