I watched the first episode of this clunker, but couldn’t stomach any more. I keep seeing ads for it, though, claiming it as the hot new show of the season. Ugh.
Electricity is somehow suppressed. OK, doable with a great deal of effort over a limited area for a limited time. Let’s suppose that some additional tech has been created to extend the effect in both time and space with minimal energy. Electricity is the basis for much of current civilization, so civilization falls, millions die, and now it’s fifteen or so years later (so skipping all the tough bits during the Fall) and we’re in the rebuild phase.
Guns work, but they’re forbidden to the general populace. Yeah, I can see how that would have been trivial to impose on the US population. Nobody made guns before electricity… Oh, wait…
Guns work, but as far as I could determine, not steam engines, and not Diesel engines (currently most diesel uses electric glow plug ignition, but it’s not a requirement, just easier. For some reason a cool new bow type is needed – standard cross-bows, self-bows, reflex bows, and compound bows need not apply. Everyone seems to have become expert in the use of the sword – uh, hello, didn’t anyone watch Indy before the Fall? Guns beat swords just as Rock beats Scissors. Use swords if you have to, but if you have guns, shoot the swordsman before he gets close.
And about the trick device on which much of the story depends – a mcguffin which somehow makes it possible to use electricity. The device itself uses electricity, as best I can see, and so do the peripheral devices it enables. Somehow it shuts down completely, but then powers up again even tough electricity is being suppressed – i guess it works even before it is turned on. a working power supply after fifteen years of limited (probably No) recharges and replacements? Oh, just give up. The show is too stupid to watch further. At least Dies the Fire and the rest of the books in the Emberverse storyline call for a single point of suspension for your disbelief.
Oh yeah, that’s right…. The claim is that this turkey is original in concept. S. M. Stirling got there earlier, and did it better, and before him there were other yarns with the same concept (I remember one in which an alien culture imposes the effect in order to give Man more time to develop effective social sciences, only to have it backfire when Man does that better than they do….).
Somebody, please. Pull the plug on this show!