Saturday, November 23rd 2013
Episode 2×09 “Everyone says I love You.”
Episode 2×09 of Revolution was one of the highlights of season two in this writer’s opinion. Fully expecting another sappy, lovey-dovey filled episode with a title like “Everyone Says I love You.”, I was pleasantly surprised when it was definitely a good mix of the traditional action we’re all very used and crazy plot twists that we have seen used sporadically throughout this season, mixed in with the schmaltzy love garbage that I feel like really has never always fit in with some of the plot lines and seemed as though it was forced for storyline purposes (episode 1×15 anyone? Or how about Charlie’s random sex scene in the first episode of Season 2).
A large chunk of the episode is surrounding the mystery we have been seeing throughout Season 2 involving Aaron and his magical wizard of “Nanite-Oz” power that he has had since episode 2×01. We as the audience have seen Aaron slowly declining into borderline madness throughout this season, beginning with his resurrection in 2×01, events such as learning he can burn people up, and being forcibly medically tested by Dr. Horn of the Patriots. This episode was the culmination of all of Aaron’s storyline all season. Aaron begins talking randomly talking to a mysterious child, who really is one of the most creepy characters all season (which is a lot considering we had Matt Ross’s Titus Andover). We find out that this is the manifestation of the nanotech and that when Aaron turned the power back on, we see a command “Authorize Execution”, and with that command Aaron supposedly turned on the nanites. Zak Orth’s performance this season has been one for the record books. We have seen his sad vulnerability, when he doesn’t understand why he was brought back to life. We have seen his fear over his newfound power to burn people up. And with this episode Aaron takes on a whole new personality, a much darker and scary wounded personality. The end of this episode comes on in purely terrifying fashion. Horn kills Cynthia, and rather than order the nanites to save Cynthia, Aaron orders the nanites to kill all of the Patriots. This is definitely a sharp contrast to the Aaron that we used to know, who was the funny and awkward friend who was always good for a laugh and wouldn’t hurt a fly, and Zak Orth is part of the reason why Aaron’s transformation is so profoundly believable.
With the characters of Neville, and his believed-dead wife, Julia, it was more of a sarcastic approach to the episode title of “Everyone Says I love You.” Although we have not seen much of Kim Raver’s Julia since a small flash in the finale when the power went back on in season 1’s finale, she has always been in the back of my mind as one of the most outwardly evil and manipulative characters in two seasons of the show. I have thought this since one of her first episodes, episode 1×08 “Ties That Bind”. One line that will always stick out to me is when Neville tells her he loves her, and all her response is “I know.” This woman is one of the few people that I believe could “out-Neville” Neville. She clearly would do anything to move her way up in the world, and she is clearly using Neville’s love for her to her advantage. I felt like this was a sarcastic aspect to the episode title because I feel like Julia uses “I love you” to her advantage in manipulating Neville.
It is definitely charming to see within this episode that they are keeping David Lyons’ humorous side of Bass Monroe. One of my favorite lines within 1.5 seasons of Revolution was when Monroe kills two Patriots who had cornered Charlie, Miles, and Rachel and utters “I’m Batman”. I hope the writers continue to give Lyons more comedic one-liners,which may actually need to happen considering Aaron the character that had all the one liners before has gone slightly mean and angry, and in my opinion, if they are not going to bring back the evil Monroe that many fans still become enthralled with last season, this is the only Monroe that will work.
The mid-season finale answered a lot of questions for us viewers. It also left the loyal following of Revolution viewers craving more. January 8th cannot come soon enough!