6.9
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Revolution

Revolution

NBC 2012

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously - and unbeknownst to her - had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Revolution

Revolution - S1E20

#1 - The Dark Tower

8.26

Season 1 - Episode 20

Life-threatening dangers abound on all sides as the Rebels infiltrate the Tower. Miles' leadership abilities and character are sorely tested as well as his feelings for Rachel and Nora. Aaron's genius comes in handy while Tom Neville and Randall Flynn bring new meaning to the dark side.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Revolution from 1121 votes.

Revolution - S2E9

#2 - Everyone Says I Love You

8.08

Season 2 - Episode 9

The relationship between Rachel and Gene remains strained as Charlie shows her mom how much she's grown. Meanwhile, Neville gives Jason a determined proclamation.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Revolution from 1118 votes.

Revolution - S1E10

#3 - Nobody's Fault But Mine

8.07

Season 1 - Episode 10

In the gang’s quest to rescue Danny, the time has come for Miles and Monroe to meet face to face. Meanwhile, on the verge of reuniting with her brother, Charlie is conflicted by a shocking discovery and Rachel tests Monroe’s patience.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Revolution from 915 votes.

Revolution - S1E19

#4 - Children of Men

8.07

Season 1 - Episode 19

Rachel and Monroe battle with more than wits. Meanwhile, Miles, Charlie, Nora and Aaron get inside the Tower but Tom Neville and son Jason get shut out. Miles and Monroe once again face-off, this time even more lethally.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Revolution from 1043 votes.

Revolution - S1E18

#5 - Clue

8.05

Season 1 - Episode 18

A captive Nora is tortured and left for dead. Monroe learns of Rachael’s attempt to reach the Tower but is unaware of her deadly plan for him. Meanwhile, Miles is desperate to find out how so many of his close associates are being brutally murdered. Later, Miles, Charlie, Neville, Jason, Hudson and Sanborn struggle to make it out of the Plains Nation to join Rachel and save her from what they believe to be certain death.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Revolution from 1093 votes.

Revolution - S2E6

#6 - Dead Man Walking

8.03

Season 2 - Episode 6

As Charlie, Rachel and Gene question Monroe’s true allegiance, Miles himself is weary of his former friend’s intentions. Meanwhile, Aaron continues to have visions that lead to endless questions.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Revolution from 1162 votes.

Revolution - S2E5

#7 - One Riot, One Ranger

8.02

Season 2 - Episode 5

Aaron and Rachel speculate on the extreme effects of Nano technology, while he also confides in Cynthia. Meanwhile a figure from Miles’ rugged past, Texas Ranger John Fry reemerges. Fry could be Miles’ chance to bring down the Patriots in a big way, however Fry will need convincing. Charlie has a surprise for Miles and her mother, while Secretary Allenford holds a secret important to Neville.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Revolution from 1160 votes.

Revolution - S2E18

#8 - Austin City Limits

8.01

Season 2 - Episode 18

Frustrated with Neville, Jason turns to Miles with crucial information about the Patriots’ next steps for Texas. Determined to derail the Patriots’ plans, Miles and Monroe rush to Austin with Jason, Charlie and Connor in tow. Meanwhile, Aaron grows suspicious of Priscilla’s increasingly unusual behavior.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Revolution from 1120 votes.

Revolution - S2E4

#9 - Patriot Games

7.95

Season 2 - Episode 4

Monroe and Charlie's dynamic begins to evolve. Meanwhile, wounds of Miles and Rachel begin to heal, yet her curiosity and heightened awareness could be her undoing. Neville's manipulation of Patriot power brokers makes Machiavelli look like a cherub and Aaron's mind works overtime awake or asleep with mind-blowing effectiveness. Rachel and Miles begin planning a resistance to what they believe might be the Patriot occupation.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Revolution from 1163 votes.

Revolution - S2E15

#10 - Dreamcatcher

7.90

Season 2 - Episode 15

Aaron awakes to find himself in a world with power, married to Priscilla and running his company. As he gets the feeling that something isn't quite right, familiar faces begin to appear.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Revolution from 1129 votes.

