We may have to wait until the end of March to see new episodes of NBC’s post-blackout drama Revolution, but at least the network is throwing us a bone or two to satiate our appetites until then. High on this list is a series of brief animated webisodes.
These quick hits follow the diaries of Sergeant Wheatley (Reed Diamond), a member of the Monroe Militia who finds himself undercover among the rebels. You may remember Wheatley as the guy who led Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), and company into those oxygen-starved tunnels where they all started hallucinating. The second installment, “August 10th,” is embedded below.
So far these shorts have been a nice little glimpse into other facets of the world of Revolution. You’ve encountered the rebels before, but Wheatley’s words paint a more complete picture of their lives. And most importantly, his narrative is delivered from a different perspective.
From Wheatley’s point of view, these aren’t freedom fighters or romantic figures, they’re violent terrorists who do little more than murder people. You can hear the disgust in his voice as he talks about how the 23 men and women of fighting dispositions gather food and supplies from the surrounding farmers. As he puts it, this kindness will likely be repaid with “a knife to your gut.”
His perspective brings up an interesting point. The majority of Revolution portrays the Monroe Militia as a brutal gang of murdering thugs who rule with an iron fist. But apparently not everyone feels this way. Sure, Wheatley is a Militia member, and we’ve seen how they’re brainwashed, so what he says needs to be taken with a grain of salt. He’s certainly not the only one out there to put his faith in Monroe (David Lyons) and his cronies. He may be misguided, but this is still part of the landscape. And maybe he’s right, maybe the rebels are just as bad as Monroe.
Pieces like these are important for a show like Revolution, one that sets out to create an entirely new world. Without different perspectives, without considering all of the angles, the world doesn’t feel whole.