We are only two episodes in on Revolution, and I’m not completely sold on the idea yet. Mind you, this is coming from the guy who could buy the idea of traveling back in time to populate an Earth ruled by dinosaurs. Yes, Terra Nova, I’m talking about you, dear.
Revolution follows the story of a young woman named Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and her uncle Miles (Billy Burke) as they attempt to track down her brother, Danny (Graham Rogers). Danny was taken after the local militia killed his father, Ben (Tim Guinee). Oh, wait, did I mention that this all takes place fifteen years after a catastrophic worldwide power failure that left every piece of technology that isn’t a gun or a plow sitting and gathering rust?
I didn’t think I did.
Let’s go back to the idea of Terra Nova for a second. The writers of that show were asking for a lot in the way of trust when it came to the plot. Let’s assume we can travel back to the Jurassic Era of an alternate Earth. Okay, now let’s assume that we are going to colonize this new world to save humanity. Good, now let’s assume that all of this was a cleaver ruse to mine that virgin world for natural resources to send back to the future. Finally, let’s assume that ancient travelers have made their way to this ancient world.
I don’t know about you, but I’m in. I really wanted to see how that ship’s bow got from, what I assume to be the 15 or 1600s, to the distant past. Until the show is either picked up by another network or turned into a comic book, however, I’ll have to wait impatiently. But, let’s get back to Revolution before I continue to lament over Terra Nova.
For some odd reason, I can’t get behind the plot of Revolution yet, even though it is a more plausible and realistic situation. No, it’s not the samurai sword fights or the necklaces that have the ability to turn the power on in small places, but rather the issues that I don’t think will ever be discussed in the plot.
Please tell me, other than for sake of plot, how did the entirety of the United States government fall within 15 short years? It is assumed, by myself, that if a governmental organization like the CDC has a plan for a zombie outbreak, the U.S. government should have a plan in place if technology fails us. But, in this world that J.J. Abrams has created, they did not. So, within a decade and a half, everything we know, the Presidency, the Congress and the entirety of the U.S. military had collapsed and militias took their place.
You know, because the U.S. has never functioned without electricity before.
Now, with all that being said, I am still willing to give the show another. I know, I know, but I have learned from previous preconceptions that have turned out for the worst. There is a good chance that I could be wrong about this show. They could go back and explain how the government could have fallen apart so quickly, possibly explaining it when they explain the rise of the Monroe Republic, a militia-style government established by a former soldier named Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons).
Rest assured that I will be here to rant and rave about Revolution, especially if the show doesn’t add up to all the hype. If the plywood sets and lapses in continuity are any clue, I may not be all that wrong in my doubts. But, I’ll wait and see what the Revolution may bring.