TV Preview: NBC’s Revolution

Technology... could you survive without it?

Fay Brennan

Contributor

Technology… could you survive without it?

Just think there was a time in the not so distant past when mobile phones didn’t exist, hard to believe I know. It was a time when if you said you were going to be somewhere you just had to be there and if someone didn’t arrive you had two choices; first call their home phone from a phone box on the off chance they hadn’t left or go home none the wiser and wait till you saw their actual face for an explanation. And only a few years ago mobile phones were lame you could only use them for phone calls and nothing else. Nowadays everyone has a mobile phone and those tiny machines are capable of running your life. In fact if someone told you today that they didn’t have a mobile phone you would look at them with a wary mistrust and ask ‘why?’ secretly thinking they were completely mental. How could they cope with daily life? How could they survive not being able to communicate with their friends by text, email, Facebook, twitter, or last a tube journey without their iPod in their ears or find anything with trusty Google maps and the little blue dot leading the way?.

And that’s just mobile phones. What about your TV or your computer? What about something as simple as a battery or as integral as electricity?

That’s the question NBC’s new show Revolution asks us, could the world survive without technology?

Here’s what NBC had to say about the show;

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why?

Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down, the lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it?

On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.

Executive producers on the show include Eric Kripke (Supernatural), Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and J.J. Abrams (Lost).

Eric Kripke also takes on writing duties, as a dedicated Supernatural fan I’m excited to see his return to TV following his departure from that show, which I’m sad to say, has suffered slightly in his absence. Supernatural has always been good at paying off its story arcs, so here’s hoping he can balances out Abrams constant questions so we wont be left shouting ‘What about the polar bears?’ at the TV.

Jon Favreau will also be directing and his film routes are evident in the 4 minute cinematic trailer. Check it out below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwfCRAtkYEI

What did we learn from the trailer:

– All technology is going to turn off (just encase you didn’t get the whole point of the show)

– Ben (played by Tim Guinee) knows something about the black out.

– With no electricity the world breaks down, governments fall, militias rise up, people only wear combat gear and forget how to garden as grass grows over everything.

– The wired USB like necklace seems to be an important part of the black out.

– Looks like Ben isn’t going to last that long.

– Trust no one

– Miles (played by Billy Burke) is a bad ass.

– This looks awesome!!!

– Finally that weird USB necklace thing is important and it seems not everyone is in the dark about the blackout.

Let us know your thoughts. Are you excited about Revolution? Will you be tuning into watch the world go dark?

Revolution airs Mondays 9/10c this fall.