If you haven’t found out by now, J.J. Abrams is back in business with a new TV show called Revolution. And just after taking one quick look at the trailer, I rushed to see all available episodes up until this moment. After all, it is J.J. Abrams we’re talking about. The producer of one of the most addictive, mind-blowing and buzz worthy TV shows of all times (Lost). But little did I know I was in for a big disappointment.
Revolution is based on a great idea. Not extremely plausible, but it makes an impact. A TV show, that evolves around the subject of life without electricity, can’t go unnoticed. Just imagine not being able to listen to music starting tomorrow. Watching TV. Going online. Driving your car. A world without refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and any other machines that make our lives what they are today. Easier. Funnier. More relaxing. And it would all begin with an inexplicable blackout. How would you survive? Where would you see yourself 15 years from now, in a world where electricity is nothing more than just a memory?
With a plot like this, it’s impossible for Revolution not to get you hooked in the first 5 minutes. But still, with all the excitement surrounding the show, and the great idea behind it, I found myself asleep before getting to see the third episode. Why? Because although Revolution starts with a great idea, it fails to keep you hooked all the way. I know I just got to watch a couple of episodes and it’s not quite fair to judge a book by its cover. But Revolution kind of leaves you with the impression that you’ve already been there, done that. Or, better said, seen that. Maybe I’m subjective, but it kind of looked to me like a Lost in disguise.
It’s true, Revolution had its twists and turns. But they just looked so familiar. And Revolution totally fails to engage you. It almost looks as if they made the show based on a great idea, and now they’re like: let’s see how it goes from here. Really disappointing.
Now, I don’t say it’s going to be a total fiasco. But if Revolution will go on the same way, I don’t think we’re gonna see a season 2. And if we do, it’s a crying shame. Especially since Terra Nova was a way better show than what Revolution seems to be so far, and it got canceled after only one season.