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Fifteen years prior to the start of the show, there was a worldwide blackout. A teenage girl, right after the death of her father, has to save her younger brother from the Militia that captured him looking for information on how to return the power. Charlie is joined by an assortment of acquaintances to help and keep her safe throughout her journey.
Before the blackout Aaron was a happily married man and rich beyond belief, but once the apocalypse hit, his money was worth nothing. During the second month, Priscilla grew ill, but was saved by a stranger named Sean who recognized dysentery. Six months after, when Aaron, Priscilla, and Sean’s group is attacked, they narrowly make it out alive. Aaron realizes how useless he is, he has no survival skills and he’s just dragging the group down. Priscilla wakes up soon after and notices that her husband is gone. Aaron left his ring behind. He knew that he would harm her chances at living and didn’t want to risk her death, so he left her in the stronger arms of Sean and watched as she walked away.
Miles brings the group to an acquaintance of his in the hopes that he can patch Nora up. As soon as they arrive, Drexel pulls guns on the crew, he clearly isn’t a real friend of Miles’. He fires a blank at Miles to scare him nearly to death, laughs, and announces out his motto, “It’s all fun and games!” None of the group feel comfortable near him, but they relinquish their weapons so his medic will check on Nora. When Nora is patched up, Miles is ready to hit the road, but Drexel demands a favor first. He is a big-time heroine dealer and wants to make sure that he stays that way, so he sends Charlie to kill the head of the O’Halloran clan, who torched his poppies.
Though Miles and Aaron try to convince her that this is cold-blooded murder and she shouldn’t resort to it, Charlie doesn’t care. She just gave up on the notion of fairness and respect in this new world, she tore up her most prized possessions, the postcards that she kept from a happier time. And with these postcards, she shredded all of her memories of her childhood and her mother. Once Charlie arrives, she discovers that Bill O’Halloran was a cop and a good man. Though she hesitates with the idea of killing him, she realizes that the only way for her friends to get out alive is if Bill doesn’t. She knocks him out with a pan and is about to stab him when Miles arrives to stop her.
With Aaron’s blessing, Miles fought his way out of Drexel’s mansion to save Charlie from making the biggest mistake of her life. As soon as Drexel notices his missing “friend,” he brings out Aaron and Nora and demands that they kill each other, the last man standing gets out alive. Though Aaron begs Nora to shoot him (Miles and Charlie can use her, but he’s just extra weight), she refuses. He resorts to shooting himself in the chest, exactly where he keeps his flask. He lifts his head and shoots the unsuspecting Drexel. His men, surprised and confused, let them go free. Miles has a hard time grasping the fact that Aaron the wimp actually killed somebody, but Aaron is quick to believe that Charlie wasn’t going to kill O’Halloran, because he wants to believe it.
General Monroe welcomes Danny with open arms, he promises him anything he wants, food, women, and a bed. Though he scolds Captain Neville in front of their newest prisoner, Monroe promotes Neville to Major in charge of information and interrogations, a position that will allow him to stay at home with his wife. Jason is eager to please Monroe, when shown the image of the pendant, he admits that Aaron has one. And he regrets sharing this information as soon as the name Strausser is mentioned, he is a frightening man who rarely leaves survivors. Which means that Charlie might not make it out alive.
Monroe didn’t lie to Rachel when he promised she would get to see her son. When Danny is brought to her he watches her for a minute before realizing who she is, but they embrace lovingly. Will he question why she left them or will he be naive enough to assume that she did it solely for their benefit?
We are given a glimpse into Neville’s private life from before the blackout. Maybe seeing his tough life from before will make us feel for him and understand why he decided to work for Monroe’s Militia. Just before the blackout, Neville got fired from his job, he was fired for being too nice. Nice is not a respected trait in the insurance business. He displaces his anger onto a punching bag in his basement, which means that he has always known to fight, very useful for someone who is about to be stuck in the corrupt world after the power outage. He tells his young son Jason that he can only punch the bag, never other people. Six weeks after the blackout, Neville’s neighbor breaks into his house to steal food and nearly kills Neville. But he decides that he has to fight back, he has to survive for his family, so he knocks him down and pummels him to his death. Sweet, innocent Tom Neville died with this man. Neville then teaches little Jason how to use a knife, he has to know how to protect himself. He has to overcome his fear, because if he is scared, he will end up dying. It’s a dark lesson to learn at such a young age, but it’s the best advice he could get.
