Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 21, the penultimate episode of Revolution, titled Memorial Day, where Miles and company try to thwart the Patriots’ plan to unleash mustard gas on Austin, while Monroe and Neville have plans of their own, and Rachel goes out looking for Aaron and Priscilla! That’s right, this is the second to last episode of the entire series of Revolution. Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Revolution, Season 2 Episode 21: Memorial Day Recap Overview
- Miles plans to steal a train from Willoughby that has a tanker filled with mustard gas, so as to stop the Patriots from unleashing the mustard gas on Austin.
- Scanlon informs Monroe, Neville, and Connor, about Miles’s plan, and they make their own plan to steal the train so they can drive the tanker into D.C.
- With the help of Marion’s friends, Miles, Charlie, and Gene sneak into Willoughby and steal the train under heavy gunfire. However, when Monroe’s group tries to steal the train from Miles, a stray bullet hits the tanker, revealing that it is empty.
- They figure out that the Patriots plan to use the mustard gas in Willoughby, where there is a concert that everyone in town is attending, in addition to the President of Texas and Texas Rangers. Monroe agrees to help Miles and company stop the Patriots, but Connor declines.
- Rachel finds Aaron and learns that Priscilla is the nano. Rachel comes up with a plan to electrocute Nano-Priscilla in order to get the real Priscilla back, but it doesn’t work, and Nano-Priscilla gets angry.
We pick up where we left off with Monroe and Neville. Neville tells him that Julia is dead, and that he plans to take the Patriots down, ultimately killing the President. Monroe seems very interested in joining him, and doesn’t care what Miles will think.
In Willoughby, when a man named Joe goes to collect water at the river, Miles, Charlie, and Scanlon pull guns on him. Marion told them that he’s okay. Joe tells them that there’s just one barrel of mustard gas. He shows them the trains, which has a large tanker full of mustard gas. Meanwhile, Marion brings lunch to Truman’s office while he is away, and rifles through his papers. She opens up a safe and finds a file with a picture of General Carver, the Texas president, a calendar with a date circled, and a yellow cross that represents mustard gas. When Truman gets back to his office, Marion has his lunch ready.
Marion reports to Miles and company what she found. The date she saw circled is tomorrow’s date. Miles thinks they’re sending the gas to Austin. Gene figures that Texas and California will go to war and wipe each other out, and the Patriots take over the rest. Miles tells Rachel she’ll have to go find Aaron and Priscilla on her own, while the rest of them go steal the train.
Scanlon sneaks off to Monroe’s camp and tells them what Miles’s plan is. However, Monroe’s plan is to drive the tanker full of mustard gas into the heart of D.C., and Neville is on board.
Although Miles requested that Marion find 6 people, Marion is only able to recruit Joe and his daughter to help steal the train. Miles says it’s not enough, but Joe insists on helping, because he lost his own son to the Patriots. Miles reluctantly agrees. Later, Charlie points out to Miles that Joe is the father of the kid he shot in Austin. Miles says he’ll tell him after all this is over. It goes against Miles’s instincts to trust Joe, but he thinks it’s what a “good guy” would do. Marion is worried to go back to Truman, because she’s afraid he’ll see right through her, but Gene assures her that she can do it.
Rachel hears music coming from a house and approaches it. Aaron answers the door, and tells her to go. However, she barges in. She is alarmed to see the zoned out people. Nano-Priscilla welcomes her to their home. Upon Priscilla’s prompting, Aaron informs Rachel that Priscilla is the Nano. Priscilla shows Rachel the “rat room” filled with rats covering the floor, walking in a large circle. Priscilla tells Rachel about her plan to fix the human race and “upgrade” the human brain. Rachel slaps her.
Joe’s daughter drives a wagon into Willoughby with Miles, Charlie, and Gene hiding in the secret compartment, and brings them to the train. Charlie sneaks up to the watchtower and kills the lookout on duty. Joe tells the train engineer that there’s a boiler leak in order to get him to the engine room and get the train started. The boiler isn’t hot enough yet. Blood leaks down from the watchtower and alerts the Patriots that something is wrong. A gunfight breaks out, and the train engineer is killed by a bullet ricochet. Miles puts Joe in charge of getting the train going, even though he only saw it done once. The train slowly starts moving as the gunfight continues. A few Patriots jump onto the train, and Miles and Charlie eventually shoot them all. They succeed in stealing the train!
Truman surprises Marion with a necklace. When she asks what the occasion is, he merely says that she has made him happy and that he loves her.
Scanlon meets up with Monroe, Connor, and Neville to wait for the train in the spot where Scanlon is supposed to meet them to neutralize the mustard gas with lye. Connor and Neville have a private chat about Monroe and his relationship with Miles.
