Revolution turns the lights back on
Revolution has been a maddeningly frustrating show from the start. It had an intriguing premise — everything electrical on the planet suddenly ceases to function, forcing society back to a pre-industrialized state. It was being sheperded by Eric Kripke, whose five-year run on Supernatural had taken that show to heights I never would have guessed possible when it began. But then it spent the entire first half of its season on a road trip to rescue a thoroughly bland and unlikable character. As it went into hiatus, it looked like Revolution was lost at sea, at least creatively if not in the ratings department.
Thankfully, the show returned and improved significantly, focusing in on the core mysteries and letting the show’s stronger characters shine — Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel, Billy Burke as Miles, and Giancarlo Esposito as (ground control to) Major Tom. They even made good on one of Kripke’s early promises, that the mystery of the blackout would be answered sooner rather than later. Sure enough, we got a straightforward, direct, very un-Lost-like answer, one which has been the basis of season two’s most interesting elements. And the finale gave us an unforgettable moment we didn’t expect to see until many seasons hence as the lights were turned back on…just long enough to make everything worse. – David
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