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Herc’s Monday TV Talkback!!

I’m still watching “Revolution.”

Two of the plotlines – big storm traps Annoying Kid with Gus Fring, and the Creepy Kipnapping Hermit – felt like they fell out of some old “Knight Rider” or “Fall Guy” episodes.

The lady doctor died, following a lot of not-very-surprising-or-interesting lady-doctor flashbacks, but I never much cared for that character anyway. (She’d rather kill herself than build a steamboat? I think Tom Hanks was able to find his way to the trade routes by surfing with an outhouse door in “Castaway.”)

The only genuinely compelling thing about the whole episode, I thought, was the final flashback depicting the Elizabeth Mitchell character ditching her beloved family to turn herself into the Miles Matheson, Monroe Militia. Dang you, Bad Robot! I want to know why she would do that.

Premiering tonight:

Brokaw Files
(10pm Military)

Celebrity Crime Files (10pm TV1)

Crash Course (10pm BBCA)

My Shopping Addiction (11pm Oxygen)


"The Voice" hit a Monday season high last week!  Americans love giant red swivel chairs!

"Jersey Girl" is gone, but my pick for earliest cancellation, "Mob Doctor," somehow clings to life.

"Partners" and "Hawaii Five-0" are now two of CBS' weakest performers, despite strong lead-ins.

"Gossip Girl" and "90210" are off to such weak starts, they're making "America's Next Top Model" look strong.

Mondays, Aug. 27-Oct. 8, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
5.7 (6.8) (6.4) (6.4) (4.9) (---) (---) Monday Night Football
4.8 (4.6) (4.4) (4.7) (4.2) (---) (---) The Voice
3.4 (3.5) (3.7) (1.6) (0.8) (1.5) (2.1) 2 Broke Girls
3.1 (3.3) (3.6) (1.4) (0.8) (1.4) (1.5) How/Your Mother
3.0 (3.2) (3.4) (4.1) (---) (---) (---) Revolution
2.8 (2.9) (3.1) (---) (---) (1.2) (1.6) Mike & Molly
2.2 (1.9) (2.1) (---) (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) Castle
2.2 (2.1) (2.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dancing With The Stars
2.0 (2.1) (2.3) (2.3) (---) (---) (---) Bones
1.9 (2.0) (1.8) (0.9) (---) (0.8) (1.1) Hawaii Five-0
1.9 (2.1) (2.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) Partners
1.5 (1.2) (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.6) (1.7) WWE Entertainment
1.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) MLBaseball
0.9 (1.0) (1.3) (1.5) (---) (---) (---) Mob Doctor
0.8 (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (1.2) (---) American Chopper
0.8 (0.8) (1.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) Chrissy & Mr. Jones
0.8 (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (---) Real Housewives NYC
0.7 (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.9) (---) Fast N Loud
0.7 (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (1.0) (0.9) Major Crimes
0.7 (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) (0.9) (---) Switched At Birth
0.7 (0.8) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) (2.2) (---) T.I. & Tiny
0.6 (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (1.0) (---) (---) Basketball Wives
0.6 (0.6) (---) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) The Daily Show
0.5 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (---) (0.5) Alphas
0.5 (0.4) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) Colbert Report
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (0.7) Intervention
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Gossip Girl
0.4 (0.4) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) Hoarders
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 90210
0.3 (---) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) Hannity
0.3 (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (0.4) The O’Reilly Factor

0.3 (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (---) (---) Watch What Happens

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  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by Polyphenus

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Yea new Revolution!!!!!!!

    by Paul

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    i'm still watching, it hasn't really offended me as yet.

    by rakesh patel

    by simply starting off with a ridiculous premise and plot holes, its safely filed itself in my head as nonsense. kid and the uncle are the only characters with character. fat google guy should have never last this long. the mans a giant pussy. how on earth did he survive post blackout? where the fuck is he getting his food from. They're building up little mystery cliff hanger teasers.. just like alcatraz and the event. ( and yeah they went really well!) so until something radical happens i'll just keep on background watching. anyone catch arrow? perfect smallville placement.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    mr x

    by Paul

    Yeah when I saw it at Comic-Con I couldn't decided if it was going to be great like Lost or just enjoyable like Terra Nova, still haven;t made up my mind, but it will be a miricle if it gets a 2nd season. I'm really enjoying Arrow though also.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    @paburrows_rises if those are the two options

