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.
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.