Tracy Spiridakos, left, as Charlie Matheson, and Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in NBC's 'Revolution.'(Photo: Brownie Harris, NBC via AP)
With Revolution, NBC is clearly hoping "gone" does not equal "forgotten."
The NBC sci-fi adventure, fall's most popular new series among younger
viewers, is in the midst of a four-month break that started November 26
and will stretch to the end of March. It's a risk -- but producer J.J.
Abrams, who went through a similar break in Lost, says he's happy to take it.
The advantage, says Abrams, is that when Revolution returns, it can run straight through without further breaks or repeats. Doing that with Lost, he says, "just helped enormously. So when the idea came up, I was just enormously relieved."
Producer Eric Kripke says there was another, creative advantage for the
show, which is set in a sword-swinging, horse-riding world without
electricity. Taking some time off allowed the writers to catch their
breath and figure out what went right - and wrong.
"I felt like
we could pick up the pace of the stunning revelations. I thought maybe
the pace of the shocking surprises was a little too slow ... We wanted to
have a second half that was bigger and better and more exciting."
The show's story will pick up right where it left off, says Kripke, but
as the season goes on, it will also explore more of the world beyond
the war-torn Monroe Republic. So if you've wondered why these people
haven't rediscovered pre-electricity technologies like steam engines and
sewing machines, just wait. You'll be visiting other countries where
those machines are thriving.
But don't worry; the break isn't
changing the central focus of the show. It will at heart, says Kripke,
continue to be a family show: "The Waltons with swords." And,
says Abrams, the show's fictional world will continue to struggle along
without most modern conveniences, for this season and, he hopes, for
many seasons to come.