Monday, September 9, 2013

Case Study No. 0975: Jim Hudson/Henry Bemis

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Promotional Photos from Revolution 1x12 "Ghosts"...airs on April 1st. 2013

Synopsis: HEROISM, HEAVY HEARTS AND HEAVY WEAPONRY DRIVE THE REBELS ONWARD - A final act of heroism by one of their own saves the lives of the Charlie and the gang, but the loss devastates everyone and they must carry on with heavy hearts but increased resolve. Miles (Billy Burke) sets out on a mission with Nora (Daniella Alonso) to recruit his former Militia comrade, Jim Hudson (Malik Yoba) and enlist his savage killing skills. Meanwhile, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) looks for a power source and a way back into the heart of her daughter Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos). Rachel also attempts to elude the grip of Randall Flynn (Colm Feore), her ruthless former boss and ally of Monroe (David Lyons).

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First appearance: "Ghosts"
Last appearance: "Clue"
Appearances: 4

Status: Deceased
Also known as: Henry Bemis
Residence: Culpepper, Virginia (Formerly); Annapolis, Maryland
Profession: Militia Soldier (Formerly); Librarian (Formerly); Rebel Colonel (Formerly); Militia Captain
Affiliation: Rebellion; Monroe Republic
Family members: Sophie Hudson Ex- Wife

Jim Hudson was a member of the Monroe Militia and an old friend of Miles Matheson.

Eleven years after the Blackout, he aided Miles in his plot to kill Monroe. However, Miles failed and Hudson was left holding the bag. During his time in the Militia, he was regarded as one of the most dangerous soldiers in the entire military.

Some time after that, he settled down in the town of Culpepper, Virginia. There, he changed his name to Henry Bemis and became the town librarian. At some point, he married Sophie , who was unaware of his past. After he joined up with the Rebels he was referred to as Colonel Hudson, which may have been his rank during his service with the Militia as well.

After his wife is captured by the Monroe Militia, he betrayed the Rebels, providing the Monroe Militia with intelligence over a period of time. Now that the Monroe Republic has power, he believes that the war with Georgia and the Rebellion is lost. He shot and killed John Sanborn after he revealed who was the spy, then he engaged Miles in a brutal hand-to-hand fight. Hudson was shot three times in the back by Jason Neville, killing him.

* He is apparently a fan of The Twilight Zone, as he uses the name of one of the characters as an alias.
* He is also apparently a fan of Stephen King, as an entire section of the Culpeper library is dedicated to his books.



Episode Title: "Ghosts"
Writer: David Rambo and Melissa Glenn
Director: Miguel Sapochnik

"I know a guy..." This is an ongoing theme here on "Revolution." OK, sometimes it's a girl, but there's always someone out there, not too terribly far away who can fix whatever clusterfrak our Revolutionaries are in. This week that guy is Jim Hudson.

Who is Jim Hudson (Hey, it's "Bill" from "Alphas," Malik Yoba) and what special mojo does he have that makes Miles (Billy Burke) and Nora (Daniella Alonso) so convinced they need his help to take out Monroe (who Miles let slip through his fingers for the second time in the mid-season finale)? The heck if we know. All we do learn about Jim Hudson in this episode is that he really loves his wife and like Miles and Nora, he's a samurai. Or maybe a ninja, but hiding out in a small town library doesn't exactly qualify as "stealth."

Also one more thing about Jim Hudson, he's here to remind us of the many similarities between "Revolution" and Stephen King's masterwork, "The Stand." Later, Rachel and Randall Flagg Flynn remind us of Stephen King's other masterpiece, "The Dark Tower" series with several mentions of "the tower," whatever that is.

So what exactly goes down in "Ghosts?" Well, like every other episode of "Revolution," people argue about going on missions. This time, Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) is tries to stop Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) from going on a raid, Aaron (Zak Orth) tries to stop Rachel from destroying the flash drives (yes, the former Google exec had no idea the pendants were actually flash drives), Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) tries to convince General Monroe (David Lyons) to let him go after Rachel and Miles and Nora pleads with Jim to join them in a third assassination attempt on Monroe.

Of course, some other stuff happens too. There's a little bit of mourning for "that kid who really saved our ass." Nora reminds the rebel leader his name was actually Danny. And Miles lectures Jim on being a stone cold killer who can't have nice things like a pretty wife and a job as a librarian. Yes, everyone in this post-blackout world is damaged by tremendous loss, but Miles' pain is on a whole other level, you dig?

We also get two pretty over-matched battles where the rebels somehow manage to overcome superior weapons, humvees and manpower. And that's because Jim, Nora and Miles are pirate/ninja/samurai hybrid super-soldiers and Charlie is a sharpshooter who took crossbow lessons from Daryl Dixon over at the zombie apocalypse.

"Ghost" also leaves us with a ton of questions – like why wasn't Rachel keeping an eye on those pendants (that only SHE understands) if there was even a remote chance they could be used to track the rebels' location? How did Monroe get power again after Danny took out the chopper with the amplifier? As far as we know Flynn doesn't know how to build one. What does Miles actually want/and or care about because his statement about helping "the stupid rebels" doesn't sound like he's all that invested in the cause.

The episode does at least offer up some explanation of as to why Flynn (Colm Feore) pushed so hard to use Rachel and Ben's secret tech; he lost a son in the war in Afghanistan. It's a terrible conflict of interest for a man in his position, but at least it provides some sort of motivation for his actions. And finally, Rachel gets around to beginning to explain what the hell is going on to Aaron — who like everyone else who has been stumbling around in the dark for the past fifteen years — deserves an explanation. And the fact that he was once a top dog at Google means he might be able to help fix this whole mess – as long as it doesn't involve a flash drive.

And so by the end of "Ghost," the gang is pretty much back where they left off at the end of last week's episode. Monroe has power (sort of), Rachel escaped from Flynn and is back with the group, her mother-daughter tiff with Charlie now resolved and Miles and Nora are still working out a way to off Monroe, this time with help from Jim who hasn't show us much other than his superior swordsmanship and good taste in books. And then we hear about Flynn's vague vision of a better world where egomaniacal power mad dictators get to play Con Edison for the masses. Losing his son to war can only justify so much, but as a whole, "Revolution" has a lot of explaining to do.



"Ghosts" S1 / E12

As the Enemies of the State miniseries revealed, Miles' assassination attempt on Monroe was carried out with the support of like-minded officers in the militia, and after he failed to go through with it, they scattered to the wind. He and Nora split off from the main militia camp to go searching for the most feared member of the group, Jim Hudson, a man Nora points out they may not be able to find or who may want to kill him. Miles' response: "I can find him. Not sure about the second part."

The idea of Miles assembling his team of killers like a post-apocalyptic Danny Ocean is a promising arc for Revolution to pursue, especially if they're all going to be as welcome of additions to the cast as Malik Yoba is. Yoba brought a solid balance of authority and barely restrained tension to his performance on Alphas, and he's similarly good here as Hudson, a man who's as much a human weapon as Miles but one who's also incredibly weary of the bloodshed and wants to keep the quiet life he's established. It's a performance that plays well off the increasingly tense Miles, who points out that the skills they have and the things they've done can't be denied. The dialogue in this argument is at Revolution's typical level - that is to say, average with forays into unintentionally humorous - but there's a definite passion and degree of self-loathing to both men's performances, Billy Burke especially. Miles isn't just trying to convince Hudson that he's fooling himself; he's beating himself up for ever hiding behind similar delusions, as he was at the point where Charlie found him, and holding those delusions partly accountable for his nephew's death.

And when a militia "kill squad" makes its way to Culpeper, Miles proves his words right as the three of them are able to dispatch the entire squad without a single wound. It's always fun to see just how utterly capable Miles is in these circumstances - his statement "Might just wanna surrender, Captain" comes without any hint of ego or intimidation - and it's even more fun to see what he's capable of when he's got a partner, even a reluctant one. Hudson's final decision to join the group isn't a surprise - once his wife was introduced you could see her rejection of Hudson once she learned the truth coming from a mile away - but what works is the mix of resignation and contempt that Hudson projects toward Miles over having to even make the decision at all.



Season 1 | Episode 12 | Aired on 2013.04.01

Previously on Revolution: Newly empowered Monroe massacred all the rebels he could find, but Rachel got rocket launchers from her old buddy John, so at least they could bring down two of the helicopters. And Danny died. Rest elsewhere, Danny. And Randall teamed up with Monroe, so that's troubling.

