Revolution: The Children’s Crusade
by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)
This week on Revolution, we find out that there are real “Lost Boys” — just like in Peter Pan! There are also a couple of girls, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it. In a very Lord of the Flies-esque turn of events, Charlie, Miles, Aaron, and Nora happen upon a merry band of misfit children who were orphaned after the blackout; their parents were killed by militia.
In this episode, we get a lot of answers about the origins of the blackout. As it turns out, not only were Ben and Rachel involved, they were essentially the cause. That is, they invented the technology that was the cause. Their initial project was to create clean energy, a new way to fuel power, but they ended up creating the opposite — a tool with the capacity to cut power altogether. Hence, the blackout.
Miles and Charlie are unable to resist the children’s plight; their “leader” — the oldest boy named Peter — was captured by Monroe and his men. What sort of Revolution episode would this be if it didn’t fall to Charlie to take on an impossible task? She, of course, has to get Peter back. The children will all fall victim to Monroe if they go on their quest to free Peter alone. Charlie doesn’t just want to pitch in, she volunteers to be captured by Monroe in order to get on the inside. Bad idea, Charlie. Just… this is a bad idea. When making her move, she’s overtaken by three or four militia guys, which is only natural considering she is in the middle of their armed facility. I’m no mathematician, but numbers are probably going to be on their side. Charlie is branded with the Monroe “M” which will be an issue moving forward; her loyalties will be questioned by whoever she meets along the way.
They defeat the bad guys, per usual. And Peter, the Lost Boy leader, is reunited with his comrades. Another interesting note from this episode, Aaron finally reveals that he’s had the pendant this entire time. Miles is mad. Charlie is mad. Everyone’s mad, you guys.
I’m having some issues with the nitty-gritty details of the show. Every week is a new plot or adventure, which has its benefits for moving the show forward, but it also serves to distract from the lack of detail. By detail I mean, their day-to-day activities. Where are they getting their food? I assume they are hunting; show us the hunting. Where are sleeping? Are they making camp every night on the side of the road? Show us a campfire scene, or maybe a breakfast before setting out for the day. There are opportunities for some poignant moments that I personally feel are lacking. Also, can we talk about beauty regimen? Yes, that’s right. These girls are rocking some flawless, dewy complexions. Also, Charlie’s hair is all kinds of body and bounce. Beautiful, yes. Realistic? Unless another side effect of the blackout was invisible drugstores on every corner, then no. I’m definitely not suggesting they “ugly” anyone up too ridiculously, this is T.V. after all. However, the authenticity factor could be upped a smidge.
I like seeing more of Rachel. She’s a strong character, and we are starting to see her become more emotionally vulnerable. Danny is definitely her number one priority at this point, and I’m interested to see what sort of relationship she will have with Charlie once they are together again.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars