Monday, May 6, 2013

Revolution 1.16: Feeling a Little Like the Hatch in Lost

A tight, taught, altogether excellent episode 1.16 of Revolution tonight, which has been getting better by the episode since it returned from its hiatus.  Even the Rachel and Aaron thread was riveting - which I'll get to in a minute - and the show as a whole is, believe or not, developing a little of Lost at its best flavor, or Lost in its heyday of the hatch and the Others.

The main event features Miles and company kidnapping a scientist making weaponized anthrax for Monroe, who has his family hostage.  The mission - with Major Tom in attendance - is to bring the scientist back to Atlanta, where he can brew the anthrax for use as a weapon by the Georgia Republic.  The impetus for the scientist would be the same as for Monroe - Georgia won't let him be with his family, until the job is done.  Miles is not happy about this, but he'll do it because he hates Monroe more than ever after the killing in the last episode of his hometown sweetheart.  Tom on the other hand is not unhappy about the plan for the scientist, because that's just the no-good villain that Tom is.

But Charlie won't have it, and she engineers a plan which frees the scientist and his family, after some great fighting first between Tom's and Miles' people, and then with the two on the same side against Monroe's commandos.

Meanwhile, out west in the Plains Nation, we have an even more important story developing, as Rachel is wounded and Aaron refuses to leave her.  Eventually Rachel shows Aaron that he may have even more to do with why the lights went out than did Rachael - it was Aaron's work at a student at MIT that presumably led to the invention of the nanites in the first place.

Not only is that an important twist, but the episode is capped off with something dangerous going on at the tower - the interior of which and feel of which made me think of the hatch on Lost.

I don't expect to hear "Make Your Own Kind of Music" next week, but it's good to see Revolution wielding this kind of psychic clout.

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