Revolution: Season 1 created by Eric Kripke

Starring Billy Burke Tracy Spiridakos David Lyons and Graham Rogers

Lights Out

The new dystopian craze set forth by none other than The Hunger Games has made a new television show emerge, that I’m happy to say shows promise. The NBC television drama, Revolution depicts a world much like ours—one completely dependent on electricity. The only difference is that due to a small group of rebels, the electricity has gone out, and no one really knows why. The world is ruled by fear, and more specifically by a militia who has stockpiled supplies.

Revolution’s concept is truly intriguing and fascinating. A massive milita is run by a despot who, in addition to being a less than merciless leader, brands his soldiers. A group of survivors, however, is very determined to get to the bottom of the lack-of-electricity situation.

Mystery and Intrigue

At this point in the series, we don’t really know much of the characters. We know that two teens named Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers) are most likely the integral cogs in the story. In J.J. Abrams-esque fashion (this is one of his projects), we don’t really know the whole story.  There’s a mystery.

Much like The Hunger Games, there is a firecracker teen who seems to get it done, no matter what the cost—that’s Charlie. The helpless one is the brother, who is an asthmatic. A former Google employee, Aaron (Zak Orth) tags along for fun. The teen duo, along with their former father’s girlfriend (Anna Lise Phillips) and Aaron try to find their sarcastic and witty uncle Miles (Billy Burke), who, according to their dying father’s wishes holds the secret to unraveling the mystery of the chaotic world they live in.

The Hunt Begins

Meanwhile, the group is being hunted down by Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame), determined to keep the Monroe Republic (the new militia under despotic rule) up and running, and keep the rebels, who want to bring back the now-collapsed United States from returning.

Much occurs in only the first few episodes. What I find the most interesting is that outside of a despot named Monroe and a lack of electricity, the world seems to be in pretty good shape. Sure, there are rebels that want to bring back America, and the world is a little disorderly. But, humanity has found a way to make it work. This dystopian society is one rung away from being normal. The world we live in now has its problems, and I think Abrams and company could make some very intriguing comparisons between our world and this new electricity lacking fictional world they’ve created.

This Could Go Well

There’s plenty of intrigue right now for this show, and what I’m watching for now is what the producers and writers do with it. Revolution has the potential to become another Lost franchise, but only if they play their cards right.

Verdict: 4 out of 5

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