If you were bummed your city was not one of the few hosting a night of lights out and a showing of Revolution, you are in luck! NBC is offering up the first full episode of the upcoming J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke series Revolution here at NBC.com before its official September 17 premiere date. The first episode was produced by Abrams and Kripke, written by Kripke and directed by John Favreau.
If you have not heard of the show until now, it is set 15 years into the future after a mysterious, as of now unexplained event leads to the complete loss of all electrical powers. After the fall of civilization as we know it, the luckier of the populace abandoned the cities for less urban areas and set up rural farming communities. There is a menacing militia of men branded with M’s led by Sebastian Monroe, who we assume has intentions of world domination. At the center of it all is Charlie and her brother Danny whose father, we find out at the very start of the show, knows what happened and he and his brother Miles are wanted by the militia to take back to Monroe.
Without giving too much away, Charlie sets out to find uncle Miles (played by Twilight’s Billy Burke) at her father’s request. She’s accompanied by a her father’s doctor girlfriend and a former Google employee played by Zak Orth who is so far the comic relief as a shumpy, once upon a time computer nerd who is still asking questioning what caused the loss of power.
The road ahead for Charlie and her group is fraught with dangers in this new world- bandits, militia (the head of the militia is the fabulous Giancarlo Esposito) and more that we’re yet to meet on-screen. There was plenty we encountered on the screen in this first episode. Little gunfire, just mostly some great knife play and hand to hand fight scenes.
My only hang up lies with the casting choice for Charlie. She is played by Tracy Spiridakos. You may know her as one of the purebred werewolf twins from the US Being Human, or as the little girl in the “Bedtime Stories” episodes of Supernatural. I can’t place my finger on it, but I do not find myself rooting for her for any other reason than she’s the heroine and we’re supposed to. I am currently ambivalent to her portrayal of Charlie. Or maybe there is only room for one crossbow champion in my heart and it’s forever Daryl Dixon.
Overall, I have high hopes for The Revolution. Kripke may be responsible for one of the few movies I actually hated (Boogeyman) but he is also responsible for my beloved Supernatural. Kripke has proven he can write intra-family struggles really well. True to Kripke’s aesthetic, there was some AC/DC thrown into this first episode. And the ending was unexpected enough to leave me anticipating the second episode.