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‘Revolution’

The young 2012-2013 TV season has once again introduced a show trying to fill the void left in 2010 with the ending of “Lost.”

And while it’s not come close to equaling that classic, yet oftentimes polarizing, mystery-filled drama, it’s been showing great promise over the course of its first four episodes.

“Revolution” premiered Sept. 17 on NBC and comes from the brains of “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke, “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau and, fittingly enough, “Lost” co-creator J.J. Abrams.

Like “Lost” itself, as well as past failed TV experiments like “FlashForward” and “The Event,” an intriguing premise is presented; what happens to society after a mysterious blackout kills the power to everything from airplanes to AA batteries?

The pilot episode, while mesmerizing because of this scenario and the shock ending it delivers, still fell a bit flat. Many of the characters, with the exception of “Breaking Bad” MVP Giancarlo Esposito, fell flat. Plus, the fear was there that, like “Lost,” it would force viewers to deal with questions that might go unanswered for several seasons.

And while “Lost” was a fantastic exploration of mystery, time travel, destiny, familial relations and a just-plain funky island, it could be frustrating waiting for those answers that seemed like they would never come. (Plus, let’s be honest, some never did.)

Do viewers really have the patience to go through that again?

Fortunately for “Revolution,” the pacing has improved since that first episode, the characters and their motivations have gradually become more interesting and genuine emotion has come to the surface.

For a show that generated just a “meh” reaction from this reviewer after the first episode, it’s been a pleasant surprise to see “Revolution” steadily improve with each new episode. It’s nowhere near the caliber of “Lost,” but it definitely has promise.

The Rolling Stones

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, so it would be understandable if the legendary rockers chose to simply rest on their laurels and count their millions.

Instead, they chose to release new music.

Yes, it’s only one of two new songs included on their upcoming career retrospective “GRRR!” But what made “Doom and Gloom,” released Oct. 11, such a surprise is how much it invoked vintage Stones.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts weren’t breaking any new ground with the track, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a gritty, blues-based number which would have felt right at home on classic albums like “Sticky Fingers,” “Exile on Main Street” or “Tattoo You.”

The only sour note, surprisingly, comes from Jagger himself, whose extended enunciation becomes, at times, too much to handle.

‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

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But that doesn’t take away from the sheer pleasure of hearing the Stones not go quietly into the night.

Now it makes sense why Kristen Stewart hooked up with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders; the paparazzi field day their dalliance created was 10 times more entertaining than the movie they made together.

In an effort to move the immortal fairy tale out of "Heigh Ho" territory and into a darker world, the filmmakers ended up boring their audience.

You want to create a more action-oriented tale comparable to "Lord of the Rings," complete with magic, spell-casting evil rulers, dwarves and trolls? Peter Jackson did it better.

You want to put your own spin on the classic brothers Grimm story? Walt Disney did it better.

You want to turn Snow White from a damsel in distress to an armour-wearing, sword-and-shield-wielding Joan of Arc? History did it better.

Speaking of Snow White, Stewart can't even maintain a British accent, let alone a compelling performance that would lead the audience to believe she's the fairest of them all. Basically, all you get is a rehashed Bella Swan eating a poisoned apple.

Still, for all this movie got wrong, there were a few points it got right. The production values and special effects were flawless. In that regard, you were transported to another world.

And God bless the filmmakers for casting fantastic British actors like Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane and Ray Winstone to play the seven dwarves, completely with top-notch movie magic that successfully shrunk down these normal-sized men.

But the real ace in the hole was Charlize Theron, who brought a true sense of evil and menace to the role of the evil queen.

Sadly, the overall failure of the movie can be found in the climatic battle between Snow and the queen; you actually root for the bad guy to win.

Brad Dickerson, bdickerson@thesunnews.com

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