‘Aquarius’ S2: E06 ‘Revolution 9’ Review

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As Shafe’s (Grey Damon) struggles with addiction continue, Hodiak (David Duchovny) tracks down a blackmailer, and Grace (Michaela McManus) gets more involved in politics.


**Spoiler Alert**

This review contains spoilers for S2E06 of Aquarius. If you haven’t watched, read at your own risk.


The Good

The flashforwards move to the aftermath. It looks like last week’s episode might have been the last we get of the events during the murders in 1969 since tonight’s flashbacks focus on the morning after and the housekeeper discovering the scene. This is interesting since we’ve only seen bits and pieces of the night the murder took place. We still don’t know how involved Emma was in the night’s events, and with only getting brief glimpses of her, a lot of it is left up to our interpretation until the show puts the pieces together. It’s a nice tease.

More Grace. I’m so relieved to see Grace get a storyline other than being the woman hanging out at Hodiak’s home or the woman trying to figure out just what her husband was up to. Given the family Grace grew up in and the fact that her husband works on the Nixon campaign, it’s no surprise that the organization she gets involved with to fill her days is specifically for Republican women. The speech she gives isn’t particularly inspired to a modern audience, but it’s clear that as she starts talking, she thinks she might have found the place where she fits in.

Shafe’s got a serious problem. As his time interrogating a suspect goes on and he follows Hodiak’s instructions, Grey Damon plays Shafe as more and more agitated. The makeup department also does a great job at making him appear sweaty and pale. It’s clear to anyone familiar with drug use what’s happening to Shafe, but Hodiak keeps telling him he’s sick and needs to get better. Because Hodiak always seems to know what’s going on, a part of me suspects that Hodiak knows exactly what’s wrong with his new partner, especially since his wife isn’t blind and figures it out relatively quickly.

Ben Heely is clever. While Hodiak thinks he’s going to get some information from an old classmate of his suspect, it turns out the name and number the suspect gave was for his uncle, who also happens to be his lawyer, something Hodiak only realizes after the guy is already at the police station. It’s a clever twist that a modern police drama wouldn’t be able to do.

Emma is clearly no longer happy. We see a very different Emma in this episode than we have in the past with Charlie, and Charlie treats her differently as well. Emma isn’t just being shamed when he’s upset with her anymore, but he actually slaps her. It’s clear that she doesn’t want to just be one of Charlie’s girls anymore as she hesitates when he asks her to reel in a new man. She wants a relationship with Dennis, but they’re both firmly in Charlie’s grasp, and it’s easy to see how she ends up caught in the middle of everything to come.



The Bad

The editing is choppier than usual. Usually the transitions from one storyline to the other are effortless, or they’re broken up by commercial breaks to make them appear smoother. Tonight, the transitions seem choppy as we jump from scene to scene. I can’t tell if it’s because the episode was trimmed to fit the timeslot or if something else was going on.

No Charmaine. Any time the show abandons Charmaine’s undercover work in favor of stuffing two or three more stories into an episode, the show suffers. I wish the show wouldn’t try to do so much in such a short amount of time. Including Charmaine in the anti-war presidential candidate’s party would have been more believable to me than Hodiak and Ken ending up their.

Hodiak and Ken both have Kennedy connections. I could maybe buy Ken wanting to see Bobby Kennedy in person. But I don’t like the idea that two of the characters so prevalent in the series just happened to be at the scene where Bobby Kennedy was shot. I actually found the effort to reintegrate Ken into the storyline after not seeing him since the premiere very forced, though I did like the scene between him and Grace where they seemed to shift more towards allies and friends than forced cohabitors.


The Questions

Will Grace end up in politics? She seems to think she’s found her niche, though she’s more likely trying to fill the void left by Emma.

What happened to Tex? Last we saw him, he and Sadie seemed to be exclusive, but she was busy helping Charlie out with record executives tonight. We know he’s involved with the murders to come, but what is he up to now?

Will Hodiak solve the missing girls case before the season ends? It’s one of the few stories that’s been a throughline this season, and I’d rather seen progress on that every week instead of the other cases forced in.


Grading the episode: Not as sharp, or as fun, as the usual episodes of the show, I felt like this episode is acting as a bridge to the rest of the season. It seemed more like there was an effort to include as much as possible to get to the next point. C