Here’s a scary scenario for Revolution. What would you do without electricity? JJ Abrams’ new show Revolution answers that question, where the Matheson family must struggle to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology has mysteriously blacked out forever.
When Danny Matheson (Graham Rogers) is kidnapped by militia leaders, his sister Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) sets out with a rogue band of survivors to find him and her estranged uncle, Miles (Billy Burke), a former Marine living a reclusive life.
I spoke with Tracy at a NBC party about her upcoming adventures in darkness, which premieres on September 17th.
What would you like the viewers to know about Revolution?
Revolution is going to be a fun, epic journey. I can’t wait to read the scripts every week to find out what’s going to happen next. I feel that the audience is going to feel the same way about it.
How would you describe your character?
I think the cool thing about Charlie is she’s vulnerable and a fighter; she’s Dorothy with a sword.
What kind of crossbow do you use in this?
Charlie’s crossbow is a little different than the regular crossbow that are like the bow and arrow. After the power went out, you had to use your resources whenever you could to put together whatever weapons you have.
Is it one she’s had since she was a kid?
It’s definitely something that her dad or her mom taught her how to use, to be able to go hunting, or to protect yourself as needs be.
The series has been compared to The Hunger Games.
So many people talk about that. I think they’re both so different, I think there are elements that are similar between the two, but you can say there are elements between Charlie and Jennifer Garner in Alias.
Is this going to be like Lost where it takes forever for secrets to be revealed?
No, they want to reveal a lot of the answers in a fast-paced manner and create more questions through the answers that they give. Lost was one way of telling a story, and ours is a different way of telling a story, where there is going to be a lot more resolution to the questions being asked.
How hard is it for you as a modern day person with iPads and cellphones to imagine a world without electricity?
It’s interesting to contemplate. I think it’s a challenge for all of us. It doesn’t scare me. The worst thing for me is I’m very close with my family and I talk with them on a daily basis.
I would miss not having my phone to call home, or not being able to hop on a flight and be home to visit them every few months. That would be huge for me.
Do you think the premise of the series will scare the viewers?
The show is not meant to put fear into anybody, it’s meant to put your thought process on a different wavelength.
I think the audiences definitely will be able to relate to it and find the adventure and the fun in it.
All of us, each character, has their own motive into what it is that they’re doing. Be it with electricity or not, it’s still cool.