I agree that anyone with a college level degree in the field of Science would have a really tough time with this shows premise.
In addition the asthmatic brother story arc seems strained because I dont see how someone with his condition would have realistically survived childhood without proper meds. Hes on borrowed time as it is.
I also dont like that in the first episode they killed off two of the more seasoned actors Tim Guinee and (seemingly) Elizabeth Mitchell. The performance of Giancarlo Esposito was excellent though.
Im getting a kind of General Omar Santiago type of vibe from the show and thats not good since Harsh Realm didnt even last a full season.
Still as I said before, sometimes you just have to overlook all this in order to enjoy the hot chick with a crossbow,
I'm sure plenty did survive but certainly not all and recall that the average life expectancy in the era we are talking about was much lower then it is today even for healthy people.
Additional illnesses, which are inevitable, also likely cannot be properly treated and only serve to complicate the issue. Someone gets a cold or some other virus that is basically easy to recover from by anyone with a healthy set of lungs all is good and well. Not necessarily so for many with Asthma even when treated properly with modern medicines. Deaths with Asthma as a complication even today are not uncommon and I have seen people struggle with it where one medication wasnt enough (they had to have additional meds to bolster the first).
Now add to that the stress of seeing your father killed in front of you (stress is a trigger for Asthma attacks), being physically attacked / abducted by the militia that killed your Father, freeing yourself by attacking your abductors and running away all without the benefits of meds, no I dont think so.
I would have bought it more had they taken the same route as with The Walking Dead where scavenging meds from pharmacies and hospitals was commonplace. Picking the bones of a dead society.
Disregarding the early stage of the show, Ill also add that I dont see the brother as being very significant in any way beyond giving the more interesting characters a goal.
So if there was a 15 year long black out we'd be reduced to muskets and bows......interesting.
Not only that but apparently possession of a firearm is a hanging offense. That leaves you with blade weapons, bludgeoning weapons, pre-metallurgic era low velocity projectile weapons and whatever else, .like harsh language,
At least they didnt try and say guns wouldnt work, ..
I just don't get how society fell into the way it is in the show. Before electricity was discovered, Empires rose and fell, Societies grew and prospered.
Steam engines, wind power, hydro power, geo-thermal power, solar power (maybe), would've also powered new machinery to keep society and civilization from sliding back into the dark ages. Smh... Such bullshit. -- "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo
You can tell it's an abrams show from the old school pc running something that looked like dos in the basement. That part is pretty much a direct ripoff of lost. I wonder when The Others or the dharma initiative peeps show up? -- An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Sir Winston Churchill
I really liked Lost and think that if this show is half as good as that was, it should be fun to watch. A tie-in would be great.
I was also a little disappointed that Elizabeth Mitchell (from Lost! ) isn't in the show more because, well, she's dead. Need more flashbacks to when things were boring and normal.
Anyway, I think the show is okay. The acting isn't that great so far (except for Esposito) and I have no idea where the story is headed, but I've only seen the pilot. I'll keep watching for now. -- "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken
You can tell it's an abrams show from the old school pc running something that looked like dos in the basement.
I actually got a screen capture of that screen. When I watched it on 1Chan. Then I went to research it to find out what it was... and it seems someone else beat me to it. Results here: Advanced Viewed Pilot Discussion and they disect it in great detail -Enjoy- -- You see there is only one constant. One universal. It is the only real truth. Causality. Action, reaction. Cause and effect. Twitter:Merv Chat:irc.teksavvy.ca
Some clues about why electric devices stopped working:
1. Ben Matheson knew the electricity would fail in advance.
2. Ben Matheson saved some information onto a USB flash drive (?) that might have describe what happened or how to circumvent it.
3. The lights did not go out simultaneously. They went out like dominoes in the city and sequentially from Eastern U.S. westward around the planet.
4. Ben's son, Danny Matheson, has asthma.
5. Grace had (has?) a child with asthma, has a storage device similar to Ben's and has the ability to power a computer and sent text messages over a dial-up connection when supposedly no electrical devices can operate.
6. The title sequence changes from "evolution" to "Revolution."
Speculation: Whatever shut down the lights moved at less than the speed of light but faster than the speed of sound.
Scientists seeking a cure for asthma inadvertently create something that escaped shutting down electrical devices around the world.
Scientists, who want to evolve mankind, created nanobots to shutdown modern society and kill off the unfit. They programmed the nanobots to be controlled by their children which made them allergic (causing a asthmatic reaction) to the nanobots.
I was wondering as to the lack of steam engines, heck even bicycles. Why go all the way back to the 1600's and still have automatic weapons, but no steam?
Unless there are more industrialized areas, where steam engines would make more sense to have, instead of middle of no where rural areas.
I think this show will attract teen viewers as well. One of my kids appears to be interested in it. -- Is a person a failure for doing nothing? Or is he a failure for trying, and not succeeding at what he is attempting to do? What did you fail at today?.