SDCC12: “Revolution” in review – an insider’s perspective from Comic-Con on the what ifs of the new hit pilot

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From the show Revolution’s first scene to the end, I was hooked. A man bursts into his family’s home, typing furiously at a laptop, yelling at his wife to fill the bathtubs with water because “they’ll need it.” He calls his brother and tells him that it’s happening. The lights start flickering, and the laptop is finished copying some files on a jump drive just in time. The power goes out. Forever.

We jump 15 years in time, meet new characters, and see what life is like without power. It seems as though humanity has stepped back about 150 years. It’s like an old western only with people who know what a time was like when there was power. Militias have formed, and have become dangerous to communities. We follow the same family from the beginning starting an epic quest across the US.

The show has actors that can absolutely carry the scenes – the funny scenes, the emotional scenes, and the tension-filled scenes. Some of the stars of the show included at the panel were Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tracy Spiridakos. It was about characters, family, and freedom, executive producer Eric Kripke informed the audience after the viewing.

Something that surprised me was the amount of violence in the show. In no way gratuitous, the violence is still very much a part of the show. Swords, guns, and arrows were used in many fight scenes. A scene with Billy Burke was particularly violent but showed exactly what a badass his character is going to be.

Revolution is a story about family and doing everything to protect them. It is also a huge ‘what if’ scenario that has really yet to be touched on in the way that Revolution explores. Humans have a huge dependency on power and electricity. If that were taken away where we would be? What would you do in that situation?

Find out on the series premiere September 17, 2012 on NBC at 10/9C.

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