September 18th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

What'd you think of NBC's 'Revolution? Critics weigh in

Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, the Mathesons are struggling to survive. An evil militia rules in the absence of technology, and few know how to restore the peace - Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) and his brother Miles (Billy Burke) are presumably two of them.

In case the parallels between NBC’s “Revolution,” which premiered on Monday, and “The Hunger Games” aren’t yet apparent, we’ll note: this post-apocalyptic adventure stars Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, a teenage girl who wields a bow and arrow.

But with J.J. Abrams as executive producer, “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke as creator and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) in the director’s chair, it makes sense that “Revolution” would garner intrigue.

And there's a chance some of the 11 million viewers who tuned in did so for Giancarlo Esposito's Capt. Tom Neville. The actor became a fan favorite playing Gus Fring on "Breaking Bad."

TV Fanatic’s Nick McHatton notes, “Tom has that strong foundation Esposito can project so well. [He] knows when to intimidate and when to use force. There’s also a murky middle to him that makes his character cold and ruthless while simultaneously possessing a set of rules and boundaries.”

Esposito's role aside, Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times wasn’t so taken with the pilot.

“This kind of genre stuff can be fun, involving or thought-provoking without necessarily being strictly sensible or even good,” Lloyd writes. “But as a professionally discerning adult, I could not help but notice that the characters are fairly stock, the situations familiar and, some nifty digital backgrounds notwithstanding, the production continually felt more like an elaborate game of let's pretend than it did a window into some real other world. I didn't buy a second of it.”

But Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker isn’t writing “Revolution” off just yet, believing that the fate of the series might be in the hands of Spiridakos’ Charlie.

“The action is exciting … and there’s an intriguing overarching theme that could resonate with viewers: In the face of disaster and hardship, people rely on the family unit and rebel against oppressive political/martial factions that rise up in a power vacuum,” Tucker writes. “Whether ‘Revolution’ pays off on this premise will probably be key to whether the series remains worth watching regularly.”

And while Paste’s Adam Vitcavage acknowledges the series’ flaws, he anticipates a lengthy run for Kripke’s drama.

“This is one of those shows where there is so much that unfolds in the course of an episode that you can’t help but get wrapped up into the story immediately,” Vitcavage writes. “It wasn’t perfect, but it fed my appetite for what it was supposed to be. As I’m thinking about what exactly happened in this episode, I realize so many seeds have been sown and it’s possible this series has the potential to blossom into a fan favorite that will be talked about years after the last episode.”

What did you think of “Revolution”? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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    November 27, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    I know at least from this show that in fifteen years after an end of civilization event all girls will have bras, make up, and really nice undamaged factory made clothing and all men will have styled beards and equally made up faces an shirts an pants just equally tight to show everything off.

    An the men an women will have no shortage of razors to keep their armpits an legs an faces from being hairy.

    September 11, 2013 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
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    April 11, 2013 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
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    April 11, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bore123

    thanks...

    April 11, 2013 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brent

    The blood splatter on Revolution in the battle was terrible, the post guys were on drugs or something and Miles has over done lips to the point of looking like a woman. We know that it is a show but please pay attention to detail Revolution. We like the first 10 episodes for a reason...SMH

    April 11, 2013 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
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    March 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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  10. Charlie Sheen

    Well...F#$& ALL OF YOU! The Finale was legit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But...i saw many mistakes. Overall...F@$# the D$@# WORLD!

    November 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Charles Jutkins

    As far as Sci Fi goes this is just a weak plot. There are some really good actors stuck in this plot . Like Espistio who played Joe in breaking bad in particular. The only good Sci Fi that's current is Fringe . Also I am kind of hating all the magic , fantasy
    and myth stuff like Grimm and the related programs. 200 channels and there is nothing worth watching.

    November 25, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bret

    I've watched every episode, but I'm ready to give up. Tonight's episode where the cast spends the entire show in a tunnel was just too much. The story moves at a snail's pace. Tonight's episode was just padding because the writers don't have enough story. At one point when the cast is almost out of air, Charlie and Miles stop and have a long conversation instead of continuing on to look for an exit. How ridiculous! And why don't they put out a few torches if they think that's what's eating up all the oxygen? And what happened to the rest of the rebels who went with them? The traitor only shot two of them.

    And Charlie is such an annoying, whiny, stupid character. It's not all the fault of the actor. The writers give her such dumb dialogue. Danny is a much more interesting character, but the entire season is spent trying to rescue him. Even if we buy the science behind the show's premise, the individual episodes are so infuriating with their slow pace and stupid and unbelievable character interaction that I'm not watching anymore.

