Originally Posted by tighr
Still haven't watched this week's episode, but reactions here and elsewhere are telling me I'm probably ok if I skip it.
No, definitely don’t skip it. You really have to see it to disbelieve it.
Originally Posted by tighr
Originally Posted by DvdJags
They will turn the power off again causing the missiles to fall to earth causing no damage.
It would be braver of them to allow the cities to be destroyed.
A better plot turn would be the struggle to turn the power off before the missiles hit, only to be too late. So now the city is gone AND power is gone.
Either way, turning the lights off again might be a pretty good idea...
Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
He is the fictional president who was in office when the blackout happened 15 years ago. He's been hiding ever since, waiting for his minions to restore the power, apparently.
Except that unless they retcon the April 1 episode into an April Fools hoax, they don’t have a fictional president pre-blackout. In the scene one year before the blackout where DOD man Flynn and his wife learn that their son was killed in action in Afghanistan, a news report is clearly heard in the background referring to “President Obama”. With Obama pledging to end the Afghan war in 2014, that puts the blackout pretty squarely on his watch. And last week, Obama’s picture was clearly shown in the bunker alongside Bush, Reagan, and Clinton.
Still, while signs of intelligent life in the executive suites of NBC are definitely difficult to discern at times, I don’t think NBC would air a program that portrays an actual sitting president hiding out at Gitmo for 15 years. So I don’t think they will be using the actor who played the devil in “The Bible”. More likely, the guy at Gitmo is some cabinet secretary far down the list of succession – thus arguably not culpable in the blackout – or perhaps just another military strongman.
Thing is, if they leave the lights on, they have to deal with post-blackout geopolitics. If foreign agents sabotaged the weapon, as Aaron’s discoveries in the finale would suggest, that means that people outside the U.S. know that American military nanites were responsible for an apocalypse one thousand times the magnitude of the Nazi Holocaust. In such a scenario, the idea that the United States would be allowed to reconstitute itself in its pre-blackout form after the lights are back on is even more preposterous than all the ridiculous “science” the show peddles. In the world of “Revolution”, the only place the Stars and Stripes belong is in history books alongside the swastika, hammer and sickle, and Stars and Bars.
I suppose the destruction of Atlanta and Philly could be portrayed as some sort of atonement, a la “Fail Safe”, but it would actually be a pretty meager atonement.
It might be better to go back to silly science and sword fights.