Revolution Observations explores the clues and connections from NBC’s Revolution. Join us as we power up our pendants and navigate the winter finale, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”.
- Trenton Campaign (flashback): Monroe tells Miles that according to “Kipling” they’re running out of bullets. We meet this Kipling fellow in present day Monroeville, when Miles and the gang need a place to lay low.
- The ammo shortage necessitated other means of combat, informing Miles and Monroe’s ability with swords. At this time (5 years after the blackout, more than 4 since the militia was effectively formed), it was still a wild notion, as noted by Monroe’s comment: “[we'll have to] start using swords. We’ll be like pirates!”
- Wounded, Miles tells Monroe to leave him behind and lead the men. Of course, Monroe doesn’t leave Miles (nor does he run from him in present day), but it helps inform the leadership situation at this time. We know the Militia was Miles’ idea, though arguably it was a joint leadership with Monroe possibly taking on more responsibility due to Miles’ injury.
- Monroe tells Miles, “I don’t care about the men”. His his love for his ‘brother’ ran deeper than anything else — certainly at this time.
MUTHA OF ALL RETURNS
- The long-awaited reunion between Charlie and the very much alive Rachel. Once again we’re met with the question of whether Ben lied to Charlie about Rachel being dead or whether he really did believe that she perished “out there”.
- Rachel is surprised to find out that Miles is with Charlie and she doesn’t waste time in asking whether he hurt her. Hmm.
- As touched on above, Rachel handed herself over to Miles when he was still militia honcho, though we’ve yet to discover what happened between them.
- Miles is similarly shocked to find out Rachel is still alive – which we get more insight on when he later rails Monroe for keeping her prisoner. From this we can deduce that it may have been Monroe and not Miles who dishonored the agreement to release her.
- So what did happen between Miles and Rachel? Dare we assume they had an affair of some sort? Her reaction to seeing him is decidedly mixed, as exemplified by the look and then the slap heard all the way in the California Commonwealth.
- Rather fittingly, the big Miles/Monroe showdown takes place at a power plant. According to Miles, Monroe uses it for drug experimentation, weapons R&D and balloon manufacturing.
- In perhaps one of the most significant scenes of the series thus far (certainly in terms of contextualizing the Monroe/Miles relationship), we discover that Monroe lost both his parents and sister to a drink driving accident.
- He was possibly going to kill himself right then but for Miles’ intervention. So Miles made his life worth living, which certainly helps magnify their showdown.
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