Welcome back Revolution lovers,
The story of human misery and revenge continues in “Love Story”, a superbly written episode by Anne Cofell Saunders and Paul Grellong, while the brighter, more joyous side of life is also aptly illustrated.
However, the good side comes to the forefront as situation in the third episode of season two of Revolution demonstrates something everyone show learn; that despite mistakes made in the past, people of good will can realize their mistakes, forgive those who they have wronged, and move forward with their life in a positive manner.
If only it was so easy in real life, could those who have wronged themselves and others, look in the mirror and apologize for what they have done in the past.
Often it is a past “they” thought they could bull-shyte others with partial truths and finger pointing, where they have only fooled themselves while still others do not have the heart, or to be clearer, the guts to tell the wrong doers the truth to help them overcome their problems to address reality rather than hide from it.
This then becomes the Single Effect of “Love Story”; the positive message of “Love Story” for our band of heroes juxtaposed against the evil of obsession that is welling up in Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Titus Andover (Matt Ross) as they seek their twisted goals without consideration for the human cost.
Others, including Doctor Gene Porter (Stephen Collins) have overcome their weakness, rising up to help, facing that which was wrongfully done in the past, the lesson is clear. Do not bite the hand that feeds you, and admit when you have done wrong.
Last episode our hero Miles Matheson (Billy Burke) was taken behind the “Red Door” into a circumstance we did not completely understand.
In the opening moments of this weeks episode, we quickly learn the “why”; Jessica Andover (Deborah Puette), wife of Titus Andover, has diabetes which has resulted in complete renal system failure and is dying from the complications associated with such a horrible medical condition, her blood is being poisoned from the inside out!
We begin as Titus’ left off last week, he shows Miles the sickly woman in the bed. It is his diabetic wife, Jessica. Renal failure poisoned her blood to the point of near death.
Unable to obtain kidney dialysis, Titus Andover has been raiding local villages to capture sufficient live blood donors of the same blood type to keep his wife Jessica alive.
Titus orders his gang to prepare Miles for his blood by tying him to a salvaged hospital gurney. Miles winces in pain as transfusion needle is jabbed into his arm. Titus, who we now know is obsessed to save his dying wife, dutifully thanks Miles for his “blood sacrifice”.
Fortunately, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) had convinced her father Gene to save Miles because of her love for Miles. What parent would not help their child? None!
As soon as Titus and his men leave Jessica’s sick room for the transfusion to take place, Rachel, who we witnessed on horseback at the opening of “Love Story”, arrives through a wall vent and save Miles!
Miles realizes that escape is not enough since Titus is planning on overrunning Willoughy Texas township for more “blood donors” for his wife.
Miles and Rachel opt for kidnapping Jessica to force Titus to negotiate with the otherwise helpless townspeople and also saves Sara Wilkerson (Aidan Sullivan) a Willoughy resident who was up next, marked for death in Titus’ little shop of horrors!
Titus Andover hears gunfire and runs to his wife’s room only to find that she is gone! The look of rage of his face clearly illustrates his obsession, that he will do whatever it takes to keep his wife alive no matter who or what gets in his way.
The thought of what his campaign to save one person, his wife, is costing has no effect as is demonstrated in “Love Story”.
Not only will Titus not be that easy to negotiate with, as we learn later his obsession will cost him quite dearly!
Meanwhile, back in Willoughby, Aaron (Zak Orth) is chatting with Cynthia (Jessica Collins). He confesses that the nanites he was experimenting with are what saved his life.
Cynthia, a bit on the religious side will still have none of this explanation. She is observed telling Aaron that God performed a miracle to save him and that God selected Aaron for a special reason. Aaron is not able to convince Cynthia it was no act of God, saving this red herring discussion for another day.
Miles and Rachel arrive safely in Willoughby subsequent to escaping the compound of Titus Andover. Andover, who is in hot pursuit, has marshaled his entire cadre of malcontents.
Willoughby Deputy Riley Martin (Will Beinbrink) is in a state of panic at the size of Titus’ army who have surrounded the town for a siege.
Miles plays his trump card, He will kill Titus’ wife Jessica if he attacks the town with any of his “boy toys”.
The two are at a stand-off for the moment as Miles realizes that if he kills Jessica, Titus will pillage the entire town leaving no survivors!
A scene back, Tom Neville and his son Jason (JD Pardo) whom have successfully penetrated Secretary Allenford’s (Nicole Ari Parker) security after Tom actions to kill her would be assassin, who was in fact a former friend of Jason’s.
This “sacrifice” that is discussed once again serves to remind the viewers that obsessed people will do anything and “sacrifice” anyone to cover their malcontent actions to achieve their distorted goals.
Tom Nevile is no different and burns the only picture of his wife Julia (Kim Raver) as his “sacrifice” to his tortured cause!
