"It's happening, isn't it?" asks a frightened mother. With that single terrified sentence, NBC's "Revolution" kicks into high gear. In an instant, the power goes out all across America, but it's not just the electricity that's lost: even devices that have a charge blink off with no explanation. TV, phones, the Internet, cars, and even airplanes all fail over the course of a single night. It's hard to say what's more troubling: how such a thing could happen or why.
Fifteen years after the event, that frightened mother is long dead. However, her husband (Ben) and children (Charlie and Danny) are still alive, living in a small village that looks like something out of the 1800s. The clothes have a homespun look, while corn and sheep take up much of the settlement's land. Even the schoolhouse is straight out of an Old West film. A former Google employee is the teacher, who explains to the kids that when the lights went out, "Physics went insane. The world went insane overnight, and nobody knows why."
While Charlie is intensely curious about the outside world, her father refuses to let her explore outside the boundaries of their land. But when the militia murders her father, young Charlie sets out to find her uncle Miles in Chicago, who just might have some answers. It's possible that Charlie's dad knew how to turn the lights back on, and Miles may be able to shed some light on the subject.
Along the way, they meet Nate, a mysterious young man who saves Charlie and her friends, Maggie and Aaron, from a group of bandits. But when Charlie gets to Chicago and finds her uncle Miles, Nate reveals his true colors: He's in the militia, too. In a pulse-pounding fight sequence, Miles uses a sword and a crossbow to defeat a large group of militia soldiers, with a little help from Charlie and friends.
The end of the episode reveals some interesting revelations: Nate may not be true militia, as he kills another militia member to save Charlie's life. Also interesting is the revelation that uncle Miles knew General Monroe before the blackout, the same general who now seems to want him dead.
Meanwhile, the militia has taken Danny hostage in the wake of Ben's death. Danny manages to escape but is eventually caught again when he takes shelter in a farmhouse. The woman who owns the farmhouse is interesting; in the final moments of the episode, she uses a silver pendant (the same pendant Ben had) to turn on the electricity in her home, operate a crude computer, and send a message to someone. The response she gets is the same question fans are asking as they watch the story unfold: "What happens next?"
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