Revolution fans, we were promised we'd learn the cause of the blackout in the second half of the season, and it looks like we're getting pretty close. This week's episode, called "Ghosts," chronicled the aftermath of Danny's death and gave us some more of Randall Flynn's backstory, which turned out to be pretty revealing of his motivations and got us ever closer to the full answer of how the lights went out.
First things first: The Fellowship bury Danny. While Aaron and Miles drive shovels into dirt to fill in his grave, Charlie watches with her “no way in hell I’m gonna cry” stony face on. Standing next to her is Rachel, who reaches out to clasp her daughter’s hand, but Charlie pulls away.
The rebels begin to pack up to move on to another base and make plans for how to strike the militia next. But Miles tells Commander Ramsey his plans are too small. He says they need to take down Monroe, hit the militia hard, and “burn Philly to the ground.” Miles determines he needs his senior offices (the ones who helped him in his attempt to assassinate Monroe) to get the job done.
While Miles and Nora set out to look for a former militiaman named Jim Hudson, the rebels move to a new camp, Echo Base, which was once a hospital. They immediately begin going on raids – raids that we don’t see, but we do see how they affect Rachel: She doesn’t at all like the idea of the one child she has left putting herself in danger like that, and she tells Charlie as much, but Charlie shrugs her off and goes anyway.
Aaron, unpacking his bag in their new but surely-as-temporary-as-all-the-rest home, pulls out the two Lockets of Power, sets them down on a counter, and walks away. I was worried this lingering close-up on the pendants was going to be intruded by a pair of mysterious hands snatching them away (really, Aaron, you’re leaving them out in plain sight?), but instead the pendants light up and buzz to life.
Yet again the Lockets of Power are turning on randomly. Why do they do that? Why did Ben's pendant turn on at the lighthouse and at Grace’s home? Well, we’re finally about to find out. Cut to Monroe’s office in Philadelphia, where Randall and Monroe are looking at a computer. A computer that looks like it was made in the ’90s, but still, a working computer. Two little dots glow red – it’s the pendants. Randall can track them when they're on. “Every so often I flip them on remotely, give them a little ping to see where they are,” he says. He says Grace taught him how to do that.
Monroe tells the former G-man that he should have come to him earlier. Randall explains that he thought about it, but “honestly I couldn’t make up my mind about whether you were worthy or had your head deeply up your own ass.” It’s rather satisfying to see someone talk to Monroe like that, even if it is another despicable character, but it’s even more fun to see how Monroe reacts. He appears taken aback, about to say something, but then he flashes a big, forced toothy grin briefly, then looks around the room and says, “Most people don’t talk to me like that.” Randall’s response? “Most people don’t have the power to hand you a continent.”
He points out that he could have gone to any of the other territories that have sprung up on what was once the United States – he could have gone to Governor Affleck in California, he says. Anyone else think this is a reference to reigning king of Hollywood Ben Affleck? He recently squashed rumors that he was running for Senate, but who’s to say that he wouldn’t take the opportunity to turn his popularity into real power in a post-apocalyptic world?
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