The cancellation of NBC’s Revolution, or “Hey! I was watching that!”

Hubs and I live in the more remote, farmy-end of our area, and have a tendency to become TV-watching hermits during the colder months. Since we started watching NBC’s Revolution, it became a part of our weekly routine. We looked forward to it, and now that it’s suddenly been canceled without a satisfying ending, I feel cheated, like someone took my dessert away right when I was in the middle of eating it.

If you’ve never watched it, Revolution is a science fiction television series set in a post-apocalyptic America in the near future, when all of the electricity on Earth has been permanently disabled. Trains and cars stopped where they were, ships went dead in the water, and fly-by-wire aircraft fell from the sky and crashed. This event came to be known by everybody in this new world as “The Blackout”. As people learn to adapt to a world without electricity, the collapse of government and public order leads to rule by militias and their generals. (Thank you Wikipedia)

It takes a while to find out exactly what happened in The Blackout, and you have to suspend your disbelief for a moment to imagine the American government creating a top secret program wherein which scientists devise the Nanotech, micro-sized computer organisms that have the power to dampen all electricity. They plan to use it against the Taliban, except something goes wrong and it wipes out all electricity across the entire globe. Nothing works–no light, no cars. Radios, coffee-makers, computers, cell phones, everything we’ve come to depend on is a thing of the past.

And in the process, we meet the characters: Miles Matheson, a former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant-turned-tavern owner who’s been living a reclusive life after deserting his post as the Commanding General of the Monroe Republic (played by Billy Burke, sans the porn-stache he sprouted in Twilight) and Sebastian Monroe, the former President and de facto dictator of the Monroe Republic (played by Aussie David Lyons).

Let’s just talk about Miles and Monroe for a minute.

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Unf. Yeah. That.

You can’t go wrong with swashbuckling, sword-wielding bad boy anti-heroes who spout pop-culture insults in a dystopian future. Miles has all the makings of a romantic hero: the puppy dog eyes, the reluctant family man who doesn’t know how to be the good guy but really is one, who is haunted by the fact that he’s always been in love with his late brother’s wife. Or Monroe, lost after his family perishes in a car accident before the Blackout, desperate for love and using his pursuit of power to fill the void inside him, only to be remotely filled when he finds the long-lost-son he didn’t know he had.

I wish I could write stuff this good.

But let’s not forget about our badass heroines: Rachel, the brilliant scientist who created the Nano, and her daughter Charlie, a balls-to-the-wall fearless teenager who grew up knowing how to use a crossbow and will do anything to fight for what she believes in.

And now they’re all just gone. 

Maybe it’s the romance writer, and reader, in me, but I’m mad that I didn’t get to see these characters get their happily ever after, happy-for-now, or happy…anything. We’re left hanging at the end of the last episode, one that was clearly meant to be a season finale cliffhanger, not a series finale, since NBC cut the cord 11 days before the last episode. And now I feel bereft, not just at never knowing what will come of Miles and Rachel, of what could happen with the Nano, of this world that I’ve invested years being interested in, but at the loss of yet another intelligent TV show. With shows like The Kardashians and Duck Dynasty getting so much attention, it seemed important to have something intelligent on, a show that actually said something.  The writers and actors had even teamed up with the United Nations to shine a light (pun intended) on the world-wide energy poverty epidemic, a reality for the 1.2 billion people who live each day cut off from the power grids that most of us in developed nations take for granted. I personally had no idea so many people in this day and age lived without power. As someone who nearly had a panic attack after a half hour without my iPhone two days ago, the idea is staggering.

When you get hooked on a TV series, it becomes part of your world. We let the characters into our homes, our minds. It’s a reminder of why I find reading and writing romance so satisfying: I need that feeling of everything being okay at the end, that the characters have overcome something and finally get to be happy now. I suppose I’ll have to leave it up to my imagination to see that HEA for the characters on this show, and to NBC, all I can say is, you stink. I was watching that. 🙁




  1. I loved – LOVED – Revolution when it first came on, but when Charlie’s brother was killed (can’t even remember the kid’s name), that was it for me. Not sure of the exact circumstances anymore, but I seem to remember him doing something stupid and getting shot. The whole “mission” was to find him and that happened.

    I thought Billy Burke was amazing. Combat boots, stubble, and sword-fighting skillz? Yes, please, may I have another? He and Elizabeth Mitchell (who didn’t play Trinity, by the way – that was Carrie-Ann Moss) were the main reasons I started watching.

    Hopefully it won’t be replaced by something as IQ-sapping as most of the other shows being aired right now.

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