If you’ve been paying attention to season two of NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama Revolution—and if the ratings are any indication, not nearly as many of you have tuned in for the sophomore season—you may have wondered about that scene at the very beginning of the season. You saw Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), covered in blood, lighting a fire, very obviously trying to hide something from someone. The show then jumps back in time a significant distance, and this ominous beginning is pushed to the periphery. But you should keep this moment in mind moving forward, because the folks behind the series certainly haven’t forgotten about it.
Showrunner Rockne S. O’Bannon says that the writers will “definitely” be brining that moment back as the show heads towards brutal, all out war with the newly introduced Patriots. He tells TV Line, “The burning of the shed—and its contents—will become shockingly clear as we approach the climax of the season.”
You had to figure that Revolution was building towards that moment. It’s bad storytelling, plain and simple, to introduce a thread like that and never get back to it. The real question is when? This upcoming week brings us to the mid-season finale of the show, which could be a good place for a big, game-changing reveal. For all of its faults, Revolution ends episodes well, leaving you wanting more, wanting to tune in next week to find out what happens.
The most recent episode wrapped up with Aaron Pitman (Zac Orth) in the hands of the diabolical Patriot scientists, about to watch very bad things happen to his girlfriend. He screams, there’s a flicker in the flames, and the credits start to roll. The preview of the upcoming episode shows Miles and Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) in the process of rescuing their captured friend, only to discover the ground littered with Patriot bodies. What does that mean? Did the experiments backfire and lead to their death? As you know, Aaron has a connection with the nanotechnology that caused the worldwide blackout, among other things. He can almost control them, which is why the outsiders want him.
The first season of Revolution was just okay, and while season two has a lot of problems, it’s actually been entertaining to watch. What they’ve done is up the crazy factor exponentially across the board. There are nuclear bombs, invading armies, revenge, betrayal, uneasy alliances, and the dad from Seventh Heaven. Everyone is grittier, dirtier, more scuffed up, and the focus has shifted away from turning the lights back on. All in all, the scope of the show has broadened, and the action not only impacts the individual characters, but has global implications as well.
Have you been watching season two of Revolution? If so, what do you think? Are you on board, waiting to see where this all takes us, or are you ready for it to be over already? Let us know in the comments section below.