A review of “Revolution”, NBC’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi show

JJ Abrams is at it again, this time at NBC. His new show, “Revolution”, is set to premiere at Sept 17th, but it’s already available online for free viewing — if you live in the US.

The premise of the show is rather simple: all the world’s sources of power have gone dark, and after 15 years of living… in organic farms, local militias have risen.

The show feels like LOST having sex with FlashForward. Everyone’s actually kinda lost, there’s a plane, a text-mode computer, some mystery, and a universal blackout. There are a lot of scientific inaccuracies, while everyone’s hair and clothes are still banging after all this time.

The show was interesting, but it was super-flawed. Not in terms of the overall idea, but in terms of execution. It has the exact same problems as FlashForward had: poor execution. The plot showed us a small version of that world, it was not grand and emerging to the viewer. The stakes were not big. Except the main mystery (why did the lights went out), there’s nothing else to keep the show together.

The biggest problem for me was the cutting of the show. Either this show needed a different editor, or an additional 5-6 minutes, or a two-hour pilot instead of an one hour. Everything just felt rushed, Jon Favreau could only do so much with directing.

The only thing that worked in this show was the fight scene. Personally, I give the show no more than one full season to live. Just like with every other network show, it just can’t bloom the same way cable shows can. Not enough time in 43 minutes to tell a proper story, and not with the FCC checking every word and scene.


Ethan wrote on September 6th, 2012 at 8:52 PM PST:

After my supervisor at Dish showed me the a trailer I decided to watch the pilot when I got home. Even before I watched it I felt my nerd sense tingling but I watched anyways. The scientific inaccuracies are very apparent. One of my biggest quandaries is if they have lighting in “Bizzaro” world if they don’t have electricity. And why don’t combustion engines work? It really is a large hole in the plot, but I have seen instances where the pilot is very different than the actual season so I will keep my fingers crossed. I’ll just wait until there are some reviews so I can see if I would like to invest another hour. Now that I have the Hopper all of NBC prime time TV gets recorded automatically, so it will be ready if that day ever arrives.

William Eggington wrote on September 10th, 2012 at 12:47 PM PST:

It always frustrates me that Hollywood can’t imagine a world where there is no more government. . . that doesn’t have random bands of thugs raping and pillaging. 15 YEARS after the electricity goes out and the best humanity can come up with is scrounging around for medicine and growing herbs out of the wrecks of cars? Before electricity there was order and structure. Industry and manufacturing based on steam. Trains, postal service etc. It was frustrating and a little depressing that they could only imagine this. . .strange. . . Escape from New York type. . . Mad Max world. 🙁

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