Season 7 has 3 areas of concern:
Season 1 expressed its origin theme via “old world.”
Season 3 expressed its origin theme via “repercussions.”
Season 5 expressed its origin theme via “formations.”
Season 7’s origin theme:
This refers to both:
- Beginning of Your Story
- Beginning of Your Series
Sometimes these are the same thing, but not always.
The “beginning of your story” is all about going back to where your story “really” began. The true origin of your tale.
While the “beginning of your series” is all about the things that occurred in season 1, when your series began.
Beginning of Your Story
The true beginning of everything.
Season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is all about this “beginning of your story” idea. The season focuses heavily on the very first Slayer. How she came to be, where the Slayer power originates from, and how the evil she fights first came into the world. Notice all these themes weren’t dramatized in season 1 of the show. But they are all directly related to the show’s mythology and the beginning of the story of the Slayer and the evil she fights. It’s the true beginning of the Slayer story.
Beginning of Your Series
This is where you go back to the beginning of the show as it unfolded in season 1.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer again!
While Buffy season 7 was certainly knee deep in the “beginning of your story” idea, it also did a whole lot of “beginning of your series.” The season is all about the Hellmouth underneath the (re-opened) Sunnydale High School. She may be a counselor now, but it’s all about Buffy back in high school again!
The Hellmouth, Buffy in high school, these are hallmarks of the first season, and first era, of the show. So Buffy the Vampire Slayer did both, the “beginning of the story,” and the “beginning of the series.”
But what about a show where the story started at the beginning of the series?
Where the “beginning of the story,” and the “beginning of the series,” are the same thing?
No problem. Just hit both at the same time.
We see this in The Shield. Season 7 focused almost entirely on the past crimes the Strike Team committed in the first episode, and first era, of the show. Killing fellow cop Terry and robbing the Armenian money train, among others. Shane even writes a confession letter, detailing all of the Strike Team’s transgressions – starting again with Terry’s murder, at the beginning.
At the same time, Mackey’s secured an immunity deal for himself. All he has to do is confess to all of his crimes on tape. Recount all of his transgressions. Which he does, starting back at the beginning, with shooting Terry in the face.
Here with The Shield, the “beginning of the story” and the “beginning of the series” are essentially the same thing.
When putting together your season 7, make sure to include both.