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Old September 4 2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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The Revolution pilot is online now...

So the pilot for Revolution is available legitimately online now (only in the the US).

Watch it NOW

What I don't understand is why the world looks post apocalyptic? The loss of electricity would cause things to fall apart somewhat, but it should not mean that people suddenly forget how to make technology work.

Are the producers aware that the industrial revolution began almost a century before we started using electricity? The presence of fire means that these people are capable of boiling water and producing steam. Does oil and coal suddenly no longer burn? Instead of Chicago looking like an episode of Life After People...it should look like it did in the 19th century. We should see rail roads and lots of smoke stacks.

Revolution could be the ultimate steampunk adventure...but its not for some reason.
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Old September 4 2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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Sweet. I'll check it out when I get home.
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Old September 4 2012, 08:33 PM   #3
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I haven't seen it, but a lot of the upkeep we do on modern structures is done by electric means. I'm not sure how far in the future the main course of the narrative starts after the power goes out, but it makes sense in my head.

There would probably also be a lot of strife that could lead to some desolation.
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Old September 4 2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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From everything I've read the bulk of the narrative takes place 15 years after the blackout.
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Old September 5 2012, 12:06 AM   #5
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Re: The Revolution pilot is online now...

Anybody else recognize the campground from the season 2 finally of Walking Dead?

As for the technology thing, the one character teaching the children did mention that physics itself seemed to have changed, so maybe "steam punk" won't work.

Not a bad pilot. It could go up or down. I think the Hunger Games casting/characters is a little too strong.
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Old September 5 2012, 12:30 AM   #6
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I watched it this morning and enjoyed it. It was mindblowingly good or anything, but I found it entertaining and plan to stick with it for the foreseeable future. I'm curious to see what the regular episodes are going to be like week to week.
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Old September 5 2012, 12:40 AM   #7
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Does oil and coal suddenly no longer burn?


Quite possibly. Revolution looks to be somewhat inspired by Dies the Fire, which does have steam engines stop working. Also, the heavy use of crossbows and black powder muskets in a world which should have plenty of real guns suggest that brass cartridges no longer work.


The blackout is magic and intelligently directed magic at that. Electrical processes work just fine inside a human body. But when the same electrolytic chemicals are put into a case for use as a battery they suddenly stop working. If it's that selective then it can easily shut down steam power, too.

They a Revolutionary War aestetic, so the blackout must intelligently and selectively shut down any tech that interferes with that.
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Old September 5 2012, 12:45 AM   #8
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suggest that brass cartridges no longer work.
Except for the scene where the Munroe officer uses his .357 magnum automatic pistol.
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Old September 5 2012, 12:48 AM   #9
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Yeah, I was trying to figure that one out.
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Old September 5 2012, 12:50 AM   #10
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I am guessing no one remembers how to make/or can't make percussion caps for bullets and they hoard the remaining ammo.
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Old September 5 2012, 01:20 AM   #11
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Does oil and coal suddenly no longer burn?


Quite possibly. Revolution looks to be somewhat inspired by Dies the Fire, which does have steam engines stop working. Also, the heavy use of crossbows and black powder muskets in a world which should have plenty of real guns suggest that brass cartridges no longer work.


The blackout is magic and intelligently directed magic at that. Electrical processes work just fine inside a human body. But when the same electrolytic chemicals are put into a case for use as a battery they suddenly stop working. If it's that selective then it can easily shut down steam power, too.

They a Revolutionary War aestetic, so the blackout must intelligently and selectively shut down any tech that interferes with that.
Actually there d appear to be oil lamps in a few scenes...so that answers that.
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Old September 5 2012, 03:20 PM   #12
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A JJ-produced TV series that doesn't make much sense?


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Old September 5 2012, 05:58 PM   #13
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The pilot is good enough to bring me back for the next episode, but this really really should have been a two hour pilot.

The characters had nearly zero development("But we're family..."), the mechanics(and specifics) of the post-event world needed a lot more exposition. And everything was so rushed that nothing had the weight it should have had.

All that stuff should be ironed out over subsequent episodes, assuming a competent writing and producing staff. The biggest structural problem I see coming is that Charlie and her brother are going to become increasingly useless as this story goes along. They have no particular skills or motivation, or background, or training. They're just kids. And since the show is trying to make them the main characters of the whole piece, it is going to become increasingly frustrating spending time with them when every other character is so much more interesting.
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Old September 5 2012, 06:11 PM   #14
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I want to see them explain how the world went dark and how the usb key works without envoking "magic". There's just no way.
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Old September 5 2012, 06:41 PM   #15
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I want to see them explain how the world went dark and how the usb key works without envoking "magic". There's just no way.
You're kidding. They didn't realize that USB keyboards shouldn't work?

I've not been looking forward to this since I heard the synopsis described as, "all forms of technology stop working." Free pilot online is not really a good sign, but USB keyboards working seems to seal the deal.

If there are working USB keyboards in it, then pass, pass, pass.
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