Its press is divided between those who say it has the potential to become really good someday, and those who moan that an exciting premise has been squandered on the tiresome reversion to telegenic stars sketching out underwritten characters. Its ratings have been drifting downward from the premiere (8.3 million viewers last week, down from 11.65 for the much-hyped pilot episode but still ahead of other shows also picked up for a full season, like Go On and The New Normal). It's not generating the water-cooler buzz even of a Terra Nova, much less the Lost some expected it to be.
Tracy Spiridakos and Graham Rogers in Revolution.
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But the double-barreled Kripke-Abrams imprimatur gives Revolution longer legs than others might have, and NBC has pushed a few more chips onto the table at a point in the fall season so early that a number of key shows haven't even premiered yet. Having previously ordered an initial 13 episodes of the series, the network has now upped its order by picking up the so-called back nine. Revolution season 1 will now run 22 episodes, giving the show more time to realize possibilities only hinted at in the feature-film-slick pilot.
This is certainly good news: Revolution deserves a chance to grow into its premise, and Eric Kripke, with J.J. Abrams behind him, can be counted on to flesh out this world and bring forward its inherent problems and dilemmas while the characters and storylines acquire a compelling level of heft. It's pretty good odds that Revolution can pull it off.
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