September 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm #258570
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.
Totally agree. The sad thing is that the pilot was way better than Episode 2.
Oh and it’s funny because an hour ago in the TV Grades/Analysis thread I described it as a mix of Hunger Games, Lost and Walking Dead too…September 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm #258571
so, it got worse on the second episode??? can someone tell me if it’s worth a try? is it better than falling skies? lolSeptember 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm #258572
I can’t believe I didn’t come in here and spray some hate on the pilot last week. It was terrible!
Most of you probably know that I’ve got no problem watching, supporting, and enjoying shows that are bad (crappy technical execution, poorly written/acted, totally uncreative, etc.) if there’s something fun enough or interesting enough to hook me in. So while I agree with many of the points you guys made (I’m not going to poke so much at the scientific flaws because that’s what these shows do and they haven’t yet given us the poor explanation that will validate the complaint), my favorite issues are just with the poor characterizations and the overstuffed pilot. The best I felt about any character was ambivalent, and by the end of the episode I wanted our pseudo-heroine Charlie to be impaled by her own arrow. I don’t care what happens to anyone; I don’t care what happened to the power; I don’t care if they get it back and Monroe kills everyone. Nothing.
And of course there’s the pacing problem. For starters, I went into the show with a bias because it seems, as Spenser said, an incredibly poor decision to skip to 15 years in the future, after every genuinely interesting aspect of the premise has been played out already. The use of flashbacks could have helped, but they were barely used at all, and not very well. Then the episode itself was filled with enough plot progression to last six or seven episodes! Instead of letting us get to know or care about anyone, it was just one thing happening after another: killings, betrayals, family reunions, and a ton of visual and plot cues to try to remind us of Lost.
But because I try hard not to judge a show by its pilot alone, I watched the second episode last night. Overall, I’d say it’s about the same level as the pilot. Some things were improved — the pace of the story was better, and there was some effort to develop the characters a little more — but other things were worse — most notably Charlie, who after an episode and a half was really giving 24’s Kim Bauer a run for her money.
I’m kind of stunned that the ratings for the second episode were as strong as they were. As bad as this show is, it looks like it might have some serious traction for NBC.September 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm #258573
I’m glad they expanded Elizabeth Mitchell’s character, but this role (and show) is so beneath her.September 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm #258574
thank you for the head’s up ^^September 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm #258575
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.
Thank you. This is exactly what was going through my head. It’s far more unfeasible that an advanced civilization can’t figure out how to generate electrical current. My 9 year old can figure that shit out.
Anyway, I was intrigued by this show because I like the whole post-apocalytic theme, but the pilot was bad. .September 28, 2012 at 9:51 am #258576
I didn’t think it was that bad, as a fan o sci-fi stuff, ima stick around to check episode 3 or maybe 4 to see where this goes, and it seems it’s going nowhere but, ima give it a shot.October 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm #258577
This seems more SyFy movie than a sci-fi show. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing of not. I agree that Charlie is annonying and just plain dumb at times. Billy Burke just doesn’t seem right for this role for some reason. But if they ever made a biopic of the group Train, he’d be perfect to play the lead singer (Drops of Jupiter, the movie!).
Characters are either earnest, oppressed, annoying, lucky, and dumb. Or they are evil, oppressive, obvious, unlucky, and smart.
It’s wonderfully bad 🙂October 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm #258578
I have to say, I thought this third episode was a pretty big improvement. For one thing, the flashbacks in this episode seem to work better than in the previous ones, and actually did remind me of the ones used on Lost. Charlie, still annoying, was a good amount better than she had been. And even though much of the plot was kind of cliche and schmaltzy (Nora and Miles having romantic history, Nora’s ridiculous story about why she joined the resistance) or just unbelievable (the wimpy, unsteady Danny has grown quite the pair over the last two episodes), there were moments I genuinely enjoyed. I feel like these guys might be pulling it together a little bit.October 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm #258579
It’s full of cliches, and alot of the characters are overly dramatic but I still somewhat like the show and will continue to watch it every week.October 4, 2012 at 10:18 am #258580
All right, think I’m only going to continue with this to see the writers explanation of why that thing turns the power back on, because that was baaaaad, j.j abrams, what are you dooooooooooing?
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