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.
Andrea Roth (Catherine Martin in RINGER) will be playing Rachel Matheson in the NBC pilot REVOLUTION, a post-apocalyptic fantasy series the premise of which is that all technology suddenly stops working. If that sounds familiar, you have probably read Stephen Michael Stirling‘s EMBERVERSE series. Mr. Stirling is not given a writing credit on the show’s IMDB page, but J.J. Abrams’ concept sounds amazingly similar to that of Emberverse.
Considering that, even if RINGER is renewed for a second season, Roth’s character will almost certainly be subject to some form of incarceration, REVOLUTION may be the only way, outside of RESCUE ME reruns on FX, that we will get to see her on TV. I do entertain the slim hope that Siobhan will break her out of whatever facility contains her, keep her hidden somewhere as a secret lover, and help her plot revenge on Olivia Charles (Jaime Murray), but that’s probably not going to happen.
Not that much is known about REVOLUTION beyond the basic concept. Giancarlo Esposito (ONCE UPON A TIME) will play someone named Captain Neville. The rest of the cast is unfamiliar to me. You can bet there will be lots of action sequences. No fewer than twenty stunt people are credited as being involved in the pilot. Jessica Harbeck will be stunt double for Andrea Roth.
For some reason, Andrea Roth has absolutely no web presence. She is not on Facebook or Twitter. Nor, so far as I can tell, is she on any of the more esoteric social media sites. I wonder why?