Priscilla leaves the house to go find more “test subjects” and the lights all go out. Aaron is terrified that Priscilla will hear Rachel’s derogatory comments about the nano, but she doesn’t. Rachel explains that she slapped Priscilla to find out if she would see it coming. She thinks that they can surprise the nano and save Priscilla.
Miles and company get to the rendezvous point and are surprised to be ambushed by Monroe, Neville, Connor, and Scanlon. Monroe informs Miles that they’re stealing his train, driving the mustard gas into the heart of DC, and burning the place to the ground. Monroe says that’s what he and Miles should be doing together. He turns to leave, but Neville keeps his gun pointed at Charlie, wanting to kill her since she killed Jason. Neville ignores Monroe’s pleas for him to get on the train, and eventually realizes he has to pull a gun to get him to stop. Neville starts to pull the trigger, so Monroe attacks him. A stray shot is fired, and it hits the tanker. However, it turns out the tanker is empty. They wonder where the mustard gas is.
Cut to a gathering at the courthouse in Willoughby. Marion wonders why Texas Rangers are there, but Truman gets up to make a speech, in which he welcomes the General Carver, President of Texas, and Joe Davis, the President of the U.S, to the stage. We then see that mustard gas is in the attic above them.
Nano-Priscilla brings back a girl to the house, but Rachel scares her off with a gun. Priscilla is angry and comes toward Rachel, stepping in a puddle of water. Just then, Aaron plugs in a severed electrical cord which is touching the water, thus electrocuting her, and causing her to collapse. Aaron begs the real Priscilla to come back to him. She seems to wake up for just a moment, but the Nano takes over again. Now she’s really angry.
Joe informs Miles about the concert that everyone in Willoughby is going to be at. Miles figures out that their “Pearl Harbor” is not going to be in Austin, but in Willoughby. Miles convinces Monroe to go with him and Charlie back into town to stop it. However, Connor decides not to join them on their suicide mission.
In town, President Davis makes a speech against the Californians. Marion sees some non-verbal communication between Truman and his men. She goes into the attic room and finds the mustard gas. Unfortunately, Truman is right behind her. He approaches her, telling her he loves her, then he stabs her in the stomach, and she dies in his arms. As he removes her necklace from her, a soldier prepares the mustard gas. They both have their gas masks ready, as President Davis finishes up his speech.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 21 of Revolution: Memorial Day
This is it. The last episode before the series finale of Revolution. It looks like they set us up for a pretty exciting finale. But considering that they may have thought there would be a Season 3, there might be quite a few loose ends that don’t get tied up, which would be a shame.
So pretty much this episode was about Monroe being on the rebound after Miles broke up with him last episode. He teams up with Neville, and it almost seems like it was in the good ol’ days, back before the Monroe Republic fell apart, but not quite. Now there’s Connor added to the mix, and there seems to be a lot of tension, especially regarding Miles. Connor even brings it up to Neville, and he just confirms what Connor has been noticing about Miles and Monroe’s relationship. In the end though, Miles and Monroe kiss and make up, and are off to fight one last adventure together before the series ends.
Connor, however, wants no part of their little bromance. He seems a little suspicious. What is his role going to be in the the final episode? Is he going to get up to no good with Neville somehow? If the series were going to continue, I would guess that Connor and Neville might ultimately team up to put the Monroe Republic back together, though it might go by a different name, while Monroe seems like he goes over to the “good guys” team with Miles, though continues to waver back and forth between Miles and his son.
The train heist itself was pretty exciting. Marion did a good job spying for the Rebels. It’s too bad she had to go out like she did. Truman is a sick, sick man, telling her he loves her as he kills her. Though maybe in his mind he was saving her from the mustard gas. Not sure what the deal with the necklace was, and why he would go to the trouble of giving it to her just to take it back.
I’m guessing that in the season finale Miles and company waltz into Willoughby and save the day. Whether word gets out past Willoughby about what the Patriots tried to do, I don’t know, but I guess it doesn’t matter since it’s the end of the series anyway. Maybe there will be some suggestion of the tide turning against the Patriots and trying to inform the rest of the country about their bad deeds and nefarious practices. As for Nano-Priscilla, I’m going to guess that Rachel and Aaron come up with some way to get the real Priscilla back, and the nano retreats for the moment, but finds some other way to carry out its wishes on mankind, though we won’t get to see much of that since there’s nothing more to be seen.
Alright, Revolution, let’s go out on a good note!
Josh’s Thoughts: Revolution, Season 2 Episode 21: Memorial Day
I lost interest in this show after the announcement that it was canceled. I’m over it.
Scenes from Revolution, Season 2 Episode 22: Declaration of Independence
Here are scenes from the series finale of Revolution, titled Declaration of Independence: