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John Orquiola
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Since: 28.2.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
You say you want a Revolution? Do you? Well, you know...

The pilot for Revolution is out there if you want to watch it. It's on Hulu. (hulu.com) It's downloadable on Xbox Live. It's certainly in bittorrent.

A few Tweets as I watched:








The premise is simple: The lights went out. All electricity all over the world shut down at the same time. "No one knows why," non-explains one of the characters. (Though at least two characters do know, one of whom is dead before the pilot ends.) Fifteen years later, the world has broken up into republics ruled by militias, the survivors of the apocalypse having learned to get by without any technology that runs on electricity.

The show as set up is two things, A Quest (The Main Characters Must Find A Missing Family Member So They Can Rescue Another Family Member) and A Mysterious Mystery (Why Did The Lights Go Out?)

There are familiar names on the credits, including Executive Producers Bryan Burk (Lost) and JJ Abrams (Lost). Any resemblance to Lost is purely non-coincidental. The name that kind of saddens me is Jon Favreau, who produced and also directed the pilot. The guy who wrote Swingers and directed Iron Man must have had little to no input on the script, because that's where this whole shebang crumbles, at the source. The premise is enticing enough, but the script is dumb, the characters are vapid, the action is trite.

The lead girl is pretty enough but she's a dim bulb. Realistically, neither she nor her friends would survive long enough to make it to Chicago to find her missing uncle. The only guy in the whole show who tries real hard and succeeds in creating any nuance to his character is Giancarlo Esposito as a Militia Sergeant who would rather be doing other things, but this is the shit hand he was dealt.

Production-wise, Revolution is impressive enough in realizing what a world without electricity would look like after 15 years, with towns and cities flooded and nature growing over everything. The airplanes crashing in the beginning after losing power were chilling, but again, the guys behind this made Lost so they know how to make airplanes crash.

I don't know, though, man. This wants to be the next Lost, but to me, it plays like the next Terra Nova.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.84
It felt A LOT like Jericho to me, particularly with the militias and the end reveal.

It was certainly flawed, but I liked it enough to check out a couple more episodes.

Mondays at 10 is a death slot though, isn't it?



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Since: 28.2.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
I'll watch a couple more. If it gets better, great. If not, that's cool. I like having a show to make fun of.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
So far I like it and I'll keep watching.




(So this means it will last one season)





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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Giancarlo Esposito more than made up for the show's flaws to me, as he was REALLY awesome, as usual.

The leads are the weakness, of course. Charlie, the girl, is very boring, and her love/hate romance with the militia boy is going to be very annoying. Uncle Miles, while decent in a fight scene, had surprisingly little charisma for the rogue element tough guy. They seriously have to develop a supporting cast, because that girl's not Jennifer Lawrence and this is no Hunger Games. I'll give it a chance, though, because I think it's written by the creator of Supernatural and I love me some Supernatural, so I feel like it has to get better.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
Charlie, Ben, Miles, Aaron.

Obviously, names on television get re-used and recycled all the time, but interesting how all four of those Revolution character names were also character names on Lost.

Also, Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Charlie, is apparently 16 in real life but is playing 20-21 (if Charlie was about 5 or 6 when the blackout happened 15 years ago).

(edited by John Orquiola on 18.9.12 0734)


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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
I love these end of the world shows as a rule. And this one wasn't too bad. I am usually not too critical of TV because if I hate it, I just don't watch.

but I did notice that the fat guy was rich (like lost), the hot girl liked the dangerous guy whose motives are suspect and the badass guy was a bit of a reluctant hero. Lot of Los.

I liked the visuals. Enjoyed Wrigley overgrown, was intrigued by the cul-d-sac plantation at the start. I am certainly giving it a few more episodes.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.83
I'll keep watching though the exchange on the computer at the end really bugged me. I was hoping she would answer the last question with "Keep entering the numbers."



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.77
I enjoyed the show overall and think that it has a lot of potential to be great. I can deal with plot holes and suspending disbelief pretty easily. So I expect I won't be too disappointed throughout the story.

The thing that bothers me is the costuming and makeup. It seems to me that there should be much more teased hair, tattered clothing and less salon hair styles. The main cast seems to have walked off the pages of GQ (except the fat guy. The fat guy still looks to clean though).

(edited by The Guinness. on 19.9.12 1321)
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
    Originally posted by The Guinness.

    The thing that bothers me is the costuming and makeup. It seems to me that there should be much more teased hair, tattered clothing and less salon hair styles. The main cast seems to have walked off the pages of GQ (except the fat guy. The fat guy still looks to clean though).


This.

Also, at the start of the story 15 years later, the dad walks out of his house carrying a mug of hot coffee and I immediately thought, "How the hell did they get coffee? How did they brew it? Where'd the beans come from?"



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.74
    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    I'll keep watching though the exchange on the computer at the end really bugged me. I was hoping she would answer the last question with "Keep entering the numbers."


Also it seemed like as soon as electricity went whatever computer equipment left over morphed into being 10 years older.


    Also, at the start of the story 15 years later, the dad walks out of his house carrying a mug of hot coffee and I immediately thought, "How the hell did they get coffee? How did they brew it? Where'd the beans come from?"


Well we don't know it was coffee. Mighta just been hot water. Or pine-needle tea or something.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
    Originally posted by Greymarch


      Also, at the start of the story 15 years later, the dad walks out of his house carrying a mug of hot coffee and I immediately thought, "How the hell did they get coffee? How did they brew it? Where'd the beans come from?"


    Well we don't know it was coffee. Mighta just been hot water. Or pine-needle tea or something.


Hot pine needle tea? Oh God, what a miserable future!



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.76
This kind of sounds like Fallout 3, except instead of nuclear fallout creating a post-apocalyptic wasteland it's loss of electricity kind-of wasteland.

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