Watching Tommy Egan navigate a model new world was one of many coolest elements of Energy E book IV: Drive Season 1.
We’ve seen so many sides to Tommy, however taking him out of his hometown, with none allies to lean on, and watching him begin over once more was fascinating. Tommy has most actually left his mark on the streets of Chicago.
TV Fanatic was in a position to seize a couple of minutes with lead Joseph Sikora as he talked about what Tommy was considering on the finish of the season, what Liliana’s demise may imply for him, and what stunned him most concerning the twists and turns of the primary season.
Tommy ends the season very like he spent most of it, searching over the Windy Metropolis.
“I feel that it takes rather a lot for Tommy to search out someone that he trusts and actually trusts,” Sikora replied when requested about what he thinks Tommy was occupied with throughout that remaining shot.
“I feel within the Energy present, there was actually solely Ghost, as a result of lastly on the finish, Tariq and Tasha betrayed him, he felt. And his mom clearly betrayed him, and it was actually simply Ghost. After which, he misplaced Ghost.
“And I feel that we noticed the evolution of Tommy’s friendship with Liliana by the top, that they really trusted one another, they usually had been all on this partnership for the best purpose. So, to lose her, I feel that was devastating to him.
“So, I feel there’s a number of revenge on his thoughts, and that set the ultimate shot. However, there’s additionally the hope and the long run with the household.”
And talking of Liliana and revenge, we puzzled how her demise would have an effect on Tommy, as the 2 made fairly the dynamic duo all through the season.
“I really feel like, Tommy, hopefully, he does not enable his feelings to get an excessive amount of in the best way,” Sikora remarked. “We see him typically get overwhelmed by his rage. And, I feel, that’ll take him off the mark. I feel if he is overwhelmed by his feelings, then it is going to be rather a lot tougher to actual revenge.
“And I feel that revenge is on his thoughts. I imply, that is his most important factor. Tommy is an enormous believer in a watch for a watch. As a result of Tommy’s, ‘No, that is what’s honest. That is what’s proper.’ Fairly than, he isn’t a forgiving man.
“He is an exacting revenge kind man. You are taking from me. I take from you. You kill one among mine. I kill one among yours.”
One other dynamic launched to Tommy this season was the one with Diamond.
Although the 2 weren’t at all times on the identical web page, issues do finish with them seemingly able to staff up. And what’s it about Diamond that Tommy connects with?
Sikora defined, “I feel that Diamond, in an analogous manner, that Ghost was very complimentary to Tommy. Diamond is slower and extra methodical, and he retains the cool head.
“He retains the cooler head to Tommy, and I feel Tommy simply organically finds people who find themselves complimentary to him to maintain round. I feel once more that Tommy may be very low to belief or at the least belief absolutely.
“So, I feel that I am very curious concerning the evolution of that partnership between these two males as a result of they’re each clearly very sturdy and decided males.
“So, very attention-grabbing partnership. Plus, I, in actual life, simply love working with Isaac Keys. I feel he is a very sturdy and dynamic actor. And I actually like working with him as a result of he is additionally an excellent human being.”
Whereas we noticed Tommy a bit exterior of his ingredient, it confirmed us some completely different sides to him. And that was one thing we had been desirous to ask Sikora about.
“It was enjoyable to consider Tommy being exhausted,” Sikora acknowledged when requested about what he discovered about Tommy all through the primary season, now that he was in a brand new setting with new variables and new dynamics.
“I by no means thought of that earlier than. And there have been occasions the place artwork imitates life, the place we had lengthy days or had many consecutive days, with decently lengthy hours, or one thing like that, which I liked. I really like each second I am on set, very grateful for it.
“However there have been occasions the place I used to be simply occupied with Tommy and every thing he has to undergo. He was planning all of these things out. He is working throughout city, doing all these things. Additionally, Tommy is, I feel we established this within the Energy present, as effectively.
“He is a little bit of an insomniac. Runs on these fumes. He does not get an entire lot of sleep. He runs on the sips of espresso and cocaine a number of occasions. And that is not tremendous profitable.
“So, I simply thought concerning the exhaustingness, how exhausted he should be in any respect these completely different occasions. And that was enjoyable, as effectively. It is humorous while you play, or I might, even with make-up, we had an unbelievable make-up division who, Amy Lipper, the pinnacle of our make-up division, was at all times sport.
