Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Step Up Your Game, Revolution, Please?
The previews for this show looked amazing. It had sword fights and crossbows and a mystery that looked, well, mysterious. I couldn't wait to see the premiere. Now I've seen it and instead of being happy, I'm horribly disappointed.
It was at the top of my must-see shows list for the new Fall season. So far, we've seen two episodes. I know, that's not much to pass judgement, but the second episode failed to impress me any more than the pilot and leaves me little hope for the third.
I do love the whole idea of a world suddenly without power for no reason. I want to be drawn in by the mystery and am willing to accept the fiction required to make this world happen, but only to a point. If the mystery goes from plausible to completely ridiculous, then I'm done.
It's been 15 years since the great power outage. The world has become completely overgrown by vines and violent militias have taken the place of our fallen governments. Theses militias control all the guns, including the muskets. Wait, muskets? Where the heck did the survivors come upon a ready stash of muskets? Other than in a museum, I can't imagine where you'd find a musket today, yet these people have them in spades.
Despite relying on antique weaponry, they've managed to keep their clothes looking like they just came off the rack at the local mall. I also was struck by their rather impressive supply of boots. The militia has boots. The main characters have boots. It's all about the boots. I like boots as much as the next girl, but mine aren't that shiny and mine are brand new.
But the weirdest must inexplicable thing that needed a little explaining was the Magical Locket of Power. It managed to turn on that make-shift computer and set the little thing whirring and humming like a champ. Okay, I can buy that. So far, so good.
But it then turns on a vintage-ish monitor, the kind with green text that I haven't seen in years. Where the heck did she get that? Who has one of those? Who?! Why would she have a piece of computer equipment that was horribly outdated back when the power was on and use that to run her little computer? And then it gets even more ridiculous.
The computer then connects to another computer. Through what?! The air? The internet that doesn't work? The Locket of Power appears to affect only the little area surrounding the desk, so how in the world does it connect with another computer? This doesn't make any sense!
Sure, call me picky but I want some science in my science fiction. If there's no logic, no rational explanation for why things work the way they do in a given universe, then it spoils my ability to suspend my disbelief. I'll give Revolution a few more episodes, but it better give me some science in return.