Revolution is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series that ran from 17 September 2012 to 21 May 2014, when it was cancelled by NBC. The show takes place in the post-apocalyptic near-future of the year 2027, 15 years after the start of a worldwide, permanent electrical-power blackout in 2012.
Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, a group of revolutionaries seek to drive out a tyrannical militia that has taken over the former United States of America.
Outline (Season 1)
The series is set in a post-apocalyptic near-future, in the year 2027. Fifteen years earlier, in the year 2012, a worldwide event known as “The Blackout” caused all electricity on Earth, ranging from computers and electronics to car and jet engines, to be disabled permanently. As a result, trains and cars stopped where they were, ships went dead in the water, and aircraft plummeted from the sky and crashed. In the years after the Blackout, people adapted to this new world without electricity. Because government and public order collapsed, several areas are ruled by militias and their generals.
The series begins with the surviving Matheson family: Ben and his two young adult children: daughter Charlie and son Danny, who now live in a village near Chicago. He wears a small pendant around his neck that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. Sebastian Monroe, Monroe Militia general and self-appointed President of the “Monroe Republic”, whose borders are the Mississippi River and the old states of Kentucky and the Carolinas, is searching for the pendants so he can use their power to take control of the entire North American continent. In the series’ pilot, Ben Matheson is killed and Danny is abducted by Captain Tom Neville of the Militia. The remaining Matheson family, joined initially by Miles Matheson, Aaron Pittman, and Nora Clayton, now are on the run from the Monroe Militia. Monroe’s new benefactor, Randall Flynn, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense who fifteen years earlier ordered deployment of the weaponized technology that caused the blackout, now works with Monroe in his efforts after Ben’s wife Rachel (working under duress for Monroe) escapes from his custody. This technology is later revealed to be a form of nanotechnology whose ability to drain electricity can be countered by the pendant.
We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stocking up on weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hoping someone will come and light the way.
In Season 1 Episode 5, “Soul Train”, a map of the former continental United States, Canada, and Mexico is shown and shows the continent of North America divided into six “republics” (including parts of present-day Canada and Mexico along with the contiguous United States): the Monroe Republic in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions and some of Eastern Canada; the Georgia Federation encompassing the Southeast; the Plains Nation in the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Canadian plains; Texas (including large swaths of southern and western Oklahoma, southern Arkansas and western Louisiana); the California Commonwealth incorporating the West Coast states of Oregon and Washington, along with western Idaho, British Columbia and Baja California; and the Wasteland. In the same episode, it indicates that the Georgia Federation and Plains Nation have allied against the Monroe Republic; border skirmishing in southwest Illinois, near St. Louis, is also mentioned. According to the wife of Captain Thomas Neville (Julia) in a letter to her husband, the Monroe Republic capital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is relatively safe; however, life outside west of Pittsburgh is subject to rebel attacks and other dangers such as bandits.
Outline (Season 2)
In April 2013, the series was renewed for a second season of 22 episodes. The new season aired on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm (ET) as opposed to the previous time slot of Monday at 10:00 pm (ET). The season premiered on 25 September 2013, took a mid-season break before Thanksgiving 2013, and returned with new episodes on 08 January 2014.
Nicole Ari Parker was cast in a recurring role as Secretary Justine Allenford. Patrick Heusinger and Jessie Collins were also signed. Supernatural alumnus Jim Beaver was cast as John Franklin Fry, “a hard-ass, whip smart Texas Ranger who allies with Miles.” The second season takes place six months after the events of the first season.
The themes and settings of the series change significantly in the second season. The Monroe Republic is no longer the primary enemy, being replaced by the Patriots. Sebastian Monroe becomes an ally (albeit an uneasy one) of the Matheson family, while the Nevilles are largely isolated from this group. The action of the main group of characters is centred on the town of Willoughby, in the nation of Texas. There is still considerable travel from this location (to the Plains Nation, the outpost called New Vegas, and to Mexico) but there is not a single continuing odyssey, as in the first season. The pendants and the Tower are no longer significant, with self-willed nanites becoming the major science-fictional element.