Revolution - S2E8
#11 - Come Blow Your Horn
7.90
Season 2 - Episode 8

As Miles and the gang try to escape the perils of their current situation, Rachel and Gene continue to struggle with their relationship, which affects Charlie. Meanwhile, Neville takes a gamble with the Patriots.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Revolution from 1123 votes.

Revolution - S2E3
#12 - Love Story
7.89
Season 2 - Episode 3

Rachel makes a valiant attempt to rescue Miles and to escape with an ailing Tribesman's wife, while Neville and Jason are caught off-guard, assaulted by violent refugees. Charlie and Adam are at odds over what to do with Monroe. Legions of Tribesmen threaten all of Willoughby but with questionable leadership and Aaron faces death, yet again.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Revolution from 1163 votes.

Revolution - S1E14
#13 - The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 14

Paranoia strikes Monroe deeply as Neville disappears and Neville’s son Jason makes a big decision. Meanwhile, the familial bond between Miles and Charlie grows stronger. Elsewhere, Miles experiences romantic attraction with both Rachel and Nora. Rachel sets off on her dangerous quest to infiltrate the Tower and restore power to the world before Monroe can ignite a nuclear device.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Revolution from 1089 votes.

Revolution - S2E7
#14 - The Patriot Act
7.88
Season 2 - Episode 7

When Rachel discovers some unsettling truths, Miles does what he does best to overcome obstacles before him and those he cares about. Meanwhile, Charlie shares a moment with her mom as Neville and Jason continue with their struggles between father and son.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Revolution from 1108 votes.

Revolution - S2E14
#15 - Fear and Loathing
7.87
Season 2 - Episode 14

With their lives in danger in New Vegas, Monroe and Connor face a difficult decision in order to survive. Back in Willoughby, Miles questions whether he can trust Neville and Jason to help take down the Patriots. Meanwhile, Aaron and Priscilla find themselves at odds over the nano code.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Revolution from 1116 votes.

Revolution - S2E13
#16 - Happy Endings
7.87
Season 2 - Episode 13

Monroe leads Connor and Charlie on a risky mission, as Miles and Rachel keep an eye on things in Willoughby. Meanwhile, Neville gets a new assignment and Aaron reunites with an old friend.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Revolution from 1112 votes.

Revolution - S1E16
#17 - The Love Boat
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 16

Miles and Tom Neville find themselves fighting for the same cause but Miles still doesn’t trust him. Charlie, Jason and Nora attempt to pull off a daring river rescue of Dr. Stephen Camp to keep deadly anthrax out of the hands of Monroe. Meanwhile Rachel and Aaron are captured and threatened by Militia forces.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Revolution from 1036 votes.

Revolution - S1E8
#18 - Ties That Bind
7.86
Season 1 - Episode 8

When Nora encounters a close relative, she must make a difficult choice between family and a promise. Meanwhile, one of the most ruthless members of the Militia is tracking Miles, Charlie and the gang and General Monroe hands Captain Neville a stern warning.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Revolution from 896 votes.

Revolution - S1E11
#19 - The Stand
7.85
Season 1 - Episode 11

Miles leads the rebel squad out of Philadelphia and away from Monroe’s helicopters and machine guns. Meanwhile, a guilt-ridden Rachel tries to redeem herself by providing power to the rebels, but once again must leave her children, Charlie and Danny, behind. As if there wasn’t enough heat, romantic sparks ignite between Miles and Nora.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Revolution from 1110 votes.

Revolution - S2E1
#20 - Born in the U.S.A.
7.85
Season 2 - Episode 1

Our heroes made the treacherous journey to the Tower and were able to turn on the power, but at what cost? The effects of this move prove to be catastrophic for everyone. Now, Miles, Aaron and Rachel have found themselves in a mysterious small town, in the great nation of Texas where Rachel unexpectedly encounters an important figure from her past. Charlie finds herself on a mission in the Plains Nation while Neville and Jason search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. Meanwhile, Monroe has discovered a gritty role in his new environment.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Revolution from 1296 votes.

