Can JJ Abrams & Jon Favreau’s TV sci-fi Revolution beat the big-budget curse?

Posted on 29 May 2012
By Matt Barden
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With a host of big-budget TV shows being canned before the second series, Terra Nova and Alcatraz for instance, can the slick looking Revolution hold on to a second run, or will it be another case of mysteries left unsolved for frustrated viewers?

JJ Abrams TV record is pretty hit and miss, for every Lost and Alias there is an Alcatraz or Undercovers.

But this Fall the Star Trek director is teaming up with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) for another sci-fi drama in the form of NBC’s Revolution.

The show centres around Earth fifteen years after all electricty has stopped working. Major cities are overgrown with plants and governments have fallen.

Militias, generals and war lords have become common, however there may be hope in the form of a special flash drive held by the Matheson family.

Giancarlo Esposito (Once Upon a Time) stars as the villainous Captain Tom Neville alongside Twilight’s Billy Burke and The Good Wife’s Tim Guinee.

The premise sounds promising and going by the trailer it looks polished and everything we’d expect from an Abrams and Favreau team up.

But will viewers be turned off by the thought of investing into a series that may be cancelled before any real answers are revealed.

Terra Nova, the Spielberg produced, dinosaur themed TV show, had a huge budget and looked very Hollywood in appearance. Viewers were left on a cliffhanger with the discovery of the strange figure head from a boat, but alas the huge budget show was cancelled and theories and guesses were all that remained.

Alcatraz suffered the same fate, as well as shows gone-by such as Jericho, Deadwood and Firefly.

So with money and big name writers and producers comes no gurantee that the network will not drop you like it’s hot after one season.

But this attitude could lead to the death of a medium that has surpassed it’s bigger brother Film in terms of quality programmes.

The Wire, The Sopranos, even relatively newer shows such as Sons of Anarchy are far superior to nearly all recent movies, where the focus seems to be big on spectacle and what you can do with 3D.

But with television always comes the fear that your favourite shows could easily be ripped away with little or no resolution, leading to some fans waiting to see if a series gets renewed before even watching it and then waiting for the box-set instead.

This will lead to lower viewing figures and trigger happy networks pulling the plug at an even more alarming rate.

Let us know what you think and whether you’ll be tuning into Revolution later this year or waiting to see how Season 1 goes.