September 18th, 2012
03:18 PM ET
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.”
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