Been watching Revolution on NBC. It has a promising premise of all the electricity in the world goes away, and never returns. I want to like this show so much that I’m going against my own instinct to change the channel or to turn the TV off. Revolution starts quickly with people in everyday lives and a cryptic warning that power’s going to go out. As to the how or why, that hasn’t been explained. Technology is gone, cities are subject to urban decay, and militias form and take over parts of the world. The focus of the show is fifteen years after this disaster and what’s left of the United States. The protagonist of the series is girl name Charlie, and her family.
I love the mystery of this situation, but this show tries its damn best to annoy me with the characters and the stories. I love the idea of trying a new science fiction program and having time to view it. Sadly, liking the premise really doesn’t extend to a lot of the elements. I have to say I really have a dislike of the main character Charlie, and I want to like her. She’s written to be so so annoying, petulant, obnoxious, and dumb. I suppose her lack of experience and maturity are supposed to be highlights as she’s a typical teen, but it doesn’t endear her to me. I do appreciate that last episode the writers tried to ‘soften” her a bit by having her tell her uncle she remembers a different side of him, cause Miles is an ass to her. Miles is a douchey uncle, but a great killer. Apparently she has an decent effect on him.
Charlie’s on a mission to save her brother from the Monroe Militia, and people on the cast drop like flies – the interesting people: Charlie’s dad, Maggie, the doctor (I liked her), and Grace, a woman who could turn the power on I assume died, by the way her home looked after a nasty visit from a mystery man with a cattle prod and his own ability to turn on the power. There are more secrets, like Uncle Miles knows Charlie’s mom is still alive, but doesn’t reveal this to her. As time progresses, we learn that Miles was a part of the Monroe Militia, and was quite an effective instructor/general.
I do wish Charlie had a few more skills and qualities to her other than annoying ones. I mean she’s carrying that crossbow around for a reason. It would’ve been cool if she were more a bit more smart and a lot less of reminding the viewers she’s been spoiled, way too vulnerable and sheltered to travel in a dangerous world. At some point someone needs to give her some self defense lessons because she’s got the one trick with the crossbow, and constantly needs saving.
I would’ve loved to see this show start at the point of people simply trying to survive the day after after the power went out, but we have them established at little farms outside of the cities. That struggle may have been worth it. The flashbacks are everywhere, and while a great way to set up who the characters are/were, I’m losing interest. Also can some events please work for the protagonist? As much as I find Charlie annoying, does everything have to be a setback?
I do like seeing the urban decay, and can’t help but want more to see and explore. It’s more like a survival drama with science fiction elements to me. I must ask, who makes their clothes. These cats have some good tailors, or they raided a clothing warehouse looking stylish and amazing and looking less ragged. I get the feeling season one is all about establishing the rules of this world, and what’s where. I’d like to see some growth in the remaining characters. Seriously, Charlie doesn’t have to be bad ass, but if she learns some skills, and facts about the world are revealed it might be worth all the waiting.
If you’re willing to wait out the creative team set the groundwork for their world then you might find interest in Revolution. I say might cause people’ve told me they haven’t found it compelling enough to stick around and find out why the power went out, or all the secrets of this world. I’ll let you know if I regret my decision to see this through. I’m hoping to stay to the very last episode so that I can say if was all worth it. My guess is that the season finale ends in a a cliffhanger/revelation, that may or may not make us look at things differently. After all there are twelve possible people out there with the ability to turn the power off and on at their leisure. I wonder how this all plays out in this show.