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Okay, we all know how Revolution's first season went, somewhere between okay and a whole bunch of bad words. Series creator Eric Kripke spent the offseason beefing up what was probably the show's weakest link by recruiting his old friend and Supernatural fellow Ben Edlund, the mad genius who penned some of the Winchesters' most memorable episodes, along with with Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne O'Bannon and CSI:NY's Trey Callaway. I have no idea if they'll be able to fix what ailed Revolution in Season 1 (flimsy characters, inane plot developments, emotional vacancy, Nora, a total abandonment of the show's main premise, nanite wizards, concussion guns, the hallucination tunnel), but dammit, I was dead set on asking them.

First, let's lay out the details we have about Season 2, according to the cast. Our first guest in the press room was the lively Tracy Spiradakos, who's a much more joyful woman than the gloomy Charlie she plays on TV (hey, if you were getting punched in the face all the time, you'd be a little gloomy, too). "I can tell you that the bombs do drop, so there's an aftermath to dealing with that." Holy moly! Randall completed his mission in destroying Atlanta and Philadelphia, apparently, and the destruction of those cities will completely change the feel of the show. The militias will be broken up, the show that was once all about being on the road will now settle into a particular spot near Texas, characters will be more consistent, and the stories will have some room to breathe since people won't be as busy running from Point A to Point B. Additionally, even though the power went on in the finale, there will be a time-jump of about three months, and you can expect that it will be shut off again pretty soon. 

"From the first half of the season last year to the second half of the season it became a heightened version of itself," said Billy Burke, who plays Miles. "And now it seems to be—instead of reaching for things, it's getting underneath itself. It's a much deeper, darker show we're moving into now."

Edlund was a little more specific: "[Season 1] developed itself along the lines of a lot of military stories, so that was the fabric of it," he said. "I'd say the core fabric of [Season 2] would be they land in a town, and so instead of becoming a road movie and a picaresque, it's actually about settling down for a little bit. It will allow for the deepening of culture [of living without technology]."

But my favorite comment came from Kripke himself, who almost went on a rant about his own creation. I mentioned the way the show is dropping bombs, breaking up militias, bringing in new writers, and that it seems to be resetting itself. And he responded with one of my favorite answers I've ever heard from anyone, so I'm just going to reproduce it verbatim. Enjoy, especially those of you who weren't particularly into Season 1:

"I think we're continuing, you know Monroe is still a villain, our heroes are still struggling to figure out how to be a family. A lot of the emotional storylines are all still there," he said. "But I wanted to push through—let me start over. I'm probably the hardest person on Season 1 that there is. There was a lot of things we did right, I think there was a shitload that we did wrong. I really am aggressively building a better machine for Season 2, and really looking at what worked and what didn't work. If anyone knows the way I run shows, I'm very relentless about hearing how the fans feel and I'm really relentless about that, and I feel like I have something to prove a little bit. So for me, it was the simplicity of the Season 1 storyline that was limiting, ultimately, that was my analysis. It was just about this war, and then it was about should we flip the lightswitch on or off." 

By this point, he was getting pretty animated, and it was awesome. 

"Should we turn it on or should we turn it off? 'Here's why I want to turn it on!' 'Here's why you shouldn't turn it on!' And it was small, in a way. And yet the canvas was so big that it almost had ADD because we're going from town to town, then we're going to Atlanta. I wanted to make a storyline—and frankly, it's because I really honestly thought that, going into Season 1, the search for Danny would sustain us. Just like how in Supernatural the search for dad—I was like, 'We did the search for dad, we can do the search for Danny.' But we're halfway through the season, and I'm like, 'Oh shit! No one's buying it!' So then I kinda scrambled a little and then it became a little more. But I think the thing we really did right was we pushed through all that story, we brought it to as hot as it could be. We got them to the place where they turned on the power. Even though it was scary for me, and even though I watched a lot of the episodes in Season 1, I was like, 'Huh... a lot of power in this show without power.' Like, when the drones start flying by, I'm like, 'Who am I?' And so, it was really good to push through the looking glass and wrap that story. Because now we can get to a more interesting place, and I'm glad we did it, because they turned the power on but just enough to destabilize the East Coast and now there's no more power forever [Editor's note: whoa!] and the Tower is basically not functioning and that question is completely off the table and we're back to a neo-primitive dangerous world. And now we have this conspiracy of these guys who Randall worked for coming up from Cuba, these patriots, who even though they say they're America, THEY ARE NOT AMERICA. They're a very dangerous and insidious invasion of people who are wearing a Stars & Stripes mask, and we have them, and we have these warlords, our heroes basically changed the laws of physics in The Tower. So it becomes about America! And God! And being chosen! And still can this family stay together. So it's finding storylines that can unfold that I know can sustain over a season and be more interesting and be more provacative, and not just about whether you should flip the lightswitch on. Then on top of that, there's this intimate focus, because we're mostly staying around and in this one town in Texas, where we can get to know people and dig into character. So all these complaints for Season 1, which were we didn't get to know the characters, we're not dug-in enough on the concept, the storyline isn't unfolding in an interesting way, these are things we really listened to hard to build a better engine in Season 2." 

Wow, way to go Kripke. Staggering and much-appreciated honesty. Admit it, you're all a little bit more excited for Season 2 now, aren't you?

EXTRA NOTES

– Spiradakos said she's toying with the idea of sending a day living without electricity just to see how it feels. Method acting! When her plan was mentioned to Billy Burke, he replied, "She's fucking nuts. My idea of camping is a not-great hotel."  

– Edlund on the state of the militia in Season 2, and where Monroe is at when the show returns: "The militia is essentially a fragmented shell of itself. I don't think we're giving anything away when we say we're dealing with a deposed Monroe, who has to find a whole new way to find a way in this world. What if Hitler didn't take a bullet? [cackles] And then he had to get an odd job?" Never change, Edlund. 

– And yes, I had to ask David Lyons, who plays Sebastian, about the homoerotic subtext between Miles and Monroe (I specifically mentioned when Neville said "You have a borderline erotic fixation on Miles Matheson"), and he gave a very thoughtful answer. "That's never how I played it. I get why people say that, they get really weirdly kind of put-off by two men who love each other. And I'm talking about the way family loves each other, and the way brothers love each other. The way I love my best mates." He continued, "But for someone like Neville, who wants to hurt [Monroe], but to say to someone who is that emotionally invested in someone else, it's for this reason, it's because you want to have sex with him, you don't understand. Maybe he believes it, maybe he doesn't. Either way it riles Monroe. No one understands the depth of what he's feeling because it has nothing to do with sex."

– Kripke said the time change from 10pm on Mondays for Season 1 to 8pm on Wednesdays for Season 2 won't change a damned thing. "When we got the email from NBC telling us that we were at 8pm, I'm not exaggerating, literally the first email back was 'Can we be as violent as we were?' And they said, 'Yes, absolutely.'"

– I asked Billy when he was getting his swords back and leaving those stupid guns behind, and he said right away. This show is pressing the reset button hard!

[UPDATE] NBC released the Season 2 trailer at the panel this afternoon, and it has tons of new footage. And it reminded me that David Lyons said Monroe makes a living street fighting at a whore house. Oh, just watch. 

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AIRED ON 5/21/2014

Season 2 : Episode 22

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So, I take it that the whole 'opening it up to the rest of the world' has been abandoned then?
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Has there ever before been a show which had a horrible first season and then completely turned around to embrace greatness in the following seasons? I suppose not, and it's one of the things I find hard to believe could happen. But we'll see.

Kripke certainly isn't his own worst critic... but at least he seems to realize *some* of the mistakes. But he is still responsible for making them, and it doesn't fill me with great confidence to hear that he couldn't even decide on how to handle the power issue.
So I don't know. I somehow made it through the first season, and it will give it a chance. No huge expectations.

It's also hard to believe how much more pleasant it is to look at Tracy Spiridakos as her true self than to watch her as Charlie. Perhaps season 2 tries a different visual and personal approach.

On a side note - I hope that Ben Edlund will have enough sense to run back to Supernatural if it all goes wrong again. #nevershouldhaveleft
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I really liked what they all had to say to be honest, and the season 2 trailer does look good! I think I'm even a little excited... Also, bye bye Aaron.
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As much as Revolution is a poorly made show, I enjoyed looking at the cast interviews. They all seem like cool people; more talented than Revolution probably makes them appear.
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Season 2 will be darker. Aaron will reveal he hasn't lost any weight because he's a baby eating cannibal
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Please don't let it be a tease and do for real kill off Aaron. It should have been him in the first place instead of Nora who is 10 times better than him.
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What about the most important thing: will you kill off Aaron, please?
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I like the trailer, i like what i see so i'll definitely check the second season.
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I thought Revolution would become something really good by the end of season 1, but it didn't. It had moments of greatness, but just didn't have balance. I did enjoy the ride though and its not a bad show by any means. Now, I'm excited again for season 2.
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"I am my worst critic--" -No. Stop.

