Finally, our gang have managed to reach Philadelphia. So far it is has been quite a journey for both the characters and the quality of the show as both have seen clear ups and downs. This episode that will mark the mid-season finale had the dubious duty of preventing this show from being cancelled after what can only be described as viewer fatigue, it seems to have lived up to expectation for the most part.
As for the plot of ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’…
The gang infiltrates Philadelphia, but Aaron, Nora, and Charlie get captured while hiding at the home of a friend of Miles. Miles brokers a deal with Neville for their safe return in exchange for the life of Neville’s wife Julia. Neville returns only Aaron and Nora, and directs Miles to a factory where Charlie and Danny are being kept. Meanwhile, Charlie reunites with her mother, Rachel, and her brother, Danny. Rachel successfully completes the pendant amplifier. As Miles and Nora attempt to rescue Danny and Charlie, Miles faces off with Monroe ending with both still alive. The gang successfully escapes, but stop when one of the militia helicopters takes off behind them.
Flashbacks: The life-long friendship of Miles and Monroe is explored in a series of flashbacks working backward through time. It is revealed that after surviving two tours in Iraq Monroe’s immediate family was killed in a car crash while going to see a Harry Potter movie, Miles manages to persuade him not to commit suicide sometime after.
This episode was so far the best of Revolution but it still has its flaws. The beginning of the episode is good and so is its epic conclusion but the middle section is somewhat weak as it is much slower and full of rather frivolous reunions. Also the last scene with the helicopter could have done with some Led Zeppelin. The show suffers a bit from having a rather tight budget, somehow it doesn’t seem as impressive as for example Lost or even Terra Nova. In my opinion Revolution could do with a faster pace and more action oriented setting because at this moment the narrative I somewhat weak and can’t justify the shows characters traveling the road for weeks on time to meet some distant objective. The reunion between Charlie, her brother Danny and their mother Rachel has far also not yielded much do the history between Rachel and Miles seems intriguing. After viewing this episode I have grown to dislike Major Neville, his character is just too darn violent and arrogant to allow to live through to the second season should there be one.
Score; 8.5 / 10. Not as many revelations or plot conclusions as hoped.
Viewer Rating; 8.7 million. These are early ratings predictions but if correct would mean this episode had the highest viewership since the second episode.
Revolution ‘might’ be back on March 25th, a delay which is not only a crime to fans but might actually damage the shows fortunes.