Violet recaps the Season 2 premiere of Revolution entitled Born in the U.S.A., where we pick up six months after the events of the season finale! Were they able to stop the nukes in time? What is everyone up to now? Following the recap, Violet and Josh each provide their thoughts on the episode.
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Revolution Season 2 Episode 1, Born in the U.S.A. Recap Overview
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- Six months after the events of the season finale, Charlie is sleeping around in the Plains Nation, while Miles, Rachel, and Aaron have joined Rachel’s father, Gene, in Willoughby, Texas. We discover that the bombs dropped on Atlanta and Philadelphia after all. Meanwhile, Neville and Jason are looking for Neville’s wife in a Savannah Refugee Camp.
- We find out Rachel had some sort of nervous breakdown when the bombs dropped. Gene hints that Miles should leave, for Rachel’s well being, so he does.
- On his way out of town, Miles runs into bandits and kills one.
- Charlie finds Monroe in New Vegas, fist fighting while people bet on him.
- Aaron has a girlfriend, who is optimistic, while he is pessimistic. Outside, he sees an unusual swarm of fireflies after one lands on his hand.
- Miles returns to town with the dead body of the bandit, and warns the Sheriff that a war clan will soon attack the town.
- Charlie bribes a bookie to help her get close to Monroe. However, right as she tries to shoot him with her crossbow, someone else captures him first.
- Secretary Allenford with the U.S. government shows up by ship in Savannah and claims to have incontrovertible proof that Foster and Monroe brought the power back just to launch the nukes. Neville and Jason know this is not true.
- The war clan attacks Willoughby. One of the bandits kills Aaron when he tries to rescue his girlfriend.
- Neville concludes that the Secretary and her people are responsible for the bombs, and wants revenge for his wife’s death.
- Miles and the Sheriff are taken captive by the war clan.
- Aaron miraculously comes back to life.
Revolution Episode Recap: Born in the U.S.A., the Details
The episode picks back up right where the Season 1 finale left off, right after Randall has launched the nukes and killed himself. Aaron is frantically trying to shut the power back off so as to knock out missile guidance, while Miles is counting down the seconds. It gets down to 6 seconds left… and then we skip ahead to six months later, somewhere in the Plains Nation, where Charlie is in a bar and the bartender reminisces about the “power surge” that lasted about 4 minutes. But she doesn’t want to talk about that, she wants to sleep with him.
Meanwhile, outside Willoughby, Texas, a blood covered Miles exits a small shed, , then sets it on fire. He returns to town, but ignores Aaron when he asks what happens to his hand. Apparently Aaron has a girlfriend now, and Miles is going by “Stu.”
Rachel is also in town, helping her father treat a patient, who we learn was a Sergeant in the Georgia Federation, and was 30 miles outside of the Atlanta when the bomb dropped. We then get a flashback and see that the bombs hit Atlanta and Philadelphia after all. The cities are now dead zones, and the leftover troops are just wandering rather than fighting.
In the Savannah Refugee Camp in the Georgia Federation, Neville and his son, Jason, are looking for Neville’s wife by showing her picture around. As the camera zooms out, there are tents as far as the eye can see.
Rachel’s father, Gene, doctors up Miles’ cut on his hand, which he claims he got by cutting an apple. After Rachel goes to bed, her father talks about how Rachel was always into bad boys, so he was pleasantly surprised when she married Ben. However, he noticed the way she looked at Miles at her wedding. Miles tries to tell Gene there’s nothing going on, but he doesn’t buy it. He thanks Miles for bringing Rachel home, but tells him he’s pissed at him for letting Charlie go. Gene comments that Rachel’s finally “getting better,” and hints that Miles should leave.
After Charlie and the bartender finish up, we find out that he was Militia. He tells Charlie that he saw Monroe a few weeks ago. Charlie asks which way he went.
Gene walks in on Rachel having flashbacks about Randall, and presumes that it’s the Georgian soldier who caused this setback. Her father tries to talk her down, and says she’s been doing so well and doesn’t want her to have another relapse. Rachel thinks that Randall may have been following orders, though she’s not sure from who.
It looks like some soldiers are setting up metal cages inside somewhere, and we see that it’s the White House.
Back in Texas, Miles is saddling up his horse, getting ready to leave. Rachel questions why, and he has a flashback to the burning shed. He uses the excuse, “This town is not my speed,” and they hug. She seems pretty broken up about him leaving, and asks him to stay a little longer, but he replies, “Bad things happen when we’re together.”
Flashback to six months ago, when Miles showed up in Willoughby with Charlie, Rachel, and Aaron. They went there specifically looking for Rachel’s father. Rachel appears to be pretty out of it, blaming herself for the bombs and for everything.
