NBC’s Revolution Series Premiere Review

by on September 13, 2012

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REVOLUTION series premiere review

NBC has put out an early preview of Revolution for all to check out prior to its network premiere.  To be honest, I was expecting a lot and got some of what I was hoping for, while there was still some left on the table, as far as I’m concerned.

The following has some spoilers, but not a lot and if you’ve seen the previews, well…

Revolution stars Billy Burke (Twilight), Tracy Spiridakos (Majority Rules), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Once Upon A Time, The Usual Suspects), Maria Howell, Zak Orth, Tim Guinee (The Good Wife) in a story about when ALL the power goes out on Earth.  The show comes from the mind of Eric Kripke and the pilot episode was directed by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau, while produced by J.J. Abrams.  Philip Sgriccia produces the next 5 episodes, who comes with Kripke, from Supernatural.

You can see why I’m expecting a lot.

Tracy Spiridakos in 'Revolution' on NBC

The story starts out pretty fast, with the power going out within a few minutes of show start.  All power went out, from the electrical grid to batteries.  Just poof.  And Ben (Guiness) knew it was going to happen.  He comes charging into the house and quickly downloads something onto a USB stick, and just in time.  The power flickers out, cars grind to a halt and planes plummet from the sky like rain.

It’s 15 years later and people are living off the land, living the natural style with bows and arrows and what not.  Life is pretty cautious and there are still some firearms in existence, but not in prevalence, as it’s a hanging offense for non-militia to have them.

Then Capt. Tom Neville (Esposito) of the militia shows up looking for Ben and his brother.  He’s a very nasty man in a very nasty mood.  And then Danny (Graham Rogers) shows up with his crossbow and the town folk try to revolt.  Villagers and militia go at it until Neville pulls out a handgun and mows down a few people, saying “Enough.”

With his dying breath, Ben tells his daughter, Charlie (Spiridakos), to go find his brother, Miles (Burke) in Chicago.  Because Ben dies, Capt. Neville has to take something back to General Monroe (David Lyons), so he takes Danny.

Charlie treks to Chi town.  She encounters Nate, who later becomes rather useful.

Zak Orth, Anna Lise Phillips, JD Pardo and Tracy Spiridakos in NBC's REVOLUTION

L-R: JD Pardo, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth and Anna Lise Phillips in Revolution

Revolution was entertaining enough to keep me watching the preview season premiere, but to be honest, if you’ve seen the preview trailers, you’ve seen most of the high points of the episode.

We were delivered a few extra bits of information, of which, I’ll leave for you to discover.

This is a one-hour premiere on network TV and a lot had to be packed into it.  The cast seems to need time to grow into their roles and I can’t wait to see what the regular production staff does with the show.

There’s a bit of a gap in how the roles are filled.  Tracy Spiridakos does nothing for me.  She seems to try and evidence a range of emotions and fails miserably.  Well, I should constructively say she did not convince me of her angst or frustration or desperation.  I’m hoping she makes a huge leap as she grows into the role.  Otherwise, whatever money they might have saved hiring her, might have been a mistake.  We’ll see!

Billy Burke’s character, Miles, is the ex-military guy who can take down several men at once in a skirmish.  It’s TV, so it was an acceptable pinch of a fight.

Giancarlo Esposito brings it to the screen as the nasty-minded militia man… refreshing to have a character in a first episode wrangle an emotional response out of me.  I already hate the character!

We were fed enough information in the season premiere of Revolution to understand that there’s the event, and forces behind the event that are the motivators for many folks and their actions.  Enough for me to catch a few more episodes to see how it pans out.  Hey, the first season of Sons of Anarchy was so-so for me, but subsequent seasons picked it up and rocked! Anything is possible!

With the premiere being released for a sneak peek for a few weeks prior to it’s network premiere date on Sept 17th… I’m not going to worry too much about TV ratings, since they may be diluted by this preview.  The next few weeks following the 17th will be the real tell on how accepted this new apocalyptic series will be.

NBC needs a good sci-fi-‘ish, fantasy series.

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