Revolution Review: The Adventures of Stu Redmond and Franny
Revolution has now aired three episodes with the passing of tonight’s "No Quarter," and a general rule of thumb is if a show can’t hook a viewer within the first few weeks, it loses a great deal of momentum.
But Revolution might need a little longer to real find its stride.
“Quarter” offered up a mostly plot-less, albeit fun, adventure. And while I would hope for things to begin shaping up a little better by now, at least the show is giving information out in dribs and drabs rather than in an all or nothing format.
As Charlie, Miles and Nora begin to vaguely “go save Danny” in some general direction that we’re just supposed to go with, hijinks ensue. These pit stops work on a basic level because they accomplish two goals:
- Fleshing out the characters.
- Ensuring overall arcs aren’t exhausted too quickly.
But they come at a cost: the pace was often boring, as simple as that.
Mark Pellegrino’s officer offered up some humor and some information about Miles: that he was second in command, a founding father to the republic, the militia and the trainer for the men. The Officer did all of this without viewers getting to know his character. I didn't even catch his name. So it's actually a lot of fun when all of the plot points come together on characters for whom we know so little about, and it's something that went well tonight as we followed The Officer through the present and the aftermath of the event when Miles and Monroe stumbled across him.
It's an awesome reveal for The Officer, but without a little more information, it’s still mostly meaningless for now; however, at least the flashbacks did give some weight to why Miles would decided to form, train and build something like the Monroe Militia and the republic - but until Monroe is expanded upon and we learn his history, we’re just left with Miles as character that has straddled both sides of the fence, and no reasons why he did the things he did.
Meanwhile, Aaron and Maggie were at Grace’s house and found she’s not there. Instead of doing what Ben asked of him Aaron, grew distracted by a computer that, for all intents and purpose, won’t turn back one.
Aaron and Maggie are on the right path, and they have the key to turn things back on, but if my key turned things that I wanted back on, I wouldn’t worry about music. I’d run right back to my computer, but the power was fleeting and soon everything turned off again. I wonder if that's because the drive might only works computers, or there's just not enough power in that device.
- I’m not sure why I’m laughing at Stu Redmond and Franny.
- Digging a hole? Really? Only the Adventures of Pete and Pete could pull off a hole-digging episode.
- The priest needs a new job. He’s terrible at being a priest.
- Slightly disappointed Charlie didn’t drop a Hello Kitty bag filled with explosives.
- Explosions! So, just to get this straight, very little plot and plenty of action scenes. This sounds like a Michael Bay movie!
- How long are Miles and Monroe going to walk this road during these flashbacks?
- No Tribute Nate tonight! Automatic point increase!
- No Rachel tonight and Tom was basically a background ornament.
- The power is on and the first thing we do is listen to music? I can think of about a hundred more important things to do. Let’s get it together Aaron.
What do you think? Is Revolution is still worth tuning in for?
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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.