I tried to give Revolution a chance. I really did. I thought the pilot was a bit dull and the setting wasn’t that original, but I could see potential. The anti-hero status of one of the main characters, Miles Matheson, is interesting. The idea of a world plunged into the Dark Ages is intriguing. Also, I love Giancarlo Esposito.
The thing that bothered me the most was the whole “no technology” idea. I’m supposed to believe that all technology just suddenly shut down and won’t come back on. “But,” I thought, “why don’t they just make new batteries and engines?” The show replied, “No new technology like engines or even batteries work. The very laws of physics have been altered.” But guns still work. Okay. At first, I thought the show’s creators were just ignorant of the implications of the premise, and I wanted to cut them some slack. But then I saw the commercial for the next episode. Now I have to believe the writers are either complete morons or (more likely) they have just given up on trying to maintain the premise.
UPDATE: NBC has removed the video, so I’ll just explain that it shows our intrepid heroes racing to stop a militia-run train.
A train. Let’s think about this for a moment. What does this train look like it runs on? Steam. That means it uses a steam engine. Do you know what else you could run on a steam engine? Cars. Lights. Power plants. EVERYTHING. This episode should be about the whole world gathering around the train and saying, “My God, they have a working train! Human civilization is saved! Let’s hook a belt to it and start powering the nearest hospital!” Instead, apparently our heroes are trying to stop it. Maybe the show will come up with an explanation why they can run a freaking train, but not a car. If so, I’ll give it a break. But judging by past experience, I would say not.
I can forgive a science-fiction show for having bad dialogue (like Sliders), having a low production budget (like Red Dwarf), and even bad actors. I’ll forgive almost anything as long as the premise is sound and well-executed. But if there’s one thing I refuse to support, it’s a sci-fi show that doesn’t try to get the science right. I am officially dropping Revolution. If I’m wrong, somebody who watches the show let me know.
Will you keep watching Revolution? Can you see how a train would fit into the show’s mythology? Let us know in the comments.
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