Monday night, I did something different. Instead of tuning into reruns of American Dad or doing some really mundane task, I watched Revolution. I know it was listed as a top pick for fall, but alas, my hopes were dashed Monday night. The premise seemed so interesting; a girl hunts down her father’s long, lost brother in obedience with her father’s dying wish. What I didn’t know before watching was that the first episode would throw we the viewers into an extremely awkward family setting, have a death within the first half hour and then throw the asthmatic son into the hands of the Monroe Militia intent on finding some tool/toy/code that could possibly restore electricity to the world.
As a quick synopsis, I’ll give you the most important points. Charlie, the main character, is your typical teenager/young adult. She wants her freedom and wants to explore her post-apocalyptic surroundings, but her father is extremely protective, you know, with all of those bandits running around and no medicine. Before the premiere, I envisioned her as the made-for-TV Katniss Everdeen, but by the end of the episode, I’d concluded that she was actually Bella Swan. (It doesn’t help that Billy Burke plays her uncle.) Once her father has been killed, (due to her brother’s underestimation of the Militia) she is forced to find her uncle, as he is the only one who can help her save her brother from certain death. She embarks on her journey with her pseudo-step-mother and her father’s friend/village schoolteacher. They find themselves in trouble, they escape with the help of a stranger, and they make their way to Chicago to hunt down said uncle. Once there, it’s revealed that the stranger is actually a member of the Militia, but he actually likes Charlie. That’s pretty much all you need to know.
While I found the episode interesting enough, I have the strangest feeling that there will be clichés running rampant by season’s end. With great production, save the fight scenes, the show has the possibility to do great things, but considering the fact that the main character seems to be clueless, I don’t know if I can actually watch. In an age where women are a lot less likely to be damsels in distress, it slightly bothers me that the writers have made our heroine brave, yet naïve. Maybe things will work out for Revolution, but I can only give it two more episodes before I shut down, just like all of the technology in the first episode.