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As you can imagine, the mysterious mega-blackout causes major panic, a virtual collapse of civilization and the rise of warlords and militias, throughout which the series follows the Matheson family on their quest to uncover the truth about what caused the breakdown and how power might be restored. While the show clearly has some energy conservation-promoting undertones showing how precious even a small bit of electricity is, it doesn't push that envelope so hard that it's off-putting. Still it was very interesting to see the show's portrayal of technology-less counterparts to the small conveniences we take for granted - text messages need to be handwritten and delivered on horseback, door-less Volkswagen Beetles have been converted into horse-drawn carriages and one of our favorite characters, Aaron, is the show's most helpless person despite having been a Google executive worth $80 million before the blackout.

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