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7 Reasons To Give NBC’s ‘Revolution’ A Second Chance

1. Charlie’s All Grown Up 
While many took issue with Tracy Spiridakos’ headstrong teenager in Season 1, Charlie will be out on her own in Season 2 and finally developing an identity independent of her family. She’s on the hunt for Monroe (David Lyons) and while she’s still not as tough as she thinks she is, it’s nice to see her demonstrating how capable she is now that she’s stepped out of Miles (Billy Burke) and Rachel’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) shadows. There’s no more whining, only ass-kicking.

2. Fresh Faces
Charlie’s journey will bring her into contact with newcomer Patrick Heusinger, who plays a cocky (and appropriately attractive) bounty hunter called Adam who is somewhat reminiscent of a certain elder Winchester brother. Adam is charming and enigmatic enough to add an intriguing new dynamic, and we’re curious to learn more about his backstory as the season progresses. Also joining the show is Stephen Collins, playing Rachel’s father, Dr. Porter, who isn’t exactly a fan of Miles but who allows us to see a very different side of Rachel.

 Revolution Born in the USA 2x01 002 300x199 7 Reasons To Give NBCs Revolution A Second Chance3. It’s Darker
Despite the earlier timeslot, Kripke — who earned our eternal affection by creating the genuinely scary, undeniably thrilling “Supernatural” — is doubling down on the creepiness this season, with Miles encountering a new foe who’s a very different kind of evil, but possibly even more dangerous than Monroe, in his own way. The ending of Episode 2 is chilling.

4. Giancarlo Esposito Is Still A Badass
We doubt this is ever going to change, but it’s still worth repeating — the calculating Tom Neville always has a trick up his sleeve, but the season premiere will see the former Major in a whole new light, allowing Esposito to turn in a gut-wrenching performance. Still, even when Neville’s down, you can’t count him out, and it’s great to see the resilient villain trying to find a new path to power even when the world has shifted around him.

5. Two words: Fight Club
You’ll understand (and approve) when you see the premiere.

6. More Backstory
Seeing the world before and immediately after the blackout has always been fascinating, and there are plenty of flashbacks to help flesh out our favorite characters’ pasts, giving us new insight into relationships that we thought we understood. And yes, that does mean the return of Tim Guinee as Ben Matheson.

7. A Bigger Bad?
With Monroe deposed, it’s time for a new villain — but is it the President of the United States? In the final moments of Season 1, we saw that the President was still alive, ironically holed up in Guantanamo Bay and waiting to return, a plan that will be put in motion by his supporters, the Patriots. They certainly seem to have the people’s best interests at heart from the outset, but can they be trusted? Not all of our characters think so, especially given what Randall Flynn set in motion in the Season 1 finale.

Source: HuffingtonPost

‘Revolution’ Moves Show to Texas for Season 2

The producers of the NBC drama “Revolution” have informed their crew that the show, which filmed its first season in and around Wilmington, will not return to the Port City for its second season.

The show’s creator, Eric Kripke, said in an email to the crew that the show will move production to Austin, Texas, said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.

In the email, he thanked the crew for its hard work but did not give a reason for the show’s departure.

“Every week, we gave you the impossible, and yet you always executed beautifully,” the email reads. “Unfortunately, we’ll be moving the show to Austin, TX, for Season 2.This is not a decision that was made easily or taken lightly. We agonized over it. And we really regret losing such a terrific crew. Seriously.”

More at NewsObserver.com

More ‘Revolution’ Scoop from TVLine + Finale News!

Question: Please tell me you got some Revolution scoop out of the NBC upfront. Something, anything? — Kyle 
Ausiello: Not only did Matt Mitovich score you some scoop, he scored it directly from Giancarlo Esposito, who told him, through the finale, “Tom’s next move is to try and cover his own butt, first. But also, there is a race to figure out who really is in control of the power. The final episode will blow your mind in terms of all of the elements coming together, and some questions you haven’t even thought of asking will be answered.”