    by rakesh patel

    terra nova! i'm watching primarily because the mysteries to me aren't the mysteries they've set up. has juliet been with the cape dude for the last ten years? hasn't she become a bit bored by this guy popping in every day to see her and threaten her? The cape dude is a bit of a badass, but for all this time she hasnt said anything..maybe she doesn't know anything! At least torture her to make sure. no junk food, no processed food,. dude is not sitting behind a computer, he's still a fat dude. listen, i'm a bit of a fatty, but after 10 years of living on carrots, i reckon i'd have lost a bit of weight. unless of course he was a super fatty before hand, and in that case well done him for losing that weight. british juliet substitute. travels across the country and give up because she cant find a boat? in the whole country? c'mon man. In a country full of weapons, everyone just hands them over . Even the computer thing was silly, how many programs have i seen that on? the wizard of oz book last week, was that more to do with the gold standard interpretation of the story? i don't really care about these characters, so putting them in danger and killing them off so early kinda is meaningless. and every time the kid disagrees with supreme overload uncle i want to slap her. yet in a world of danger, hunger games hawkeye somehow gets a pass. and the uncles lover/sidekick.. who the fuck is she? i wasn't expecting much, it hasnt disappointed. it can only go up!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I get the feeling

    by Truxton Spangler

    that the 'event' reveal in Revolution will turn out to be as anticlimactic as it was in Flash Forward and The Event. We've already seen that electricity is still existent; it's just been suppressed by some unknown force. The only interesting thing to me is what happened between Monroe, Miles/his brother, and Juliet, and of those, only Miles and Juliet are really of interest.

  • BOR- 3.3 the dullard maddow- 1.6 BTW- pooky, they are political commentators (she a fact distorter and liar by omission) not football players. u are getting worse in ur delusions! seek help.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    hey hey pa!

    by jay2517

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Hey Jay whataya say!

    by Paul

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Revolution is as appealing as....

    by bullitt411

    a piece of greasy pork served in a dirty ashtray

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    REVOLUTION would be better with steampunk robots

    by 3D-Man

    Giant steampunk robots.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Revolution would be better if the lead actress didn't look like Spicoli.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    How does she wrinkle her face like that? The 30 year old leather couch in the Asian massage parlor waiting room is going to look more attractive than her when she hits 30.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I refuse to watch Bill O'Reilly until he drowns a sack full of kittens.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    And then makes delicious treats out of them. Maddow does it every episode and it makes me harder than hiding my presence on the sex offender registry.

  • You know, so we could all go on with our lives having finally heard something of importance.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Patton Oswalt is as tall as Conan is sitting.

    by adeceasedfan

    I'm not trying to be mean because I love the guy, but it created an interesting visual.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    pooky- obtuse as always.

    by jay2517

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Revolution is boring as hell.

    by Nerdgasm

    The firepower behind the show is what makes the fact that it is such a formulaic piece of shit so disappointing. It's so fucking dull. I'm done.

  • She played a psychic, I always feel slimey and dirty whenever I see her in something. The episode itself wasn't too bad, it will be interesting to see what happens with Steves Mom and the film.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Revolution Storm

    by prime666

    For a world with some crazy physics problems, there was a lot of lightning in that storm. Has anyone tried flying a kite in it yet?? Harness that shit

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Best Thing About Revolution Is No Gay Characters

    by Ill Clinton

    The upsetting thing about post-apocalyptic genres, is that they try to go for political correctness. The twain can't coexist. This one gives a tacit nod, albeit un PC, to the fact that this is a macho world. Primal, not PC, basic instincts take over. I'm glad they didn't try to force in a story line for the sake of the current zeitgeist that would not hold up to logic.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Revolution really is retarded

    by Itchy

    I love post-apocalyptic themed stuff, but this show is ridiculous. The characters are in life or death combat for 90% of the time. The a-hole who captured the kid keeps getting the benefit of the doubt even though he's a psychopath. The elements lifted from Lost (the big reveal music notes, the flashbacks, half the cast) just reminds me of how much this show pales in comparison.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Mr X's Pop Quiz!

    by rakesh patel

    as revolution slides slowly into oblivion Your bad ass uncle says do not engage the enemy otherwise your brother will die. do you... a) have a conversation with the bad guy and follow him b) listen to the sage advice from your uncle c) keep on doing the opposite of what he asks and tell him he's changed. You're in charge of a prisoner and hold in your possession the own gadget that powers anything, its a necklace that your friend died for do you... a)keep knowledge of it to yourself incase you die so the secret can be lost with you b) keep it safely hidden. c) put it on the table and hand it to your prisoner, because you're a fucking oaf. You're in charge of a prisoner who has already escaped once and is of vital importance. do you... a) make sure the prisoner is guarded at all times b) make sure the prisoner is securely locked up c) invite the prisoner to your local boxing shenanigans and beat him up, knowing he will miraculously heal by morning. You're a rebel, how do you identify you're a rebel to each other? a) secret handshake that can be replicated b) secret code word that can be replicated c) with a tattoo that can be replicated. You decide to blow up a train full of evil guys do you.. a) plan all eventualities, execute, celebrate your victory b) plan have second thoughts c) stab your fellow rebel when they change thier mind. ( knowing they have wolverine like healing powers) You're been a whiny bitch for 5 episodes do you... a) carry on, because you're a kid. b) see the error of your ways and realize this isn't a game c) do a complete 180 and chastise others for being pussies and tell them to man the fuck up.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Jay2517-an exercise in irony, as always.