Miles and Aaron fill in Danny's grave while Charlie and Rachel -- along with the other survivors -- watch. Rachel looks catatonic, Charlie looks bored and/or sleepy. Rachel tries to grab her daughter's hand, but Charlie shakes her off.

Nighttime. Nora tells Ramsey and Nicholas that their scouts tell them they haven't seen any more choppers. The plan now is that Ramsey will take the wounded to a field hospital while Nicholas leads everyone to another base. "Business as usual," he says. Miles overhears and snarks drunkenly, "Business as usual. For you, that's... losing." He tells Ramsey that the rebels are a nuisance more than a hindrance to Monroe, and if they want to take him down, they need to hit him hard and decimate his men. Burn down Philadelphia. And Miles plans to help them. Which Nicholas can't quite believe.

Neither can Miles. He says he'll need his buddies from the good old days to do this, but Ramsey asks why they should trust militia officers. Miles says that they were the ones who backed him when he tried to assassinate Monroe (the first time). He names the first guy he wants: Jim Hudson. Nora observes that'll be a hell of a start, if he can find Jim, and if Jim doesn't try to kill Miles. Miles says he can definitely find him, but the second bit will be the hard part.

In the morning, Rachel asks if Miles has to leave so soon; she says it will be better for Charlie if he stays. He asks how he's made anything better. Well, you're the reason she's alive, champ.

Charlie, Rachel, Aaron and others follow Nicholas to what he calls Echo Base: an overgrown hospital next to a downed passenger jet. Inside, there are plenty of good old-fashioned hobo trash can fires. Nicholas is arming up to go on a raid, which Rachel says Charlie can't go on because it's too dangerous. But Charlie's deep in her nihilistic nothing-matters-and-I-need-to-feel stage, and grits that she has to do something. Aside from obsessive-compulsive hair care, of course. She does plenty of that.

Somewhere else on the base, Aaron unpacks his bag, including two pendants. They switch on and start glowing. In Philadelphia, Randall is showing Monroe on a monitor where the pendants are and he says he's pretty sure he knows who has these two. Monroe asks if he can track them, and Randall says he can as long as the pendants are on. And he can switch even them on remotely -- Grace showed him how to do that. Monroe asks why he didn't track them before, and Randall says it's because he didn't have choppers and soldiers. Monroe wishes Randall had come to him sooner, but Randall says he hadn't made up his mind whether Monroe was worthy of his help or whether he had his head up his ass. Oh, this guy seems like such fun to be around.

Monroe thinks about this, and then says most people don't talk to him that way. Randall replies that most people don't have the power to conquer a continent, adding that rather than coming to Monroe he could've gone to Georgia, "or to Governor Affleck in California" -- you heard me -- but he chose Monroe. He says he'll bring more pendants, other scientists to build amplifiers, and he can have everything. I still cannot get over a world in which Ben Affleck -- it seems like it would be Ben, right? Casey has to be in charge of, like, Vancouver -- has become the David Morrissey of the West Coast, running around in a horse-drawn Prius with one eye poked out and Matt Damon's skull on a stick for his scepter. Actually, I can totally see that.

Nora and Miles have checked out a trailer; Miles tells Nora Jim's brother told him Jim is twenty miles away, in Culpeper. She asks Miles if he wants to talk about anything, but he doesn't want to talk and especially not about how he got sucked into fighting for the rebels. They get on their horses and ride out, leaving behind a man with a scar on his forehead.

That same man comes to a militia camp in northern Virginia, and tells the leader he has information... for a price. He offers to tell the man where Miles has gone looking for Jim. The leader tosses him a bag of diamonds and Scarface says they were heading to Culpeper. And then the other militia soldiers -- on the leader's orders -- drag him off to kill him. Dummy.

Rachel is looking through a microscope and making notes when the raiding party comes back. She runs over to ask Charlie what happened, and gasps at the blood on Charlie's face. Charlie coolly tells her it's not her blood and walks away. Reason #814 why you don't go to the apocalypse with surly teenagers.

Culpeper, which seems to have done nicely; they have lovely wooden signs pointing to the herbalist, the general store, the firehouse and the library. Nora snarks that it's all very Stepford (which doesn't seem like a reference she'd know to make, given that even the remake came out when she was a child and then, you know, the concept of DVDs disappeared forever), and she and Miles head to the library, which appears to do a brisk business in Stephen King. So even after the apocalypse people will want to read about the apocalypse?

