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Revolution: Pilot

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously - and unbeknownst to her - had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. .

Source: NBC

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 296830
Airdate: Monday September 17th, 2012

Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Eric Kripke

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Mar 29, 2013
AU (FOX8) Nov 05, 2013


Guest Stars
Cameron MorrisonCameron Morrison
As Danny ( 2 Years Old )
MacEwan MorrisonMacEwan Morrison
As Danny ( 2 Years Old )
Morgan HinklemanMorgan Hinkleman
As Charlie ( 5 Years Old )
Allan GrafAllan Graf
As Caleb
Brandon MolaleBrandon Molale
As Bandit #1
Greg SprolesGreg Sproles
As Soldier
Jeff WolfeJeff Wolfe
As Sergeant
John Saint RyanJohn Saint Ryan
As Bandit #2
Michael DuisenbergMichael Duisenberg
As Stern Soldier
Nelson BonillaNelson Bonilla
As Marine Guard
Main Cast
Billy BurkeBilly Burke
As Miles Matheson
Tracy SpiridakosTracy Spiridakos
As Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson
Giancarlo EspositoGiancarlo Esposito
As Tom Neville
Zak OrthZak Orth
As Aaron Pittman
David LyonsDavid Lyons
As Sebastian "Bass" Monroe
Anna Lise-PhillipsAnna Lise-Phillips
As Maggie Foster
Graham RogersGraham Rogers
As Danny Matheson
J.D. PardoJ.D. Pardo
As Jason Neville (AKA Nate Walker)
Tim GuineeTim Guinee
As Ben Matheson
Maria HowellMaria Howell
As Grace Beaumont
Elizabeth MitchellElizabeth Mitchell
As Rachel Matheson


The episode begins with a family at home. The father bursts through the front door in panic and tells his wife that "it's happening" and she needs to start filling the bathtubs and sinks with water. Two Marines are shown driving back to base after a night out. The driver, Miles, gets a call from Ben telling him that "It's all going to turn off and never turn on again". Their connection suddenly dies and all of the cars on the highway stop running. Just before his computer goes black Ben downloads his hard drive onto a necklace-shaped device. ..

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Episode Notes
Episode viewers (millions): 11.65

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AC DCDirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapStart of episode, Miles' car

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerEric Kripke  |  J.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jon Favreau
Co-Executive ProducerKathy Lingg  |  David Rambo  |  Anne Cofell  |  Monica Breen
ProducerRobert M. Williams, Jr.  |  Athena Wickham
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole  |  Geoff Garrett  |  Dieter Ismagil
Production DesignerZack Grobler
EditorMatt Evans (1)  |  Dan Lebental
CastingApril Webster  |  Lisa Mae Fincannon  |  Craig Fincannon
Unit Production ManagerStephen Lim
First Assistant DirectorJustin Muller
Second Assistant DirectorJohn Morse
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music EditorAlex Levy
Music SupervisorGeorge Drakoulias  |  Sara Matarazzo
Costume DesignerHa Nguyen
Set DecoratorJon Danniells
Property MasterJoshua Meltzer
Assistant EditorDawn Michelle King
Re-Recording MixerPatrick Cyccone Jr.  |  Dan Leahy
Director of PhotographyMichael Bonvillain
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Wolfe
Sound MixerMary H Ellis
Main Title DesignAndrew Kramer
Department Head HairDiana Acrey
Casting AssociateErica Silverman
Department Head Make-upBonita DeHaven
VFX SupervisorJay Worth
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