So, a while back, I had seen that they had this panel with the UN & some NBC execs. I heard that two Revolution cast members would be there, but I (and I’m being completely honest here) just summed it all up to NBC trying to put Revolution out in the world desperately searching for new viewers. I really didn’t think this would be significant, and I thought it was silly that Revolution actors were there. This was probably about 2-3 weeks ago at SXSW.
I just saw a link to the panel on another Revolution blog (now it’s killing me, because I can’t remember which one), and I decided I’d at least check it out (if only to just see/hear David Lyons, lol).
My opinion of Revolution has forever been changed…and I’m only half way through this video. Not only does the UN have a partnership with NBC, but they asked to form a partnership with Revolution specifically. What they’ve done since forming this partnership is incredible, and I can’t believe I’m only just realizing what this show has done, especially with the child soldiers. (I feel so conflicted about that story line now.) Though I’m still completely attached to the characters, the show has so much more meaning for ME now.
A bit about me: Over the past 7 or 8 years, I’ve begun establishing who I am as a human being and how I want to spend the rest of my life. A big part of that has become how I want to affect the world. Since I was about 14, I’ve had big dreams of one day moving overseas and saving child soldiers and children forced into sex slave trade. It’s a topic that I’m extremely passionate about. Though I’m not there yet, I’ve already begun my path to saving the world (seriously, I just want to save everyone). I spent the past 2.5 years running a local NOLA organization that works specifically with children in need. It was an incredible experience, and I felt like the children were my own. They spent as much time with our program as they were spending at home and at school. We worked with their teachers to better their educations and with their parents to better their livelihoods. Teachers would give us progress reports and tips on what specific students needed help with, and parents were bettering their educations by getting their GED’s and taking resume writing classes all through our program. As much as I loved what I was doing (and I realized although I wanted to go overseas, we have many children in the US that are also in need), I had to leave my job to focus on school. While with the program, I was working 60-80 hours a week (with children, no less) and was unable to maintain my grades. I lost my scholarship, but all was good, because the experience was priceless. Since being back in school, my dream of saving children is still present, but it’s sort of been put on the back burner.
Now I first started watching Revolution for the characters. I mean, why else do you watch a TV show? But now, after watching this, I’m so thrilled that THIS is a show I chose to stick with. I will never be more enraged at a television show’s cancellation than I will be if NBC cancels this show. I feel a bit self-absorbed for not realizing what was really going on in this show, but now I so badly want to get overseas it’s not even funny. I just love that Revolution was able to bring this out in me.
I’m having such a serendipitous moment right now, I might cry, lol.
Just do yourself a favor. Watch this video. Share it. Spread the word that Revolution is actually a show with a message.
1.3 billion people are currently living in the world without electricity. It’s real. It’s not fictional. It’s something we should want to do something about.
On a side note: Can we please acknowledge that even the United Nations is watching/supporting this show? How on earth could NBC cancel it? If it does get cancelled, I will legitimately cry. I think what they’re all doing is really awesome, and I see so much more potential in that partnership than they’ve already shown. I just can’t believe NBC hasn’t promoted this partnership more this season. Also, I thought it was so silly with the actors being there, but leave it to David Fucking Lyons to speak so eloquently on why this partnership is so awesome.