    by Uncle Pooky

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    fat dude = captain haddock

    by rakesh patel

    google would never had hired you son!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Another question for Mr X's Pop Quiz

    by jim

    You have taken a militia soldier prisoner who has proven time and again he can get himself out of tight situations; he knows who you are and where you are hiding out. Do you: a) Leave him in the custody of the most bumbling member of your group b) Restrain only his hands, leaving his feet free c) Drag him out of the enclosure you are using as a cell to interrogate him and failing to secure his restraints to anything that might make it difficult for him to get up and run away d) Fail to recognize your prisoner to be the son of the guy who now has your old job and who you seem to know quite well, including his wife's name, so why wouldn't you know his son e) All of the above

  • like having one would make him invincible. Followed by "what are they going to do, throw rocks at it?". Rambo took out an assault chopper with a bow & arrow, so Monroe better not get too cocky.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Just wondering if you saw the new Gallup Poll. Obama's in free-fall....

    by Coughlins Laws

    Oh, you don't want to talk about polls anymore?

  • ....irony...LOL!!!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    The secret to liking Revolution is...

    by Jeremy Wolfe

    low expectations. First of all, it's on NBC which seems to pick up JJ Abrahams sloppy seconds when the other networks pass. There's worse things to be then a watered down cross between Lost and Jericho... The characters could use some work but I find myself enjoying each episode more then the last. Not essential viewing but okay and getting better. The premise wasn't great but the real story is about the conflict between the Monroe militia and the rebels. The world weary uncle is decent and it's got Elizabeth Mitchell. The fat guy (who isn't nearly as fat as Hurley) is believable because he came from a relatively sophisticated village/community. It's easiest to get fat with junk food, but possible simply by eating too much corn and potatoes. Enjoyable NBC show and those are very few and far between for me. Don't care about the hate, going to keep watching this one.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Revolution vs Jericho

    by Jeremy Wolfe

    Jericho was probably better but it was on longer. I also remember not being too compelled by Jericho's characters either. Jericho rarely showed the outside world and the conflict until the end of it's run. That's not bad, focusing on the town of Jericho was a good way to do it but I enjoy the way that Revolution examines a similar scenario and makes the national conflict front and center. Since we don't have any more Lost or Jericho, I can live with this. Last night's episode felt the most Lost-like with the more detailed flashback focusing on one character. I enjoyed not. Not everything can equal the early seasons of Lost, it's okay to be just okay.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:39 a.m. CST

    The other secret to liking Revolution is ...

    by Itchy

    to turn the sound down and focus on looking at Tracy Spiridakos' ass. It's really quite delightful.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Texas, should they mess with it?

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    No. And Rev (that's what we true fans who have been there since the beginning call it, maybe we'll start calling ourselves Rev Heads) gets better with each episode! BTW I'm kidding about the Rev Head thing...or am I???

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Tracy Spiridakos - Weakest Link

    by decypher44

    Well, behind the writing. That girl has only one expression and uses it at all times. Terrible line delivery, too.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Gus Fring is NOT a psychopath;

    by korbermeister

    he's the Captain for the Monroe Republic and just loves it when he gets to beat the sh!t out of teens who remind him of his former neighbor, a pansy-assed, selfish a-hole who broke into his home and threatened to kill him.

  • It's hard for me to keep lowering my expectations every single episode, my expectations are pretty low already. They really fucked up with this show. Whoever did the casting needs to be fired, and the writing team is also abysmal. If it only had one of those problems, it would be a decent show. Having both of those problems makes it really really bad. None of the characters are likeable, all of them are complete idiots and have pretty massive annoying personality flaws. Why would I tune in every week to watch idiot unlike-able people?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by Jeremy Wolfe

    I can understand why you'd feel that way. I don't think it's improved vastly. I just find enough there each episode to keep me going. The world they've created (which admittedly isn't incredibly original) has enough going on with it that there's promise there. This show could morph into something cool with some work. Focusing the show on a rebellion led by a reluctant Uncle Miles would be a good start.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Jeff Fahey

    by Michael Gunn

    Was wasted in this episode, give the guy something interesting to do!