Why Revolution is axing the storyline that drove the entire 1st season

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Sep 24, 2013

After a fair share of growing pains last year, the team behind NBC’s Revolution has finally figured out what type of show they’re making — and it turns out it does not involve the massive plot point that drove the entire first season.

In a great interview with TV Line, producer Eric Kripke reveals what type of show fans will find when the series returns Wednesday night — and it seems the long-running storyline about trying to turn the power back on will essentially be phased out.

Why? Because the writers would rather focus on the world itself, as opposed to that specific, McGuffin-filled journey. It makes sense, but we wonder if the narrative might flounder without that type of clear storyline to drive the action forward. Considering the uneven (but still fun) first season, we’re anxious to find out how this will work.

Here’s how Kripke explained it:

“No, we wanted to get off it. It was inevitable, because so many of the characters were such a ground zero of why the power went off in the first place. So we dove with both feet into that mythology, and we took it to its logical end… Their driving impulse is these new bad guys that we have in Season 2 called the Patriots, this insidious conspiracy of people who are draping themselves in the American flag, but they’re not America. They’re planting their tentacles in all sorts of different storylines, and our heroes have to realize what they’re up to and stop them. The character Randall in Season 1 was the first of them, but he was just a vanguard of a thousand more of them that are out from Cuba. It becomes a more interesting story of trying to uncover the mystery and conspiracy of what this dark force is up to...

We can just push through to another layer of character and storytelling, because the quest to turn the power on and the quest to turn the power off is both limiting and it’s not what the show’s about, in my mind. It’s about these characters and all the different facets of what it’s like to live in this modern, primitive world, and those were the stories we were interested in exploring.”

Okay, the shadowy organization sounds like fun, and could work to up the ante in the villain department with Monroe essentially supplanted. What do you think? Will you be sticking around for year two? 

(Via TV Line)

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