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J.J. Abrams' Revolution Pilot - Watch It Now!

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Meredith writes:

The pilot for Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams' blackout series Revolution — directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau — is online right now! The series takes place 15 years after a worldwide blackout takes out every single electrical device on the planet, including engines and batteries.

So it's like Escape from LA crossed with Hunger Games and LOST.

What happens after the government falls and the local militias rise (led by Giancarlo Esposito)? Watch and see!

Thoughts, anyone?

I thought it was pretty good, but bordered on the ridiculous a little too often for my tastes. Guessing it will be solid but will take time to grow on me.

Michael, me too.

I was hoping it would be more like LOST but actually it's more like Hunger Games with a little Escape from LA.

JJ Abrams has been hit-or-miss lately. Alias and Fringe were slow but grew on me, whereas his more recent shows Alcatraz and Person of Interest are way too slow (and repetitive) to grow on me.

LOST was still best by far.

Also obvious shades of David Brin's 'The Postman' -- which I recommend in book form (and even think the movie was underrated).

Haven't watched 'Revolution' yet, somewhat reluctant to invest too much time in case its run is short-lived.

The premise reminds of the 'Emberverse' book series, too (which I only know of from book-jacket back-summaries).

If some of us won't invest the time, then it won't have a long life. :)

I'll keep watching and let you know if it's worth jumping into.

Thanks for the tip on The Postman.

There is a coordination/commitment problem on these new series.

It'd be nice if the show-runner could put the 'show bible'/multi-season story arcs with climxes/resolutions/answers into escrow, only to be released some period after cancellation. That'd give confidence the emotional/intellectual investment wouldn't be for naught... and thus make cancellation less likely. A little like how small software outfits sometimes put source code in escrow for large customers.

(BTW, I have the exact same concerns about ABC's 'Last Resort'.)

Unfortunately they may not always have a detailed plan beyond winging it for as long as they're renewed, and even when they do, they may want to retain the unrevealed twists/characters/situations for reuse in a later project if the first one is cancelled...

I believe that's exactly what writer/creators like JJ Abrams do.

Only without the escrow.

They take the ideas out and put them into future movies and TV shows.

The best shows grab you from the very beginning. Examples: Sopranos, LOST, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Mad Men, Arrested Development, and Game of Thrones.

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