Revolution – Season 2

Revolution airs on NBC, Season 1 just wrapped up, and NBC has ordered a 22 episode Season 2, which will air on Wednesdays at 8PM.

 

 

 

The series takes place in a post-apocalypticdystopian future. All electricity on Earth has been disabled within a single night, ranging from computers and electronics to car and jet engines. Trains and cars stopped where they were, ships went dead in the water and fly-by-wire aircraft fell from the sky and crashed.

People were forced to adapt to a world without electricity over the next fifteen years. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are now ruled by warlords and militias.

The show focuses on the Monroe Republic and it’s power hungry leader Sebastian “Bass” Monroe as well as Miles, Charlie and Rachel Matheson along with Aaron Pittman and several members of Monroe Milita. Randall Flynn, a former DoD officer, is in charge of a place called “The Tower” which has the capability to turn the power back on, and is the only facility left in the world that still has power. Many members of United States Military are guarding The Tower and attempted to block all access to Level 12, which is where the system to turn the power back on is.

In the Season Finale, Charle, Miles, Rachel and Aaron find out that Aaron’s code that he wrote during his time at MIT was sold by the school to the DoD and they are using it to operate The Tower, because of this, Aaron is the only one that knows the backdoor entry into his operating system and they succeed in turning the power back on, although Randall Flynn drops a bomb shell (literally) when he gets into a locked rook and launches ICBM’s on Atlanta and Philly, the two strongest colonies with military. Randall tells them that “a house divided will never stand” and that he’s “a patriot” and then kills himself. During all of this Monroe Militia is attempting to blow up the door between them and Charlie, Miles, Rachel and Aaron, to prevent them from turning on the power.

In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the President of The United States was in hiding, as the power comes on an assistant to the President walks in and says, “Sir, Randall Flynn has done it. It’s time to go home Mr. President”

This leads us to Season 2.

With two of the strongest colonies presumably destroyed, the Monroe republic is still intact but under the power of Major Tom Neville, who is also power hungry like Monroe was, and will likely grow in numbers and fight against the now returning U.S.A.

Something that would be interesting to see in Season 2, is how well the return of the U.S.A. goes, people have been without clear leadership for fifteen years, and when the President returns to power, who is going to protect him? there are millions of people and only a single leader, and a lot of people with weapons and bombs. The entire world was without power, it will be interesting to see how the world comes back together from scratch. New leaders will be born and the world will be a completely different place.

Season 2 will start presumably in September with all the other shows, unless NBC changes it mind. When Season 1 was ordered they originally ordered 22 episodes but chopped it down to 20. The show started out strong with 11 million people watching the Pilot episode, it’s averaged around 7-8 Million viewers since, dropping down to 5 and 6 Million on a few episodes. The show itself does have good potential, which is why I think NBC placed it on Wednesday at 8PM, airing it a little earlier might entice some new viewers.

Let’s hope NBC doesn’t screw this up. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Dan

I’m a homebody. So what?

I’m going to be honest, I’m happiest when I’m at home, with my wife. I don’t enjoy going out and doing much with other people, I tend to get bored and lose conversation topics.

Granted, I have a lot of friends.. on Facebook. None of which I really see in person, yet mostly we’re all in the same town. What about church you ask? I truly believe that Church isn’t something you need to be in a building listening to a person talk. The bible says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”

For the most part, I have been turned off by churches in general. Left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not saying I don’t believe, I still pray and talk to God. I just don’t feel like I need to be in a building full of people, who, even though say they don’t, judge. Is that so wrong?

Although this might sound rude, or mean, but I find personal friendships, exhausting. I enjoy the company of friends, but having to keep up with everything that is involved in friendships, going here or there and doing this or that, is tough for me, I don’t sleep well at night as it is, and I’m usually in bed sleeping by 8:00pm – 8:30pm and up by 5:30am – 6am.

Now, I’m not saying I don’t like having friends, I really enjoy having friends, I enjoy talking to them and seeing them, but keeping up with them in a personal sense, for example, meeting up for a drink or coffee or something of that nature. There’s only so much “Yup, so…. yeah, how are things?” that I can handle. I weird as this might seem to most, I’m always deep in thought about something and sometimes don’t really have a lot to talk about. Unless something is very critical.

I certainly hope that I haven’t offended anyone, I love my friends and I love talking to them, maybe I’m just weird. or something.
Dan

Just a reminder…

July 16, 1995 – The Columbian
Take yourself back to that soft summer night when you last saw the rocket’s red glare.
It was the 33rd annual fireworks show that capped the holiday over the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

There were 45,000 or so of you on the National Park Service grounds. Another 25,000 to 50,000 watched from vantage points around the city and south on the Oregon shore. The Columbia River was dotted with firefly lights of watercraft large, small and gigantic.

A television audience delivered for the first time through KGW-TV added 600,000 viewers.

