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Check out the NBC ‘Revolution’ extended trailer

This cast shot of "Revolution" is shot on the steps inside the Gold Dome in downtown Atlanta.

This cast shot of "Revolution" is shot on the steps inside the Gold Dome in downtown Atlanta.

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NBC’s most anticipated fall show “Revolution,” shot last month in Atlanta, has already been seen by 7.2 million people on YouTube in less than a week. That’s miles ahead of any of its other new shows, including Ryan Murphy’s “New Normal” (120,000 views), which features NeNe Leakes in a recurring role.

Why? It has a potentially cool sci-fi premise: all electricity disappears and we see what the world is like 15 years later. And it has pedigree in J.J. Abrams, who has “Fringe” and “Person of Interest” on the current TV lineups and is best known for “Lost,” the rare high-concept show that worked. Jon Favreau (who directed “Iron Man” and starred in “Swingers”)) directed the first episode, which was shot around Atlanta. The trailer below includes shots from inside of the state capitol building downtown.

But unlike “The Walking Dead” on AMC, “Revolution” is not actually based in Atlanta. In fact, it starts out in Chicago. There is no word yet if the show will stay here to shoot the rest of the season.

Giancarlo Esposito is one of the best known actors on the show, coming off his vaunted bad-guy role on “Breaking Bad.”

The trailer below shows how a device causes all major electrical devices, from car engines to TVs to batteries to iPhones, to go dead. We then jump forward 15 years to find out that members of the Matheson family know something about possibly how to reverse the effects. (Yes, there’s some sort of magical locket-like piece of jewelry.) The world 15 years later is dominated by warlords and militias. People in the know have to hide what they know from said warlords. My favorite visual is of Wrigley Field, covered by vegetation. As others noted, the set-up is fascinating but some of the line readings a bit overwrought and/or flat. And isn’t it always the case that these types of shows seem to feed off some over-arching BIG conspiracy/premise we can’t readily see.

NBC has had trouble with similar high-concept sci-fi shows. “Heroes” (2006-10)  really worked for only one season and somehow survived for four. (The title image of “Revolution” actually evokes “Heroes” with the long shot of the Earth.)  Then it tried “The Event” a year later, which focused on extraterrestials living among us. That didn’t stick.

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11 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

May 21st, 2012
2:32 pm

Um, how does one check out the trailer?

Janet

May 21st, 2012
3:24 pm

I’m in, hoping it won’t be another Terra Nova filled with pretty people and no substance. Always willing to give J.J. Abrams the benefit of the doubt.

snottrocket

May 21st, 2012
3:27 pm

You should be able to just click on the space above this comment section and start it playing. That may depend on your browser and plug-ins, though.

Trailer looks great…hopefully it’s not one of those shows where the trailer made a show look better than it was. I think it’s got potential…heroines are big sellers these days..so is the post-doomsday scenario. I’ve always loved shows based on the “LOST” mysterious drama formula but they really do have to have the big picture mapped out ahead of time or else they’ll loose viewers pretty quick.

Kevin

May 22nd, 2012
11:10 am

Why did modern weapons stop working? Show looks great but hopefully they explain why percussion cap rifles and bows are all the rage.

Sam I Am

May 22nd, 2012
11:53 am

“Flash Forward” was on ABC, wasn’t it?

Roekest

May 22nd, 2012
4:57 pm

Very, very, VERY similar to S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse series. I, too, will give Abrams the benefit of the doubt; I’ll watch. This is right up my alley. I miss Jericho, but hopefully, this won’t have Jericho’s CBS-schmaltzy tone.

Also, Heroes tanked because Tim Kring is a hack. Good concept, horrible execution.

Practicing Scientist

May 22nd, 2012
5:02 pm

Guns work cause they don’t require electricity, the “spark” is incandescence from friction, not a voltage imbalance.

It will be interesting to see if the issue is some type of conspiratorially created EM suppression
field.

“But gosh guys, what about all of the EM functionality taking place in a human body?”

The little device counters the large field covering the planet. From the FX showing the end of electron flow around the planet, the thing acts like a propagating process (think losing water pressure over a pipe network) as opposed to an EMP-type effect (all of the cars on the highway would have winked out simultaneously instead of semi-sequentially along a vector). Plane crashing is one obvious effect, so “connectedness” is not an issue. Unfortunately, to be able to create and sustain such an effect “requires” a conspiracy, … boring.

It would have been a little more relevant and a lot more dramatic to have the cause be a scientifically plausible scenario, say a no kidding EMP attack and global response of same, or effect from a sideswiping asteroid (or very rapidly spinning iron body passing through the ionosphere) which really does toast all of the electronics on the planet. Starting over when you already know how to do pretty much everything needed would be very instructive as well as more approachable by the audience. And still with deal with all the drama that will occur during the interregnum.

I fear the “magic” of a fanciful cause will have enough logical holes in it to make this a short lived project.

Good Luck NBC. The only things worse than a failed scripted drama are all of the “successful” “reality” shows.

HelloThere

May 22nd, 2012
8:50 pm

What’s with all these “end of civilization” series and movies? Is this a self-fulfilling prophecy, Hollywood mind game or what? All these shows are almost identical. Everyone’s for themselves and has perfect health and incredible martial arts abilities. The actors/actresses are plastic and unbelievable. It would be one thing if there where one of two of these shows out, but they are legion.
In this particular pathetic effort, the plot makes no sense. There are so many ways to produce electricity… wind, solar, and hydroelectrical can be done on a small scale by anyone. There’s even wind up energy for small item use (maybe the show takes this into effect and says the large scale power grids were taken down by some zone of space we’ve entered). I sure wouldn’t miss the wasteful lighting at night. Folks might even see stars again!

JohnJoshua

May 22nd, 2012
10:49 pm

Practicing Scientist, I’m sorta in love with you after that response.   Not that i assume your response was motivated by a sense of optimism, but you acknowledge that humanity would know how to fix the problem if it occurred naturally. I believe in the ingenuity of our collective knowledge.  As much as we pretend that we don’t need each other, we’d soon come thogether if society was in that much turmoil.  We may seem more selfish and individualistic than ever before, but our way of life depends more on the output of others than it ever has.  

Michelle J.

May 23rd, 2012
12:22 pm

The trailer is on youtube. Just search “Revolution”….

george

May 25th, 2012
5:18 pm