    November 20, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. A. Donovan

    Love the show...love the acting...don't sweat the blogs...just check the ratings!! I worked in TV and know what goes into a show like this...very creative writing...love watching!! Actually get a bit frustrated when it ends..joke with my hubby about making 'calls' to get next episode sneak peek :)...genius... ;)

    November 17, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Wow, what a sad woman. This is one of the worst programmes ever. Like Terra Nova 2

      March 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charlie

    Revolution is STUPID. It is probably the stupidest show on television right now. Do not bother watching it. And it is a shame because the general plot concept contains many interesting topics:

    a. What happens to society when all sense of law and order disappears?
    b. Is our society too dependent on technology?
    c. What happens when we as a society give up basic rights like the right to bear arms?
    d. Would people just become stupid without electricity?

    With respect to the last question, it seems that the authors of this television show are STUPID, even with electricity. Lets see:

    1. Not all planes require electricity. Once a jet's engines are lit they are not going to go out until you put them out. A jet would not lose control simply because of an electric failure. All Airbus jets are fly by wire (requiring electricity) but most Boeing jets in service today are hydraulic and would not just fall out of the air. You'd lose radio contact, radar, GPS, interior lighting, electric lighting, but you wouldn't fall out of the sky.

    2. Diesel trucks would still run because they need no spark. The would need to be started, but once started they would run until their fuel has run out. Same with Diesel locomotives, Diesel ships, etc. So Maggie should have no problem getting to the UK.

    3. In this STUPID television show there are an unlimited supply of candles which these morons light even during the day. How stupid can the writers be? Or how stupid do you think your audience is? 15 years after all electricity stops candles will be in very very short supply. Certainly nobody in their right mind would ever use a candle during the day.

    4. Bullets are easy to make. Just save your shell casings and melt new bullets out of lead. Plenty of led things can be melted down for bullets. Like the weights on tires. In fact most roads are covered with lead weights which have fallen off wheels. There will never be a shortage of bullets.

    5. Maggie dies of a knife wound which cut an artery. In this STUPID show we have 6 people who have all been surviving without electricity for 15 years and nobody knows how to make a tourniquet? Nobody knows that when you cut yourself you should lay down and elevate the injured area so that blood does not flow out of your body too quickly? Two of the people are military (1 US military, 1 militia). This is basic training which every soldier should get.

    6. All sailboats were destroyed making an Atlantic crossing impossible? Not likely!!! STUPID.

    7. After 15 years with no electricity there would be no fat kids like the one we are viewing from behind during the first scene of the first episode. Whose son was that? Go on a diet you fat little pig. People get fat from lack of physical labor and from eating processed foods. Without electricity processed foods would disappear very quickly and fat people would disappear fast as well.

    And I do not buy for one minute that this show is fiction so it should just be stupid. What kind of fictional world would exist where people forced to survive in the wilderness for 15 years wouldn't learn basic survival instincts? Wait, they have very good survival instincts and they have adapted very well, but they have no idea that somebody bleeding should lie down? Not fiction, STUPID fiction.

    It is like this television show was written by a bunch of idiots who have never been camping before and lack basic basic survival knowledge. The incredibly annoying thing to anybody who understands just a little bit of survival rules is the common, basic mistakes made in this movie.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I totally agree. There are so many plot holes, the characters so unbelievable (not to mention the lifeless acting), the world building flawed and confusing, the themes lacking any subtlety whatsoever, that honestly, I can't watch this show without becoming enraged. I've given it several chances, but it gets worse with each episode. The dialog reads like a teenager wrote it, and it panders to the stupidest aspects of our society. Juvenile.

      Even if you can ignore the science behind the premise, assuming some science-fiction explanation will come into play later on, the fact remains that pre-electricity cultures had plenty of technology, science, art (the scene where the I-pod turns on and the one guy says he's not heard music in forever, hello? music has existed for tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of years). People aren't going to forget everything because the t.v. doesn't work, it's really not that hard to treat wounds if you know anything about the human body, and plenty of ancient people knew enough about plants to prevent infection, let alone people who know about bacteria, art won't just disappear completely, people aren't stupid just because they can't read. All in all, this show is HIGHLY ethnocentric, and basically asserts that everyone who does not have advanced technology is stupid, and has no creativity or worthwhile culture. Which is just ignorant. Take an anthropology class for Christ's sake.

      So yes, the writers and character are all very stupid, at best this show lacks research and good brainstorming sessions with intelligent people, at worse it is offensive to every culture that doesn't align with American "values," if you can call guns and computers values. The only goal of the show is get America back, but doesn't care to question what America means at all, doesn't even assert that it means anything besides freedom to have guns and computers. Stupid, unambitious, nauseating.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Television Realist

      Dude...every show is "STUPID". When you start to put it that way...yeah...but NO TV IS REALISTIC! They are all fake crap from Hollywood millionaires.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Wow!! My husband and I love the show. Yea there is a few snags here and there, but the primis is intriguing. I am glad to hear that its coming back March 25th. I will be looking forward to it. I really can't understand why if people don't like it how they can be so versed in all the plot lines and characters. They must not hate it enough to turn the channel.

      January 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tug Romney

      You know what my biggest hang-up is about Revolution? Everyone has a freakin' sword. Where did all these swords come from and how did everyone become so proficient in sword combat?

