If you thought India's recent epic blackout, plunging an estimated 600 million into darkness, was bad, J.J. Abrams' new television series "Revolution" will remind us all that it could be much, much worse. 


The show takes place 15 years after an unexplained phenomenon has crippled the world, effectively shutting down anything dependent on electricity.


"The feeling was that there was a whole younger generation that grew up without power," he recently said about the film's setting, "and that when nature begins to reclaim what we’ve built, whether it’s cities, you see the city of Chicago 15 years after it’s been all but abandoned, you see that the plants start to grow back over things and there’s a lushness and a greenness, and the green shoots of new life that have come over society, so it’s kind of an interesting, different spin on it that was something, we had really did and planned for and discussed."


The pilot episode, helmed by "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau, offers a look at our world today just before the switch is turned off — and the dramatic (and as you'll see below), horrific consequences of such a loss. 


Revolution premieres on Monday, Sept. 17, on NBC.



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Watch the world go dark in this 'Revolution' clip
What would happen if electricity was suddenly no longer available? Watch the consequences below.