Watch NBC’s ‘Revolution’ Pilot Right Now – Will It Be J.J. Abrams’ New Hit Series?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 5th, 2012 at 9:02 am,

Although the 2012 fall TV season doesn’t get into full swing until next Monday, several new TV series have already begun teasing their arrival. While in the past, networks would showcase their forthcoming projects with extended clips and trailers, a new process has been adopted whereby the series’ first episode (the pilot) is made available online. It gives unsure audiences a chance to feel out a show, without sacrificing valuable television viewing time during the middle of the fall TV season.

The newest show to test out its pilot online is J.J. Abrams’ Revolution, which officially premieres September 17th on NBC. Fans intrigued by the series’ premise of a world ravaged by a technological blackout can check out the pilot on Hulu right now. It stars Billy Burke as the messianic leader of a group of survivors, features former LOST star Elizabeth Mitchell as his sister-in-law, and has a few fresh faces like Tracy Spiridakos and JD Pardo in prominent roles.

While this premiere episode already debuted during a small Comic-Con screening in July, this marks the first time average TV viewers can check out the pilot. The presence of J.J. Abrams on the show (as executive producer) is a major selling point, but it’s actually creator and showrunner Eric Kripke that has us more excited.

As the man behind the CW’s Supernatural, Kripke has found a way to craft genre-specific serialized television that goes beyond the common procedural – a concept that Abrams himself has been a pioneer of. Tonally the show is going for a post-apocalyptic vibe (like TNT’s Falling Skies), but is keeping things well within the Abrams wheelhouse. That means a rotating cast of intriguing secondary characters (including Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito) and several head-scratching mysteries.

Giancarlo Esposito in Revolution Watch NBCs Revolution Pilot Right Now   Will It Be J.J. Abrams New Hit Series?

In addition to being written by Kripke and produced by Abrams, this pilot has the added boost of being directed by Jon Favreau, who most will know for his work on the first two Iron Man films. Revolution might not have the budget of a Marvel film, but trailers for the series have promised exciting (albeit unconventional) action set pieces to look forward to.

Revolution already received its series order back in May but like many Abrams shows released this past few years it will need to find a loyal audience to survive. Shows like Fringe and Person of Interest have made it past their initial season order, but recently J.J. has had just as many failures (Alcatraz, Undercovers) as he has had successes.

Still, it’s his work creating shows like LOST and Alias that makes him a hot commodity come pilot season, and is undoubtedly one of the reasons Revolution is being brought to air. The only question is where Revolution will fall within the spectrum of Abrams’ TV projects when this year’s season is over.

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Revolution premieres Monday, September 17 @10pm on NBC

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  1. Just watched the pilot. It was boring and predictable. The characters are too clean and model perfect. The setting is too clean and idealistic. The floors are too clean in the buildings where trees are growing up through the floor. All the prettiness completely threw me out of the premise of a post apocalyptic world throughout the entire pilot. This should be like Into the West or Hell on Wheels. If you’re going to go with a gritty premise, go gritty.

    None of the characters hooked me in. The main character is a more boring version of Katniss from the Hunger Games who’s obviously going to be in a typical teenage romance with her militia boyfriend. All the characters look generic, pretty and boring.

    The mystery looks like it’s going to be either a nonsensical computer virus or alien technology.

    Typical teenage crap fest. This reminds me of the reboot of V – good premise with an awful, formulaic execution.

    Hope it improves after the pilot.

    • I just saw the 2nd episode and its even cleaner,lol.the chain gang lady looks like she just stepped out of a spa. I think I’m giving up on the show its not real enough like walking dead or copper.and yea the katniss character is really annoying and so is her little brother.

  2. There’s so much possibility for creativity here and I feel like that’s what’s going to sink this show: TOTAL LACK OF EFFORT. The premise of the mass technology loss has been hammered around literature for years with relatively decent results but in this show they simply copy and paste that and fail to offer any innovation or even quality of thought. For example, where are the low-tech workarounds that people employed during the rationing days of our grandparents? Or even the array of methods people employ today, like the stuff in electricity-free housewares and home supply catalogs like Lehmans? Most of that stuff can be made at home without high-tech methods. Surely it’s not ridiculous to expect at the very least that refurbished homemade bicycle tires would have kept cycling on the forefront of commerce and transit? Even the well stocked militias are mostly on foot. That’s just silly! Any thinker with some blacksmithing study or just a little trial and error could create 10 man bicycle based supply carriers or ‘buses’. With 15 years to solve basic problems like transit, mass communications, and defense, I think that even a handful of rural citizens would have a lot more to offer than this show demonstrates.

    And seriously, if the earth is warm at its core then the heat of the atom still does its thing, so obviously every major city with a nuclear plant nearby would have suffered a catastrophic meltdown with the power loss and be poisoned with radioactive fallout (no fail safe system I’ve heard of is fully electricity free). There’s no way around that plot hole and it wouldn’t be difficult to give a nod to that reality other than that Chicago would be a bit too hot to visit. I understand suspending reality in sci-fi, but this show transgresses suspension and runs to SHEER LAZINESS in the practical homework department. With their budget, that’s sad.

    And what’s with the way all the tertiary characters are dressed like pilgrims in homemade (and very conservative) clothes while the main characters dress in completely impractical ‘mall-rat’ outfits of artificial materials? Seriously, Charlie wouldn’t wear a mid-riff lycra shirt in that latitude of the country (especially while the soldiers all are clad in wool shirts at the same time). But I digress.

    If you’re going to make a show, at least don’t check common sense at the door. You’re getting outclassed and creatively shamed by simple-minded sci-fi like the Hunger Games. Wake up Abrams!

    • Nuclear p[ower plants are designed so that in the event of a power failure, the control rods drop and stop the reaction.

      • While I’m no expert, & I wish I knew more, my understanding is that the rods are dropped by the fail safe into water baths that have to be constantly pumped with pure, cold water until they ‘cool’, water purified & circulated by power from backup generators in the event of a power failure on the grid. Wasn’t that why Fukushima went bad so quickly? Because the ‘attack hardened’ backup generators were located in a basin flooded by the wave & they consequently also broke?

        On another note, thought the second episode clearly reinforced the “orbital ‘constant EMP generator’ shielded from by the ‘magic necklaces’” theories others offered.