      If all the power went out and civilization as we know it ended today, I guaranfreakintee you that fifteen years from now almost nobody would be carrying a damn sword.

      March 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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  16. Amelia

    Loved the show. But I really don't like the main character, Charlie. She can't do anything on her own except the shooting thing. She did many things which Miles told her not to. And that causes trobles to the group. Charlie seems like very immature to me. And whining all the time. I get that she needs to find her brother. But first, she needs to grow up. And be useful to the group.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Sheen

      Well said. I hate the main family. Charlie should just stay at home. She is immature, and rash. She doesn't have any experience. She makes stupid decisions. Miles, who is extremely experienced, and smart. I also hate Charlie's mom. She should be killed! She is evil. She just kills whoever to get her way. Does not care about anything. The main Matheson family (except for miles) are retarded.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Art3mis

    ...seriously people? Not to be rude or anything...but can you please just get up and get a life? So the people are clean- do you think that everyone before electricity just rolled about in their own filth all the time? So what if the clothes are new- again- WATER people, you can use it without electricity. And the whole electricity thing- I will say this very slowly for all of you- it. Is. A. Freaking. TV. Show. Medical shows get tons of the facts wrong, Big Bang Theory probably does too. I hate to break it to you, but TV shows aren't entirely reliable when it comes to information and reality. Even the reality shows cheat. Yes, the characters are a little annoying, but what's more annoying is when you people come on here and rant about a perfectly good show after 5 EPISODES. Have you heard of character or plot development? The relationships are well thought out, there are emotional moments, the flash backs make it more interesting, and despite some mistakes, the plot is good. So please just give this show a chance because it's a good show once you get past the 'zomg it's so wrong lol' aspect of it. It's not exactly like lightsabers or Fireflies or Doctors are real- despite the awesomeness that would follow if they were. Just grow up a little, please.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Sheen

      WELL SAID!! Why are we complaining so much. +1 for Atemis.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Will

    I think it would be pretty decent if the main character wasn't so god damned annoying. Other than that, its fairly generic dystopian science fiction; I expected more from jj Abrams.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Sheen

      Specify main character. If it is charlie, then I agree 100%. She should just save her brother, and go back home forever. And long live Monroe Republic!

      November 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. carnival

    the poland lady in the dramas of will say : it's a terrible terrible dramas.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  20. David Baker

    I grew up in the generation that enjoyed Andy Griffith, Gilligan's Island, Ed Sullivan, I love Lucy and other memorable (and many still syndicated..) shows. I'm afraid television has deteriorated to the point where these offerings are expected to succeed despite terrible writing/acting/social issues being rammed down our throats. One show that died an ignominious death when it got "Preachy" was M*A*S*H. I never really liked it in the first place, but the plots were getting too much like liberal indoctrination than comedy, and that aspect alone ended my viewing. It's as if the producers are begging us to 'understand' the shortcomings of these current shows, and still tune-in faithfully to this tripe. I can't see ANY Hollywood creation that will entertain like the shows I mentioned.

    October 5, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  21. frustrated viewer

    Revolution is one of the DUMBEST programs I have ever viewed. I was upset that I wasted an hour to watch the first episode. It is just another soap opera including a lot of violence. The list of what I find wrong with this series is simply not worth my time. I refuse to watch another episode.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Crossxland

      Im guessing you like reality TV more. Its so much more real.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  22. L. Sain

    A huge disappointment. I'll watch one more episode to see if anything comes together.

    September 27, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Sheen

      Are you serious???!?!?! Come one! If you don't like it, then say why do you dont;t like it! Come on here, be real, and give it constructive criticism.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. LarryC

    The producers would have done better to do a screenplay of Steve Stirling's _Dies The Fire_, which is a much better thought out story, and the obvious source for the series.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. judd

    f you go back and look at pilots of every show that has succeeded and survived, you will notice two things. 1) Over time the acting and characters become better and deeper respectively; 2) Nevertheless, you can see signs right away as to how good these actors and characters will become. That is exactly what I did NOT see in the pilot for Revolution. These people were so bland that I did not bother with the second episode. Premise alone will not cut it.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  25. PF

    Any show that's going to go off grid (pun intended) either needs to go all in like having hyper space or light sabers so we don't need to worry about the back story, or explain themselves.
    There are just so many holes in the back story of this plot that it intrudes into the plot and characters.
    At least LOST just went its merry way.
    Here its total garbage.
    Just think of the world a hundred years ago. We had plenty of industry and technology. It just wasn't electricity based.
    Oh, I'm waiting to hear how they just turned of electricity, without any side effects into chemical reactions, the earth's magnetic field , and so on. I'm waiting to see how hilarious that will be.
    I can't help laughing through the whole show when they're wielding swords and trying to steal a rifle.
    Gunpowder, steel, Winchesters, all available pre electricity.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Bill

    So how did it do on its second airing? Any viewers left?

