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Revolution S01E02....9.24.12

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Bierboy, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Oct 5, 2012 #261 of 270
    TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    Nothing as exciting. Most of it was me arguing with another guy over whether civilization would decay by default if the power went out.
     
  2. Oct 5, 2012 #262 of 270
    DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

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    That would be me. :)

    And no, not nearly as exciting as Train Talk. ;)
     
  3. Oct 5, 2012 #263 of 270
    Stormspace

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    At this point I think the reason civilization has failed is more a function of the lack of transportation. The entire non electric infrastructure prior to the industrial revolution is gone for the most part, along with the knowledge to build those vehicles. It's going to take more than 15 years to recover from that, however putting old vehicles back in use shouldn't be that difficult if they are still around and have been maintained.

    Some things they desperately need.

    1) Trains
    2) The Pony Express
    3) Wind powered naval vessels
    4) Mail

    Without transportation and the ability to move information from one part of the world to another, advances in technology will remain isolated to the area in which they are developed. In this show it appears that the world or at least the area around Chicago has reverted to a feudal society similar to the dark ages in that people 30 to 50 miles distant are essentially in different worlds.
     
  4. Oct 5, 2012 #264 of 270
    TAsunder

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    Given the existence of amulets, I would think someone with one could just hang out in a factory that makes bullets and rule the world.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2012 #265 of 270
    Stormspace

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    Based on the light bulb functioning it certainly suggests that the electric infrastructure is still working, just dampened somehow. I didn't see a generator anywhere, so maybe one of those 4 nuclear plants is still pumping out electricity that no one can use.
     
  6. Oct 5, 2012 #266 of 270
    Stormspace

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    Just had a thought. What if all of this is the result of a failed attempt at using some sort of broadcast power? When the broadcast plant went online it disrupted the existing infrastructure. Whatcha think?
     
  7. Oct 5, 2012 #267 of 270
    TAsunder

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    I would enjoy it a lot if it turns out Google's use of their purchased wireless frequency rights turns out to be the culprit and the real guy who knows what's what is the guy who used to work at Google.
     
  8. Oct 5, 2012 #268 of 270
    marksman

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    Okay so you bike home to be with your family. I assume everyone else is already at home all day or else also managed to bike home.

    How long before you run out of food or water so you have to go out looking for some? Maybe you have a good supply which means when you run out the stores will all be empty. So now you can pedal around on your bike going from house to house looking for food. Perhaps you pick the wrong house and get killed or perhaps your bike makes you a massive target and someone takes your bike.

    Congrats on biking to work and having your significant other and kids at home waiting for you. (Hope they did not go to the mall or somewhere else when this event happened). Yet that is only the beginning of your ordeal.

    Unfortunately most people will not have their entire family at home or in bicycle range with bikes when this event happens, and things get tougher.
     
  9. Oct 5, 2012 #269 of 270
    Polcamilla

    Polcamilla Still up here...

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    1. Discussed extensively :D
    2. I think the biggest problem here is the inherent risk of going from Point A to Point B, even on horseback. Because there are clearly groups marauding that will attack any stranger either to get his resources or because they view him as a threat, it's going to be almost impossible to establish a reliable network of routes. Plus, nobody's gonna want the job if the pay is generally getting killed en route.
    3. ....and this show is set in the Midwest, smack in the middle of the continent. I think the need for these is completely valid, but it could very well be that the writers of the show set it far away from any major bodies of water because they didn't want to have to deal with sailing ships.
    4. With the above three methods of transportation limited, this is going to be exceeding difficult. Certainly there isn't going to be a mail system. At best there will be a hodgepodge of messangers for hire, but the pay is going to have to be crazy good to offset the risk of travel.
     
  10. Oct 6, 2012 #270 of 270
    Bierboy

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    Sheldon needs to pipe in here...
     

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