A More Detailed Look At Revolution, JJ Abrams’ New Sci-Fi Series

By Josh Tyler | 9 years ago

Earlier this week we told you about Revolution, the new sci-fi series from Lost creator and current Star Trek director JJ Abrams. It’s about what life on planet Earth might be like after a total, and permanent power blackout.Now we have a closer look at the show, in the form of new photos…

And a detailed plot synopsis explaining what it’s all about…

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 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.

By now I think we’re all a little burnt out on this “survival after the end of civilization” concept. There are already two shows on television set in a similarly messed up future, called Falling Skies and The Walking Dead. Granted, the reason for civilization’s degradation is drastically different in this show, but in the end it’s all still about the end. I’m not sure we really need another show about how much humanity is doomed, do we?

The whole premise of Revolution just seems a little lazy, particularly when things like this exist. To be fair though, the series is still in production at NBC and we haven’t really seen much. Maybe there’s more originality here than it seems.