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Erik Kripke and the cast talk about the perils of perception and best intentions in this week’s episode.
NBC’s new drama series Revolution has yet to make a steep drop in ratings, as last night’s third episode, “No Quarter,” pulling in a 3.2 rating in the demo and 8.4 million viewers. That’s down just two tenths from last week’s rating, and the show won its 10pm timeslot by a mile despite some iffy reactions from critics.
Tracy Spiridakos’ performance wasn’t the only thing to find its groove in Revolution‘s latest episode. “No Quarter” was the perfect balance of action, mystery and the cheesy one-liners I’ve now come to love and expect form the serialized mystery. But while some secrets were revealed, eight new questions were raised. [Warning: This story contains major spoilers. Read at your own risk!]
1.Can Mark Pellegrino do no wrong? Adding Mark Pellegrino as a guest star is pretty much a guarantee that I’m going to develop an obsession with the series (See: Lost, Supernatural, Dexter). And boy — the eviler Pellegrino is the better! This time around, he might not actually be playing the Devil, but his portrayal of evil militia commander Jeremy was more than sinister enough for my tastes. What can I say? I love a bad boy!
2.”Can you boil everything down to getting laid?” Short answer: yes. Though, for a moment I thought Nora (Daniella Alonso) was actually going to break stereotype and be motivated by something other than sex or love. Sadly, as quick as she was to snap on Miles (Billy Burke), Nora was just as quick to admit she had joined the rebels because of a guy. The twist? The “guy” was actually her miscarried son (talk about a Debbie Downer!). Nora then tells Charlie that if she’s ever to have a kid again she wants it born in the United States. It might just be me, but wanting an American-born child seems like a pretty flimsy reason to start a political revolution. If Jack Donaghey can get over it, why can’t Nora?
8. Who’s going to die? The promo for the next episode teases that one of our rebel gang won’t make it out alive. I’m crossing Charlie, Miles and Aaron off the list for narrative purposes and adding Danny to it out of personal hope (no one that pretty should die so soon). Will Maggie not live to see her kids again? Will Nora never get the chance to have her States-born son? Who do you think is going to die? Sound off in the comments!
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We begin with Miles, Charlie, and Nora on their way to deliver a rifle to the rebels. Miles can’t believe Nora backs these rebels. Nora questions whether Miles is really just afraid to take on Monroe.
Flashback to 8 weeks after the blackout and Miles is trying to get back to his family in Chicago. Monroe, who was just another lowly military guy back then, insists that he is going with Miles.
In the present, Miles and Nora arrive at the rebel “base,” which is just an abandoned restaurant (looks like a combination of TGI Fridays, Bennigan’s, and Houliahan’s… that’s the scariest sight yet on this show!). Miles introduces himself as “Stu Redmond” and says Charlie’s name is “Frannie.” The rebels are suffering. They ran into an ambush this morning and really took a beating. Miles says they need to leave soon because the militia could be coming.
As Miles predicted, the militia are questioning a captured rebel. Their leader is Mark Pellegrino who played “Jacob” on Lost. JJ Abrams has put several of his Lost alums on this show, like Elizabeth Mitchell. “Jacob” was the ultimate good guy. This time, Pellegrino is the exact opposite. He plays a torturous game of Russian Roulette with the captured rebel, trying to figure out where the rebel base is located. The captive gives up the base’s location, but Pellegrino kills him anyway. There are few characters of nuance on Revolution. Almost everyone is either pure of heart and good or just plain evil. Sigh, I guess they think the audience is too simplistic to handle anything more complicated than that.
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Charlie wants to help the rebels in an all-new episode of ‘Revolution‘ airing Monday, October 1st.
What’s scarier: Revolution‘s post-apocalyptic, militia-controlled future, or the days immediately following the blackout?
While Capt. Tom Neville is certainly an imposing and imperious figure, flashbacks in the second episode of the NBC drama (airing Monday at 10/9c) — featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and Tim Guinee as Charlie and Danny’s parents — reveal that the aftermath of the power-down was no picnic either.
“We get to see them trying to protect their kids a week or two after the blackout, when things are really getting hairy and violence and looting are starting to break out,” says series creator Eric Kripke. And as things get increasingly dangerous on the streets, “it becomes a more gripping, harrowing flashback.”
The quick downfall of society and order is not a scenario that is completely impossible. Kripke notes that “the government report we read said it would be hard to maintain any sort of civil order five days in — and that was coming out of Congress!”
Episode 3 of the freshman drama, meanwhile, will go back in time to expand another dynamic teased in the pilot: the one between Miles (played by Twilight‘s Billy Burke) and his former buddy-turned-enemy/leader of the Monroe Republic, General Sebastian “Bass” Monroe (ER‘s David Lyons). “Most roads to hell are paved with, as we all know, good intentions,” says Kripke, “so we start to understand how they set out to save the world.”
Although Monroe is the one in command now, it might be Grace (Maria Howell) — the algebra teacher who briefly afforded Danny safe harbor — and her mysterious USB pendant who is really the powerful one, and in a Hogwarts kind of way! “What’s really interesting to me is that in a world with no technology, if very few isolated people can have it, that’s magic,” Kripke contends. “That’s a way to put magic back in the world. These certain people are, for all intents and purposes, wizards in their ability to enact technology.”
With no gizmos as go-to problem solvers, it’s also a way to breathe life into a contemporary TV series. “When you’re in the writers room, there is nothing more irritating than a cell phone because anyone can call for help and get whatever they need whenever they need it,” Kripke explains. “So to put rules back in the storytelling so that when somebody busts out a Commodore 64 it’s a miracle, that’s a wonderful gift to a writer. That’s a wonderful sandbox to play in.” (With reporting by Matt Mitovich)