NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama Revolution already has a solid cast and an exciting premise. Created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), and produced by J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau (who also directs the first episode), Revolution has a great many things going for it. We’ve already been introduced to protagonist Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) and Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito). Now another character profile has popped up, this time for Miles Matheson (Billy Burke).
Miles is Charlie’s uncle, brother of her murdered father. She must find him in order to rescue her brother Danny, who was kidnapped by Neville, leader of a sinister militia. A reluctant hero, all Miles wants is to keep his head down, fly under the radar, and be left alone. He’s also a total badass. An ex-Marine, he dusts off his bag of military tricks and joins what’s left of his family in the fight against futuristic tyranny.
There’s more news on the Revolution front as well. As you may know, Elizabeth Mitchell is the most recent addition to the cast, but another Lost alum will be stopping stop by for a visit. Jeff Fahey (also of Lawnmower Man fame) will reunite with Abrams in a guest star role. Fahey will play a character named Hutch in an early episode. Outside of that, there’s little known about the part.
What would happen if all electricity stopped working? Revolution creates a world where precisely that happens. When the switch is somehow turned off, civilization comes to a grinding halt, and society reverts to a pre-industrial revolution state. Families huddle together by candlelight in the evenings and tend crops during the day. Although life is slower and simpler, brutal violence also looms in the form of the violent militias that rule the landscape. Charlie, with Miles in tow, sets off across the country on a mission to rescue her brother. Along the way, they may even discover why the lights went out.