Old loves return to Revolution as girlfriends and wives past come back to haunt the present. It’s all very blah until a final juicy twist offers lots of promising developments to come.
Let’s bitch it out…As always, let’s break down what worked and what didn’t in ‘Home’.
- Mark Pellegrino: It’s always nice to see the character actor, even if his role on the show is so unmemorable that I can’t even remember his name. (According to IMDB, it’s Bishop and we last saw him in 1×10 ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’. I had to look it up)
- Tom Neville’s (Giancarlo Esposito) return: It’s hardly surprising that Neville returns in some capacity – he wouldn’t simply go on the run, and this is much more dramatically satisfying. Still the moment that President Foster (Leslie Hope) brings him in makes me want to fist pump. Hopefully Revolution has finally figured out that more Esposito can only be a good thing
- Lack of Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos): This is really Monroe’s (David Lyons) episode, which means scaled back roles for Nora (Daniella Alonso), Jim (Malik Yoba) and nobody’s favourite character, Charlie. Unfortunately it looks like next week she’ll be back in the spotlight, so let’s enjoy it while we can
- Monroe as villain: I’ve never been impressed with Lyons’ take on Monroe – he’s far too weak and whiny to be a General (who would follow this man)? It’s clear that ‘Home’ is meant to shed light on his vulnerable side, but it feels like that’s all we ever see. He’s simply not a convincing leader or villain. Case in point: when Miles runs into the burning building, why does Monroe wait to order his men to kill him? There are five of you – why not just kill Miles and be done with it?!
- False conflict: Oh no, all of these people that we don’t know are in danger of being killed (RIP Dwight). Does anyone actually think that Miles is ever in any real danger, though? No. And we don’t know these other people, so who cares? This goes double for Emma (Annie Wersching) – her only job is to play old girlfriend/dead girlfriend in a desperate bid for sentimentality
- Monroe’s son: Naturally the end result of the teen soap flashbacks is that Emma got pregnant with Bass’ baby (imagine conceiving a baby from such bad-looking sex?). The law of poor TV writing also means that Emma must then be killed before she can reveal who or where the son is (naturally). Gah this show drives me crazy!
- Monroe’s hair: I know it’s petty, but seriously, it’s as though someone squirted a gallon of Vaseline onto Lyons’ head. It’s so distracting! I know his hair has been bad for the whole season, but it’s taken to new levels of awfulness in ‘Home’
~ (On The Fence)
- Aaron (Zak orth) and Priscilla (Maureen Sebastian): We knew that Priscilla would turn back up at some point after she’s introduced in 1×06 ‘Sex And Drugs (I’m not counting the brief glimpse of her in 1×09 ‘Kashmir’). It’s nice that we don’t have to endure her being angry at him for leaving her, so hurray for that. Unfortunately the fact that she’s reintroduced solely to reinforce that she’s moved on and started a family feels perfunctory, as though the writers wrote this storyline solely to tick off a box (Did we deal with Aaron’s wife? Yup! Okay, let’s move on). She’s alive, so she could still come back, but for now this feels like a miss
Unintentional LOL of the episode:
- This week the award goes to Miles for shooting Captain Dixon, the Georgia Federation rep, after he accidentally kills Emma. It’s meant to be dramatic and reflect how upset Miles is, but it’s done with so much earnestness that it’s hilarious
- Emma (asking Monroe why he’s taken the town hostage): “All because of some stupid fight with Miles?” Ummm…is this woman an idiot? Does she not understand who these people are and what world she’s living in?
What’s your take on the field trip home? Were you surprised that Emma bought the farm? Do you think Lyons is doing a good job as Monroe? Do you feel annoyed that Priscilla was reintroduced just to be written back out? And how many MIT degrees does it take to decode that g*ddamn Tower book?! Sound off below
Revolution airs Mondays at 10pm EST on NBC