Revolution Watch: Episode 4 - Plague Dogs
Another week of Revolution marks an up step in the show’s short run, though it remains a little shaky with a plot that is put together quite clunkily, a story that continues to stand apart from the other episodes more so than working towards tying them together with a stronger through-line, and a title that means absolutely nothing.
Run Charlie, Run
The episode starts off with Charlie being chased in a situation that defies all logic when broken down. For starters, why was this militia soldier standing alone in the woods? Had he been with others they would have seen Charlie steal his bag and chased after her as well, but he was running a solo pursuit. Therefore, if he was alone, why was there a chase into an ambush when they could have just jumped him at the starting line? The simple answer is that it is a tease to get us excited for the episode’s kidnapping scene that was hinted at in the previews after last week’s episode.
Unfortunately this abduction doesn’t actually come till much later, way past when it should have come into play had they wanted any form of suspense within that storyline. Plus, had it been woven throughout there could have been stronger parallels drawn between this man as he tells his story about his dead child with his most recent stab victim, Maggie, as she slowly bleeds out, all the while thinking of her lost children as well. Instead his sob story falls on deaf ears as he is just another random passerby with problems, creating yet another disappointing moment in the show.
Even if his moment in the spotlight was a complete misstep, he did bring about the first moment in Revolution in which I was actually brought to feeling something strongly towards one of the characters, so I guess I can’t be too upset at him. I just wish he had killed someone else in order to make this happen. [Cough] Danny! [Cough]
I did want to title this section “Why Is Danny Still Alive?” considering his parts of the episodes continue to be mostly filler, definitely the weakest portion of each episode, but someone thought it was necessary to keep him around. Instead the most sympathetic character is stabbed in the leg by the kidnapper, or “You Murdered My Dog And Now Must Die” Revenge Seeker. Out of all the characters, Maggie was always the most intriguing to me because of the survival skills she has shown in episodes past (killing that guy with the breath mask in the plane was so awesome!), mostly because I thought this hinted at some hidden past we didn’t know about yet. It may not have been the story I wanted, but we did finally get some flashbacks showing what Maggie went through since the blackout. Long story short, she did everything she could to make her way back to her kids, and when she couldn’t she turned towards suicide. Ben saved her in this moment, but as she died she thanked Charlie for being what kept her going.
As much as I love complaining about Charlie, and as much as I hate that Maggie died (especially in the robotic fashion she came to terms with it: “He severed an artery. I’m bleeding out.” Dead eyes), her final hours did one thing that the show has had trouble doing so far: it made Charlie a sympathetic character. Usually we just see her yelling at Miles, or crying at Miles, or poking Miles with a stick about his past, and goodness knows it is hard to forget her “YOU’RE NOT MY REAL MOM!” outburst in episode one (which kind of looks like what she’s thinking in the depicted hug above when they found each other again), but in these moments when she realizes she is losing Maggie her compassion and genuine care towards the stepmom brings about a character we can connect with (way more so than last week when she got upset over complete strangers dying). Sure her “everybody leaves me” plea towards Maggie to stay in the end was a little much (as the writer’s ploy to keep Miles from leaving), but I’m just going to forget it happened.
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