You just know the route that a bold sci-fi concept like "Revolution" is going to take on NBC. Probably was a very cool original pilot story, very edgy, lots of biting societal metaphors to todays issues, political overtones.
Then the NBC censors and bean counters take over, then the corporate execs have to vet it and remove anything remotely offensive to even potential ad clients and/or their wives and children and rabbis and priests and clergy.
And by the end, you have the standard, safe, brutally formulaic network show: A hero, young teen love, a mysterious threat that is never revealed, a central love affair with the hero, etc. Basically Falling Skies meets Jericho meets V meets Terra Nova meets The River. You could write these plots in your sleep.
And the poor writers are forced to turn out this safe, inoffensive, stultifying pablum week after week. And the whole insulting tepid mess gets canceled before Christmas.
Little wonder why we all pay for HBO and Netflix and iTunes' rentals. The audience is starved for real unfiltered non-dumbed down entertainment. Network TV services only the lowest common denominators in society. And it only works for them after a few beers.
Can we have an Amen to that?
After seeing that Harry's Law was cancelled even though it was the #2 drama on NBC, you have to wonder what the hell it takes for NBC to figure they have a winner.
Yeah, Harry's Law didn't attract that 18-49 demographic that they all think is the absolute only reason to keep a show, how could they ever expect Harry's Law to attract that group anyway? It sure as hell wasn't a show that was designed for that demo!
I wrote to NBC about that, made me feel better after I did, but I know it was just a waste of keystrokes as I'm well out of the audience they want and my opinions don't count.