Back to the present, Miles is leaving town when he hears gunshots. He uses binoculars and sees that some men have attacked and killed some people at their farmhouse. Miles runs through the cornfield searching for the perpetrators, but one finds him first. They fight, but Miles is able to grab his sword and slit the guy’s throat.
Charlie arrives in New Vegas and finds Monroe competing in an organized fist fight upon which people are betting. He wins his fight, but doesn’t notice Charlie watching.
At Aaron’s house, he is forlornly staring at the power pendant, and laments the shape of the world we are living in when his girlfriend asks what’s wrong. Apparently he is a teacher now, and one of his students has come down with polio. She seems optimistic that things will get better, since the lights surged on once, but he is pessimistic, saying the lights won’t turn back on. When he goes outside to get firewood, a firefly lands on his hand. Then he looks up and sees a huge swarm of them. But then just as suddenly as they appeared, they are gone. The next day, he talks to Rachel about how things have gone “haywire” since that night at the Tower, and mentions how a lot of unexplainable “insane” things have happened to them.
Just then, Miles returns to town with the body of the dead guy on his horse. As Gene and the Sheriff examine the body, Miles points out the guy’s tattoos, which signify how many people he’s killed, and explains that he’s from a war clan. Miles warns that the war clan will surround the town and then come in for the kill. Miles advises the Sheriff to send for the Rangers in Austin, gather up the handful of guns, and to firm up the gaps in their wall. The Sheriff questions who “Stu” is, but Gene tells him to listen to him. Gene correctly assumes that Miles isn’t leaving yet.
Back in Savannah, Neville realizes that his wife would have been in Atlanta when the bombs dropped. He’s feeling sorry for himself, seeming like he’s going to shoot himself, but Jason slaps him. They hear some commotion outside, and go to see a nice big ship sailing down the river, with the American flag waving proudly.
Flashback to four months ago, as Miles is trying to convince Charlie not to leave, saying that Rachel needs her daughter. But Charlie says she can’t be with her because too much has happened. Miles just says “okay” and doesn’t try to stop her. He tells her, “Try and keep your stupid to a minimum” and hugs her. Rachel looks out her window in tears as Charlie leaves.
Back to the present, Charlie has her eye on Monroe. She bribes a bookie to help her get close to Monroe, who is now going by “Jimmy King.”
Rachel goes up to visit Miles, who is up at the front wall of the town, keeping an eye on things. Miles thinks they should run, but Rachel insists on staying so she’ll be there when Charlie comes back. Rachel tries to apologize for Nora, but Miles tells her to stop, and that he’s not going to leave her right now.
The bookie comes to get Monroe in his trailer, telling him there’s a girl in the bar tent who wants to meet him. Monroe is reluctant at first, but the bookie convinces him. As he walks toward the bar tent, Charlie is hiding, aiming her crossbow at him. Right as she pulls the trigger, someone else comes up and knocks Monroe out, so her arrow narrowly misses him. However, the arrow goes unnoticed, as a couple of guys carry Monroe away, throw him into the back of a horse drawn trailer, and drive off with him.
Over in Savannah, Secretary Justine Allenford with the U.S. government tells a tale about how after the blackout they were forced off the continent by warlords like Monroe to huddle in Cuba. Then she says that they have incontrovertible proof that Foster and Monroe brought the power back just to launch the nukes. At this point, Neville and Jason exchange knowing glances. She continues, saying that when they heard, they knew they had to return to help however they could. She reports that the President is on his way to the White House, and that they are Patriots and want the country to be great again.
Aaron looks out the window and sees the fireflies swarming again. He tells his girlfriend to go to bed, and says he’s going to stay up and keep an eye on things. Meanwhile, we see bandits sneaking into town. His girlfriend invites him to bed so they can both stay up, and he suddenly changes his mind. However, when he reaches the bedroom, he finds that a bandit has gotten ahold of his girlfriend. He’s able to fight the guy off of her, and tells her to run. They get into a sword fight, but the guy slices Aaron’s chest open, and escapes through the window. She goes and gets Rachel and Miles from the wall, and Rachel tries to doctor him up. Meanwhile, Miles goes outside and tries to fight off the bandits, with the help of the Sheriff. They are able to free a few women, but there are too many bandits, and Miles and the Sheriff are overtaken. Gene shows up to help with Aaron’s wound, but it is too late.
