It’s a bad sign when a television show isn’t on the air and I’m relieved. It’s not that I despise or hate Revolution, but I’ve been so consistently underwhelmed that when it’s not on it just means I have time to do other things. Whether it’s the name power or the fact that I still want the concept to work, I started to get excited as 10 p.m. rolled around and I knew Revolution would be on. It’s too bad the show doesn’t like to share my enthusiasm.
“Sex and Drugs” which is a strange title for the episode as there isn’t any sex but a lot of drugs, really had a chance to shine. It’s too bad that the fundamentals of the show really slapped down any chance of that. Well, that and the fact that when Charlie cries hordes of classically trained actors flip their televisions the bird. Though, with Nora on the verge of being deathly ill and the only refuge being with a psychotic ex-soldier buddy of Miles, it’s surprising there weren’t more opportunities for Charlie to let loose the waterworks.
I’ve never realized how much of Revolution is just Lost until this episode. Every episode has flashbacks focusing on the character who is going to have their ‘moment’ in the present. This week’s it’s Aaron, also known as the guy who complains that he doesn’t do enough for the group without actually trying to do anything for the group. As useless as Aaron has been, his flashback that told the story of how he left his wife with the group of ‘survivors?’ because he thought he was useless, and his actual contribution was a compelling story and I actually enjoyed it.
That psychotic friend of Miles is Drexler, a high ranking member of the militia who is living in a mansion (that looks suspiciously like a plantation house) and sells heroin. It worked great until he asks for his favor from Miles, sending Charlie down the road on a suicide mission to take out an Irish family’s head. The strange Irish racism he spouted seemed so out of place. Even though I thought he was effective as an antagonist, Revolution clearly didn’t think too highly of him and killed Drexel by the end.
The Irish thing really just broke the entire Civil War vibe they’ve been going for here. I get it, the power is gone so everything has regressed. Everyone is dressed up like they’re in the 1800’s because no power. But to go back to the racism that was prevalent in the era, it sent the entire already shaky concept tumbling down. I don’t get it and I don’t enjoy it and if I have to see Charlie cry one more time…
More importantly, Monroe reunites Danny with his long lost mother right at the end. Not only did I have this conversation with my girlfriend as we watched it, but I had it with several other people as well, if my mother left when I was young and I thought she was dead and it turns out she’s alive and with the man who is responsible for the death of my father and my imprisonment, I WOULD NOT HAVE A TEARFUL, HUG FILLED REUNION.
“Sex and Drugs” really had the chance to turn Revolution around in my mind. It definitely is one of the better episodes of the series, but that’s not saying a lot. In the end, it was too predictable and just felt too strange. I thought the whole Civil War vibe was interesting at first, but it’s worn its welcome. While I think it’s insane that they’re explaining the blackout next week, maybe some insanity is what we need.