Welcome to Revolution Observations – the overarching connections and easter eggs guide for NBC’s post-apocalypse serial. This week we’re observing 2.02 — “There Will Be Blood”.
MIRACLE OR NANOBOTS?
- Just before Aaron gasps back to life, a firefly can be glimpsed buzzing back and forth in the darkness. Seemingly this is taking place from Aaron’s closed-eye point of view.
- An interesting little clue as to Aaron’s connection to the fireflies – and by extension, the nanites – perhaps?
- Reality continues to come into question when Aaron sees a dead rat before having a vision of Ben dying.
- Of course, this is a callback to the pilot, and is even preceded by a gunshot.
- In the pilot, Ben gave Aaron the magical pendant before he was ultimately shot and killed by Neville’s crew. Here, Ben tells Aaron “It’s you,” before dying for the ‘second time’.
- This is an interesting parallel given Aaron’s recent resurrection, while it furthers the idea that Aaron is ‘special’ in some way.
- “It’s you” might suggest Aaron is the key to the power quandary – the solution. Alternatively, it could hold more negative, guilt ridden connotations with the view that Aaron is the source of the problem. Indeed, he’s left with Ben’s blood on his hands.
- Given the theme of blood in the episode, this might be another subconscious clue for Aaron to explore.
- With Aaron’s hallucination in mind, it’s interesting to question how reliable a narrator he is here. We, the Observers, see Ben. But only through Aaron’s very reflective lens.
- How real is this message from Ben – which is to say, could it possibly be from Ben in the post-surge era, or is it manifested by Aaron’s recently resurrected mind?
- Given the suggestion that reality has dramatically shifted, does it matter?
- It’s also interesting to consider the fact that VisionBen was preceded by Aaron copping a dead rat. Later, Rachel and Gene are swarmed by fireflies as they come across a field of the things.
- Is Aaron somehow causing this, or is this level of freakery happening independently of him?
- It’s just interesting to contrast the notion of Aaron coming back to life while death manifests around him. What is the world trying to tell Aaron – or perhaps, what is Aaron trying to tell Aaron?
Next: Blood H-andover…