Last updated: apr 09, 2021

Comments

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There is a ridiculous amount of self-justification about liking the show going on, in this thread and in general. Almost every person who "likes" it, is quick to point out how they think the premise makes absolutely no sense, but then follow that up with, "... but it's so cool, let's see what they do to explain it." That implies that the writers planned this bizarre setup, in order to give the viewer an explanation for these issues in later episodes. I don't know how someone can have make the criticisms about the show many are making and then turn around and say it's a good show. If the writers base the show in our physical universe, electricity can't disappear. It is possible to knock out electricity temporarily, and ruin electrical devices with something similar to an EMP. But electricity doesn't disappear forever, it exists all around us, not just in things we plug into the wall. It's a plot hole, from bad writing. And that doesn't even factor in how apparently none of the survivors are aware of anything that happened in the world prior to electrical technology. Combustion works, because bullets work. Steam power works, because... well because it does. But no one on the entire planet is aware of this. I guess there was a global conference for people with working brains around the time of the incident and they were all in planes when the electricity went out. All the smart people are dead. Maybe that's the explanation! This show is about what would happen if only stupid people survived. It's Idiocracy with swords!! :)

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I wish they didn't cancel this show.

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For me, the first season had ups and downs. The beginning was a bit slow, I remember enjoying the Pilot but the following episodes were a bit slow-paced, which may be the reason why a lot of people said it had "bad writing", though I don't agree. I mean, a lot of shows have a premise like that and take a while to explain... in LOST, the true reason for the plane crash was only explained towards the end of season 2!! Either way, they already revealed why the power went out, but people dropped it in the beginning.... if I dropped shows because of the premise, I would have missed many of my favourite ones. I'm not saying that it's perfect, it does have a lot of flaws and some details that I don't like, but like I was saying, it had its ups and downs along the season, I liked the parallel stories (specially when they were about Neville, great Giancarlo Esposito :P) and it got way more interesting in the second half. I had mixed feelings about the finale, though.. the whole Randall thing was weird.. and I refuse to believe what Neville has accomplished in the last two episodes. (Plus, can't Monroe be reached by bullets or what?? That was impossible.. I know it's for the sake of the plot, but those guys suck at aiming :S)

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I actually enjoyed watching this TV series. Improvements could be made in areas but overall the show just wasn't being produced to its full potential. Although it had a great plot.

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I really enjoyed watching this. Too bad it was cancelled. Would have loved to see more!

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Best show ever. Going to miss it.

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I'm really sad this show got canceled. I was really hoping to see a second rise to power by the Sebastian "Bass" Monroe. Only this time his empire controlling the entire eastern seaboard, not just the northeast. R.I.P. Revolution, you truly will be missed. Another instance of NBC canceling a show for no reason, other than to insert another show of equal or lesser caliber into it's time slot, with the flawed hope it will reign in better ratings.

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Really? This show has turned out to be misrable. Each episode is about the same thing - kill someone, revenge, a very long walk, monroe/rachel/miles arguing. And also after someone has been killed, lets just introduce someone new to kill. This show simple didn't develop into something - it was merely a never ending loop with a few episodes to expand it. Just like 'The Event' and 'Flashforward'. I'm glad this show finished. I just waited for an ending. Hopefully it will wrap things up properly!

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I've seen all the first season with less and less hope at every episode. At the end : It's one of the worst show I've seen. I'd hope for a good post-apocalystic, steam-punk show and I have a bad soap with mousquets and sabres. A face/palm every 10 minutes. The explanation of the desapearence of the electricity is not the problem, but WHY everyone forget about steam ? About Diesel engine ? and others ? In one of the episode Monroe was happy because they can repair a steam train... 10/15 year for that ??? And the end of the season ! I hope it's a joke because it's really ashamed. Every bad movies' "cliché" are in this show. Perhaps it's the writers' will : mentionned every "clichés" and see if there is enough people to like the show.

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Is there a good reason why we should side with the rebels, other than because " 'merica number one!"? It's hard to side with them when it seems they would be just as bad at running things as Monroe is (which is not that bad).

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