Outline (Planned Season 3)
According to the show’s creator, Eric Kripke, the third season was going to be different from the first two seasons:
It was going to be great. It was gonna be this kind of treasure story where they were going to hear a legend of a very mythic treasure. It wasn’t gonna be gold, it was gonna be supplies. It was gonna be this incredible stockpile of supplies. All the good guys and all the bad guys in the show were going to fight for this gold mine of material and supplies. It was going to be fun. It wasn’t going to be a war season. It was going to be a treasure hunt season, which would have been fun and mixed up the show in a really interesting way.
The third season was made into a four-part comic book series in 2015. It gave the ending and answered questions left from season 2.
- Tracy Spiridakos Tracy Spiridakos … Charlie Matheson, 42 episodes, 2012-2014.
- Giancarlo Esposito … Tom Neville, 42 episodes, 2012-2014.
- Zak Orth … Aaron Pittman, 42 episodes, 2012-2014.
- David Lyons … Sebastian ‘Bass’ Monroe, 42 episodes, 2012-2014.
- Elizabeth Mitchell … Rachel Matheson, 42 episodes, 2012-2014.
- JD Pardo … Jason Neville, 40 episodes, 2012-2014.
- Stephen Collins … Dr. Gene Porter, 22 episodes, 2013-2014.
- Daniella Alonso … Nora Clayton, 19 episodes, 2012-2014.
- Maureen Sebastian … Priscilla Pittman, 15 episodes, 2012-2014.
- Steven Culp … Edward Truman, 14 episodes, 2013-2014.
Executive producer J.J. Abrams told the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog that series creator Eric Kripke:
came to us with an idea that was undeniably good. It was such a great premise for a series that it was just that feeling of the misery that you’d feel if you had a chance to be part of that and didn’t take advantage of it. I’m really looking forward to that show. He’s so obviously the real deal, and we’re just really lucky and honored that he wanted to collaborate with us on it.
The series – described by its creators as a “romantic swashbuckling sci-fi adventure” – debuted in the United States on 17 September 2012. In October 2012, NBC announced it would pick up the series for an additional nine episodes after achieving an average of 9.8 million viewers for the first three episodes. After 26 November 2012, Revolution went on hiatus for a holiday break and to catch up on post-production. Following this, the show resumed broadcast on 25 March 2013, for the remaining episodes of season 1.
The role of Rachel Matheson was originally played by Andrea Roth until she was replaced by Elizabeth Mitchell.
A portion of episode 4 of season 1 was filmed at Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Revolution was renewed for a full 22-episode second season in April 2013.
Production for season two moved to Austin, Texas.
On 09 May 2014, NBC cancelled the series after two seasons.
In Canada, the series aired simultaneously with the American broadcast on City. It premiered in Australia on Fox8 in September 2012 and re-screened on free-to-air on Nine and Go! from November 2013. It premiered in New Zealand on TV2 on 16 October 2012. The series was broadcast by DSTV in South Africa and to the rest of Africa via satellite; it was delayed by a week from the USA broadcast. In the United Kingdom, the series started airing on Sky1 from 29 March 2013.
In the summer of 2012, NBC had a voting campaign on Revolution’s Facebook page where visitors could vote for which American city should have an advance screening of the series’ pilot in early September. The top ten markets selected were Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.
On 04 September 2012, New York City’s advance screening was held for 1,000 guests, with 80 of them seated on stationary bicycles to generate electricity for lighting. The remaining cities’ screenings were held two days later, on 06 September 2012.
- Created by Eric Kripke and produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions for the NBC network, it originally aired on Mondays at 10:00 pm ET, and did well enough that NBC ordered a second season shortly after the first-season finale.
- Film director Jon Favreau directed the pilot episode.
