For all of you who felt burned by investing time in shows like "The Event" and "Jericho" — only to have them yanked off the air before their stories were fully resolved — take a chance on "Revolution" (10 p.m. Monday, WBIR, Channel 10) anyway.
That's asking a lot, I know.
NBC has launched a few other sci-fi hours in recent years — such as "Heroes" — that have started out brilliantly only to burn out very quickly.
Let's hope that's not the case with "Revolution," about a global power outage that sends the world back to a pre-technological age.
Fifteen years after the event, a rogue group of survivors — an overweight nerd, a hotty (Tracy Spiridakos) and a middle-aged uncle (Billy Burke) who's handy with a knife — as they stumble upon a conspiracy plot behind the global outage. Memorable "Breaking Bad" villain Giancarlo Esposito is well cast as the leader of a militia group.
"Revolution" has a strong pedigree. J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions produces the series, and Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") is a producer.
"Revolution" avoids the trappings of its recent NBC predecessor — it's not style over substance
Of course both "Heroes" and "The Event" started that way. They quickly, though, dissolved into messiness, resulting in characters in outrageous plots to fill an hour.
The opener shows great promise — not overly complicated and stays singularly focused.
"Revolution" would be a far better story if its characters weren't tied to the conspiracy. Why not have unrelated characters unite and dig into the mystery?
However, I'll take what's good in "Revolution" and enjoy it as long as I can.
Who knows? We may be surprised.
Score: 3 stars (out of five)
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or email@example.com.
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