This was Vancouver the place to be on the Fourth of July. It was the place known for having, whether by myth or magic, the largest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River.

And it was spectacular: Bursts of stars and red and white lights floating to the river under tiny parachutes. Flashes of orange light and the thumps of sound from shore to shore marked the launch of fireworks shells into the night. The brilliant bursts of light and sound drew oohs and ahhs of appreciation from young and old. It was exciting to watch and wonder what next would ride its light trail into the sky and burst into beauty.

This was Vancouver, and its fireworks show a mark of recognition and identity.

Summer festivals may come and go, but Vancouver’s annual fireworks display already extends past a third of a century.

When the sound had ebbed and the smoke cleared from the last shot, thousands headed home to Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, Washougal, LaCenter, Ridgefield, Amboy, Yacolt, Woodland and Portland.

A northbound traveler on the I-5 freeway after midnight told of a steady stream of cars returning south from Vancouver across the Interstate bridge to homes in Portland and beyond. It was like rush-hour traffic.

This was Vancouver, and on this night it achieved a magical quality.

If it is magic, then there has to be a magician. It is, and there is. He is Jim Larson, who organizes and orchestrates the show with the help of a few hundred of his friends all volunteers.

This show has been staged year after year.

People who don’t know think this is Vancouver’s show. They have come to demand this free event as an entitlement.

That’s the rub. It isn’t Vancouver’s show, but it should be. Vancouver’s leaders natural and political should understand that this event, more than any other, focuses regional attention on the city. But volunteers struggle year after year to make ends meet to raise $250,000 for that entertainment and safe fireworks. And they raise thousands of dollars for good charitable causes through sales from food and other booths at the site.

Financing is touch and go. Volunteers fret and sweat over the money. Will it be enough? Will fireworks sales cover the expenses?

Larson has waved his magic wand year after year. He’s scrimped and pleaded, borrowed and bartered to make sure it happens.

But this year, scrunching his bear-size frame into a battered chair at a staging area near the airport, he reflects weariness and irritation.

He thinks Vancouver, which reaps the rewards, ought to do more for this show.

“The city has not even paid its fair share,” he said.

Vancouver kicked in a paltry $10,000 this year, plus police and other in-kind services estimated at $12,000. Even so, city representatives pressured Larson to hire more outside security people for crowd control.

The city gave the Vancouver Festival $25,000 for its one and only event last summer. That fete, which flopped in most every possible measure, also received in-kind help from the city. The debts the effort left behind gave Larson some headaches. “We use the same sound, stage and lighting outfits as they did, and these guys worry about getting paid,” he said. “We’ve always paid our bills.”

There are other costs, too, such incidentals as trash cleanup and portable toilets.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce isn’t at the top of Larson’s Christmas list either.

“The only help they gave us was to put a recording on their phone system talking about the event,” Larson said. “Big deal.”

Every year he worries the event will die. “If the state limits us to safe-and-sane fireworks (those that do not leave the ground), we might as well pack it in. If the Native Americans establish a casino near Washougal and are able to sell their more high-powered fireworks, you can forget about sales here.”

There’s another uncertainty next year as well. Larson will be working with four new major players: mayor and city manager of Vancouver, commander of the Vancouver Barracks and superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

And if the Fourth of July show should lapse for one year, Larson doubts it could ever be pulled back together.

Will he try to do it next year? “Yeah. Probably,” he says with a shrug. “I don’t want to see it end.”

“I’m not negative on fireworks, but I don’t like the problems they bring in the hands of unsupervised young people and I wish we didn’t have to depend so heavily on those sales.”

It’s pride that keeps Larson going, and such things as the television image of a 79-year-old bed-ridden woman who was helped to the site because she loves the show.

It’s knowing he and his volunteer army brought excitement, patriotism and identity to Vancouver.

Next year, though, he’d like a lot more help from his friends. The City of Vancouver ought to be first in line.

Tom Koenninger is vice president/editor of The Columbian.

Blast from the Past!

KRISTINE WHITE,
The Columbian
06-23-1999
To spectators, the stunning TCI Presents the Fort Vancouver Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular appears like magic: enormous, sparkling explosions fill the sky, rising and falling in perfect synchronicity with a patriotic soundtrack.
The spellbinding show is a result of months of behind-the-scenes work by people with decades of experience.

