The cast and crew of NBC’s Revolution gathered Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, and they dropped some scoop about the show’s return, as well as a new trailer!
• Neville’s not staying trapped in the closet for long. A sneak peek at the show’s March 25 reveals the malicious captain and his own son, Nate, arguing over the war with the rebels – “We’re butchering them,” the latter says – and swinging fists. Will the young fighter switch sides? He does come face-to-face with Charlie and tells her, “I’m done lying.” Meanwhile, Rachel’s got the line of the promo: “Monroe has power. Let’s get some of our own.”
• Executive producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke aren’t concerned about the show’s four-month hiatus. In fact, when the idea came up to relaunch the series with fewer repeats, “I was enormously relieved because I felt like we were getting to a place for the viewer where it would be the best possible show,” said Abrams. The break also gave the EPs “the ability to take a breath, look at what we’ve done and really analyze it,” added Kripke. “I think we did a lot of things right. But I felt like we could pick up the pace of the stunning revelations.” On that note, expect “more revelations” as the writers focus on “making [the show] more shocking more often,” teased Kripke, who described the second half of the season as “its own continuous piece that is bigger and better and even more exciting.”
• The March premiere will pick up exactly where the winter finale left off — with Monroe’s choppers. “Giving him power was more about making him an unstoppable force,” said Kripke. “We start to deliver on the promise of the title. The revolution begins.”
• Although the war will be going strong, the heart of the series remains a character-driven story that explores the question, Can the Matheson family “stick together in the face of these overwhelming odds and danger? And can you maintain your soul when you’re a warrior?” explained Kripke.
• Has too much power been turned on for the premise of the show to remain intact? “Power is possible, but will it remain on constantly all the time too early? Based on what Eric’s pitched to us, the answer is no,” replied Abrams.
• The end of Season 1 has been mapped out and Kripke has a sense of what he wants future seasons to be like, but he admits that they’re “cocktail napkin sketches” that leave room for change. “Because [the world is] so expansive,” he added, “there’s no end to the stories we can tell.”Follow @VladaGelman