I checked out the first season of Revolution. It’s a series based on a future that there is no energy powered by electricity. The audience finds out later in the series that there was a group of scientists that created a nanotech for the Department of Defense, where the nanotech engulf the electricity around it. The nanotech multiplied exponentially and melded with the atmosphere, where it was unexpected and made the Earth’s electricity obsolete, where no energy can be used aside from fire and steam power. The people are not aware of the nanotech, aside from a select few. Due to the world in chaos with no electricity and very limited technologies, over the 15 years’ blackout, leaders have shot up with militia forces such as the Monroe Republic – who wants to stay in power and take over all the lands and governments that have formed throughout the US. The Monroe Republic refuses to acknowledge there was a United States, outlawing all flags and memorabilia of the US. The Rebels, who want the US to become the old United States, the way they used to live with freedoms, they have US flags (which some have been killed for), and tattooed of their patriotism. They fight to live in freedom, like they had once lived, before the blackout.
How fascinating is this concept! It has this eerie affect of realism. I keep having this scratching thought in the back of my mind, what if it were true and we had no electricity? How quickly would people start killing each other in fear or the simple fact that they could get away with it, alongside other actions that we deem in society as criminal. Would this environment change our way of thinking, due to adaptation, would we as a whole exude more antisocial behaviors as a survival method as opposed to nurturing and caring behaviors? Would it be easier to survive alone? There are communities in Revolution such as Atlanta that work on steam and there is community. The people live together in a gated area where they help each other, grow food and are hygienic. It seemed the most social community. Yet, the Monroe Republic, which is complete militia based living, later on gains knowledge of the necklaces that reverse the effect of the nanotech (for a limited time) and powers things. And of course, they use this knowledge to firstly power up tanks and other artillery to kill off communities that are not under the Monroe Republic. Monroe (self appointed leader of the Monroe Republic) exhibits narcissism while Miles (leader of the Revolution) embodies the hero, yet they is still an underlying care for each other since Monroe and Miles were childhood friends and later on creates the Monroe Republic together. Fast forwarding the 15 years of blackout; from Miles’ agreeing Monroe’s dogmatic behavior to Mile’s trying to kill Monroe and leading the Rebels. Miles learns he has family still alive and cares much for his niece, Charlie. Charlie first seems naïve yet a strong female character. She stops Miles from killing a soldier that was trying to hurt them. After the experiences of her brother being kidnapped, amongst other things happening to her brother, her thoughts on their world broaden and she doesn’t see the world so black and white. She herself learns to fight alongside other Rebels as well as kill others that oppose the Revolution. Her strength grows with Miles as a catalyst. To me, she uses Miles as a role model and has shaped her coping mechanisms and survival techniques based on her uncles ability to live in their world.
In Revolution, there are many different personality types but interestingly, they all care in some way for each other, or cross paths that they end up impacting their lives. Sometimes these people change each other for better or worse, sometimes they learn about themselves from understanding another. Sometimes these people learn their potentiality from living with another. It reflects what we each day may encounter with the people around us, whether relatives, co-workers to acquaintances. We should be more aware of how we may impact or affect another. These interactions may cause positive or negative repercussions. It makes me think if Monroe had more people in his live to impact him more positively, maybe he wouldn’t be so self involved and more concerned with conquering the US. Maybe, he uses militia as a way to act out his behaviors of wanting what he doesn’t have and fear is still some emotion that he appreciates since it’s the closest he can be with other people. I am eager to see what Revolution season two has to offer it’s audience. Do people change (again)?
What are your quick thoughts on these characters and concepts?