Regular readers of my irregular blog know I have one gigantic pet peeve about movies and TV shows--realism when using actual places. I stopped watching 24 when Kiefer told some guys he'd meet them in West LA in 15 minutes...while in traffic near Hollywood and Highland. Dude, you're not even going to make it to Sunset Boulevard in 15 minutes. (Angelenos are nodding with me right now; those of you from out of town will have to trust me on the ridiculousness of that scenario). I got annoyed with The Office when that one lady was driving from Scranton to the Lehigh Valley for Lamaze. And don't get me started on The Happening.
Now, I love me some Dystopia, and I had high hopes for Revolution, the new show on NBC. Power goes out; people have to survive without modern conveniences. Bring it on! I can allow for some creative license, given that we don't know what would really happen. But then they did it--they showed scenes from around the nation of what has happened since the power went out. Mind you, the power has only been out for 15 years. I'll let you think about that for a second. 15 years. That's nothing. Any parent can tell you how quickly 15 years passes.
So, in 15 years without electricity, nature has completely taken over major cities. Major citie, whose only grass and trees was in parks, now have trees and plants growing on the very top floors of high rises. What?
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So, we're supposed to believe that this Ferris wheel is intact, but the Golden Gate Bridge (see top photo, in the background) is destroyed. Ferris wheels are held together with freaking cotter pins!
The swing set in the foreground is good, including the rubber seats, but the St. Louis Gateway Arch is falling apart. I repeat--15 years!!!!
I started thinking about my home town and the places that have been abandoned for a long time, just to get some perspective. Here is the old International Boiler Works building, which shut down in 1992.
Aside from the graffiti, it's in pretty good shape. Beams appear sturdy, the roof is sound, and the grass has not taken over inside yet. In fact, the outside looks pretty good, too, broken windows notwithstanding.
That's 20 years of no electricity. Methinks the creators of Revolution should have reined in the CGI guys a bit.
Don't get me started about the asthmatic little brother, whom she's soooo worried about, but who appears to be a strapping lad of at least 17 years old and fully capable of taking care of himself.