When Neville tells Danny to fight him, he refuses at first. Unlike Jason, his father taught him not to fight, he should be an upstanding citizen even in the worst of times. After being punched in the face twice, Danny finally fights back, but is pummeled anyway. When Neville tries to explain himself to Danny, how tough his life was before, Danny finally mans up and demands that he shut up. He’s doen with his weird stories and mind games and he won’t participate anymore. He realizes that Neville can’t kill him, and by this point, he’s used to the abuse.
Rather than dawdle at Maggie’s funeral, Miles pushes his crew onward to save Danny. The city of Noblesville is surprisingly well populated and equipped with the militia’s steam-powered train. Rather than keep a low profile after she is approached by Neville (who doesn’t recognize her), she tries to follow him. He obviously notices her tail and realizes who she is when Miles comes to her aid. Charlie was given such simple orders from her uncle, logical and easy-to-follow rules, but she breaks them within minutes of arriving in Noblesville. She is completely driven by her emotions, and if Miles were not there, these emotions would have gotten her killed or captured. She isn’t showing any signs of improved intellect or a drop in naivete. After what she’s been through, you’d think she would have. Because they lost the element of surprise, Neville had time to move Danny before Miles realizes where he must be kept.
Nora meets up with another Rebel named Hutch, who agrees to help her blow up the train. If the militia has no method of transportation, they will be heavily restricted. Though she decided to blow up the train whether Danny was safe or not, she couldn’t go through with it. She can’t let Danny die by her hand, so she decides to remove the explosive log from the train, but Hutch can’t let her do that. He stabs her in the stomach and insists that it must be done.
Charlie tries to reason with Nate, her brother will die if he doesn’t give them any information he has. He apologizes, does some mad parkour and escapes their grasp. Nate meets up with Neville and tries to convince him to stop the train from departing, Miles will attempt to save him and they can grab him then. Neville doesn’t want to risk losing Danny, so they depart anyway.
Miles and Charlie steal a pair of horses and, using their knowledge of Westerns, leap onto the train. Charlie runs off to save Danny (which is terrible plan, because she will have to deal with Neville) while Miles will prevent the train’s explosion. Danny takes down Neville when he sees Charlie, but she is locked out of the train car. When she finally makes it in, Nate grabs her and Neville grabs Danny. He ignores a direct order to bring Charlie to Neville for execution, instead he throws her out of the train car to save her life. While Charlie is grappling with saving Danny, Miles manages to stop the train from exploding (even though the log was already tossed into the fire). Now they are back to square one, Neville has Danny and they are trapped with no transportation. And they are stuck with the useless Aaron and the injured Nora.
When the train reaches its destination, Neville hugs his wife in an unloving embrace. She then hugs Nate, and welcomes home her son, Jason. This episode really pushes Nate/Jason’s allegiance. He might be the son of a Captain in Monroe’s Militia, but he doesn’t follow orders. He has his own moral code that he will follow, and it doesn’t look like that involves murder. And his little crush for Charlie (even though he doesn’t know her) isn’t making life easier for him or his family.
Rachel is devastated by the news that Danny is headed her way. And when she sees that he is hurt, she can’t take it. After many years in Bass’s custody, all he needed was her son to get her to talk. She draws the symbol of the necklaces. If he can get all twelve of them, he has achieved the first step towards returning the power. And Jason knows the location of one of these pendants.
There were a few awkward gaps in the storyline. Nora’s wound appeared to be fatal, but she managed to get up and walk. And then make it all the way to where Miles and Charlie were waiting after they rode horses and took a shortcut on a train. And the idea of the steam-powered train working doesn’t seem to register for me. If everything shut off, why could they still use steam power? Even solar panels stopped functioning, and that harnesses the power of the sun, which would be more logical to work than steam. Maybe they can offer up an explanation for the steam-power, but it seems a little off to me.
This episode of Revolution explores Maggie’s story and her life before the blackout, just to make it more painful when she dies. This didn’t really do the trick, at least not for me. I felt no attachment to Maggie, so it didn’t sting when she lost her life. For those of you that did develop a liking for her, it was mostly out of pity. She wasn’t with her kids when the blackout hit and she never had the chance to say goodbye to them. The last words they heard her mother say were “I said no!” She walked all the way from Seattle to New York to try to catch a ferry back to England, but all the boats have been taken over or were destroyed for scrap. After years of searching she gave up, she realized that her children had probably died and was about to commit suicide when Ben found her. He invited her to join him and his children, they gave her a reason and a desire to live. Maggie gets the chance to tell Charlie that she saved her life before her lights go out.
