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While Revolution, the upcoming post-apocalyptic drama from super-producer J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, is unlikely to be a ratings hit, it could end up as a successor of sorts to Jericho, the short-lived but much-loved survivalist drama.
However, the new series has a lot going against it, not the least of which are an odd time slot (Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC) and a high-concept premise that makes FlashForward and Alcatraz seem straightforward by comparison.
You see, on Revolution a mysterious calamity leaves every piece of technology on the planet inoperable. Telephones, computers, lights, cars — none of it works, sending civilization into a downward spiral. Fifteen years later, some semblance of society has formed, with militias roaming their territories and small farms dotting the landscape. But after tragedy strikes her family, a young woman sets out to find her uncle, who might just know how to turn the power back on.
It’s certainly ambitious, even for Abrams and Kripke, and destined to be either a solid Monday-night performer — though probably never a certifiable hit — or a glorious disaster. And after watching the new extended trailer below, I’m leaning more toward the former than the latter: It goes a long, long way in selling the personal drama, the mystery and computer-generated backdrops (although some of the acting isn’t very reassuring).
Revolution premieres Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.