But I'll admit, I'm more excited about Season 2 than I had been. A 2 is more than a 0.

And Tracy looks cute up there. I was afraid I just didn't like her face after all those Charlie mugshots, but it seems that's not the case. Maybe she is a good actress.
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I don't think Kripke is his own toughest critic. Sounds like he thinks there were as many good things as bad in Season 1, nice try. I do feel a little more optimistic about Season 2 but not enough to commit to watching it at this stage. I'll wait until there's universal critical acclaim.
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"I'll wait until there's universal critical acclaim."

Lol - Good luck with that one...
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I have a feeling they will lose me in season 2. All the things he wants to do away with in the show are the things I liked. I hated the little house on the prarie no power crap. I started liking the show when it started becoming more about the power and maybe even science fiction with the tower. Turning the power back off again is stupid to say the least. I hated the show until the second half of the season. I don't want to watch a bunch of horses and wagons ans steam locomotives. I'm sure they won't care about that. They will do what they with the show and I will end up hating it and not watching it any more.
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Im sorry but I question whether he and the other writers can deliver on what they've said.

All the problems he mentions were apparent at the half way point of season one and yet even after a very long hiatus, all they could deliver was ten more episodes of dross.

There are far too many decent sounding new shows coming this season for Revolution to maintain, let alone grow, an audience.
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I can't remember exactly after which episode I quit watching, but reading Kripke's comments felt like I was watching the show again.

Disjointed, random, erratic, unfocused, and seemingly without end.

The haphazard nature first season all of a sudden made perfect sense; the creator is trapped in a maze of thoughts with no clear way out.

I don't know if Kripke's newfound "clarity" is worth the 7-8 hours of my life it would take to watch the rest of Season 1.
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I've got no say since I gave up after the stupid pilot.
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I can't believe this crap is still on TV and other show which are much more superior got the axe like Awake
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For me, season 1 was a bit of a guilty pleasure. Nowhere near as good as I hoped it would be, and I could easily see a lot wrong with the show, but I still enjoyed it to some extent. I was planning on watching season 2 anyway, but this news has me more intrigued than I was originally. I am curious to see how all of this turns out. Will it be enough to turn the show from a guilty pleasure into the show it had the potential to be? Only time will tell. But I do like that Eric Kripke is trying to fix the show's issues.
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Don't know. The idea of a fix place instead of constant travelling sounds good, although it could end up turning against the show, like the farm situation in the walking dead... I agree it is a good thing that they are aware of the issues and that there is effort invested in making it right. I will keep an eye on it, eventually I might get back to watch it.
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It was great to hear that the creator, writers and even some of the actors were aware that they had a lot of things to fix after season 1. And it sounds like they're sincere in making things right. It gives me hope for a better season 2.

And yeah, Charlie looks so much hotter when not being punched in the face.
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I actually liked the second part of season 1 - especially crazy Rachel antics. For me the whole "let's reset the show" thing sounds like a terrible idea.

Also turning off power again would just be plain stupid.
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This. The show was still silly at the end, but it was more interesting. And I don't like reset buttons.

I'm not surprised by the fact that they're losing power again, because the season ended with multiple nuclear missiles in the air. Millions of people were about to die in a horrible way. I didn't expect the show to let that happen, and I don't see a way to stop the missiles other than to cut the power again. Maybe Google guy does it, maybe it happens in some other way, but the power is coming off.

Kripke says the power is off permanently. I don't like the sound of that. I think it would have been more interesting to have the the world slowly return to normal after the power is turned on.
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Yeah I agree. Although a part of me is glad that they kept the world the way it was, I was kinda looking forward to seeing the world rebuild itself. Actually, I officially stopped watching the show after the season 2 premiere, because I just found it off putting how there seem to be taking the series in one direction, then it turns out 'no, we're keeping it the way it is, forever'. Mind you I did watch bits of the third episode.
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I'm sorry, totally off topic (sort of), but was I the only person who thought of Stephen King when I read about the Tower and Randall? As in Randall Flagg and The Dark Tower?
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I haven't read those books yet (I have the first 4, and will probably read the first book after finishing A Clash of Kings, which I'm almost done with), but I did think of it when I first heard of The Dark Tower on this show. I didn't make the connection with Randall though, even though I have heard of the character.
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Dude, you are in for a treat and a half. Fantastic series of books. Have fun with them :)
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