Now that you’ve had the chance to experience NBC’s Revolution (read our review) it’s time to take look behind the post-apocalyptic series with creator Eric Kripke, to find out where, exactly, the idea for Revolution came from, and how he and J.J. Abrams went from zombies to no power, during the development of the series.
Speaking with Kripke about Revolution this summer, the former Supernatural showrunner talked about his intent of wanting to do a series in the same vein as Star Wars. The lack of actual “star wars” notwithstanding, Kripke’s intent isn’t to replicate George Lucas’ galactic tale, but to take audiences on the same type of legendary hero journey you experience in the films – only on TV.
You can read what Kripke had to say about Star Wars, Revolution and its legendary journey, below:
I was just really interested in a show that’s about hope and rebirth. Really, the impulse of the show was that I wanted to do a mythic quest; I wanted to do Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. And I wanted heroes and swords, good and evil, and a journey – which is those movies, but it’s also “The Odyssey,” Wizard of Oz. It’s one of those great stories – just a hero going on a quest – and I wanted to tell that story.
Since Kripke touches on tales like Lord of the Rings and Wizard of Oz, it’s clear that the actual plot driving Revolution could be about most anything, as long as that familiar epic journey is included. Even though we now know that the lack of electricity is what will be driving the show, it wasn’t the first idea they played around with while developing the series.
You can check Kripke’s explanation of Revolution‘s (er…) evolution, below:
Part of it just comes down to what’s a setting no one has seen before, for that. We were really kicking around – no one wanted to do that stoic ‘Lord of the Rings’ thing – and we wanted to set it in an American landscape.
Working with Bad Robot, we were just kicking around, “Ok, what would cause [the world] to transform like that.” We were, like, “nuclear war,” or “disease”, or “zombies,” or whatever the usual house numbers are.
We stumbled on to, “If we just flipped the power off, we can do this.” And that was amazing, because it brought a whole new level to a very compelling “what if.” Who among us hasn’t been frustrated with a 5-minute blackout, much less a permanent one? Or when your computer freezes, that tension you get in your body.
Everyone feels it, I believe, deep down, on how reliant we are of this technology, and how separated we are from our food and water supplies. It’s not just about convenience, it’s dangerous how separated we’ve become from what it actually takes to survive. So, a story that was about that, too, would be really relatable. I think everyone can picture what they would be like in this world.
With The Walking Dead heading into season 3, it would have been hard – though interesting – to see another network tackle such an instantly familiar genre, not to mention the series itself being a legendary journey involving zombies. Additionally, the decision to pick a plot that removes elements from society, instead of adding them, will allow the series to be produced much easier – and perhaps more cheaply – than its effects-heavy counterparts, like Fox’s now-canceled Terra Nova.
Essentially following in the same television path of TNT’s Falling Skies, Revolution begins years after the actual galvanizing “event” of the series occurred. Instead of having to deal with maintaining audience expectations to see the “event” unfold, Kripke is now able to focus on the aftermath of what occurred and the lives of those attempting to survive and thrive.
While the success of Kripke’s legendary quest remains to be seen, audience’s mixed reaction to the Revolution series premiere might not put the series in the best position to continue its tale. However, series that center around a mystery typically take a bit to get going, so there’s hope that Revolution will find its audience as more of the story unfolds.
Revolution airs Mondays @10pm on NBC
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