Warner Home Video
Have you ever opened a fresh can of Pringles, then before you know it, you’ve wolfed them all down and you’re sadly left with an empty can? To make things worse, what if you discovered those delectably-stacked chips you were shoving into your mouth three-at-a-time were actually the last Pringles on Earth?
That’s what watching Revolution on disc is like.
When NBC decided to renew this post-apocalypse soap opera for a second season, I was pleased because season one was surprisingly gritty, dark and compulsively watchable (especially on disc, without the intrusive commercials). I was also curious how they would be able to take its premise much further than they already had without lapsing into redundancy, which has ruined other initially-compelling shows like Under the Dome and Prison Break.
|"No matter what, he just says 'As You Wish,' then |
freaking does it! How cool is that?"
Despite Revolution's ominous conclusion, which optimistically paves the way for a third season, we are now left with questions that will never be answered, loose ends which will never be tied, characters whose fates will remain a mystery. Sure, there’s an online petition fans can sign with the hopes convincing another network to pick up the series. And yeah, I signed it, but I'm not holding my breath. These petitions seldom accomplish anything.
But it’s not a total loss. Even if season two is the last, it tells a terrifically compelling story over its 22 episodes and does come to a fairly satisfying conclusion, despite its cliffhanger coda.
The story picks up six months after the bombs drop on Atlanta and Philadelphia. If you have no idea what that means, then you’d best go back and watch all of season one in its entirety, because season two doesn’t stop to bring newcomers up-to-speed (at this point, simply being aware of the premise - a world in which all power was lost 15 years prior - is not enough). There’s too much currently happening to dwell on the past, and if you think you’re able to skip a single episode of season two and still keep up with current events…think again. Nearly every episode has at least one major plot twist (sometimes two or three) which affects the overall story arc. Many new characters, both good and bad, are introduced, and most of them are important to the story, if even for a single episode. Loaded with enough conspiracies, bombshells & double-crosses for ten shows, season two seldom slows down and is far more action-oriented (not to mention more violent) than last season.
|"Twilight, huh? Ain't that a bitch."|
Even more than last year, Revolution pays loud & proud homage to its influences, Stephen King’s The Stand in particular (Miles even uses the name of its main character, Stu Redman, as an alias). Sharp viewers will also recognize elements of The Walking Dead, the Terminator franchise, The Manchurian Candidate, viral disaster movies and lots of old westerns. But Revolution never simply rips them off; it’s always more-than-happy to remind us where all these tropes originated.
But now it’s all over. No more adventures with Miles & Bass, no more of Esposito’s marvelous scenery chewing, no more hoping Rachel dies in the next episode…and no answers to what the now-sentient Nanos (which caused the blackout in the first place) have in store for the human race. Still, despite loose ends which will never be tied, season two of Revolution is supremely addicting, especially watching uninterrupted. And like that now-empty can of Pringles…I miss it already.
- FEATURETTES: Revolution: Heading West; Impact Revolution: Conversations with the United Nations; United Nations: The Mission Continues (PSA)
- 2013 Comic-Con Panel Q&A
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- DVD & Ultraviolet Copies
(Would've scored a perfect 5 if there was a hope in hell of a true conclusion)