Revolution: Nobody’s Fault But Mine

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The fall finale of Revolution was rather epic, with quite a lot going on, mostly in the reunion department.  Charlie is reunited with Danny and her mother, Miles is reunited with Monroe, and some other stuff happens.  I’m sure it was all very awesome, but unfortunately, the show left me drowning in feelings about the Miles and Monroe plot.

On the will-you-stop-this-right-now-please side of things, Strausser was back.  And I don’t think he had a single scene where he did not insinuate he wanted to rape someone.  We get it.  He’s evil.  We figured that out weeks ago.  No need to shove it down our throats.

I loved the fact that the reunion between Charlie and her mom was tense.  Not instant hatred, but no overpouring of love for her either.  Pretty much what I would expect from someone in that situation.

Most importantly of the side stuff, Aaron started a fire to save the day.  Come here and let me love you, you big cuddly hero.

When the episode starts with this, you know it’s going to be a rough episode for Miles and Monroe as characters.   And the flashbacks just kept on coming.  First we had this one, where we had talk about pirates and how Monroe can’t live without Miles.   Not exactly sure how else to translate that one.  Then we had a tragic flashback with Bass getting drunk in a cemetery.   Because his entire family was killed by a drunk driver and now Miles was the only one he had left.  And Miles had to talk him down from the ledge.  I think at that point I realized there was no way I could ever hate Monroe after this.

Right as they were about to meet up, we had the last flashback of the night, of Miles and Monroe as children together.  Drawing what would eventually be Monroe’s tattoo on their arms in ink.  Confirming what we already knew that the symbol was intended to represent both Miles and Matheson.

What follows is an intense heartfelt scene that probably destroyed the emotions of anyone watching.  Monroe throws aside his gun and tells Miles that he forgives him for everything.  That he’s more than welcome to take his place where he belongs at his side.  Can we talk for a moment about how vulnerable Monroe was at this moment?  He tossed aside his gun.  He stared down a rifle point blank at a man who tried to shoot him before, a man he never stopped loving.  And he forgave him for everything, and all he ever wanted was for Miles to come back.  Unfortunately, Miles rejected his offer in one of the most heartbreaking ways possible.

Now, I’ve run through this scene several times in my head, and there’s only two explanations I can give for Miles’ answer to Bass.

1.  He’s actually a soulless robot from the future, because how can anyone look at Monroe’s face and not want to break down into tears is beyond my human compression.

2. He lied.  He looked Bass straight in the eye and lied about not caring for him anymore.  And yes, I did come up with a reason for that.  As he listened to Monroe’s speech, about how they were family, about how Monroe would give Miles anything he wanted if he would just come back, the most important thing Miles learned was that he was Bass’ biggest weakness.  Perhaps his only weakness.  As we all know, Miles is responsible for turning Bass into the monster he is today.  Miles knows that all too well.  He also realizes the precarious position Bass is in politically at the moment on more than one level.  Which his also is fault and is more than likely going to get Bass killed.  Because if the rebels get ahold of Bass, and with Miles as leverage they possibly could, they would kill him.  Most likely brutally.

If Miles was to rejoin Bass, which we know from last week a large part of him wishes he could, the other commanders would never allow it.  Not after all the people Miles killed getting out of the militia.  If Bass let Miles back in and put him back in charge, there would be a coup, most likely led by Jeremy who doesn’t understand why orders are to bring Miles in alive.  And Bass would die.  Again, most likely brutally.

So, pushed into a tight situation, Miles does the first thing he can think of, something he was probably very good at, all things considered.  He lied.  He destroyed the last bit of humanity in Bass’ heart, knowing that he was the best chance Bass had of surviving.   Because the world was getting a lot more brutal, and as long as Bass was distracted by him, his life was always going to be in danger.  He told Bass that he meant nothing to him because he needed to destroy that last bit of weakness in Bass before it killed him and it was all his fault.  He did not, however, lie when he said he was sorry he didn’t kill him.  Because he was sorry for that.  Because he understands that a mercy killing from a best friend who realized you were far too gone off the deep end would have been swift and would have been far kinder than anything that would happen to Bass in the hands of either the rebels or a coup.

Unfortunately, Miles also made Bass into a supervillain, incapable of human emotion.  And that family he swore to protect?  Danny, Charlie, Rachel, Nora and Aaron, the family he’s ditching Monroe for?  Well, he just inadvertently made them public enemy number one in the eyes of one very heartbroken General Monroe.  Who has helicopters. With guns.  Big guns.

Or I could be way off the mark here and they made Monroe into a supervillain just to make viewers lose their empathy for him.  Which backfired.  Because even if Monroe guns them all down in the spring (which he won’t, at best he’ll kill one) I still can’t bring myself to hate Monroe.  In fact, the only character I don’t like right now is Miles.  In fact I’m feeling a very strong urge to slap him myself.

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4 thoughts on “Revolution: Nobody’s Fault But Mine

  1. Thank God, I’m not the only one who had this reaction to Miles behavior. Writers, BAD move! You screwed up the entire epsiode, nay the series, monumently with this one scene. You gave us beautiful scenes with Miles and Bass, showing their unparralled love and devotion to each other, and then out of nowhere you made Miles they biggest idiot @$$hole on the face of the earth.

    Bass completely emotionally and physically exposes himself to Miles. Bass doesn’t even demand Miles sacrafice Charlie and company to re-enter into his good graces. Doesn’t Miles notice these signs that his friend is still in there somewhere? Does he try to get through to his friend, turn him away from the darkside? No. He chooses instead to put his gun down and emotional brutalise this man who was already tettering on the brink of sanity. Even if Miles had decided Bass was too far gone to be saved (a pretty judging and hypocritical assessment, given where he himself was not so many years ago), he doesn’t even have the sense to shoot Bass while he has the chance. I personally think its a terrible idea to be cruel to a villain, and by so doing turn him into a super villain and then leave him alive to loosen his rage on the world, but hey that could be just me…

    • Thanks for commenting!

      It was a rather silly move on behalf of the writers regardless of what the endgame was. The thing I can’t possibly understand is how a speech about how much Bass misses him and how he would do anything to have Miles back with him is supposed to be the turning point that makes Miles realize that Bass is a crazy psychopath with absolutely no hope of redemption. Even worse, I don’t know how they think they can make viewers believe that was the actual moment Miles decided Bass was too far gone. It’s not like he didn’t have plenty of time to kill him before. Really? Villain gives heartfelt speech about how much he cares about the hero and we’re supposed to believe that the villain in question is nothing more than a sociopath? Although, now, thanks to Miles, he probably is. The writers have got a lot of explaining to do on that one, because either Miles was lying, or…

      In Revolution universe, men having any types of feelings regarding other men defines the man in question as being psychologically unhinged.

      I started out indifferent to the show, then I was super excited for it, specifically this episode, and now thanks to this, I just kind of really hate the writers and Miles.

      • You’ve pretty much summed up my feeling: It made no sense, it made me hate Miles, and it killed my desire to watch the show. I was in this show for Bass, a complicated and compeling character. I liked the duality in his nature, one part corrupted tyrant, one part lost soul who really misses Miles and Rachel (I’m a Bachel conspiracy theorist, who really wanted Bass to turn out to be Charlie’s father). Turning Bass completely dark was a huge mistake. These folks need to take a lesson from Grimm’s character Sean Renard: Villains are cooler when they are not one dimensional.

      • Agreed. Villains who are just in it to serve as villains are kind of boring.

        I love Renard. He’s probably my favorite character on the show after Monroe. (Anybody who doesn’t watch Grimm probably just got really confused.)

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