NBC’s highly rated freshman show Revolution has been on hiatus since the end of November. You may think we’d be pretty near a return at this point, but you’d be wrong. We won’t see new episodes of the blackout drama until March 25th. In the interim, however, the network has been doing what it can to maintain interest while they put together new installments. One way they’ve been doing that is by releasing this series of short animated webisodes.
Based on the letters of Sergeant Wheatley (Reed Diamond), a member of the Monroe Militia who found himself accidentally undercover among a cadre of rebels, these give a quick glimpse at another side of the world of Revolution. The latest video, “Wheatley’s Letters: March 3rd” posted earlier today.
By now Wheatley has been undercover for nearly 10 months, waiting for a response from his commanders. That’s almost a year of “gut churning” tasks he’s been compelled to complete in order to remain above suspicion. Despite his obvious distaste for his surroundings, he must be hiding it well since he actually receives a promotion. He now holds a higher rank in this little “crackerjack operation” than he does in the proper militia.
Even with all of his vitriol, all of the hate he spews in his letters, you can’t help but wonder if there is a little seed sprouting inside of him that thinks maybe this isn’t so bad, maybe the rebels are onto something. Perhaps he’s found a place where his talents are appreciated. They have obviously been overlooked by his militia superiors.
You never see this play out in the show—in the episode “Kashmir,” he leads Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), and company directly into a trap—but something about his tone in March 3rd hints at that possibility.