The big question at the core of Revolution is why the world goes dark in its iteration of the year 2012. Luckily for Kripke, the cause he conjured up wound up holding water.
“I had an answer that explains all the different facets – why the power went off, and why certain people are able to turn it back on — but of course that was coming from just a writer’s imagination. So we brought in a physicist and asked him very specific questions – if this technology were possible and if this happened and this happened, would such a thing be possible? And he said that it would, that it actually explains it and makes sense.”
Kripke of course wasn’t about to divulge the particular “how” that he came up with and was vetted by the physicist, but he was game to rule out one common theory. “There are a lot of things that would fry the [global] grid — for instance, the answer on our show is not a solar storm,”
"I'm not a fan of endless mystery in storytelling," Kripke said. "I like solid, aggressive red-blooded storytelling. I like to know where the mythology is going. I like to get there in an exciting fast-paced way... and pay off mystery and reward the audiences' loyalty. You can answer questions and ask new ones."
They explained that any form of electricity, anything that carries a spark or electrical charge, has stopped working, therefore, no batteries, engines, etc.
"We're gonna have flashbacks in every episode. We call them epi-pens of adrenaline, of what happened in those first days after the blackout and how people survived, what happened, how they made their way out of the cities, how they found food and water," Kripke said. "I think it’s effective in small doses. It’s very harrowing and very dark.”
Favreau agreed that audiences still have a tremendous appetite for serialized storytelling, thanks in large part to the example set by cable. "There’s always gonna be dumb stuff out there [on TV] but the audience is becoming increasingly sophisticated. But, saying that -- while there’s an underlying mystery, we still want to make it about the emotion and the characters ... so that people can miss a few weeks and jump in and still understand who the characters are."