Revolution: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

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Revolution

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Revolution could work harder to be more realistic and relevant, but it still manages to intrigue with suspense, mystery, and good old-fashioned action.

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Critic Ratings: 55

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User Ratings: 121

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Air date: Sep 17, 2012

Ben Matheson returns home to his Chicago apartment in a panic telling his wife that the electricity is about to go out. Before it does, he manages to contact his brother Miles and also to download something from the Internet. When the blackout hits, it's a global phenomena - and permanent. Fifteen years later, Ben is living with his children Charlie and Danny is a small rural village. Life is good, even without electricity, until Capt. Tom Neville of the local militia arrives to arrest Ben.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2012

Miles, Charlie, Aaron and Maggie head to Pontiac, Illinois. Miles is hoping to find an old friend, Nora, whose expertise, he says, is absolutely required if they're to rescue Danny. He learns the hard way that General Monroe has put a hefty bounty on his head when a bounty hunter tries to capture him. Miles is prepared to execute him but Charlie convinces him not to, something they will later regret.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2012

Miles, Nora and Charlie arrive at the rebel camp only to find that many of the fighters were wounded when they walked into a trap earlier that day. They are soon under attack by the militia, led by Jeremy Baker, but the rifle Nora stole keeps them at bay for a good while.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2012

Miles, Charlie and Nora learn that they are within a day's walk from catching up to Tom Neville and Danny. They keep their rendezvous with Aaron and Maggie but Aaron insists they not tell them about the device. They are beset by mad dogs and their owner who seems intent on killing the trespassers. When he kidnaps Charlie, Miles has little choice but to rescue her. One member of the group will not survive.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2012

After burying their friend, Miles, Charlie and the others continue their quest to rescue Danny. They learn that Monroe now has a working train and Miles is certain Danny will be transported to Philadelphia. Nora contacts a fellow member of the militia and she decides to blow up the train, even if it puts Danny's life in danger.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2012

Miles, Charlie and Aaron are en route to Philadelphia with an unconscious Nora whose knife wound from the train incident has festered and is in dire need of medical help. Miles decides to stop off at a former partner's armed compound to get Nora the help she needs.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2012

Still on their way to Philadelphia Miles, Charlie, Nora and Aaron come across a band of children who have been on their own since the death of their parents some years before. The eldest among them, Peter, has been forcibly recruited into the militia and taken away. Miles and Charlie agree that they can't set off and leave the children and so decide to try and rescue Peter.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2012

Miles, Charlie, Aaron and Nora arrive at Freeport, Pennsylvania some 290 miles from Philadelphia where a major bridge will let them cross the Allegheny river. They walk into a trap however where militia Sgt. Will Strausser and his men are waiting for them. Strausser has taken Nora's sister Mia prisoner and his price for freeing her is simple: the pendant and Miles Matheson.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2012

Having reached the outskirts of Philadelphia, Miles manages to convince the rebels that he can deliver Monroe's head to them. They agree to work with him and are soon traveling through the city's subway system to get into town. They begin to hallucinate when their oxygen supply thins out. They also have to deal with a traitor in their midst.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2012

Miles, Charlie, Aaron and Nora finally make it into downtown Philadelphia and seek shelter with one of the militiamen who might be prepared to help them. Major Tom Neville is one step ahead of them and manages to arrest everyone but Miles who had gone out to explore their surroundings.

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In this epic adventure thriller from Supernatural's Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights -- has mysteriously blacked out -- forever.

Critic Reviews for Revolution Season 1

Audience Reviews for Revolution: Season 1

  • Dec 16, 2020
    Best thing I have accidentally came across in my life.
  • Oct 19, 2020
    The main issue is the subtitles. It's as if most are too dumb to understand English so the subtitles are dumbed down for simplicity.
  • Oct 29, 2019
    Nothing about this show works. The story, the physics, nothing!
  • Aug 11, 2019
    Too violent for my tastes.
  • Sep 07, 2018
    I was hooked on this!
  • Nov 08, 2016
    The whole show and concept is awesome. Love the scifi!
  • Sep 18, 2015
    Really below average acting. The guy that is supposed to be a mass murderer is pretty wimpy. Nothing ever explains why the government just collapsed because the power went out.
  • Jun 26, 2014
    Revolution started with a great deal of promise, not to mention a cast that was surprisingly solid. Within a few episodes however, these strengths were squandered on an absolutely ludicrous plot and extremely poor action sequences, not to mention wooden dialogue and an increasingly confusing storyline. Ultimately Revolution was nothing more than a sub-par attempt to mine the post-apocalyptic genre for a few viewers.
  • Jun 14, 2014
    So, what's so special about Revolution? Well, Revolution was different from all of the other shows in the genre. The writers weren't afraid to kill off popular characters which added to the overall suspense/tension levels when one of them was facing a perilous situation, because the viewer had no mental safety-net telling them that everything was going to be ok? It had a whole host of characters and I loved them all (even as I was hating some of them, I still loved their dynamic within the show), and I loved that we got to see how the characters developed from one episode to the next. In such a Dystopian future, the temptation would be very strong to have an "every man for himself" attitude, but our ragtag heroes constantly put others' needs ahead of their own, and in doing so developed into a makeshift family. Of course, as with all families there's bickering, snarkiness, and attitude every now & again but at its very core is love, and a steely determination to protect the other members - THAT is what made Revolution viewers return week after week, the all too human nature of its main characters! Time and time again we saw them make mistakes, time and time again we saw them work to fix them, because in a post apocalyptic world, the thing that people need most to survive, is other people! Of course, viewers also loved the sword fights, the hand to hand combat, the explosions (we are, afterall, only human?), but we also loved the Machiavellian machinations of the villains (most notably Tom Neville), and we were finally getting to the crux of the whole matter with the Nanos! Revolution had a great storyline, it had heroes and anti-heroes, it had lots of action, it had reel to reel awesome characters, none of whom was perfect ? but hey, they were trying! Revolution made a person think about what kind of person they themselves would be, given the same set of circumstances! Revolution was funny with some quite poignant moments, it had an awesome cast with obvious chemistry, and like I said, it had sword fights (lots & lots of sword fights - yay!), but I believe its main selling point was its characters and their devotion to each other (the fact that it had a cast that was exceptionally easy on the eye didn't hurt either...)!
  • May 29, 2014
    This isn't the post-apocalyptic world that the world is used to. When we think apocalypse, we usually think "zombies or natural disasters". Revolution is set in a world where the apocalypse is brought about when the electricity powering everything in our world suddenly stops working. Revolution is a fun, entertaining show that left me on the edge of my seat after every episode and made me want more every time. So if you are looking for a TV show that offers up intense action, a strong political underside and amazing characters, this is the show for you.

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