The first screening of the new J.J. Abrams produced sci-fi series Revolution was one of the most divisive topics at last week's big Comic-Con event in San Diego. While opinions on the pilot were mixed, showrunner Eric Kripke (creator of The CW's Supernatural) made sure to promise the fans in attendance that he and the creative staff behind Revolution know exactly where the show's mysteries are headed.
"I can promise you we have the answers,” Kripke says. “The mythology will move forward at an aggressive pace, and we’ll ask new questions." Kripke realizes that viewers have become wary of high-concept series that have disappointing or rushed wrap-ups, and this was his way of trying to assuage that fear.
I really would like to believe him when he says things like this, but I don't know if I should. Let's look at his previous series for instance. Kripke claimed in multiple interviews that he had a strict five-season and done plan for Supernatural, and that the series would end in a permanent way. Here we are in 2012, and the show is heading into its eighth season. So much for the plan, eh Eric?
Now, I don't mean to pick on Kripke here. I understand that the network pressure for more seasons was probably impossible to resist in Supernatural's case. That said, the creators of Lost infamously promised answers to all the questions the show raised, and ended with a super-religious metaphysical conclusion that the show had never even hinted at. The writers of Awake repeatedly claimed to know the answers to the show's central mysteries, yet the series finale raised even more questions, without answering most of the original ones. Same goes for The Event, FlashForward, and Terra Nova. This of course leaves out the most infamous example of broken promises, that being The X-Files, which just seemed to completely forget most of its hanging plot threads.
What do you guys think? Is Eric Kripke being truthful when he claims to "have the answers"? Or is this more TV industry spin that will end with an unsatisfying result?