Today is November 21, the publication date of "Ebb and Flow" in Apocrypha and Abstractions. See my name? It's time to put up an "I love me wall." Never heard of that? I'll tell the story on the page when it goes live. Meanwhile, be excited with me. It’s been almost 10 years to the day since I’ve published anything else.
Must see TV this week takes another look at the show Revolution. Why another look? It's been quite some time since we tried it last and it keeps getting recommended so maybe we missed something.
What Revolution does very well is create a world where society has collapsed. The sets are good and it's refreshing that there are no aliens running around the carnage, or zombies, and because the collapse was brought about by the power going out we don't have cities laid waste by war.
Revolution also has an intangible going for it – somehow the show makes you want to like it. And sometimes you do. But not very often. There are interactions between the "plot" and the setting that have dramatic inconsistencies -- like, is there an ammo shortage or not? You keep saying there is but then everybody is always shooting, even when there are alternatives. Alternatives that make for much more compelling drama.
I have found that there are a couple of characters that I like and, interestingly enough, they haven't had flashbacks to explain why they are who they are and act how they act. The shallow characters need flashbacks or the show would seem even more random.
Maybe they should rename it to “Random.” I will probably continue to watch it, in small doses when nothing else sounds good, until I get to the end. As I said, it really wants to be liked.