Every now and again a programme comes along that sweeps the nation up on its zeitgeisty wave, setting twitter alight and giving us all something to pretend to do on a Friday night. On paper this is what you’d expect from Revolution, currently airing on Sky 1. It’s got all the elements there; post-apocalytic landscape, families torn asunder, drama, excitement, violence, the teasing out of a Romeo / Juliet style romance, a pinch of The Hunger Games and, it would appear, the entire Lost score reworked – hey, why not recycle?
Revolution is from the makers of Lost and maybe this is why it isn’t touching the zeitgeisty nerve that it deserves to. I watched the first 3 million series of Lost before completely losing the will to live, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. It’s not that I don’t think that J. J Abrams doesn’t make good, escapist TV but more than I don’t have the mental energy to stick with something that’s NEVER going to reach an explanation.When I watch I don’t see a single other person on twitter talking about it – so presumably none of the 869 people I follow are watching. Extrapolate this using some not very scientific algebra and that means that NO ONE is watching!
Can this really be true? Not according to BARB which shows it currently rating as the biggest show on Sky, comparable to the likes of Embarrassing Bodies and Eggheads in terms of viewing figures. Not so bad then. Although if you read the reviews on IMDb it’s a wonder that anyone’s tuning in at all.
But why is no one I know watching? Is is the post-apocalyptic hopelessness that’s putting you all off? If you’re feeling like real life is currently a bit too much like hard work I recommend you give it a try this week. Watch a sad fat man, previously a Google gazzillionaire, attempt to stitch up, without anaesthetic, the artery of the only doctor in town who’s just been savaged by a rather angry Rottweiler, while said Rottweiler’s owner sets a nasty trap to put a crossbow bolt through the head of our heroine, and I’m sure you’ll be hooked. And besides, I’m bored of having no one to talk to about it, because after all – what’s the point of watching TV these days without an immediate dissection on social media. Tuh.