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J.J. Abrams' "Revolution"

We watched the first episode of J.J. Abrams' new show ("Revolution") tonight, and we were both pretty disappointed. I know I, for one, thought it was just terrible. It was derivative of a million other things, from The Hunger Games to Star Wars to Errol Flynn movies to every story about the "smuggler with the heart of gold" (and this episode had two of them!) to "Lost" (though the reasons for that were obvious, since both were Abrams shows) to ... pretty much everything I've ever seen or read. Seriously ... it's been a long time since I've read, heard, or watched anything this derivative.

They even dressed one character (teen girl tramping through the post-apocalyptic woods for the sake of family) exactly like Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games movie. And for the male love interest, they cast an actor who looks a lot like the guy who plays Jacob the Werewolf in the Twilight movies. In fact, that actor actually did play one of the werewolves in one of the Twilight movies. And one of the other main characters is played by the actor who plays Bella's dad in the Twilight movies.

Also, the plot relied on ridiculous coincidences (for example, a teenager is abducted and transported by wagon we don't know how far, he breaks free in the night, he runs/walks for some indeterminate amount of time but long enough to become extremely thirsty in the apparent mid-day sun, he collapses behind a strange house, the resident reluctantly takes him in ... and then she turns out later to be one of the presumably very few people in the world possessing the same super secret technology the boy's father was involved in). Stories that rely on pure coincidence to advance the plot are one of my biggest writing pet peeves.

We've decided to watch one more episode before we make up our minds, but I don't have high hopes.

Oh, J.J. Abrams. How we loved "Lost" and "Alias." Yet everything you've done since has sucked. What happened?

Oh, Jon Favreau. How I loved Swingers and the Iron Man movies. What are you doing directing/producing this kind of garbage?



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Sep. 24th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
I watched it, too, and I didn't like it either. Although my complaints were more about the fact that I was bored and didn't care about the characters at all than about it being derivative (fair though that complaint is!) I can get over it being a lot like other things if it's good. If it's not good, then why bother, LOL?
Sep. 25th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
I managed 8 minutes before I turned it off in disgust. It was so terrible!

A few minutes later I started watching it again. It was like I couldn't stop myself. I HAD to see how bad it was all the way to the end.

Oh, it was bad.
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