    Will it go the way of <3 ?? (silently into the darkness after two airs)

    September 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Crxxland

      It is a story and not bad. No electricty would throw us into a panic. You really think most people would survive? People now days do not even basically no how to cook or camp of even hunt? Can you survive without electricty? Working toilets? Running water? No cars? Gun could not be made in mass production. Its not as easy as you would even speculate. We may have a lot of people around who imagine they can handle it but I really do not think so. Family members dieing. Not much food or water. Its fun to think about all the inner city gang members with a limited supply of guns and ammo. It wont take long. Just to name afew things.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jennie lee

    I'll watch ANYTHING that ISN"T a reality show. I bet the rest of the world thinks that we're a bunch of dummies because of all those STUPID reality shows. It least Revolution has a plot. I hate being treated like I'm stupid.....I wish TV would grow up

    September 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  28. scripted

    September 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. NickyCT

    I love the show. Kind of remind me of the BBC show Survivors and I'm not talking about U.S. reality tv crap.
    Is it me or the the main female character is a dead ringer of Jenifer Gardner. Saw the preview of next week and just saw another actor from Lost will guest star. Looks like we'll be seeing lots of guest stars from Lost.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Sheen

      true...this show reminds me of FoX's Terra Nova...a modern problem is destroying us...and we need to fix it.

      November 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie Sheen

      true...this show reminds me of FOX's Terra Nova...a modern problem is destroying us...and we need to fix it. :)-

      November 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  30. viranka

    as bad as a lot of people may think this show is to them it beats the hell out of any these frikin reality shows.

    September 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Blue

    Too early to tell – BUT what's with the Hunger Games bow always being carried around?

    Traveling with a group of 3, is she planning to feed the party with a side of Elk each day? Doesn't seem plausible.

    September 24, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • (3)

      no she's doing what she usually does...WHATEVER THE FK SHE WANTS....

      September 25, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • LSX

      What? Do you think gun powder and bullets grow on trees? Also bows and crossbows are nearly silent at a distance.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Croxxlando

      It is called a crossbow. Hunger Games just highlighted it. Wasn't that good of a movie maybe a 3 of 5. Girl characters make for stronger characters in the long run anyway.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Yazhol

    For those of you who question the characters being so clean and their clothes so neat... You can still shower and wash clothes without electricity people! It was done for HUNDREDS of years before electricity came to be. Stop being so self-centered and pick up a history book!

    For those who complain about plot holes, not knowing who characters are, etc... There's only been ONE episode! Did you know who everyone on LOST was after the pilot? NO! In fact we didn't meet some key characters from LOST until a few seasons into the show. Back off and let the story be told.

    You guys want to know why the networks cancel shows so fast? Because of morons like you who give up too easily on shows and stop watching!

    September 24, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas Whitehair

      Any one who has a little bit physics knowledge should find this show ridiculous.

      September 24, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Didn't anyone in this dumb society study physics? Everything on the planet would come apart, including your body, if electro-magnetic rules failed to work.

      October 7, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  33. bubba smith

    this show is stupid and will be gone in 3 or 4 weeks.

    September 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Agree !

      What did the world do for the millions of years before electricity? Only 100 years of 'technology' but the whole human race collapses without it?

      Bah. This show SUX

      September 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  34. yum

    love a man when he's tough looking like this actor....

    September 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Christine

    I like the premise of the series, even if it is ripped off from Stirling's books, but everyone is too clean and the clothes look like they just picked them off of the rack. With global loss of electricity, things would get very nasty, in one word, cannabalism, especially in the cities. It would not look like a bucolic paradise. I do like Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito, though.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • mbona

      Yeah you are right. That 1880 was so long ago when Edison invented the light bulb and gave the world light vs gas lanterns. It's amazing how Columbus was able to sail around the world without electricity or Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel or Bartholdi and the Statue of Liberty in 1875. Someone forgot to tell them they were supposed to be busy eating people.

      September 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Gino Wanger

    hot actor.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  37. with my schedule...

    i just want to get layed..

    September 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  38. George Wenger

    As a very strong fan of Science Fiction, I watched about 20 minutes of the first episode of "Revolution" – long enough to see it devolve into yet another watcher-cheater. I won't be back .

    September 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    underwear she's size 12..

    September 22, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
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    jo mama. i sell underwear in size 10 if you need it.

    September 22, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  41. jerry younkins

    100 nuke plants in the US. 100 nuke plants means when the cooling pools evaporate away one hundred Chernobyls. Reality flaw that blows the entire series. Loss of power is an ELE for North America. Period and the swords are so stupid as to defy description.

    September 22, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ezra

      A nuclear reactor is controlled and operates at exact critical state (no neutron multiplication). If it went out of control and went supercritical (like a bomb), the neutron multiplication factor could only rise a little before a meltdown occurred and the fuel rearranged itself into subcritical form and the reactor shut itself down (meltdowns are good, but expensive to repair). Most reactors operate with low enriched fuel (about 3% to 5% Uranium-235), you need high enriched fuel (at least 20%, typically 93.5% uranium-235) to get the prompt supercritical state required in a bomb.