Jason returns to his tent to find his father shaving. Apparently, he has now found a purpose in life. He scoffs at the Secretary’s statement that they have “incontrovertible proof” and finds the timing of their arrival suspicious. He also speculates that Randall was in with them. Neville doubts that these people are “God fearing Americans,” but thinks they are something else entirely. He concludes that these people were responsible for the bombs, and therefore, for his wife’s death. Now he wants revenge.
Miles and the Sheriff are taken captive by the war clan and brought back to their headquarters. Everyone there looks tough and scruffy. That is, until they are brought to the leader, who is more clean cut looking. He welcomes them, introducing himself as “Titus Andover,” and says that this is his family.
Back at Rachel’s house, her father reports that the bandits are gone, but that no one’s seen Miles or the Sheriff.
Outside Aaron’s house, Aaron’s girlfriend is crying, and she sees the fireflies swarming around. Meanwhile, inside, Aaron opens his eyes and gasps. And the episode ends there.
Violet’s Thoughts on Revolution Season 2 Episode 1, Born in the U.S.A.
Definitely did not see the show heading in this direction. I thought for sure they would somehow be able to stop the nukes just in the nick of time, because that’s what shows like this tend to do. However, that was not the case in the Season 2 premiere of Revolution, and it seems like the show is taking things to a whole new level. Now that the nukes have fallen, the world in which Revolution takes place has more of a post-apocalyptic feel than ever, as things seem less likely to return to the way they were before the blackout. However, I’m surprised that so many refugees are still in the Georgia area at all. Wouldn’t there be concern about nuclear fallout and radiation? Yet, there are thousands upon thousands of people huddled together in Savannah. You would think they would try to get farther away than that.
We now have a clearer picture of what Randall was up to. He was carrying out the orders of the “U.S. Government,” which was lying in wait as Monroe’s Militia and the Georgia Federation fought against each other, so that they could use Randall to launch the nukes at the cities which were the headquarters of the two factions, and thus blame it on the two opposing forces. Once that was done, the “U.S. Government” was then able to swoop in offering help to those affected by the bombs, therefore came off looking like the good guys — even though they were the ones responsible for the tragedy in the first place. However, we have yet to see if Neville theory is correct that it’s not actually the U.S. Government, but something else. If it’s not the U.S. Government, then who is it? What will happen when Neville disproves their “incontrovertible proof”? Will he eventually team up with Miles and the gang to discredit the “U.S. Government”?
As for Charlie, she’s still as annoying as ever. And now she’s off by herself with her very own storyline? Not sure how well that will go over with the audience, who has seemed to express a strong dislike of her character. What happened between Charlie and Jason? I thought they were so in love with each other during the Tower raid, but apparently she’s over him because now she’s sleeping with complete strangers. Random. Hopefully we’ll get more flashbacks to see exactly what happened at the Tower immediately following the nuke launch.
Didn’t see Rachel’s nervous breakdown coming. It seems very uncharacteristic of her. She seems like someone who is very cool, calm, and collected. But now she appears a bit emotionally unstable. With Miles being captured, will that just put her into more of a downward spiral, or will that spur her to action? What does that guy want with Miles and the Sheriff anyway? Does he know who Miles is? Does he want them to join his war clan?
So many questions, but obviously the biggest one is: how did Aaron come back to life??? Did it have something to do with the fireflies? If so, what? The show seems to have taken an odd sci-fi turn this season, and I for one am interested in seeing where it all goes!
Josh’s Thoughts: Revolution Season 2 Episode 1, Born in the U.S.A.
So Revolution began how I thought it would, with Aaron having to frantically attempt to shutdown the bombs. it was a little more surprising that the bombs did actually go off however. I did think it would be a possibility and probably gives a better device in terms of storytelling. Otherwise the “President” would not be able to enter the country per their plan, and I would not know where the show would go from there.
I found it strange that Charlie would up and leave her family behind. I guess it’s a little understandable given that it was sort of Rachel’s fault for the bombings and much of why the world is the way it is, but for me it almost feels like a tantrum rather than a legitimate reason to be upset. I think this might have to do more with the acting than the actual story though.
Rachel’s “craziness” was a bit odd to me, as was the father who seems to know the whole time that Miles has had a thing for Rachel. Kind of curious if there was actually adultery there or was it all just unrequited.
The killing of Aaron seemed odd, considering his importance to re-establishing of power. I had a feeling he wasn’t truly dead, and this seems to be the case considering the previews from next week. But we have seen what is presumably the nanites making glowing patterns, and I have a feeling they are what is helping Aaron stay alive.
Overall, I thought the episode was entertaining. I have my quibbles here and there, but I will still watch it, as post-apocalyptic shows have a special place in my twisted heart.
Scenes from Revolution, Season 2 Episode 2, There Will Be Blood
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