Revolution to Reveal Source of Blackout?

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To the shock of almost every viewer, Once Upon a Time broke its curse at the conclusion of its opening season.

Now, Revolution showrunner Eric Kripke tells Entertainment Weekly his hit NBC series may go a similar route, unveiling the answer to the drama's central mystery long before most fans likely assumed.

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“We’re talking very seriously about revealing [what caused the blackout] before end of this season,” Kripke says, adding that the explanation will be scientifically plausible, according to physicists to whom he has spoken.

When might Revolution make this reveal?

Kripke didn't specify, but its final episode of 2012 is scheduled for some time around Thanksgiving. It will then take a four-month break and return in late March.

“The sweet spot is to find an answer that’s actually scarier than what you were thinking,” Kripke teases. “Like, ‘Oh wait, this is not even just about electricity.’ And that’s what we’re designing. I don’t see any reason to withhold it much longer.”

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[#4] Sadly, it will probably get cancelled, so I do hope that they explain the blackout soon! I will be so frustrated if it ends like "The Event" or "Terra Nova", neither of which ever explained what was actually going on.) [Note: The term "EMP" is used poorly by me in this (4 part) comment. Obviously it is a sustained effect that keeps the electricity from working in this scenario, while an "Electromagnetic Pulse" or "EMP" generally refers to a short burst of electromagnetic radiation. Sorry about that! If anyone has a better term, please reply to my comment(s)]

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[#3 - it's annoying that this site cuts off comments w/o warning. Read my comment backwards starting below] When the power goes back on twice while Aaron has the necklace why doesn't he mention "satellite"? "“The sweet spot is to find an answer that’s actually scarier than what you were thinking,� Kripke teases. “Like, ‘Oh wait, this is not even just about electricity.’" Er, does he mean the whole Nazi-esque depopulation, survival of the fittest re-evolution aspect? The fact that the title for the show is displayed every episode with the word "evolution" spelled out before, after a pause, they insert the first "R" of the word seems like less of a tease than a dead give away. I'm off to find a clearer, more scientifically accurate description of what I just wrote. If I don't find at least a dozen I will weep for the ignorance of viewers of this show. (BTW, I do kind of like the show. It's not the best show on TV, but it's far from the worst. Sadly, it will probably get cancelled, so I do hope that they explain the blackout soon! I will be so frustrated if it ends like "The Event" or "Terra Nova", neither of which ever explained what was actually going on.)

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"They" set up massive EMP generators (that can do things that make little real scientific sense, since "electricity" is more than just the stuff you plug in - chemical reactions, for instance, still oddly work) that are connected to immune satellites which send the code that turns off the power-cutting abilities (because the EMP's themselves need electricity to work, a bit of a paradox which is making my head hurt). The necklaces connect to the satellites when they (or it - it could be a lone satellite, but I'll go with plural) pass over them as they orbit, and the necklaces neutralize the EMP's power. Or something like that. (I'm a sci-fi fan, not a scientist, so I can't adequately explain it - although I'm pretty damn sure it's scientifically sketchy). Now, I don't understand why this seems obvious to me, but Mr. Google computer geek/science teacher, Aaron - along with EVERYONE ELSE - doesn't seem to be able to fathom it. When the power goes back on twice while Aaron has the necklace why doesn't he mention "satellite"? "“The sweet spot is to find an answer that’s actually scarier than what you were thinking,� Kripke teases. “Like, ‘Oh wait, this is not even just about electricity.’" Er, does he mean the whole Nazi-esque depopulation, survival of the fittest re-evolution aspect? The fact that the title for the show is displayed every episode with the word "evolution" spelled out before, after a pause, they insert the first "R" of the word seems like less of a tease than a dead give away. I'm off to find a clearer, more scientifically accurate description of what I just wrote. If I don't find at least a dozen I will weep for the ignorance of viewers of this show. (BTW, I do kind of like the show. It's not the best show on TV, but it's far from the worst. Sadly, it will probably get cancelled, so I do hope that they explain the blackout soon! I will be so frustrated if it ends like "The Event" or "Terra Nova", neither of which ever explained what was actually going on.)

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I can't be the only person who assumes that the power was cut by a group of people or person (Colm Feore, who I love btw, was supposed to be from the Department of Defense, so I'm guessing some government-infiltrating conspiracy or Colm as a lone-gunman) that decided that our overpopulated, power-junkie society was headed towards destroying the earth/ecological collapse and that the only way to save earth/humanity was to cut the power, re-ignite evolution (r[e]-evolultion, get it? it's in the title sequence) and survival of the fittest. (Yes, that was all one sentence.) "They" set up massive EMP generators (that can do things that make little real scientific sense, since "electricity" is more than just the stuff you plug in - chemical reactions, for instance, still oddly work) that are connected to immune satellites which send the code that turns off the power-cutting abilities (because the EMP's themselves need electricity to work, a bit of a paradox which is making my head hurt). The necklaces connect to the satellites when they (or it - it could be a lone satellite, but I'll go with plural) pass over them as they orbit, and the necklaces neutralize the EMP's power. Or something like that. (I'm a sci-fi fan, not a scientist, so I can't adequately explain it - although I'm pretty damn sure it's scientifically sketchy). Now, I don't understand why this seems obvious to me, but Mr. Google computer geek/science teacher, Aaron - along with EVERYONE ELSE - doesn't seem to be able to fathom it. When the power goes back on twice while Aaron has the necklace why doesn't he mention "satellite"? "“The sweet spot is to find an answer that’s actually scarier than what you were thinking,� Kripke teases. “Like, ‘Oh wait, this is not even just about electricity.’" Er, does he mean the whole Nazi-esque depopulation, survival of the fittest re-evolution aspect? The fact that the title for the show is displayed every episode with the word "evolution" spelled out before, after a pause, they insert the first "R" of the word seems like less of a tease than a dead give away. I'm off to find a clearer, more scientifically accurate description of what I just wrote. If I don't find at least a dozen I will weep for the ignorance of viewers of this show. (BTW, I do kind of like the show. It's not the best show on TV, but it's far from the worst. Sadly, it will probably get cancelled, so I do hope that they explain the blackout soon! I will be so frustrated if it ends like "The Event" or "Terra Nova", neither of which ever explained what was actually going on.)

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I am really disappointed that they are pushing new episodes off til March. That's what contributed to the death of The Event, as well as Flashforward. No one is going to care about Revolution by then--and bye-bye ratings. IDIOTS.

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This is very sensible. What you assume with a show like this is that its basis will continue through the whole series, like Gilligan's Island - if they ever got off the island there'd be no show. But it doesn't have to be like that. There's a whole lot of territory they can cover here - up to and including the restoration of power and the rebuilding of society. The latter in itself would be enough to keep the show running for years, since recovery would be neither swift or smooth. They don't have to be riding horses and using candles indefinitely.