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Revolution Review 03

Our third episode of Revolution commences with a quote from Stephen King’s “The Stand”. When Miles revealed to the rebels what his name was he replied that it was Stu Redman and that Charlie was Frannie Goldman. This certainly added a measure of humor to the series early in its progression.

Revolution Review 03

Joseph Parish

Our third episode of Revolution commences with a quote from Stephen King’s “The Stand”. When Miles revealed to the rebels what his name was he replied that it was Stu Redman and that Charlie was Frannie Goldman. This certainly added a measure of humor to the series early in its progression.

As the show evolved it was obvious as to the outcome of the rebel captive. One of the primary things you learn while waging a war is to never convey to the enemy what they want to know. The minute you do so decides your ultimate fate and as you can readily see it sealed the death warrant for the rebel prisoner. When you no longer have any knowledge of value to the enemy you are destine to become a dead statistic.

The writer was certainly in a humorous mood this evening as I noticed another tongue in check type comment cleverly expressed with the injection made in the script when Nora reveal that the leader of the rebels was a Catholic Priest. Miles humorously replied that she “wasn’t his kind”.

It is apparent that the writer of this script is a big Stephen King fan for the second time this evening we encounter another reference to one of King’s novels. Miles makes mentions of “Shawshanking their ass out of there”. His intent was to burrow a tunnel from the combat zone to safety similar to what was accomplished in the novel “The Shawshank Redemption”. Those who are familiar with the novel and its corresponding movie will recall how Andy Dufresne dug his tunnel to freedom with the use of a miniature shovel.

In all fairness to this episode, I must admit there were less damaging errors being committed this week than we have experienced in the past. I was duly impressed with the ability of Nora to create expedient booby traps on the spur of the moment as displayed on screen while they were in the process of digging the tunnel. I will have more to say about these explosive devices later in the review.

We are still experiencing the flashbacks which materialize without warning such as the one where Miles and Monroe are walking along the outskirts of the city and discovered the tent with the murdered people lying around it. One has to take note and wonder what must have gone wrong with Miles and Monroe. During this flashback Monroe appears to be a cautious and concerned person. In the end we even view Monroe trying to actually stop Miles from eliminating the two thugs.

I must admit that these ranks expressed in this show are fictional at best, as we have Miles being referred to as a General when in episode one he was merely a sergeant when power was lost. Sounds a little like someone took a clue from Panama’s Manuel Noriega who strengthened his position as de facto ruler by promoting himself to a full general. These militia members allowed their ego to fuel their desires for prominence and to elevate their standing among the troops.

It is obvious that Miles was more of a Special Forces individual as is apparent as the show progresses. Not only does he display extraordinary skills that are beyond the normal soldier but he also demands the respect of the enemy in the use of those skills. He has veiled his human compassion to the extent of secluding his feeling with no remorse associated with the death of neither his enemies or in some cases even his friends.

In one scene we discover Alan sitting cross-legged on the floor in the attic amusing himself with an assortment of old computer parts and looking totally confused. He can not grasp the significance of the USB device he holds in his hand and the potential for restoring power to the planet. In the very end we find that Charlie and the group must be getting wiser to the realities of life in this post-power loss era. I think it was an excellent move on their part to jump ahead of the militia troops and set the booby traps to free Miles, although I suspect it was the brain child of Nora and not so much the others. I am looking forward to seeing the next episodes in the weeks which follow and to bring to the table a review of this tale.

Copyright @2012 Joseph Parish

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    On October 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    You missed one! When another character is talking about the bully that used to beat him up, he says his name was “Billy Underwood.” There was another character in The Stand named Larry Underwood. I’m glad I’m not the only one who caaught the Stephen King references. This kind of thing is typical of JJ Abrams. He used a lot of literary references in Lost.

  2. Joseph Parish

    On October 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I did catch the Billy Underwood name but did not mention it because it was not a complete match with Larry Underwood in the Stand. I am sure we will find additional references in future weeks of the program.

  3. Guesteroo24

    On October 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Also, the “novel” is a novella, and the correct title is “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”

  4. SoupOrVillian

    On October 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I was watching Revolution at DISH Online while my wife was driving to Aspen yesterday and as soon as I saw Mike Pellegrino I thought of lost, but I couldn’t remember his name. This episode was a lot better though, especially the reveal. I would have thought that if Miles knew the man, he would have gagged him before he could talk, but I guess that wouldn’t have made the story as interesting. I was talking to this guy that works at DISH with me and he said that if some one took grace and has a pendent of his own then Monroe might not be the big dog on the block. I definitely see his point.

  5. liz

    On October 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    frannie goldsmith not goldman

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