BROTHERS IN ARMS
- Back to the flashback, Miles is more affected by the string of dead bodies they’ve come across. “There’s no-one coming to help..no-one”. The seeds of the Monroe Republic were born on the idea they could help put society back together again rather than watch it tear itself apart.
- But this ideal is also hatched on the notion of protection and control. After running into two guys responsible for some heinous acts, Miles executes them both — [“somebody’s got to do something, otherwise there’s gonna be nothing left”] — saving Jeremy in the process. Compassion in one hand, aggression in the other.
- I’m not convinced by Miles’ ‘explanation’, though, and wonder whether, like Neville, there was a trace of ambition positioned between the left and right hands? Given what the Monroe Republic became, it’s worth considering.
- Interesting then to consider what the early days of the Republic looked like. Was it more balanced? Did Miles leaving make things worse for those living under the Republic?
- Jeremy seems to think so, claiming that Monroe’s become “obsessed” and “angrier” since Miles put daylight between them, in comparison to “the good old days”.
- They walk past a two-way arrow at this point, as though Miles’ conflicted loyalties are manifesting. Most likely coincidental but sometimes the universe lends a hand.
- Of course, Monroe’s claim to the throne is particularly interesting given that he was the lesser aggressor in that origins moment.
ON BURROWED TIME
- Miles is deep in thought as the rebels try to dig their way out — as the memories of Miles’ past burrow their way to the surface.
- In-keeping with her “Dora The Explorer” mindset, Charlie is unwilling to condemn Miles for his history of violence, preferring to believe there’s a part of him that still gives a crap.
THE WOOD-BE HERO
- While Charlie’s hopefulness glows in the woods, Aaron’s reflects on more less optimistic times with playground bully Billy Underwood. Trees may symbolise growth, but for Aaron he’s afraid at how things are regressing back to before he “grew up”. “The Billy Woods are in charge and I am weak and afraid.“, he says.
- Aaron’s motivation for power is laid out right there, and whatever ‘higher power’ Grace was tapping into must have heard him, because his magical pendant turned on for just enough time for some Marvin Gaye and Maggie to see his kids’ faces (and the time and date – 6:23, Monday Sept. 17, which was the day the series premiered) on her iPhone.
- The lyrics to “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” before the power went back out: “I heard it through the grapevine, not much longer would you be mine.” Indeed.
- As for how the power came on, in the pilot we saw Grace press her magical pendant on, and yet Aaron’s was just lying on the table when it powered up. Perhaps Grace or someone is trying to use their magical pendant to communicate? Maybe Aaron’s MP charged up off the left over energy residue? Maybe it was programmed to turn on at this time? Maybe it felt Aaron’s sadness?
- Mostly joking on the last one, but the truth is there’s plenty we might not yet know about these MPs and how they work — or whether they all work in the same way. What we do now know is that Aaron’s MP does still work as it caused the rest of the electronics to power up. Now to build a new Oldputer..
- Aaron says Grace’s house “is a little low-key”. Heh! It’s probably one of the most high-key places on Earth right about now.
- Randall really did a number on Grace’s OldPuter — rendering it NoPuter. 🙁
- Aaron says Grace built the Oldputer herself. It did look pieced together.
- He also makes a Charlie Brown reference in relation to the hope/disappointment of almost having power, which also plays into his rant about the world being turned back into a playground.
- Miles’ angry reaction to Charlie saying that he father acted cowardly was interesting. Quite the difference from when he learned he was dead. It’s consistent with the flashback which sees him try to walk to Chicago to find Ben. Given Miles’ reaction, is there something ‘heroic’ that we are yet to discover about him? So far he’s been presented as rather dubious in the old fortitude stakes: keeping the power secrety-secret, not shooting the drifter who threatened Charlie, lying to Charlie about her mother’s ‘death’, not allowing Charlie to gain her independence, etc.
- LOST look-out: Mark Pellegrino played Jeremy in this episode also portrayed the ‘mystical’ Jacob on LOST.
Randall Flagg image credit: Michael Whelan
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