'Revolution' recap: Blackout cause revealed in 'The Children's Crusade,' sort ofAdd to Favorites | Revolution
"How did it really all begin? And who's responsible? Next Monday, the truth will be revealed!" screamed last week's promos for the Nov. 5 episode "The Children's Crusade."
Viewers sort of got an answer during the installment's flashback storyline. Three years before the blackout, Ben ( Tim Guinee) and Rachel Matheson ( Elizabeth Mitchell) were hard at work on a device that would generate "clean low cost electricity." But as Ben explained to Department of Defense Assistant Secretary Flynn ( Colm Feore), the device backfired. "Instead of generating electricity it inhibits it," Ben tells Flynn. "It's a failure, but a very very interesting one." He then gives Mr. Flynn a vivid demonstration of what the device is capable of, and the Assistant Secretary couldn't be more interested.
"Can this be replicated? On how large a scale?" he asks Ben, as Rachel frowns and harumphs in the background. She doesn't want to get in bed with the D.O.D., but Ben reasons that a government contract isn't such a bad thing. "Another month, we won't be able to keep the lights on," he pleads with her in a little inside joke to the audience. (Get it? Because now they're all living in a world where the lights are never on ... and Ben is dead! Oh those hilarious "Revolution" writers!)
Rachel isn't convinced, but she's carrying future idiot/burden Danny in her belly and the pregnancy isn't going smoothly. After some bad news during a doctor's visit, Rachel hears another offer from Flynn that's even harder to resist: He can make sure she gets to participate in an exclusive medical research project that could save her baby's life.
The present day storyline is typical "Revolution" low-rent adventure silliness -- this time involving Charlie infiltrating the militia to rescue the brother of some irritating kids left orphaned during Miles' reign of terror -- but there's one final (predictable) twist in the last scene.
Grace ( Maria Howell) was one of Ben and Rachel's colleagues on the top secret energy project, and now she's being held captive by a mysterious figure named Randall, who is revealed to be: Assistant Secretary Flynn!
Were you satisfied with the "Revolution" revelations or were you expecting more?