Monday, May 30, 2011

The Listener/ comparisons/ writing

May 27 The Listener: There was an episode called "The Magician." It was kind of like the movie Hannibal. The killer plays mind games with the woman law enforcement officer McCluskey on the show. You know he's a bad guy because he's handcuffed with his hands and ankles, and chained to the floor. He says he has info on a kidnapped man.

Kristopher Turner was on. He was on the other Toronto shot show Instant Star. You may have seen him in the Tim Horton's commercial selling hot chocolate where he's sitting with a girl watching the parade while inside the restaurant. KT was a college student and he murdered the killer's Magnus's daughter at the University of Toronto. Toby could see it in KT's mind.

The killer Magnus had left his daughter when she was a kid, and he knew KT murdered her. Toby could see the images of Magnus leaving his daughter in Magnus's mind. Magnus plays mind games with McCluskey the entire ep. Later it turns out Magnus set up so KT could get arrested for being behind the kidnapping of the man.

Magnus's jail guard was the one who put the evidence of a gun in KT's locker and KT gets arrested. The guard puts KT in the cell with Magnus and Magnus tries to kill KT. Fortunately, Toby and McCluskey get there in time and save KT.

On another note, Toby looks good in a button down white shirt with jeans.

Comparisons: It's been a month since I wrote about my comparisons. My friend Angela had said it wasn't very interesting when I talk about what I have seen a storyline in the following TV shows. However, this time I'm going to add why it's so commonly used. I need to analyze to fight my writer's block.

Hannibal killer: It was done on The Listener, and on Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Helpless." It's where Buffy turns 18 and she has to kill an criminally insane vampire who kidnapped Buffy's mother. How scary is that? Buffy not having her physical strength and her mother is kidnapped by this scary vampire. Her friends couldn't really help her, she's on her own.

Funerals begin the series: It was used on Alias (2001) when Sydney's fiance was murdered. Funerals are dramatic. It's used to show that the company SD6 that Sydney is working for is evil. That's how it starts the series so Sydney can bring it down. It was used in Desperate Housewives (2004) so it can start the mystery of why Mary Alice killed herself. Same with Pretty Little Liars (2010) to have the mystery of who killed Allison.

Funerals end of season: It was used in the Tru Calling season 1 finale (2004) when Tru's boyfriend Luc gets killed. It was to show how evil Jack is to set up so that an innocent person like Luc will get killed. It was done on Vampire Diaries season 2 (2011) to kill some unnecessary characters off. I did feel sad when the characters got killed, but they had their run on the show. It was really the 2nd to last episode of the season.

It was done on Castle to get rid of a regular character. It was very pivotal to the show and the major effect it will have on the characters next season.

There was even a funeral during the sitcom Parks and Recreation season finale. It was for a horse so it can still be light and funny.

Weddings at the end of the season: It was done on Gossip Girl. Well that show has a party nearly every week. It was done on Tru Calling season 1 finale (2004) to write off a character that wasn't very important to the show. It was done on Secret Life of the American Teenager season 2.

Character finding long lost parent: It was done on Veronica Mars. There was one ep in the first season where a guy asks VM to look for his father who walked out on him. Then it's VM herself looking for her mom in the first season.

There was Gossip Girl did this with Serena looking for her father who she hardly has contact with. Then Chuck looking for his mother who supposedly died, but is actually alive. Then it's repeated with Raina looking for her mother when it turns out she's dead.

It was done on Melrose Place where this girl thinks this woman is her mother and does a DNA test by taking hair from a hair brush.

It's used in dramas because family is important. It's a part of your life, of your DNA. There's the whole nature vs. nurture aspect.

Someone gives birth in the season finale: It was done on Heartland when Lou gives birth. It was done on Degrassi: The Next Generation season 11 finale called "Drop the World." I thought it was going to happen in season 10. Jenna's water broke and gives birth. Her friends come to the hospital to support her. It was done on the Secret Life of the American Teenager season 1 finale where the teen girl Amy gives birth at the hospital.

Giving birth is a major life event. It gets the season finale.

Young couple that got married, but really isn't: I saw that on Heartland with Ashley and Caleb. Then I saw a 18 to Life promo which is a Canadian sitcom about a young married couple and the whacky hijinks. It's often a young couple and a sitcom, because it wouldn't really be funny if the couple was old and were married for a long time. Like you thought were married to this person for 5 yrs, but really wasn't? How's that's funny?

If it was like for 1 yr or less, than that could be funny. It was kind of done on the show Dinosaurs about dinosaurs that act like humans. The couple Earl and Fran has been married for 20 yrs were married, but their marriage license has expired so they have to get it back.

Give birth at home: It was done on Secret Life of the American Teenager with the 40 yr old mom Anne gives birth at home. It was done on Heartland where 30 something Lou gives birth at home. It's done at home because it's a family show, it's not very dramatic if it's an older woman who gives birth at home. It's dramatic, but if it's a teen girl suddenly have to give birth at home than that's even more dramatic. A teen girl isn't as prepared or mature as an older adult woman.

It was done on Desperate Housewives where Bree's teen daughter suddenly has to give birth at the Halloween party. Bree was hiding the teen's pregnancy from her friends and family. It was a pivotal moment in the season because then some of the neighbors know the secret and they have to keep it.

Give birth in an elevator: I saw this on the 90s sitcom The Jerichos about a black man named Josh in his 20s and he has to take care of his 5 younger siblings. He sometimes dresses like a 50 yr old woman and pretends to be the aunt/ guardian of the family.

Josh is trapped in an elevator with this pregnant woman that he just met. She goes into labor and he helps deliver the baby. It was also done on 7th Heaven.

Baby gets kidnapped: I saw it on The Listener, Flashpoint, and CSI: NY. A good guy getting kidnapped by a bad guy happens all the time. However, a baby is different because they are completely helpless. With a grown up good guy (or a teen, or kid), they can fight back, try to escape, and yell. A baby can't do that. Maybe yell, but it's going to cry and no one's really going to notice that.

May 28 Writing: It's great now that I wrote about these comparisons. I should write about some life- changing event like giving birth, getting married or death. In my The Fighter script, the lead character gets a job. At first the job is good, and then it goes sideways.

In my Rain script, something bad happens to the lead character which makes her want to exact revenge. The revenge plan goes sideways. Now I need to figure out which direction for it to go.

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