When the lights – and all computers, telephones, car engines, and batteries – go off permanently and seemingly forever during the pilot of “Revolution,” the audience is left in the dark for only one or two minutes. Then, 15 years later, sunlight shines on a rural village, its good guy leader is killed by one of the militias that roam a dystopian America, and a fascinating idea becomes trapped in a mixture of stereotyped characters and stereotyped plot.
The pretty teenage children of the dead man –the girl Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and the boy Danny (Graham Rogers) – come from central casting. On Charlie’s journey to the ruined city of Chicago to find her uncle, Miles Matheson (Billy Burke), nothing happens that is unexpected, including the long fight in which Burke shows how good he is at killing people.
“Revolution” may become a commercial success for NBC which desperately needs a successful drama and is...