Tuesday, September 18, 2012

TV Show Review: Revolution

Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon disabled all advanced technology on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without technology, and due to the collapse of public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess an item that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude various enemy groups who want to possess that power for themselves. (Wikipedia)

Fifteen years from the "end of civilization as we know it" people are primarily armed with state-of-the art graphite compound and recurve crossbows with composite arrows/bolts with plastic vanes/fletching but they have a very light draw weight that means arrows won't pass through the target. Just stick in it about two inches. Call me picky, but archery with even a modest throw (IBO Speed: 300 fps +/-) will pass COMPLETELY THROUGH a human body at even a range of thirty or forty meters. Now if they were dipping the heads (pointy end) in some sort of fast acting neurotoxin or venom, I could see the quick kill - maybe. However, archery has a habit of bleeding out its victims, not rendering a quick kill. The wound channels are large but people don't just drop dead unless you make a very solid head shot. And the people in this series don't make head shots because it's made for prime time viewing.

The 'militia' also carries flintlock muskets and some of the very cool people have modern rifles and pistols that fire fixed ammunition. Come on - fifteen years from now there are no more modern weapons IN AMERICA? Whoever made the movie must not get out much. We live in a society that is armed to the teeth.

Nobody wears camouflage clothing, nobody travels at night. Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson, an attractive early twenties woman (Tracy Spiridakos, age 24) and her young, attractive blonde step-mother partner with an forty-something unarmed nerd to travel across hostile terrain in search of a missing uncle (sort of a ninja - former US Marine Corps sergeant).

NBC wants a clean, politically correct television show that is so unrealistic and "silly" that IMHO, it's not worth watching.


Opus #6 said...

I take it your opinion is "a trifle disappointing"?

LL said...

Opus #6 - yes, it's stupidly unrealistic.

Race Bannon said...

I had little hope, but watched the pilot a few weeks ago...LAME. I kept saying, "Where is the mall that they got there tight fitting clothes at?"

Kind of like Doomsday Preppers - Hollywood takes a serious subject, an interesting story, into something stupid. Prediction - not all the filmed episodes will be aired - it will be cancelled.

WoFat said...

NBC's version of reality. Bet it makes your leg tingle.

darlin said...

LL thanks for the review, I'm not going to bother but I still faithfully watch SOA, love that one!

LL said...

I think that it will make a full season but there is absolutely nothing compelling about it. NBC has long financial legs to absorb another loss. I'm sure that their newsroom runs at a loss, but Soros and G. E. pitch in what's necessary to keep the crap flowing.

Darlin, I think the new season of SOA will be the best.

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