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It’s Time for a Revolution

I love the fall television season. It’s always filled with the promise of receiving Hollywood’s best in action, drama, suspense, and well, football.  But this year is going to be different for me, as I’m not looking to watch as many new shows. We’ll see how long that lasts.

However, one show that captured my interest through the summer promos and an amazing display at San Diego Comic Con was Revolution airing on NBC.

Quick summary — one day, all the power throughout the planet just shut off – electricity, batteries, the whole caboodle. No one knows how or why, only that it just stopped and immediately propelled our society back to a pre-Industrial Revolution era. Fast-forward fifteen years where the plot thickens when a militia group arrives at a small community and accidentally kills a man who potentially had something to do with the blackout.  The same guy who prior to the blackout downloaded a file onto a flash drive. We don’t know yet what that file is or its importance, but we do know it definitely has one. Tune in to the show yourself to see what happens next as the episode plays out from there.

C’mon, you know this sounds cool.  Now I’m not saying I would want this to happen to me. I love my gadgets and current way of life.  I don’t know if I could go back and live in a Little House on the Prairie time period.  But the first ten minutes of the show had a great setup where you see one child watching cartoons on the television, while another is playing with what looked like an iPad and their mother is on her iPhone talking to a relative when the big kahuna of all power outages hits.  It’s something easily relatable to anyone living in this age. Especially if you have a child who tried to “swipe” the wide screen TV because it’s what he’s used to.

In this recent post about the Bourne Legacy, I made the comment about how easy it is to make the connection about the part storage plays in a digital world.  A show like Revolution underlines the importance of securing your data not just on your computer because you never know when life happens where your laptop or tablet suddenly stops working.

The first episode of Revolution did a great job of keeping my interest to see where things go this season. (And I hope it makes a full season.)  When the show does come to an end, however, I can see the last few minutes where the power is restored and the lights come back on and all is back to what it was.

But after fifteen years of farming, using animals for transportation, lanterns for light and everything else that comes with that way of life, I don’t know if I would be so quick to go back to how things were. Would you?

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