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VINE VOICEon May 9, 2013
In the current glut of 'End Of The World' TV shows, Revolution is right at the bottom of the barrel. It tries to emulate what shows like The Walking Dead do successfully - the loneliness, the despair, the danger, the uncertainty of tomorrow - and completely misses the mark in every respect.

From the pilot onwards, there's an overwhelming sense that we've seen this all before. The characters are drawn from the 'pick any 5' NBC mix-and-match set and lack any depth or personality, to the point where the actors are practically phoning in their performances. As a result, it feels like everyone's playing a game of let's pretend than showing us a window into their post-apocalyptic reality. At least in similar shows, the actors are made to look dirty and worn down - here, everyone's just had a shower, spa treatment and fresh hair cut. I don't believe the world they're showing us.

There are some J.J.Abrams trademarks too that once drew intrigue but as we all got burned by the mysteries going nowhere in Lost, make me wonder if they are just to excite the audience rather than part of any larger over-arching plot. The most interesting part of the whole series was the initial scene where the electricity stopped working and it showed the transformation from today's world to Revolution's dystopia - again, Abrams is brilliant at creating clever 'what if' set ups but increasingly fails to deliver on the promise of the premise.

To be fair, the End Of The World genre is difficult to pull off because of the sheer number of shows on the topic and the high quality of execution in some cases. Still, in such a competitive field this is a pretty lame offering.
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