Revolution Season 1 Blu-ray Review
represents one of the most
ambitious concepts to be made as a television production in recent
With producer J.J. Abrams in a production
capacity with the series (as it is produced through his own production
company Bad Robot), NBC placed bets on this show
to become the new Lost of serialized
storytelling on network television. The series own premise revolves
global blackout in which all electricity disappears from the planet,
and everything into the darkness.
everywhere (around the entire world) are in moments
thrust into a different world without the components of our daily
constantly rely upon electricity. How would our society and world
without any real ability to use electricity in any capacity? These are
the questions Revolution asks in
telling it's post-apocalyptic story.
just too bad the series wasn't executed better and with
more creativity involved in forming this storyline. The show gets off
to a bad
start right away with a mediocre pilot episode from director Jon
Favreau (Iron Man). It's hard to believe he
directed the pilot. I have been mostly impressed with his directorial
to date but the pilot to this series will remain as a rare exception.
gets off on a weird note with bad pacing (things accelerated way too quickly), and the story and
script for the beginning of this series just wasn't on par with a
that sounded a lot more intriguing than how it was being executed in
creator Eric Kripke supposedly had his first
conceptual idea for Revolution in
realizing that there wasn't really anything out there in television
reminded him of a Lord of the Rings
film and the traveling landscape element found within those stories. He
from exploring traveling characters it could open up the doors to some
interesting stories. So the creation of the show sort of stems from a
fantasy and adventure more-so than the apocalyptic aspect that is
inherent in its
of the problem with the show seems to be that it was
jump-started without a lot of fine tuning going into the creation. The
seems to just jump right into things without really understanding what
the series even wants to do with its characters. And, unfortunately,
was not one of this series strong-suites. This series would have
greatly in having a much stronger cast attempting to carry the show
storylines and odd directing. Instead, all audiences will discover is
cast is mostly good lookin', it's like everyone who worked on the show
of a first-rate modeling agency before deciding acting would make a
acting is atrocious. I'm not sure what the casting
director and filmmaker Jon Favreau saw within these actors, but the
doomed from the start with the cast that was rallied up. Most
have any semblance of an idea of how to make a good film will say that
is one of the most important things that you can possibly do in making
something to achieve the best results. So what happened here?
With the director of Iron
Man, who rallied against the
studio system for someone like Robert Downey Jr. to be cast in one of
iconic parts in comic-book film history (despite a lack of interest
feels like a show that was quickly cast based upon some
simple pedigree of 'gigs'. I can't comprehend how so many poor actors
in such a high-budget, massive tent-pole production. It
seems like all of the network executives
want to find a way to discover a brand new success in serialized
rival that of Lost, but you really
can't re-create a "new" television phenomenon like Lost without
putting forth effort in the
anyone to create a character-driven series within a serialized
storytelling landscape, one must cast exceedingly
well in order for audiences to stay interested in the show's characters
fundamental aspect of the show is based upon the audience's connections
characters, despite the conceptual brilliance that may be inherent in
course, a good show also takes good writing and
directing. This series is not so consistent in regards to those
pilot set a bad tone for the rest of the series with an over-the-top
that seemed to carry throughout other episodes of the show. Other
that aspect around with cartoonish action, simplistic melodrama, and
uninteresting camera angles. Nothing seemed too creative from the
even if this was generally more competent than the other production
writing did this series no favors either. I mean, come on:
who wanted a post-apocalyptic
series which skips ahead fifteen or so years after the event happened?
we discover everyone has simply reverted to sword fighting and weird
lands, with everything collapsed all around in government and societal
structure. Seriously, when the power goes "missing" everything leads
to the total collapse of all society? What about all of the years
lived without electricity-driving society? It certainly wasn't as
it similarly was structured to some
degree. The creator of the series misses the mark here.
we have the flash-backs elements. This also just serves
to remind me of how well the flashbacks on Lost
were structured. With Revolution,
flashbacks do not seamlessly blend together and are mostly done
just a few minutes "here and there". These flashbacks are also
structured in such a way that doesn't help the show.
