Last season NBC scored their biggest new season hit in years with the post-worldwide blackout drama Revolution. When season two kicks off next week, Wednesday, September 25, the network hopes that the viewers who tuned in for the first adventure will come back for more. Things have been relatively quiet on this front—there was a bump around San Diego Comic-Con back in July, and a recent trailer—but now there is new video looking at the upcoming season.
When we last left the scrappy Revolution gang, they had found the Tower, engaged in a heated battle, and a bunch of nuclear missiles had erupted from their long dormant silos. That’s bad, as you probably imagined, and is one hell of a cliff to leave you dangling off for an entire summer. In this video, from TV Guide, members of the cast and crew chime in with some hints and news about the second season.
While it remains to be seen how they stop the nukes, you have to assume that, since the world apparently didn’t come to an end, they found a way recall or disable them. From all appearances, the core members of the group have scattered and gone their separate ways. Their paths are sure to cross, but in the three months that have elapsed since the end of season one, they all appear to have their own things going on.
Some of them have taken up residence in a walled town in Texas. You may notice a resemblance to Woodbury, the makeshift town from the last season of The Walking Dead. In fact, this season of Revolution looks like it is following the same path as season four of AMC’s hit zombie drama. There has been a time of peace, but that time will come to an end in short order. In reality this is a general strategy of one of much post-apocalyptic fiction, set things up as calm and idyllic, and then throw it all into a blender to see what chaos you can cause.
In the wake of the monumental events of season one, Rachel Matheson (Elizabeth Mitchell) has had a nervous breakdown. We thought that Major Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) was poised to take over the scattered forces of the Monroe Militia and become a warlord. That was a terrifying prospect indeed. Instead, however, he appears to have become a broken man, dressed in rags, son in tow, desperately scouring the countryside in search of his missing wife. Admittedly, that is a different trajectory than he appeared to be on.
Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons) has become a down on his luck drifter, taking part in brutal underground fights to scrounge together what you presume is some drinking money. He seems like the kind of guy who hits the bottle when times get tough. When Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) finds out that he is still alive, she sets out on a mission of revenge. He did, after all, kill her father, brother, and countless others, and generally make a huge mess out of her life, so you get the impulse. I’m more than willing to bet that Miles (Billy Burke) isn’t going to let her traipse along to New Vegas alone, so we’ll see how it all shakes out.
There is a great deal of time and effort expended on making you aware that Revolution is bringing in some fantasy elements this season. We don’t get any word what that might entail, but it could be interesting. Are we talking magic, spirituality, monsters? Again, we’ll have to wait and see, but I’m curious. Farscape‘s Rockne S. O’Bannon joins the producing team, which could play into this side of things.
Revolution is flawed for sure, but over the course of the first season there was always enough—sometimes just barely—to keep you watching from week to week. If they build on what they established, crank up the tension and adventure, and continue to develop the world, the show has potential. It has a long way to go, but for now, it is still checking out.