***WARNING: There are possible plot spoilers in this recap. If you have yet to see this episode, and would like to watch it, click here. Otherwise, enjoy the recap!***
J.J. Abrams’ newest drama, Revolution, sparks a memory of Abrams’ previous cult-hit, Lost. While that makes viewers such as myself feel a sort of comfort in the direction that the plot seems to be headed in, it’s also a bit tame, and feels a little too comfortable, to be quite honest.
The series premiere didn’t really do a whole lot to wow me. What it did do was set up a potentially decent plot, and introduced us to some so-so characters, whose interactions seem a bit forced at this point. The show begins with a flashback of sorts (if you’re going to watch a J.J. Abrams show, get used to it), to the night when the power went out. Frankly, these bits we get are more to get into the character dynamic. It’s not a huge piece at this point, in my opinion.
Fast-forward fifteen years, where Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee) is the leader of a community, presumably somewhere in the Midwest, only a day’s journey by foot to Chicago. When members of the militia enter the community and demand that he come with them, his son Danny (Graham Rogers) resists, ends up being captured by the militia, and in turn causes the murder of his father. Before he dies, Ben tells his daughter Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) to find his brother Miles (Billy Burke), who lives in Chicago. He also gave some sort of pendant to his friend Aaron (Zak Orth) and tells him to guard it from the militia at all costs.
We learn in this episode that the militia is run by a man named Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons), a former friend of Miles and Ben Matheson, before the power outage. He is set on finding Miles, as he thinks that Miles has information about how the power outage happened, and how to restore power once again.
What proceeds next is a flurry of character-connecting events; we are given a first look at the character dynamic, one that really doesn’t impress me at this point of the game.
Being a total Lostie, I will often be making comparisons to Lost, because hey, what else is that obsession good for now, right? Already, I am seeing some sort of strange fascination with Abrams’ inclusion of Aussies in the cast, as Ben’s girlfriend, Maggie (Aussie actor Anna Lise Phillips), is a bit reminiscent of Claire (Emilie de Ravin), but with some Kate-like spunk in her). Another character similarity is Aaron, who reminds me greatly of the lovable Hurley (Jorge Garcia). In this episode, we learn that Aaron worked for Google, and he would trade his $80 million dollar savings for a roll of Charmin.
All in all, this first episode was a little lame, though they did set us up for another Lost-like secretive Dharma-esque community. A woman, who momentarily helped Danny hide out from the Militia, possesses a pendant just like the one Ben gave Aaron. With this pendant, she is able to power a secret room in her house, allowing her to run an old computer, with which she sends a message to an unknown recipient.
It will be interesting to see what they do with the show in the next few weeks. From what it looks like, they have six episodes complete. I would assume that they will hold off on producing any more episodes until they have a definitive following, though I doubt most will hold out as long as they did for Lost. Only time will tell, I suppose.