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"The Great Circuits Fall Quiet, One By One": Clip From "Revolution"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 14, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 14, 2012 |

There was a documentary that aired a few years back that focused on what inventions really mattered in creating modern society. I can’t recall the exact show, but it was on the History Channel back when they actually showed history, or at least sociologically related topics. The consensus was that electricity was the real difference maker, the invisible magic that all our modern wonders depended upon. Computers? Try using them without power. Cars? Tried using one without a battery? Every single element of modern society stops without electricity. As one particular engineer put it, if electricity just stopped, we’re back in the nineteenth century overnight. Even the water will stop as the pumping stations grind to a halt.

That’s an image that has stuck with me, resonating with all the years of reading dystopian novels, of watching the great circuits fail and the world plunge back into darkness. That’s probably also why each trailer and clip for “Revolution” has gotten me so excited, even though I know that science fiction event series on NBC have a relatively abysmal track record.

Here’s the latest clip, which shows the world as we know it coming to an end, in what I assume is close to the beginning of the pilot episode:

That header up there from an earlier trailer and I assume that the shot of Wrigley Field is the set up for explaining that the world ended just as the final out was recorded in a Cubs’ World Series victory.

“Revolution” premieres on NBC on September 17, presumably about three years before they fire the show runner.

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