This week’s episode of Revolution, “The Longest Day,” was written by Anne Cofell Saunders and directed by Steve Boyum. Saunders and Boyum last collaborated on the mid-season return episode, “The Stand.” Interestingly, this episode sees the return of the device Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) removed from Danny (Graham Rogers) in that episode. This episode also features a significant firefight and the death of another moderately important character. Boyum does his usual outstanding job of helping his actors deliver emotional and nuanced performances. I did find that the characterizations felt uneven, however.
Charlie and Jason grow closer in this episode, helped along by his risking his life to save hers. I liked them bonding over the shared problematic relationships with their parents. Comparing Charlie/Rachel with Jason/Tom also draws a nice parallel between Rachel and Tom. Both have had to change, adapt, and do ruthless things in order to protect themselves and their families. When Charlie and Jason share a kiss at the end of the episode, Tom sees and does not appear to be particularly happy about the budding relationship.
I’m finding the uneven characterization of Rachel to be increasingly difficult to overlook. It’s easier to see the different facets of Tom’s character meshing due to his circumstances. The flashbacks in this episode show Rachel going to Miles in order to protect her family. We do see a very different side of both Miles and Rachel. Rachel is willing to sacrifice herself in order to save her family. Miles is a much different and more ruthless leader – Burke’s performance in contrasting what he’s willing to do to his family in the past and what he’s willing to do for his family in the present is excellent.
The episode does examine what we are willing to do for family through the multiple storylines. Monroe has lost all of his “family.” Rachel has become more ruthless to protect/avenge her family. Neville only finds the good that is left in him for his son. Miles has found his way back to his humanity through his family.
The episode ends with Nora captured and President Foster (Leslie Hope) telling Miles that if he can’t pull a miracle out of his hat, she is going to surrender to save as many people as she can. Do you think Miles can persuade her not to surrender? Miles and Neville will both be in big trouble if she does – or they will have to escape to another part of the country. What did you think of the episode? Let me know in the comments below.