A man is handing The Stand to the patron, recommending it because "it's about the end of the world," which seems a bit heavy-handed, even for this show. Miles greets him as Jim. The man tells him he must be mistaken, and Miles says he looks awfully familiar. The man introduces himself as Henry Bemis. He's the librarian (and he's also Malik Yoba), and introduces his wife, Sophie. Miles threatens to stick around forever, so Henry agrees to talk to them. He takes them into another room and points his gun at Miles, then tells him to get out. So he's not totally reformed into a mild-mannered librarian, then. More of an Indiana Jones kind of librarian.

Miles tells Jim he needs his help and Jim's like, after the last time? When I got you into Monroe's bedroom and then you didn't shoot him? Miles doesn't even look ashamed, and just says he's here to finish the job of killing Monroe.

Charlie pulls her shirt off and tries to rinse out a bloody wound on her shoulder. Her mother comes in and exclaims about the giant open wound, but Charlie says it's nothing. Sure, just give it a week and then your arm will fall off. She puts her shirt back on and says she has to go back out. But Rachel puts her foot down and says Charlie's not going off to get herself killed. Charlie throws a hissy fit more suited to a seven-year-old than whatever age she's supposed to be and starts shrieking about how Rachel was never there for her so she doesn't get to be the boss of her now. Rachel slaps her across the face and everyone cheers. She apologizes and Charlie picks up her crossbow and leaves, past Aaron.

Before Rachel can say anything, she hears the pendants switch on. Aaron says they just do that sometimes and Rachel freaks out, asking when, exactly, they do that. He tells her they did it once at Grace's house, and once in the lighthouse. Outside they hear a siren; Nicholas and the others are keeping watch and they see Humvees approaching. Which means Monroe has power again.

Jim tells Miles and Nora that he can't throw himself back into their suicidal plans, because he's building a nice life for himself here in Culpeper that doesn't include regular acts of homicide. He has a wife, whom he loves, and he needs to stay here and be a better man. Miles points out that Sophie doesn't even know his name and says Jim can't run from who he is. But Jim likes his life here and he doesn't plan to leave, no matter what Miles says.


Back in Culpeper, Miles returns to the library and tells Jim about the militia kill squad that's coming for him. Jim's all, I've been fine here until you showed up! Miles wants to fight, and Jim hisses that he has a wife and people he cares about. But Miles yells, "Guys like us can't have that! You care about somebody, you're just going to let them down. Or worse, get them killed." Nora, over in the corner is all, soooo, no sexytimes later? Miles tells Jim to stop pretending he's not a killer like Miles, and Sophie overhears this last part and asks who Jim is.


The militia kill squad moves methodically through Culpeper while the townspeople watch from inside their houses. Jim comes out to meet them and tells them who he is. The militia soldiers surround him, and the leader asks him where Miles is. Miles steps out of the woods and says hello. He has a sword in one hand and a gigantic knife in the other, because Miles likes stabbing things. He tells the captain to surrender, that they have him surrounded. Well, as much as a triangle can surround a circle, because Nora is in the woods on the other side of the street. The captain orders his men to cuff Miles and the fight starts.

They fight. Buckles are swashed. The captain just watches from his horse and Jim catches sight of his wife, in an upstairs window. He stares at her too long and the captain notices, so Sophie might be a goner.

Charlie is still stalking through the hospital. She lunges around a corner and almost shoots Aaron. She hands him her crossbow and they go looking for Rachel, who's just jogging through the darkened hallways like this is a particularly gloomy tampon commercial. She runs directly into Randall, who smarms that it's good to see her, and his men escort her out of the building. She tells Randall she'll help him turn the power back on, but not with Monroe, and he asks what makes her think he wants to turn the power back on when everyone was so irresponsible with it before. He wants just a few people to have power and for them to be in charge.

They walk outside and Charlie starts firing from cover. Randall's men return fire and Randall -- who looks completely bewildered that anyone would dare oppose him -- hustles Rachel to the Humvee. She manages to elbow him in the face and break free. Rachel, Charlie and Aaron flee while Randall just glowers after them, with his very best Joey Tribbiani-taught angry face. Indeed, he smells the fart.

