09/18/2012 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2012

'Revolution' Premiere: Characters Seek Answers To Power Outage, But Do Some Know Already? (VIDEO)

J.J. Abrams' latest ambitious-sci-fi drama, NBC's "Revolution," made its premiere Monday night. The series takes a look at a world in which all electricity stopped working fifteen years ago, including batteries, so things quickly devolved to a much more simplistic society.

But people are still searching for answers about why the power go out, how it went out, and how much did protagonist Charlie's dad knew beforehand. Unfortunately, she can't ask him, as Captain Neville of the Monroe Republic militia shot him dead and abducted her brother. In the wake of that, she set out on a quest to Chicago to find her Uncle Miles.

The closing moments of the premiere revealed that the power isn't out for everyone, as a seemingly unassuming farm wife powered up a computer and talked to someone on the other end. Was this power outage planned, then? Questions will have to be answered in later episodes, but will the show last long enough to get there?

The Wall Street Journal thought "Revolution" showed promise, but worried it might compare to the short-lived "Jericho" in more than just plot. Wired seems hopeful as well, writing, "For sci-fi fans who still haven't found what they're looking for since 'Lost' went off the air, 'Revolution' shows enough high-concept ambition to fill network television's near-vacuum of cliffhanger-driven mythology dramas.'"

What did you think of the premiere of "Revolution"? HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan seems to be of two minds about it. Will you tune in to the series every Monday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC?



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