Check out Josh’s episode recap of Season 1, Episode 18 of NBC’s Revolution, “Clue”. Find out what happens with Rachel and Miles as they continue to try to defeat the Monroe Republic. Violet also provides additional commentary in pink font. Keep in mind, spoilers are within!
This episode of Revolution was called “Clue”, aptly named after the board game, as Miles plays the game of “whodunit” with his group of Georgians, as one has killed their pilot, as they attempt to rescue Rachel. Meanwhile, Rachel and Aaron attempt to sneak past Monroe’s militia, who has learned from torturing Nora, the location of the tower. Oh, John Sanborn is back, and there’s a group of people living in the tower? Read on if you’re interested in this week’s TV Recap of Revolution!
The episode opens with Nora being held captive by Monroe’s men, and she is forced to wear a dress, as she is brought to Monroe to have dinner. Monroe demands to know where Miles is, but she refuses to tell him, and attempts to hit Monroe with a champagne bottle. This unfortunately puts Nora on a long journey of torture from beatings, to drowning. Monroe’s men then inject her with what they describe as a “painful” injection. John Sanborn returns to the show, one of the scientists that turned on Miles and Rachel in a previous episode. Unfortunately, Nora is unable to hold out any longer, and tells Monroe’s men where both Miles and Rachel are.
She held out for twenty-one solid days of torture, so we can’t really blame her for eventually giving in. It was admirable that she was able to put up with it for that long.
Monroe then, in his office, asks Randall about the tower. Randall plays it off as “not important”. Monroe is concerned since Nora told his men that the power can be turned on there. Monroe and Randall become heated, and Monroe tells Randall that he doesn’t trust him, and nearly kills him. Randall says that he can get Monroe into the tower, and that there is more than just the power inside. So how was this not important Randall? Clearly he is playing a game, and probably hoped to keep these secrets in the tower for himself.
Randall and Monroe then head for the tower. Meanwhile, Sanborn returns to Nora, telling the guard that he is to finish her off, and injects her again with a syringe.
Back with Miles, he is talking with Jim Hudson about Rachel and Aaron turning the power back on. Jim is not convinced that their plan to wait around for Rachel to turn on the power will work. Jim asks about Nora, but Miles looks doubtful, clearly not knowing what is going on.
Jason and Charlie are walking together, and Jason attempts to convince Charlie to leave town since it looks like they are losing the war. As they are talking (and kissing), we see that Jason spots a Monroe personnel. Jason then takes off, saying he will meet Charlie back at base, but seems to be meeting with the Monroe person. Kind of suspicious huh?
Very. What’s more, Charlie sees who he is talking to.
Meanwhile, John Sanborn has driven into town (he must have a pendant). Miles then comes to what seems to be a hospital, and we learn that John has saved her. Nora admits that she told Monroe where Rachel was heading. Miles then visits John Sanborn, who is being held in what appears to be an interrogation room. Miles is suspicious of John, thinking that he was sent in to be a spy. John says that he cannot kill anymore, and he wants to help Rachel. Miles tells John to take them to the tower since he knows where it is.
Outside, Jim and Miles talk about saving Rachel, when Tom Neville comes up, and announces he is also going on the mission. We learn that both Charlie and Jason are on the mission as well. Oh and Nora, looks like we have the whole gang here. John says that it is unwise for Nora to come, as the drugs would still be affecting her. Nora pleads her case to help to Miles though, and he concedes. They all get into a helicopter, and they use the pendant John stole to power it.
While in flight, Jason has a flash back of the Monroe agent. They have a conversation, which the agent says that “he has a job” for Jason. Unfortunately, we do not learn what this job is, but we see that this man has a Monroe burn on his wrist like Charlie’s. The pilot then says that they need fuel (seems like they would have planned for enough fuel to get to Colorado in one trip? Perhaps the chopper physically can’t hold enough, still seems odd they didn’t seem to plan for this). They land in a deactivated Air Force base called Fort Hanson, located in The Plains Nation territory. The group begins searching for fuel among the downed aircrafts. As John passes by Nora, she is having a mild freak out, when John signals for her to keep quiet for reasons unknown. The group has gathered fuel, and they begin filling the chopper, then Charlie discovers that the pilot has been killed.
Miles says that it looks like a message from the Plains Nation, due to the X carved into the pilot’s neck. the chopper has also been damaged by the same person, but Miles says that if Nora can fix it, he can fly it. During the repair, Miles says that he is “going hunting”, presumably for the killer. As he is searching, Charlie catches up with Miles and says that she doesn’t think it would be an outsider, since there are no supplies other than fuel. As they are talking, they come across another person murdered. He had also been cut in the throat, but is still alive temporarily. Miles tries to ask if it was locals or members of the Plains Nation. The dying man shakes his head no to both, but passes away before we can find out who has killed him.
Charlie returns to Miles with most of the rest of the group, and they begin to discuss the situation. Jason suggest a Plains Nation member, but Miles counters with it having to be a traitor. They discuss further when Miles is concerned with where Nora is. They move into a aircraft hangar, and Miles demands that everyone disarms themselves. Miles makes note that John took a knife earlier (probably to which he was telling Nora to be quiet about when they first landed), making him seem suspicious. Tom argues against disarming himself, and suspicions continue to be thrown around. Miles puts all of the weapons into the chopper, and tells them all to watch each other, while he searches for Nora.
