Originally Posted by Berk32
But they better do better than the laws of physics were completely thrown out the window (at least the ones they felt were convenient for the story)
That is apparently what they are going to do. Even by the second episode it's been brought up that if people do know why the power turned off and if it was somehow a man-made problem, it's possible to fix it, because nobody from the in-show universe really believed that the laws of physics stopped working, which was the only explanation for the phenomenon happening naturally (i.e. it was impossible for it to happen, but it did anyway, thus stumping everyone).
Originally Posted by DaveFi
I thought they said the mom died?
They did. The father lied to Charlie, ostensibly to "protect" her. It's only strange and kind of lazy writing that the time span between when the lie occurred and when the (expected) "revelation" that the mother is really alive occurred was only one episode. My guess is that Monroe kidnapped her or otherwice coerced her into helping him (or doing whatever it is that she's doing there), rather than that she's devoted to his "government". She behaved like a prisoner, not an ally.
Originally Posted by jpillar
From next week's preview looks like the uncle is the rogue General who by sending out the militia got Dad killed. Did I miss anything?
I don't think that's what they were implying. He's the one who started
the new "government" system, and at some point he decided it was a bad idea, but Monroe wouldn't let it go, because he wanted the power. As a result, Miles lost his place as supreme leader, and Monroe probably drove him into hiding, which is where he's been ever since, because he's not stupid and naive enough to try to take down Monroe's well-armed thugs to restore peace and harmony (which is Charlie's job).