What would happen if the lights went out? The new show on NBC, Revolution, gives us an idea, offering a glimpse of a world that’s both frightening and beautiful at the same time. Revolution doesn’t officially premiere until Monday, September 17, but you can watch the whole episode online right now, and it’s definitely worth tuning in for.
I’ve been excited about Revolution since the trailer first showed up online, and the little intro video below isn’t too bad either, although it does seem a little cheesy. The premiere episode doesn’t waste time and the action starts right away, with an unknown, yet seemingly man-made, phenomenon shutting down everything in the world that runs on electricity. Even batteries are rendered useless. A brief voice-over catches up with events fifteen years later, and the world is a completely different place, reminiscent of medieval times.
While there are some intriguing characters as supporting players, the main characters are Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Miles (Billy Burke from the Twilight series). Judging from the video below, and my own instinct suggesting there’s more going on than meets the eye, Arron (Zak Orth), a former Google employee, will also spend a decent amount of time in the spotlight.
I don’t know if the similarity was intentional, or if I’m just seeing it because of the bow and arrows, but Charlie brings to mind Katniss Everdeen. She’s a teenager growing up in this new world but she still has childhood memories of how things were before the Blackout. She has attitude but she’s not irritating to watch.
Miles is a guy you want on your side. As someone mentions early in the show, Miles is good at killing people, and it turns out that he really is. He doesn’t want trouble but he has no problem dealing with it when it finds him. No spoilers here but I think something happened in Miles’ past that makes him decide to hide from the world. You’ll see what I mean during a brief flashback that he has. There’s more to him than meets the eye and I’m looking forward to finding out more about him.
Aaron is also someone that I suspect has a past that could drastically affect the present. There’s nothing blatantly apparent about it, but one has to wonder why such an obvious city boy would undertake the mission he goes on. It’s just a guess but I think he knows the secret of the little necklace he’s entrusted with.
The world-building is intriguing, offering enough glimpses of the new dystopian landscape to really convey how much the world has changed, allowing just enough of the world we know to peek through, adding to the realistic feel of the show.
I will definitely be tuning in when Revolution officially begins because I think it offers something fresh and exciting.