“My involvement with the show started when I turned 21,” said Jim Larson, chairman of the Fort Vancouver Fourth of July Committee.
For his birthday that year, Larson’s father bought him a membership in the Elks club. “I was installed in the first part of June, and the Elks asked for volunteers to work the Fourth of July fireworks show down at the (Pearson) airpark,” he said.
Larson signed up and has been helping out ever since.
“It started off with digging trenches … then all the sudden I was really involved,” Larson said of his growing role. This marks Larson’s 35th year of working on the show, which has enjoyed a 37-year run.
The Fort Vancouver Fourth of July Committee counts on Western International Fireworks to deliver an astounding display each year.
“We have a long-time relationship with them,” said Larson. “They’re good people.
Western International Fireworks is co-owned by husband and wife Bob and Judi Gobet. They are the third generation to run the business. “My grandparents started the company in 1948 (and) my parents continued the business,” said Judi. In 1984, she and Bob took over.
“I’m real familiar with all the displays on the West Coast, and what’s unique about Fort Vancouver is it’s a very large display,” Bob said. “There’s a lot of hype about some other shows put on … (but) Vancouver is out-and-out, based on the sheer amount of shells and the quality of the shells, second to none. … It’s a world-class display, and it’s free. … It’s good clean entertainment.”
Beauty by design
“A lot goes on before you can get them up in the air,” says Judi of their fireworks shows.
So how does one go about designing the largest Fourth of July fireworks display west of the Mississippi? In late May, Judi begins by “writing” the show.
“First, you have to know what the shells do,” she said. “I have to plug in the timing and listen to the music. Then you use other products to accent and affect the mood of the music. … It is choreography.”
Though each show is unique, Western International’s Web site (www.western display.com) lists a formula for making a memorable display.
Start the show with a bang and create immediate excitement via eye-catching or unusual effects. Next comes what’s called “thrilling mid-show flights,” with shells repeatedly filling the sky. Each volley is selected to heighten the crowd’s anticipation.
Of course, a spectacular ending is a must, and can include flash curtains, long-duration shells and multiple break shells.
“You have to leave them with a finale that just knocks ’em over,” said Judi.
The fireworks used in the show come from far and wide. “Some of the shells are made right here in the U.S.,” said Judi, adding that others come from Australia and China.
While the visual display is the primary focus, the audio portion is important, too.
The Fourth of July Committee supplies the soundtrack and Western International makes the fireworks fit the music. Whitney Houston’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” is one of Judi’s personal favorites, so she was happy to hear it on the tape for this year’s Fort Vancouver show. “It’s a wonderful selection, so powerful,” she said.
One of Bob Gobet’s favorite songs is “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.
“You can’t do Fort Vancouver without that,” Judi said.
Larson said the soundtrack always contains a good mix of contemporary music and classic hits. Portland’s Z-100 (FM) radio station produces the soundtrack.
Larson said he tries to videotape the fireworks show each year. The televised display is great “for people who can’t get out people in nursing homes or hospitals,” he said.
But no matter how good the TV coverage is, he said, “It’s still not like the real thing the noise, the smell.”
Unfortunately, Judi is typically too busy troubleshooting or overseeing other shows to make it to Fort Vancouver to see her company’s handiwork on the Fourth. So she always views a videotape of the show.
“It looks totally different than being there in person,” she said. Some colors, like turquoise and magenta, just aren’t captured well by the camera.
Bob credits Fourth of July Committee members for the superior quality of the Fort Vancouver show. “They know a good one from a bad one,” he said. “They do an excellent job. I just think the general public needs to appreciate all their crew does.”
Changing times
Larson and the Gobets have endured constant change in the fireworks field.
In less high-tech times, Larson said after the show he and the crew would make a bonfire from the leftover cardboard mortars and roast marshmallows while the post-show traffic died down.
Back when her parents ran the business, Judi said, electric firing of fireworks was just coming onto the scene. And with the advent of today’s computer-fired displays, there is a lot more control.
“As far as the appearance of the display to the general public, (computers) have made it a lot better,” said Bob. “The show is done the way it’s designed to be done.”
However, from a show producer’s standpoint, he said, “it’s more work, more difficult and more technical. Some little glitch in the computer can make it so complicated.”
Still, the sheer magnitude of the Fort Vancouver show makes the extra technical work well worth it, he said.
“It’s a lot of hard work to do it right,” said Bob, who has to deal with a myriad of agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.
While all the regulations make it more difficult to stage the show, Larson and the Gobets say they appreciate the enhanced safety and the spectacular end result.

KRISTINE WHITE, for The Columbian

Copyright 1999 The Columbian Publishing Co.

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It’s been awhile..

So, I haven’t posted anything in awhile.. Been switching up the work schedule and adjusting to it. I also got rid of my cable TV (Basic local channels only now) so I don’t get a chance to watch wrestling live unless I stream it off the internet. I am hoping to get back into the groove of doing the reviews. I have lost touch with a lot of the story lines.. I have been keeping up to date thanks to the guys over at Prowrestling.net.

Still not sure if Kevin Nash leaving the WWE is real or story line.. they have become pretty good at blurring the line between the two as of late.

But anyway, I have Mondays and Tuesdays off, so I will be able to sit down and watch wrestling and reviewing it.

So until next time. Take care!

Don’t do anything a sane person would. 😉

Dan