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Revolution Review: A Powerful Premiere?

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There was mostly good on the Revolution pilot for me, and only some bad.

Let's get the latter out of the way first: I had a big problem with what is and isn’t working (keep reading for my snarky comments at the end) in relation to technology.

Now, obviously, some technology is going to be used as a plot device because Ben knew this was going to all go down, and, therefore, the algebra teacher’s super special flash drive and ability to boot up her computer didn’t bother me.

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However, the narration in the beginning said that modern medicine isn’t really working without technology... so is Danny just benefiting from a left over inhaler because it doesn’t require a plug, merely a pump action?

The good news is for all of the minor quibbles I have over the technology, I never really dwelled on it. I was far more focused on getting to know the characters.

Beginning with the Matheson family: I can’t really say Charlie and Danny are exceptionally deep individuals at this point (but they are pretty, so there’s that), but I do enjoy the bond they share. Charlie is willing to quickly move on after watching her father (maybe) bleed to death to rescue Danny from the militia and keep her family intact.

Charlie doesn’t have the luxury of grieving for very long over anything. The only time we ever see her really show those emotions is when she’s at The Grand with Miles. Her predicament is undesirable, to say the least.

Speaking of Miles, Charlie has to quickly replenish her increasingly diminishing blood relatives to save Danny. Enter Uncle Miles as a not-so-willing participant. Miles is just the type of character to lead the Merry Misfits and the show. His past in the military provide a direct link to the Militia’s leader, Monroe, but he still manages to be incredibly relatable.

If I were in his shoes I, too, would prefer to drink myself to death and stay under the radar if possible, but now that the Militia has found him alive he only has two choices really: hunt or be hunted.

But, for me, the best character is Giancarlo Esposito’s Tom. Just like Breaking Bad’s Gus, Tom has that strong foundation Esposito can project so well. Hr knows when to intimidate and when to use force. There’s also a murky middle to him that makes his character cold and ruthless while simultaneously possessing a set of rules and boundaries.

As for the rest of the characters, Aaron, the guy who worked for Google, will likely come handy at some point, but right now he’s just boring; Nate is trying far too hard at being a Hunger Games participant – should he rebel against the capital or just ruthlessly kill all the Tributes?

Monroe himself has potential. I certainly like what David Lyons was able accomplish with the mediocrity of The Cape. Finally, I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Mitchell and will gladly watch anything she does.

Finally, we’ll end where we started: with technology. The algebra teacher, Grace, leads me to developing a theory. I’m going to guess Ben, and maybe Miles, are part of a group that has the answer to turning everything back on. Miles alluded to as much during his talk with Charlie:

Charlie: Why did Monroe want my Dad? Why does he want you?
Miles: Monroe thinks your dad knew something, something important, and he thinks your Dad told me so I must know it too.
Charlie: What?
Miles: Why the lights went out maybe how to turn them back on. | permalink

However, the characters need a plan a course of action before turning everything back on since the Militias would probably prefer to use technology to start wars versus restarting humanity. The super secret flash drive has the ability to turn electronics on. The damage potential it has is far reaching. The Militia can literally turn all weapons of war back on.

Random Thoughts:

  • The re-emergence of nature is just so amazing. It’s sometimes hard to imagine how much we’ve shaped the world in our image and to watch nature take that back is powerful.
  • New ingenious uses of cars: Flower pots, the cart for a horse and postcard storage.
  • I keep expecting Florence and The Machine to begin playing in the background.
  • This technology thing is getting confusing; as long as someone reloads his musket with a rammer we’re all good? Or are they using them to shoot arrows? So, we’re at Pirates of the Caribbean levels of technology?
  • Should have brought the scotch with you Miles.
  • Did the world’s lack of technology bring about a closeout Henley sale?
  • I was slightly disappointed 4 8 15 16 23 and 42 weren’t used to boot up the computer.

What did you think? Grade the Revolution premiere now:

 

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Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (194 Votes)

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Haha awesome review.. made me laugh ;)

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yea shows are always way better when the people are dirty and have bad teeth...

