Editorial – time to kill your neighbour…

That’s got your attention hasn’t it? Well that’s what happens when the lights go out in the latest US sci-fi series about to hit our screens next month. Revolution, from […]

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By Sumit Bose

That’s got your attention hasn’t it?

Well that’s what happens when the lights go out in the latest US sci-fi series about to hit our screens next month. Revolution, from the creator of Lost and Star Trek –  JJ Abrams, is set in a dystopian future where the world has suffered an unexplained total power shutdown.

Funnily enough known as the “Blackout” the loss of electricity leads to a war torn Earth where gangs of maurauders pillage their way to power (excuse the pun)!

In Revolution you would kill your neighbour for an AA battery. The heroes of the series, which has proved a huge hit in the US, are a family who have in their possession a mysterious pendant that might reverse the effects and restore electricity to the world and err no it’s not a copy of last year’s Energy Bill or the resolution from COP18.

A bit like Star Trek’s famous “Space the final frontier…” opening, Revolution starts with a stark warning about energy…

“We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful someone will come and light the way.”

Ok it’s hokey sci-fi fare but it says something when a major US network commissions a multi-million dollar series about a power cut. Writers for these shows are always looking to base fiction on reality and the reality of what would happen if we did lose electricity is far worse than anything Hollywood could dream up.

Energy is the life blood of our modern world. It’s something we take for granted so much as we lead our daily life that society, (modern, developed society) would actually breakdown if we lost power. No more money, medicine, light or heat. No one to call even. When I was a child, phones were all analogue and would be the only thing working in a power cut, no more.

So Revolution is entertainment but it does make you think just how serious power really is. Perhaps we are not giving it the respect it deserves and it’s importance at the top of the political table. After all if the lights go out we will all be left in the dark and that could well be a scary place.

I wonder if Mr Cameron will be tuning in?