The role of Rachel Matheson on REVOLUTION was originally to be played by Andrea Roth (shown left in Dangerous Attraction), but she was replaced by Ellizabeth Mitchell (right).
The SyFy Channel’s DEFIANCE, with a great cast including Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, and Mia Kirshner, envisions an apocalypse caused by a lengthy and destructive interstellar war. The Votans, having lost their own planet, are busy “terraforming” earth. (The term “terraform” is being stretched a bit. It means “to make earthlike”, and that is the opposite of what the Votan’s machines are doing to the planet. But it does get the idea across, I suppose.)
The women of SyFy’s DEFIANCE (left to right) – Mia Kirshner, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, and Stephanie Leonidas
The apocalypse will take a different form on NBC’s REVOLUTION, which is set 15 years after something (we know not what) permanently knocks out the world’s electrics. In early discussions of the show, it was said that the cause was a large EM pulse, but since that would be impossible on a worldwide scale, and certainly would not have effects that would last 15 years, that idea seems to have been quietly dropped. The latest NBC publicity release does not mention EM pulse at all. The breakdown of American society was dealt with without spurious technological assumptions in Ron Goulart’s excellent 1970 novel AFTER THINGS FELL APART).
Post-apocalyptic stories are usually cautionary tales. Apparently, the dangers most feared by America today involve the failure of electrics and alien attack. There are much more probable potential disasters for television writers to mine. How about a series that portrays what the world might be like after a three degree worldwide temperature increase (which is becoming increasingly likely by the year 2100). How about genetically targeted biological warfare that goes after restricted gene pools? Or can TV shows only discuss improbable disasters?
The Votan’s terraforming machines might be symbolic representations of climate change, but that’s kind of a stretch.
Neither show has yet aired. REVOLUTION premieres 24 September at 10pm Eastern. DEFIANCE will air sometime in the spring of 2013.
Snow cover in the contiguous United States 7 January 2010
Here are the NOAA snow depth maps for 7 January of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Note that in 2010, the mmidwestern snowcover extended as far south as Oklahoma. In 2011, it only dipped as far as northern Iowa, and this year there is almost no midwestern snow cover below the Canadian border.
Giselle Loren (Achecar) as a police officer in Nancy Drew (2002)
Giselle Loren (also known as Giselle Achecar) was the voice of Buffy Summers in the 2002 pilot for the animated Buffy series that never got off the ground. She is now the creator of ECO-RICO, an eco-lifestyle cooking show, and a website that promotes green products.
On twitter it is @EcoRicoTV.
Here’s part of how she describes her inspiration for the creation of ECO-RICO:
The “Divine Download” arrived one night in a car with a dear friend. Naturally, we were blasting salsa, shimmying in our seats. ECO-RICO! We both screamed. The energy-saving CFL in my brain illuminated. Eco-edutainment serving people and planet with passion. The beginning of a movement. The manifestation of everything I had prepared for during my dark days. The marriage of passion and purpose!
Senators rarely say intelligent and useful things, but this speech on climate change, by Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island, distills the argument for immediate action on climate change very well. It’s 23 minutes long but take the time to listen to this. I was going to write something on the subject, but this is better than anything I could come up with.