The opening of episode 3 of Revolution, No Quarter basically gives you a run down of the entire season so far. You could almost skip the first 2 episodes and be caught up, just by watching the third. And maybe by watching just the third, you can ignore the leaps from logic in the other two. However, the 3rd isn’t without its problems. But first, to point out a little bit of mystery.
I noticed a little cast change from the “Preview” to the “Pilot”. It had me pondering my insanity for a moment. But, it appears that a cast change did happen between the “Preview” and the “Pilot“. Was the “Preview” actress not good enough or did they increase the value of the mother’s role after the “Preview” was created and J.J. Abrams just wanted one of his LOST alum to play the part? Who knows. Not a big deal, but we still need to figure out why the “mother” died on “The Road”, but is actually being held by Monroe in a nice house apparently in a town very close to his open field tent city.
On to the show. In this episode, Little Miss Whiney, Uncle Miles and Hot Pants meet up with a rebel group that can’t even guard the front door of their hideout with something as simple as a person standing on the roof. Good thing Uncle Miles is there to remedy that issue. We find that this rebel group has had their butts kicked when they attempted to break into a garrison with nothing but knives and good hopes. Miles tells them they need to get out of their little death trap ASAP, while Little Miss Whiney exclaims the most annoyingly obvious and poorly written line in the episode; “That man is dead.” Yes dear, they just covered up another dead person when you walked in and everyone else is in some state of bleeding or dying. Whoever writes the lines for Charlie should be fire right now and that job should be given to the person who writes the more realistic lines for Miles.
While we are pondering the question as to why people don’t get the junk together and high tail it out of the boxed in death trap they are hiding out in, the Monroe Militia show up and immediately start shooting through the building. Let’s recap an important point of information. Bullets are rare. Even black powered muskets are rare, because Gus..errr Captain Neville is walking around with a dozen militia who only have swords. Therefore, when you come upon a building that you haven’t sent a spy in to verify, but you just found out about, but are apparently close enough that people didn’t hear you execute someone with a pistol, you don’t just start shooting. Oh, that’s right, after complaining that rim fire bullets are a rarity and probably shouldn’t be wasted. That’s why Jacob, I mean Lucifer, I mean new character that we are going to find about later, Jeremy goes through a whole spiel about how rare bullets are and then still shoots the rebel he’s interrogating with a little The Deer Hunter action. So, note to writers; when you make a big deal about how hard it is to get bullets, don’t use them up like you’ve got a tanker load of….. oh my lord.
Okay, so while everyone is trying to escape being slaughtered in their death trap box hidey hole, Miles sent a guy up on the roof with the sniper rifle obtained in episode 2. This guy starts to eliminate the militia with single shot kills. Even when they are on the run. Why didn’t this person manage to keep his sniper rifle he apparently had mastered and what has he been doing to keep his skills up? He has a bag of bullets, that he’s just carrying around for the time when he gets a brand spanking new 15 year old sniper rifle. Rule number one that we learn from The Patriot: when fighting an organized group of military people who line up in a tight group in order to maximize their effect, YOU SHOOT THE GUY ON THE HORSE!
So, this whole fiasco of a battle gets wrapped up because Lucifer Jeremy sent enough of his guys in, including his number 2 guy, so that the rebel sniper ran out of bullets. Not that the 50 or so men figured out how to out flank a single sniper guy on a roof in the dark. Then by morning, the militia storm in, only to have Jeremy captured by Miles in close hand to hand combat as they retreat back into the even more trapped and confined place that happens to have windows. Why “Shawshank” your way out, when you have windows above the wall? Where are you going? My head is hurting.
So, Jeremy let’s it slip that Miles is important, so he let’s everyone know that he was the “General of the Militia”. And he uses that knowledge to make a bargain to let the remaining rebels go free and let Jeremy take in Miles as a captive to Monroe, but this all gets foiled by Hot Pants and Little Miss Whiney who manage to sneak ahead to lay a trap on a bridge to set Miles free.
Wait? What? Yes, Miles was the GENERAL of the Monroe Militia. To those watching, we all knew that Monroe knew Miles and that Miles had played a bigger role. But, you might think, just might, that the guy who helped bring back “law and order” and ran the militia who kept everyone in line by killing had a more popular name. For 15 years he had been going around with a group of well trained thugs killing people who didn’t stay in line and nobody asked, “Hey, where did you get your training from?” or “Who is Monroe’s right hand man?” And you would think this knowledge would be just as common as Monroe’s name. Oh boy. Anyway, that’s all wrapped up and Danny Boy managed to avoid an asthma attack to gain some respect from Gus for not killing a militia guy who was being even more of a whiney biatch than Danny.
Now onto the side story with Crazy Australian Lady and Geek Boy. They managed to find Grace’s house, which is surround by corn on a road that hasn’t been paved in a decade by using an old map. [face palm] When they get there, they notice something is wrong, arm themselves with one knife and enter the house to find a very obvious plot device of a Walkman player and the charred remains Grace’s computer that was destroyed using fire without burning down the entire house, which is made up of highly flammable old wood. Okay. Moving on. While Geek Boy is pondering his uselessness in the new world order…. okay let’s go there.
How did Geek Boy and Crazy Australian Lady managed to walk from the suburbs of Chicago or where ever their little village is, to Indiana along The Road and not get killed? How is Geek Boy alive and fat in the first place? I’m guess Ben managed to keep him alive, but good grief, the guy even tells a story about how he’s back to being a nobody in a bully’s world. I guess that’s what happened to his wife.
Okay, to wrap up, the necklace comes on. Because they couldn’t find the switch to turn it on.
Maybe because Crazy Australian Lady was hiding it.
But, it magically comes on and then turns off by itself, even though we know it can be on by itself if no one else is around.
Please. Please. Please make sure you have the rules set for your mysterious objects before writing them down.