Revolution Recap: Did an Unreal Moment Reveal a Stark Reality? Plus: Rachel Gets Stabby

This week on Revolution, Zeppelin was in the air as Miles & Co. went underground to secure Danny’s Philadelphia freedom. Rachel, meanwhile, got caught in an explosive situation.

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Having deduced that Danny is being held prisoner in the City of Brotherly Love — but being small in ranks — Miles strikes a deal with rebel pack’s leader (Reed Diamond) to join in their crusade, in trade for having Monroe’s head served on a platter. The only safe passage into Philly, however, is through a train tunnel, and not long into their trek Charlie steps foot on a mine. As Charlie holds still, relating memories of one of Danny Williams’ New Jersey cases, Nora is able to briefly defuse the situation just long enough for her, Charlie and Miles to get away. The trap does then detonate, collapsing one end of the tunnel. As a result of the cave-in, we are Led to believe, the oxygen (thanks, torches!) grows so thin so quickly that everyone’s brains start playing tricks on them. Charlie, for example, imagines she’s back with her dad pre-Neville; Aaron sees a Gillette Mach-3 his wife at his side; and in keeping with the theme of beloved VIPs, Miles has a dreamy date with… Monroe?

As Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” scores the unreal reunion, the suggestion is made that were Monroe to invite his old friend/onetime ally back into the fold, to be at his side again in leading the militia, Miles would jump at the chance. Do you think Uncle Miles really would? If so, why?

After running into one brick wall (no, really) in their quest to find an exit and thus abdundant air, the group ultimately discovers an egress. But just as they bust through it, “rebel” leader reveals himself as a turncoat/deep cover member of the militia more than thrilled to deliver Miles to the general. After the goon guns down every single red shirt in the party and begins to spirit Miles away into the Philadelphia wind, Charlie thwip!s a lethal arrow into the guy, thus clearing their path to whatever/whomever awaits them as they set foot in Philly.

Elsewhere, Rachel gives Neville and one of Monroe’s other top guys a walk-through of how the pendants work — powering up anything within a 10-foot radius — and thus illustrates their shortcomings for military/field use. Ergo, she is busy constructing an “amplifier” that will turn the pendants up to 11, affording a half-mile range. How soon can Neville expect to begin “murder[ing] thousands of people?” as Rachel puts it. “Soon,” she reports.

If, that is, she actually were buidling an “amplifier.” But she is not, and the distrustful Neville suspects as much. As such, he advises Monroe to have Rachel’s former colleague — the smart yet utterly stoopid Brad — to inspect her work. “It’s a bomb,” he tattles. (We pause for a moment to appreciate the irony of Elizabeth Mitchell tinkering with a bomb again. Where’s a heavy rock when you need one? We’ll go dutch! What?)

With her deliciously duplicitous plan exposed, and Brad handy to take over work on the amplifier, Rachel is deemed no longer necessary and is about to be brought to slaughter when she grabs a sharp thingamajig and lunges at Brad, stabbing him to death. “Now you need me,” she snarks to Monroe. Touché.

What did you think of the episode “Kashmir”? Did you appreciate the Led Zeppelin cues? Did you cheer Rachel’s gutsy move? When can Aaron shave? And are you ready for next week’s midseason finale

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  1. Heather says:

    “turns it up to 11” that’s #hilarious.

    I am really looking forward to next week. And I want more Nate/Jason and Danny. I missed them this week.

    • Stranger says:

      To be honest, the only bits I liked were the revelation Aaron may indeed have feelings for Charlie, Rachel would kill for her son and Miles is still hung up on Monroe as much as Monore is on him.

  2. Girl in MD says:

    Great episode last night the scene with Miles and Monroe even though I knew it was a halucination it was great and revealing that Miles would actually consider going back I think part of him wants to cause he can never escape his past and the look on Monroe’s face when Rachel killed the guy was priceless really looking forward to next week even though after that we will have to wait til March for a new episode really like this show probably my favorite new show this year.

  3. Alichat says:

    Would have liked it better if Rachel had grabbed that sharp thingamajig and planted it in Monroe’s chest. Miles wouldn’t have any problem killing Neville, who would be the successor to Bass. But alas, then we wouldn’t have much of a show…bummer. I am a little surprised that Brad ratted Rachel out. I would think the desire to kill Monroe would outweigh his anger with Rachel.

    • Ari says:

      I thought maybe Brad WAS bluffing just so they would force Rachel to stop her work. Maybe he thought dead Rachel is better than dead everyone.

    • kavyn says:

      That’s what I thought too. But then again if we assume Brad’s daughter was killed I imagine his goal was revenge. In the end I doubt he cares much about the militia if he knows he would die anyways.

  4. I was disappointed that the Monroe/Miles reuniion that NBC had been promoting all week turned out to be a haluciantion, but the ending more than made up for that!

