Wednesday, September 05, 2012
NBC's Revolution Pilot
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously - and unbeknownst to her - had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.
I should start off by saying that I can count my favorite post-apocalyptic TV/movies on one hand -- and still have a few free fingers. They’re just not my thing. Not even the involvement of J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, and Eric Kripke could get me excited about Revolution.
Some nagging thoughts running through my mind as I watched:
1) Why does the cast look like they stepped out of a J.Crew ad?
2) What’s up with their perfectly coiffed hair?
3) The female lead is scrappy. We know this because she has a unisex nickname.
4) This ‘no electricity’ thing makes no sense. Maybe it’s some kind of nanobot virus?
5) Would airplanes just fall out of the sky like that? Wouldn’t they still have momentum?
6) Anybody heard of bicycles? They’re not as cool-looking as horses, but they’d be a heck more practical.
7) Didn’t I see a similar closing scene in the Jericho pilot?
Stop nitpicking, Scream. It’s just the pilot episode. Ever heard of suspension of disbelief? Give it some time. It’ll all make sense eventually -- on a J.J. Abrams show?
Anyway, see for yourself and watch the pilot below: