Can NBC’s Revolution Survive Tracy Spiridakos’ Acting?

by on September 18, 2012

in Entertainment

Tracy Spiridakos in 'Revolution' on NBC

I’ve seen Revolution a few weeks back and reviewed it.

I like the Lost-like mystery at the heart of Revolution as we wonder how/why the power went out.  I like the mystery of the bad guys looking to restore the power while the good guys seem bent on keeping the world in the dark.  That has to be an interesting plot point right there.

But with Tracy Spiridakos at the helm of characters, I think that puts the production at risk.

That “Because we’re family” line in the season premiere, where Spiridakos delivers her best shaky, emotional moment made me cringe every time I saw it and the rest of her emotional displays, though better, weren’t by much.  I don’t dislike the Hunger Games-like character in this dystopian Jericho-like world.

Tracy Spiridakos in Revolution as Charlie

In fact her steely eyed look down the shaft of her crossbow is pretty impressive.  She has beautiful eyes.  But then she opens her mouth and tries to deliver something she hasn’t mastered yet, and that’s a bit frustrating for me.  And maybe she’ll come around, but right now, I’m not enthused by her in this role.

But, because Erick Kripke and some of his folks are behind the NBC project, because Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) is in it as the bad guy, because an ex-Google employee (Some call him Google boy) is there and the ninja-like skilled uncle, I am curious what they’re going to do with the rest of the mystery that is Revolution.

Giancarlo Esposito, Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos and Revolution in Revolution from NBCSo that’s my continuing curiosity about NBC’s new show.  (If they toss Spiridakos into a pool of acting coaches, that couldn’t hurt either)  This piece was inspired by a preview of next week’s episode where she attempts another emotionally touching moment.

Shows mentioned while referencing Revolution included Lost, Hunger Games and Jericho.  (I’m sure I missed some shows.  Anyone?)



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Bruce has been been writing for the web since 1999. He likes to take a more pragmatic approach to most of the news and marketing that gets floated out there while still keeping a light tone about it.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Pete September 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I really have to say that after going back over my original posts on here and discussing this with Bruce it would appear that a fair sampling of the viewing community has shown that the overwhelming common belief that Spiridakos has not/will not ever get better at mastering a believable character. And with new shows emerging such as The Black List and old favs as Breaking Bad and yes even….dare I say….Person of Interest(yes even Caviezel can act better than Spirodakis) I would say that Revolution is losing momentum. As mentioned earlier writing is predictable and the post apocalyptic comeback trail incorporating steam technology and going “back to the future” just simply bores the imagination. Please NBC shut it down….

Cris September 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Bruce: NBC had a 50% shot to right this ship and killed the wrong sibling in Season 1

Bruce Simmons September 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm

LOL… exactly. It’s painful sometimes. I’m not sure how she landed the role.

Cris September 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I had always thought Larry Matthews was and will always be the worst actor ever on Television but Spiridakos makes Laura Prepon look like Meryl Streep!

hateher June 11, 2013 at 1:56 am

Trying to watch the revolution with patience but when ever i see her(Spiridakos) crying it docent look real. I am sick of her acting.

Tommy June 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

She is f*cking hot, but not the best actor. Looks count for more than talent in Hollywood

Narnia And Revolution May 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I believe Tracy is a good actress, especially beautiful, I love Revolution, is a great series.

Commentit2 February 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Tracy Spiridakos not so good – but what’s worse then her, are the WRITERS. I’ve never heard such predictable crap. You can cue in the music, and the show relies so much on the boring yet again fighting scenes…barf *

tvwatcher December 24, 2012 at 6:45 am

I agree 100%. The first chapter is classical US drama line. “Family is important”, the girl is rebel but she is good and she find killing strange, though she actually spent her adult life among anarchy….. and she is not enough rough for the context where she was raised.

She looks like a “Zoolander” model with only 3 looks.

The ninja uncle, he is not ver agile on screen, he needs to take more lessons

Joe December 1, 2012 at 6:20 am

Anybody notice that she falls down for real in episode #1? I just noticed. Watch the scene when they first arrive in Chicago. After seeing thousands of fake trips in films and television, you can tell she didn’t fake it. They also cut scene immediately after the fall and 1 actor seems to break character. I was wondering why they left it in without re-taping.

Bruce Simmons November 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

We all have our different focuses in life Patrick! But I’m with you. I keep rooting for the bombs, the traps or the enemy marksmen! Then again, her portrayal seemed different in these last few episodes. MANY folks have been grumbling about her and if she cruises the web, it must be tough to see. Never mind the showrunners looking for constructive input. Who knows what will change when the show comes back in a few months!

Patrick Bauer November 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

She is a terrible actress. I like the concept but she totally destroys an otherwise good cast. Seeing her eliminated could only elicit the joy I felt when Sarah Wayne Callies was killed off in The Walking Dead. I think 65TB simply has a crush on her. Sure she is cute but as an actress spare me!!!!!

Bruce Simmons November 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I’m glad someone likes her, and you bring a great perspective to the situation that I had not seen… for obvious reasons. Thanks for coming by 65TB!

65TB November 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Tracy Spiridakos is a natural actress. She brings alot of fun, young energy to her role as Charlie Matheson. Revolution is a serious show where people are often being killed. Charlie’s role has developed over the course of the shows first 7 episodes. We have a young child, who has to grow up quickly after her father has been murdered. Tracy does an incredible job of progressing from an innocent young girl to a young woman who is set on finding her brother. I think Tracy is a pure actress who really cares about her family. She is the perfect mix of youth, toughness, innocence, charm and grace. I think that Tracy Spiridakos and Revolution will both be on television for a long time. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if Spiridakos wins a golden globe or an Emmy award. Revolution will also win many awards over the upcoming years.

JW November 6, 2012 at 3:03 am

The issue is Spiridakos acting or OVER acting. Tracy has a limited range and therefore almost always reaches for her “deer in headlights” look. I can typically give a pass particularly to a young pretty girl trying to make her chops but Spiridakos scrunched up forehead with doe eyes just annoys me. It’s like her director told her to look off in the distance confused and scared. Maybe I am just disappointed because I was eagerly waiting for Revolution and now she just might kill it. At least I still have Last Resort(for now).

Pete November 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks Bruce. I’m going to check out your other posts and read more about this. I really do wish that NBC, as well as other networks, would do more focused story/plot layouts to make the viewer experience one that turns from a spectator into a water cooler show. At least I have Walking Dead for now…..

Bruce Simmons November 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

It’s a guess of the 3-month break will kill it or not. In the past, NBC’s breaks have killed other genre series. But you have a good perspective on the issue. You should check out the tag of the article and see the other pieces I’ve put up about this show… I address other issues you bring up in some of those pieces Pete. -Bruce

Pete November 4, 2012 at 6:04 am

I wonder though Bruce if the 3-month break is truly enough to sideline this train-wreck. The reason I say that, the story line is a good one, possibly even a great one, depending on the characters ability to make you buy into them and root for them. The mystery behind the power being out and that “Lost, Walking Dead” chaos society feeling has potential and my fear is people will just keep on tuning in just simply for curiosity sake and hope of getting into the meat of what’s unfolding. If NBC can resurrect Revolution to its rightful hyped up state then bravo…however I am very doubtful and look forward to this being a re-cast rollout in a couple years.

Bruce Simmons November 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

On the bright side Pete, NBC may be feeling the same way since they’re giving the show a THREE MONTH break after November. (A sure way to kill a show’s momentum, what little it might have.)

Pete November 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I couldn’t agree more about Spiridakos! Her inability to deliver even the most routine lines without the over facial exaggerations of a cheap off broadway production is disappointing. The uncle unfortunately doesn’t bring much to the table either. His poor acting is unfortunate because his character could bring so much to the story. Now Captain Neville(?) brings into focus such a great “bad guy” that you want to die but would miss his “badguyedness”. To say this is Jericho or Lost would be a complete insult. Jericho had Robert, Lost had Jack, Revolution has the Google guy that seemingly is the only good piece of acting on the good guy side despite bringing in splashes of old Lost characters. Put a fork in this series it’s done and unfortunately way over-cooked to even slightly enjoy.

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