Some ramblings by a Supernatural fan who happens to watch Revolution too.
Revolution vs Supernatural
I’ve been a fan of Supernatural since the end of season 2 and I started watching Revolution from the pilot on. Both shows were created by Eric Kripke and share quite a few producers, cast and creative heads.
Sometimes I catch myself thinking that certain scenes in Revolution look a lot like one of Supernatural’s episodes and yep, the credits reveal that both were directed by the same director.
Supernatural started as a horror series featuring urban legends and two brothers on the road pursuing the family business: saving people, hunting things. Early on executive producer Robert Singer realized that the heart of Supernatural is all about family.
Apparenty this new emphasis worked out so well on Supernatural that Kripke constructed his new series Revolution solely on family. Power outage, strange amulets and nanotechnology? The writer’s don’t really care about that, it’s a set up for their family drama. Why waste precious dialogue over nerdy issues. Since we believe in warp drive, repulsors and sex pollens – we might as well believe in little nano bugs eating every bit of electricity on a whole planet within minutes. And, what do those amulets exactly – besides giving the prop master some headaches?
Whereas Supernatural is a horror show involving family drama, Revolution is a family drama involving inconsistent pseudoscience with a side of civil war. Yes, let’s not forget about the revolution on Revolution which is basically the excuse to have fight scenes and explosions on screen.
Back to the family drama. In both shows relatives and friends love, lie, betray, hurt, sacrifice themselves or kill each other. Lots of Supernatural fans watch their favorite show with a box of tissues. Although in theory all characters that are offed on Supernatural can come back, seeing them die is so much more painful and excruciating than the deaths on Revolution. No Supernatural fan will ever forget how Ellen and Jo sacrificed themselves for the brothers or how Bobby was shot whereas I already forgot the name of the blonde English chick on Revolution or why Nora died. And the only two thoughts I had when Danny died were “stupid” and “foreseeable”.
Giancarlo Esposito and David Lyons are both great villains and you can see and feel how they try to put more depth into their characters than the poorly written scripts offer them. But which character could hold a candle to Death or Lucifer himself?
I personally like Billy Burke as Miles so much that I will continue watching Revolution just for him (and Zac Orth). I’m still wondering at which point Kripke and the writers came up with the Miles-Rachel romance because the only sparks I saw was only a few secenes before they finally kissed.
Maybe I’m biased by watching cast interviews, but I could totally see Miles or Charlie falling for the other – although that might perhaps cause some Homo Faber conflict.
In my opinion both Tracy Spiridakos and Elizabeth Mitchell struggle with the dialogue they’ve been given especially when their lines are one-to-one from Supernatural.
The casting of Supernatural, even when it comes to supporting roles, is outstanding, no doubt about that. Every time a former Supernatural cast member comes on board to Revoution, they delivere. Too bad all of them are now dead or forgotten.
It took me a while to recognize Zac Orth who plays Aaron on Revolution. He was in some goofy teenager comedy in the 90s and althoug I watched that movie for the main lead I began rooting for his character. Zac Orth has great comedic timing and talent and I just wish they would use this more often on Revolution (and shave his beard). Having Aaron live with a girlfriend just six months after the end of season 1 felt wrong. This was only done to give him a reason to go into a fight solely because the writers needed him to be deathly wounded. Since Revolution isn’t Supernatural I didn’t expect him to come back from the dead and while Rachel was mourning him, I already accepted his departure consoling myself that he will hopefully find a new (and better) role on another show soon.
It would have been a shame to kill him off, so I was glad to see him come back from the dead and I’m looking foreward to next week’s episode. This time they better have a good explanation!
Please bear with my writing, I’m not a native speaker. If you find any misspellings or grammatical errors you might as well keep them ;)