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NEW FACE IN REVOLUTION
Look out for the addition of a female warlord named Duncan (played by Katie Aselton), who, Kripke teases, “has a war clan similar to Titus, except she’s not completely bird-sh– crazy.” “Our heroes — though they were battling war clans at the beginning of the season — find themselves in the interesting and uncomfortable position of allying themselves with a war clan in the second half of the season in order to defeat the patriots.”
I’m so excited, you have no idea. FINALLY. Please, don’t screw her up like Allenford and partly Cynthia. Give her strenght, voice and badass attitude. And damn, she’s hot.
Let her be Bass’ friend.
I see this a lot, and honestly I don’t get it. Revolution has turned into a dark, supernatural adventure show. It is fairly directly comparable to Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Tomorrow People. (IMHO this is also why it draws CW ratings instead of NBC ratings and why hapless Aaron as the lead is so jarring, but that’s another post.) All of those shows have fairly sizable casts of recurring, supporting characters. A well drawn, well acted character who comes in and out of the show adds depth to the continuing characters and grounds them. Bobby, Crowley, Lucifer, Charlie: I don’t even watch Supernatural but I can name characters who aren’t on regularly but could make the fandom squeal at any time. This Thursday Enzo was introduced in a handful of scenes in a single episode of TVD and my dash is nuts with Enzo. Will there be fic that’s just about Enzo? Probably a few, but it’s his interactions with Damon, an existing character, that have people running contests just to get more fic and art out there.
A GOOD new character makes a good thing better and teaches you something new about a character you thought you knew. Is the fandom frothing with dreams of what could be with Conner and Duncan? Yep and absolutely no one is likely to say “I hope Bass’ son is captured by Patriots, paralleling Danny’s capture by Bass, and only gets 20 minutes of screen time spread over six episodes.” That is not how we roll. We also got excited about Julia, but you’ll notice that now that she’s back no one is loudly and deeply invested in her personal story. (Trust me. I’m a screaming MacNevilles fan. I’d have found it if it existed.) We want her to help/lead Tom and Jason into shenanigans (aka taking over the country), not take over their story herself.
Recurring characters don’t have to be soon-to-die antagonists. They can make the characters we like better, richer, more powerful, more interesting, etc. Maggie did it. This fandom still mourns Jeremy and he was in four episodes. We initially jumped on Allenford as a woman who might hold her own while interacting with Tom. Horn would have been so much better if they’d give us half as much of him. Sean, the torturing patriot who lured in Gene, is more interesting to me than Gene. I’d do a happy little dance to see Bonnie the journalist again, not for good, just in passing. The problem isn’t with the existence of secondary characters at all but in how they’ve botched using them this season.
Our characters have to interact with or against someone or they’ll have nothing to do but walk on dirt roads and stab extras. The someone they’re with might as well be interesting. The problem with Revolution has been that far too many of the supporting characters have been weakly drawn, excessively used, marked for death plot points or former leads from whom and for whom we want more.
tl;dr. Don’t fear the new characters. Our guys have to play with someone, they used to know how to do this so they might get it right again, and frothing is a part of fandom.
The problem isn’t with the existence of secondary characters at all but in how they’ve botched using them this season.
The problem with Revolution has been that far too many of the supporting characters have been weakly drawn, excessively used, marked for death plot points or former leads from whom and for whom we want more.
THIS. And everything else Bea said. I don’t mind the bringing in new characters, provided they use them well - to develop a story or existing main characters, not just waste them on boring plot points. So, yes, I hope they get their touch back.