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Supernatural Revolution

October 13, 2013


Things on Revolution are taking a turn for the supernatural….and I’m having really mixed feelings about it.

Revolution set itself up last season as a post-apocalyptic sci-fi show about how humanity adapts to not having power anymore.  (No surprise: they adapt poorly.) And it built splendidly, leading to the power coming back on.  The beginning of season two deals with the aftermath of turning the power back on (it only lasted a few minutes  – just long enough to detonate two nukes on the largest settlements in what remains of the US).  But then it takes a hard left when one character comes back to life after two hours of being dead….and starts having hallucinations.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love supernatural drama.  And I’m really intrigued to see where this is going, since dealing with the supernatural can often open lots of doors to interesting storylines that plain old reality leaves shut.

On the other hand, having used technology as the basis for the fantastic thus far, I’m worried that introducing seemingly supernatural forces into the show can lead it down a rabbit hole of bad writing decisions and plot twists that will leave fans – including me – dissatisfied.  I mean, remember Lost? There were oddities on the island, sure, but once they started introducing time travel into the mix, the plot went straight to hell. And we all know how that ended.  With a thoroughly disappointing ending.

I definitely don’t want to see that happen to Revolution, especially since it’s the first event-based show since Lost to really capture its audience and keep people invested in the characters and storyline. And since the show jumped several months between the end of season one and the start of season two, the characters have undergone some fundamental changes and I can’t wait to see the journeys that they take. Plus the US government has returned in a major way, and already, we’re being set up to see it as the bad guy (interesting timing in the current political climate, isn’t it?).

I suppose that that is what the show is ultimately about: the people, and how they deal with their circumstances. I can only hope that the new supernatural elements of the show don’t take away from that.


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