      Doubt they would blow up.

      September 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  42. CuriousWonder

    i am curious yet at the same time confident this is the right choice for television. both networks need to calm down and let the season run its course.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jer

    better than the new two and a half men

    September 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. julie

    the people are too darn clean and the clothes all look new, not realistic, Hope this won't be another bomb like last years PLAYBOY show

    September 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. marmardouglas

    They better reveal the mystery behind the electricity soon than later; I don’t want to know what happened after six seasons like in Lost! I forgot the premiere was on last Monday, but I had my Hopper’s PrimeTime Any Time feature on, so I still watched it on Wednesday. My DVR automatically records three hours of primetime coverage on the big four networks, which helps me keep up with shows when I get home from work at DISH. I think that the flash drive necklace is some sort of device that lets people use electricity when it’s on, but that raises further questions!

    September 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. five finger tight grip

    actor is hot..

    September 21, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  47. n222s

    Things to consider; militias would rise in this country and all over the world. The US was radically different when it came into existence. Virtually all other governments were oppressive before we came into being (and we weren't perfect). And many people in this country would welcome strong arm thugs if they offered to protect and feed them. Few people today know what it would take to grow/catch their own food. Go into any major city in the poor or rich sections. You think some goofball in the slums or on Park Avenue would have a clue how to get their next meal if it wasn't available in a grocery store or delivered on a plate by the help?

    Clothes would be more ragged than they appear. More would be dressed in leather because it is more durable and warmer. There would be steam engines and if electricity isn't possible, much could be done with steam. Like transportation.

    Crops would have to be EVERYWHERE (many lost the knowledge but it could be re-acquired, the lack of knowledge would affect the rise of militias but it would improve). The meager crops displayed in the village wouldn't be enough to feed a family of four much less a community.

    Firearms would be more prevalent though more crude. You don't need electricity to make a gun or gunpowder. Wild, wild, west anyone? And if you can make guns you'd be assured of having a job in the new world, that's for sure.

    One man with a sword takes down what seems to be 45 people? Not buying it. Ummm, Kill Bill type scenes aren't close to being real.

    The woman with a thumb drive turns on the lights in her home but the Dad who gets killed in the village doesn't turn them on? Seemingly ever? I'd be using that stick all the frickin' time.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • ct

      I agree with what you mentioned about the show. I also noticed that a lot of the vehicles on the show still have the tires filled with air. After 15 years those tires would have deteriorated enough that they would no longer be inflated. I have yet to see people eating on this show. Why are black powder rifles the only ones in use?

      October 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  48. markymark!!!

    so mch fun tonight. hme soon. home 230 this mng too mch traff, fri study, sat back to cncrt–lol

    September 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  49. steve

    wtching gme a locl br-
    tha br is awsme.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Lambros

    You know LOST was a good show when it's 8 years since it first aired and we still compare shows to it.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Classic TV

    the pilot will survive and it could make it. this depends on the director.

    September 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Joseph

    I give it six episodes.Compare it to the rest of NBCs unentertainment schedule of What.Americas\'s Got Talent which is dragged out for as much as they can drag it.Same with The Voice.I never watched SUV until it became one of the only things worth watching during the week.Go On is pitiful.NBC could hire a second grader and get more for their money than the fools they pay as program directors now.If there's a network channel on T.V. that should be sold to foreign networks its NBC.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Gisele

    I sincerely hope this show doesn't last beyond the pilot! It's an utter flop!!! I am sorry for anyone who thinks this is, or will be, a good show.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan TM

      Why do you need to feel sorry for those who are interested in the show? I feel sorry for you when you wear purple. That makes as much sense as your comment. As for the show I think it has a lot of potential & will continue to watch it. So, if you feel it necessary, feel sorry all you want!

      September 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  54. another set up for a blog count

    yea ok...whatever.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Jesse

    I think I'm going to try and continue to watch. Although I'm afraid to get invested because networks have a lovely habit of cutting shows really short and hardly giving them a chance.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  56. SouthernMan

    This is one of those shows where what unfolds you can’t help but get wrapped up into the story immediately

    September 20, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  57. Leena

    i agree the hair is still kept very tight and in position.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  58. Jericho...

    i like that name and love to watch movies.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  59. Nick

    Here are my issues with the show.

    1. In a world without electricity and in 15 years clearly lots of mayhem has happened because the population has been decimated, how in the world does everyone have such clean and perfect clothing? Every character looked like they just got done shopping at the Gap, just got done having a nice shower and putting on makeup. This show should take some notes from AMC's The Walking Dead. Not only does The Walking Dead create a believable universe where zombies have taken over, but they don't gloss over the realities of a post-apocolyptic world where people sweat and get dirty and get to wear the same clothes all the time because there's no malls.

