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    Anyone watch this tonight yet? I just saw it streaming on NBC's site. It's produced by Abrams, I think.

    Not sure how I feel about it yet. The opening five minutes was pretty interesting, but then it became kind of formulaic and predictable, until about the last 15 minutes, where upon it got more interesting again.

    Another issue is that I didn't particularly warm up to anyone in the cast yet. I mean, I do like Miles the most, probably (he comes off as a slightly darker Dennis Quaid), and Charlie... and the black woman seems intriguing (the actress is kind of mesmerizing)... but everyone else is just kinda meh. I had a much different reaction with the Lost pilot, which I thought was far more solid and the cast (the actual actors) were more interesting overall.

    Right now this feels like a mix between Lost and Terra Nova and Once Upon a Time, and I hope this is more of the former rather than the latter two. even the bad guys seem to be playing at being menacing, without really yet being menacing.

    And some of the appeal of the show is just seeing what certain popular landmarks might look like if they could no longer be maintained.

    I thought the scene with the ice cream was oddly touching. I mean, what would you do if this society was about to collapse. What are the last things you'd do before those things disappeared forever and you could never get them back again?
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    I'm watching football like a real American (I'm also sick).

    Though I did record it. However, it sounds pretty silly. Magical amulets?

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    They weren't magic amulets... at least, I don't think so. We see the insides of one early in the episode, and it's basically a USB drive. So I have no idea what happens at the end of the episode, when an amulet seems to generate power.
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    I'd marked this as a show that I might like (I tend to like the post-apocalyptic stuff), but I missed the episode watching the last 3 episodes of Breaking Bad season 4 (which were really quite good). Will have to check it out at NBCs' site later this week.

    I'm not too confident that it'll be well done, but the premise does sound like it has potential (but I thought, and still think, that Terra Nova's premise sounded great too, and look how cringeworthy that turned out).
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    I watched the pilot but thought it mostly took a good idea and somehow dropped the ball. Maybe I was doomed to dislike it because I saw a hulu ad from a producer who happily explained that, "it's a long walk. Like LOTR" (which I hate).
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    I'm watching the first episode now. Shit got real, and fast.

    PS - I think it will be great success if they only tread lightly where Lost has already traveled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    I watched the pilot but thought it mostly took a good idea and somehow dropped the ball. Maybe I was doomed to dislike it because I saw a hulu ad from a producer who happily explained that, "it's a long walk. Like LOTR" (which I hate).
    That's what I felt too -- I was underwhelmed overall, especially sitting on it for a night after. It seems only on par with the Terra Nova pilot, which had a few decent actors and then a bunch of bland/miscast ones (like the leader of the Sixers -- here, I'm not that impressed with the Militia leader, who already loses some intimidation factor just from playing Sidney Glass/Genie off "Once Upon a Time"). Danny doesn't seem to know how to act. The doctor seems kind of impenetrable and not in a good way. etc. I felt like they were all masked strangers; I didn't feel that way with some other series' pilots, where the characters/actors kind of grab you from the start. I wonder how the directing and camera angles impacts this as well.

    And we all know how Terra Nova went, although one reason it folded was because they didn't have the budget to support their dinosaur animations without a decent following. Less special effects here, but it still doesn't bode well; and they had Jon Favreau (Iron Man) involved in the pilot.

    The pilot is supposed to be the best / anchoring episode.

    At least we did leave with some real questions:



    EDIT:

    At this link, it says Mitchell will appear through flashbacks, and she's credited for the six episodes currently on the table, so....

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...-abrams-343674

    One of the other articles, she talks about her character as if there's a lot of backstory we have not yet seen that is being handled in the showm, so you'll likely see more of her....

    The Hollywood Reporter: How would you describe Rachel?

    Elizabeth Mitchell: Maternal and intelligent. What I liked about her is she's spectacularly non-equipped to deal with the world that's coming towards her and I love that. After six years of playing intensely, physically-capable women, it was fun to start someone from scratch, someone who is soft -- just in what she's done and what she's seen. I loved the idea of an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation. It was something I hadn't done in a long time. There's a lot of vulnerability that comes from not being able to protect yourself.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...itchell-370773
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    Linky

    http://news.yahoo.com/revolution-bui...182910772.html

    ...A lot happens in the pilot, but it feels like a grab-bag of ideas and potential hooks. It's the same problem that afflicted NBC's last big-idea sci-fi show, "The Event," and Fox's "Terra Nova." In their calculated attempts to offer a little something for everyone, they forgot that characters keep us coming back every week.

    Like almost every sci-fi show that has come since "Lost," "The Event," and "Terra Nova" have copied its worst element - too many throwaway mysteries which will never be fully resolved. But the best part of "Lost" was its deeply damaged and conflicted characters, from the felonious Kate Austen to the lovable-but-underestimated Hurley.

    "Revolution" could use more big personalities. It has too many generically good-looking people behaving inoffensively, who we are supposed to like simply because TV needs protagonists, and here they are....
    Word.

    I might have been premature on my criticism of Esposito, who I only knew from "Once Upon a Time".... apparently he's been more riveting (and darker-natured) on Breaking Bad, a show I plan to watch but haven't started yet. Still, I just didn't find him particularly menacing, the show right now still has too much eye candy in their cast and not enough texture to the characters.
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    Another review is here:
    http://www.policymic.com/articles/14...-could-succeed

    So apparently Revolution was much more hyped than I thought. ...the pilot episode has aired and by the end of it it seemed like the entire population of the world responded with a collective shrug, the massive simultaneous shoulder movement probably causing the Earth’s atmosphere to be raised an entire inch....

    ...Revolution may be a new rival to the ever-so-helpful Dictionary of, Like, ALL the Post-Apocalyptic Clichés, by George Romero. It features every single trope of the genre: Slightly fascist militias, the drunk lowlife who is secretly awesome, the determined and impossibly hot chick who is good with a bow and has a tendency to get sentimental (Pfft, women … You know how it is … Am I right fellas? Who’s with me?) etc. The only slightly original character is Maggie, the British doctor, there to remind us that the producers don’t think all women are hysterical (only the young ones), but I might be saying that because I haven’t yet identified which trope she represents in this scenario.

    ...the premise is still intriguing enough to maybe warrant following the series to see where it goes....it has potential. After all, an apple is also a very bland thing, but dare a gullible friend to swallow one whole and you may be surprised to find how entertaining that fruit can be.
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

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    This show isn't gritty enough, given the subject matter... I wanted something more like 'The Road', but not as hopeless...of course that's not possible when you have to cut to ads for F-150's, et alia.

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