- In October 2012, NBC picked it up for a full season of 22 episodes, which was later reduced to 20 episodes.
- Season 1 of the show was filmed in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. Many of the scenes were shot in historic downtown Wilmington and on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
- On 26 April 2013, the series was renewed by NBC for a second season of 22 episodes to air in a new time slot of Wednesdays at 8 pm.
- Season 2 of Revolution was filmed in and around Bartlett and Granger, Texas.
- Fans started a petition to renew or relocate Revolution, and as of January 2018, the petition had gathered over 101,358 signatures with a goal of 110,000.
- The TV series was never renewed, but a four-part comic book series appeared in May and June 2015, and wrapped up the story.
- Series 01 (2012-2013):
- Episode 01: Pilot.
- Episode 02: Chained Heat.
- Episode 03: No Quarter.
- Episode 04: The Plague Dogs.
- Episode 05: Soul Train.
- Episode 06: Sex and Drugs.
- Episode 07: The Children’s Crusade.
- Episode 08: Ties That Bind.
- Episode 09: Kashmir.
- Episode 10: Nobody’s Fault But Mine.
- Episode 11: The Stand.
- Episode 12: Ghosts.
- Episode 13: The Songs Remains the Same.
- Episode 14: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.
- Episode 15: Home.
- Episode 16: The Love Boat.
- Episode 17: The Longest Day.
- Episode 18: Clue.
- Episode 19: Children of Men.
- Episode 20: The Dark Tower.
- Series 02 (2013-2014):
- Episode 01: Born in the U.S.A..
- Episode 02: There Will Be Blood.
- Episode 03: Love Story.
- Episode 04: Patriot Games.
- Episode 05: One Riot, One Ranger.
- Episode 06: Dead Man Walking.
- Episode 07: The Patriot Act.
- Episode 08: Come Blow Your Horn.
- Episode 09: Everyone Says I Love You.
- Episode 10: Three Amigos.
- Episode 11: Mis Dos Padres.
- Episode 12: Captain Trips.
- Episode 13: Happy Endings.
- Episode 14: Fear and Loathing.
- Episode 15: Dreamcatcher.
- Episode 16: Exposition Boulevard.
- Episode 17: Why We Fight.
- Episode 18: Austin City Limits.
- Episode 19: S#!& Happens.
- Episode 20: Tomorrowland.
- Episode 21: Memorial Day.
- Episode 22: Declaration of Independence.
Production & Filming Details
- Charles Beeson … (9 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Steve Boyum … (7 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Frederick E.O. Toye … (4 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Helen Shaver … (3 episodes, 2013-2014).
- John F. Showalter … (3 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Jon Cassar … (2 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Nick Copus … (2 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Guy Norman Bee … (1 episode, 2012).
- Sanford Bookstaver … (1 episode, 2012).
- Félix Enríquez Alcalá … (1 episode, 2012).
- Jon Favreau … (1 episode, 2012).
- Omar Madha … (1 episode, 2013).
- Miguel Sapochnik … (1 episode, 2013).
- Philip Sgriccia … (1 episode, 2013).
- David Boyd … (1 episode, 2014).
- Roxann Dawson … (1 episode, 2014).
- Ernest R. Dickerson … (1 episode, 2014).
- Liz Friedlander … (1 episode, 2014).
- Michael Offer … (1 episode, 2014).
- Anne Cofell Saunders … co-executive producer (41 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Paul Grellong … supervising producer / co-executive producer (41 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Charles Beeson … supervising producer / co-executive producer (40 episodes, 2012-2014).
- J.J. Abrams … executive producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Bryan Burk … executive producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Jon Favreau … co-executive producer / executive producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Geoff Garrett … associate producer / co-producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Eric Kripke … executive producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Kathy Lingg … co-executive producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Noreen O’Toole … associate producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Athena Wickham … producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Robert M. Williams Jr. … producer (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- David Rambo … co-executive producer (36 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Philip Sgriccia … co-executive producer (36 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Trey Callaway … co-executive producer (22 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Matt Pitts … co-producer (22 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Ben Edlund … consulting producer (17 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Rockne S. O’Bannon … executive producer (17 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Monica Owusu-Breen … co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Vim Shanmugam … producer (10 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Oanh Ly … co-producer (7 episodes, 2013).
