Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 5 of Revolution, titled One Riot, One Ranger, where the Texas Rangers come to town, and so do Charlie and Monroe! Meanwhile, Aaron worries about his powers, and Neville joins Allenford’s security detail. Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Revolution, Season 2 Episode 5: One Riot, One Ranger Recap Overview
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- Texas Rangers arrive in Willoughby, led by John Franklin Fry. Allenford asks Neville to join her security detail to D.C.
- Miles tells Fry the truth about the U.S. Government, but Fry demands proof. Miles and Charlie reunite. Aaron reminisces about when he first met Cynthia.
- Monroe asks Miles for a truce, so that they can work together to start a war between Texas and the Patriots. Aaron goes missing.
- Miles, Monroe, and Charlie look for proof to bring to Fry. Rachel finds Aaron, who is worried his powers will hurt someone. Allenford is shot, Neville learns that his son Jason is at a reprogramming center.
- Miles, Monroe, and Charlie are ambushed by Patriot soldiers, but work together to overcome them, and capture one as proof
- Aaron‘s vision leads Rachel to reunite with Charlie and Monroe, though Rachel isn’t too happy about it
- The soldier uses a cyanide tooth to kill himself, leaving Miles with no proof. Monroe kills Fry and plans to frame the Patriots.
Revolution Episode Recap: One Riot, One Ranger, the Details
The Eyes of the Ranger Are Upon You
Just outside Willoughby, Texas, Monroe and Charlie observe that the town is occupied by the U.S. Government. Meanwhile, in town, officers reveal to Truman the bodies that were burned, and Rachel tells Miles what happened with Ken. Aaron stops by to tell Miles he saw the two men burst into flame, and that he’s pretty sure he did it. He thinks it must have been the nanotech, but Rachel is skeptical.
Just then, Texas Rangers arrive in town, led by John Franklin Fry, Secretary of the Interior of the Great Nation of Texas. He declares the U.S. Government to be an armed force on their sovereign soil, and reaches for his gun, but several U.S. Government officers pull theirs out as well. Truman tells his officers to put their weapons down, and explains that he’s the one who wrote the letter, and wants a chance to explain. Miles tells Rachel he tried to kill Fry back when Texas and the Monroe Republic were squabbling, but hopes he’s over it, because he’s their best shot at starting a war with the Patriots.
Meanwhile, at the Savannah Refugee Camp, a crowd refugees are swarming a wagon. Justine explains to Neville that they built a new camp. She then tells Neville that she’s been called to D.C. and asks him to join her security detail.
Fry Needs Proof of the Truth
Back in Texas, Fry and Truman speak, but all Fry promises is that he’ll talk to the General. After Fry leaves, Truman tells his officer to find whoever broke into the train yard last night before they talk to Texas. Outside, a kid hands a Sheriff star to Fry, who heads over to the Sheriff’s office and finds Miles. He pulls his gun on Miles at first, but then concedes that he has bigger problems. Truman claimed that they were cleaning up what was left of Titus’s clan, just being “good neighbors” helping out a town that needs it, and would move back north as soon as it’s all over. Miles explains the truth about the U.S. Government to Fry, but he says he needs proof that they’re lying, and are as bad as Miles says. Fry tells Miles that his boss wants a treaty, not a war, so he can’t go to him without hard proof. Miles tells Fry to meet him at the mill at midnight, and he’ll have his proof.
After Miles leaves the office, he and Charlie reunite and hug. She shows him Rachel’s warrant, and they wonder why the Patriots haven’t grabbed her yet. She tells him she came back to save them. Miles is about to go show the warrant to Rachel, but Charlie says she wants to show him something first.
At Aaron’s house, he finds a set of toy teeth, and we get a flashback to six months ago. He had been in town about a week and Cynthia was interviewing him for a teaching position. She turns him down because he smells like liquor and doesn’t smile, and she’s afraid he might scare the kids. But he explains that he needs something to do so he doesn’t lose it, and she reluctantly gives in, provided he learns to smile. Back to the present, Aaron puts the teeth into his backpack, and looks around before he leaves.