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Disappointing when a show with a good premise fails short! Two of main characters are awfully weak, one or 2 others are barely making it believable, TWELVE pendants to locate?! (Bold to think they'll be on long enough to find 12! LOL!) There’s some over & under acting at times where it’s inappropriate & I laugh at it.. the only guy I really believe is the Google guy - see I'm so not into I can barely name characters! .. they’re pretty darn clean n fresh looking which is irksome.. just, over all ->DON’T BUY IT! I give a new show 3-4 ep’s max to decide on it.. I gave this 7 ep’s because I believed in the premise so much but.. no more! What a waste!

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Seriously they never look dirty --it has such potential I hope they can find
A way to make it better

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They all have good teeth....not believable --and not really buying into
Charlie --is she just not a good actress or is her character just
Not believable yet--Charlie is all about being big sister soft and sensitive
And then oh and now I am a freedom fighter

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It'll probably suffer the same fate as Terra Nova, unfortunately. The show may have high ratings now, out of viewer curiosity and hype, but, if the fourth episode is no better than the previous ones, I can see viewers heading for the exit.

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This is an interesting plot. However, it's highly implausible that we would react like such heathens instead of using the knowledge of electricity that we have gained since the 1600's to find another way. You can make a solar panal with everyday materials found at the hardware store. I've even read about a town in Europe that is run off a static electricity genorater. Moonshine can be made, EASILY, to run any gasoline genorator after the slightest re-tuning. Would we all forget that a tesla coil generates free energy from the atmoshhere? Again, easily made with simple tools and a trip to hardware store. I'm glad to report, if anything like this ever happens, the countless engineers and scientists we have all over the world will get to work and have us back up and running, at least in a makeshift manner within a day or so. Make a show that gives a little more credit to the human race and I will watch it without cynicism.

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Also ... ok, some unknown MacGuffin turns off the ability of electrons to flow. So I can understand planes losing power. Why would they fall straight down within moments? Did air also lose the ability to provide lift when flowing over an curved plane? Sure they'd still crash, but what caused them to lose all forward momentum & not glide at all? Gah. So many disappointing goofs. Great concept, very mediocre execution.

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I liked this show better when it had zombies & was called The Walking Dead. - How can I take seriously a villain who camps his army in a field? No fort? What? - Some of the characters look like they just stepped out of a salon & were thrown designer faux-leather outfits w/ some really obvious fake stitches patched onto them to make them look worn. Those are might fancy boots 15 yrs after machine-tooled clothing is a thing of the past. - Miles can single-handedly kill a dozen guys drunk & not break a sweat. Where is the show going to go from there? Nothing is threatening but guns now. Lost interest in his character fast. I want to love this show. I really do. Premiere left me badly underwhelmed.

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Issues  -Clever and well written script for adults. Missing in action. But on the plus side my 7 year old son thought it was almost ok. 
- Realism. Everyone looks like try they just stepped out of a make over show.  really ?? Did the director learn nothing from Star Wars decades ago ? 
- Super Humans.  Drunk Superman dude doubles as batman and kills dozens enemies .... After having hours to escape. Bruce Lee would have been proud. 
- no alternate power ?  I guess all the 400 museums across the country with steam vehicles / Industrial equipment are a figment of our imagination.  - Laughable Army. Monroe's Army after 15 years live in brand new tents in the field ?  Seriously ?  His supposed  to be ex military.  And the whole musket thing  ?  Pretty insulting to our military. One good cavalry change would wipe them out.  Especially if they send the drunk super human dude it could be a solo attack.  I guess forts went out of fashion along with intelligence.  This kind of poorly research nonsense is badly produced cookie cutter crap and can't be saved by one or 2 half decent actors. Why even bother when in your heart you are knowingly  producing a doomed series because you can't be bothered to try ?   Its so condescending taking your audience for granted and down right insulting to our intelligence. You will fail by your own Hand. Â