NBC’s 'Revolution' provides a sly nod to promoting energy conservation and alternatives

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Let's not automatically assume because NBC's "Revolution" is about survival in a world without electricity that the show's producers have a political bias. Our contentious political divide over conservation of energy and the possible cleaner alternatives has already been around since the beginning of the industrial revolution. But you have to imagine someone calling out politics when we see scenes in "Revolution" that show how we could easily produce energy in alternative forms when forced by circumstance.

The clue behind this being a slightly more intentional message in the show was during a recent preview screening in New York City for selected guests. When the screening took place, 80 people were selected to pedal stationary bicycles that provided the power for the screening to take place.

Yes, it's the publicity event T. Boone Pickens only wished he could have done several years ago for his alternative energy plan.

With the way the world works now, those very same energy tactics used in the show may be eventually mocked by a politico as a message toward promoting alternative energy programs. And with the science behind "Revolution" being mostly real (give or take some inaccuracies about electromagnetic pulses), any particular ploy behind it could easily be a call to get it in mind before it's necessary. The question, though, is whether the show will be looked at in that way by the masses or if it merely promotes the idea of coddling what we have now.

In that regard, the political divide grows wider in determining whether we preserve what we have or start over if we have to. If the show wants to be balanced for those who demand such things, we'll have to see characters that stashed away status quo supplies in technology and energy, and using them clandestinely. During a real electromagnetic pulse situation, the chances of overtly wealthy individuals stowing away such materials that continue the old way of life are more than probable.

We've already seen preview shots in "Revolution" of a desktop computer being used through makeshift means. Don't be surprised if the show eventually presents elites having access to power sources that keep them living as if nothing happened. Of course, when you have street-smart militia groups in "Revolution," those places will be scoped out before the first season ends.

If we're past placing politics into everything, perhaps this show can move into becoming a new "Lost" with a sense of reality. Assuming we're not past placing politics into every single piece of entertainment, then perhaps it'll help convince alternative energy naysayers of how those who embrace such technology now, ahead of the curve in the event of disaster. That might be made more aware as we head toward the notion that fictional TV is moving faster toward reality than reality TV ever has.

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