Carry on after Carrion?


The very first thing that popped into my head after reading this prompt is the computer software Carrion from ABC’s show Revenge. One of the main characters, Nolan Ross, is a computer programmer and hacker extraordinaire. He created this Carrion software years before the show takes place, but left the coding of the sole copy of the program that exists incomplete in case it fell into the wrong hands. The show doesn’t explicitly say what the software does, but Nolan mentioned it is capable of turning off the entire Manhattan power grid in a micro-second and used it to partially hack the Grayson’s bank account. So basically, my “internet apocalypse” is imagining what will happen in the show if and when the Carrion program is deployed for evil, which will probably happen in the season finale.

Let’s think about what would happen if the entire Manhattan power grid was intentionally shut down suddenly with no ability to recover it for a long period of time?

1. The Earth’s energy consumption would plummet.

2. Manhattan would be dark. Chaos would ensue without traffic lights or lighted tunnels.

3. Millions, if not billions, of dollars in retail business would be lost.

4. Wall Street would cease trading, and banks all over the world would probably lose a lot of money as well.

5. National television networks would probably be down.

6. Security and safety of people and their accounts would be at high risk and vulnerable to attack. Theft and crime would be rampant.

7. People would have to walk hundreds of flights of stairs to reach the top floors of buildings and probably die.

Any other ideas of what would happen or what the Initiative might be planning to do with Carrion?

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5 thoughts on “Carry on after Carrion?

  1. I also watch Revenge and love Nolan! I believe that the initiative wants Carrion for the power it provides. The program can probably hack into anything. It could be a way for them to control large companies and ultimately lead to money. But I am very interested to see where the show will go with this idea. Also, if the entire manhattan power grid went out I’m sure the person that restored the problem would be given power and money.

  2. I also love Revenge! I agree with your points above, if New York City lost power the entire world would be in chaos. Especially since a city as largely populated as New York would have such serious repercussions if the power went out. I can’t believe that the Initiative would actually succeed in shutting down New York’s power, I don’t think the show would be able to bounce back from such a catastrophe. I can’t wait to see what happens!

  3. Great show! I would be interested to see what such a program could do or if Nolan would be able to hack his own hack. In either case, a program that strong is probably one of the largest potential threats for cities and governments in the years to come. I guess we will have to see what happens.

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