Revolution, Season 1, Episode 12: “Ghosts”
Written by David Rambo and Melissa Glenn
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Airs Mondays at 10 pm (ET) on NBC
“Regroup, patch up, and back to business as usual.”
That line uttered by Commander Ramsey may as well be talking about the current status of the show rather than the rebels trying to cope with the loss of Danny. Danny’s death is driving the narrative just as his life did. The only difference is Miles and co. seek vengeance, not rescue.
Basic storytelling aside, Randall’s place in this Duracell-free world is now defined. In two brief scenes, we understand both his role in the blackout and his motivation for bringing the might of the U.S. Government’s thunderous power down on electricity. Really effective use of the flashback here.
Yet one Lost trope begets another as answers bring more questions. There are four significant mystery elements now in play between the pendants, the virus, the device Rachel removed from Danny, and the tower. Save for the core function of the pendants, we don’t know anything about this quartet of concepts, how they work, or their purpose. It’s fine to use a single MacGuffin to drive the plot but when there are four in play, it might cause confusion for some viewers.
The action is what it is: Miles decimating a few militia to get the adrenalin pumping. Charlie, meanwhile, is really coming into her own as a battle-hardened warrior. Her reflexive resourcefulness in using an arrow as a meleé weapon at the exact right time is an exciting beat.
Charlie is much more her uncle’s niece than her mother’s daughter at this point, though the closing moments suggested Charlie and Rachel are on the path to mending their relationship through their grief.
This is a real placeholder outing, with a couple of important developments and a new character in the mix. It brings the band back together emotionally, if not physically, after the chaos of the mid-season premiere. Rachel is slowly integrating into the group, though is still distant from Miles, Charlie, and Aaron. While she tries to regroup and patch up with the trio, it’s back to business as usual, albeit with much more electricity in the air.
– Kris Holt