When J.J. Abrams says he has a TV show, people listen, and, for the most part, watch. Well, at least they want to watch, and try.
For example, his recent adventure "Fringe" will get one last year to wrap everything up for the viewers. Then there was "Lost," which mesmerized audiences, even when it made them mad. As for the two, "Lost" endured while "Fringe" never got the audience they were hoping, but it still demanding the attention of its viewers.
Now, Abrams invites the audience to experience a "Revolution."
With the backdrop of Chicago as the trailer begins, it is a bustling everyday existence and then something happens. Zap, if you will. All power is out and it throws the world back. It has all the elements of "Lost" and "Fringe," with a mix of "The Hunger Games" and medieval games. The technology that was zapped can come to life as well. But by whom and for what purposes?
After the initial zap, the screens says 15 Years Later and we are treated to scenes of moss-filled buildings and decay. Off in the distance is the John Hancock building and a walk by of Wrigley Field shows even more then the usual ivy growing over it. It has potential but it will surely depend on where the plots takes the viewers.
Can the idea of a throw back to the past mesh well into the fight for survival? Like "Lost," which was able to weave in and out of the past and the future, that was unique. When tried with other shows, it hasn't worked. It takes patience and concentration and that is not an easy sell. Even "Terra Nova" tried and, in the end, it was the plot and the acting that doomed that dinosaur epic. In other words, diving into the world of science fiction still needs to have the audience really think what they are watching could happen.
The show is produced by Abrams but written by Eric Kripke, who is the brains behind "Supernatural." The main idea for "Revolution" is the cast must survive in a world after all forms of energy no longer exists, according the the Los Angeles Times.
From NBC: In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.”
They also pass along this nugget: Abrams will have three series — "Fringe," "Person of Interest" and now "Revolution" — airing on three networks (Fox, CBS and NBC) at the same time. The cast includes Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad) and Billy Burke ("Twilight"). Look for it this fall on NBC.