  5. Fido says:

    Surely they would have given that brick wall blockage a little kick, cos for all they knew it could have been just one brick thick and easily gotthruable. And just how long were they underground ? I’m no scientist but you’d need at least a couple of days for the oxygen to be depleted down to halucinagenic levels – or do those torches eat it up and were they all hyperventilating constantly ?
    btw: the “let’s join a bunch of people but kill them ALL off by the end of the ep” thing was [blank] (can’t think of the right word, but it is kinda like the one describing each Smallville ep where some baddie discovered Clarks secret only to be killed off before closing credits)

    • Alichat says:

      Yeah, it was a disappointment that they ended up being red shirts. I would have liked that one or two of them survived to return to their group….especially the archer who had a conversation with Aaron about fighting in the resistance for her dad.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Yeah, the speed of the oxygen depletion was…. suspsect.

    • kavyn says:

      It is somewhat ridiculous to me. I feel like for a show that had to declare (or literally scream out at us) “SOMEONE WILL DIE” before Maggie’s death, you’d think they’d be a little less stupid with who they kill off. Every episode has provided us with someone that could be quite useful to the group, and yet they always kill or write them off every time for no real reason. You’d think Charlie could use all the help she could get.

      Would be great to just have a big group of maybe 7 or 8 people, and then have the groups split up. I’m personally tired of Aaron and despite Nora being a good fighter, she’s somewhat bland in personality. I was actually hoping last week Nora would join her sister and they would show their adventure on the side, but alas that didn’t happen.

      The writers are too adamant on keeping things the same by the end of the episode. They should change things up. If they had the balls to kill Maggie they should have the balls to expand and simplify the group throughout the series and not just kill off anyone that comes in contact with Charlie and co for 5 minutes.

  6. GRC says:

    Last night’s episode was over-promoted and under-delivered. Nothing happened in the first thirty minutes. The promos were misdirects and even though I love the song “Kashmir” it appeared tacked-on rather than relevant. I skipped going to seeing a movie last night because of the hype surrounding this episode. I was disappointed. Billy Burke is acting-up a storm, however. I hope the show evolves and gets smarter.

    • tara17 says:

      I agree, I was feeling a bit ripped-off given the promos and yeah, Kashmir was underused. The episode was still super-entertaining and what an ending! Love this show.

  7. SKB says:

    I really want to like this show but it’s not easy. The oxygen depletion/hallucinations bit was really hard to swallow. Also, all season long the characters have been shot, had their arses kicked, gotten blown up, knocked out and pierced with arrows and swords but they’re up and running within minutes. Tonight Brad gets a 2″ screwdriver shoved in his gut and he’s dead instantly. Really….?

    • Dean says:

      Rachel stabbed him in the heart. Nora was only pierced once and lived. Maggie died. That hardly signifies being pierced in all 9 episodes. Lol.

  8. AndyH says:

    Another hole in the story: Rachel demonstrated that the pendent was only useful within a 10 ft radius, however when Aaron had the pendent, it lit up the lighthouse.

    • Dean says:

      The generator was not more than 5 feet in front of Aaron in the basement of the lighthouse. Why don’t people have enough attention span these days!

  9. Dean says:

    I’ll give Revolution the benefit of the doubt and add entrapped air which could be toxic to induce the hallucination along with low oxygen. The episode was awesome.

  10. Joey Connick says:

    Forget Aaron shaving… it’s much more important Danny does away with his grody long hair!

  11. matagorda says:

    There is something that everyone seemed to have missed in episode 2 or 3…..Monroe had ice cubes!!! They were not crudely shaped…they were out of a machine…and they have yet to show that again…..

    • Truth says:

      You do know that water can freeze without electricity right? And they have these things that you can pour water into and they form into these cube things. All you have to do is get the temperature below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also in philly, which gets pretty cold in the winter.

  12. CLNorman says:

    My husband and I found it funny that there were two burning barrels at the entrance to the ‘secret’ tunnel into the city. Also the torches kept flaring up and weren’t consistantly burning low.

    That said, we loved the show, just had to forgive it some holes in its logic.

  13. gregk says:

    Hallucinations seem to popular plot device this month. They were featured on the bizarre The Last Resort episode where they were drug induced. It was captivating to see Rachel and Neville together: Juliet from LOST and Gus Fring from Breaking Bad! Thought there was a neat parallel when Rachel killed Jaffe for the same reason Walter had Jesse kill Gale Bedeker on Breaking Bad: to stay alive by eliminating the only competition.

  14. AJ says:

    Was it just me or did it seam like there was an episode missing between this one and the last one? At the beginning of this episode, this rebel group was trying to figure out if they could trust Miles. But when did they come across this rebel group? Didn’t the last episode end with Miles, Charlie, etc, jumping into the river?

  15. RMK says:

    it was stupid. no way could the oxygen be used up that quickly in the subway. the show seems to have slowed down – if something doesn’t happen soon, i’m going to give up watching it

  16. G says:

    The Rachel character is very poorly written, her actions every week are the actions of someone with a borderline personality disorder, not those of a lovIng mother. Strange that this is my biggest problem with the show, when there is so much that divorces it from reality.