One of the best thrill rides around.
Ever since it was first announced, RVN has received more than a substantial Hatedom
, with said anti-fen being particularly prone to criticizing its premise, its writing, its acting, etc. Here I present counter-points to those arguments:
- Premise. Power goes out and can't turn back on, and how it affects the human race as a result. Excellent mind-food for sci-fi lovers. People say it is scientifically unfeasible, but then it's called science fiction for a reason.
- Writing. When Eric Kripke writes things, they're actually good. It's not quite as good as, say, Last Resort, but by no means is it unwatchable dreck. All the characters are very well-characterized (my personal favorite being Aaron). The one flaw I will accept is the fact that some bright-spark writer insisted on pulling...something...way too early. Like, episode 4 early. (I won't spoil the surprise, but let's just say it would have been better to do this in the season finale.)
- Acting. For some reason, belittling the acting skills of this show's stars (but especially young actors Tracy Spiridakos and Graham Rogers) is about as fashionable as hating on Nickelback. Even on this very wiki, the two Matheson siblings are consistently accused of Dull Surprise (which does happen, yes, but not as frequently as you would think), and Danny in particular is called "flat-lined" (or something similar.) Spiridakos and Rogers, while very understated, are far better actors than most people give them credit for. At least they aren't excessively hammy or narm-tastic like many actors on popular shows (I'm looking at you, cast of Mad Men!)
And besides, when the show is created by Eric Kripke
and produced by Jon Favreau
and JJ Abrams
(plus the rest of the Bad Robot production posse), well, you really can't go wrong here.
RVN goes highly recommended, and as long as you remember to lose yourself in the action and conspiracy (while still paying attention to anything and everything), no doubt it'll become one of your favorites.