When Miles debates sneaking off and leaving Charlie again, Nora is quick to protect her. He doesn’t think it’s worth it for him to stay, not if Charlie is going to interrogate him about his past so consistently. They may be family, but he doesn’t know her, he doesn’t owe her anything. But he rationalizes his decision, he thinks that it’s better for Charlie if he’s not with her. The entire militia is gunning for him, and she will get stuck in the crossfire. Nora reads right through him, she knows he’s being completely selfish. When Nora can’t get through to him, Maggie tries next. She agrees that Charlie might be better off without the cross hairs on her back that he left, but he isn’t better off without her. When you have nothing, family is everything, and Charlie is the only family he has left. When Maggie dies, he realizes that she actually spoke words of wisdom; he promises that he will be there for Charlie, he’ll never leave.
Nate (or whatever his name is) finally proves his worth when he helps save Charlie’s life. When the creepy guy has her chained up, he looks genuinely scared. And Miles doesn’t hesitate to ask him for help. He risks his own life by going after the dog trainer and ends up stabbing him in the chest with his arrow. They don’t say another word to him after that, maybe they are starting to trust him. We will soon see where his allegiance truly lies.
When he has Charlie tied up, the dog trainer says something quite astute. He tells Charlie that everybody is a monster inside, most people know how to hide it. But when they are put into a terrible situation, their true, evil selves shine through. Though many people disagree with the idea of the Lucifer Effect, I think that it applies to most human beings. When put into a situation where one’s life or power hangs in the balance, most people will become completely self-motivated and can easily be corrupted. And I have a feeling that Revolution is going to stress this point, especially while we see Monroe and Miles’ ascension to power.
This episode shows further that Danny isn’t anywhere near as smart as he is. He tries to escape from Monroe’s Militia a second time and is quickly captured. He doesn’t have the wits to formulate a successful escape, especially if he doesn’t want to risk an asthma attack. The only real shot that Danny has at saving his own life (though he’d probably get lost finding his way home anyway) is to slip out when Neville is trapped under the debris. Instead, he is easily persuaded to help his captor with a mention of his father. If Neville let him escape, he would be as good as dead anyway, so why would he let him go? Danny’s naivete even surpasses Charlie’s and will keep him in Neville’s arms until they reach Monroe himself.
Bass, out of respect for his friendship with Rachel, hasn’t thrown her in a dungeon. Instead he keeps her in a swanky room with the constant flow of food and water, but with a dose of torture. He knows that Ben knew more than she is letting on, and needs to discover whether it is possible to turn the power back on. I think that there’s a good chance that he wants to know if the power can return so that he can stop it. He will lose his power (no pun intended) over the people if there is electricity once again. If torturing her won’t work, he tries a different tactic: he tries to make her feel bad for leaving her children. And one of those kids will soon return to her and be tortured just as she was. But we see that in the past she had a tearful goodbye with her children and came to Bass just as he had asked and was handcuffed on the spot.
We learn a lot about Miles in this episode. He was the co-founder of Monroe’s Militia and is still considered a general of the army. We don’t find out how or why he left their ranks, but we see that he was the one who started the policing after the blackout, not Monroe himself. Eight weeks after the blackout, Miles and Bass abandoned the army, realizing that their efforts were futile. Six months after the blackout, Bass and Miles are still making a long trek and they continuously find dead bodies. They don’t understand how things deteriorated quite so quickly, even though people were desperate and starving, they shouldn’t resort to violence. Because no one is keeping the peace, Miles decides that he has to do it. When he sees man getting beat up, he pulls his gun on the large man and against Bass’s wishes executes him. The man that was getting beat up was Jeremy, a future CO of Monroe’s Republic. It’s amazing that Bass was so against trying to enforce order, but turns into the head of the strongest army in the country.
When Charlie, Miles, and Nora arrive at the Rebel camp, they are instantly bombarded with the sight of dozens of wounded people, some of them very young. Charlie decides on the spot that she has to help them, and immediately goes to the aid of the medic. She nearly goes into shock when the kid she’s helping dies. This gentle side of her might seem like a good quality, but in reality it will probably get her killed. Rather than returning to her quest to save Danny, Charlie insists that they stay and help the rebels get moving.
