TV Show Reviews
"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
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
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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