Miles, Jim and Nora are still fighting with the militia, while the captain has gotten into Jim and Sophie's house and he's looking for her. He hunts for her through the bookshelves and surely there's a Riverside Shakespeare she can bludgeon him to death with? But no, she tries to make a run for it and walks right up to him. The captain backs her into a corner and says he'll see how tough Jim is when he cuts his wife's throat.

Jim, though, has way better timing than anyone on The Following, because he pops up and kills the captain. Which horrifies Sophie. I know it's kind of a shock, seeing your mild-mannered librarian husband hack someone to death, but kill or be killed, you know?

Other Culpeper citizens pile the dead militia soldiers into a wagon while Jim watches. He pulls off his jacket and puts it around Sophie's shoulders; she's sitting on a flower box crying, and asks him if anything was the truth. He says the important stuff was, and it's nice that he didn't get bloody or anything while he and Miles and Nora were slaughtering like thirty people, because that would probably bother her even more. Jim tells Sophie he loves her, and she tells him not to say that and runs off. To... what, exactly? As we saw with Aaron's wife, in this world strength in numbers (and, reductively, big strong men who can protect you by killing people who want to take your stuff) seems to be the way to go.

And now Jim is brokenhearted and alone. He tells Miles he ruined his life again, but he's going with him. Because he has no other choice. He addresses him as General Matheson and Miles looks like he really hates being called that.

Aaron is staring glumly into a fire when Miles, Nora and Jim find him. She asks what happened with Echo Base, and he says it's a long story. Charlie has finally gotten over her childish snit and apologizes to her mother, telling her she was focused on getting Danny back for such a long time and now she never will. They hug and cry on each other and from across the clearing, Miles stares at them hauntedly. Nora watches him and puts her hand in his. Oh, honey. That's not going to end in babies and well-curated libraries for you, I don't think.



[inside the Culpepper Library, Jim hands a copy of "The Stand" to a man]
Jim Hudson: You'll enjoy this one. It's about the end of the world.
Miles Matheson: Hey Jim.
Jim Hudson: Sorry, you must have me mistaken for someone else.
Miles Matheson: Well, that-that's weird, because you look really familiar to me, mister...
Jim Hudson: Bemis. Henry Bemis.
Miles Matheson: And you work here, Mister Bemis? You're a librarian?
Jim Hudson: That's right.
Sophie Bemis: Henry? Honey?
[his wife enters and hands him some books]
Jim Hudson: Thank you.
Sophie Bemis: Hi.
Miles Matheson: Hi.
Nora Clayton: Hi. You're his ...
Sophie Bemis: I'm his wife, Sophie.
Miles Matheson: Married. Well, congratulations Henry.
Sophie Bemis: These friends of yours?
Jim Hudson: No, they're just leaving.
Miles Matheson: Actually, no. We kinda love this town. Uh, I could see us staying here for quite awhile.
Jim Hudson: Traveling salesmen. I'll hear 'em out.
[he kisses her, then they leave for his office in the back of the library]
Miles Matheson: All right Jim. First of all, I just wanna apologize...
[he pulls a gun on them]
Jim Hudson: You're leaving now.
Nora Clayton: Jim, take it easy.
Miles Matheson: Just hear me out.
Jim Hudson: I said now.
Miles Matheson: Jim, we need your help.
Jim Hudson: My help? Just like last time? I got you into Monroe's bedroom... All you had to do was pull the trigger! But you left me, and the other guys, holding the bag.
Miles Matheson: That's why I'm here. Let's finish the job. Let's go kill Monroe.


Jim Hudson: You've always been crazy... but this?
Nora Clayton: You still think Monroe's dangerous, right?
Jim Hudson: I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a fan of Monroe... but I can't do this.
Miles Matheson: Sure you can.
Jim Hudson: No, I cannot be that guy again. I'm building something here, okay? Something good.
Miles Matheson: So, you're just... what now, Conan the Librarian?
Jim Hudson: What I really am, I am a husband to that woman out there. And Miles, I love her! Okay? I've gotta do better, I've gotta be better. For her.
Miles Matheson: She doesn't even know your name! Come on, Jim... You can't run from who you are. You cannot wash that much blood off your hands. Sooner or later, it's gonna catch up to you.
Jim Hudson: I've got a life here, and I'm not leaving. I don't care what you say.

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