As a reward to their service to Secretary Allenford, Tom and Jason Neville are provided Patriot credentials, American flag badges of rank. Tom shares with Jason that they will lay low and follow orders for the time being until the it is the appropriate moment to strike to avenge his wife’s death!
Unfortunately for our two assassins, they are detected by United States Deputy Director Vince Cooke who has had them hauled off and detained.
Cooke identifies himself and informs captured Tom and Jason he knows who they really are! Things do not look so good for Tom and Jason Neville!
Adam (Patrick Heusinger), apparently horny Charlie’s (Tracy Spiridakos) latest boyfriend, are observed walking through the country somewhere in “The Plains Nation”. They are seeking ex-General Sebastian “Bass” Monroe (David Lyons), who as you will recall had escaped last episode.
Charlie does not understand why Adam refuses to kill the former general? We quickly learn that blackmail is apparently at work. Adam’s claims that his father is being held hostage pending delivery of Monroe, alive!
Once again we are “treated” to the evil things people will do to one another to get “their way”.
Sadly this is a real life analog, a lesson that some never seem to learn. And by that I mean the people who do not tell the truth as a means to cover their own ambitions.
We will soon discover that this is precisely the case with handsome young Adam!
Speak of the devil, Monroe has been tracking them! He smacks Adam rendering the young lad unconscious as a flabbergasted Charlie looks on in amazement. Here we find Monroe’s motivation; He has a wanted poster that has a picture of Rachel and Monroe. For some undisclosed reason, the United States Government is looking for Monroe and her mom!
We move to a scene where Garrett (Jason Douglas), whom we thought was one of Titus’ henchmen, is revealed to actually be a United States Government agent! Garrett is giving orders to Titus who looks rather displeased.
Titus tells Garret he will not cooperate any longer with his wife being held hostage. We also learn that Titus was not actually supposed to destroy Willoughby, simply frighten the inhabitants for some undisclosed purpose. This reviewer suspect that purpose is the capture of Rachel for her scientific knowledge!
Inside the town, we learn that Jessica is actually happy to be free of her evil husband. She begs Rachel to let her stay. Miles, knowing he must return Jessica to save Rachel, her father and all the citizens of Willoughby. When Rachel is not looking, a panic stricken Jessica commits suicide by slicing her own wrists!
With the bargaining chip (Jessica) gone, Miles has no choice but run a bluff to allow the townspeople to escape. He instructs Rachel to act like nothing has happened to Jessica in an attempt to trick her evil husband Titus. Titus, no fool, orders his most trusted malcontent, Scarface (Solomon Brende), to check on his wife’s welfare. Oops!
All hell breaks loose as Titus orders the assault on the remaining townspeople of Willoughby while crying over his dead wife’s body.
Titus Andover says everyone in the town will pay for what they have done to his wife!
Let loose the dogs of war as the poor victims in Willoughby will be the ones to render “payment” if Titus has his way about things!
Our technical genius hero, saved by the nanites, poor Aaron is among those caught in the melee who may “pay”. After running for his life, we observe Aaron hiding in a barn after his wagon is attacked and driver killed.
United States Agent Garrett has other plans for people who do not follow the orders of United States Patriots! Garrett places what looks like a black hangman’s bag over Titus’ head and strangle him to death telling him that he “should have listened”.
Without their leader most of the attack peters out and the residents of Willoughby escape, except Rachel and Miles who Scarface and his group of murderous clansmen has vowed to kill as a last act of wonton revenge.
The episode winds down with Monroe having an apparent change of heart once again. Well of course he did, we need a good story arc for the next 15 episodes!
Charlie is witnessed dumping a bucket of water on handsome Adam. Charlie demands answers as to why the United States Government has a warrant out for her mother’s arrest!
After dumping a bucket of water on Adam’s head, Charlie shoves her mother’s warrant in his face and demands answers. A groggy Adam states Rachel is simply wanted by the Patriots, and that is all he knows. He wants the reward and that is all he needs to know!
Adam also confesses that he lied about his father’s imprisonment as a cover story which earns him the reward of Monroe knocking him out yet again!
Monroe says they must warn Rachel before it is too late, indicating what we knew from last season, that “Bass” had his own “crush” on Rachel Matheson!
The last scene finds Rachel and Miles trying to fight their way out of Willoughby to escape. Rachel is hit by two arrows and Miles is beaten to the grounds about to be sliced in half.
Suddenly, gatling gun or machine gun fire erupts cutting down the last of Titus’ and Scarface’s attackers who nearly killed Miles. The “cavalry” is the United States Patriots who declare victory by raising a United States flag about the compound!
All in all, “Love Story” gets another straight “A” from this reviewer. Great action, fight sequences, good plot twists and a few more reveals about the “Patriots”, Secretary Allenford and the fact that she saved Tom Neville who was about to be killed after his true identity was discovered.
Next up is a key episode with a cool name; “Patriot Games”. Come back next week when I reveal my analysis on the ongoing saga of Revolution!
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