So Hulu, as well as some cable’s On Demand channels, are playing a preview of several new NBC shows right now. One that I watched this week is the upcoming J.J. Abrams’ drama “Revolution.” I have been somewhat looking forward to this. My issues with getting into it are basically that 1) I don’t always like the weird and unrealistic world of J.J. Abrams and 2) NBC doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to giving shows like this a chance to grow and find an audience.
Still, I watched the pilot, which I would say seemed like a cross between “The Hunger Games” and “The Walking Dead,” just without Zombies. I think audiences of both will be drawn to the show, which is about a post apocalyptic United States 15 years after “the lights went off.” However this is a J.J. Abrams show, which is where even if it survives . . . it may eventually lose me. Like “Lost,” which I gave up on, the laws of nature are simply cast aside and to enjoy the show you have to be able to overlook that. For example, it’s not just that the power gets shut off . . . . it seems that electricity as we know it just seems to cease to exist? It’s confusing, and you have to watch to understand. For example, when “the lights go off” planes just start dropping out of the skies as if they got turned off . . .
There are some good twists and turns throughout the pilot, and a final scene that will make you say “Huh?” and will really confuse you!
If the show finds an audience, it could last. The scenery, the stunts, everything was well done. I can’t imagine this is a cheap show to make, so it’s probably going to have to pull in some numbers. Again though, you have to just take it as it is and not ask questions . . . like “So does this mean there is no more lightening or static electricity?”