First Aired: Sep. 17, 2012 on NBC
Summary: 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…
Main Characters in this Episode
Aaron Pittman: Hey, Ben.
Ben Matheson: You look terrible.
Aaron Pittman: I was up all night. Had a menage-a-raccoon in my backyard.
- Goof (revealing mistake): Powerless aircraft plunge from the sky but their lights are still on.
- Goof (errors in geography): 15 years after everything turns off, several city skylines are shown. The image for the St. Louis skyline, looking from Illinois, is reversed.
- Goof (continuity error): As the cars stall on the freeway the electrical disruption moves slowly, the cars stop like dominoes jumping a few feet per second. In the view of earth from space the electrical disruption moves quickly, covering hundreds of miles per second.
- Goof (factual errors): Dial-up modems would be utterly useless during a worldwide blackout. Even if you could get both computers powered up and running the network infrastructure necessary to dial out is still non-functional.
- Show creator Eric Kripke was born and raised in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. Many names from that area feature in the show, including the neighborhood the main characters live in at the beginning of the series, Sylvania Heights.
- Many characters in shows usually have names that describe their character or are references to their characters inner self. For example; Miles Matheson, who is "good at killing" is a soldier. His first name, Miles, is a derived name from Latin, where Miles in Latin means soldier, or legionnaire.