J. J. Abrams, or maybe more accurately his atelier, specializes in matryoshka doll plotting, nesting story within plots, teasing, tantalizing, Will o’ the Wisp stories . Most famously, Lost teased and tantalized for years before its fizzle-ending. It promised largely, but what it most importantly taught is that the goal of the entertainment industry is to get us to come back every week. The works of atelier Abrams are glossy, gorgeous, well-executed on every level, and sometimes quite entertaining, but essentially vacuous, like gourmet cotton candy. By now, we should be used to the technique.
This year’s offering is Revolution.