A Temporary Distraction: "The Blackout’s narrative is a cacophony of baffling, half-written nonsense. Parents send their child alone to explore a dingy, darkened basement to retrieve their Christmas present(!). Monsters somehow emit an elecromagnetic field which kills the city’s power, but only causes flashlights to flicker dramatically. The opening act is half spent setting up that the nerdy agoraphobic has a ham radio and a hand-held which “may work on the roof!”. Said radios are never used or mentioned again. An elevator explodes when it falls to the bottom of the shaft. Because elevators in L.A. are constructed from C4."