NBC’s “Revolution” has its official premiere this coming Monday (9 p.m. – central time), but I watched a sneak peek of the pilot today on Hulu. It’s going to be worth giving a shot, I think.
This is the series where all the world’s electricity just up and stops working one day and now it’s 15 years later and very Wild West-like. The biggest sticking sticking point I — and most people I’ve heard talk about it — have is the science of it all. What made all the electricity stop working? Why don’t batteries work? What about wind power? How did planes go from flying around in the sky to immediately spiraling downward?
Those questions are answered five minutes in with the line “Physics went insane! The world went insane, overnight, and nobody knows why!” and for now, that’s enough for me. Because it’s clear by the handful of people possessing tiny USB drives disguised as pendants that turn the power back on so broken down computers can use dial-up to secretly talk to people all DOS-like, that somebody knows why. Granted, the reason will still probably be loads of what I like to call “Not Science,” but if the story and the characters are compelling enough, I can overlook a degree of Not Science.
And so far, the people and the story are reasonably compelling. And what they lack is made up for with some pretty fun swordplay, bows and arrows and network TV violence. And, speaking as a fan of “Star Wars,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” — I’m down for a decent spot of good swordplay and network TV-level violence. Continue reading →