Source: TVLine

‘Revolution’ To Resume Shooting this Saturday

Alton Lennon Federal Building Revolution To Resume Shooting this SaturdayRevolution” is cranking back up after its holiday filming break with a shoot that will leave parts of downtown Wilmington’s streets briefly in the dark on Saturday, according to a Wilmington film permit.

The shoot, which is expected to kick off at about noon and last until 11 p.m., will shut down a few streetlights near an alley at the Alton Lennon Federal Building on Water Street between Princess and Market streets, the permit said.

In the scene, paper leaflets will float to the ground outside of the building. Five cast members and about 35 extras will be on hand, the permit says.

Meanwhile, a secondary crew will film at Bellevue Cemetery. It’s the series’ second trip to the graveyard since it began filming in Wilmington this past July.

Revolution returns for it’s second half on March 25th.

Source: WilmOnFilm

‘Revolution’ Footnotes: The Open Eye

Go deeper into the Revolution mythology! Every week, we’ll add to the collection of letters, journal entries and postcards in a world where the written word is once again the only form of communication over long distances…

The Open Eye

“WITH A REBEL YELL”
by Kerry Weldon

revolution footnotes the open eye 260x300 Revolution Footnotes: The Open EyeI’ve never considered myself very rebellious. If you’d asked my wife before the blackout, she would have told you that marrying me was the safe and sensible choice. Yes, she really knew how to make a guy feel special. In college, I gravitated toward journalism because I was shy, always more comfortable hiding behind the written word rather than standing in the spotlight. As newspaper readership moved online and employment opportunities shrank, I refused to adjust to the times and abandon journalistic integrity for speed and sensation. Even in the terrifying days after the blackout, I was never a leader. I would wander from group to group, perfectly content to let others make the tough decisions. I kept my head down and did my best to simply survive. In fact, I only got my job at the Gazette because a compassionate editor took pity on a starving kid who knew a little about typography. We worked together for years, providing the locals with what little reliable information we could, and always staying on the right side of the Militia. Until now.

In the weeks leading up to the unveiling of Militia 1, the first operational steam train in nearly a decade, rumors of slave camps and military conquest ran rampant. And as these rumors slowly transformed
into terrifying fact, my editor and I agreed that we could no longer keep our heads in the sand. So we told the truth. Three days after publishing the article, I arrived to find our office in flames, printing press destroyed and my good friend and colleague, Sean Miller, murdered.

Now here I am. On the run. Taken in by sympathizers and huddling in a storm cellar, setting the type of this article by candlelight. Yes, I am afraid. But, for the first time, I’m free to tell the truth about the Monroe Militia. We are not living in a republic, but held hostage in a military dictatorship. We are at the mercy of a man who aspires to nothing but crushing freedom under his boot heel. Thankfully, there is hope. What started as a whisper of unrest is growing into a cry for revolution. The rebellion’s ranks grow daily. And with each new member, there are new stories of Militia defeats. The destruction of a conscription camp in Martins Ferry. The burning of Militia flags in broad daylight. There are even rumors of rebel activities in the capital city of Philadelphia. It might not yet be an army, but these are the first cracks in the dam of oppression.

Although we once lived in the Information Age, the true irony is that it took the blackout to give the written word meaning again. Words are both precious and powerful, and as long as there is air in my lungs, I will continue to print this newsletter and give a voice to those who will not tolerate cruelty. We will no longer live in fear.

‘Revolution’ Footnotes: The Tale of Charlie and Miserable Miles

Go deeper into the Revolution mythology! Every week, we’ll add to the collection of letters, journal entries and postcards in a world where the written word is once again the only form of communication over long distances…

The Tale of Charlie and Miserable Miles

revolution footnotes 255x300 ‘Revolution’ Footnotes: The Tale of Charlie and Miserable MilesThere once was a brave boy named Peter, who took good care of all of his brothers and sisters. He gave them food and water, kept them safe from the monsters in the woods, and taught them to read stories and hunt tasty squirrels.

One day, Peter went walking in the forest. Mean and scary men with letters burned on their arms came out from the dark and grabbed at Peter. He kicked and punched; but there were too many bad men, and they took him to their home far, far away.

Peter’s brothers and sisters cried. What would they do without Peter? Who would tell them stories about before the lights went away?

