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My thoughts on the post-apocalyptic TV show “Revolution” and Real Future Doom

There is a new television show that just premiered on NBC last monday night called “Revolution” – executive produced by “Lost creator” JJ abrams pilot directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.

Revolution – Trailer

11.7 Million People Watched the show, according to Huffington Post.
The show had an interesting concept, about a post – Apocalyptic world 15 years after all electricity is shut off all over the world, where America has turned into a strange, retro agrarian culture.

I had several problems with the first episode, and I see huge plot holes and problems so far.

1) What happened to all those hundreds of nuclear reactors not only around the country, but around the world ? They their spent fuel rods around the planet would go critical within days after this global Power shut off event happens. Fukushima anyone? Most survivors would have have died from high level of radiation poisoning, as the plants run
wild and have nuclear meltdowns. ( This is also a main plot hole / fridge logic that affects most, if not all Zombie movie / TV shows ). Following any permanent loss of electrical power, all Nuclear power plants, 100 or so of them in the nation, would melt down, more or less immediately. 100 Chernobyl / Fukushima equivalents, just like that. And just in America…

2 ) Everyone still wore nice pristine clothes. Like there are still Walmart or Target stores around or something. Not to mention if they were made of natural materials, they would not last long if washing them by hand.

3 ) How do the young females make it age 20 without having no screaming 4 kids underfoot, let along dieing in childbirth ( Natural childbirth and no Cesarian section surgery would be a death sentence to many women in this post electrical world ) – Birth control would go back to pre-industrial methods ( ie practically none, baring very crude barrier methods) In this world wihtout modern advanced medicine and nutrition, many babies simply would not even make it to age 3, just like what routinely occurred in the past;.

4 ) How does the fat guy still have unscratched glasses 15 years later?

5 ) Why is there a fat guy in the first place? How can there even be a fat guy when all the fast food restaurants and all manner of junk food is a thing of the past. They have to grow all of their food which requires considerable physical labor and the available calories from that effort would be just about enough to keep them going with no surplus calories to be deposited as abdominal fat. Obesity among people living from subsistence agriculture is virtually unknown, unless one of them is a chieftain who sits on his but all day barking orders to others.

6 ) Everyone was too healthy, pretty, buff, etc.

7 ) Women’s makeup seem perfect The woman just stepped from the salon, and most of the men have clean faces and barbered hair.In reality everyone inthis world would be looking like the folks on “Game of Thrones”..

8 ) In an age of warlords and lawlessness, there doesn’t seem to be any town watchmen or lookouts in the community? Those evil militia guys just simply *walked* into the little town / community. taking those community folk unaware.

9 ) Where are the Windmills and steam power engines? Humanity did lead a relatively civilized and technologically complicated existence before electric power and that the Industrial Revolution ran not on electricity but steam.

There are more problems that I noted, but I can’t think of them now – they will come back to me later if I decide to watch another episode.

The show was created by Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) who wants the audiences to view “Revolution” not as a post apocalyptic disaster series, but more of a positive series about “nature and simpler times”. He and the other creators/ producers on the show explicitly wanted that audiences not have the grim prospect of expecting a dystopian drama.Instead of darker references such as Mad Max, Book of Eli and The Road, they chose instead something along the lines to the fantasy tropes like that of “Lord of the Rings” .

Yeah, right.

I just couldn’t get over the fact how just a short period of time after a totally cataclysmic world event, everyone seems to be doing fine and perfectly well adjusted. There’s a complete lack of pain and suffering in this world given what is supposed to have taken place, and everything is so…orderly. Of course,I’m sure that if it were too realistic, it might scare most of the TV masses from tuning in again… Oh well…
Baring the moderately cool action sequence involving a bunch of swords in a hotel lobby, there wasn’t really anything that really caught my attention during the broadcast of this show.
Looks like NBC is trying to capitalize on the success of The Hunger Games, with the similar concepts and the lead heroine with the bow and arrow setup, etc.
Anyway, I may watch the first few episodes, who knows it might even get good, until NBC cancels it (I’m sure they will – look at “Terra Nova” another show which was an amazing concept, but done incredibly wrong.)

On a related note, I’m very interested in “Doomer” type stuff, partly because I’m sort of planing to do a story / comic about a Post-Oil-Crash-Apocalyptic World, partly because I have a feeling that things will begin to head in that direction globally. the following are some videos that delves further into the whole field:

There Is No Tomorrow

This video ties resource depletion, environmental destruction and the end of growth into a single tidy package. For those of you already versed in this subject matter, this might still be good review; for those of you who don’t, PLEASE DON’T PANIC! Most people who are into the BAU ( Business As Usual) consumerist culture viewing this video will need a couple of years to come to terms with this, and should try to not panic in the meantime…

Nature Bats Last
Guy McPherson is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, who teaches with a particular emphasis on the twin sides of our fossil-fuel addiction: (1) global climate change and (2) energy decline.

His website/blog is worth the read, and you can also browse his writings and the writings of others, good discussion comments too. He has a good book out as well

Paul Gilding – The Earth is Full

From his website:
“Paul Gilding has spent 35 years trying to change the world. He’s served in the Australian military, chased nuclear armed aircraft carriers in small inflatable boats, plugged up industrial waste discharge pipes, been global CEO of Greenpeace, taught at Cambridge University, started two successful businesses and advised the CEOs of some the world’s largest companies.

Despite his clear lack of progress, the unstoppable and flexible optimist is now a writer and advocate, traveling the world with his book The Great Disruption alerting people to the global economic and ecological crisis unfolding around us, as the world economy reaches and passes the limits to growth. He is confident we can get through what’s coming and says rather than the end of civilization, this could be the beginning! He argues we will rise to the occasion and see change at a scale and speed incomprehensible today, but need to urgently prepare for The Great Disruption and “the end of shopping”, as we reinvent the global economy and our model of social progress.”

The page of this original TED talk is here.

His website page is here.
You can get his book, “The Great Disruption” there as well at this link.

And if after all this you are further interested regarding the coming collapse of civilization, over on Oilcrash.com there is a really great article by Perry Arnett on what to really expect when the powershuts down for real called
PEAK OIL, TOTAL COLLAPSE, AND THE ROAD TO THE OLDUVAI
Also ABC News also did a specal Report a few years ago called “EARTH 2100“, which amazingly illustrated what experts say that over the next hundred years the “perfect storm” of population growth, resource depletion and climate change could converge with catastrophic results for Earth and humanity.

Call me a pessimist, but I have a distinct feeling there is no Carpathia steaming to rescue us Titanic survivors – we’re on our own.
( Unless of course, those crazy UFO cultist are right! :) )

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programing of Business As Usual…