Okay, not really. It's actually pretty bad. I mean, perhaps I should learn my lesson and realize that J.J. Abrams is just one of those folks who farts out ideas and all of them stink pretty bad unless you spin it to saying that it was caused by a bad sandwich at lunch or something along those lines. Otherwise it's just terrible.
I was able to view a preview of the pilot episode a couple of weeks back and I have to say - wow, was I just let down completely. Which is pretty sad considering the premise is fairly decent.
"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."Basically 15 years ago the current time frame of the television show, all electronics just suddenly stop working. In a really strange way, if I do say so myself. City blocks just go out like a row of Damiano effect.
We cut to 15 years later after the apocalypse that was caused in the black out, and they're all wearing completely untarnished machine washed v-neck t-shirts. Is it because all their other clothes are in tatters and only now, a decade and a half later, they are willing to begrudgingly settle for what remains of the Old Navy inventory? By now it would be considered REALLY OLD Navy.
I mean, not to nitpick, but that brand new, perfectly fitting leather that the daughter is wearing must have come from a local butcher, right? If you think about the irony of all this, the hipsters, those fools who we mock for making their own sausages and clothing are the ones who have the upper hand in all this.
Then we have the whole, you know, premise of the show. It's all fine to say that electricity just suddenly stopped working and we can't generate the electricity from batteries or anything, but you're shooting people with machine gun and lighting a fire to keep warm. Seems a little off, science wise in all that.
The only great thing about this show is that you have Gus from Breaking Bad NOT be blown up in a retirement home. His acting chops alone are amazing. But a slight spoiler, well not even one. The whole "a family struggling to come together" aspect of the description seems off -- you know, since mommy is killed off screen some time in the 15 year gap and daddy is killed in the first 10 minutes. Man, that family sure is struggling badly.
It also brings up a really good question. Why would they fast forward 15 years anyway? The immediate aftermath of the power suddenly going out and mass panic and riots ensuing is probably a hundred times more interesting than whatever the fuck they showed us in this really poor pilot episode.
I can't be bothered to watch it again to double check, but in the final action scene they had some of the soldiers reloading muskets in a battle. My god, I know steampunk is a market that needs to be tapped in to, but this just seems beyond silly.
All in all, this is pretty much a venn diagram of Lost, Terra Nova, and Falling Skies. Which is ironic because Lost ended up awful, The dinosaur one is pretty much forgotten by all by now and Falling Skies is on TNT, so it might as well be forgotten.
And there you have it. Now you have a leg up on the six-episode-in canceled series since NBC seriously doesn't give anything a chance in hell.