The man behind Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield, Persons Of Interest, Alcatraz, Super 8 and Star Trek, JJ Abrams, has released a trailer for his upcoming new series on NBC – Revolution.
Set in a post apocalyptic future, Revolution begins with the premise that 15 years ago an unknown phenomenon disabled all technology on the planet. Computers ceased to exist, transport went down, and everything involving electricity was made redundant. This caused the world to collapse, as governments fell and militias rose, society was overturned. The series follows a family with a mysterious item which is integral to both understanding and possibly reversing the effects of the event 15 years ago.
There are quite a few familiar faces in the trailer, one of which is particularly exciting for fans of Breaking Bad. Giancarlo Esposito, the actor behind Gustavo Fring, plays a core role as Captain Tom Neville, whilst Billy Burke (from Twilight) takes the lead role.
That said, as exciting as the show looks, it also looks quite flawed. The very premise of the show is quite confusing, as the extent to which electricity is disabled seems illogical (Why would a combustion engine stop working? Why would batteries not work? Have the laws of electro chemistry ceased to exist?). The acting brings up a few concerns even from the trailer, and it looks worryingly close to The Hunger Games TV show in certain scenes.
It seems like JJ Abrams is still trying to replicate the success he had with Lost whilst missing the reasons that Lost was successful. Lost was character driven, and whilst the mystery was an integral part it was not the part that people latched onto. Every show since then has focused incredibly hard on the mystery and let the characters take a back seat, and as shown by the success of Alcatraz, it’s a flawed model.
That said, Abrams is more of a token credit than anything. He is rarely involved in his shows for the entirety of their existence, and normally prefers to help with the initial concept and then hand over to his team for the remainder of the show. This worked well in Lost as he had the support of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, but whether Revolution has the same depth of writers remains to be seen.
What do you think of the show? Exciting new sci-fi mystery or another dud that will fail to deliver? Let us know in the comments!