Yesterday I had the privilege of getting up close and personal with the cast of Revolution! Along with a handful of other journalists, I traveled to Austin to get a glimpse at some action scenes on-location, interview the cast, visit the sound stage, and check out the costume department. All very cool, experiences. The cast and crew were incredibly gracious and friendly.
So let's jump right into what all of you hardcore Revolution fans want - the interview portion! Unfortunately I can't divulge all of the info we learned because they gave us some teases from what they're filming now, several episodes ahead. But I do have a good sense of how the actors feel about their characters.
The character that we want to hate, but love, Monroe. Ruthless, antagonistic, abrasive, yet caring? Yes, but he isn't really willing to open up. He complains about the group, but doesn't leave them. "I question as to how much he really wants the power as opposed to how much he really wants to fill the void," explained Lyons. Monroe shows he's capable of goodness each time he puts his son, Connor, first. Maybe he's capable of merging into the group? Too much of a stretch? Maybe. We'll see!
Season two has shown Miles as a more passive character. He's been fighting for so long he doesn't necessarily know what he wants in the end. Even the relationship with Monroe has changed. "Deep down he loves having his buddy around," said Burke. "He's sort of in denial about that because Monroe represents everything that was bad about his life before, yet when he looks back at that, that life was never boring." This relationship between Miles and Monroe is one to watch for sure.
Rachel's wants to do the right thing but sometimes it gets lost along the way. For example, her daughter, Charlie, has evolved into the tough warrior and Rachel feels she's failed her in a way. Speaking as Rachel, "I made this huge series of well-intentioned mistakes," Mitchell illustrated. "How do I make this better? How do I become a mother? A guide?" I'm, eager to see if mother-daughter can create a bond.
Charlie has had major growth from season one to two. She's dealing with grief in her own way, and now she's at the point where bottling her feelings is how she's able to get things done. She's also gettin' some lovin' done and along the way gotten herself into a love triangle. In all aspects of her life she makes decisions then, good or bad, moves on. Spiridakos explained how she sees the character, "I do think she's a very strong female figure. She owns herself and I love that about her."
The newest addition to the group, Connor is constantly feeling out who he can trust. His father, Monroe, is the only constant but he still isn't sure he wants any part of that relationship because he doesn't really know him. And as far as Charlie's concerned, there may still be something there. Vairo revealed of the Connor-Charlie-Jason triangle, "It's going to be a butting of heads." Fight for your woman, Connor!
JD Pardo gave us insight into Jason and his conscience, and the character's will to do the right thing. Despite his father being evil and the brainwashing he's undergone, it hasn't broken him. Pardo pointed out, "He doesn't give up his heart. He continues to fight for what he believes is right." Pardo also added that his feeling for Charlie are a strong driving factor to push on. Looks like Charlie's got a hold of him as well.
In the end, it all boils down to the characters wanting/lacking the same thing - trust. Each of them need someone while they're experiencing this post-blackout world, but they've all seen and done too much to get to a place where they can let themselves be open to depending on another.
Be sure to tune into Revolution next Wednesday, February 26 at 8/7c. I've seen the episode and it's a good one. If you haven't watched yet, there's no better time than now. It's a show that'll easily hook you!
My flight and accommodations provided by Warner Bros.