What happens when the lights go out? What happens when the lights go out forever? Specifically, what happens when J.J. Abrams produces a show with director John Favreau about what happens 15 years after the entire world loses electricity? Well, Revolution happens, one of NBC’s new shows premiering this fall. I admit, I’m kind of excited to see a series with a post-apocalyptic setting that isn’t full of zombies, aliens, or other boogeymen, and I’m always a sucker for shots of things like Wrigley Frield overgrown with plants and greenery. Still, there’s something about Revolution that just seems off to me. Maybe it’s because of the spunky teenage girl with the bow weapon a la Hunger Games. Or maybe it’s the Walking Dead/Jericho/Falling Skies-ness of it. Or maybe the mystery of where all the electricity went feels cribbed from Lost 101. Mostly, though, I think it’s because it’s on NBC, and my brain is no longer wired to accept that NBC could possibly make a compelling drama. Thanks to everyone who turns in the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.