J.J.Abrams is the man behind the mysteries in Lost, handshaken cam horror in Cloverfield, the great Spielbergish Super 8, the renewer of Star Trek, the head behind the fantastic Fringe series and now in the producer seat of a full new Tv-series called Revolution. Does he still hold the magic. Well, maybe?!
After his not to great series, Person of Interest and Alcatraz, I was looking forward to a full fledge mystery in the nature of Lost, but the pilot gives us something that reminds me of a mix of Jericho and Terra Nova.
Revolution depict a post-apocalyptic world set 15 years after a permanent blackout. No electricity, no cars, no planes, the whole infrastructure of the modern world has gone down in the drain. People are living in small communities and strong leaders are popping up with there gang of armed militia. The main character is a young girl called Charlie, played by Tracy Spiridakos who I don’t know, but still gives a good look and a center to care for in the serie. But do we really care? Characters pops up and dies, some keeps on going but it is hard to find a center here. I guess it will be Charlie, but for all I know she will die in the second episode.
So far we know that Charlie is the daughter of a man that has something to do with the blackout, but he dies killed by the Militia. Charlie is looking for her uncle who lives in Chicago. He also knows something. She travles together with her step mother and a former It-nerd. Her brother is taken by a Militia, and they are looking for him too. The Militia is looking for Charlies uncle and the Militias leader is a former friend of Charlies dead father. Charlies uncle is a fighter and gives a big fight killing of 20 armed men alone in the pilot. Everything, at least initially, seems to revolve around an amulet, a piece of jewelry that has the ability to create electricity. This is the secret revealed in the pilot.
I will follow this series. Hopefully it will gives os a great mystery. There is hope in the part of the secret people knowing something about the blackout and in the strange amulet, but I am afraid that we will get to much focus on fighting, surviving and not much on the mystery arc. As in Terra Nova that ended after to many episodes of “monster of the week” with a big mystery and no solution. I hate that. It is better with a shorter run, but with a mystery/ solution arc. Like the great Coma!
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