Monday, September 17, 2012

NBC Presents A World Without Electricity on Revolution


What would a world without electricity look like? That's a question that Hollywood's J.J. Abrams is attempting to answer this Fall on NBC in a new hour-long Science Fiction drama called Revolution. Set 15 years after the world's electricity mysteriously blinks out, the show premieres tonight at 10:00 p.m. U.S. EDT/9:00 p.m. U.S. CDT on the peacock network.

The full premiere episode is available as a free preview on iTunes, so I was able to catch it over the weekend. While I wouldn't want to reveal any spoilers, I'll just say that a lot of the program looks awfully familiar. If you've ever watched Life After People on cable's History Channel, you'll know exactly what I mean. But while the world the characters inhabit looks a lot like post-apocalyptic worlds we've seen on television and in the movies before, it sure seems like more than a few folks managed to stash a working blow dryer and a washing machine somewhere.

Then again, this is network television, and suspension of disbelief is always a prerequisite. That being said, I'll have the DVR to set record episode #2 next Monday night.

2 comments:

Corbyn Samuels said...

I thought that the concept behind Revolution is a good one but in order for it to be good it needs to have a good story. This one is decent but smells like a mash-up of The Event, Lost, and a host of other shows in the same category. However, I’ve decided to give the show a shot and I’ve got my Hopper set to record the next few episodes. With 2,000 hours of recording time I don’t have to rush to watch what I’ve recorded. The characters in the show are pretty solid and the actors on this show are familiar with their craft. One of my Dish co-workers says that the show has potential to stick around if it just elaborated a little more on what caused the power to go out. It is a really good question that I’m sure anyone watching the pilot has asked and of course, Revolution is saving that secret as long as possible.

jim said...


There might be a plot hint from that "Escape From L.A." movie where some kind of energy-killing satellite threatens to turn lights out everywhere. But yea, I'd sure like to hear the science of how you can do a "Day The Earth Stood Still" (original version) on the whole world. Gotta be an alien thing!

James Greenidge
Queens NY