Revolution comes to us from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. The new captain of the Star Trek franchise and television veteran J.J. Abrams executive produces.The father of the Iron Man films, Jon Favreau, even directs the pilot.The concept, a world thrown into chaos from a technological blackout, isn’t entirely original, but still interesting.So, how do I feel after watching it?Completely and utterly UNDERWHELMED.I am sadly short on whelm.Totally in need of more whelm.And the fault of this lies mainly with the cast.
Besides a brief appearance by the consistently good Giancarlo Esposito, the cast is a laundry list of no named actors.Now, I know the casts of shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Lost were relative unknowns at the start.However, those actors put out award winning efforts while tackling very original concepts.The cast of Revolution seems to be phoning in their performances as though they were aged Hollywood superstars….or direct to DVD Wesley Snipes.
Tracy Spiridakos, who serves as the show’s lead, (Obvious Hunger Games Cash In Attempt By The Way) is as stock as they come.She doesn’t have enough acting ability to carry a scene, let alone an entire series. Graham Rogers, who plays her brother, comes off more like a speaking extra than a costar.The character with the most potential on the show is Uncle Miles, played by Billy Burke of…ugh…Twilight fame.He’s a mysterious ex soldier who we know little about, other than he’s good at killing.An actor with some range and charisma could bring a lot to this type of role.However, Burke sleepwalks through every line he delivers and even parts of his fight scenes.
In this attention deficit disorder world we live in now, it is hard to have a show that can captivate and keep viewers.Especially, if the actors don’t convince us to care about the characters they’re playing.The performances of Revolution’s cast do little to convince me to care.Watch it…better yet, DVR it…do your laundry…play with your kids…take up stamp collecting…then if you get bored…really bored…watch it…then tell me I’m wrong.