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Revolution is a very dumb show but I’m still watching it

Revolution is one of NBC’s new shows this fall and there are quite a number of reasons as to why this show is stupid. Let me count the ways. First of all it’s no Jeremiah, and while it has some similarities to it, it does not have the same quality, or anything close to it.*

Premise and Setting

There’s a lot I’m willing to just ignore, as many people have pointed out that it doesn’t make much sense, but that still doesn’t mean that there isn’t stuff to hate.

Apparently the U.S. broke up into this which is boring and trite. It also conflicts with implications and terminology in show. Additionally it further cements the villains as being boring, but I’ll get to that in more detail in a minute.

Modern technology stopped working cause magic, fine. This fixation on bringing about the power and the conspiratorial nonsense  around it is dumb and detracts from the show establishing the current situation.

A 15 year time jump both feels like it is too short and too long at the same time. I want to see how the world got to be the way it is. The rebels wanting to recreate the US and this focus on guns being illegal smacks of appealing to conservative/libertarian/survivalists.

Characters

The main character is an annoying ash in on the popularity of The Hunger Games who is filled with saccharine grating nonsense, has a frenemy romance option, does little to add to the show and is portrayed by a mediocre actress.

Danny is just annoying and adds nothing to the show; the longer they draw out him being held by Giancarlo Esposito then the longer he’l exist in limbo.

Miles is only good guy whose name I want to remember and is forced to the sidelines in favor of the main character.

The other two who are traveling with Miles are forgettable, theyir value needs to be established or they should disappear.

Giancarlo is being wasted carting Danny around, I want him to be more active in the show. not because he’s particularly compelling, but because he can act.

Everyone else is so minor on screen that I have no comment

Villains 

The villains are shallow two dimensional villainous villains. They dress in Nazi uniforms and are evil. They follow an ego-maniacal jerk and their justification is threadbare. They need to be fleshed out.

So despite the fact that I take issue with just about ever part of the show, why am I still willing to watch it? The visuals pretty, especially Chicago. There’s enough to keep me mildly interested and I can rant about all the bad parts with my friends.

*Jeremiah was a show that ran on showtime for 2 seasons then got cancelled because JMS couldn’t work with MGM. You used to be able to stream it on Netflix.

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