“Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down, the lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? Written by NBC Publicity.
After watching the pilot on Hulu+ last week I found myself drawn into the why that is typical of most projects Abrams is involved with. It is almost formulaic how this TV show gives you bits and pieces to keep you watching. When it was over I found myself wanting another episode. This could be what I call the Netflix effect where we as viewers are able to binge on the shows we like watching several hours at a time. Ok enough soap boxing.
I found the story very engaging but some of the characters hard to care about. For instance Danny played by Graham Rogers. He is the asthmatic brother that gets kidnapped and is basically the drive of the whole show currently. At this point I am thinking that he needs to get killed off or rescued to explore a more exciting story arc. He is just not that strong of an actor nor character.
The premise of the show is interesting , we lose electricity and forced to live like farmers and rebuild society. There were a couple of things commented on the internet I found worth mentioning.
Where are all the bicycles?
Why when the planes lost power and crashed were the tail lights still on?
What about steam power?
If you can get past these small blips on the suspension of reality radar I highly recommend this show. It has enough sex appeal that it might actually make it a season or two and some degree of intelligence to hold the science fiction crowd. Let’s hope the Nielsen Families tune in Monday….I know I will.