Revolution Reveal: One Powerful Mystery Solved?

Revolution Elizabeth MitchellMonday night’s Revolution shed light on one of the series’ biggest mysteries as Monroe tried to extract intel on the location of the pendants. While Rachel has already revealed that the key to turning the power back on lies in the clunky jewelry, her flashbacks this week exposed how everything could have possibly turned off.

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Way before the blackout, when Rachel was pregnant with a baby boy, she and Ben, with their coworker Grace, were trying to come up with a low-cost, clean power source. Instead, they inadvertently created a device that could shut down everything. One member of the Department of Defense — or was he lying about who he was? — was very interested in getting his hands on the tech. It would be a big coup for their start-up company, but Rachel was reluctant. However, the idea of the DOD using the device as a weapon didn’t faze Ben.

Rachel’s position looked like it was changing when the mysterious man pretty much offered her a spot in a medical trial (her pregnancy got dangerously complicated) in exchange for a DOD contract. Given that Rachel and her baby survived and the world went black, can we assume she took the deal? Is the DOD responsible for what happened, or do you think somebody else got their hands on the technology?

Meanwhile, in the present, said DOD drone is revealed to be Randall, the man who confronted Grace several episodes ago and is now keeping her locked up. Has he changed his mind and wants to turn the lights back on? Or does he want to destroy Grace’s pendant and any chance of restoring  the power?

On an unrelated note: Wasn’t Aaron hilarious with the island of misfit children “hairless Ewoks,” led by the always terrific Colin Ford (Supernatural‘s young Sammy)? And who else wishes Ford, who’s had one heck of a growth spurt, was a series regular? Come to think of it, he would have made a great Danny.

Revolution fans, did this week’s episode provide enough of an answer for now? And are you surprised that Ben and Rachel are responsible, in part, for what’s happened to the world?

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34 Comments
  1. Heather says:

    I am loving Revolution. I liked that there were a few answers tonight but still plenty of mystery.

    I geeked out on the Ewok analogy too!

  2. JC says:

    Those kids reminded me of the kids in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

    I’m just glad Charlie is getting tougher, and not constantly crying every time she talks to Miles. And I’m sure that militia brand will cause her problems in upcoming episodes.

  3. Alichat says:

    Aaron’s Ewok comment was hysterical! I am surprised they didn’t do something to sink the ship after they got all the kids off of it. Why leave that puppy floating? I’m curious to know who the 8 other owners of the pendants are. We have four people now… Aaron, Grace, Randall, and Brad with pendants. Who else could be involved?

    On another note, I really don’t like Rachel. She’s an idiot. And I was really hoping Danny would call her to the carpet on her pampered lifestyle. She’d better redeem herself soon. Otherwise, it’s a waste to have Elizabeth Mitchell on the show. And I’m really ready for Neville and Monroe to be gone, but I guess that means they’re acting their parts well.

    • John says:

      What! Neville is the best character imo! He’s perfectly awesome! And Rachel isn’t so bad. She’s doing her best to keep her son safe. Did you notice how quickly the other scientist turned when it was his daughter’s life on the line? What do you expect Rachel her to do? Ignore her son’s safety?

      • jaxguy says:

        Great parents will do whatever is necessary to protect their children and i’ts obvious Rachel is a great parent. She compromised to save Danny before he was born and she compromised staying with her family to save them when she made the sacrifice to leave so many years ago Although we still don’t know why she left. But I really love this show.

      • Alichat says:

        Neville is too much like Monroe. He gets too much pleasure from hurting people, and he’s drunk from power. He’s a psychopath. I am hoping that his kid turns on him, which we’ve seen hints of that happening already. And we are assuming Dr Jaffe turned once he saw his daughter Eve. He may have given them a false location because he knows he and his daughter aren’t leaving that place alive. Then again, it could be straightforward, and he did tell them the truth. Who knows.

