TV review: Revolution

By Columbus Alive
From the September 13, 2012 edition

NBC’s latest sprawling sci-fi drama, “Revolution” is tough to pin down after the pilot. There’s an interesting premise — for a mysterious reason all electronics stop working suddenly — created by J.J. Abrams (“Lost”) and Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), but flaws hold it back.

“Revolution” kicks off with the tense moments before and during the worldwide power outage — seen through the Matheson family’s eyes — then jumps forward 15 years later. The Mathesons have an unknown connection to the power outage, and when the reigning militia led by Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) comes looking for answers, things go badly. That leads Carrie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) on a mission to find her uncle Miles (Billy Burke) for help.

The pilot has some well-paced action, and Esposito — reprising his trademark cool, cunning villain role from “Breaking Bad” — and Burke give strong performances, but Spiridakos is bland. It makes it hard to root for her as the show’s hero.