One day fifteen years ago there was a global shutdown of electricity. This event known as the Blackout has resulted in a transformed society of small agrarian communities and violent militias. When her father is killed and her younger brother is taken captive by one of the more brutal militias, a young woman faces an arduous journey to finding the truth about the past and reclaiming what remains of her family.
When I first heard about this show I was intrigued to see what Eric Kripke was going to do post-Supernatural even if the premise seemed fantastical. Instead what I've gotten is an hour of television that ticks the boxes on a network executive's checklist of "how to maximize those advertising dollars".
* "We need a new Lost" so let's have a central mystery of why there's no electricity which assumes that the lack of power decreases our capacity to remember prior technology like say, steam.
* "Hunger Games is hot" so there should be bows and arrows and lets set in a post-apocalytical world.
* "We must appeal to the 18 - 35 demographic" so the show centers around a pretty young woman. Never mind the fact that she can't act.
What galls me the most about Revolution is that there are actually slivers of interesting ideas and character development - for example flashback sequences showing the after effects of electricity going off. The aspects the breakdown of society, of friendships and families as well as the characters' transformation during tough times are quite good. But this takes a back seat to the "by-the-numbers" future present.
Think of an overly Photoshopped image and you can picture what Revolution is like with many hands pulling the show in different directions, smoothing out the grit and upping the gloss (the characters look remarkably polished and well put together). This is a mediocre product, one that you can't even call "so bad it's good".
Ultimately Revolution is drama that has been developed to death by committee so the only emotion it elicits is frustration. It drapes itself in a cloak of science fiction and pseudo-Western elements in the hope that you'll be convinced that it is interesting. And that you'll forget that it is in fact dotted with bad acting, action sequences that often times do not deserve the name "action", groan-worthy dialogue, and story lines that are either rushed or developed at too slow a pace.
In theory Revolution sounded like a good idea but the execution has been anything but. I'll be continuing to watch until the end of season 1 in the hope that things change but I have doubts I'll be back for a second season (if it happens).