Jeremy had captured one of the rebels during the raid (the one that nearly everyone got wounded during), he tortures him with a game of Russian Roulette until he coughs up the location of the rebel base. And just as the rebels are about to move camp, Jeremy and his troops begin to fire on them. Albert, one of the rebels, takes the sniper and cuts down dozens of Jeremy’s men. The militiamen keep coming one at a time, Jeremy knows that Albert will run out of bullets eventually, and he cares so little for his men anyway. Jeremy’s men are fighting in a style very similar to that of the Civil War, two lines of men alternating between shooting and loading their muskets. This just shows that chaos was bound to ensue from the loss of order.
When the tunnel that the rebels were building to get out safely collapses, Charlie insists that they ought to fight the rebels. Her dad had always ran or submitted to them and he was a coward. This hits a nerve in Miles, he yells at her “Don’t ever disrespect your father!” This could be meant as “don’t speak ill of the dead,” “you have no idea what you’re dealing with,” or regret that he hadn’t spent the end with Ben. This is quickly followed by Jeremy barging in with a sword in hand. Once Miles manages to wrestle him to the ground and ties him up, Jeremy spills Miles deep, dark secret. But his prior indiscretions shouldn’t stop the rebels from trying to stay alive. So he trades his own life for the rebel cause. Nora and Charlie somehow concocted a plan in very little time to kill some of his men and save Miles’ life. Miles won’t explain to Charlie the situation he came from, but he is angry that she doesn’t understand. All he will tell her is that he didn’t care about the rebels’ lives.
Danny is being harassed by the best friend of the man he killed. At first he just drops his cup of water, but when Neville isn’t around, he comes back to beat on him. When the soldier (Michael Mosley, #1/Drew from Scrubs) comes back to abuse Danny again, he fakes an asthma attack to get the man near him and strangles him with his handcuff chain. Somehow Danny went from being incredibly whiny to outsmarting and outmaneuvering the soldier. This seems a bit unlikely to me. I can’t see the reality behind Danny’s character.
Aaron and Maggie make some huge progress in discovering the truth behind electricity. When they get to Grace’s house, it is completely abandoned. But Aaron recognizes the pieces of technology scattered throughout her room, she was trying to build a computer. He thinks that if they can get any sort of information about the power, it’s worth any risk, Maggie is much more hesitant. The only thing that they want is power, though, so she acquiesces to his request and stays. When Aaron is about to give up, the device he received from Ben lit up and buzzed. The CD player begins to play music and Maggie manages to turn on her iPhone and finally catch a glimpse of her children. The power shuts back down abruptly, but they discovered one of the most important secrets: the power can still turn on.
One thing that keeps popping up is current pop culture references. Everything they mentioned happened at least 15 years ago, so why do they keep bringing them up? I’m not sure if they’re trying to hold onto the past with electricity or what. But it seems unnecessary and unlikely that they would keep bringing up references to current and past movies and television.
Many shows that have successful pilots drop in quality for the second episode, Revolution is not one of them. I don’t think they faltered in any of the categories that they seem to be targeting: intrigue, action, family, and danger.
There are consistent flashbacks throughout the episode (and I’ll assume the rest of the show) to give us more clarity on who the characters are and what they stand for. We see that Charlie was given only one task when she was young, to protect her baby brother, Danny. Charlie clearly blames herself for his kidnapping, if she had been watching him, this never would have happened. She is, of course, being incredibly hard on herself. If she were with Danny when Neville showed up, there would be a good chance that they would both end up either dead or taken. She just blames herself because she’s scared and there’s no one else to blame.
Maggie carries around her old iPhone with her everywhere, because it’s the last memory she has of her children. She has no physical pictures of them, and this is the closest she’ll ever be to seeing them again. Because of how we live our lives now, completely electronically, this idea really resonated with me. If all we have is technology, what will we do without it? I guess this must be a little bit like how people felt when they though the Y2K virus would take out everything.
