There is a lot of power behind NBC’s latest sci-fi drama.
Ever since “Heroes” went off the air, NBC has been trying to fill that void. Last year it was the sci-fi/Lost clone “The Event” and this year it is the high-profile “Revolution”.
“Revolution” begins as parents (Elisabeth Mitchell & Tim Guinee) prepare for the end of the world.
The apocalypse is coming but its not what you think. In this version, the world is thrown back into the Bronze Age when all the electricity is suddenly vanquished from the planet. Fifteen years later, the series begins.
Renegade groups have formed. Farming villages try to protect themselves from greedy invaders. Within the chaos, a young woman (Tracy Spiridakos) and her long lost uncle (Billy Burke) try to uncover what happened to the world while they flee a mad general bent on seizing power.
The series was created by Supernatural’s Eric Kripke. The pilot is directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. And it is produced by Favreau and JJ Abrams.
The pilot is a little long in the tooth but does have some really interesting things. Twilight’s Billy Burke’s starring role is a real cheer for me. It is about time that a good actor like this was given a moment to shine and with a multi-layered character like he has here.
Newcomer Tracy Spiridakos gives it all she has but what kind of bugged me was why is she so blatantly dressed like Katniss Everdeen?
The series has potential but I find it to be a rip-off of “Jericho” except with more of a quest angle. “Jericho” did it much better. I really think this show is going to struggle to find an audience. It isn’t a network show much the same as last season’s “Terra Nova” wasn’t. It is an interesting concept and I hope Kripke’s writing can develop these characters more and present us with other sides of this world besides the obvious ones shown in the pilot.
With the talent behind it, I am willing to give this one a chance. But really how long can it last? I just hope Kripke knows his ending ahead of time in case NBC asks him to wrap it up quick.
GIVE IT: 4 episodes
WATCH OR DVR: DVR
PILOT RATING: 3.5 out of 5
REVOLUTION premieres tonight on NBC