He finds Nora passed out with a knife near her. She is still having her weird tremors, and she seems disoriented. She has been cut, but she says she can’t remember how. Miles takes her back to the hangar, and the suspicion is thrown to her by John and Tom. Miles defends her, but Nora says that she thinks she may have done it. She describes her flashback to Miles, where she strangled one of her captors when she was held by Monroe. She also says she doesn’t remember doing it, and thinks maybe she didn’t remember doing it now. Miles reassures her that he doesn’t believe she did it.
Miles begins searching everyone’s belongings, looking for the culprit. He sees Jason fidget, and begins searching him, finding a bloody knife. Jason says that it must have been planted, saying it is not his knife. Charlie then says that she knows about his meeting with the man he was talking to. Jason says that it was a Georgian, but Tom insists he is lying. Jason comes clean, saying it was Monroe Militia. He says that the man wanted him to kill Miles, since the war was lost anyway. Jason says that he told the Militia member he wouldn’t kill Miles. Monroe doesn’t seem to believe him, and begins to draw his gun. Charlie and Neville try to stop him, and Jason sprints off. Miles begins to pursue Jason, as John looks at the knife that was on Jason contemplatively.
Miles searches a building, when John comes up, telling Miles that Jason is innocent. John explains that the knife was made in Annapolis MD. It seems to click for Miles, but a little too late. Jim hits Miles and shoots John. Miles gets up, and struggles with Jim briefly. Miles demands why, and Jim explains that Sophie, Jim’s wife, has been taken by the Militia. We learn that Jim also gave the coordinates for the drone strike which devastated Georgia’s military. Then Jim’s plan comes together for Miles, realizing that out here, it would a lot easier for Jim to get away with the murders of “high value” targets. Jim berates Miles for causing him to lose everything. They begin fighting again, and Jim seems to have the upper hand. Lucky for him, Jason shoots Jim from the back. Jason says nothing, and goes to his father who has also walked up, stares him down, and walks away.
I hate when TV shows give away a big plot point when they show scenes from previous episodes. In this episode’s “Previously on Revolution” sequence, we were shown a scene of Jim Hudson joining up with Miles. This kind of gave away who the culprit would be, considering that this is not the first time we’ve seen Jim Hudson since that episode. Also, kudos to Jason for coming back and saving the day when everyone, even Charlie, was against him.
Back at the chopper, Nora has resumes repairs, and thanks Miles for backing her up. Charlie attempts to apologize to Jason, but Jason rebuffs her saying that since he has lied to much, he shouldn’t be trusted anyway. They start the chopper, and begin to take off to their ultimate destination, Colorado.
Valid point by Jason. The first time he met Charlie he even lied to her about his name. However, I think at this point he has proven that he can be trusted.
Rachel and Aaron are continuing their journey, and Rachel says they are close as they arrive into Colorado . Meanwhile, Monroe has made camp at the tower, and is searching for Rachel. The tower then turns out to be a underground bunker, that goes down a half mile. Randall attempts to use his handprint to unlock the entrance, but for some reason, he is unable to unlock it. Then, revealed to viewers, are what appears to be residents of the tower, who are watching through video monitors as Randall is attempting to gain entrance. Who are these people? It appears they may have changed the security, preventing him from gaining entrance.
Yeah, where did all these people come from? Are they what killed that guy when he attempted to go down to Level 12?
Rachel and Aaron have spotted Monroe’s camp. Rachel gives Aaron the book, and says that she is going to kill Monroe. She is going to use that as a distraction to help Aaron get into the tower. Aaron tries to convince her otherwise, but Rachel says that is the only way.
In the daytime, a Monroe soldier has spotted a campfire that has recently been burning. Rachel then sneaks up from behind and garrotes the man. Night falls, and Aaron overlooks the camp, apparently waiting for the signal from Rachel, so that he can make his move. Rachel, wearing a Monroe uniform, walks into the camp. She has a grenade in her hand, to which she pulls the pin and says “Hey” to Monroe. The soldiers draw their weapons, and Monroe warns her to not do anything rash. She decides to go against his advice, and lets the grenade arm. The scene closes out, leaving viewers in suspense as to what happens next.
Another good episode of Revolution I have to say. The “Clue” like storyline, trying to figure out who the murderer was entertaining. It was done really well, unlike many TV shows that make this feel cheesy. The suspense of Rachel’s storyline is hard to wait for, as that grenade is ready to explode. The best that anyone could do, would be to grab the grenade from her and toss it away, unless Rachel had disarmed it beforehand. This would not make much sense though, considering her goal was to kill Monroe in the first place. I am hopeful that Aaron will make it to the Tower, but I am not sure how the people inside are going to react to Aaron. Do they already know who he is? Is he like their Messiah? As for Miles and company, I am not sure how they would be able to get to the tower, considering how big the Monroe camp looks. It would be a lot of soldiers to get through. If Rachel somehow survives, are we bringing the two storylines back into one? I guess we will have our answer Monday!
Although I complained about the scenes from previous episodes ruining the mystery of “whodunit,” I must admit that I was a bit thrown off from the beginning of the episode when I saw Jason talking to the Militia guy, so it took me a little while before I remembered to be suspicious of Jim Hudson. Overall though, good episode, and it does appear that the two storylines will merge once again, at least by the end of the next episode. As for what happens with the grenade, I think that Rachel and Monroe somehow get clear of it and come out unharmed. But, I could be wrong. We’ll see for sure next episode. Only 2 episodes remain this season!