No, no, they can't start the season with goo guns. They have to start off with swords and crossbows to keep enough money in the special effects budget for goo guns at the end of the season.
I disagree, at least as far as the science is concerned. The dome is clearly alien technology, so Clarke’s Third Law that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic applies.
The nanites, otoh, are supposedly present-day technology developed by the U.S. government. Yet compared to the nanites, the dome is just a clown pulling coins from children’s ears at birthday parties.
So, I can buy the "nannites replicating uncontrollably" premise. I can certainly buy the break-down of civilization and the rise of homicidal law-of-the-jungle militias; boy-oh-boy would that happen, and quickly. I can even buy the sudsy soap-opera side plots - they're fine. This is a broadcast TV show that needs to appeal to a wide demographic including the fairer sex. The thing I have to suppress is the fact that under no circumstances is the "power coming back on" even without the nannite interference, not even for 4 minutes.
So you’re ok with nanites manufacturing themselves apparently out of thin air and propagating around the world at near light speed – about a hundred times faster than the dome could envelop Chester’s Mill – and being reprogrammable in mere minutes to regenerate bone, muscle, and skin in mere seconds – but you draw the line at magic power grids?
You’re absolutely right, of course, that if the show were realistic, the restoration of electron flow after 15 years would go mostly unnoticed. But that would be boring television. So instead we’re going to get lots of where-were-you-when-the-lights-came-on-for-four-minutes conversations and flashbacks this year, as opposed to last year’s where-were-you-when-the-lights-went-out conversations and flashbacks. Because, as I said before, this season will be completely different.
The saving grace of “Revolution” is that unlike “Dome”, it doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. With “Dome”, you get “You’re a politician”, but with “Revolution” you get a David Schwimmer joke. So even though the science – when there is any – is utterly preposterous, “Revolution” is a lot less tedious, and therefore a lot more fun to hate on, than “Dome”.