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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk