NBC’s ‘Revolution’ premiere review: Did the twist save the episode?

Now that the pilot of “Revolution” on NBC has finally aired, we can be a little bit more candid with our thoughts. (Check out our preview here.) However, we still warn you to stay away from this article if you haven’t watched it in full yet.

Basically, we can sum the pilot up in just a small collection of words: a show that tries really hard to be great, but often times gets so lost in the attempt that it forgets to just be. Everything felt a bit like “The X Factor” of scripted TV shows in that there was a lot of hype, stunning visuals, and not enough of a soul to back it up. Even the greatness that is Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) could not help compensate for the fact that some characters feel too grandiose, and we do not have a sense yet as to their humanity.

However, there is still a reason to hope here and keep watching. Our female lead in Charlie is likable and enthusiastic, and the twist at the end suggesting that the electricity is not completely gone is exciting. We don’t know where it leads just yet, but this is one nugget that is just enough to keep us watching. As for the rest of the story, we could care less about some of the traveling sequences or romantic subplots that feel a little bit forced.

As hard as we are on “Revolution” right now, we do really want it to work. There are few other network shows so risky, and we do need another “Lost” after such failures as “The Event” and “FlashForward.” The problem with this genre, though, is that you need a pilot that gets people out and talking to really drive attention to your show; and despite a good ending, we’re not sure that “Revolution” is going to do that.

Did you enjoy the show’s first episode? If you want to check out some more thoughts on the show, be sure to visit the link here.

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