In the trailer we see the previews moments before the blackout and a desperate Benjamin (Tim Guinee) who is trying to, maybe, prevent the catastrophe. The sure thing is he manage to download some files into a flash memory before that.
Without waiting, we see ourselves 15 years in the future in a world where all governments fell, the Militia and the War Lords rose up and took control. Captain Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito), head of the Militia, arrives to a village where Ben’s family lives and tries to arrest him. But Danny, Ben’s son, confronts him without any success, his father got kill.
From this moment, Charlie, following her father’s orders, takes on a journey with two companions to try to find Miles (Billy Burke), her uncle, who apparently has some information about what happened 15 years ago.
At last but not least, we have a scene that turns on the mystery of the show since, for our surprise, the world is not completely in the dark. A computer is shown where a conversation about the flash memory with the files that Ben once downloaded occurs. I don’t know about you guys, but after that ending I have this strange need of screaming WAAAAAALT!!
Along with the trailer, the NBC published a short description of the show, which is essentially what is shown on the trailer. Here it is:
"Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why?
Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down, the lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it?
On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously - and unbeknownst to her - had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.
From director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") and the fertile imaginations of J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke ("Supernatural"), comes a surprising "what if" action-adventure series, where an unlikely hero will lead the world out of the dark. Literally."