So, I am now 4 episodes into the new JJ Abrams show “Revolution” and I can smell a repeat of ‘Lost’ all over it.
Everything about it is indicating a potential future disappointment that makes me reeeeeeeaaallly want to drop out now.
I have to admit – the way ‘Person of Interest’ has clicked with me, and the involvement of Eric Kripke (Loved early ‘Supernatural’), I looked past my usual policy of avoidance of Abrams produced work and dived in to give the show a try.
It’s definitely my gut speaking to me here when I say I want to drop out and stop watching. I don’t think the show is all that bad on the surface; mediocre, but OK I suppose. It’s the little things about it that tells my gut instinct it’s not right for me. Something just doesn’t feel right about it at all.
It’s not the premise. It’s ridiculous but I can suspend my disbelief and go with it. The show isn’t try to sell itself on any sense of realism so I’m willing to let that go; I only get aggrieved when I perceive daftness that betrays a tone of realism a piece of work has pitched itself with (Like in ‘The Hurt Locker’ for example). There’s no denying it’s a bit of a silly “what if?” scenario but that’s OK with me.
I think it may be the structure & style of it all that is giving me pause for doubt. It’s got all of the ingredients of ‘Lost’ that pulled me in and then left me completely unsatisfied by the end. Take the flashbacks for example – I don’t have any faith in these little flashbacks we’re being drip-fed; ‘Lost’ gave us loads of flashbacks that were supposedly insights into the characters that turned out to be red herrings and misdirection, and I can’t help feel that the same trick is being pulled here in ‘Revolution’.
There’s also the larger, over-arching mystery that has been alluded to. I’m already very, very worried about the implications of the larger mystery and how it may unfold. There’s definitely a bit of “Corporate Conspiracy” about it all that looks & feels a bit Dharma Initiative. It’s definitely being implied that there is a network of individuals who are “in the know” about ‘The Blackout’ – some we’ve even seen with working technology. I can’t but help fear that this conspiracy has the potential to turn into some ridiculous, unexplained mystical thing like the island or Rimbaldi; and even the slightest possibility that it might turn out that way turns me off altogether.
It’s not helped all that much by the fact that I don’t think the writing, directing and performances have been all that good so far. There’s definitely been a bit of hamming going on in the main cast. Even Giancarlo Esposito, who I loved in Breaking Bad and was one of the other major draws to the show for me, seems to be playing his part as a villainous caricature. One of the central protagonists, Charlie Matheson, is pretty annoying and her Uncle, Miles Matheson, couldn’t be more stereo-typically 2-D if they tried. A lot of what has unfolded so far
I’ll probably give it a few more episodes. It’s pretty mediocre but it might make good telly to keep for a rainy day on the Sky+ for a bit. There’s a lot worse around and the sword-fighty action is pretty entertaining. Maybe it’ll keep a good pace and the mystery will unfold in a reasonable manner and not turn into something as frustrating as Lost did.
Have any of you guys been watching? What are your thoughts?
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