NBC’s ‘Revolution’ had an outstanding pedigree when it
It was created by ‘Supernatural’ genius Eric Kripke, it was
being produced by the always awesome JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau directed the
That was on top of boasting the always intriguing Billy
Burke and Elizabeth Mitchell in the cast.
The premise was a simple one: What happens when the power
goes out and the new struggle for power happens within the people who manage to
When it started, ‘Revolution’ was really about a teenage
girl named Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) who goes on a quest to find her kidnapped
brother Danny after her father is killed. Along the way, she enlists the aide
of her estranged uncle Miles (Burke) and discovers the mother (Mitchell) she
thought long dead is actually alive – and keeping a shed full of secrets.
I’m a big fan of this genre, so I was understandably intrigued
by the premise of ‘Revolution’ from the beginning.
The problem is, ‘Revolution’ never really stepped into the
greatness it showed occasional flashes of.
My biggest problem with the show is Queen Charlie of the
Pout. First off, the actress looks 30 – and she’s supposed to be playing a
teenager. I know we’re supposed to suspend our disbelief on stuff like that –
but in this case, it’s really obvious.
Second, the flow of ‘Revolution’ seems off, for lack of a
The show runners said they wanted the narrative to be
quicker – and the questions to be answered faster – than on ABC’s ‘Lost.’ That’s
great in theory, but the practice on ‘Revolution’ has been somewhat lacking.
Mitchell is a terrific actress and Rachel is the most
interesting character on the show – but her motivations vary so widely it’s
hard to get a real grasp on her character.
Burke’s Miles is tortured – and he really is the heart of
the show – but he also seems like an outsider looking in at times.
In Monday’s season finale, our cast of characters look to be
turning the power back on. I’m actually hopeful that it happens, because I’d
like to see what happens when civilization is reintroduced into a society that
has devolved into lawlessness.
I also expect, at some point, that we’re going to find out
that Miles is actually Charlie’s father. It’s just pure conjecture on my part –
but that’s how I see it.
I think ‘Revolution’ has the chance to be a great genre show
– but it needs to shake off the growing
pains that have plagued it all season.
Charlie needs to grow up and stop being such a morally
superior whine box.
Monroe needs to be portrayed as more than just a mustache
Aaron needs his place cemented in the group – not to be
portrayed as a floating piece that’s obviously important but not being given
enough to do.
The flashbacks into the past are interesting – but they seem so heavy-handed
at times that they smack the viewer in the face rather than entice them. For
example, wouldn’t the death of Monroe’s baby mama – and what it meant to Miles –
have been more powerful if we had been given a chance to watch the characters
interact for more than five minutes?
I am not giving up on ‘Revolution’ – and I have liked a
great deal of the show – but continuity issues and pacing have to be addressed
in the second season.
If they’re not, I’m worried that there won’t be a third
The season finale of ‘Revolution’ airs Monday on NBC.
What do you think? Did
you like the first season of ‘Revolution’?