Hello fellow TV Addicts! Welcome to the new likely failed experiment known as the "Revolution Recap"! No, I'm not saying the show wasn't enjoyable, because it was. But, we've been down this road before since LOST has left the airwaves. Flashforward (while LOST was still airing), The Event, Terra Nova, Alcatraz have all come and gone leaving us with 1 season each. While LOST did bring us 6 seasons of great storytelling (and yes, some will still debate that final season), it tested the patience of viewers. Many shows have tried to crack the impossible code that LOST cracked in achieving mass recognition by the world and earned much discussion on the internet. (Obviously, or we wouldn't be reading this right now) In this day and age, viewers are very likely to tune in and watch a pilot episode, see if they like the premise and then start bailing in droves in the coming weeks. The problem with shows like this, is that it takes way more than 1 week to figure out if it has any legs. I always argue that, while the LOST pilot was pretty darn amazing, we didn't start seeing the potential of the show until Locke stood up, and Charlie and Claire got kidnapped by The Others. So, patience is the key folks!
Now, REVOLUTION! I thought the pilot did its job. It set up the premise of the show and introduced us to the characters we'll be following. I do wish that they could have gotten some better acting jobs, and maybe even some better dialogue for the actors to work with. But, the cast needs time to gel and figure out the characters themselves. It also felt a bit rushed. A lot had to happen in these 40 something minutes of television. I would imagine the pace will slow down in the coming weeks (some people may not agree that this would be a good thing). Okay, so I've mentioned in my Fall Kickoff post that my time is limited these days. So, I'm not going to go into incredible detail in this recap. If one day it earns the right to get LOST-level analysis (or even Fringe-level analysis) we'll reassess my time management skills at that time!
So without further adieu, let's dive into the brief recap of Revolution's pilot episode!
A world without power, where new powers/authorities surface from the rubble. That's pretty much what we're dealing with. Those first 5 minutes of watching all of the iPads, iPhones, Android phones (trying to keep the peace between fanboys), airplanes, cars, homes, and basically everything lose all power was a pretty depressing thing to watch! Yes, it was definitely a tragic event where many people lost their lives. But, losing touch with technology?! Yikes, I don't know if I'd make it in that world. I told my wife that I would most certainly take up fencing in the post-power world. She told me I wouldn't last one day without Apple products. Considering my iPhone 5 will be arriving on Friday, yeah that pretty much sounds right!
So, right at the center of this mysterious power loss is the Chicago-residing Matheson family. We start off 15 years ago in the closer to present day. Ben Matheson comes home to his wife (JULIET!!!) and 2 kids Charlie (a girl, just to be clear) and Danny with a sense of urgency about him. He seems very knowing that the world is about to change forever and looks at his weird looking glowing keychain/locket/thingamabobber, but not before he calls his brother Miles in North Carolina to warn him of the blackout.
Fast forward to 15 years later and the cities are overgrown with foliage (I'm not even sure that's the right word but how often do you get to say foliage?). We get some pretty fabulous shots of abandoned, flooded, green cityscapes that we have been seeing all summer during the Olympics, Sunday night Football games and such. Most people have abandoned the cities because they are too dangerous to live in. We get a glimpse of this with a ridiculously impromptu beating of someone in the background when Charlie and crew enter Chicago later in the episode.
The Matheson family is residing closer to where they lived in the power days and have taken up camp with a small community there. Rachel, the mother, did not survive long after the blackout or at least she's not alive 15 years later. Since Elizabeth Mitchell is a series regular, I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of flashbacks of her. Ben has shacked up with Maggie and we immediately see that there is tension between Maggie and grown up Charlie.
We had a little Hunger Games scene with Charlie and Danny hunting for food for the group. Though Charlie was collecting her postcards which I'm sure is some character thing of hers to make her identifiable.
|No LOST references in this episode, but a classic Star Wars reference|
Anyway, long story short, things kick into gear when Gus Fring shows up to cause all sorts of hell. No, he's not REALLY Gus Fring but it's going to be hard to call him anything else after his role on Breaking Bad (and if you have not watched that show, stop reading now, watch all 4.5 seasons and then resume reading this recap!). Anyway, he has the much more boring name of Captain Tom Neville on this show. And, I can already tell you his story arc. He will seem like a villain at first and will be a point of conflict for the main hero group. But, he is really looking out for the greater good and his bad deeds are serving that greater good. (Ben Linus, anyone?) I could be totally wrong in this and we may indeed just have a classic case of Good vs. Evil. Because we certainly have our Han Solo archetype in Miles. But we're not there yet.
Gus/Tom shows up with his militia and his boss, General Monroe wants Ben to come with them. They know that he may have inside information on the blackout and that he is Miles's brother (whom he seems to think has more information). Once Ben hands Aaron the keychain thing and tells him to guard it with his life we immediately know that Ben is a goner. Sure, Danny brings out his crossbow to try and take on the whole militia and then some crazy dude has a forbidden shotgun. But, in the end, Ben gets shot and Tom goes on a shooting spree taking out several people. Danny is taken for ransom instead and Charlie returns from her postcard sweepstakes to mourn for her dad for maybe 15 seconds. Oh wait, Ben gives her a mission to get Miles and save Danny before he expires! Can't forget that tidbit since it's the whole catalyst that sets our story in motion!
|We'll probably be seeing a lot of this crazy gizmo.|
|Darn, I thought my role was going to be bigger in this show.|