Season 2’s “Dramatic Evolution” has two main elements:
- First Era Continued
Season 2 is an “antithesis” of season 1’s thesis. This antithesis is felt primarily through the expression of the core concept, and the different contradictions employed throughout the season.
In season 2’s dramatic structure, we already saw that you should be contradicting what you established in season 1. If you’re doing this, then your season 2 will already feel a lot like an “antithesis” of season 1. But let’s take it a step further.
It’s important to also have a statement. A theme in season 2, that is the “antithesis” of your statement for season 1.
Let’s go back to our Spider-Man example:
Our core concept was “power,” and we’d crafted a thesis statement for season 1:
Season 1 thesis statement:
“With great power, comes great responsibility.”
In season 2, the antithesis could be:
“With great power, comes great freedom.”
As we explore this theme in season 2, we demonstrate how freedom comes from having no responsibility. In a way, that’s what freedom is – the antithesis of responsibility.
- Season 1: With great power, comes great responsibility.
- Season 2: With great power, comes no responsibility.
That’s a solid antithesis.
So, in season 2 you want your storytelling to lean into that “antithesis” statement. But make it dynamic. The season 2 statement isn’t actually “with great power comes no responsibility.” It’s “with great power comes great freedom.” This is a statement grounded in the fact that it’s an antithesis of season 1’s statement, but it is not wholly defined by it. Explore what this theme has to offer. Dig deep.
First Era Continued
Season 2 is the middle of your “first era.” Therefore, it’s got to continue along that season 1, 2, 3 era. That chunk.
This is usually done by maintaining the first era’s circumstances.
Let’s continue our examination of Prison Break:
- In season 1, they were in prison.
- In season 2, they’re out of prison.
And actively, trying very hard to stay out.
As we said previously, the season 1, 2, 3 era is all about prison.
And even though they spend most of season 2 out of prison, the season still revolves around the idea. The circumstance. They are fugitives on the run from the law, the threat of incarceration constantly hanging over their heads. This preserves the first era’s general circumstantial concern: prison.
So, in season 2, you want to do what you can to lean into its “antithesis” statement, while still making the season feel like a cohesive part of the season 1, 2, 3 – first era.