I try not to get hooked on too many TV shows. CASTLE, of course, is on my ‘must watch’ list and I violate my anti-reality TV rule to watch DANCING WITH THE STARS (though I’m rethinking that exception after Sabrina and Louie were booted off so unfairly!) But I’ve just got to share a new series that’s captured my imagination.
It’s called REVOLUTION. Here’s the trailer:
You may recognize Billy Burke, the actor who sleep walked through the role of Charlie in the Twilight movies. He’s totally believable as a sword-wielding action hero in this series. As an added bonus, he’s toting a tortured past. He’s certainly a draw for me, but the premise of the series is what initially caught my attention.
It seems to be rather loosely based on the DIES THE FIRE series of post-apocalyptic novels by SM Stirling. The inciting incident is that something happens to the basic fabric of physics which makes all electricity and combutstion engines stop working. In the books, gunpowder no longer fires, but in the TV series, guns still work. How people react to being thrown back into the technology of the middle ages is weirdly fascinating. And more than a little scary.
Another thing the series hammers home for me is the function of government. Aaron, the computer geek character, complains that they’ve all been tossed back into the school yard and the bullies are in control. Without a viable elected government to enact and enforce fair laws, he’s right. Whoever has the strongest arm rules.
As I write this, I don’t know what the outcome of our election will be. But I do know I’m thankful for our government, even when I disagree with it. Most of the time society works. Without that structure, it takes very little for humans to descend into chaos.
Ok that was all pretty serious sounding. The fact is, Billy Burke is incredibly watchable and I’ve got a new guilty pleasure to give CASTLE a run for his money.
How about you? Do you have a favorite TV show? Have you discovered a new one lately? I’d love to hear about it!