        As for what I expect from Rachel? I expect her to be smart. She’s been held captive for what, almost 10 years now? As far as we know, she’s had 10 years of good food, a nice room, a comfortable bed, and longing looks from Monroe. 10 years where she apparently didn’t say anything to them about what she knew. She played dumb for 10 years! Now suddenly they say “we have your son,” and she’s drawing them out a picture of the pendant, telling them how many there are, giving addresses of the locations, and is now responsible for whatever happens to Brad and his daughter. I expected her to lie. I expected her to give half truths. Say there are 8 pendants instead of 12. Give incorrect locations for the other people, and then give the “well I’ve been out of touch for a while” excuse. She’s had 10 years to come up with some plausible lies in case she was forced to say something. But instead, she spills the beans. Has she ever tried to escape? Has she built any alliances with others in the city….or any dis-enchanted militia? Has she been able to be in contact with anyone outside of her captors? Perhaps the answers to these questions will redeem her in some way. Perhaps we will find out that she hasn’t really told them everything, and has left out some information, or lied. Perhaps she will redeem herself. Right now, as it stands, she’s a disappointing character.

        I am curious to know why it took Monroe 10 years before going after Ben and the kids. Why now?

        • cookie kirk says:

          Also how could Monroe go to the same place and kidnap Brads daughter Eve,most people left the cities and moved to the hills. Having Monroe find her was a little un believable,but it worked.

        • Crystal says:

          Before they revealed that Rachel was alive or who the kid that appeared to want to protect Charlie was, i had this theory that the mom was alive and in custody of the Militia, and the kid was working with her to protect her children. I still haven’t given up this theory, though it’s possibility has dimmed a little. It’s just, it seemed a little cheesy that this kid would be risking his life for a girl he’s known 5 minutes. I know now he can be cockier since his dad is Monroe, but he was still risking his own life by protecting her, whom he saw and immediately started “caring” for. Maybe I’m too cynical, but that’s a little to much cheese for me to buy.

  4. J says:

    I thought even funnier than the Ewok line was this:

    “What, they’re just children!”
    Aaron: “…of the corn.”

  5. POIFanatic says:

    I don’t say this often, but OMFG that was an awesome episode!! Ewok and Children of the Corn! The way Miles and the others knew about the possibility of the existence of electricity was done brilliantly! I never thought Charlie could be awesome, but she was! The episode even had humor, which was lacking in the past and that made it all the more amazing! The actor playing Randall is a great addition.

  6. kavyn says:

    I absolutely love everything about Revolution, except Aaron. I find him annoying and useless, and the sob story last week made me hate him more. It’s upsetting that he’s the only character to provide comic relief.

    This episode however was one of the best ones yet, and I’m really excited for this show!

    • Alichat says:

      I felt like the point of last week’s Aaron flashback was to explain why he has so much self-loathing. Why he thinks he’s useless.

      • kavyn says:

        I thought he was useless since around episode 2-3 though, so the flashback episode really didn’t help. I was upset to find out Maggie was killed off over Aaron.

    • Chris says:

      Really? If anything the last two episodes have shown that Aaron can step up when he has to and be as badass as anyone else when the situation requires it.

  7. Stamanah says:

    Simply curious: what did y’all think of the young blond recruit who was beaten to death aboard the ship? He really intrigued me and I wish we could’ve seen more of him.

  8. De-evolution says:

    Done with this drek. This is why the American public gets dumber with each generation, this show went from meh, to just plain stupid. I suppose if you’re under a certain age and think that kids are smarter than adults with real life experience you’ll continiue to watch, but the ridiculousness has gotten out of hand. [/DVR off]

    • John says:

      I’m a 23 year old guy who’s slowly starting to love this show. You know, I was on the fence for a long time, but the show is gradually improving and the writing is getting better. I don’t get the whining haters who don’t want rationality and just bash an entire race of people.

    • Renee says:

      If you take it this seriously then should stop watching.

    • Chris says:

      It’s fictional entertainment, not a documentary. The first rule is to suspend disbelief. And blaming TV for the dumbing down of America is ridiculous.

  9. Renee says:

    Absolutely howled at the “Awesome! Like a pack of hairless Ewoks!” And the line Miles had to Charlie right before that…”It’s irritating when a dumb kid tells you what do do Isn’t it? The sarcasm and delivery as well as the lines had me rewinding and watching (laughing) several times.

