'Revolution' react: All along the Tower

Image credit: Brownie Harris/NBC

Image credit: Brownie Harris/NBC

Revolution delivered an hour of intense TV for its penultimate episode of the season. “Children of Men” was an all-around superb episode for the show, but to me the highlights were the Rachel and Monroe scenes and learning more about the Tower.

Though Elizabeth Mitchell has somehow managed to become one-note in Rachel’s weekly sobfest, I still loved scenes with her and Monroe in the VP’s bunker. What to do with two characters who always had charge between them, now with one of them determined to kill the other? Lock them in a room together, of course. Especially memorable here is how Monroe responds to Rachel when she says he’s to blame for Danny’s death. At first he says an expected “I wasn’t even there,” but after Rachel tearfully tells him that he can’t make excuses like that any longer, tears begin to well up in Monroe’s eyes, and he confesses, “I didn’t mean for any of this to happen. I don’t know how this got so out of control.” So the villain finally starts to feel some guilt. Hearing how he’s to blame for the death of Rachel’s son moved something in him – now that he knows that he is father to his own son, he wonders aloud what that son would think of all the things he’s done. “I know how much blood I have on my hands,” Monroe says.  There’s another layer added to that in the flashback to four weeks after the Blackout, where we see Rachel in despair (yes, tearful despair) over all the death caused by their work. She tells Ben that they have blood on their hands, that they did this, that she doesn’t know how she live with it.

As for what’s up with this mysterious Tower, the biggest reveal was the people living there. Among plants and beds on Level 11 are men, women, families – and Grace. She knows who Aaron is – and claims that everyone there knows who he is. Are we closer to finding out why he’s in Dr. Warren’s notebook? Her notebook that is no more… Dan, who appears to be in charge here, burned it. He doesn’t want the lights back on because he’s afraid that means making it easier for everyone to kill each other out there. But Grace tells us another reason to keep the lights off – something that Rachel kept secret, that she didn’t tell Aaron about. If the power goes on, there is a one in a million chance (as Rachel says) that it won’t be a simple flip of the switch with electricity back in the hands of everyone. “If she turns the power back on, maybe she saves the world,” Grace says, “or maybe she sets it on fire.” And that’s our ominous end to the episode, with one last shot of Dr. Warren’s notebook, withering in flames.

“Set the world on fire.” What exactly does this mean? I’m guessing it’s not supposed to be a nod to the most famous words of St. Ignatius. It’s gotta be rather literal. And for those who watched the promo for next week’s finale, I think it’s safe to say we got a peek of it there.

What did you think of this episode, Revolutionairies? Thoughts on what we learned about the Tower — “the crown jewel of the U.S. military” — and its protectors? What do you think is on Level 12? How do you think this impending revolt against Monroe will turn out? What will happen next in the latest Monroe-Miles face-off? How sweet was it to see Tom Neville’s face soften when Jason said he’d be a good leader for the Republic? How badass did Monroe look as he walked out of the smoke with that gun as he saved Charlie (or Charlotte, as he calls her)? Who else really loves the idea of Aaron watching Mythbusters? How will these new high-tech guns come into play in the future? And what would you like to see in the finale?

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