Miles level of badassery didn’t fall at all. While handcuffed, he managed to take out at least three militiamen and capture the fourth, choking him for the information he needed before snapping his neck. Miles encounters these men when he’s searching for Nora, someone who is good at blowing stuff up. This introduction sounds very familiar, almost exactly what we heard about Miles before we met him. Though we don’t get to see Nora’s skills with explosives, we learn that she has joined the Rebel Army since Miles last saw her. Miles considers the Rebel Army to be “deluded bleeding hearts,” but Nora begs to differ, calling them patriots.
I seriously can’t believe that Charlie is this naive. If she were raised in the harsh environment that Revolution portrays, then she would learn to trust no one. Somehow she turned out to be incredibly unguarded and gentle. When Miles was about to kill a militiaman out to get him, she prevents him. She decides that this would be a senseless killing, which is wrong. But is it really senseless if he was trying to capture her uncle? She makes up for this naivete when she tricks Nate (who isn’t actually named Nate?) and manages to handcuff him.
One good thing about Charlie’s youth is that she still genuinely cares for people. Nora and Miles want to get rid of a small group of militia to get a hold of a sniper rifle, Charlie wants to do it to save lives. She wants to save the thirty or so prisoners who are being treated as slaves. She is aghast that Miles and Nora didn’t even mention them. So she offers to shoot the warden with a hidden gun to save their lives. Though Miles insists that she will choke, she stays true and takes out the leader of the group of militiamen and grabs his sniper. When grappling with another militiaman, she manages to gain control and shoots him, too.
We get to see both sides of Captain Neville, the brute that we saw before, and a man who cares deeply for his men. He has no problem killing a man for having a gun. And when he sees an American (Rebel) flag in the man’s house, they torch the place. During this scene, one of Neville’s men gets fatally wounded, which allows us to see the gentler side of the Captain. He gives the soldier the option to die painfully and slowly or quickly and peacefully with a drug. Though he doesn’t look too mournful as he gives his man the poison, he assures him that it will be quick, painless, and he will be going to a better place. They bury the soldier and have a proper funeral. When Danny scoffs at the fact that he cares for his men but can kill so easily, Neville admits that life under Monroe isn’t perfect, but it’s the best option they have. It’s some sort of order, and that’s better than nothing. He does have a decent point… Otherwise they would be thrown into even further chaos.
Near the end of the episode we get another glimpse at the electricity that is still alive. Grace (the only person we have seen with technology) has time to let the person on the other end of her computer that Randall is there. That’s all she has time to say before she is attacked by this man with an electrical prod.
And, not surprisingly, the episode is concluded with the discovery that Rachel, Charlie’s mother is still alive and in the custody of Sebastian Monroe. It is not clear how willing she is to be there with him. She doesn’t seem to be there out of her own free will, but her situation is not terrible. I’m sure we’ll find out next week if Bass is forcing her to stay there or if she has agreed on some other terms.
The only real problem I had with this episode is with Monroe. For the leader of the biggest militia, he seems rather nonthreatening. We see him kill a prisoner for disagreeing with him, but something about him doesn’t seem so frightening. Maybe it’s the way that he treats Rachel or how he spoke to the prisoner before he killed him. But something about his character seems a bit off.
What did you guys think of the second episode? Did it hold up to your expectations?
NBC put up the pilot for this brand new show two weeks before it premieres on TV. If you want to watch it, it is up on Hulu and NBC’s website for free. The show actually premieres on Monday, September 17th at 10:00pm on NBC.
The show opens in Chicago, with Charlie and Danny as young children. Their father, Ben, tells their mother that they don’t have much time before “it” happens. We soon learn that “it” is the loss of all electricity. In the time that they have left, Ben downloads something onto a USB stick and calls someone (who we learn is his brother, Miles) to warn him and the other man that he’s with. During this call, the electricity begins to cut out. This is followed by some nice shots of the city going dark and a helicopter rocketing downwards. Then there is a beautiful view of the globe going dark, and it cuts to the opening sequence.
Fifteen years later, Charlie takes Danny out exploring beyond the outskirts of their camp. She is clearly going to be pushing boundaries that were set for a reason. I’m going to guess that this is going to be the main thing progressing the story. While out, Danny suffers an asthma attack, which foreshadows future problems that he will have. Any sort of medical issues in a post-apocalyptic world will never end well. Danny is treated by the town doctor, Maggie, who happens to be Ben’s new girlfriend. Charlie is not pleased that Ben took on a new woman after their mother’s death (which I doubt happened).
