Revolution, Season 2, Episode 6: “Dead Man Walking”
Written by Trey Callaway & Paul Grellong
Directed by Steve Boyum
Airs Wednesdays at 8 pm (ET) on NBC
It was all looking so simple: Frame the Patriots for the Texan official’s death and Texas would take up arms against the U.S. Government. Monroe and Miles used their expertise to frame the Patriots and it all seemed so straightforward. Too easy, in fact. So when we find out the Patriots and Texans have joined forces it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
In an episode that tones down the action, we have a lot of developments, small and large, to keep things compelling. The big news is the apparent death of Monroe. Clearly a man with fewer friends than he can count on his fingers, and more enemies than he could shake a stick at, the Patriots and Texans capture and sentence him to death. We can say “apparent death” here, since nothing is ever as it appears on the surface in this post-power surge landscape, what with Aaron rising from the dead in the premiere and Rachel digging up a grave as the closing credits start to roll. We may not have seen the last of the former Monroe Republic leader. It is Monroe who gets the flashback this week, and, while we don’t really learn much interesting about his past, we at least get to see Miles, Neville, and Monroe together, long before their reputations preceded them.
Aaron is left largely on the sidelines this week, having little but a conversation with a member of the press to keep him busy. It’s a brief reminder that he really used to be someone who was making a public difference in the world, a man who graced the pages of Forbes as someone to keep an eye on. Of course, that sparks thoughts of what his reputation used to be, and what it very well might become if his name winds its way across the remnants of North America, to be feared as the man who starts fire with his mind.
All-action Miles is somewhat neutered this week too. We don’t see him kill anyone for a change and he seems to fall under Monroe’s spell all too easily. Despite the concerns he raises about tackling the Patriot-Texas alliance without Monroe’s help, he’s not too gung-ho in rescuing his former friend. His lack of roguishness is somewhat disappointing, given how accustomed we are to seeing it every week, but the show needs to focus on its other voices on occasion to bring them up to Miles’ level as compelling characters.
It doesn’t take too long for Neville to find his son, but Jason isn’t too happy to see his father and, with drugs clouding his brainwashed mind, tries to kill his old man. Of course, he fails, and seems forced to go cold turkey until he is once again thinking clearly. And then we get to the big twist: Gene has been working with the Patriots all along and he was the one who sold out Monroe (who, it should be remembered, killed Gene’s grandson). In all, an interesting outing for this increasingly captivating show.