This week’s episode of Revolution, “Children of Men,” was written by David Rambo and Jim Barnes and directed by Frederick E. O. Toye. This is the second last episode of the season and things are starting to build to a climax. This episode featured some great lines and action sequences. We also see the world of Revolution expand a bit more through the introduction of some new characters.
This episode felt a bit stronger than some of the recent episodes and had a few really great moments for me. Miles’ (Billy Burke) declaration that it was “Just another Monday” is a typical Kripke shout out to the fact that the show airs on Mondays. My favorite exchange of dialogue was Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) calling Aaron (Zak Orth) “Chubs” and Aaron responding by calling Neville a “Dick.” The blood explosions in the fight in the Tower are a Kripke signature. I also loved the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi shout out as Aaron and company are trying to break into the Tower under a hail of enemy fire. Watching Dr Warren’s book burn, which is also reflected in Aaron’s glasses is a wonderful visual echo of Grace’s (Maria Howell) revelation that turning the power on could result in setting the world on fire and a powerful image to end the episode wit.
Miles and Nora (Daniella Alonso) have relatively little to do in this episode. We do get to see Nora bring out her mad knife skills again, and once more save Miles’ life. I was once more rolling my eyes as we are left with yet another standoff between Miles and Monroe, however. Upcoming promotional photos would suggest that neither of them is about to pay the price but will leave collateral damage in their wake yet again. With both Miles and Monroe having major plot lines revolving around them, it’s hard to feel a sense of impending doom for either of them which serves to lessen the tension for me.
Next week marks the season finale. I’m anticipating a fairly major cliffhanger – or two – as Kripke is known for them. He’s put a lot of balls in the air so far this season, but he’s also answered a lot of the questions that were asked at the beginning of the season. It will be interesting to see what Neville does once he has Monroe’s militia at his disposal – and how Monroe responds. Will Monroe join back up with Miles? Will he go looking for his son? What’s the likelihood of Miles and company abandoning their quest to turn the power back on? How likely is it that Dan and company will let them? Lots to look forward to in the upcoming episode. What do you think will happen in the season finale? Let me know in the comments below.