Hello Revolutionaries! The season finale has finally come and gone! This week is another one of those crazy weeks for me, so I'm just going to go through some of my favorite moments and/or some points of interest.
At any rate it seems Texas and regions next to it are going to playing a more significant role next season, as besides using Nora's death and association with Texas as a possible lead in, so was Texas dropped nearly once every episode during the second half of the season, including the mentioning of some incident/conflict involving Alec and The Monroe Republic, Priscilla's (as we caught up with her in the finale) new place of residence, to Revolution actually switching filming locations to Texas, and due a lot of historic references dropped in this episode in similitude to JFK's assassination, Cuban Missile Crisis/Cold War, portrait of former President Bush highlighted with hidden key card, and by extension, Guantanamo Bay!
Some scenes I liked in the episode were Bass and Miles running in parallel in the woods while the helicopter attempted to gun them down, Bass being in the direct center during a freakish lightening storm, Nora throwing the fire extinguisher to trigger the bomb, Charlie refusing to leave Nora's side and confronting her mother. to Miles freeing Bass and explaining that no matter what, despite how much he hates it, they will always be brothers, and Randall sealing his fate.
Some criticisms are:
Not having Nora's story more fleshed out before her death.
Neville being able to use C4 and blast his way into the Tower
Having key cards give access to Level 12
Killing most of the Tower Peeps, before getting to know most of them. (Especially Dan)
Leaving us with Jason not doing much of anything.
How can we turn the power on without Power Plants? (but I could buy the nanites being conduits as they 'shut down'?)
No new sci-fi technology reveals.
No new details about Tower Peeps/Level 11 confinement.
No reveal about the possibility that Charlie may not be Ben's daughter.
Some final thoughts:
I'm thinking that somehow Grace will able to best Neville and she and Aaron will be able to get access to the Missile Launching Computer Room, but will have to turn off the power in order to do so. The lightening storm around Monroe could either be an indicator that things are still going to go wrong, or that this is what the Hadron Collider is for--to keep things from going wrong by absorbing some of the electricity/energy.
Again Charlie comforts those at the time of their death. Her choice to stay with Nora was touching and I'm glad Nora didn't have to be alone in some of her final moments. It was also nice, since she was going to die, that she died in Miles arms, seemingly being with the one person who ended up really mattering to her.
I was also really glad that Monroe made it! David Lyon's performance is just too good waste, as he and Neville are both the kind of villains I hope we see through a longer haul and maybe even see some redeeming or reforming, as it would be nice to see Monroe team up with our guys some more and/or have an opportunity to confront his son.
I really really loved that scene with Bass and Miles running from the helicopter, because it's the idea that their past, which has turned on them is still pushing them forward together, despite their ideological differences.
As for Charlie and Jason, I think they both will take greater precedence with their parents, as both find themselves seriously disappointed by Rachel's and Tom's values shown again in this episode.
Rachel I think will have to work harder than ever to prove herself, but I do think what Randall did put her own reality back into perspective. I liked how she first reacted to him trying to figure our why he wanted the power on. It's one of the very few times I've seen Elizabeth Mitchell play it more comical.
I hope the next chapter gives Miles some reflection time, because he really didn't do so much of that here, as he stepped more into a leadership role, but it made Nora's death seem more inconsequential, which I think is a shame. I hope we some more blatant reaction, or that we get a sense that maybe her death made him rise to the occasion more. Made him want to do better by everyone...
Anyways, Did you like the finale? What do you think will happen in season 2? Will you miss Nora? Do You hope to see her in flashback's? Sound off in the comments below!!!!
Historic: The Cuban Missile Crises, The Cold War, Guantanamo Bay, and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The United States considered attacking Cuba via air and sea, but decided on a military blockade instead, calling it a "quarantine" for legal and other reasons. The US announced that it would not permit offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba, demanded that the Soviets dismantle the missile bases already under construction or completed, and return all offensive weapons to the USSR. The Kennedy administration held only a slim hope that the Kremlin would agree to their demands, and expected a military confrontation.
John F. Kennedy Assassination----
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was fatally shot while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie, in a presidential motorcade. A ten-month investigation in 1963–64 by the Warren Commission concluded that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, and that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald before he could stand trial. Although the Commission's conclusions were initially supported by a majority of the American public, polls conducted between 1966 and 2003 found that as many as 80 percent of Americans have suspected that there was a plot or cover-up.
Many conspiracies center around President John F. Kennedy's assassination. From the CIA hiring mafia, to vice President Lyndon B Johnson's revenge and climb to power (Which Johnson was from Texas by the way) and/or a vexed Richard Nixon, leave many speculate that Kennedy made many enemies.
The following is a website that chronicles the possible threats and relationships Kennedy may have had at this time. Please note the following speculations are not considered completely factual, but the website author's outline for speculation centered Kennedy's death, as it has never been officially declared a conspiracy by the U.S. Government.
The United States assumed territorial control over the southern portion of Guantánamo Bay under the 1903 Cuban-American Treaty. The United States has complete jurisdiction and control over this territory, while Cuba retains ultimate sovereignty. The current government of Cuba regards the U.S. presence in Guantánamo Bay as illegal and insists the Cuban-American Treaty was obtained by threat of force in violation of international law. Some legal scholars judge that the lease may be voidable. It is the home of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, which is governed by the United States.
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a detainment and interrogation facility of the United States military located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The facility was established in January 2002 by the Bush Administration to hold detainees it had determined to be connected with opponents in the Global War on Terror including Afghanistan and later Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Southeast Asia. It is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) of the United States government in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which fronts on Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.
The reason I chose to bring these things up, is because there are a lot of parallel's here. It wouldn't surprise me that this U.S. President in Cuba was either the former vice president, or the assassination attempt on his life failed, but I will be curious to see if he is a victim or perpetrator.
It's unclear to me if we're going to be dealing with Cold War association in terms of having Russian connections in taking down the U.S. in Revolution, but at the very least we can speculate some references to Spanish American history, including the history of Texas, The Spanish American War, and/or the Mexican War.
The Dark Tower and The Stand: In this episode the references seem more about the general ideas themselves, and Revolutions own themes, rather than direct parallels to either of King's novels, accept to say that Randall Flynn's death, being a reference to Randall Flagg, may point out that this President is an equivalent to The Dark Tower's Crimson King.
The scene where Nora, Bass, and Miles end up in water way reminded me a little of Star Wars New Hope Death Star Garbage scene
Bad Robot factor:
OK. Without being too spoilerish we know we are surely going to need to cast this President. Just for fun I think it would be cool to cast Terry O' Quinn or Titus Welliver. Then we have Monroe's son, which is hard for me to think someone young enough. If Ian Somerhalder wouldn't still be attached to The Vampire Diary's, he might have been an alright choice, but it's hard to think of someone who could have David Lyon's elegant features. There is also a casting call for a 60 year old scientist named Gene. Obviously I dream of John Noble for that part, which would be pretty cool if he also has to sport a southern accent. Speaking of which there is also a casting call for Annabeth a 30-something who runs a large establishment (something like, if not Las Vegas) and one of the things I loved most about about Jennifer Gardner's performances as Sydney Bristow, was her uncanny way of picking up accents (well except that Japanese Geisha one!). Everyone once in while she would sport a southern accent, being on the verge of something stereo typically of Texas. So since this is a dream wish list, if Jenifer Gardner could wip out that accent and get some cowgirl wear on, I think she would make a fun antagonist, whether it be this Annabeth or someone else.
What about you guys? Who would you love to see in Revolution?!