The fifth episode of Revolution is called ‘Soul Train’ and by the looks of the previews pictures and trailer it is going to push this series into a higher gear, the previous four episode are thus no more than an introductory to help set the story and the world of Revolution. Last episode of course saw the death of Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips) which the shows creators readily admit was a blatant attempt to create drama and show that the world of Revolution is not Terra Nova with its cute dinosaurs. Personally I think that drama isn’t Revolution’s major worry, but the rather cheap sets are a bigger problem.
First, let’s recap last weeks episode ‘The Plague Dogs’.
Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Nora meet back up with Aaron (Zak Orth) and Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips). Unknown to them, Nate (J.D. Pardo) has escaped and continues to track Miles and Charlie. After running into a group of what appears to be stray dogs Aaron is injured and Maggie is forced to kill one of the dogs. Miles (Billy Burke) sees and fights Nate and the group capture him. It is discovered that the dogs are the companions of a man who attacks the group and stabs Maggie in revenge for her killing one of his dogs. The group try to save her and Charlie is captured by the man. Miles frees Nate and he and Miles go to find Charlie. Charlie has been tied to a chair with an elaborate trap that will go off if the door to the room is opened. She escapes just as Nate and Miles enter the room. They return to Aaron, Maggie and Nora just as Maggie dies. Danny (Graham Rogers) continues his journey with the militia and they are forced to take shelter during a storm. Danny escapes and is quickly recaptured by Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito). While taking shelter in a storm cellar the roof falls in trapping Neville. Danny rescues him only to be put back into cuffs. Rachel continues to be a captive of the militia and it appears that she is being tortured for information on the blackout and Ben’s involvement.
Flashbacks: Over several years Maggie searches for a boat to return home so that she can be reunited with her family. However all the boats have been lost or destroyed in the chaos following the blackout. As she is about to commit suicide she is found by Ben, Charlie and Danny. Some years after the blackout Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) tearfully leaves the family and for unknown reasons joins Miles and the Militia where she is put into handcuffs almost immediately with a silent Miles looking on.
Conclusion; The Plagues Dogs certainly sent the series into a higher gear, it raises all sorts of questions such as what Miles and Rachel were doing just after the blackout. The death of Maggie certainly hit fans hard, her character was one that connected well with the audience. As such some fans think the show’s creative staff if playing with them, and I agree.
Score; 8 / 10.
Viewer Rating; 8.01 Million. the shows sliding numbers re beginning to level off as expected. I hope the next episode will steady them completely.
Soul Train Preview.
As said the next episode of Revolution is entitled Soul Train, and here is the synopsis…
As the gang nears Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and his men, their hopes of finding Danny (Graham Rogers) grow until a shocking discovery threatens to impede their efforts. Meanwhile, orders from Monroe (David Lyons) have upped the value of Danny’s life and Nora (Daniella Alonso) connects with a fellow Rebel.
Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, and Elizabeth Mitchell also star.
Here are the stills for ‘Soul Train’.