Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 7 of Revolution, titled The Patriot Act, where we meet the mysterious Dr. Horn, and also get some background on Gene and how he became involved with the Patriots! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh provide their thoughts on the episode.
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Revolution, Season 2 Episode 7: The Patriot Act Recap Overview
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- Rachel reveals that she faked Monroe‘s death. Meanwhile, the Patriots set off an explosion in town and blame it on the Andover clan as an excuse for tighter security.
- Dr. Horn questions Rachel about the nanotech and the men who burst into flames. She warns Aaron, and Miles decides they have to get him out of town.
- In a flashback, we learn there was a cholera outbreak and that Gene joined the Patriots to get medicine. Later, Gene stands by as the Patriots waterboard a man.
- Gene volunteers to help sneak Aaron out of town using a secret compartment in his wagon. Horn threatens lives in order to get information about Aaron from Gene.
- Horn and Patriot soldiers wait for Aaron and Cynthia to show up, but they never do. Miles and Rachel see that Gene betrayed them, so they go with Plan B: escaping through the sewer line.
- Patriot soldiers are waiting for Aaron and Cynthia when they emerge, but Monroe saves them. Two more Patriot soldiers arrive to attack Aaron and Cynthia, but Aaron makes them burst into flames.
- Jason saves Neville and Allenford. Neville cuffs Allenford and asks where her husband is.
Revolution Episode Recap: The Patriot Act, the Details
Monroe Lives, Others Die
Season 2 Episode 7 of Revolution, titled The Patriot Act, begins with Rachel digging up Monroe and releasing him from his coffin. He later wakes up in an isolated farmhouse, with Rachel, Miles, and Charlie hovering over him. Rachel explains that she gave Monroe enough barbituates to make him appear dead. Charlie asks Rachel why she saved Monroe, and she replies, “Because we needed him. And you asked me to.”
Meanwhile, in town, there is an explosion in a building as Aaron and Cynthia are walking by. They are thrown to the ground, but okay. However, many others are severely injured, and Rachel and Gene rush to help.
Gene complains to Truman, knowing that the Patriots set off the bomb, which killed 3 people. Truman brushes him off though. Truman then makes an announcement to the town, blaming the explosion on the Andover clan, and using it as an excuse to seal the gates, double security, and implement a sunset-sunrise curfew.
Meet Dr. Horn
Dr. Horn greets Rachel. He knows her from the DOD, but she doesn’t remember him. He asks to have a talk with her, and she agrees. He explains that when DC fell, he was on the first boat that fled to Cuba, and that Randall Flynn, their old boss, was on that boat. Now Dr. Horn is the president’s senior science advisor. He confesses that he is the source of her warrants — he wants to pick her brain about the nanotech. He asks her about the two men who burst into flames, presuming the nanites did it. She claims that’s impossible, but he is not convinced. She says it’s not her that’s doing it, and he wonders if not her, then who?
Rachel warns Aaron that it’s only a matter of time before Horn is onto him. Miles decides they have to get Aaron out of town, and bring him to the house where Monroe is. Aaron insists that Cynthia come too. Meanwhile, Gene is eavesdropping as their voices carry through the vent.
Flashbacks: Patriot Gene
We get a flashback to seven years after the blackout, where Gene and several townspeople are standing over a mass grave, then Gene throws a lighted match into the pit, and all the bodies catch on fire. When Gene returns home, a man is waiting on his doorstep. He offers his condolences about Gene’s wife. Apparently there was a cholera breakout. The man hands Gene a cholera vaccine, and says that he has a few hundred more doses. Gene wonders what the catch is. The man says he wants Gene’s help to get his country back.
Back to the present, from town Miles is using a mirror to reflect the sun toward Monroe and communicate with him using Morse code.
Gene meets with Dr. Horn, who asks if Rachel said anything about him. Gene notices that Horn is wearing a pin with the pyramid symbol, and has a few disturbing flashback images. Gene answers Horn’s question with a no, and Horn asks him to report to him if she does say anything.
In a flashback to nine years after the blackout, Gene is standing by while his recruiter and other Patriot soldiers waterboard a man. The man passes out, and the soldiers have Gene inject him with “wake up juice.” The man wakes up, and they continue waterboarding him. Later, Gene washes blood off of his hands, and sees a cloth with the pyramid symbol. Gene tells his recruiter that they went too far, but when the man tells him that his wagon is loaded up with meds, Gene stops his protests. The man reminds him, “We’re the good guys, remember?”
Gene Volunteers to Help
Back to the present, Charlie, Miles, and Rachel try to come up with a plan to sneak Aaron out of town. Gene overhears and says he’ll do it. He says he knows about Aaron, and reveals that he’s been listening to them talk for weeks. Gene explains that once a week he heads out to pick up meds, and has a storage compartment in his wagon, which he can use to hide Aaron in. He is confident he won’t be searched.
Aaron and Cynthia get ready to head out.
At Gene’s house, his old recruiter, Shaw, stops by to tell him that Horn wants to see him. Horn asks Gene to tell him everything he knows about Aaron, and questions how Aaron died and came back to life. Horn thinks Rachel did it. He also asks where Aaron is, but Gene says he doesn’t know. Gene regrets having helped them. Horn emphasizes that they’re only there because of Gene, and threatens to start killing townspeople if Gene doesn’t tell him what he needs to know. Gene reveals that Rachel isn’t controlling the nanites, Aaron is.
The Traitor is Revealed; Plan B
Later, Gene waits for Aaron and Cynthia to show up, while Horn and his guys hide nearby. But they don’t show up. Meanwhile, Miles and Rachel are watching from afar, and Miles’s suspicion is confirmed that Gene is the one who’s been helping the Patriots.
