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Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) has a frightening encounter in the woods surrounding the house of an old friend.
Now, about Rachel Matheson in this episode: She and Aaron are headed toward the Tower, but first they have to make a stop at the home of Rachel’s old friend Dr. Jane Warren (Kate Burton of Scandal and Grimm). Aaron gets quite the memorable introduction to Jane when she saves Rachel and Aaron from the clutches of two Monroe militiamen who sneak up on them in the woods outside Jane’s house. With some type of mysterious hand-held device (that lights up, by the way), Jane burns the two militiamen to a crisp.
We meet Jane’s partner, Beth (Avis-Marie Barnes, most recently seen on HBO’s Treme), but neither Beth nor Aaron are present for the revelatory conversation Rachel and Jane have when they step outside the house. Rachel tells her friend that she’s on her way to the Tower to turn the lights back on, but Jane doesn’t like this idea at all – because giving power back to the world means destroying the nanites, the all-important miniscule computers that over-replicated and have been sucking up electricity for the past 15 years.
“You’re going to destroy the nanites,” Jane asked, shocked, “even though they’re keeping your son alive?”
But of course, they’re no longer keeping Danny alive. Rachel reaches into her jacket pocket and pulls out the capsule that she cut out of her son’s chest. When Jane asks her what happened to Danny, Rachel says, “Something not even your little machines could fix.”
And why is Jane not too eager to see Rachel head off to the Tower? Beth, “the person I love most on this planet, is in her 16th year of Stage 4 cancer,” Jane says. “Those nanites are inside of her, eating away at her tumors.”
So Jane invented the capsules, which somehow work in conjunction with the nanites that came out of Rachel and Ben’s experiments. How did they discover this second use for the nanites? Does Randall know about this? Were the capsules and nanites inside anyone other than Danny and Beth?
Jane firmly tells Rachel to “drop this,” don’t go to the Tower, don’t flip the switch on Beth. But it turns out Rachel isn’t there just for Jane’s permission – she’s looking for a notebook that we don’t learn much about but apparently will help her and Aaron in this quest to turn the power back on in some way. So she sneaks into Jane’s study at night to grab this notebook. But Jane catches her snooping. “We have killed too many people,” Rachel implores in hope of changing her friend’s mind. Things aren’t looking good – Jane is holding that device that killed the militiamen – until Beth walks in. She’s overheard their conversation, and she gives Rachel her blessing to destroy the nanites. Actually, she gives more than her blessing – she threatens to kill herself if Jane doesn’t give Rachel what she wants. So Jane gives Rachel the notebook and orders her to never come back to her home.
And as for the details of Miles and Rachel’s history that Revolution has been hinting at piece by piece, we didn’t learn anything during this episode, but we might be close to more answers. While Miles is in custody, Alec sneaks up on Charlie. When he finds out that she’s Miles’ niece, he tauntingly tells her, “You’re Rachel Matheson’s daughter? You know what Miles did to her? You don’t think he’d hurt you, huh? Ask him what he did to your mom sometime.”
So Charlie asks him. But it’s the most inopportune time, when Miles is still reeling from killing Alec. Charlie presses for an answer, the truth. Miles looks up at his niece and says, “The truth is people count on me, and they get hurt. Wanna know why? Because I hurt them, and I don’t even think twice about it. That’s who I am, Charlie. Now get the hell away from me.”
Just then, Miles is called into President Foster’s office. She’s ready to fight back against the Monroe Republic, and she’s confident she’ll win with her greater numbers and tall ships.
And she wants Miles to help. She takes him outside, shows him her troops, and says, “A couple hundred men. A thousand guns. All yours. What do you say, Miles? Ready to be a general again?”
It’s time for your two cents, Revolutionaries. Thoughts on our first glimpse of how the world beyond the Monroe Republic looks 15 years after the blackout? What did you think of the flag of The Georgia Federation? Who was missing Neville and Randall this week? Any predictions about what Miles did to President Kelly Foster? What did you think of Rachel’s confession to Jane that she would not do all those things that hurt other people to save Danny if she had the chance to do it all over again? And what about you: Are you ready to see Miles be a general again?
“You’re in too. Your mom told me to take care of you, so I figured I’d drag you in front of a nuclear weapon.” — Miles
Charlie, appearing very much like Samwise Gamgee leaving the Shire: I’ve never left the Monroe Republic.
Miles: My God, you’re a hick.
“Mint juleps and plantations.” — Miles, describing The Georgia Federation
“Oh, great. This isn’t super creepy at all.” — Aaron, trekking through the woods outside Jane’s house
“Madam President, may I just say, that was a crapload of stairs.” — Miles
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