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Published November 19th 2012
Can science fiction exist without technology?
Revolution - Title Card
Can you imagine going a day, or worse, a couple of hours without your phone? The internet? Technology?
Revolution is a television show that has recently debuted on American TV. It falls in the science-fiction category and is set in a post-apocalyptic world where technology falls apart. People are forced to live a life without any of the nifty and fancy gadgets that we are all accustomed to in the present world.
There are only a couple of episodes that have been aired, but it is a show that has proven itself as one that can attract a huge fan base in a short period of time.
Creator Eric Kripke has set up a strong cast to play their appointed roles in this show - and boy, have they satisfied their characters well!
Tim Guinee (Bill Matheson): Responsible for creating technology that ultimately caused the black out. He is seen with a pendant USB that later becomes a significant key in this plot, with a secret saved onto it.
Billy Burke (Miles Matheson): Brother of Ben Matheson who is wanted by the Monroe Republic. Later, he is revealed to be the founder of Monroe Republic.
Tracy Spiridakos (Charlie Matheson): Daughter of Ben Matheson who wants to avenge her father's death and is on the look out for her brother who has been kidnapped by the Monroe Republic.
Elizabeth Mitchell (Rachel Matheson): Wife of Ben Matheson who is initially portrayed as dead shortly after the black out, but later is revealed to be working for the Monroe Republic.
Graham Rogers (Danny Matheson): Asthmatic son of Ben Matheson who is kidnapped by the Monroe Republic.
Giancarlo Esposito (Tom Neville): The antagonist who has been working as the Head Of the Monroe Republic.
There are several aspects of this show that make it a great show to watch.
Revolution is filled with flashbacks from certain periods of time - 15 years, 1 year, a couple of weeks before the black out occurs. It gives the viewer a sense of the history of how this black out was prepared in a methodical manner and how it would impact the lives of the characters forever once it took place.
There is an insight that is obtained, regarding the history of the characters and how, after the black out, they transitioned to being part of a massive, powerful empire like the Monroe Republic (or becoming targets of the Monroe Republic).
One can also understand how reliant the society is on technology, and how the ultimate black out can cause them to yearn for using their technological equipment just one more time to perhaps get a glimpse, an image of their family members for instance.
For a Western society of the future, this is the last thing one would expect. However, in Revolution, the phrase "survival of the fittest" has never felt more fitting. Tom Neville controls the way the society functions, and as head of the Monroe Republic, his punishment for illegal activities are brutal and harsh, especially if one is caught using a form of technology that shouldn't be functioning as that privilege is only reserved for those belonging to the Monroe Republic.
I should forewarn you not to get too attached to the characters of this show, for unexpected events can cause a major twist in the story, and even cost some of them their lives. Personally, I don't think there should be a list of main and recurring characters, because each and every one of these characters has a shocking twist in terms of their fate in this story.
Revolution seems to be a promising show that will keep you at the edge of your seat at all times. So be sure to check this show out!