Horn concludes that Gene’s cover got blown, and the Patriot soldiers leave.
Miles and company have moved on to Plan B: going down into the sewers. But they are having trouble opening the manhole cover. Meanwhile, Truman is launching a manhunt for Aaron and Rachel. Horn questions whether the sewer line is still open. Truman and his men show up at the sewer treatment plant just after Aaron and the others get the cover open and start crawling through the sewer pipes. As Aaron and Cynthia exit outside, Patriot soldiers are standing there pointing guns at them.
Aaron and Cynthia come out with their hands up, but Monroe comes up behind the soldiers and kills them with his sword. However, two more Patriot soldiers show up shooting at them. One of the soldiers grabs Cynthia, as the other cuffs Aaron. The other soldier looks like he is about to shoot Cynthia, and Aaron screams at the soldier to stop, then the two soldiers burst into flames.
Monroe leads Aaron and Cynthia through the woods, and Aaron realizes Cynthia is afraid of him, not Monroe.
Gene tells Horn he doesn’t know where Aaron is, but he’ll find him. Horn threatens Rachel’s life if he finds her first.
Jason Saves the Day
Meanwhile, Jason wakes up. He appears to be okay, but Allenford says it’s just an act. They hear gunfire outside, and decide to leave. Against Allenford’s protests, they bring Jason with them, but not before Neville threatens to kill him if shouts to the other cadets.
They come across an abandoned house, and Neville hears a sound, and draws his gun. Shots are fired from the house, and they take cover. Neville runs out of bullets. Jason yells that he is a cadet and is being held captive, then goes in. A few moments later, he tells them that it’s safe. Neville investigates, and Jason has killed the shooters with a knife. He calmly lets Neville take the knife from him.
That night, while sitting around a campfire, Allenford says she wants to go north to find her son. Then she passes out, due to Neville having given her something. Later, Neville throws water on Allenford to wake her up. She is cuffed to something. He asks her where her husband is, as he is Patriot high command.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 7 of Revolution: The Patriot Act
This was a good episode of Revolution. I’m glad we got some background on Gene’s situation, and saw the dilemma he’s been facing. It looks like he really thought he was going to be helping his country at first, but then once he saw what they were doing, he started to question that. However, he never questioned it enough to stop receiving the medicine they were giving him. What could he have really done though? Stand up to the Patriots and say, “No, I’m not going to help you anymore” and then let all of the townspeople die because they don’t have medicine? I feel bad for Gene because he’s caught in such a tough situation. Even when Miles and Rachel witnessed Gene being a traitor, letting the Patriots lie in wait for Aaron and Cynthia, it wasn’t really Gene’s fault. When Gene volunteered to help sneak Aaron out, Josh asked if I thought he was being genuine, or if he just wanted to help the Patriots, and I answered that I thought he really wanted to help Aaron, because Gene knows just how evil the Patriots are now, especially after having set off that bomb. It was evident that he went into it with the purest of intentions, but then Horn threatened lives, which Gene knows the Patriots are capable of following through with, so Gene had to turn traitor. Hopefully Gene will be able to show to Rachel that has been blackmailed all this time, and that he’s not a willing participant. The question is whether Rachel will see a difference between the two and forgive him.
It was really unsettling to me how buddy buddy Miles and Monroe seem to be lately. It’s almost as if Monroe never did all the bad things he did, the way Miles is acting, and really the way everyone else is acting too. At least Aaron put up a half-hearted argument against being shipped off to Monroe. Yeah, it was cool how Monroe stepped in and helped save Aaron and Cynthia, but he’s really just out for himself, and helping Miles and the gang is his best situation right now.
As for Neville, it seemed a little odd how quickly Jason went back to normal, especially after Allenford was so sure he was a lost cause, based on how her own son acted. I wonder if Jason is really himself again, or if he’s just acting. Curious to see what Neville’s next plan of attack is!
Josh’s Thoughts: Revolution, Season 2 Episode 7: The Patriot Act
I really am getting into Revolution lately. As I stated before, I love stories of overbearing, manipulative governments that are faced with a small resistance that is attempting to bring them down.
I am shocked that Rachel would help Monroe. While I would be the first to admit that Monroe is pretty good at war, I would think that his atrocities would far outweigh the “good” he may do here. Also, from what we have seen so far, the “good” is that great, and involves murder, torture, and wound up getting him caught rather quickly anyway. In my opinion so far, I can’t see why any of the team would be willing to work with him.
Interestingly, we now know who is after Rachel for her work on the nanites. I am curious to know what he wants, but I think the answer is pretty obvious—he is hoping to control them, to make the acquisition of more territory easier. I guess the real question is this—is he “altruistic”, doing this for his government, or are his motives more selfish in nature? It is hard to say so far.
It was sad to see how traitorous Rachel’s father has been all this time. On the one hand, we can understand why—he certainly received much needed help in the way of medicine. On the other, who knows how many people have died at the hands of Porter’s work.
Neville hasn’t made too much progress, but his son Jason seems to be coming around, especially after he saves Tom from the would-be assassins. What was most amazing about this storyline was how quickly Allenford wanted to go save her son now. It didn’t take too much for Tom to turn Jason around, how quickly did Allenford give up on her son? And was her son trying to kill her in the first place? Considering before, she was just another U.S. Government official, so he would have had no reason to kill her. I guess I could be thinking about this way too much.
Still, I really enjoyed this episode a lot, and like where it is going. What I hope for is more moral ambiguity with Monroe, and honestly, I would like to see his demise. Sadly, I think I want Monroe dead more than either Rachel or Charlie at this point.
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