"It's as if a struggle to stay on the good side is made more difficult with each move made." This is a recurring theme -- not only that it's tough to stay on the Light Side, but that the Dark Side is very seductive. As Sean said, both Mike and Claire flirt with the Dark Side. Not only does Claire attack and threaten to kill Emma -- she also takes pokes at Joe's plan, as if she wants to tell him how to do it better (which is to say, worse). On the other hand, the only characters that come across as authentically creepy are Roderick and Emma. Joe doesn't make any sense as a character, and Jacob's killer conversion isn't very convincing either. (On the other hand, his sobbing at the end of the ep suggests that he hasn't convinced himself, either.) One of the highlights of the episode was Roderick's conversation with Claire. He explained why he felt at home with his fellow killers, and they communicated their shared mistrust of Joe. Romance blooms?
(Part 2) And how is Aife alive? And why was Trick running? And who were those guys who rounded him up? And how did they know where his secret fireplace thing let out? I like that things are moving along. I kind-of sort-of like that Hale admitted his feelings for Kenzi. And I'm OK with unanswered questions. I just don't like answers (and plot complications) that don't make much sense.
It was a very eventful episode -- so eventful, in fact, that many of the events only marginally make sense. Lauren starts work at Isaac's lab and immediately makes a remarkable scientific breakthrough. Huh? If science is this quick & easy, where's my flying car? At the start of the Ash's big party, everybody is wondering what the heck the Morrigan is doing there, and by the end she's proposing motions and holding votes. Huh? The Morrigan can call and chair a parliament of LIGHT fae in the middle of a PARTY? And they can declare humans TERRORISTS? Huh? Don't terrorists have to, you know, try to terrify you? (And was it me, or did the Morrigan admit to plotting the whole thing in order to highjack the Light?) Why is Tamsin living out of a truck? What happened to her job as a cop? Did the Morrigan cut off her allowance when she refused to implicate Bo in coma guy's death? And how is Aife alive? And why was Trick running? And who were those guys who rounded him up? And how did they know where his secret fireplace thing let out?
You guys still aren't covering "Orphan Black." Tonight's episode was easily twice as good as the egg they laid on "Doctor Who." I really enjoyed the way they used Sarah's criminal knowledge and skills to get her out of jams. This will obviously be an ongoing part of the show -- Sarah's rocky past will become a big asset for her and her sisters. Another ongoing part of the show were be her inability flee Toronto with her daughter. I was intrigued by Allison's apparent temptation to knife Sarah out on the soccer field and by her oblique "Why me?" remarks. It will be very interesting to see what we learn next week, as Sarah communes with her fellow Cylons. P.S. Did anyone notice how awful Matt Smith looked in the "Who" episode? Was he ill, or was he really not enjoying himself?
@Carissa: "Nothing seems to phase our Clara ..." The word is "faze." @Carissa: "Did anyone else think that the god to whom Merry ... had to sing her song looked an awful lot like a combination of the Grinch who stole Christmas and a sleestak?" That was the "alarm clock" not the "god". @Carissa: "the last 15 minutes of this episode was [sic] epic." The second half of this episode was nearly intolerable. "I'm so great, I'm the Doctor, I've done all of this crap! Take me, because I'm too lazy to figure out what's going on here and do something rational about it." Oh, yeah, it takes him, but the taking doesn't do him any harm. No consequences at all. "Hey, my mom and dad loved each other, and my mom was really nice, so die, Pumpkinhead, die!"
@Nick: "Lecter: 'Peaking behind the curtain ...'" Was he diddling himself, or did you mean "Peeking"?
Really like how they're ratcheting up the suspense with the conspiracies within conspiracies. The more paranoia the better. Not thrilled with Elias sending messages by moving pieces around the chessboard willy-nilly. Before, he seemed like he actually wanted to play. Will we ever learn why Beecher was being investigated if he was actually a good guy? Given that Carter's relationship with Beecher killed her move to FBI, I hope that there was something real there. Using Bear to infiltrate the building was cute (and somehow telegraphed -- I'm not sure why I knew it was going to be him) but makes no sense. How did they get a dog past security? How did John and Monica get past security to take advantage of their being distracted by Bear?
Note that there was some speculation in the Manhattan Project, the crash program that led up to the development the first nuclear weapons ever tested and the only nuclear weapons ever used in war, that the fission bomb would set off a chain reaction in the atmosphere, leading to the extinction of life on Earth. The consensus among scientists was that this was extremely unlikely ... but the fact is that they did not know 100% for certain -- how could they? -- what would happen when they conducted their first test. "Revolution" may not have been inspired by the debate over the possible destruction of the atmosphere by the A-bomb ... but, then again, maybe it was.
@San: " I'm not sure which target they tried to eliminate but I thought it was some kind of, well, immediate object like a (head-)quarter or something? Because I understood it this way: Flynn wanted to turn the power off in certain areas while Rachel and Ben warned him something bigger might happen when he tries to do it so soon?!" They did announce the target. Approx. 38 minutes into the episode, Flynn says "We start with the Taliban compound in Peshawar." Peshawar is a city of nearly 3 million in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. Conducting your first major field test of a weapons system in a large allied city is not exactly a sensible thing to do, but TV veers wildly between portraying the military as sainted saviors, on one hand, and bigoted idiots on the other. Note that there was some speculation in the Manhattan Project, the crash program that led up to the development the first nuclear weapons ever tested and the only nuclear weapons ever used in war, that the fission bomb would set off a chain reaction in the atmosphere, leading to the extinction of life on Earth. The consensus among scientists was that this was extremely unlikely ... but the fact is that they did not know 100% for certain -- how could they? -- what would happen when they conducted their first test. "Revolution" may not have been inspired by the debate over the possible destruction of the atmosphere by the A-bomb ... but maybe it was.
They risked taking down the global power grid and killing off a significant portion of the global population ... in order to hurt the TALIBAN? That makes about as much sense as nuking the Taliban. They're decentralized, they don't have cities, they don't have advanced infrastructure, they're among the LEAST suitable targets for this sort of attack. And the electricity inhibitor is a VIRUS? Huh? This nonsense does not negate the fact that the episode was action-packed and intense. Nor does it negate the fact that it was also annoying. Miles leads the bad guys to his old frenemy's house. Rachel has to be so slow in destroying her work that she risks getting herself caught, and then she and the group do a crappy job of hiding. The good guys easily slaughter the bad guys ... because they're good guys. As for the good intentions of Monroe and Flynn ... neither makes a very convincing humanitarian. It would be much cooler if they really did seem to be noble guys pursuing noble goals.
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