Archive for September, 2012

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Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.

Wow. This is a great show. Though not officially airing till September 17, some kind stranger out there took the time to upload the Pilot episode, and I had the pleasure of watching it with great anxiety. Why? Well, Revolution, as some of you may know, is one of the most anticipated shows of the entire year. What would the love child of Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) and J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Alcatraz) be like? Well, that’s Revolution. Eric Kripke, you see, created Revolution, as well, and J.J. Abrams took the position of Executive Producer.

It’s quite obvious from the content of the show. As you can see from the description above, life is not at all the same. In fact, life has basically reverted back to the 16th-18th century, and the short little flashbacks that the characters have (don’t worry, it doesn’t halt the flow of the story) about the past when electricity still worked really delivered a punch of awe and sadness throughout the story. The character of Aaron (portrayed by Zak Orths) was a great addition to the cast, simply because he would reminisce of his past throughout the story by telling the other characters tid bits that showed you just how much the lights going out changed everything.

Another character that you should definitely watch out for is the character of Miles Matheson, portrayed by Billy Burke (Police Chief Charlie Swan, Twilight), a former United States soldier, who, in the words of his own brother is “only good at killing.”

He’s a window to the past, and is the representative of what you would look like if you were to simply give up. Early on, he shows great precision and skill, despite drinking constantly. I was honestly skeptical how Billy Burke would be able to play this part, but he exuded a certain sadness and hopelessness through his acting that really made the story real.

Now, some of you might rage at me mentioning him last, but of course, not least; Captain Tom Neville. Who, you may ask? Why, he is a Militia Captain portrayed by the Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Gustavo Fring). His character was chilling throughout the Pilot episode, and prepare to be assaulted by Breaking Bad flashbacks as his character is just as, if not more, awesome as Gustavo Fring. This is a man to watch out for, if you ask me.

Now despite being a near flawless Pilot, if you nitpick deep enough, you will find flaws. Such as the love interest of the main character, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos). Now, I’m not saying romance is the thing that makes it bad. Not at all. It’s just that her love interest is very confusing and his actions will constantly cause your brow to furrow throughout the episode. Now, I have no doubt that this is not the fault of the writers, seeing as how in order to understand his actions, you would have to reveal plenty of backstory within a short time period (43 minutes) and if you were to do so, you would sacrifice a lot of the story. I also have no doubt that the writers will wrap this little loose end soon enough, and that this was probably their intention, so it really isn’t much of a flaw; more of a plot tool.

Now, I have said far too much, and I fear of revealing any more of the plot, so go watch it. You hear? Watch it!

Or else! I’ll do to you what Miles Matheson did above!