Revolution Burning Questions: Can Charlie’s Idealism Survive War?
JD Pardo, Tracy Spiridakos | Photo Credits: Brownie Harris/NBC
Monday's Revolution was all about the idealist young'uns versus the war-weathered vets: but which side prevailed? Plus, what new horror is in store for Grace? Read on for the six biggest burning questions from Monday's Revolution. [Warning: Major spoilers ahead]
1. Working with the enemy Miles (Billy Burke) is not too pleased when he learns of Neville and his mutual allegiance with Georgia. After exchanging a few choice barbs ("And you can go back to being the general of my nuts!"), Miles and Neville officially unite to stop Monroe from creating anthrax. Though Nora (Daniella Alonso) made a very good point: who's to say that handing Monroe's anthrax scientist over to Georgia is going to be any better for the world?
2. Monroe is not a republic, it is an island Never thought I'd see the day when Randall (Colm Feore) would be the voice of reason. When he tried to talk some sense into Monroe (David Lyons), suggesting he tone down his extreme strategies into things a little less ... psychotic (a completely reasonable suggestion), Monroe gave the not-so-reasonable response of a death threat. It doesn't seem like this alliance is going to last much longer, which doesn't bode well for Monroe. Randall seems to be the last person (besides maybe Jeremy), with whom he has any sort of relationship. Without someone to ground him to the real world, Monroe will become an independent, isolated island where his insanity can run free unbothered by morals or ethics. Sounds fun, right?
3. Do the ends justify the means? As much as Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) wants to deny it, war isn't pretty. Do I support kidnapping a man and using his family as leverage to force him to make anthrax for Georgia? Of course not! But do I understand why Miles feels justified in doing so? Yes. Miles and Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) might be ruthless, but when you have cuckoo bird Monroe chasing you down, that's what you have to be. Not that I fault Charlie, Jason and Nora for rescuing the scientist and his family. Her desire to win the war and maintain her humanity is admirable, albeit unlikely. Though, at least she has Jason there to share her pipe dream with. It'll be interesting to see how their idealism plays out in the long term.
4. The hunger games A starving Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchel) and Aaron (Zak Orth) reach the Plains Nation, but things aren't as they had hoped. As Game of Thrones' House Stark would say, "Winter is coming," and that is no time to be giving away handouts. Doing what's necessary, the pair steal food only to get caught on their way out of town. Rachel, Revolution's most beloved murderer, pulls out a gun and kills their captor. Too bad her success was short-lived. While running away, Rachel stumbles and breaks her leg, bone sticking out and all (it was gross — like, really gross). Though Rachel begs Aaron to head to the Tower without her, he refuses — a stupid decision based on loyalty and fear. There's no question, had their roles been reversed, Rachel would have been halfway to the Tower the moment she realized Aaron was crippled. Of course, Aaron sticks around and we see that even with a broken leg, Rachel is still 10 times the fighter he is. But how will Rachel's affliction impair their journey going forward?