‘Revolution’ Mysteries to be Answered in Second Half of Season 1

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Last fall, Revolution was a much-needed hit for ratings challenged NBC.

Now, after a lengthy four-month hiatus, the world-without-power adventure series is set to pick up right where it left off, but with a renewed focus on providing answers to the program’s most pressing questions.

According to series creator and executive producer Eric Kripke, the time off granted the writers a chance to make some adjustments in regard to the pace of the storytelling. “Creatively, I think it paid off. [The] second half is better than the first.” Kripke reportedly told those attending PaleyFest over the weekend that he recognized that the audience had a “certain impatience” in regard to how slowly the plot was progressing and admitted he agreed with that complaint. “We didn’t move the story fast enough. We were treading water a little bit,” Kripke said.

To address that issue, Kripke showed the PaleyFest audience the first 8 minutes of episode 11, which is said to have contained a good deal more action and fighting that is intended to bring a “much more epic scope” to the series, while the characters are forced to deal with “emotions [that are] more fraught.” During the panel, it was also mentioned that the series will move beyond its focus on the Monroe Militia and the rebels by examining other territories and characters such as the leader of the Georgia Federation, President Foster (played by Leslie Hope of 24) – a character Kripke described as “badass, steely” and “strong.”

Billy Burke Tracy Spiridakos Daniella Alonso and Zak Orth in Revolution The Childrens Crusade Revolution Mysteries to be Answered in Second Half of Season 1

What about the question of how and why the power was turned off?

That will be answered sooner than expected thanks to Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) joining her children and brother-in-law in their endeavor. Kripke summed it up rather simply by saying, “Rachel knows what happened and she’s with the heroes.” 

In addition to finding out why the power was turned off, Kripke promised an answer to all of the questions posed during the first 10 episodes. That means fans will undoubtedly find out more about the characters’ individual back-stories, more pressing concerns such as where the mysterious Randall (Colm Feore) took Grace (Maria Howell) and what his intentions are, and, perhaps most importantly, the question of what turned Miles (Billy Burke) against Monroe (David Lyons) will finally be dealt with.

Kripke and Burke spent some time discussing the character of Miles and the changes he’s undergone prior to and after embarking on the quest to save Danny (Graham Rogers). Kripke mentioned that had the storyline of Revolution taken place five years earlier, Miles would be the bad guy.” That line of thought continued with Burke wondering whether or not his character could ever find redemption, but Kripke was quick to point out: “He’s totally redeemable because he’s trying. Trying is the thing. He’s trying to be better.”

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The panel also focused on the supporting characters and their somewhat conflicted relationships, and how, according to Kripke and producer J.J. Abrams, family is ultimately the central theme of the show. “It’s a family show,” Kripke said. “It’s a good way to ground genre television.” To that end, fans can expect there to be some familial strife not only between the Mathesons, but also with Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and his son Jason (J.D. Pardo), as they begin to experience a difference of opinion when it comes to Monroe’s orders.

Of course, the midseason finale left things on a cliffhanger with Monroe gaining control of a limited power source after obtaining one of the highly prized pendants and forcing Rachel to construct him an amplifier for it. That leads to the big concern of where the pursuit for power (in both senses of the word) will push the narrative in the coming months. As Kripke puts it, technology will begin to play a larger part in the storyline, but don’t expect power to be completely restored by the end of the season. Maybe at the very, very end,” he said. “If it stays on forever, [the show] just becomes a very exciting single-camera sitcom.”

It sounds as though the series has put some effort into improving on a bright spot in NBC’s line-up. Of course, for the beleagured network, perhaps the most pertinent question isn’t when the power will come back, but after four months away, whether or not the audience will.

That answer will have to wait until Revolution returns Monday, March 25 on NBC.


Source: TV Guide, The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Perhaps I’ll continue to watch it for now, but it won’t take much for me just to give up on it. Besides Giancarlo, I don’t care if any of the others on the show live to be on future episodes or not. I don’t forget the fact that once again a network makes a stupid decision to put their show on hiatus for four months or longer. Perhaps those of us who watched before simply will have moved on or found something better to do with our time. I find myself hardly watching the network shows anymore and not many cable shows either. I will probably dvr this when it is aired, but I may or may not yet watch it. It’s barely worth watching the way it is.

  2. Maybe he can help solve the mystery as to why the show and cast suck so much

  3. If this show doesn’t have a lead-in like the Voice and it is on opposite the Following then there will be a real test of it’s staying power.

    • I was one of the few fans of this show when it was on. But at the time, I was looking for new shows to fill up my schedule. Now, I’m hooked to the Following, Arrow, and Supernatural is good again. They screwed up taking it off the air for so long.

      • Defiance is coming on SyFy in April too, and it may draw in some of the audience Revolution had.

  4. Mysteries of the second half, how the hell did it make it to a second half?

    • It’s on NBC. They have no standards. Whitney got a second season. FOX would’ve cancelled Revolution by now. I’m like Scooby Doo…solving mysteries.

    • They put a good amount of time and money into pushing this show and the rating didn’t drop far enough for them to pull the plug. This time off is going to be the test though I think. If they lose enough viewers then I think they will start weighing how viable the show is.

  5. I dropped the series a few episodes in. Great concept for a series but a horrible pathway for that concept.

  6. “We didn’t move the story fast enough. We were treading water a little bit”

    Such is pretty much always the fate of the main story arcs in TV shows. They usually are stories that could barely fill a 40 minute episode but that are being spread thin over a whole season or even multiple seasons. They drag on and on and on, don’t go anywere, are boring as hell and often don’t even get a resolution. Just remember X-Files…

    That’s why I prefer stand-alone episodes over “mythology episodes”. At least the writers have a clear goal with these stories. They have a beginning, a middle and an end, and they don’t try to keep them going on forever.

    • X-Files is a good example of what you are talking about when they focused solely on the Mulder’s sister/alien abduction storyline and then it spun out of control. X-Files was at it’s best when they explored a whole range of ideas.

      Revolution has just seemed like an idea that is thin, but they use the flashbacks for many of the characters to fill the time with back story.

  7. Watched the pilot – never went back. 15 years no electricity but people have perfect haircuts? No thanks.

    • Not to mention clean, brightly-colored, perfectly tailored, and fashionable clothing. If you’re hand-washing clothing, your clothes won’t be clean-looking or brightly-colored for long.

  8. I hope they tell us how Aaron stayed so big for 15 years without junk food. That’s worse than Hugo on Lost.

    • Idaho Potatoes: they grow you big.

  9. This show was off the air for so long that I thought it was cancelled. Can they solve the mystery of why networks can’t keep a regular schedule in order to create a fanbase for shows starting up? I’ll never understand TV executives.

  10. I haven’t read the article or comments but wanted to get this out to any other UK residents.

    Revolution debuts on Sky1 on March 25th.

  11. I personally loved this show all the way through. Always on the edge of my seat. Is there going to be a season 2? I hope so, they left it open for one. Love love love.