Has two main elements:
- Beginning of Second Era
Let’s get back to our Spider-Man example:
In the same way that season 2’s statement:
“With great power, comes great freedom”
was the antithesis of season 1’s thesis statement:
“With great power, comes great responsibility”
Season 4’s antithesis statement, will be on the opposite side of the spectrum from season 3’s thesis statement.
- Season 1: we had a thesis.
- Season 2: we flipped it.
- Season 3: we combined and transcended them both.
This season 3 theme was then simultaneously the new thesis, and season 4 will once again flip it:
- Season 3: new thesis.
- Season 4: flip it.
So in our Spider-Man show, season 3’s statement was:
“With great power, comes great honor.”
Now in season 4, our dramatic evolution thematic statement could be:
“With great power, comes great corruption.”
From one perspective, “corruption” is the direct opposite of “honor.” It’s the antithesis.
We’ve already discussed this a couple of times, but let’s bring the point home:
The season 1, 2, 3 era is over.
Season 4 starts the season 4, 5 era.
What does it mean to be the beginning of a new era? You’ve gotta start off a whole new chunk of story. You’ve gotta set off into uncharted waters.
We see this in Friday Night Lights:
In the first era, Eric Taylor was the coach of the Dillon panthers. One of the best high school football teams in all of Texas, and possibly the country. They had the money, the reputation, and the fans. But at the end of the era, right at the end of season 3, the school administration is dealing with some redistricting and wants to replace him. They do however offer him the job as head coach at East Dillon High, a school re-opening after years of being closed.
In season 4, we see him take the job and build the school’s football team from scratch. This is the new era – no money, no rep, no fans. Stripped down and lean. This is Coach Taylor building up and leading the Lions of East Dillion High. New Team. New Era.
Solid work to keep the show moving in new directions, and keep it evolving.
When crafting your season 4, be sure to create an antithesis to the dramatic evolution statement of season 3, and to do what you can to set the stage for the brand new season 4, 5 era.