Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spirdakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Tim Guinee
Writer: Monica Owusu-Breen
Director: Sanford Bookstaver
Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m.
Original Telecast: Oct. 1, 2012

The third episode of REVOLUTION, “No Quarter,” had more poopy sad faces from Charlie (Tracy Spirdakos) than you could shake a stick at.

Every scene was a close up of her sad, crying face acting like someone had just kicked her puppy. It was annoying. I understand she is “new to all this” in that she hasn’t been outside her small village until just a few days ago. But after building up that she might be blossoming into something better than sad puppy eyed Charlie, this was a serious step back for her character.

Much like last week’s “Chained Heat” episode, “No Quarter” was all about the Monroe militia facing off against the less equipped, undermanned resistance that is looking to restore the United States back to glory. As I stated last week, I really hope this isn’t all this series is going to be about. Obviously, the whole mission to retrieve Charlie’s brother, Danny (Graham Rogers), from the clutches of the militia is why Miles (Billy Burke) signed on with Charlie and her other pals but certainly we can have more of the world that has evolved (or devolved) since the power went out.

Yet, for two straight episodes now we have been deluged in this militia versus the resistance and giving us as many examples as we can about how bad the militia really is. Something that we kinda already get, it was established in the “Pilot” that these dudes are not nice.

However, one good thing did come from all this business, the introduction of hopefully another reoccurring character played by the deliciously evil Mark Pellegrino – someone that has a long history with both Monroe (David Lyons) and Miles. We learn from his character that Miles was not only someone that initially created the militia with Monroe but for a number of years served as his right-hand man. Poopy-face, crying Charlie didn’t like that.

But it makes for an interesting subplot. And the subplots are actually what’s carrying the show right now. This whole back history of Miles and the bad guys is something that we have yet to fully explore and just how far Miles’ rabbit hole goes in his involvement. We got a bit of the back story in the form of a flashback in “No Quarter” but it only served to show that Miles was more of a hardass at the beginning than Monroe ever was.

The other interesting subplot continues to be the reason the power went off and why little triangle shaped necklaces can restore power to a small area. Not to mention the question about why a circle of people seemingly have these necklaces, how Monroe knows about it, what Miles’ connection to it is and what it might mean in the grander scheme of getting the power back on completely.

These subplots are by far better than anything going on with Charlie and Monroe or seeing the militia brutalize some poor saps. Hopefully we will get more of it as time goes on because I can’t see the way this series is currently going as sustainable in terms of ratings or developing hardcore fans.

Related: TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “The Plague Dogs”

Related: TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “Chained Heat”

Related: TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “Pilot” –  Series Premiere  

Related: Interview with REVOLUTION director Jon Favreau on the new NBC series

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