“And, I used to be, ‘You understand what? Little much less make-up right here. How about we let the luggage underneath my eyes present extra?’ And, she’s like, ‘Hey yeah. All proper, nice. Proper.’ So the storytelling, I had a enjoyable time with that and complimenting that.
“So, the exhaustion of Tommy was one thing new that I found within the first season. That was enjoyable.”
And Tommy undoubtedly felt that exhaustion when Kate blew again into his life throughout Energy E book IV: Drive Season 1 Episode 10.
Kate was hellbent on visiting D-Mac and JP, and she or he obtained her want when she spent a while with them within the hospital as D-Mac recuperated from his gunshot wound.
In direction of the top of the hour, there was a implausible shot of the three laughing whereas Tommy seemed on from exterior the bubble.
Once we requested Sikora what he thought Tommy was considering at that second, he replied, “Is that this actual? How can I belief on this? I feel Tommy is, when one thing goes proper, it is prone to lose him as a result of he is so used to issues going incorrect—after which fixing the incorrect.
“So, when one thing goes proper, it is actually tough for him to belief. And I noticed there was an absence of, is that this actual? That is what was going by means of in my thoughts. And I really like how that was arrange.
“Deon Taylor did an incredible job at that finale. Each shot was coherent, and he did only a actually stunning job. Particularly, he and Jody Williams, the cinematographer, labored so effectively collectively and got here up with just a few killer photographs in that finale.”
In a season full of emotion, motion, and every thing in between, we puzzled if there was something that stunned Sikora concerning the first season.
Sikora responded, “Nicely, I used to be so stunned at how briskly Tommy was in a position to join every thing in Chicago. I used to be stunned. It was a number of very fortunate issues taking place for Tommy, which I loved.
After which we set it up for, I used to be virtually, ‘Oh God, are we going to leap the shark?’ However then, simply after we began filming collectively every thing, the underside fell out, and he misplaced every thing as a result of there was actually no different path that he may go.
“And so, that was attention-grabbing to me, simply how he was in a position to put collectively by the third episode, which is about, I do not know, three days, 4 days, six days, lower than per week, in being Chicago and having drug sellers in your complete metropolis sitting down at a meet.
“I assumed, ‘Oh wow, that is too good to be true.’ It is prefer it was, but it surely wasn’t too good to be true. So, there was at all times the Ying and the Yang.”
And that’s Tommy. A whole lot of smarts and a little bit little bit of luck have at all times been the keys to his survival. However what’s it about Tommy that enables him to succeed even when the percentages are stacked in opposition to him?
“I feel there is a sure manicness to Tommy,” Sikora responded. “His dedication is just not that of most conventional individuals. He is simply this dedication and steadfastness.
“It is virtually regardless of himself. He does not even know the place it comes from. It is simply the dedication of not getting. I feel that is one of many enticing issues about Tommy is that he will get into this mode. Lots of people name when Tommy’s in beast mode or on demon time.
“And he actually is. It’s the spirit that, it is the spirit inside. I imply, I suppose that is the definition of inspiration, proper. And he is impressed to dominate, to take over. And it is this otherworldliness about him that’s actually attention-grabbing.”
Energy E book IV: Drive was probably the most anticipated spinoffs from the Energy universe. Every hour expanded upon the one earlier than actually creating a captivating and charming take a look at Tommy Egan’s journey exterior New York.
And the followers responded to this spinoff, which is one thing Sikora was delighted by.
“Tremendous happy with the reception from the followers,” Sikora mentioned. “From breaking the data for the community within the premiere, which was actually so grateful. The followers confirmed up as a result of they love the Energy Universe, and every thing is for the followers.
“The followers are simply phenomenal. They’re steadfast. They’re good. I attempted to ensure to, not at all times efficiently, get it throughout to individuals you could’t; you need to be in step with the followers. You can’t negate what we already established within the Energy present as a result of each single fan has watched it.
“Now we even have followers that have not seen the Energy present. It is like we owe it to them for this consistency and specification to particulars. And now that Gary Lennon is working the shuttle, he is a really detailed oriented author. So, I am unable to wait to see what he develops and the payoff for them additional on down the season.”
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