Season 1 (part 2) – New World

Season 1

Dramatic Structure:

There are 3 areas of concern:

Time to look at the:

Positive

What does this mean?

It means season 1 (in addition to seasons 3, 5, and 7) has a pervasive positive theme. And this positive theme is specifically expressed in season 1 as:

“New World”

In season 1, you’ll be weaving in elements of entering a “new world.” And you want to take care to come at this concept from a positive perspective. If your story is pretty dark and dour, that positivity will be subtle, but you still want to come at it from a generally positive tone.

There are two common ways, in which long form stories tend to express this “new world” idea in the context of positivity:

  • New Circumstances and/or a New Location
  • Fresh Start

New Circumstances and/or New Location

This means you literally have your characters entering a new city, a new industry, a new stage of their life, etc. Typically, you want to do this right at the beginning of season 1. It’s a great way to start your story – a major change to kick off your tale.

In the show LOST our main characters crash land on a mysterious island – a very different setting from their lives back home. The island is a literal “new world.”

We see something similar on The O.C. Ryan moves to Orange County, a place very different from his rough and tumble roots back in Chino.

Fresh Start

You create a “fresh start” by having your main character(s) leave their baggage behind and start over.

Notice this is distinctly different from the “new circumstances/location.” With a new circumstance or location, you’re just seeking to enter a new place, or a new setup.

With a fresh start, you’re entering a new place/setup/phase specifically unencumbered by your past. Or at least taking steps to leave it behind. It’s about releasing what’s come before and establishing the beginning of something else, something new.

In Buffy The Vampire Slayer, our main character starts season 1 having just moved from Los Angeles, to Sunnydale. She got expelled from her old school and starting at Sunnydale High is her fresh start to get her life back on track. She’s looking to start over, start fresh. Leave her life in L.A. behind.

In The Sopranos, our main character Tony Soprano starts therapy. It’s a fresh start to address his psychological issues and find a way to balance his life. He’s actively trying to take control of his life and move in a positive direction.

The new circumstances/location and the fresh start usually go hand in hand because they complement each other so easily. But they don’t have to. If need be, the two ideas could be executed separately.

Like a main character who’s a professor at a university. He moves departments (new location/circumstance) but his fresh start is all about his love life.

The new circumstances/new location is about changing the environment your character finds themselves in. The fresh start is about a character leaving their past behind.

These two elements come together to create a positive start to your story.



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