September 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm #258554
The pilot is on Hulu.
09/17/2012 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : SEASON PREMIERE-AN EPIC ADVENTURE FROM J.J. ABRAMS, ERIC KRIPKE AND JON FAVREAU – What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape void of electricity: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out forever.
The series stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Maria Howell, Daniealla Alonso, Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Mitchell. Kripke, Abrams and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) serve as executive producers, and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2″) serves as co-executive producer. “Revolution” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.September 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm #258556
This is dumbest premise for any TV show ever.September 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm #258557
I’m trying to understand why television shows do this – instead of asking themselves, “What would happen if all electrically- and gas-powered objects shut down?” and letting the catastrophe play itself out, they cut to a future where everyone is pretty much accustomed to this new way of living, sucking the dramatic development out of it immediately. But that’s not even this series’ biggest mistake: it looks poorly-handled. Like FlashForward and The Event before it, I think Revolution will end up as a case of fun-premise-meets-half-baked-twists-and-turns. I expect to see characters make stupid choices, logistical leaps, and conveniently not know the one fact that would save them from [otherwise undire situation].
That being said, I will watch the pilot with the hopes that it defies all of my poor expectations.September 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm #258558
When I first about this show, it just didn’t make sense. It’s not just that there was a huge blakcout. It’s that they never again find a way to produce electricity. I’m terrible at science, but even I know it’s impossible to simply completely negate physics in your show when you chose to have one element that’s directly associated to it to be the big driving mystery of with your whole premise. For fuck’s sake, the sun is still shining. How are they incapable of getting energy from the waves? And if electricity doesn’t exist, how are these people alive, since you need energy for brain activity? Stupid, stupid, stupid. And I just felt like whatever revelation they do to try to justify this will be even more stupid.
The thing with fantasy/sci-fi is that you either go for hyperrealism and plays to some extreme vision of real scientific principals even if they are too crazy, unexpected or bizarre -if not all of those- to be real, or you go full out fantasy, and admit that none of what is the real world matters there and creates a whole new form of science that plays but it’s own rules (and in some more ambitious cases, like “Fringe”, you do both).
This show feels like it hasn’t made up it’s mind yet, so it actually does neither and tries to string you along until they do find out. They don’t want you to feel alienated from their world, so you have a set-up that’s very much like how a huge unexpected blackout would work, so it would be in line with the first formula. But then, it takes you to a future where no kind of eletricity works. None of alternative means of production. None of the principles of physics that create eletricity, so it then becomes the second formula. While you may create elaborate non-sensical theories of magnetic fields and so forth, the way this show handles this so loosely and like it doesn’t matter if it’s actually a bit coherent, is very uncomfortable. So it never lets my suspencion of disbelief to work, simply because I don’t get the idea of this world, and the reason for why I don’t, is that there isn’t any. They don’t know what they want this world to be, and it’s quite clear in the pilot, as many things just feel very random and thrown together.
For example, no one has fire arms besides militia. They have made that against the “law”. But it doesn’t make sense that bows and arrows and swords are allowed then, does it? It feels like the genius who created this probably thought of the concept to get an excuse to have a hot girl going round with a bow, and help NBC capitalize on “The Hunger Games” in some ways, but then someone pointed out that to this very intelligent person that, OH WAIT, you don’t need electricity for fire weapons. That’s how elaborate this concept feels.
If this was fun, there would at least be an excuse for it to be so dumb. But the action is very poorly choreographed, like something that came from an 80’s low budget show. The twists are very contrived. The acting is terrible (the girl trying to be Jennifer Lawrence is by far the worst lead actress a J.J. Abrams show ever had, and Esposito is too campy in a bad way, and with a weird accent that makes his spanish sound good in comparison). And the final scene is infuriating! Because it proves what I said about this show making no commitment to vision or tone yet. It’s so frustating to have the premise be this, only to basically negate it but still maintain everything like it is. When you see it, you’ll know, but it’s stupid. So fucking stupid.
I really think J.J. needs to back off throwing tons of elements in a pilot and just deciding what to do next as it progresses. It needs to have some kinf of a goal, a concept direction even if the audience itself doesn’t know which is. Because this all felt very random. Too dependent on coincidences and a sense of tension that never materializes.
Also, this lacks the same strong visual identity other J.J. produced shows have. This looks cheap and rushed.
Anyway, hated it. For me, worst pilot I have seen so far this year, and certainly the worst ever with a J.J. Abrams connection.September 6, 2012 at 6:21 am #258559
Wow. What an AWFUL pilot. I felt like I was watching something a bunch of toddlers who figured out how to use Final Draft wrote. The premise is interesting enough, but the acting and writing is atrocious. J.J. should be ashamed his name is attached to something this bad. I don’t the show lasting beyond a few weeks (if that).September 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm #258560
I couldn’t stop laughing at the first few minutes after Mitchell said “is it happening?”, and turned half way through. I’ll come back to it but it was a pretty ridiculous Pilot from what I saw.
What in the world makes these people think that we need this show…AGAIN!.
I COMPLETELY AGREE with Spenser Davis, like that, all caps!. It’s such a stupid decision that is made every single season thanks to J.J Abrams and his copycats. Why can’t we see those people in the dark trying to see what the hell is going on and figure how to stay safe and whatever while the power is off. This is fucking Terra Nova all over again, or Flashforward or the Event. WHY? EVERY SINGLE YEAR! WHY?
Another thing that bugged the hell out of me is the need to recycle actors. Why is Elizabeth Mitchell in this? Why hire the same woman who was on Lost and V with lead roles in yet another similar show? Why is Giancarlo Esposito being cast as a villain with the same exact expressions he did just last year in Breaking Bad?. I love these two actors but there are more out there and the been there done that aspect of the show gets more exagerated because of them.
All this while I read that Abrams is in the middle of a RoboCop series and renewed his deal with Warner Brothers….only to make or help make this exact same show over and over again.September 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm #258561
Not gonna waste my time with this one.September 18, 2012 at 8:20 am #258562
According to the latest numbers: Revolution seems to be a major hit for NBC!
Demo 18-49: 4.5!September 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm #258563
Well with those numbers it’s safe to say Revolution won’t be the first new show to be canceled.September 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm #258565
wait for the ratings to drop and then get cancelled.September 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm #258566
According to Deadline the numbers dropped from the first half hour to the second. They say it’s normal por 10pm shows, I say people realized how it was the same show all over again after the half hour and turned the channel.September 25, 2012 at 8:32 am #258567
So that’s why they changed the actress playing the wife…..
S01E02 – Chained Heat: BSeptember 25, 2012 at 9:17 am #258568
Gave it a shot, but couldn’t make it through the whole episode. It’s not for me.September 25, 2012 at 11:21 am #258569
Just got caught up with the pilot.
It’s a bit dispiriting what has happened to network television. All the risk-takers have migrated to cable, so even a potentially interesting high-concept like “Revolution” ends up being mostly flavorless, so as to neither please nor displease anyone watching. This is a surprisingly clean and well-lit post-apocalypse, which knocked out the power all over the world but spared the hair stylists and makeup artists. The actors mostly look like they got lost on the way to a photo shoot for the Gap.
The crossbow wielding heroine is trying to be Katniss. The post-apocalyptic setting is trying to capitalize on the success of “The Walking Dead” and “Falling Skies.” The conpiracy/mythology angle is trying to capture some of that old mysterious “Lost” magic. This show feels less like a creative endeavor than like the product of a network pitch meeting.