By candlelight, Aaron is trying to make sense of the mess of mess of computer parts, and the amulet that he was entrusted with. It’s all a cosmic joke – to have the pieces and no answers. Aaron is the viewer, by the way.
At dawn, the Militia knocks politely at the door. Or tries to break it down. Nicholas says let’s rush ‘em but Miles knows that will end in yet another blood bath. New plan? He’s going to turn himself in in exchange for the Rebels’ lives. Creepy Baker agrees. He wants the sniper rifle too. Miles and Creepy Baker walk out the front door.
Charlie, Nora and Nicholas watch him get led off in ropes. Nicholas prays for mercy on his soul but is generally whatever about the fact that Miles will be killed. Charlie seems much more conflicted.
Back at Militia Summer Camp, Danny’s personality transplant is complete. He pretends to have another asthma attack to lure Private Richards and his grudge closer. In a flash, he’s got the Militia flunky in a choke hold and politely informs him – while choking him – if he touches Danny again, Danny will kill him.
Neville is watching this little exchange and he and Danny share a long, weird look. I am legitimately concerned about what I should be feeling right now. Are we supposed to be shipping it?
Creepy Baker and Miles walk across a bridge, surrounded by Militia. Baker points out that Bas misses him and hasn’t been the same since he left. He’s… angrier. Apparently, even after they broke up and split everything in half (Bas got the Militia and Miles got all the swords and sass), Bas couldn’t get over “them.” Okay, that wasn’t the exactly dialogue but something about the delivery made it sound like a bad divorce. I suppose this all could be an elaborate metaphor for a break-up.
Suddenly, smoke! Attack! Charlie and Nora and the Rebels attack the bridge, quickly rescuing Miles from the fray. He and Baker share a long look before Miles takes off with his rag tag fleet of survivors. Charlie uses some impressive Katness-style skills and shoots a bow into an explosives-laden backpack. Boom! No more bridge.
Flashback! Miles and Bas continue their epic walk. Someone is getting their ass kicked in the woods; Bas wants to keep walking but Miles can’t. He stops the two men beating a third onto the ground, pulling his gun and staring them down. The guy just wants to find something to eat, okay? Miles should keep walking. Then Miles realizes these men killed the couple they found before in the tent. They’re murderers. Miles can’t abide by this. He shoots both men dead, much to Bas’ horror. Miles says that no one is coming to help and someone has to keep order, or else there’ll be nothing left.
They help the beaten man up off the ground and it’s Jeremy Baker. He thanks Miles for saving his life. Miles and Bas continue walking with Jeremy.
Back in the future, Miles, Charlie and Nora are back on their trek to find Danny. Miles wants Charlie to vent her spleen: call him a monster. She says that no matter what he did in the past, he risked his life to save the Rebels back there. It must mean he has a heart and that he cares. Miles disagrees with this, but doesn’t elaborate. What else is Uncle Miles hiding?
At Grace’s house, Maggie and Aaron sit around in the parlor, talking. Aaron talks about a bully from the fifth grade; he swore after all that abuse it would get better. And it did. He had money, houses, power and a perfect wife, who didn’t care about any of that – until the blackout. And suddenly the world became a fifth grade schoolyard again, and Aaron is back to being powerless.
Suddenly, the amulet lights up as does a near-by CD player. Aaron listens and hears music. Maggie turns on her beloved pink iPod to lay eyes on the pictures of her babies which she hasn’t seen in fifteen years.
The amulet goes out again and they are back to no power. They exchange tearful looks as Maggie asks,”How?” and Aaron says, “I don’t know.”
We got revelations and hints this week, though the follow-up was weak. Danny’s characterization continues to be a mystery as he’s been three different people in three episodes. I’m just going to ship him with Neville for awhile, okay? Aaron and Maggie continue to be highlights for me; I’m enjoying the subtle characterizations and weariness they portray. No swords or crossbows, no dramatic fights – they’re just trying to use their skills to stay alive and answer some questions. Best parts of the show, IMHO.
After a good episode last week, Charlie was uneven again. How she wasn’t madder at Miles for his part in the Militia being created I have no idea. I get she would still try to save him, but shouldn’t she be a bit more pissed for a whole lot longer? Heck, the priest was ready to see Miles drop and he’d only met him twenty-four hours earlier!
As Revolution as been picked up for a full season of twenty-two episodes, we have ways to go on this journey (these journeys – there’s a lot of separate threads). While this isn’t the young series’ best, it’s a decent enough chapter in the book.