When the TV series Revolution was first announced, the people involved with the pilot made me think the series had some potential. Created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot (Lost, Fringe) and directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1 & 2) gave it quite a pedigree. The series unfortunately doesn’t live up to it.
The big thing I just can’t deal with or get over is the whole premise of the blackout. In one moment anything and everything that depended on electricity suddenly doesn’t work. Okay, I’m fine with technology not working. All of the high-tech gadgets such as cell phones and computers and even tv and radio stop working. But cities and societies existed just fine for hundreds of years without electricity,and now, not only modern society, but society itself just collapses without it? Really? The US government held the union together without electricity over 100 years without it, now suddenly it can’t? This whole premise is so unlikely that it just made my brain hurt. Electricity wasn’t the only power source in the universe, yet that is exactly what this show seems to be saying. It’s too much of a suspension of disbelief for me. I couldn’t stretch it that far.
None of the characters were likable either. Charlotte aka Charlie was obnoxious and more of a spoiled brat, going off and doing what she wanted without thought of consequence or effect on anyone else. She storms off to find her uncle, which she does on the first try. How convenient. She obsesses over family, but nothing we’d seen in the 20-30 minutes before hand showed any of that. And her uncle Miles is just as big of a jerk. So they must be related. He brushes her off like dust off his jacket when she asks for his help. He’s just learned about his brother’s death and he’s ready to just push-off his niece. Yeah, this is a guy I want to get to know better.
The acting was just atrocious. I usually only see this level of acting in Syfy original movies. They were pushing the melodrama so hard it nearly made me gag. With all the archery, it seemed more like they were trying to cash in on the popularity of Hunger Games. The writing was lazy and way too obvious. Especially that scene with Nate at the end. Actually the whole thing with Nate. And the reveal with Miles. The whole cast and crew seemed to be phoning this one in. This was the first and last episode of this series I will watch.