Don’t freak out. This series hasn’t really shown 113 episodes. NBC just wants it to look that way. You know, like a hit. Which, believe me, it’ll never @!$#-ing be.

Aargh! It’s nonsense!

Total nonsense!

Magical thinking of the worst kind cloaked in the opacity of technology!

This is what happens when writers start out as fans instead of, well, writers. There’s a peculiar (and I mean really peculiar) mindset that the born writer has. Alienated. Analytical. Bombastic. It’s clear from this episode (no, I haven’t watched any others), that the writers of REVOLUTION don’t have that. They’re readers trying to write instead.

In the words of old friend Harlan Ellison: “Just because you like to read doesn’t mean you should try to write.”

Or, to update that just slightly: Just because you love watching TV doesn’t mean you should try to write it.


We’re done here.

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.