I totally agree with Dale Price’s review of this new television show which he titles “A completely impartial TV program review.”
For the moment, I’m going to completely bracket the fact that NBC’s Revolution is a blatant, soulless rip-off of my friend Steve Stirling’s Emberverse series. Instead, I’m going to give it an objective analysis, focusing on the strengths and flaws of the series, as based upon my viewing of the first two episodes.
Just read his whole review which is much more insightful than anything I can really add.
Dale introduced me to this series of books that started with “Dies the Fire” and has progressed through the years. I really love when a cool idea is taken to the logical conclusions and displays great storytelling as this series does. My first reaction when I first heard of the story was pretty much the same as anybody aware of the Emberverse series that the idea was ripped-off. Though the problem with the series goes beyond this in that if you are going to go ahead and rip off an idea then don’t screw it up by not ripping off enough of it. In “Dies the Fire” the consequence of electricity just stopping to work along with chemical reactions such as gunpowder was put forth in a totally believable way once you accept the premise. It was believable because of the way the characters reacted and how they formed social groups to fend off starvation. Revolution has taken a great premise and chops it down to more B-Movie storytelling with plot holes galore.
Back in 2006 the show Jericho told the story of a town in the aftermath of a nuclear war. There was a believability about the characters and story of the first season that is just lacking in Revolution. I just can’t see the future that is painted after such a massive die-off of the human race. Placed 15 years into the future you just get no real idea about the collapse as if it only happened in some suburban neighborhood or two.
…And only one reference to religion? I’m left with the distinct impression of the Apocalypse According to Aaron Sorkin–and no, that’s not a good thing.
One of the things I enjoy about the Emberverse series is that religion is not just left out or just added in at times like an afterthought. The surviving groups coalesce around leaders and some form of religion – which is quite varied in this series.
…Overall, I can see why people would watch it, but only if you don’t think too hard about it.
Do yourself a favor and pick up the books instead. Though this advice rarely fails in general.