Time for a Revolution at Comic-Con 2012! When J. J. Abrams brings you a new television series, you know it's going to raise and try to answer an interesting premise. What happens when a plane crashes on a mysterious island? What if prisoners from the 1960's mysterious vanish and reappear in 2012? Or, in this case, what happens when the power goes out completely in the 21st century?
That's exactly what happens in Revolution, an upcoming NBC show which screened at Comic-Con this year. It's been 15 years since the Blackout, the night when the world's advanced technology stops working, and while humanity has survived by reverting to the pioneer days, America is a very different place...that looks a lot like the screenshots from The Last Of Us. Anyway, people ride horses everywhere. They depend on archery to hunt and protect themselves. Running water is nonexistent. Oh, and the country is run (and terrorized) by General Monroe's militia, complete with horses and wagons. Really.
But I totally bought it! Especially when the Matheson family is torn apart after the militia come after their father, Ben, for unknown reasons. Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), his daughter, must track down her uncle Miles (Billy Burke) to find out what happened, rescue her brother, Danny (Graham Rogers) and perhaps solve the mystery of why modern day technology stopped working.
You could tell director Jon Favreau had a lot of fun with the pilot episode of Revolution, especially for a post-apocalyptic world that at times seemed more colonial than futuristic. There were scenes that felt like the story was taking place during the Civil War (without the hoop dresses) or an old Western, complete with a saloon and fist fights in the dusty street. As always, the whole show had that J. J. Abrams touch--that this post-Blackout world wasn't quite reality. Revolution is clearly a sci-fi show based on the world as we know it. How would society cope with the abrupt loss of technology? It's a great question for our imagination; let's just hope the series answers it completely.
Revolution will air on NBC in their 2012-2013 season.