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"Revolution" review by Suzanne
Mondays 10/9c on NBC

This is an entertaining scifi show. It kept my interest and made me want to watch more, which I definitely will. It has been compared to "Hunger Games" and other scifi movies and shows.

The basic premise is that all of the electricity and battery power just goes off one night, and doesn't come back on, and no one knows why. The show starts 15 years later. The government has collapsed and people live in small enclaves, in fear of bandits and of pseudo-military groups that try to claim power.

In this one village, Ben, the leader, who is very handsome and likable, gets killed a militia sent from one of these military guys, and his son, Danny, who has asthma, is taken away in his place. Ben knew why the power went out, and he didn't want to tell. His daughter, Charlie, who is fairly adept at survival, goes to Chicago to find her uncle, Miles, so they can rescue Ben. Miles is an alcoholic and doesn't want to go with her, but he agrees to it. He is very good at fighting. She also has her dad's girlfriend, Maggie, a doctor, and a friend of theirs, Aaron, who is a former Google nerd.

At the end of the first episode, we found out that there is some secret organization that can turn on the power for limited times. One woman has a computer in her basement with which she contacts the others. She has some kind of necklace that can turn on the power. Aaron also has one of these necklaces, that Ben gave him for safe-keeping just before he died, but he doesn't know what it does as far as I can tell.

It reminds me a bit of Jericho, but not as good. It could remind you of Lost, too. Some criticism I've read was that the clothes look too new and too colorful, and that the people have learned too quickly about things like growing crops. To me that is mostly nitpicky and we don't really know what's going on yet. It is worth watching to find out!

We see Charlie's mom, Rachel, a lot in flashbacks. She is supposedly dead but I'm guessing that she's really still out there somewhere. I really like the actors, especially Billie Burke (Miles) and Giancarlo Esposito, who plays the militia bad guy, Tom. Elizabeth Mitchell, another favorite, plays Rachel. You will recognize all three of them from many many TV shows and movies. Oh, and the show is produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek etc.) and created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural). So you know it's good!

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