'Revolution' Premiere: Who Turned Out the Lights?
'Revolution' Premiere: Who Turned Out the Lights?
Megan Cole
Megan Cole
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
By now, I think most people are familiar with Revolution's premise. Electricity all around the world goes out thanks to some as-yet-unknown cause and we flash-forward 15 years post-blackout to a dangerous new world. It's a high premise: does the show deliver?

The Set-Up

The show does an interesting thing in setting the story 15 years after the blackout, thus avoiding all of the initial survival drama and dropping viewers into a new world with new rules. Another smart move on the part of the creators is in making a naïve young girl our main protagonist. By having Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) drive the plot, the audience gets to learn about the dangers and intricacies of this new world as Charlie discovers them. The drama surrounding Danny's (Graham Rogers) kidnapping is a bit of a cheat in getting the audience to connect with the characters right off the bat but it is something that will probably pay off in the long run and it makes a good introduction to the deadly militiamen.

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The Characters

Charlie, Danny and Zak Orth's millionaire-turned-school teacher Aaron are all compelling and relatable characters so it is not hard to root for them. Billy Burke's Uncle Miles seems to be our second lead but we don't get much from him in the pilot. In fact, Miles' only stand-out scene is his confrontation with the militiamen, something that involves a lot of sword-fighting. (Miles is a fairly decent swordsman, but if I ever need a sword-wielding sidekick for the apocalypse, I would probably choose The Walking Dead's Michonne.)

Based on just one episode, it's hard to say if Miles will become a decent lead but if his early interaction with Charlie is any indication, their relationship should become quite interesting. But for me, the standout characters in tonight's pilot were town doctor and poisoned-whiskey carrier Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips) and Giancarlo Esposito's Captain Neville. Along with Esposito's menacing militia captain, our other big-bad is David Lyons' General Monroe, someone we learn has ties to the Matheson brothers dating back to the pre-blackout world.

The Big Questions

Though the pilot does a good job of introducing viewers to this world, it leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions. Why did the power go off in the first place? Was it intentional? Was it a result of some sort of experiment gone awry? Did someone's dad plug one thing too many into an outlet? How can the power be turned back on and why is Papa Matheson the only one who knows how to do so?

Something else the pilot fails to explain is why no one has been able to come up with an energy source in the 15 years since the blackout. One would guess that there is a good reason for this and I hope the writers don't take too long to address it. On the other hand, I imagine it will be quite some time before we find out exactly what is going on with those flash drives, though I would place a hefty sum on Mama Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) being alive and possibly leading the resistance group hinted at in the episode's final moments.

A Promising Start

Revolution's premiere episode is a great first look at what could become a very captivating series. I liked all of the main characters and the pilot certainly left us with plenty of questions to keep viewers hooked. As someone who happens to be very drawn to post-apocalyptic stories, this wasn't a hard sell for me but I am wondering how it fared with viewers not already pre-disposed to be interested in the plot. So hit the comment section and lets us know what you thought and if you'll be tuning in again next week.

Megan Cole
Contributing Writer

(Image courtesy of NBC)

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