First Trailer for Jon Favreau & J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi Show ‘Revolution’

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With more than a billion dollars in box office success between them, Jon Favreau and J.J. Abrams are undoubtedly two of the biggest directors in Hollywood today. Now the pair are working together on bringing their unique talents to the small screen for Revolution, an interesting new sci-fi show on NBC.

The show, which also features Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Bryan Burk (Lost) as Executive Producers, offers an intriguing premise. For an unexplained reason, all technology in the world stops. No TVs, no computers, no cars. Nothing. 15 years later (which is when the series takes place), society has fallen apart and is now run by warring groups and militias. As the first trailer for the show reveals, however, there may be hope in the form of a special flash drive held by the Matheson family.

With its mix of mystery, action, and family drama, the show sounds like it could be the kind of high-concept hit that NBC hasn’t been successful with in the past. (The fact that Jon Favreau is also directing the pilot episode doesn’t hurt, either.)

There’s a lot to like about the trailer for Revolution. Besides the basic premise – which is simple, yet effective – both the effects and action look strong. I was particularly impressed by how well-realized the post-apocalyptic world is fifteen years after technology turns off.  Sure, there are some quibbles (like the fact that everyone’s clothes have remained remarkably clean and stylish) but it’s pretty cool seeing a major city like Chicago taken over by nature.

NBC Revolution First Trailer for Jon Favreau & J.J. Abrams Sci Fi Show Revolution

Also, the cast looks promising, particularly Giancarlo Esposito‘s grimacing villain – Captain Tom Neville. Esposito has already endeared himself to TV watchers through his strong work on AMC’s Breaking Bad, and is also busy with the ABC show Once Upon a Time. Hopefully he can continue his hot streak with Revolution.

Revolution raises a lot of interesting questions. What would society be like without technology? How would you adapt? I’m man enough to admit that I probably wouldn’t get too far. Maybe I should spend some more time in the woods working on my survivor skills. You know, just in case.

What do you think of Revolution? Will you be tuning into the show this fall?

Revolution will air on Monday nights this fall.

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  1. I’ve been watching and I’m still scratching my head. I hold an M.S. in Physics and can’t get around the idea that matter needs the electromagnetic force to stay together. Great, you can build a machine that creates a localized field, but then why is all the matter (and people) still together. What about the human brain Mr. Abrams and Favreau. Why do the electrical impulses in the human mind still work. Oh, I know (insert technobabble here).
    I read that this was all vetted by a physicist to say it can work. Fine, I wrote that you can possibly make such a field or effect. But I still stand by my premise that if you disable a coil’s ability to generate a current via an external magnetic field, matter can’t exist. Electrons need an electric potential well to stay in a stable bound quantum state around the positive nucleus. Also what’s this about batteries. Electro-chemical also. I’d believe this story if it was a solar storm that blew out all the transformers. Electricity still works, you still have anarchy because it would take years to replace all the transformers in the world.
    Also did the two writers ever heard about the “Steam Engine” and the “Diesel Engine”. After 15 years, no one was able to get a truck running without electricity. Hey guys, ever heard of a hand crank. Watch old movies, they’re used all the time. I’ve taught enough inspiring MD’s in grad school to know one thing, the general population is clueless about how things really work. These writers are obviously throwing science away because, as we know, fake science makes for better stories.
    Watching this show just makes my brain hurt and I’m totally insulted into believing this could happen (Unless vetting Physicist can tell me how matter can stay together while impeding all electric fields). I’m thinking Faraday Cage. That shields you from external fields, but inside the box radios and electronics still work. I won’t even go into why no one on earth is dying from radiation sickness from the Sun. You have any idea how quickly we’d die off if the earth’s magnetic field was turned off. I can go on and on, but I know Abrams is like (Who cares, I got my cash).
    What really annoys me is that this will probably get cancelled just like the other odd sci-fi shows with no resolution in sight.

    • At first I figured it was a mechanism kinda like a permanent EMP, but then they failed to get the cars back on… seriously, all I can think of is something ridiculously advanced picking and choosing what works and what doesn’t, like nanotechnology or something.

      • They probably got cars working again but ran out of gas you need gas to run a car and for the electrics well ya no way to charge

  2. Revolution if it stays on track can garnish a longer stay than lost’s evolution. guest roles may be filled in by evolutionary newsies Grace Baine and Paz Vega, Genesis Rodriquez, Q’orianka Kilcher. Revolution has a plot line that won’t bring the sky down like falling sky and less intense and deadly than the walking dead. It has a good chance at a several surviving seasons if NBC sticks to initial integration of racial variety.

  3. This is a nearly straight rip-off of S. M. Stirling’s novels of The Change. J. J. appears to be a semi-skilled gleaner of tropes, though in his attempt to channel modern SF into classic Star Trek he has destroyed one of the few non-dystopian futures that existed as a media construct.

    This show will fail not necessarily because of its own shortcomings, but because even low-brow pseudo-SF with pretensions to grave secrets is too close to the ‘real thing’ (creative, solidly written art dealing with genuine, even controversial ideas of technology and humanity) for passive audiences who seek only to ingest an infotainment flavoured pablum with the least of effort.