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Revolution - Season 1 [DVD] 
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All 20 episodes from the first season of the sci-fi drama executively produced by J.J. Abrams. Set in a post-apocalyptic world 15 years after all forms of electricity have mysteriously been shut down, the show follows Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), his niece Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and other rebels as they fight back against the powerful Monroe Militia. Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons), the militia general and former friend of Miles, is in the possession of special pendant devices that can activate weapons and machinery, which he plans to use to take over the United States. The episodes are: 'Pilot', 'Chained Heat', 'No Quarter', 'The Plague Dogs', 'Soul Train', 'Sex and Drugs', 'The Children's Crusade', 'Ties That Bind', 'Kashmir', 'Nobody's Fault But Mine', 'The Stand', 'Ghosts', 'The Song Remains the Same', 'The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia', 'Home', 'The Love Boat', 'The Longest Day', 'Clue', 'Children of Men' and 'The Dark Tower'.
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On the other hand, I'm on episode 15 of S1 now and I'm on the verge of giving up watching - there have been so, so many scenes where certain characters should have died without question. At least four times per episode some characters survive a barrage of gunfire or a knife fight which should surely have killed them, whilst at the same time they manage to kill about half a dozen 'baddies' with ease. There's only so far that suspension of disbelief can go, and the characters are becoming more and more cheesy and stereotyped as time passes!
I'm not sure... this probably isn't helpful, but all I can suggest is giving it a try and seeing whether you like it. I think I'll stick with it for the time being but I'm not sure I'll make it right to the end!
I'm not going to elaborate further on the points made by other reviewers (such as the lack of realism in the setting & the actors' appearance) - Other than to underline how truly dreadful the acting and scripting truly is. I started to watch this after I realised that 'Gus Fring' (Giancarlo Esposito) from the truly outstanding 'Breaking Bad' series was starring in this, little was I prepared for a show that was so utterly shambolic, I'm really struggling to put words together. Agree, it is a 'good idea' - But without any really convincing characters, and utterly dreadful script writing there was nothing to hold my interest past 5 or 6 episodes, the majority of which I had to force myself to watch, waiting for the hidden depth to emerge. It didn't. Nor will it. Cynics will claim I didn't give it time; I will assert that no matter how much time I gave it, the actors will not improve their craft, nor will the daft story-lines improve.
There are clearly a number of nods towards Stephen King within this show, but whereas he (in a similar way to Breaking Bad, or indeed the similarly excellent Game of Thrones) would craft interest and tension from a slowly building storyline, 'Revolution' is in too much of a hurry to move things along; Characters captured & escaping multiple times in an episode feels like over-eager story-writers trying to make up for inability to create any depth in the characters, and situations they encounter.
It's clearly popular with some - I can respect the views of others, after all we're just here to share opinions. But this really wasn't for me - If you like shows along the lines of The Wire, the aforementioned Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Game of Thrones et al - This one is probably best left alone.
Oh, they've been captured, no wait, they escaped, or have they been captured again?
It is all pretty vanilla; a show probably best suited for older teens (or those capable of overlooking the DOZENS of logical inconsistencies the writers fail to address). It isn't horribly offensive on an intellectual level (like Twilight is), and is okay if you just want to turn your brain off for forty minutes and unwind.
But. . . .
You'll have to have faith and just go with it, because if you actually start to question what you are watching, the show will be ruined. Example: The heroes are trying to stop the Monroe Republic (villains) from gaining access to the electricity which would allow them to activate missiles and mobilise machines of war. However, we are never told why this would be a bad thing. The 'villains' want to establish some kind of law, and stop the indiscriminate slaughter out in the badlands. So, within the confines of the show's logic, law, order, peace and prosperity are BAD things. Okay. . .
And surely the Monroe Republic, in possession of electricity, could begin to manufacture medicines, reestablish hospitals and schools, and just generally help the world regain some semblance of civilisation?
Meanwhile, our 'heroes' (who must be good because they have Old Glory tattoos), do their best to foil the Monroe Republic at every turn, and generally keep the world in the Dark Ages. . .
None of the above is helped by the fact that the bad guys are generally more likeable and well rounded characters than the good guys.
Revolution isn't the worst kind of Hollywood cheese, but it isn't too far off. . .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not great, not terrible. Its pretty much the definitive 5/10 across the board, acting is average, plot has some very good bits and some incredibly stupid parts.. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Finally got round to watching, and generally a bit disappointed.
Good example of a great underlying idea, being dragged out to fill to many episodes - which emphasises... Read more
The first disc wasn't very captivating, until Billy Burke started as being the culprit and then from then on everything was fast-moving and exciting.Published 2 months ago by Marianna
The reasons I don't like this series:
1. It started off really well but after the tenth episode I was already feeling bored.
2. Read more
Watch the frist 6 episodes and thought it would get better but was totally awfulPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm afraid this is pretty awful. I gave up after episode 2. The sets and FX are ok, but everything else feels rushed, simplistic, shallow and by-the-numbers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Smithy