    2. They tried to cover way too much ground in one episode. I practically expected them to reveal the reason the black out happened by the time the episode ended. Not only did we find out that one of the main protagonists (Miles) was apparently friends with the main antagonist (General Monroe). But we were hastily rushed into a false sense of fear from the "Republic of Monroe". Either the first episode should have been spent on the transition from black out to none-black out, maybe via flashbacks from the father, or it should have been spent making us hate General Monroe. Instead we knew a few characters for about 10 minutes and then they got killed and we are supposed to want a "Revolution" now? Seriously?

    3. The weaponry. What is the deal here? Charlie has a cross bow, clearly a modern one, but the militia has antique fire arms? Of course it's also worth mentioning that the militia all wear the same goofy outfits that all look pristinely off the costume trailer. So what is this world? One low on ammunition for modern weapons (which would make a decent amount of sense after 15 years of people killing each other for food and resources) or one that has a vast supply of ammunition for antique weaponry? Let's of course mention the swords that are all pristine since we all know that swords are currently so readily available that so many people would easily find a good clean one to use.

    4. The music. What type of world are they trying to portray here? Shouldn't there be some level of fear or anxiousness about the unknown? They just waltz into Chicago, where apparently people hang out at a bar and have no problem getting around, when it was insinuated that it was a very dangerous place and the music just chimes along like there's nothing to be worried about.

    Overall it is very disappointing. I saw the previews and thought, man this might be really good. But I should have known better that a channel like NBC couldn't handle a show like this without polishing it and making it so devoid of any real character depth or gritty reality. They are the idiots that got rid of Southland, the only good police drama on television, while shows like Rookie Blue get renewed for fourth seasons on ABC.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ronnie

      I love your in depth look into this show, and while I agree with all of what your are saying, its meant to be entertaining, when you look to deeply into anything you will find flaws and the certain time inappropriate things. LIke how that woman happened to have an inhaler for the boy who escaped, 'it was my sons' 15 years later you still have inhalers... but anyway, good comment!

      September 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Sokman

    Who keeps their hair cut high & tight, & why do they still wear watches?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  61. I'll

    give you a jericho..put your sweats on and be ready by 645pm

    September 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Pharquar

    After watching the show I was a bit perturbed. Revolution's initial story line was canceled by NBC before. A world wide calamity orchestrated by some unknown villain or some evil organization. It's just Like Jericho!! I got invested in Jericho and they pulled the plug, not again!

    September 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dottie

      My thoughts exactly – looks like a version of Jericho. I too loved Jericho and was very upset when it was cancelled.

      September 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yazhol

      Jericho was on CBS, not NBC. If you're going to flame someone flame the right someone.

      September 24, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  63. your like that pathetic dish person

    i have the hopper that goes as far as seeing God's townhouse in heaven..

    shut up already

    September 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  64. LMAO

    you have threatened your boyfriend 200 times 85 different ways that you have money...

    NOBODY CARES

    September 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  65. MOBY TURNSTILES

    When there's a blackout in my neighborhood, somehow my car still runs and planes are still in the air (I love that only ONE fell out of the sky, to make the point). Gee. a ferris wheel in the middle of the woods seems like a nice touch...but where's the rest of the amusement park? Another show that makes no sense (like Lost) that mindless people will probably eat up.

    September 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Are you serious with this comment? you want to read what you wrote again?

      November 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  66. yea i agree..

    just a teenie earthquake

    September 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Steve

    The show looks like a not so well thought out plot meant to capitalize on the popularity of "The Hunger Games" "Lost" and the prepper/survivalist movement at the cost of convincing plot and actors. I think this show will have 1 season then be done. Its too teenie bopper at the moment and so completely unrealistic. Clean clothes and sharp haircuts on everyone...in 15 years nobody got the power running yet? Please. Steam Engines?

    And way to go cramming some teenie romance into our faces in the first episode....too bad teenies aren't interested enough in this show to make it last because that's clearly who they're pandering to.

    September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  68. nall brown

    wow, I wonder if the author S.M Stirling "Dies the Fire" will get any royalties. So much for originality JJ.

    Dies the Fire (2004) shows the effects on the planet—a world Nantucket left—of something called "The Change". Electricity, guns, explosives, internal combustion engines, and steam power no longer work. The series mostly deals with the Willamette Valley area of Oregon, with some description of the United Kingdom. After describing how people in those places survive the loss of 600 years of technological progress, the primary focus of this series turns to a conflict between a Portland-based neo-feudal dictatorship created by a sociopathic history professor, and the free communities of the Willamette Valley, most notably the Wiccan Clan Mackenzie and a group led by a former Marine, the Bearkillers.

    Dies the Fire (2004-07-01)
    The Protector's War (2005-09-06)
    A Meeting at Corvallis (2006-09-05)

    September 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dixie G

      Thanks for the heads-up on a new novel series to read! My time will probably be better spent reading the books than watching this "new" series. I had great hopes, but the pilot was too prettified (did you see the inhaler lady's house - geez! Like a woman living alone in a beautiful home wouldn't have been a target for scavengers after 15 years?)

