Watching the first episode of Revolution, I was mildly intrigued but just couldn’t help asking myself one big question–just how long can they sustain this before they’ve either a)provides resolution to all the relevant and interesting questions or b)strung out those answers to the point that I’m frustrated and tune out?
I kept getting this strange feeling that this would work better as a limited run series (in which characters could or would die or be put into more significant peril) or a mini-series.
I’ve heard the show will try to keep interest up with flashbacks to the days between the power going off and the events we’re seeing now. It sounds a bit like Lost with the flashes with one big exception. In Lost, I was interested enough in the characters after the initial episodes to want to find out more about them. So far, there aren’t a lot of characters on Revolution that I find myself wanting to find out more about what they did in the days following the loss of power and where events are now.
I couldn’t help but feel a lot of times during the pilot that this show was an heir to Jericho. That feeling was further underlined by the tease at the end, where it’s revealed some people have power still and can use it. It does answer the big question I had during the pilot–namely if the answer for bringing the power back on is on a thumb drive and there’s no computers to read it, is it really of any use?
Of the myriad of characters we met in the pilot, I’ll admit I’m most intrigued by Billy Burke as Miles. It will give the show credit that the idea that he was once connected to the guy in power on the other side of things is interesting and one I hope will be explored well.
Of course, the show’s big stumble is that I found myself less than interested in the lead of Charlie Matheson. All during the episode, I kept feeling like the NBC promo department is missing a huge opportunity to tie in to The Hunger Games mania. Because the character of Charlie really isn’t that far separated from Katniss and it seems like you marketed this show that way, you might draw in some of those rabid fans to your new series . This is likely while I’m not part of a marketing department, though.
For now, I’ll give Revolution a couple of more episodes and see how it goes. It could be good addictive fun or it could peter out and frustrated me like Jericho did.
I’m hopeful but not overly optimistic about this one.