Well, pilot season is just around the corner and the networks are beginning to unveil their clips and trailers hoping to start getting some buzz brewing about their newest offerings. But the reality is that of the shows that make it to air, many won’t last past a season, but if there is one person you can’t count out it’s J.J. Abrams. As a writer/producer he’s been behind massively successful shows like of “Lost,” “Alias,” “Felicity” and “Fringe,” and his latest show, “Person of Interest,” was recently renewed on CBS (though “Alcatraz” was canceled). But his track record is strong and his latest venture, the high concept, sci-fi-ish drama “Revolution” has the ingredients of another hit.
NBC has dropped an extended four-minute trailer for the pilot that boasts “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau behind the camera. And visually, it’s impressive and certainly, no expense seems to have been spared. The show is set 15 years after all forms of electricity/energy have suddenly ceased existing on the planet, with militias taking over the rule of the land. But some kind of weird amulet holds the key to bringing power back, and needless to say, there are more than a few interested parties.
We like the idea, but we’re hesitant in our optimism. Let’s not forget how “Lost” so terribly squandered its concept, and right now, the biggest stumbling block for us is the acting. There are some truly cringe-worthy line deliveries here, made even more jarring when Giancarlo Esposito (the main reason we’re gonna watch this) shows everybody how it’s done. But we’d be lying if by the final scene we weren’t curious as hell.
“Revolution” airs this fall on Mondays at 10 p.m. Get a taste below.