      September 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onikami

      great series! this is what the show should have been about but it would be too controversial.

      September 21, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Norman Arminger

      Why would it have been controversial?

      September 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Sis

    I thought it was only OK, then came the deal with the black woman having a working computer. Up came memories of LOST, I invested a lot of time and energy watching that show, for J.J. Abrams to simply make up off the wall stupid crap as explanations. Actually NO-explanations. Gonna have to do better than that. It has to be believable – not a white polar bear in the jungle. Quirky is fine, but believable quirky. Got some work to do......

    September 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  70. shhhhhhhhhhhhh

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    September 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. mike

    She has alot of counting to do tonight....check all hardrives later. ha!

    September 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  72. 2 tylenol please

    zzzzzzzzzzz

    September 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Jennifer W

    I kept wondering how they had such nice clothes, if not factory made and no washing machine. And if it had been 15 years nature would be way more wild. If i don't mow in 3 weeks my yard is taking over everything.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Oakspar77777

    Flat characters all over the place. Shouting instead of emoting. Plot holes you don't need lights to see from miles away. No supporting cast (you could have used the same extra in the village, the bar, the stairfight, the militia, and the other part of the militia and NO ONE WOULD HAVE NOTICED).

    Romance? The young "couple-betrayal" practically grunted at each other like chimpanzees.

    None of this looks like a post-apocalyptic world, more like a Terra-Nova style "New Eden."

    Did we really need a black lead in Chicago attempting to disarm the people? I'm not a fan of the Administration, but that was as glaring as anything short of The Chicago Code. That Esposito even has the look and mannerisms only makes it clearer.

    I did, however, love that when the people don't have guns, the taxing government (militia) has no problems using them. If that does not clearly show how modern evil Chicago politics are, when the police have guns, the criminals have guns, and the people are disarmed, then I don't know what would.

    Finally, as a last nail in this show getting a second season, was that they jumped the shark on electricity in the first episode. We all got that the electicity was out, and we took with a grain of salt how stupid that was. Even the nerd was complaining about basic physics not working and how dumb that is. We would have bought pulsing solar flares, a teslic power system that drains strong electrical fields, or even some far more ridiculous excuses.

    When a flash drive, however, it the magic button to turn on local electricity, and random woman #18 of the show just happens to have one, use it, and email someone on a green screen moniter who is sitting around waiting for the message like it was 1984 when the power went out.

    I am dissapointed that when The Walking Dead has worked so hard to bring some respectability to the post-apoc genre that something like this can come along and treat it so poorly.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ct

      What's really confusing to me is how that lady managed to send a signal out from her computer that was powered on by that thumb drive. Even if she managed to get it turned on there has to be functional infrastructure in place to carry that signal. After 15 years and no power beyond her desk I find it ridiculous that she was able to send a message out to somebody on the other end...

      October 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  75. reggiemcveggie

    i liked how they show used current themes. i think obama is really the girl, charlie. she's up against the militia guy monroe who is all kinds of romney. am i the only one who thinks this? i mean obama wishes he were a white girl.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oakspar77777

      The black, government (militia) man comes into the village – the hard working people think it is for taxes (tribute) to maintain the militia for their own protection and good.

      It turns out that he is there for something else, a gun is drawn, and he informs us that the people are not allowed to own guns in future Chicago (not so different from today) and for attempting to protect his friends and family from government abuse he will be arrested.

      The man tells Obama (Esposito) to go arrest himself, since he is guilty of his own crimes and things go bad. The government man, with the best of weapons denied to the people, ruthlessly guns them down into compliance.

      Rather than take things up with the government, the girl goes outside of the government controlled heirarchy to find a former government/military man to take up arms against the abuses of that government believing they have a right to exercise control over the lives of the people.

      Nope, at the end of the day, American don't like government authority, they like freedom – and individual freedom at that. How often is the ruling power (government) the enemy in modern drama? How often is government ever the hero?

      There are no comparisons between the girl and the Administration. It would be too far to say that the opposite is true, but clearly there is nothing in this that resembles Obama as the protagonist. She is fighting against government interjecting themselves into her life and family while the current Administration has ruled with the goal of a stronger central government with more influence over the lives of citizens.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • n222s

      Reggie, please. If you had to pick, who would you say wants tighter government control over more of our lives? The only thing Obama believes we should have complete autonomy in is in our choice of partners and birth control. I'm not debating the worthiness of this belief in more government (not for here). Fender guitar was raided by people with guns over the wood they used. A farmer was raided by people with guns because they sold unpastuerized milk. Who has the guns/weapons, similar to Esposito's, used to collect taxes if necessary?

