'Revolution' Recap: Fresh-Squeezed Typhus and Genetic Purification
'Revolution' Recap: Fresh-Squeezed Typhus and Genetic Purification
Bill King
Bill King
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
I know you all must be getting tired of me writing the same thing about Revolution each week, because frankly, I'm a bit weary myself. If you've followed along this season, you know I have issues with the lack of direction and the fact that we still have no idea what we're working towards or why Willoughby is so important. That's nothing new.

I'm also not a huge fan of the nanites-are-alive Matrix ripoff storyline, though I have to admit it's the most interesting one going on right now. And if that's not enough, now we've introduced ethnic cleansing. What ever happened to wondering what it'd be like in a world with no electricity?

Captain Trips, in a Nutshell

Here's what you missed if you didn't see the episode or are looking for a refresher. Then maybe I'll try and say some nice things, just to mix it up a bit. 

All you need to know about the Aaron-Priscilla sideplot is that Grace skipped town in a Dear John note, the nanites appeared to Aaron in the form of dead girlfriend Cynthia and told him he needed to go to Lubbock, Texas, for answers, and Priscilla didn't want to go with him until a bunch of fireflies tried to drop a branch on her head.

So it's back to Texas we go, though I'm not quite sure why the nano didn't just have Priscilla go meet Aaron there in the first place. Maybe they needed a middle point, with Grace to care for her, because she wouldn't have made it all the way, but then nanites could've just healed her. They're not going to let their mom die. Unless of course they're the ones that kill her. 

Fool Me Once, Shame on Me

Major Tom and Julia Neville/Doyle are both distraught over Jason's interrogation for the B&E he actually did commit, so they hatch a plot to kill the general and his wife and then have a "talk" with Doyle over Jason's whereabouts.

But before they carry any of this out, we flash back from two years after the blackout and learn how they became self-reliant and strong. Child Jason is dying from starvation, so Tom asks some nice woodsy folk if he can partake in their skinned rabbit. They say no, he pulls a knife and they beat the crap out of him. Then they let him go.

Later, Julia walks into their camp and asks for food, and they're like "Hey there, little lady. We've got plenty of food if you take off your shirt." She goes in the tent with one of them, and while the other seemingly tries to watch, Tom slits his throat before picking up a shotgun and blowing the tent pervert away. A bloody-faced Julia and Tom congratulate each other on "having it in them." 

Moral: Never trust a pretty lady who tries to trade sex for food, especially before she gets the food. If she's that hot, she's got a guy standing by to take you out while you're at your pants-around-your-ankles most vulnerable. 

Anyway, back in the present future, they try to carry out the murder plan, but Doyle's got it sniffed out and is waiting with four Patriots and a gun to Julia's head. He's not a moron and has had a tail on Julia all along, plus their antics were quite pedestrian and transparent. He really did love her, though. That part wasn't an act, and she's apparently a wild one in the sack. Bow chica wow wow, Kim Raver. Don't make Jack Bauer jealous. But on the bright side, Jason didn't blab. Tough kid. He's in prison in New Jersey. Ouch.

Welcome to the New Patriot Order

Rachel, Miles, Monroe and Conner get back to team anti-Pat headquarters and find the place deserted with no sign of Dr. Gene, Charlie or Aaron. They find the quarantine camp and spot two generations of Porter-Mathesons wearing obviously ineffective cloth masks and working on those infected with typhus. Rachel decides to help and enters the makeshift medical complex. 

She and Gene make a deal with Truman to hold off on all questions until they survive the epidemic, but being the genius she is, Rachel quickly notices something fishy about the virus. Not only are the patients not taking fluids like they should, but it also doesn't appear to be spreading in a normal fashion. Some tests on blood Charlie steals from a corpse (he didn't need it) reveal that this typhus was created in a lab and isn't communicable, so it's all just a cover for the Patriots to decide who gets sick.

A quick survey of the victims reveals bi-polar disorder, epilepsy, and in what appears to be the harshest judgment of all, alcoholism. C'mon, it's the future and there's no electricity! What are people supposed to do? This is immediately followed by Gene getting sick.

Miles to the Rescue

Rachel sends a message to Miles, which entails her putting a piece of paper under a shiny black Shawshank Redemption rock near the edge of the camp. It's so high-tech that no one notices. The note leads Miles, Monroe and Conner on a pointless mission back into Willoughby, where Patriots are burning typhus clothes like the Nazis burned books, in order to look for vaccines in the bunker where Aaron burned everyone alive. 

But alas, it is empty. They inform Rachel in another rock note. 

I guess the only purpose the mission serves is that Monroe lets Conner know that Miles loves Rachel, and that they're going to need him if they want to re-take over the world. So that's why they have to put their necks on the line to save the Willoughby folk for the 15th time. At some point, people don't want to be rescued anymore.

As Dr. Gene's condition worsens, they kidnap Truman and inject him with the typhus, thus ensuring he'll lead them to the antidote. Conner dons a Patriot uniform and follows Truman back into town and into his office, and he just gets his hands on the vials stored in a safe when real Patriots bust down the door.

It's a standoff, with the Pats pointing their guns at Conner and Conner pointing his gun at Truman's head. The end. 

Now What?

I do like the fact that all the storylines ended in cliffhangers, even if they all involved guns being pointed at people's heads, because at least it means things won't wrap up nicely in a one-shot deal. I feel like we've almost been watching standalone episodes, with each one tackling a plot point that didn't exist the week before. 

We've been stuck in a pattern in which the heroes of Revolution find themselves in a brand new predicament each week that must be resolved before they can return to the main nondescript purpose. And these side adventures, while somewhat entertaining, prevent us from nearly all forward movement that would constitute an arc outside of a tweak here and there (i.e. Conner ends up working with them).

As I say each week, I'm still holding out hope for something worthwhile to come of all of this. But with all the action focused on such a small group with such obscure objectives, I find myself wondering what is going on in the rest of the country and world. 

Is the US the only place at war? How are things in Europe? Are there freedom fighters elsewhere who might be more focused, larger in size and perhaps more interesting? And do they, too, fancy sleeping with their siblings' spouses?

I'm fairly certain those are questions that will never have an answer. Here's hoping the ones I've applied to this group do, and that we find them out sooner rather than later.

You can watch Revolution every Wednesday at 8pm on NBC.

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