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TV Review: REVOLUTION: Season 1, Episode 5: Soul Train

Giancarlo Esposito Tracy Spiridakos Revolution Soul Train

Revolution Season 1 Episode 5 Soul Train ReviewRevolution: Season 1, Episode 5: Soul Train had the best use of flashbacks, real time, and character development since the series began. Arrow is using flashbacks effectively as well, showing how its main character came to be who he is. Soul Train developed the character of Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) of the Monroe Republic militia.

The reason why he was best aspect of the episode was that the viewer was shown how his personality was before the blackout and how it changed because of circumstances that occurred after the blackout.

No one could have guessed that Captain Neville was a nice guy, a person that cared about others before the blackout. Through this episode segment, the viewer was shown that the blackout didn’t just end lives, it twisted souls.

He is informed that his son Nate (J. D. Pardo) was the captive that Miles Matheson (unbeknowst to Miles) and without blinking (smart because they would have known they had leverage on him), was willing to sacrifice him. He is all about his mission and duty.

The twist that Nate was Captain Neville’s son became obvious in the third act before it was revealed but it was a good plot point none-the-less.

Charlotte “Charlie” Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) and Captain Neville’s face-to-face meeting brought back memories of Shosanna and SD Colonel Hans Landa’s meeting/conversation in Inglourious Basterds (reviewed here: Inglourious Basterds (2009) Film Review). He was very clever, complimenting her on her looks the way he did with Charlie not knowing how to deal with it, battling different emotions.

What was hilarious was when Charlie tries to kill Captain Neville with a knife. When he stops her and has her up against the train’s wall choking her, the viewer will not be able to shake the feeling that if Charlie were a man, he would be punching her in the face.

Not on this show, not on the NBC network.

Charlie must maintain her looks at all times. The producers won’t have her on the show with a black eye for two episodes.

I also was intrigued that the only member of a so-called resistance in the train station town wanted to blow up a train and kill a bunch of people in loving memory of his dead, resistance fighter wife. In the context it was set, it was believable as was the acting during a later pivotal scene but did Nora Clayton (Daniella Alonso) really have to survive the stabbing (was the knife sterile? How would and did she disinfect the wound in that world? By pouring boiling wine on it like in Game of Thrones?)? How does she know it didn’t hit something vital? She isn’t a doctor. Since Maggie Foster (Anna Lise Phillips) died in the last episode, producers probably felt that someone else did not have to.

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  • I think even if Charlie got punched, there would be no bruising. I have been doing some reading and research on The Warriors. Even when characters in this film get hit, they show no bruising, scratches. It is like some films and television shows do not want to show the outcome of violence; they just want to exploit it, or show the exciting bits. But, The Warriors is really an anti-violence film despite showing it so antiseptically.

    I am glad you are watching this show too man. It is fairly good so far:)

  • Okay, we were both wrong. Charlie got punched in the second to last episode and boy, there was a bruise.

    In addition, the stab wound did get infected.

    I’ll keep watching, hoping the show gets more realistic.

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