OVERRATED: 'Revolution' on NBC

Not many fall shows sound genuinely new on paper, which may be why the first episode  of this intriguing newcomer fell so flat. After an opening that dramatically set up a global power outage with shades of Cormac McCarthy, a couple of teen catalog models take center stage and the cliches pile up fast, along with ham-handed attempts to echo "The Hunger Games." Shouldn't a show called "Revolution" be less conventional?

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Not many fall shows sound genuinely new on paper, which may be why the first episode of this intriguing newcomer fell so flat. After an opening that dramatically set up a global power outage with shades of Cormac McCarthy, a couple of teen catalog models take center stage and the cliches pile up fast, along with ham-handed attempts to echo "The Hunger Games." Shouldn't a show called "Revolution" be less conventional?

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