Giancarlo Esposito and Elizabeth Mitchell talk about the rollercoaster that has been this second half of the Revolution seasons at the 2013 NBC Upfronts.
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Well, as the creators explained at the Television Critics Association press tour, the second half of Revolution will indeed focus on, well, the revolution aspect of the show. And with that, says star Tracy Spiridakos, comes not only a faster-paced show but “a little bit of a crazy battle.” “There’s going to be good guys versus bad guys…and some twists and turns will happen pretty quickly,” she says. As far as what awaits Charlie in the second half, Spiridakos says we’ll continue to see her grow into “quite the warrior” but the actress wonders of the stresses of her current situation may start to sully her good girl image. “I’m interested to see whether she’s going to be able to hold on to her humanity or not in the process of it all.”
Revolution‘s band of fighters have finally reached Philadelphia, but the City of Brotherly Love it ain’t. In fact, the survivors’ troubles are only beginning now that they’re in enemy territory.
Here, co-executive producer David Rambo previews Monday’s big midseason finale (NBC, 10/9c), which features an internal conflict for Miles, the reveal of Monroe’s plans and a possible mother/daughter reunion. The EP also teases what’s in store for the second half of Season 1 (hint: it involves travel), which kicks off on March 25.
TVLINE | What challenges lie ahead for Miles, Charlie and everyone now that they’re in Philadelphia?
Next week will be the first time that all the Mathesons are in the same city since the premiere. So there are lots of opportunities to see what could happen there. A big challenge for Miles is — [as] part of him revealed in the hallucination he had last [Monday] — if Monroe asked him to come back, he would like that. We are going to see Miles and Monroe come face-to-face, and Monroe is going to ask him to come back to the militia.
TVLINE | How does that meeting compare with the one that we saw in this past episode?
(Granted, it was a hallucination.) [Laughs] Well, the hallucinations pretty much express Miles’ own internal needs and wants. Really it was from Miles’ heart, the hallucination. But Monroe really means it when he says, “I want you back. Come back.” We’ll see that next week. Of course, that’s a crisis for Miles.
TVLINE | Despite the fact that obviously something really horrible went down between them and Miles tried to assassinate Monroe, is there a feeling of brotherhood and love when they meet again?
A lot of that’s going to be revealed in [Monday's] episode…. It’s really the heart of the episode. I can tell you we really go pretty deeply into how the bond was formed, how far back in their lives it goes and the crisis that that presents in the present for them both when they come face-to-face. And there is an epic sword fight. I have to say that. It’s fantastic.
TVLINE | You mentioned a cliffhanger. Is it going to be like, “OMG, I cant believe that just happened!” or “What on earth will happen in the first minutes of March 25?!”?
I would say both. We’re going to be off the air for four months. We have to give people something to look forward to in March.
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Things get trippy in Monday’s Revolution (NBC, 10/9c) when Miles, Charlie & Co. have trouble figuring out what’s real and what’s fantasy. Their hallucinations will be accompanied by the music of legendary rockers Led Zeppelin, who granted the freshman hit the rights to use two songs – “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and “Kashmir” (which is also the episode’s title) – in the special installment.
Know what else rocks? With only two new hours left before the show takes a hiatus until March 25, Billy Burke tackled some of our burning questions.
WHAT’S GOT THE GANG SEEING THINGS? | When the band of survivors finds itself in an incredibly disorienting situation, “We walk the line between what the characters know as reality and what might not be reality [and] what might be playing with their heads a little bit,” previews Burke. “It’s really cool.”
HOW DID MILES BECOME A MILITIA BADDIE? | “We’re going to start to see where it all came from and how it all happened. We actually haven’t gotten to any of those episodes, but I know they’re coming. But as this year comes to a close and we open next year with the second half of the season, from my understanding, we’re going to start to get heavy into that backstory.”
If you look in the dictionary under devilishly evil, you might well see a picture of Giancarlo Esposito. In the recent past, the Emmy-nominated actor has gone from one bad-guy role to another, starring in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” (as the unpredictable meth dealer Gustavo Fring), ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” (as Sidney Glass of Magic Mirror fame) and of course, in his current role as Major Tom Neville in NBC’s post-apocalyptic hit, “Revolution.”
So which sort of role does he really prefer to play — the rare good guys or those wicked ones he’s known so well for?
“I love them both!” Esposito told The Clicker. “I think you are good and you are bad, and bad and good, and good and bad! It’s actually been really interesting, especially with Gustavo and now Tom. With each role, I find something that is redeemable but yet I find a new level of darkness.”
Esposito’s favorite evil man? “Breaking Bad’s” Gustavo.
Eric and J.J. talk about working with an epic rock soundtrack on Revolution.
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?”
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…
“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?
Eric Kripke and the cast talk about the mythological what if posed in “Soul Train.”
Composer Christopher Lennertz discusses the process behind Revolution’s post-apocalyptic soundtrack.