Monroe Calls for a Truce, Aaron Goes Missing
Charlie takes Miles down to the river and brings him to Monroe. Miles starts to walk away, but Monroe says he’s there to help, because he’s gonna need it. But Miles says he doesn’t need Monroe’s help. Monroe stops him from walking again by saying “They nuked our city.” He goes on to explain that they’re trying to pin it on him, and he wants payback. He tells Miles that the best way to get it is to work together, then asks for a truce. Later, Miles declares that this is as good a place as any to make a stand. Charlie realizes that Miles is talking about starting a war, and Monroe says they’ll get the Texans to fight the Patriots for them. However, Miles brings up that he needs to bring proof to Fry by tonight, and Monroe says they’ll get it.
Cynthia, in a panic, asks Rachel to help her find Aaron, who is missing, and reveals that she knows about the nanites. We get a flashback to five months ago, where Cynthia gives Aaron a present. It’s the toy teeth, which she gave to him because he needed a smile. They start to laugh, and Cynthia’s husband Carl walks in. He doesn’t get the joke, and starts to get possessive, but then says he was just messing with him.
Miles Searches for Proof, Aaron is Worried About His Powers, Allenford is Attacked
Miles, Monroe, and Charlie check the train yard, but it’s been scrubbed clean. Miles tells Monroe he’s not going to let him drag him back down. Charlie finds some wagon treads, and they go follow them. Unbeknownst to them, U.S. Government officers are watching them through binoculars.
Rachel finds Aaron in an abandoned shipyard. She tells him Cynthia is worried, but he says he doesn’t think he’s coming back. He’s upset about about the fact that he killed those guys just by thinking about it. He’s worried that he’s going to hurt someone else, and confesses to Rachel that this isn’t the first time it’s happened. Flashback to five months ago, where Aaron finds Cynthia’s husband having sex with another woman in the back of a car. Carl punches him and threatens to kill him if he tells Cynthia. A firefly buzzes by, then the car catches on fire, killing both Carl and his mistress. Until now, he thought a lantern started the fire. Now he’s worried he won’t be able to control his power, and could hurt Cynthia. Rachel tries to convince him to come home.
Back with Neville, he is accompanying Allenford’s wagon, and they meet another U.S. Government wagon on the road. The man in charge says he was sent to meet her, and pulls his gun, but Neville shoots him dead first. Gunfire breaks out between the two sides, as Neville fires back, then helps Allenford try to find cover, but she is shot along the way.
Everyone ends up dead except Neville and Allenford. Neville asks what all this was about, and she says she wrote a letter to High Command. She goes on to explain that the wagons were only letting on the healthy and the young and weren’t going to a new camp — they were going to a reprogramming center, which she protested against. Apparently this was their answer. Neville starts to walk away, explaining that they’re trying to kill her, and he’s looking to be a Patriot, not a fugitive. However, she stops him, telling him that they have his son at the reprogramming center. He asks where it is, and she says she’ll take him there, if he gets her out of here. He proceeds to remove the bullet from her.
Back in Texas, as Charlie, Miles, and Monroe follow the wagon trail, they get ambushed by U.S. Government soldiers shooting at them. They run for cover, then consider their plan of attack. Monroe asks Miles if he remembers South Bend, and Miles says that’ll work. The two run off in different directions as Charlie covers them with the gun. Miles sneaks up behind a soldier and stabs him, then takes his gun, while Monroe does the same to another soldier. They tag team and use their guns to distract and kill the rest of the soldiers. That is, except for the guy that was working with Titus, who Miles knocks out, and plans to use as his proof.
As Aaron and Rachel walk back to town, Aaron passes out and has a vision of Charlie, Miles, and Monroe. He wakes up and tells Rachel.
As Charlie guards the U.S. Government soldier, Rachel and Aaron walk in and find Miles with Monroe. Rachel pulls her gun on Monroe and wonders why Miles is protecting him. Charlie steps out and says because he’s helping them and because she brought him. Miles takes the gun from Rachel and gives it to Monroe, then begs everyone else to get upstairs, because he’s supposed to meet with Fry alone. Upstairs, Charlie has a happy reunion with Aaron, but a not so happy one with her mother, who calls her stupid for bringing Monroe.