Monroe’s Militia shows up at their camp gates, led by Captain Neville. Ben hands the secret flash drive to Aaron to protect it. When the militia is about to take Ben, Danny decides to be the hero and pulls out a crossbow to defend him. Neville ends the fight by shooting a good number of the men, and then takes Danny as a hostage. By the time Charlie gets back to camp, she sees her dad bleeding out. His last words to her are a request to go find his brother, Miles. And the only thing Charlie knows about him is that he’s good at killing.
Maggie and Aaron insist on going with Charlie to find Miles and eventually save Danny. While going to get water, Charlie runs into a boy named Nate. He was awfully polite for someone in this terrible future. Charlie doesn’t let Aaron and Maggie know that she saw him, so they continue on their journey to Chicago. They then happen upon a plane, they decide to sleep in it over night. There are some cute pop-culture references here, Aaron says that he owned a plane because he worked at “a place called Google.” And all Charlie knows about it is that it’s “a computer thing.”
While asleep on the plane, the trio are ambushed by three men. Maggie manages to poison two of them with spiked whiskey. The third one is trying to rape Charlie, but is stopped dead in his tracks by Nate’s arrow. The following day, they continue on their journey to Chicago, with Nate in tow. Maggie pulls Charlie aside and tells her not to trust him. But Charlie, being naive, responds with “They can’t all be monsters, some people have to be alright.” Charlie wanting to see the best in people right after it is shown that Maggie keeps poison in her pocket is no accident. This is a beautiful example of how different the character are when raised during the blackout or being thrust into it as an adult.
The people in Chicago are not doing as well as Charlie and her family’s little town elsewhere in Illinois, they all appear to be homeless and there is a lot of fighting. The four of them make it to The Grand, the famous hotel/bar that Miles Matheson is known to be staying at. After telling him that Ben is dead, Miles admits who he is, and agrees to talk to Charlie alone. Miles says that Monroe is looking for him because he thinks that he and Ben knew something about what caused the blackout. Charlie’s strategy to get Miles to come with her was “because we’re family.” Miles not only scoffs at this and tells her he doesn’t know her, but he doesn’t think it’s worth saving Danny, some kid he doesn’t know, to risk his own life. Danny is just bait, and he won’t fall for any tricks.
Miles grabs Nate’s wrist and pulls down his sleeve, showing that he is militia. Nate runs off, probably to retrieve more troops. Miles forces Charlie and her band to leave, but insists on staying himself. Nate returns with the militia, they are instructed to bring Miles back alive. Cue insane battle sequence: Miles pulls out a sword and takes out half a dozen men. He then grabs a one-handed crossbow and kills a few more men. They didn’t lie when they said that Ben knows how to kill. Of course, Charlie comes back and shoots another man, she had never really left. When Charlie was pinned down and about to get killed, Nate shows up to save the day, yet again. They leave us questioning his allegiance.
Danny’s story is much less interesting. Here’s the quick summary of his adventure: he managed to unscrew the pipe that he was handcuffed to, and knocked out the guard watching him. He suffers another asthma attack due to the pollen in the air. He wakes up in a bed with an inhaler and a woman training a gun on him. The lady refuses to tell Captain Neville that Danny is there, but he was an insurance adjuster in his past life, so he knows when people are lying. She lets him in and he captures Danny before he has time to escape. After Danny is gone, the lady opens her secret attic (which has about five locks on it). She pulls out a USB stick like Ben’s and plugs it into a computer, and a lightbulb turns on. She (and therefore Ben) harnessed the power of electricity. She sends a message on a computer to an anonymous user letting them know that the militia was at her place, but they didn’t find “it.”
And to end the episode. there is another flashback. Miles and the other man in the car, Bass, head back to base. When he is called by his full name, it turns out that Bass is Sebastian Monroe. Clearly Miles has a stronger relationship with General Monroe than he lets on.
Revolution definitely shows potential. There are already some well-established characters, some who have clear intentions and others who don’t seem to have a clue of what they want. The plot is left open-ended enough to head in any direction, but not enough so that it could get easily lost. We know that there is electricity still available in this post-apocalyptic world, and it’s definitely intriguing to know why the woman can access electricity, and even more intriguing to know why the blackout occurred in the first place.
Though there are many ways that this show can get off track and fail, I think that it shows great potential. And I can definitely put my faith into a show run by Eric Kripke and JJ Abrams.