On the heels of the now-canceled Alcatraz, J.J. Abrams has another sci-fi series heading to TV. It's called Revolution, and like Lost, it forces its characters to fall back on their basic primal instincts. But that's where the similarities end.
Revolution is headlined by Twilight's Billy Burke and centers on a global energy crisis. Electricity is a luxury humans no longer have access to. The event brings out the best and worst in people. The series has a large cast and an ambitious plot, but Burke claims the storylines are straightforward.
"I don't think people will be confused in the slightest watching it," he says. "For some reason, all forms of energy and power go out. Fifteen years later, people are trying to get along and trying to figure out how to reconnect and how to form new societies without any of those benefits. We cut back and forth a little bit in time, but it's all pretty linear and very easy to follow and highly entertaining."
Most of Abrams' shows hinge on the connection between the past and the present. Flashbacks were a major part of Lost and Alcatraz, while Fringe takes it a step further by switching universes. It sounds like Revolution will try to keep it simple. Perhaps they want to avoid the pitfalls of its predecessors?
Revolution debuts this fall and will air Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
What do you think of Revolution's premise? Will you be watching?