Monroe Takes Matters Into His Own Hands
Fry shows up, and Miles takes him to the soldier. But it turns out he is dead — he killed himself with a cyanide tooth. Fry says he can’t do anything without proof. Monroe sneaks up behind Fry and shoots him dead. Miles freaks out, but Monroe explains that all they have to do is frame the Patriots for this, and he’ll have his war.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 5 of Revolution: One Riot, One Ranger
Revolution is getting more and more interesting each week. If you’re a Supernatural fan like we are, then you enjoyed seeing Jim Beaver (“Bobby”) play John Franklin Fry, Texas Ranger. Seemed like it was right up Bobby’s alley! Too bad he died at the end. I was hoping to see more of him.
I was a little surprised at how well everyone took Monroe’s return, although Miles and Monroe still love each other deep down, despite all their differences, so I should have expected Miles’s easy acceptance. I would have thought Rachel would have freaked out more about it, but maybe she put her freak out on hold for the moment, and it’s coming next episode. I suppose Charlie being there to smooth things over helped too. Monroe actually seemed like a normal, reasonable person throughout this episode — that is, until he killed Fry. Monroe’s always been one to follow the “end justifies the means” mantra, and he reminded us of that at the very end of this episode.
As for Aaron, his backstory brought a lot things to light that I never realized. Cynthia did mention her husband, but I didn’t know that Aaron had met him. For some reason, I assumed he was gone before Aaron and rest arrived. Much less did I ever expect that Aaron was the one that killed him. Subconsciously, that is. With his spooky powers. I also had thought that he had only just attained his powers in the first episode this season, when the fireflies swarmed him, and when he miraculously resurrected after being killed. But apparently that firefly connection dates back to at least just after their arrival in town. Is Aaron ever going to learn how to get his powers under control, or find out the extent of his powers?
Regarding Neville, it was only a matter of time before he showed his true colors. And now that Allenford has seen them, I have a feeling that she won’t be around for much longer. He’ll probably just use her to get to Jason, and then kill her, so that she can’t expose his secret. On the other hand, now that we know she disagrees with the U.S. Government’s reprogramming facility, maybe she and Neville will band together against the U.S. Government.
Although Miles wasn’t too happy about what Monroe did, he had to admit that it had the potential to accomplish what he wanted: a war between Texas and the Patriots. But from the looks of the scenes from the next episode, that does not appear to be the way things go.
Josh’s Thoughts: Revolution, Season 2 Episode 5: One Riot, One Ranger
The very first thing I thought about after this episode was, “That Monroe is a bad influence on Miles”. It sounds sort of silly, and childish in a way saying it like that, but if you think about it, it certainly seemed like Miles wasn’t too broken up with killing this innocent Texas Ranger, who might have helped willingly one they got the correct evidence. Instead, because of Monroe, Miles seems to have willingly accepted the “low road” as a method of retaliation to the “U.S. Government”, which could spiral Miles down a dark path, and might drag the rest of the group with him.
As for Aaron, I enjoyed seeing some of what happened between season 1 and 2. What I thought was a little disturbing was how Cynthia would hire this man. The condition he came in for his interview, I would have him tossed out if he came into an interview like he did. And his drinking problem he openly discusses would certainly be a huge problem. I suppose if you have a severe lack of teachers, you can take anyone halfway coherent, I guess.
Neville’s story was interesting, but also a little disappointing for me. I was actually hoping for more of the “inside man” type story line, but with Allenford’s current situation, that seems to be off the table at this point. What this does do that is interesting though, is show that this “U.S. Government” isn’t all just covert operations evilly trying to take over the U.S. People like Allenford believe in what they are doing. At the same time though, she was nearly murdered by this very same group, and so far, we have seen much more in the ways of despicable people than we have honorable. So where does this leave Neville? Does Allenford actually know where Jason is? Will we be seeing him again? Will Neville be bumping into the rest of the gang anytime soon?
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