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‘Revolution’ review: Dim all the lights

TV critic

“Revolution” (10 p.m.) NBC throws in with J.J. Abrams (of “Lost” and so much else) for this ad­ven­ture drama set 15 years after all the lights, engines and electronics have gone out and life has gone medieval. Notions of world dystopia continue to strike a nerve. We see chaos, violence, government collapse — but also community gardens in cul-de-sacs. It can’t help but be interesting.

Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation. View Archive

After a militia unit kills her father and kidnaps her brother, a young woman with oh-so-trendy archery skills (Tracy Spiridakos) sets off for a kudzu-covered Chicago in search of her uncle (Billy Burke), who might help her and her friends unlock the secret of the power outage and perhaps fix it. They are pursued by none other than Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad’s” baddest baddie, Gus Fring), who plays a former insurance adjuster turned cruel enforcer. In the meantime, no one seems particularly interested in steam engines.

Grade: B

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