Thursday, September 13, 2012
Review - Revolution
So to say I had high hopes for Revolution is an understatement. But I had to also remind myself to look at the pilot as its own entity and determine if it's going to be a show I'll want to stick with. It is, at least for a while.
The lowdown (SOME MILD SPOILERS AHEAD): On an ordinary evening, Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee, The Good Wife, Lie to Me) rushes home in a panic and tells wife Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost, V) to get things ready to go. "It's happening, isn't it?" she asks, terror in her eyes. The "it" she's referring to is the mysterious, sudden and complete loss of every single piece of technology - computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights, all electricity on the whole - across the globe.
After Ben is killed (mom passed years before) and Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders - led by Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad) under the orders of General Monroe (David Lyons, The Cape) - Charlie heads off with family friend Aaron (Zak Orth, 30 Rock, Fringe) and town doctor Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips, Animal Kingdom) to get help from estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke, Rizzoli & Isles, 24), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life.
Turns out Ben was directly involved in what caused the global blackout and Miles may have knowledge about it and may be the key to getting the power turned back on. The "actual" key to doing so seems to be a fancy flash drive Ben entrusted to Aaron before his death.
Thus Revolution follows Charlie and her rogue band of survivors as they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America while exploring the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if - or how - it will ever return.
Obviously this is a very ambitious premise to undertake, and such a one has been tried before with great success (Lost), with some early success (Heroes) and with not-so-much success (Flash Forward, The Event). I suppose the series life of Revolution will depend on if they can keep the preliminary momentum established going without getting too bogged down in subplots and heavy-handed mythology, as has happened with some of those other series.
The story itself does make you think. Just look around your life, the things in your home, things we all take for granted. How many times have you forgotten your cell phone only to wonder what the hell you were going to do? Imagine no medical tech, no air conditioning, no microwave and, for people like me, no TV!! It's a scary thought. The question is, how realistic is this premise? Remember the panic before Y2K? Certainly something to think about, discuss, debate and now, to watch, at least through the eyes of the powers behind Revolution.
I would definitely give the show a view. Not sure it's for everyone, but if you are a fan of the overcoming-global-catastrophe genre, then this is one for you. As for me, I'm gonna have to find a way to watch it online or after the fact, as it goes head-to-head with two of my favorite returning series, Hawaii Five-0 and Castle.
Bottom Line: Power up for the Revolution.
Revolution premieres on Monday, Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. on NBC.