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    September 7, 2012


    INTRO: Greetings and welcome to the 2nd episode of “Green Tea Movie!! Watches TVs Too.” In this episode, I am going to talk about Revolution, the latest post-apocalyptic drama by NBC created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and exec-produced by J.J. Abrams. With so much of “hoohaa” going on around this project, the series wills make its TV première on 17 September 2012 on NBC network. The series’ pilot episode is also for viewing as NBC took a bizzare move to show the pilot in advance, hoping to gather some buzz.

    PREMISE AND CAST: Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon permanently disabled all advanced technology on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without technology, and due to the collapse of public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess an item that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude various enemy groups who want to possess that power for themselves.

    Casts include former US Marine Corps sergeant Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), his niece Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), her brother Danny Matheson (Graham Rogers), former Google executive Aaron (Zak Orth), villain warlord General Sebastian Monroe (David Lynos), his subordinate Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and Nora (Daniella Alonso).

    PILOT REVIEW: The pilot episode is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and written by Eric Kripke himself. The episode gives a very brief introduction to the setting with an unexplained global phenomenon killing all technological devices, electricity, automobile of any forms and even batteries. All happens in within the first ten minutes but you can see one man is in particular distress unlike others. He is aware of what is going on but he holds to a flash drive that seems to possess something.

    Despite having an intriguing concept about the apocalyptic world brought on by the death of the technology, the concept is still a non-sense farce of the logical. How is it even possible that the technology dies in a matter of seconds? Are not we are having things like generator or solar panel to back it up? Not to mention the absence of modern weaponry which I think have nothing to do with the outlaw ban. Since this is a television series, nothing like this will be answered quickly. Hence, the major problem that results from this intriguing concept is a messy work with plot holes and uncanny acts.

    The other problems with the pilot also include poor acting, poor execution and cheap set-up are the worst daunting facts about Revolution. None of these characters worth the time of 43 minutes to go deep with or to go attached to. The closest possible may still be the character Charlie but even her performance is dodgy and looks more like a teary heroine. Billy Burke’s performance is at least more solid and more bad-ass than the others. There are evidently enough scenes where poor editing takes a toll on the outlook of the production and horrible swashbuckling is the prime example.

    In the nutshell, the pilot episode fails to impress beyond the intriguing concept as plot holes, poor characterization, dialogues and editing are too much even for the show to handle. This is easily the worst pilot for any drama that has J.J. Abrams’ name on it.

    RISK OF CANCELLATION: Medium. There is still time to fix this.

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