Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spirdakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Mitchell
Writer: Anne Cofell Saunders
Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m.
Original Telecast: Oct. 8, 2012
The fourth episode of REVOLUTION, “The Plague Dogs,” gave us a breather in terms of the whole Monroe Militia vs. the resistance storyline that beleaguered the show for the past few episodes.
The show actually took a direction I had hoped it would take in focusing on maybe some of the people impacted by the changed world – for better or worse – and have the stars of the show come into contact and have to deal with some sort of situation. Unfortunately, the result wasn’t what I was hoping for.
In “The Plague Dogs” we are introduced to a guy that controls a pack of wild dogs and traps Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracy Spirdakos), Aaron (Zak Orth) and Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips). During some of the run-in, Maggie is mortally wounded and is bleeding out. We get a lot of background on Maggie’s journey and how she came to be part of the Matheson family after trying to re-connect with her own children – and her being “saved” by the Charlie and Danny when she thought all was lost. This was a nice send off for Maggie as a tragic character but the whole reason for her dying could have been much more or at least a better plot.
Throughout this whole time, Miles tells the group that he is thinking of leaving. That, the group would be better off without him since the militia is mostly looking for him. However, after Charlie had yet another crying session once Maggie dies, Miles says he isn’t going anywhere – either through guilt or some sense of family.
Again, much like the previous two episodes, it is the subplots that are the best part of the show. The bits with Tom (Giancarlo Esposito) and Danny (Graham Rogers) were well done and continues to show layers to Tom that he is ruthless, willing to lie and is very blindly loyal to Monroe (David Lyons) in every possible way. I don’t suppose there will be any sort of relationship developing between the two but it is an interesting thing to watch in terms of two people on opposite ends of the moral spectrum.
The other subplot dealt with Charlie’s mother, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell), leaving her family after the blackout and going to Monroe (and as it turns out a militia-friendly Miles) for some purpose we just don’t know yet. Why she was sent to them remains a mystery but it should be fleshed out in later episodes. So it turns out that Rachel has been in militia custody for the better part of 15 years, held captive and presumably tortured during this time for information about how to get the power back on – or at least enough power for Monroe to get helicopters and other vehicles in order to further is control over his territory.
Luckily, it looks like next week’s episode might hold some promise as the group catches up to Tom and his militia gang in order to rescue Danny. It seems we will have a confrontation between Tom and Miles as well as maybe the payoff for this whole journey so far. We also get to see finally a steam-powered train, which some of the fans of the show were curious about. I just hope they don’t screw this up too.
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