WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!
Imagine a world without power. A world where the government crumbled and soon there was no medicine, no structure and only the flicker of fire to keep out the dark.
Revolution takes you to such a world where electricity becomes a thing of the past. Gasp! “Almost barbaric” you say? “How could this happen?” you ask. That’s part of the mystery and part of the allure of Revolution.
In the show, we are taken right up to the last minutes before the lights go out when we meet Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee), a husband, father, brother, and computer genius who runs into his house telling his wife to fill the sink, tubs, etc. and get ready for it. He then gets on the phone with his brother (Billy Burke) who is driving with his friend (David Lyons). Just as the computer finishes a download onto a fancy necklace USB drive, planet earth goes dark. Planes fall from the sky, phones stop functioning, cars stop, and mayhem surely breaks out. The brother — Miles Matheson — and his friend are on the way to a secret military base.
Cut to 15 years later and everyone has seemingly stopped wondering what happened and have begun adapting and living off of the land. Everything is overgrown looking like it’s been deserted for decades. The Gateway Arch is toppling over, bridges are busted, major cities look like ghost towns, grass, trees are taking over architecture, and things like Google are now a now a part of our past as a character had to ask what it was when someone said that they had worked for them.
The suburbs are now tiny villages, looking like something out of the Civil War Era except one guy is rocking an AC/DC shirt and I’m almost sure those weren’t standard issue in Grant’s army. Speaking of armies, there is an evil militia looking for the brothers Matheson and they are under the assumption that the brothers know what caused the world to go dark so many years ago. Seeking out the brothers, there is danger afoot when the militia commands that Ben come with them. His son, Danny (Graham Rogers), decides to try and be a bad-ass, making an attempt at taking on the militia with a hand bow. The militia kills Ben with a single shot to the chest and then they take the son into custody.
The main character, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), is Ben’s daughter, and she is the one in charge of finding her Uncle Miles in Chicago after the militia swipes her brother. It’s her dad’s dying wish that she seek out his brother after all, so you know, woo-hoo, road trip!
The people in the suburb village we are introduced to are disconnected from the world, but they come together, because they needed to live off of each other in order to survive. I enjoyed that the family was tight even while dealing with the trials and tribulations of this different world.
I believe that another crucial character to seek out would be Nate, the random loner, a younger guy with the long bow that Charlie finds by the river, since he keeps magically appearing saving the damsel in distress even after he was discovered by the militia brand on his forearm — secretly spying on the group as part of the militia. This makes me wonder — is this dude a bad guy or a good guy? Or perhaps will he just be wishy-washy throughout the whole series.
It was really cool to see Billy Burke’s character kick some ass in Chicago’s Grand Hotel with the revival of swords versus gun powder, bows, daggers, and some good ole fashioned swinging fists. It’s a much better fit for him than being the awkward daddy in the Twilight series.
The show definitely has a hint of ABC’s Lost in it for sure. Dealing with a secret computer in some lady’s attic that she talks to an unknown person. Oh and the friend in the car at the beginning with Miles — is the evil militia’s General Monroe. So that blew my mind (though it was somewhat predictable) and shows that they’re trying to keep us coming back with a twist ending.
When the 44 minutes was up, I wanted to see at the least another half hour or so to get a better idea of where the series was headed. They put way too much into such little time though. There was so much more to the pilot, but you’ll have to go to Hulu.com or revolutiontvshow.com to watch it for yourself. It’s worth the 40 odd minutes.
I’ll be watching next week waiting patiently to see if there are any other clues as to why the world went dark and what other surprises may be in store for Revolution. I want to see more of what this show may have to offer for my curiosity. Darn cliffhangers. Always keeping me on the edge of my seat.
What were your thoughts on the pilot and do you think Revolution will keep it’s viewers coming back for more?