Revolution preview crashes nearby

NBC and Warner Bros. Television have released a preview  for its upcoming dystopian adventure serial.

The new clip covers a minute and half of the first episode of J. J. Abrams’ Revolution, showing the moment when all the lights go out – setting the stage for the primary arc which takes place 15 years later.

What kind of event could make all the power go off in such a strange way? We’ll likely have to wait several seasons to find out exactly what happens. The story will be told from the point of view 15 years after the event, but  we will undoubtedly have frequent flash-backs to the days before and after the blackout. Still, if it’s anything like Abrams’ LOST, we’ll probably just get new questions every time a flashback answers some of the mysteries.

Here is the lengthy synopsis of the series:

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why?

Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down, the lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it?

On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.

The series sounded pretty silly when I first heard about it, and still seems like it will overly rely on too many unrealistic plot devices, but hey, maybe we’ll call it fantasy instead of sci-fi and everything will be fine. Hell, it might even be good.

Revolution premieres Monday, September 17 on NBC.