Peter’s little brother Michael was almost as brave as Peter, even though he wasn’t as tall. He wanted to fight the bad men, but didn’t know where they went!

Just then, a beautiful grown-up girl named Charlie walked by with her Uncle Miles. Miles was big and very strong, and also he had two swords. But no one ever taught Miles how to smile, so he was always miserable, even when he had fresh cooked squirrel to eat.

“Why are you crying?” Charlie asked the children.

“The burnt men took our brother and we are very sad,” Michael said bravely.

“The burnt men also took my little brother,” Charlie said. She made a promise that she and her uncle would go and bring Peter back, no matter how many bad men got in their way. And Miles was sooooo miserable.

When the grown-ups set off through the dark and scary forest, Michael bravely followed them. They walked a long, long way until they found a big, big boat. And Miles was sooooo miserable.

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‘Revolution’ Showrunner Teases Blackout Mystery Solution & When

Revolution showrunner Eric Kripke doesn’t want to hold onto the NBC drama’s central mystery — What caused the blackout? — too much longer. And he’s giving some hints about what the answer might entail.

“We’re talking very seriously about revealing [what caused the blackout] before end of this season,” Kripke tells EW.  The answer is something that’s passed muster from a physicist consulted by the producers. So expect what caused the blackout to be at least somewhat scientifically plausible.

“The sweet spot is to find an answer that’s actually scarier than what you were thinking,” Kripke says. “Like, ‘Oh wait, this is not even just about electricity.’ And that’s what we’re designing. I don’t see any reason to withhold it much longer.”

Billy Burke, who plays Miles on the breakout drama, says Kripke’s blackout answer has managed to assure the actors, who have had many of the same questions about why certain technologies no longer function as fans. “We’re asking those questions on a daily basis,” Burke says. “We have conversations on set all the time — ‘What about this? What about that? Wouldn’t that work?’ There always seem to be a technologically sound answer for the questions.”

One fan question about the epic power loss that’s been asked since the pilot — Wouldn’t steam engines work? — was answered in a recent episode that showed a steam train. Another recent episode featuring a thunderstorm resulted in a debate in the writers room over whether lightning would still work (it does).

A giant Revolution revelation makes creative sense. Fans of the show don’t tune in each week for nuggets about the blackout mystery, so it’s really unlikely answering that question will result in a ratings drain. Whereas holding onto mysteries too long sometimes annoys viewers. The show’s characters, frankly, have bigger things to worry about. Noting that the blackout occurred 15 years before the show’s main storyline, Kripke asks, “How much are you sweating what happened in 1997?”

Source: EW.com

‘Revolution’ Footnotes: 5 Questions w/ Aaron Pittman

revolution footnotes Revolution Footnotes: 5 Questions w/ Aaron PittmanGo deeper into the Revolution mythology! Every week, we’ll add to the collection of letters, journal entries and postcards in a world where the written word is once again the only form of communication over long distances…

“FIVE QUESTIONS WITH AARON PITTMAN”

You can forgive yourself if you didn’t recognize Aaron Pittman’s face on this month’s cover – after all, the Mountain View software developer-turned-mogul admits to being camera-shy – but everyone with a wifi connection should recognize his work. From his natural-language search startup (that began in his grandmother’s basement and ended with a multi-million dollar acquisition) to his day job at the world’s most visited website, his code is used daily by hundreds of millions – if not billions – of people. If you want the improbable, unbelievable inside story of Aaron’s rise, turn to our feature on page 22. If you want to really know the man, look no further than this sidebar (Ed. note: we swear this one’s not just filler).

Q: Boxers or – no, let’s dig a little deeper. Aaron, you’re a powerful man. When was the last time someone said no to you?

A: You say that like I just “Indecent Proposal”-ed your assistant (laughs). I actually hear no a lot, because I’m asking my team for things that are impossible. How else do you push for something nobody’s seen or done before? Trying and failing is what gets you to trying and succeeding. That, and I have a wife.

Q: This is a tech magazine, so we’re required to ask: what piece of gear changed your life the most?

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