Revolution: Season 1
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Imagine a world where all technology - computers planes, cars, phones, even lights - has mysteriously blacked out. What left is a post-apocalyptic landscape inhabited by ruthless paramilitary groups, heroic freedom fighters and families struggling to surv ...
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This is the premise of NBC's short lived TV series, Revolution.
I must admit I am a bit biased as I have always had an interest in the subject matter.
The show starts off slowly as we get to know each character and what they did in their previous lives when there was electricity.
All governments around the world have collapsed including the one in the United States being replaced by marauding gangs and semi governments in different regions on the United States.
It is here at the " Monroe Republic " that we are introduced to Sebastian Monroe and his ruthless ambition to expand his dictatorship at any cost.
As the story unfolds we learn how and why the power went out and the unforeseen consequences of this and those who were responsible for it.
I highly recommend this TV show for it's great writing, direction and acting if you enjoy Sci-Fi combined with action and the human psych.
Sometimes you just have to watch a show to have fun, and not over think it. My hat is off to NBC for having put a fun show on the air. For those who over think the show, relax, its just a show, and a fun one at that. Anyone remember "Jericho" on CBS? That was also a fun show to watch.
Also the "I'm gonna sacrifice myself for the good of all..." is brought into play far too often. Bored with it after about the third time.
The best character is Charlie, she is the "Darrel" of this show but not as hardcore. Tracy Spiridakos is on my list of actors that I must watch now as she really brings this person to life.
Her mom (Elizabeth Mitchell) is exactly the same character she played on Lost. As in "I got secrets and I'm not telling no matter how much it could help." (I really hate her... not the actor, the character.)
In short; someone had a brilliant idea but they dropped the ball halfway through the first season.
There is another problem that I feel I must address. I hate it when people give a show or product a bad rating because of shipping failure ect. you know what I mean. There were many problems watching this series. I did not make it through even one episode without having the feed stop for an extended loading period usually multiple times. I restarted more than once, maybe I was impatient but it was very aggravating. I checked multiple times to see if Netflix had this show to no avail. I am not sure what caused this problem. A streaming video I paid a premium above my yearly fee for should work better than this. I feel like I am paying to see shows on my schedule without commercials. I am fine with that but not at all fine with the terrible feed. I hope someone at Amazon video will address this problem before I have to look elsewhere for content.
Naturally, there are some inconsistencies in the pilot. First of all, somehow all the women in this new America all look like gorgeous Hollywood actresses. Well, they are, I guess. One might expect that the people would look more like actual 18th Century pioneers, i.e. wrinkled, not particularly clean, hard-bitten, but no. They all look like they just stepped out of a beauty salon. Well, most of us would rather watch a series full of gorgeous women, I suppose. That's what this is.
Setting aside the inconsistencies, the pilot has a solid storyline that held my interest and left me wanting more. I am hoping that this series lives up to its potential. RJB.