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NBC is doing whatever it can to convince you that Revolution is worth your time, even going as far as to put the pilot episode online almost two weeks before its television debut.
The pilot was screened in July at Comic-Con International, but now the network wants to give everyone the opportunity to get invested in the post-apocalyptic new drama. The series has the makings of greatness, with Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke acting as showrunner, J.J. Abrams executive producing and the pilot directed by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau. The cast is full of familiar faces, too, like Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell, Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito and The Twilight Saga‘s Billy Burke. But this is a genre NBC has struggled with in the past, and it’s no surprise that the network is doing whatever it can to draw viewers for Revolution.
It’s clear that NBC is hoping that Revolution will fill the shoes of Heroes, the comic book-inspired drama that opened to a bang in 2006 but slowly lost viewership until it was finally canceled in 2010. The network has tried to find a similarly high-concept genre show that resonated with viewers ever since, with shows like The Event failing to get a good foothold in a post-Lost world. Whether Revolution will catch on remains to be seen, but it certainly is a smart move to grab the audience beforehand by posting the pilot online and then keeping them hooked for the rest of the season.
Revolution takes place 15 years after a mysterious calamity renders every piece of technology on Earth inoperable. A society has formed out of the darkness, but the world has changed. The series follows a young woman named Charlie (Being Human‘s Tracy Spiridakos) as she tried to save her brother Danny (Graham Rogers) from militia leaders and find her estranged uncle Miles (Burke) to somehow find a way to get the power back on.
Kripke promised fans at Comic-Con that Revolution won’t make the same mistakes other genre shows have by teasing a mythology that isn’t fully formed or consistent. “We have the answers,” he said. “I can promise you that the mythology will move forward at an aggressive pace and we’ll answer the questions and then we’ll ask new questions, so it will be fun. It will be a really rollicking, ass-kicking show.”
That being said, the series will take a page out of Lost‘s book and focus on the character drama as well. “The mythology is important,” Kripke said, “but I really think it’s about characters and it’s about family and it’s about freedom.”
Revolution premieres Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.