Revolution Midseason Finale Recap: Was Brotherly Love -- or War -- Found in Philly?

Revolution Billy Burke David LyonsIf you have yet to watch Monday’s midseason finale of NBC’s Revolution, avert your eyes now. Everyone else may proceed…

On Monday night’s midseason finale of Revolution, Miles, Charlie et al made their mark in Philadelphia. But was it a successful trip? Was the Matheson family reunited? And did Miles and Monroe make peace… or war? Read on to find out!

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MILES SHOWS HIS COLORS | Having set foot in Philly, Miles, Charlie, Nora and Aaron find shelter at the house of an old friend of Miles’. Since the co-founder of the Monroe Republic has very few pals left in Philadelphia, it’s not long before Neville tracks them down. With Miles MIA, he takes Charlie, Nora and Aaron, delvering the girl to Monroe while setting a trap with the other two. But Miles is no fool. Showing off a side of the ruthless fighter he used to be – according to Monroe, Miles’ motto was, “A good hostage works every time” – he puts a blade to the throat of Neville’s wife Julia and demands a trade. She is no shrieking, scared housewife, however, and begs Neville not to accept the agreement. It turns out the militia man’s got a soft side that his other half lacks. She’s the only thing in this world he cares about, so he accepts the deal while warning Miles, “I’m going to kill you one day for this.”

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Revolution Elizabeth MitchellREUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD? | Monroe locks up Charlie alongside someone she never thought she’d see again: Her mother! The reunion is not all hugs. Rather, overcome with emotion and shock, Charlie steps back when Rachel tries to embrace her. Mom, meanwhile, is surprised to hear that her daughter has arrived with her uncle in tow. “Miles is here? Did he hurt you?” she asks with some concern. The Matheson family’s This-Is-No-Picnic outing grows when Rachel and Charlie are then taken to Danny, but their relief at all being together is short-lived. Monroe demands that Rachel finish the amplifier — or he will kill one of her children. Charlie volunteers herself in order to stop countless others from getting murdered by a powered-up Monroe Republic, but Rachel won’t allow the sacrifice. She completes the tech just before stabbing the creeptastic Strausser (“That’s for what you did to me, you sick son of a bitch,” she growls) and running into Miles, who’s as surprised to learn she’s alive as she was to learn of his participation. Their troubled history is not so easily forgotten, so she slaps him. (Was it just me or did it seem like they were going to kiss instead for a second? UPDATE: Matt Mitovich agrees that it looked like a kiss was coming.)

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BLOOD BROTHERS | A series of flashbacks reveal the foundation of Miles and Monroe’s deep friendship, dating back to when they were boys. After they returned from war, Miles found his friend at the cemetery with a gun. Bass’ parents and little sister were killed by a drunk driver. He has no one, he cried, until Miles declared them family and took the gun before his “brother” did something stupid. In the present, Monroe wants to restore that bond and invites Miles to come back to the militia. “It’s better, simpler, with you here,” he says, putting down his gun. Miles does the same, and it appears as if the two are going to kiss and make up… but then he responds with the ultimate rejection: “I’m sorry I didn’t kill you the first time. You’re not the same person. You’re too far gone. We’re not family. Not anymore. I have a family. You are nothing to me.” And so the brotherhood ends and an epic sword fight begins that finds Miles narrowly escaping and rejoining the others outside, their escape path cleared by a bomb set by Aaron (this despite his ability to work matches). In what has to be the line of the night, “Run, you idiot,” Miles tells Charlie as she waits for/beams at him. But just a short sprint into their exit, as they look up, they realize they can’t escape Monroe’s now-airborne militia and its heavy artillery.

Revolution fans, what did you think of the big cliffhanger? Did Miles and Monroe’s face-to-face live up to the hype? What’s your theory about Rachel and Miles’ complicated history? And how will you be bidding your time until the show’s return in four (count ’em, four) months, on March 25?