Sorry about the long delay between posts, without much work, it’s harder for me to find stuff to write about. However, this post is about Revolution, a new series from J. J. Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe), with writing by Eric Kripke of Supernatural, and the first episode is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man movies). So, let’s dive right in.
With a similar feel to that of Fringe, in a vein of science fiction, that has a popular theme that Abrams is into, as Fringe is about to have as well. Revolution starts off where electricity is gone, there is literally none left in the world, something is preventing anything from holding an electrical charge, as it seems. It’s almost as if there is an active dampening field which prevents the flow of electrons from moving at all. In the pilot, we take place on the last day of electricity being used, and then within the blink of an eye, everything starts shutting down, until nothing works. Everything is dependant on electricity these days, so the world goes into another dark age as it were.
The series however takes place 15 years afterward, where the children of one of the last people whom know what has happened, have to find out, what happened, and prevent a local military power from seizing control. Everything seems to feedback on itself, things we may think are trivial in the beginning of the episode, come back to spark our curiosity later, and slap us across the face for not realizing it later.
The characters are really well written, as well as portrayed very well. Actors whom we’ve seen from other series play the older roles, and some new ones play the younger ones. One of my faves from TV, happens to be Tim Guinee. He’s been in many of the shows and movies I’ve watched over the years, as you’ll probably notice with some of the other actors, as well. Everything is still new, and still growing, so over time we’ll see more character development.
Plot development is extremely good, with twists and turns that you may not see coming, but as I said, everything appears to fall back on itself, as we see get set up amongst these characters and places. I don’t want to say too much, but I’ll say there is a fair amount of action to blend in with the story, as it is Eric Kripke and Jon Favreau after all, at least in this first episode.
Direction is good, although there are a couple of scenes where sometimes Favreau did get a wee bit too close, and it had a bit of Transformers action, where it was hard to follow, but once it zoomed back out, it was fine.
I eagerly await the next episode, and I’ll try to balance it out with Fringe, when it comes back for its final season. I might write some more for Revolution as it progresses, but so far its shaping up to be really good! Go watch the episode, while I won’t tell you where, I’m sure you can figure it out for that.