Originally Posted by ridgefamus
You can actually get a good view of the Front Range of the Rockies from the western border of Kansas.
I can’t recall ever seeing the Front Range from the Kansas border. Of course, I’ve only been there a few times and that was decades ago, so my memory is dim.
But according to this study, it would require unusually high refraction:
Note the picture taken looking west from Mt. Sunflower, highest point in Kansas, and within a mile of the Colorado state line.
But even with high refraction, the mountains would be low on the horizon, not towering above you as walk down the road, nor would you have the required 100+ mile visibility in a rain storm, as depicted in “Revolution”.
Originally Posted by NetworkTV
The problem with SciFi is so few shows get it right - and when they do, they don't get the respect by the networks. It's like they suddenly panic, thinking "what have we done by greenlighting this show - let's move it to Saturday..." It makes me wonder if network execs actually read the outlines of the shows before they jump on them.
"Oh, Steven Spielberg is making a show? Great, let's buy that!"
One month later...
"Oh, it's about time travel...and dinosaurs...? Well, let's just try not to make it sound too silly when we promote it....Just make sure there are teenagers in it. Teenagers love to watch other teenagers on TV. We have research on that. They'll be talking about it all over that 'Tweeting' thing and that 'Bookface' website...."
But “Terra Nova” was at least an attempt at sci-fi. They started in a future world with a time portal, and the action followed plausibly. They made up dinosaurs unsupported by fossil evidence, and the supposed whiz kid exaggerated the apparent size of the moon, and gave a totally bogus reason for it. But the creatures were at least evolutionarily plausible, and the moon is moving away from the Earth as time passes, so they were at least in the ballpark of actual scientific theory.
“Terra Nova” was what I would call bad science fiction.
And “Flowers for Algernon” was good science fiction, for reasons others have stated.
But “Revolution” isn’t even trying. Nanite-sizing a Blackout Bomb
is plausible, but beyond that it’s magic time. Indeed, the best inside joke of the series thus far was when Aaron asked Crazy Genius Lady in the Woods about “the magically charred bodies” and she told him, “It’s not magic, but it might as well be.”
The global propagation of the nanites was just a few orders of magnitude more miraculous than the Biblical creation myth, wherein that doddering slowpoke God took six whole days to create the world that the nanites thoroughly conquered in just six seconds. Then we learned the nanites can eat cancer cells as well as electricity, but only at a snail’s pace, but they can grow new bone and all the dermal layers covering it faster than God can fashion a rib into a woman. (God at least put Adam to sleep for the procedure.)
“Revolution” is not
sci-fi; it is a fantasy action adventure, wherein the writers seem to be under a mandate to produce a plot twist every week, even if they have to change the characters’ personalities to do it. First they come up with the twist, then whatever stilted dialog and personality shifts are necessary to get to that, and then finally whatever nanite magic is necessary to kick it all off.
So, for instance:
Originally Posted by archiguy
I could kinda' buy the miraculous healing properties of these magical nanites if the process had taken place over a period of weeks, or at least a couple of days. Cells just can't physically replicate that fast under even the most optimistic projections of future medical miracles.
There's really no reason they couldn't have drug that process out as well. Aaron could have foraged for food & water and they could have waited a few days while the magical nanites magically healed the leg (and even that
would be at super-speed) before they were discovered just to give it a veneer of plausibility. But honestly, they really don't appear to care.
No, no, no. The big twist that week was that Rachel was not interested – at least not that week – in helping people, she just wanted revenge against Monroe for killing her son. To set up the confrontation with Aaron that revealed that, the writers created the subplot about visiting the sick little boy, and to set up that subplot, the boy’s father had to witness a miraculous healing, and thus the nanites had to work fast – at least that week.
Of course, a few weeks earlier, the nanites had to work slow, because Crazy Genius Lady in the Woods needed a reason to oppose Rachel.
And on the night of the blackout, they had to be fast, so the blackout could catch the entire world by surprise.
Sure, you could try and reconcile all this with some convoluted theory, like fundamentalists who try to reconcile every contradiction in the Bible, but really, reconciliation is futile.
Note that one could create a fairly interesting story about a slowly spreading nanite infestation that caused blackouts, among other effects. See section 4 of this article for at least somewhat realistic propagation limits:
But plausible propagation is for actual sci-fi stories, which again, “Revolution” is not
“Revolution” is not
bad sci-fi; it’s just bad. Last week’s revelation was that Grace is in the bunker, and to set up that up, the writers gave Rachel this gem: “If you’re gonna kill us, just get it over with.” Because, hey, when you’re being taken to meet the leader, who wants to actually stay alive for the meeting?
I say, just get this season finale over with, so I can delete the season pass from my DVR. It’s been kind of a fun ride this season, in an MST3K sort of way, but I think it will be one and done for me.