episode of Revolution
might go to "15 Years Ago" to "10 Years Ago" to "5
Years Ago" and so forth. How is jumping around that much supposed to
It makes things more confusing, both for audiences and for the writers
this series, to even keep track of the sequence of events. It also
with developing the back stories of the characters. This results in Revolution feeling more plot-based than
character-based, even though creator Kripke has expressed an interest
in the focus
being otherwise, and on the characters.
also stunned by the score to this series. Stunned... by
its awfulness. This series has a awful score. It's astonishingly bad.
truly one of the worst scores for a show on television at the moment.
completely lacking in a emotional core and it seems to seek out
action-sequences more than anything else. Composer Christopher Lennertz
that great in composing music, and the work done for Revolution
seems completely uninspired.
music should aid a quality show by enhancing the
emotion: from the acting, directing, and
writing to all of the components overall. Great music, in my view, can make a show and seeks to reinforce all
of the positive elements. A good score is about tapping into the human
the sentimental aspect, with precision. It's about reinforcing the
action, the suspense: you name it. I consider myself something of a
and I cannot even fathom how bad the music was for Revolution.
It completely fails to complement the series at all.
might be one of the most intriguing shows of the past
television season, and yet the execution of the concept is wholly
I was disappointed in almost every area of production. Some audiences
still find the series fun as a campy action-adventure show. However, as a character based show it doesn't work, and
I expected more out of the concept. Revolution
is surprisingly bland and generic television.
1.78:1 MPEG-4 AVC encoded
presentation is enormously impressive throughout. This
is a stunning series from a technical
standpoint. The cinematography is often first-rate with a great visual
in terms of lighting, color, and clarity. It's an incredibly
modern-looking series. The transfer helps to reproduce the impressive
clarity with encodings to appreciate. The bitrates are almost uniformly
and the consistency of the presentation is a element worth noting.
audio presentation doesn't disappoint.
Much to my surprise (especially considering my general lack of
the show), I was not let down by the audio presentation that Revolution
received. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is immersive with strong clarity,
dynamics, and bass reproduction. The surround activity is notable in
instances. The resolution of the audio is outstanding throughout.
easy to understand. Really, something was done right in the audio
have no complaints about the audio presentation for this show. It's not
to "blow you away" like a big-budget film can. However, this is a
marvelous audio presentation for a modern television production.
aren't as many supplements
here as some might be expecting to find for a J.J. Abrams produced
However, the inclusions are notable and should satisfy fans.
In-Depth Look at the Revolution Pilot (14
min.) features interviews with cast, producers, crew,
etc. about the creation of the show's first episode and it's beginning
Cast and Crew at PaleyFest 2013 (28
min.) is a sit-down discussion with the series creator
Eric Kripke, executive producer J.J. Abrams, pilot director and
Favreau, and many members of the cast. Kripke discusses some of the
weaknesses during the earlier episodes, J.J. Abrams mostly remains
silent but reaffirming
of his decision that his production company Bad Robot would produce the
most of the cast offers up commentary on their characters and some of
experiences while making the show.
(20 min.) is a behind-the-scenes look at the production elements of the
from costumes, set design, makeup artists, sketch-work, and more with
interviews to discuss the series aesthetic production aspects.
Five Different "Mini-Episodes" made for online viewing, which are not
much more than extended deleted scenes, created specifically for the
audience who wanted to get to more of Revolution
before a new episode.
are included for 11 episodes of the season and they are spread across
the discs in the set.
is your typical TV inclusion of outtakes.
Season 1 simply
isn't that good. The
storyline premise sounded promising. The behind the scenes crew brought
together to work on the project made it sound like a large undertaking
could prove to provide great results. Yet the end result is a mediocre
production without focus, poor performances, and uneven writing and
This is disappointing television that doesn't manage to become
appointment fare. It is lacking a certain flair of magical 'gusto'.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.