NBC’s Revolution: Revolutionary New Premise or Stagnant Rehash?
Im that guy who relies way way too much on outside reviews to make deicisons on anything, be it buying an HDMI cable on Amazon or figuring out which new shows to watch this fall. I was pretty excited for Revolution after hearing about it early on, but as I heard some negative reviews (NPR specifically blasted it) my interest began to wane. After a co-worker mentioned it was pretty good, (What up Andre!) I decided to give the pilot a go.
Whenever one deals with JJ Abrams, you never know if you are going to get Lost or Alcatraz, and Revolution early on, as aspects of both, good and bad. There is the large complex cast of characters, that as diverse as they are fall into some age old tropes (the scientist, the nerd, the badass, the strong female, etc.), the environmental challenges, and then the overarching mystery that you are just dying to unfold.
Dystopian media has become in vogue as of late, with the mulitude of TV shows, movies, books, and movies based on books and TV shows based on older TV shows. My love for this genre is well documented, I love seeing humanity torn down and watching it struggle to rebuild itself in the face of overwhelming odds, its fascinating, and when done right offers us a glance into our own deepest hopes and fears. When its done poorly, you get a bunch of people camping (Aka Falling Skies).
Where is Revolution lie in this spectrum? Will it be a new BSG? Will this cast tell a detailed and heartfelt story on the human condition while struggling to survive in a new world, putting together a new framework on society? Or will it be Terranova, and tell a story that gets so bogged down in its own perceived grandiose that it becomes more about the location and less about the people trying to live there. After one episode, I’m optimistic, I like some characters, I dont like others, and some I like the fact that I dislike them. For the moment Im intrigued, I want to know what happens next, lets keep it that way.