    And I’m like Alichat above…I don’t like Rachel and I’m ready for Monroe and Neville to be gone. Other than the flashbacks I haven’t enjoyed anything that involved these 3 characters.

    • Alichat says:

      I love Miles’ sarcasm as well! Billy Burke is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best piece of casting on this show. The. best!

  10. Dee says:

    Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who thought the guest star (Colin Ford) would have made a great Danny!

  11. GeoDiva says:

    Little known fact: It’s DoD not DOD for The Department of Defense.

  12. champmav says:

    I have stopped watching the show because of its repetitive, relentless depiction of sadistic behavior that borders on snuff-porn; EVERY week! Is no one else bothered by this excessive depiction of depravity?? I have a very strong stomach (physician/surgeon), but this show has found my limits. As a lifelong devotee of the Sci Fi genre I am so disappointed.

  13. Trista says:

    I wonder if Danny even remembers his mother. Wasn’t he really young in the flashbacks, like two or three years of age, it looked like to me. I guess suspension of reality of Hollywood he’s old enough to remember her now?

    Also, Rachel has been there ten years?! Like the person above said, she hasn’t tried to escape? They haven’t tortured her? She’s just hanging out for ten years? We need some back story on WTH she’s been doing for ten years. I’d also like to know why Danny isn’t pissed at her for just walking off.

    Other than that, I love the show! Love Billy Burke. He’s definitely an underrated actor.

    • John says:

      Ben could have shown pictures of Rachel to Danny. That’s a huge suspension of reality? Alright then.
      They did torture her when Monroe took control. This was made clear in an earlier episode.

  14. M3rc Nate says:

    I told you all. I solved the “Big Mystery” after episode 2. Its simple. A group (who want to re-shape america/world) took advantage of new tech (which i said was basically a constantly emitting bubble, like EM, that keeps all electricity suppressed, and the pendants push that bubble back so electricity works.

    • John says:

      How was that a mystery? It was one of two very obvious causes – Aliens or that. Considering the world it was set in, it wasn’t a big reach to rule out aliens. They didn’t try to hold it back and shouldn’t be considered as a mystery. Putting a face to Randall was done well. What is a mystery is the erratic behavior of the pendants and the circumstances under which the blackout occurred.

  15. Liv says:

    LOVED this weeks episode! I find Rachel very fascinating, and I think Elizabeth Mitchell is doing a great job portraying her! Keep up the good work, Revolution!!

    • Chris says:

      I agree with you about Elizabeth Mitchell. While I (like some posters above) am now having doubts about her character, I just remind myself that Juliet on LOST was also a conflicted character whose loyalties were in question, yet she ended up as one of the most beloved characters on that show. Give Rachel a fair shake. It’s still early in the game.

  16. Dan says:

    I wonder what the repercussions of Charlie getting branded will be down the road. Miles looked really upset when he saw the mark.

  17. John From Raleigh says:

    The best way for me to describe the show is … “Campy Dark” …… Overall very campy with the sword fights, train rescues, and former tough guy, turned bartender, turned caring Uncle. But just the right amount of darkness creeping in via Miles Monroe, the bad guy of the week, and the fact characters are already dieing.

    However, this show is growing on me over the last several episodes. Last week when I thought for 5 seconds Aaron was actually going to shot himself I was ….. in shock. Only to have the very campy, flask stopped the bullet trick. And this week detour to “boot camp” and the island of misfit kids was somewhat enjoyable.

    The introduction of the evil DoD rep, and the revel of more of the overall mystery is what is keeping me going…. I stopped watching TNT’s Falling Skies because it never stopped the camp but so far Revolution is walking the perfect tight rope.

    Worse aspect of the show…. Rachel Matheson, unless they come up with a better back story there is no way the mother of two children is going to just leave them in a world without power. Basically she made a deal with the devil to have a healthy baby but then is willing to leave this family a few years later. NOT buying it.

    Bottom Line…. One hour of week of harmless popcorn television.

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