- Dieter Ismagil … associate producer (1 episode, 2012).
- Anna Schwaber … second unit producer (1 episode, 2013).
- Chevy Chen … producer: second unit (uncredited) (9 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Alexander Draghici … assistant producer (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2014).
- Greg Hannley … assistant producer (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2014).
- Eric Kripke … (created by) (42 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Eric Kripke … (written by) (3 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Eric Kripke … (story) (1 episode, 2013).
- Eric Kripke … (teleplay) (1 episode, 2013).
- Paul Grellong … (written by) (9 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Paul Grellong … (teleplay) (3 episodes, 2013).
- Paul Grellong … (teleplay by) (1 episode, 2013).
- Matt Pitts … (executive story editor) (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Matt Pitts … (written by) (5 episodes, 2012-2014).
- David Rambo … (written by) (11 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Anne Cofell Saunders … (written by) (7 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Anne Cofell Saunders … (story by) (1 episode, 2013).
- Anne Cofell Saunders … (teleplay by) (1 episode, 2013).
- Trey Callaway … (written by) (4 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Trey Callaway … (story) (1 episode, 2013).
- Trey Callaway … (teleplay) (1 episode, 2013).
- Jim Barnes … (written by) (4 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Ben Edlund … (written by) (4 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Rockne S. O’Bannon … (written by) (4 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Melissa Glenn … (written by) (3 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Monica Owusu-Breen … (written by) (3 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Oanh Ly … (story) (1 episode, 2013).
- Oanh Ly … (teleplay) (1 episode, 2013).
- Ryan Parrott … (written by) (1 episode, 2014).
- David Reed … (written by) (1 episode, 2014).
- Christopher Lennertz … (37 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Jimmy Lindsey … (11 episodes, 2013-2014).
- William Wages … (11 episodes, 2013-2014).
- David Moxness … (10 episodes, 2012-2013).
- David Stockton … (9 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Michael Bonvillain … (1 episode, 2012).
- Anthony Pinker … (14 episodes, 2012-2014).
- Nona Khodai … (8 episodes, 2013-2014).
- Harry Jierjian … (7 episodes, 2013-2014).
- David Eisenberg … (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Vikash Patel … (5 episodes, 2012-2013).
- Matt Evans … (1 episode, 2012).
- Dan Lebental … (1 episode, 2012).
- Arman Tahmizyan … (1 episode, 2014).
- Kripke Enterprises (as KEI Kripke Enterprises Scrap Metal & Entertainment).
- Bad Robot.
- Warner Bros. Television.
- Warner Bros. Television (2012-) (World-wide) (all media).
- National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (2012-) (USA) (TV).
- Citytv (2012-) (Canada) (TV).
- British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) (2013-) (UK) (TV) (Sky One).
- CNBC-e (2012-) (Turkey) (TV).
- Cool TV (2015) (Hungary) (TV) (season 2).
- FOX8 (2012-) (Australia) (TV).
- NOTTV (2013-) (Japan) (video).
- RTL Klub Televízió (2013) (Hungary) (TV) (season 1).
- TF1 (2013-) (France) (TV).
- TV2 (2012-) (New Zealand) (TV).
- Veronica (2013-2014) (Netherlands) (TV) (season 1 and episodes 1-3 of season 2).
- Warner Home Video (2015-) (Germany) (DVD).
- Release Date:
- Series 01: 17 September 2012 to 03 June 2013.
- Series 02: 25 September 2013 to 21 May 2014.
- Rating: 15.
- Running Time: 43 minutes (per episode).
- Country: US.
- Language: English.