Revolution: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (17 Sep. 2012)

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15 years after a global shutdown of all electricity, the Matheson family are hunted by an authoritarian regime known as the Monroe Militia.



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Ben Matheson returns home to his Chicago apartment in a panic telling his wife that the electricity is about to go out. Before it does, he manages to contact his brother Miles and also to download something from the Internet. When the blackout hits, it's a global phenomena - and permanent. Fifteen years later, Ben is living with his children Charlie and Danny is a small rural village. Life is good, even without electricity, until Capt. Tom Neville of the local militia arrives to arrest Ben. Several are killed in the ensuing skirmish and with her brother Danny taken prisoner, Charlie sets off for Chicago with two others from the village, Aaron and Maggie, to find her Uncle Miles. Written by garykmcd

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Many characters in shows usually have names that describe their character or are references to their characters inner self. For example; Miles Matheson, who is "good at killing" is a soldier. His first name, Miles, is a derived name from Latin, where Miles in Latin means soldier, or legionnaire. See more »


Dial-up modems would be utterly useless during a worldwide blackout. Even if you could get both computers powered up and running the network infrastructure necessary to dial out is still non-functional. See more »


Rachel Matheson: It's happening, isn't it?
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Revolution Opening Theme
By J.J. Abrams
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The pilot of "Revolution" (2012) gets the high-concept sci-fi series off to a really good start
14 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

— it's smart, interesting, and it's got a pretty original premise. (This is not a story about an electromagnetic pulse – the globe loses all electricity because of some other unexplained phenomenon.) I'd give it an 8 out of 10.

There's a nice amount of pathos and action, including a clever use of a bottle of liquor in the pilot. There's also some really good special effects depicting a post-apocalyptic world. (I can't tell what is CGI and what is a matte painting, but it all works.) The script is damned good, including an awesome surprise at the end that I never saw coming, but which makes perfect sense.

Two things worry me about the show's chances for success. One, the premise is interesting … for a miniseries. Or for one season of a television show. Or for maybe two seasons. After that, can we really remain interested in watching an agrarian society? Wouldn't it just basically be "Game of Thrones" with a few firearms thrown in and a lot of obsolete machines lying around?

Two, this is a character-centric "soft" science fiction show with an overarching mystery, obviously inspired by the success of "LOST.". Which is awesome. Except, since "LOST," shows like that rarely survive long on network television. "V" was deservedly short-lived, as was the superior "Flash-Forward." Yes, "The Walking Dead" is a big hit, but that's really more an episodic horror show, and it's free to do more things because it's not an a major network. For whatever reasons, programs like "Revolution" just don't seem to last very long.

By the way – if anyone recognizes the Dad, and can't remember where they know him from … the actor's name is Tim Guinee. He played the unfortunate hospital orderly in "Blade" (1998). That was bugging me like crazy until I looked it up.

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