Revolution S2 E3 “Love Story” Review

Aaron is the physical manifestation of the Revolution audience in season 2.

Aaron is the physical manifestation of the Revolution audience in season 2.

The third episode of Revolution is called Love Story for reasons I cannot fathom, other than irony. Our heroes are still battling the same nefarious evil – spread out amongst the US – and still racking up the body count to ridiculous levels.

We pick up right after the climax of last week – evil overlord Titus has captured Miles and dragged him into a make shift hospital House of Horrors. Turns out his wife’s kidneys have failed due to diabetes and he’s using a barbaric form of dialysis to keep her alive – hook her up to a healthy victim and voila! She gets clean blood and they get dead.

No fear, Rachel and her posse bust in and save Miles. They also grab the sickly wife as insurance, and race back to the town.

I’m sure that’s not going to piss off the crazy warlord! Right – it does, and we’re left with an incredibly obvious, drawn-out rest of the episode, wherein Titus and Miles come to an agreement – Titus will let everyone in the town go, Miles will stay behind and the wife will be returned. Of course this doesn’t go as planned as a suddenly lucid Jessica (Mrs. Warlord) begs not be returned. When the rebels don’t answer, she takes it upon herself to slit her wrists. Bargaining chip gone! The town empties slowly as Miles and Rachel try to keep the warlord from attacking.

Of course they find out she’s dead, etcetera. Basically it’s the plot of a ton of Westerns and it gets old far too quickly. By the time the US Government marches in and saves the day, you’re just waiting to see who is going to be almost dead but not really.

Hint: Rachel and Miles.

Aaron continues to be confused about why he’s not dead and what the purpose is. He says weird science and Cynthia says “God but you can use another word.” I’d like to stick with “science” thank you. Though Cynthia’s presence and insistence tells me I better be open to other things.

The subplots last for about five minutes each. The bounty hunter Adam tells Charlie they can’t kill Monroe because he’s using him as a bargaining chip to get his own father released. This means Adam is either lying or will be dead shortly. Monroe bursts out of the woods, knocks Adam out and tells Charlie that not only is the government after him, they’re after Rachel. And they should team up and stuff! Charlie tells him to go f- himself (the network television version) and walks away, telling him not to follow her. Methinks he’s going to follow her.

Neville and Jason are working for the US Government now – until they get jumped, beat up and hog tied. Seems their covers are already blown – the increasingly creepy military dudes know who he is and are about to kill him when Justine stops them. Maybe Neville is lying when he says he blames Monroe for the bombs and wants to kill him (spoiler alert: he is Justine!) or maybe he’s not – nevertheless, they enjoy his murderous skill set and have a job for him. Oh and they’ve got a job for Jason – does that bother him? Nah, says Neville, once again kicking his son in the heart.

Dear Jason, you give the best angst eyes on television. Why don’t you go be doe-eyed with the rebels? They could use a hand. Signed, Me.

In four minutes of screen time, Neville and Jason continue to be the best part of the show. Which is sad because – four minutes of screen time.

The transition from last year’s plot to this year’s arc continues; our new big bad is the US Government, our potentially redeemed bad guy is Monroe and Neville remains a wildcard. The top-heavy Aaron, Miles and Rachel story seems to be the same scenario repeated over and over, while dropping information we’ll need later. I’m not sure it works yet – since the intense emotional stuff seems to lie in Monroe, Charlie, Neville and Jason, the characters who are getting the least amount of screen time.

Let’s hope things speed up a bit. I love Aaron but I’m just as exasperated as he is at this point.

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