Revolution: Soul Train

Forget being on a boat, we’re on a train.  A really old, yet still awesome train.  Not enough Miloe feels in this episode, but we had train, and Jeff Fahey, and we officially had the word on Nate’s real name.

This episode started with Captain Neville sparring with some of his men.  Before we really had a chance to admire his impressive physique, however, he challenges Danny to a fight because Danny is the only one who will actually fight back.  And it’s rather depressing.  Which leads to a pre-blackout Neville flashback, which was even more depressing.  I’m sensing that this is going to be a running theme with this show.

Charlie and Aaron are trying to mourn Maggie, but Miles insists they need to keep moving if they ever want to see Danny again.  Now, on the one hand, I understand the need to grieve the loss of another, but on the other, Miles is right.  Time is crucial when it comes to rescuing Danny, and they can take a moment later to properly mourn her passing.  Provided, you know, that the rest of them  are still alive.

They manage to somewhat catch up with Neville’s group, arriving in the same town he’s at, and the hunt begins to find Danny.  Nora, on the other hand, decides she has plans of her own, and wants to find a biography of Joe Biden.  Nah, actually, she’s looking for another member of the rebellion, and they decide they are going to blow up the train.  You know, the one that’s scheduled to take Danny to Philadelphia in the morning.  Because taking out a couple of officers is far more important than some kid’s life.  Unfortunately, Nora has second thoughts and is stabbed for the second time this season.  Setting up the plot for next week’s episode.

Charlie, meanwhile, tries to hunt down Danny and runs into Captain Neville.  She lies and tells him that she’s spying on her cheating boyfriend, and then decides to tail him instead of listening to Uncle Miles.  He catches her and Miles and Neville get into an epic showdown.  Neville asks him the one question I’ve been dying to know, “Why did you leave?”  When Miles tells him he wouldn’t understand, he asks him another question.  “Why Julia?”  So, I really don’t care as much about that one, as I’m far too emotionally invested in the first question.

Miles tells Charlie that she lost them valuable time by not listening, and she complains that he’s not the uncle she used to know, the one who use to take her on car rides and sing at the top of his lungs when she was a little girl.  One question: Was he singing “Someone That I Used To Know?”  Because I’m quickly deciding that this should be the show’s theme song.

Nate/Nipples/Jason manages to escape, I’m a bit hazy on the details at the moment.  I remember him spider-manning up into the rafters, which was pretty awesome.  The train starts to leave sooner than anticipated, and Nora confesses about the bomb.  Miles and Charlie ride horses to the rescue, Charlie fails to save Danny and gets thrown out of the moving train by Nate.  Honestly, I can’t say I haven’t dreamed about a moment like that.  I mean, it seems like Charlie should be the type of character I like.  Unfortunately, at the moment, her character development is spotty at best.  She’s randomly good at things when the plot dictates it, but she’s also crappy at things for no other reason than the plot dictates it.  For instance, she’s supposed to be some sort of master hunter, one of the best in their little cul-de-sac.  Technically, that means she should be good at tracking things.  But she shows absolutely no talent when it comes to tracking Neville.  Is she just a lucky shot?  Or did her skills as a hunter not transfer over because the plot dictated that she not successfully follow Neville?  It bothers me.  A lot.  Which is why I kind of cheered when she was thrown off the train.

Miles throws the bomb off the train and Danny is safe, except for the part where he’s enroute to Monroe in Philadelphia.   Miles has a heart to heart with Charlie, telling her the reason why he can’t be the uncle she knew when she was little.

Those eyes.  My feels.  Let me tell you about them some other day.   Charlie tells them they all have to man-up, because they are going to march to Philadelphia and save Danny.

Now, there was a small side-bit with Monroe that talked largely about the political situation at the time and showed the map of the various territories that have taken over the United States.  And I have one thing to say about all this.  The rebels are acting like morons.  Monroe already has two other, bigger territories breathing down his neck on the defensive line.  Do this rebels honestly think that if they get rid of Monroe the United States will reunite and all will be happy again?  Are they unfamiliar with the phrase “the devil you know”?  Because Georgia and the Plains aren’t poking at Monroe’s defenses because they want to liberate you.  Nope, they are going to kill you, enslave you, and take all your lumber.  And right now, you’re poking holes in the defenses of the one guy who’s trying to stop this.  I’m finding it really hard to care about the rebel cause right now.  I’m kind of hoping someone brings them around to their senses.

Next week: Sex and Drugs!

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3 thoughts on “Revolution: Soul Train

  1. I just watched this episode on my Hopper, and I feel a lot better about Revolution after the Neville flashback of his history. Quite a few of my buddies that work at DISH with me think that Esposito is an amazing actor, so the more time he’s on screen the better. Do you feel that the characters are developing pretty quickly? Just because Abrams could deploy quite a few mysteries like we saw in LOST, I’ll be saving the entirety of the season to my Hopper; I’m glad that I have a DVR that allows me to save everything I need, during this busy TV lineup.

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