      Just watch the show and stop trying to see Obama or Romney in every hero or villain.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  76. Jaycee

    I hope they show more background of what happened during the 15 years after the blackout. If they do the same thing as LOST and trickle out a little at a time, I think people will get impatient. This show really needs to kick into high gear to keep peoples' interest. I like post-apocolyptic shows like this but it still needs to have more than a good premise and cardboard characters.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Law

    It reminded me of Jericho, something happens the destroys society and then factions and militia rise up but there are a group of people who know what happened.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  78. ardis

    The neighborhoods started to deteriorate quickly. People seemed to lose civility as well.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  79. GPM

    The second best show on TV – with the Walking Dead being Number 1. I loved all of the characters – you really cared about them. Eric Kripke's touch shows in this TV show (I love Supernatural). He is fantastic. Thank you Revolution team for bringing quality action and thought-provoking TV to us viewers. I hope to watch this show for many years to come.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  80. Crazy11

    I didnt watch it, Im tired of investing in a sci-fi serialized drama and having the network cancel it on me mid story. NBC did it to me with The Event, also Journeyman. Fox did it with Terra Nova and Alcatraz, ABC did it with Flashforward. I am sick of it, and will only watch shows that last like Game of Thrones, The Walkiing Dead and sitcoms that entertain for the hour and dont upset me when they get cancelled.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  81. Jennifer Aniston

    she's in her 40's gorge and and makes her new man shine...good job...

    September 19, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  82. i am davis tracking here me roar back in july

    nobody cares.....i have a dish can see from here to heaven....nobody cares......

    jennifer aniston is class and beauty and looks appropriate for her next man.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  83. No Personality...

    you know where she works right? she is no better then anyone on this entire site.
    k? if you don't have one people won't respond to you . do you understand? you need a course.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  84. NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU BUY AND DO NOT BUY

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    September 19, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  85. NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU GUY AND DO NOT BUY

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    September 19, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  86. Mulk

    It tried, but it was silly. No electricity would mean no major life on earth. Guess what powers your muscles and brain? Not happy thoughts and pixie dust. But at least the the pilot of Last Resort was interesting.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  87. Not buyin' it

    A garden in a Prius? Seriously???

    September 19, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  88. Not Buyin it..

    I was excited for this show to start, but after the first episode, mmmm... have my doubts if I continue to watch it.
    Come on.. seriously...! after 15 years and all the characters look like they just got out of the mall..? so neatly dressed...
    In my opinion ...is not going to last..

    September 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  89. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    i thought the show was stupid...i have to see a few more times myself

    September 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  90. ah...

    I thought it was a little weak. I think it might develop into a good storyline in time. I think I liked the premise from the show Jericho better. It had a little more realistic theme to me. I'll still give it a few more shows to make a verdict, though.

    September 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lovel VA

      I agree.. Jerricho was a great show and they still took it off the air. this show lacked a lot :(

      September 19, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  91. LOL

    the stupid, weak and pretty are gone.

    September 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Mike

    are you jealous of people who want to be or are attractive? thats not the attractive persons problem.

    September 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      The stupid will die off first. Then the weak. The pretty will ugly up in a couple of months.

      September 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Cross-Bow HunterGuy

    This show is so stupid!!!

    It's impossiable for electricity to go away.Coil some metal and put a magnet next to it.Your BRAIN is powered by electricity,this can't exists

    And everyone is too attractive,like they stepped outa a Sears catologue

    September 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  94. David

    Feels like a strip down show (Lost). After the fighting very week. Adventure through out the US. Run out ideas what to do with characters. The show will not last long with the viewers.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Guest

    no crapola..just snappin and no this!

    September 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Observer

    Looks promising. And a dang site better than more reality/singing or Kardashians garbage.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  97. hysteria again...

    -

    September 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Harry from Va

    I like some of the characters and what not but the show just made me tired. The one thing they need to resolve quickly is how is the electricity being effected. Is the chemical bonds being disrupted they need to show more of what happened right after the blackout happened. I don't care if it is flashbacks what not. How did so many die? Where were all the bones from the dead. Hate to say 15 years is not enough time to cause that much overgrowth in the city. Did a experiment or a planned experiment go off to change the laws of physics so that way we have a reboot of technology fearing we were at a impasse. These are questions that need answering. For me its not plausible because your telling me to take your word for this and make me disbelief in science. You have to give some science to this so I can suspend my belief while I watch.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Peebles Flintstone

    I liked the pilot episode, I will keep watching awhile longer. I'm tired of police dramas. I realize that we have to suspend reality when watching TV but it is hard to get past the fact that the loss of technology has caused the gov't to fall to ruin. In the grand scheme of things, people have only had electricity for what...120 years? We fought the Revolutionary and Civil Wars without modern technology and Rome was a super power for hundreds of years without it....all it takes is 15 years for the USA to revert to militia rule? I'm not buying it....:-)

    September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Walter Smith

    Are you the bum who built in Reading?

    September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Felix Thomas Clauss (99)

    We are so proud of this couple.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |

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